Found here is Hughie Lee-Smith's personal and professional correspondence, including correspondence with many fellow artists, students and publishers, requests for him to teach, lecture, or write, and business correspondence regarding exhibitions and sales of his work. There are also letters from his mother, father, daughter, and other family members. Also found is correspondence with arts and cultural organizations in which Lee-Smith participated, which may include additional printed material sent out to members. He also corresponded with schools, galleries, and museums, primarily regarding his participation in events and exhibitions.
Artists that Lee-Smith corresponded with include Clarence Holbrook Carter, Adolphus Ealey, Anthony Eterovich, Reginald Gammon, Rex Goreleigh, Werner Groshans, Joseph Hirsch, Everett Kinstler, Leon Kroll, Joseph Pearson, Louis Redstone, Bob Solotaire, Carol Wald, and Hale Woodruff. Materials relating to Joseph Pearson include digital photographs. Lee-Smith also maintained extensive correspondence with artists Sophie Wessel and Barry Hinchliff. He also corresponded with art historians, collectors, curators, and gallery owners, such as Florence Davies, Carroll Greene, Lewis Tanner Moore, and Lowery Sims.
In general, letters are filed alphabetically by person or corporate name. Names with four or more letters are filed in their own folders, and the remainder of correspondence is filed in miscellaneous alphabetical files. Some correspondence with individuals may also be filed according to the name of the organization with which they were associated. Drafts of Lee-Smith's outgoing letters are primarily filed together in the first four folders of the series, but additional outgoing letters may be interfiled with incoming letters.
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The Hughie Lee-Smith papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Authorization to publish requires written permission from Robert Panzer, VAGA.
Hughie Lee-Smith papers, circa 1890-2007, bulk 1931-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.