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Worden Day papers, 1940-1982

Worden Day papers, 1940-1982

Day, Worden, 1912-1986

Curator, Sculptor, Painter, Printmaker, Engraver

Collection Information

Size: 2.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of sculptor, painter and printmaker Worden Day (1916-1986) measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1940-1982 and consist of biographical material, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, writings, works of art, and audio-visual material. Included are biographical material consisting of resumes and an address book; correspondence with colleagues, curators, and museum directors including Will Barnet, Carl Sigrosser, May Sarton, Dorothy Dehner, Louise Bourgeois, Sue Fuller, among others; scrapbooks; photographs of Day, her works and photograph albums; writings by Day about sculpture and painting, among them 4 unpublished manuscripts "Pop Art as an American Cultural Phenomenon," "What is a Print," "The Found Dimension- Aspects in the Development of Modern American Sculpture," and "New Expressions of Woodcut," and reviews for exhibitions written by Day for Art News; works of art consisting of sketchbooks; audio visual material including a taped interview on audio cassette with Day and one reel of motion picture film (also available as digital video file, 20 min.), "Printmakers," presented by United States Information Service, 1961, showing American printmakers Mauricio Lasansky, Day, Karl Schrag, Seong Moy and Gabor Petredi at work and students in the School of Graphic Arts at the State University of Iowa, founded by Lasansky. Also found is a file relating to an exhibition on the work of painter Vaclav Vytlacil organized by Day, 1975, at the Montclair Art Museum containing correspondence; letter fragmants from Alex Minewski; writings by Vytlacil regarding his career and work with Hans Hofmann; an audio cassette; photographs of Vytlacil, Hofmann teaching in Munich, Ed and Isabell Rupprecht, Ernest Thurn, Betty Foster, and Alice Fish at the Hofmann School of Fine Arts, Munich; and the exhibition catalog.

Biographical/Historical Note

Worden Day (1916-1986) was a sculptor, painter, printmaker and curator in Montclair, N.J.


Donated 1972-1983 by Worden Day. Additional material donated 2017 by Constance Duhamel, Day's friend.

Alternative Forms Available

Portions of the collection are available on microfilm reels 981, 1010, and 2016 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

Worden Day papers, 1940-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.