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Walter Tandy Murch papers, 1880-1970

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Creator:
Murch, Walter Tandy, 1907-1967
Subject:
Bishop, Isabel
Bocour, Leonard
Bonnard, Pierre
Dubuffet, Jean
Gonzalez, Xavier
Kepes, Gyorgy
Murch, Katherine
Murch, Walter Scott
Scott, Katharine
Betty Parsons Gallery
Brooklyn Museum
Rhode Island School of Design
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
8.2 linear feet
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 papers of New York City still life painter and art instructor Walter Tandy Murch date from 1880-1970 and measure 8.2 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, four diaries, correspondence with colleagues and family members, personal business records, exhibition files, notes and writings, two sketchbooks and additional art work, printed material, and photographs of Murch, family members, and art work.
Biographical material includes registration documents for births, marriages, naturalization of Murch family members, biographical accounts, resumes, school and award certificates, passports, Selective Service records, and address books.
One diary by Walter Murch and three diaries by Katharine Murch contain sporadic entries briefly describing daily activities.
Correspondence primarily consists of letters exchanged between Murch, art schools and universities, arts organizations, galleries, including the Betty Parsons Gallery, miscellaneous companies and publishers that commissioned commercial art work, and students. There are scattered letters from Isabel Bishop, Leonard Bocour, Xavier Gonzales, and Gyorgy Kepes. There is also correspondence with miscellaneous family members and letters to Katharine Scott.
Personal business records include organizational membership records, family legal documents, insurance records, leases, loan and consignment records, contracts and invoices for art work sold by the Betty Parsons Gallery, expense notebooks, and other routine financial documents.
Exhibition files include documentation of miscellaneous exhibitions of Murch's art work and of exhibitions juried and organized by Murch, including the Jean Dubuffet exhibition organized by Murch and retrospectives of Murch's art work at the Rhode island School of Design and at the Brooklyn Museum.
Notes and writings include the funeral register for Murch, miscellaneous address lists, travel notebooks of Murchs' 1934 trip to Mexico, miscellaneous notebooks concerning various art-related topics, classroom lectures and notes, and miscellaneous writings by others.
Art work includes two sketchbooks, drawings and sketches, woodcuts, sketches for "Novel in Woodcut," an oil portrait of a woman, a mock-up for book, "Notes on the Hound of Heaven," and art work by others including a sketchbook by Murch's son, Walter Scott Murch.
Printed material includes clippings, a copy of a handmade Collegiate School magazine, "The New Thinker," and exhibition announcements and catalogs for Murch and others, press releases, prospectuses, reproductions of art work and book jackets designed by Murch, programs, brochures, a book about Pierre Bonnard, and miscellaneous printed material.
Photographs are of Murch, family members, travel, buildings, Murch's studio, Murch with colleagues, And art work by Murch and others. There are also photographs of various resource subjects.
Citation:
Walter Tandy Murch papers, 1880-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels N707-N798, N713, and N68/5 are available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Related Materials:
In 1967-1968, Murch loaned correspondence, notes, sketchbooks, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and photographs for microfilming on reels N707, N708, N713, and N68/5. This material is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Biography Note:
Walter Tandy Murch (1907-1967) was a painter from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
The Walter Tandy Murch papers were donated by the artist's widow, Katharine Scott Murch, in 1969.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art teachers
Artists' studios
Awards
Diaries
Drawings
Notebooks
Painters
Painting, American
Photographs
Resumes
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Travel diaries
Woodcuts
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10097
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212978
AAA_collcode_murcwalt
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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