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The papers of painter, photographer, and sculptor Lowell Nesbitt measure 48.3 linear feet and date from circa 1903-1993 (bulk 1950-1993). The collection documents Nesbitt's career through biographical material, correspondence, subject files, business and financial records, source material, artwork, printed matter, photographs and audiovisual records, and scrapbooks.
Biographical Material includes documentation of Nesbitt's education and other personal documents. Plans and designs for Nesbitt's properties on West Twelfth Street, New York City, and Kent, N.Y. are arranged in the series for architectural records for homes and studios.
Correspondence and Subject Files are voluminous and record Nesbitt's interaction with individuals, businesses and organizations, and includes personal and family correspondence in addition to correspondence relating to galleries, exhibitions, commissions he undertook, and committees on which he served.
Artwork by Nesbitt includes a small collection of collages, drawings, paintings, prints, and sketchbooks. Source material comprises approximately 11 linear feet of material, primarily newspaper and magazine clippings and photographs, relating to a large variety of subjects that inspired Nesbitt, such as flowers, fruits and vegetables, dogs and other animals, and the studios of other artists including Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.
Photographs are of Nesbitt, his friends, family, colleagues, and his pets, as well as subjects of interest to him in his work. Also of note are twenty-seven folders of photographs taken by photographer Jack Mitchell of Nesbitt and others.
Printed Material contains publicity material and documents exhibitions of Nesbitt's work. Additional photographs and printed material are found in the Scrapbooks.
Lowell Nesbitt papers, 1903-1993, bulk 1950-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Lowell Nesbitt (1933-1993) was a painter, photographer, and sculptor from New York, N.Y.
Donated 1984 by Lowell Nesbitt and 1994 by the estate of Lowell Nesbitt.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001