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Worden Day papers, 1935-1986

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as seven series

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1960-1986
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1, FC6

Biographical material dates from 1960-1986 and consists of addresses; a file relating to an exhibition on the work of painter Vaclav Vytlacil organized by Day in 1975 at the Montclair Art Museum; a sound recorded interview with Day; as well as price lists, loans forms, and resumes. Also included is a film "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. The film and sound recorded interview are also available as digital files.
Description Container Select
Address Book, 1960s-1986
1
1
Addresses and Mailing Lists, circa 1965-1985
1
2
Exhibition, Vaclav Vytlacil, Paintings and Constructions from 1930 (1975-1976), 1972-1975
Includes one sound cassette
1
3
Film, "Printmakers", 1961
1 film reel
20 minutes
16mm
FC6
Film, "Printmakers," Reformatted in 1992, 1961
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
4
Interview with Worden Day, Sound Recording, circa 1968
1 sound cassette
1
5
Price Lists and Loan Forms, circa 1980-1986
1
6
Resumes, circa 1970-1983
1
7

Series 2: Correspondence , 1953-1977
1 Folder
Box 1

Worden Day's correspondence is with colleagues, curators, and museum directors including Will Barnet, Carl Zigrosser, May Sarton, Dorothy Dehner, Louise Bourgeois, Sue Fuller, among others.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, 1953-1977
1
8

Series 3: Writings , 1955-1985
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

Writings by Day date from 1955-1985 and pertain to sculpture and painting. Included are several unpublished manuscripts, autobiographical statements, and reviews for exhibitions written by Day for Art News.
Description Container Select
"Autobiographical Journey as an Artist", 1975
1
9
Autobiographical Statements and Notes, circa 1960-1980
1
10
"Experiments in Woodcut", 1961
1
11
"The Found Dimension", circa 1960
1
12
"My Philosophy of Teaching in the Visual Arts", circa 1965
1
13
"New Expressions of Woodcut", 1957-1958
1
14
"'Pop Art' as an American Cultural Phenomenon", 1964
1
15
Reviews, 1960-1970
1
16
"The Spiritual Journey of Worden Day", circa 1980
1
17
"Time of My Life, Day by Day: Studio Sketches, Ventures, Adventures, Sojourns, and Serendipities", circa 1980
1
18
"What is a Print?", circa 1965
1
19
"Why Painters Turn Sculptors", 1965
1
20

Series 4: Printed Material , 1949-1983
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

Printed material dates from 1949-1983 and consists primarily of exhibition catalogs featuring Day, as well as a few clippings and announcements.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Catalogs, 1949-1980
1
21-23
Assorted Printed Material, 1961-1983
1
24

Series 5: Scrapbooks , 1940-1984
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 4

Four scrapbooks dating from 1940-1984 document Day's career though clippings, exhibition announcements, and photographs of Day, her circle of artists, and exhibition installations.
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Scrapbook, 1940-1970
4
1
Scrapbook, 1946-1952
1
25
Scrapbook, 1959-1984
4
2
Scrapbook (disbound), 1960s-1970s
1
26

Series 6: Photographic Material , 1935-1986
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Photographic material dates from 1935-1986 and consists of black and white, and color photographic prints, as well as slides. Subjects include Day throughout her life, with friends and artists, and working in her studio. Several folders also contain prints and slides of her paintings and sculptures. Photograph albums primarily contain additional images of Day's artwork.
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Worden Day, circa 1940-1986
2
1-2
Artwork, circa 1940-1980
2
3-4
Artwork, circa 1940-1980
3
1
Photograph Albums (2), circa 1970
3
2

Series 7: Sketchbooks , 1960-1986
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 3, 5

Three sketchbooks dating from 1960-1986 are filled with annotated drawings and sketches in pencil, pen, watercolor.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook, 1960s-1970s
5
1
Sketchbook, circa 1980-1986
5
2
Sketchbook, circa 1980-1986
3
3

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.