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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: 0.9 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; scrapbooks; writings; 4 unpublished manuscripts; a taped interview; photographs and slides; a file relating to a Vaclav Vytlacil exhibition; exhibition catalogs; and a motion picture film

REELS 981 & 1010 (photos): Correspondence, involving both her personal and professional life; scrapbook, 1940-1970; numerous reviews of exhibitions, written by Day for ART NEWS, book reviews, articles; 4 unpublished manuscripts ("Pop Art as an American Cultural Phenomenon," "What is a Print," "The Found Dimension- Aspects in the Development of Modern American Sculpture,"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"); 21 exhibition catalogs; and 26 photographs, among them one of Day in her studio, 1943; and 28 slides of Day and her work.

REEL 2016: A file relating to an exhibition organized by Day, 1975, at the Montclair Art Museum of the work of painter Vaclav Vytlacil. Included are correspondence; letters, notes, and letter fragments from Alex Minewski; writings by Vytlacil regarding his career and work with Hans Hofmann; 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 a catalog of the exhibition. Total: 19 items. [Microfilmed label: Vaclav Vytlacil papers]

UNMICROFILMED: Resumes; correspondence with Will Barnet, Carl Zigrosser, May Sarton, Dorothy Dehner, Louise Bourgeois, Sue Fuller and others; writings about art, artists and herself; a taped interview of Day; 3 scrapbooks containing reproductions and photographs of Day's work; exhibition catalogs; and 1 reel of motion picture film (also availalbe 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.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, engraver, graphic artist, curator; Montclair, New Jersey.


Donated 1972-1983 by Worden Day.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 981, 1010, and 2016 available for use 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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

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