The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
23 letters from Howard and Pauline Finster to the Arients, 1979-1987; and photographs of folk artists, some with the Arients, and their work, 1980-1988. Among the artists photographed are Elijah Pierce, Mary Borkowski, Jesse Howard, Joe "The Welder" Janosik, Eunice McCloskey, Dow Pugh, Howard Finster, Minnie Black, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lanier Meaders, B.C. Craig, William Dawson, Carl McKenzie, Denzil Goodpaster, S.L. Jones, Carlton Garrett, Frank Pickle, Sam Doyle, David Butler, Luster Willis, "Daddy Boy" Williams, Kid Mertz, Dilmus Hall, James "Son" Thomas, Derek Webster, Raymond Coins, James Harold Jennings, Sarah Mary Taylor, Mary T. Smith, and Clyde "Jungle Boy" Jones.
Beth and James Arient papers, 1979-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 4189 available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals returned to the lenders, Beth and James Arient, after microfilming.
Folk art collectors; Illinois.
Lent for microfilming 1988 by the Arients.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001