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Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Subject:
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Zigrosser, Carl  Search this
Gellert, Hugo  Search this
Miller, Kenneth Hayes  Search this
Ruggles, Carl  Search this
Robeson, Paul  Search this
Gottlieb, Harry  Search this
Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland),  Search this
Reeves, Ruth  Search this
Chase, William Merritt  Search this
Daniel, Charles  Search this
Fitzgerald, James  Search this
Rasmussen, Knud  Search this
Nearing, Scott  Search this
Seeger, Pete  Search this
Hays, Lee  Search this
Wildenstein, Felix  Search this
Nearing, Helen  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Freuchen, Peter  Search this
DuBois, W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt),  Search this
Keller, Charles  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)  Search this
Chamberlain, J. E.  Search this
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur  Search this
Jones, Dan Burne  Search this
Untermeyer, Louis  Search this
Pach, Walter  Search this
Boyesen, Bayard  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Artists League of America  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Federal Writers' Project  Search this
United American Artists  Search this
United Office and Professional Workers of America  Search this
Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects  Search this
National Farmers' Union (U.S.)  Search this
Farmers Union of the New York Milk Shed  Search this
National Maritime Union of America  Search this
United Scenic Artists  Search this
International Workers Order  Search this
American Artists' Congress.  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Poems
Sketches
Photographs
Business records
Works of art
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
89.8 linear feet
1 rd
General Note:
Papers suffered significant water damage after being rescued from the fire that destroyed the Kent home in 1969. A small percentage could not be salvaged, and a few items (particularly letters written in fountain pen) are faded or smeared to the point of illegibility.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The Rockwell Kent papers measure 89.8 linear feet and date from circa 1840 to 1993 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1935 to 1961. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of Kent's career as a painter, illustrator, designer, writer, lecturer, traveler, political activist, and dairy farmer.
Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, [circa 1840]-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The microfilm of this collection was digitized in 2008 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website. Researchers should note that the legibility of some materials is poor due to the microfilm quality.
Funding:
Funding for the processing, microfilming, and publication of the finding aid was provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. In 2008, the microfilm was digitized with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Use Note:
Plattsburgh State University of New York Art Museum may hold copyright to portions of the collection.
Related Materials:
Additional Rockwell Kent papers, also located at: Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
Additional and possibly duplicate Rockwell Kent material located at Plattsburgh State University of New York art museum. Researchers are advised to check with Plattsburgh for before publishing Kent material found in the Archives of American Art.
Biography Note:
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was a painter, printmaker, illustrator, designer, and commercial artist. Kent also pursued careers as as a writer, professional lecturer, and dairy farmer. He travelled extensively, and was a political activist who supported the causes of organized labor, civil liberties, civil rights, anti-Fascism, and peace and friendship with the Soviet Union.
Language Note:
A small portion of the letters and printed matter (including posters) are in Russian, some with English translations.
Provenance:
Donated 1969 and 1971 by Mr. and Mrs. Rockwell Kent, and in 1996 by Shirley (Sally) Kent Gorton. Funding for the processing, microfilming, and publication of the finding aid was provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional photos, art works and writings were donated 2001 by the Shirley Gorton Johnstone estate.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the papers of Rockwell Kent in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2008 from 106 reels of microfilm. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 160,404 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Authors  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Trade-unions  Search this
Art and war  Search this
Dairy farms  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Politics and culture  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Commercial art  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Painters  Search this
Designers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9557
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211757
AAA_collcode_kentrock
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211757