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Writings, photographs, sketches, printed material, and letters. REEL 98: Autobiographical sketch; exhibition catalogs; clippings about Sanders; pencil sketches, photographs of Sanders and his work; and three printed essays by Sanders, COSMOGONY, THE PRINCIPLE OF ALTOFORM, and THE THEORY OF ALTOFORM. REEL 284: Letters from Fred Hovey Allen, art commissioner of the Hotel Majestic in New York City arranging for a hotel sculpture studio for Sanders; letters from an early art patron, Harriet Bishop Lanier; copies of THE THEORY OF ALTOFORM and THE PRINCIPLES OF ALTOFORM; sketches; photographs; and clippings. UNMICROFILMED: Photographs of Sanders's works; sketches; pamphlets on the theory of altoform; clippings; and miscellaneous printed materials.
Adam A. Sanders papers, 1914-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 98 and 284 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Sculptor, writer; New York City. Sanders's theory of altoform explains the reason for elongation of the human figure in art, particularly American.
Donated 1971-1972 by Sanders.
Art Theory and Historiography
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