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Calvert Coggeshall papers, 1920-1999, bulk, 1965-1989

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Creator:
Coggeshall, Calvert, 1907-1990
Subject:
Evans, Walker
Lekakis, Michael
Morgan, Priscilla
Penn, Arthur
Perkins, Frances
Shoji, Sadao
Tworkov, Jack
Washburn, Gordon B. (Gordon Bailey)
Artists Space (Gallery)
Betty Parsons Gallery
Bowdoin College.Museum of Art
Jack Tilton Gallery
William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.7 linear ft.
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 Maine abstract painter and designer Calvert Coggeshall measure 1.7 linear feet and date from 1920-1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1965-1989. They consist of biographical material, personal and business correspondence, personal writings, exhibition and business files, printed material, and photographs. The bulk of the material documents Coggeshall's professional work and his friendships with other artists.
Biographical material includes Coggeshall's personal address books and day planning notes, oral history transcripts, including an interview discussing his friendship with Walker Evans, a copy of his Guggenheim application and acceptance letters, and miscellaneous records.
Correspondence is predominantly in the form of cards, postcards, and short letters received from family and friends. These include correspondence from Coggeshall's father, children, his older grandchildren, and his mother-in-law, Frances Coralie Perkins. Other frequent correspondents include family friend Daphne Cox, artists Michael Lekakis, Loren McIver, Jack Tworkov, and museum director Gordon Washburn.
Personal writings consist of poetry notes and drafts and a short essay on church design.
Exhibition files concern Coggeshall's one man shows at the Betty Parsons Gallery during the 1970s and early 1980s, his retrospective at Bowdoin College in 1977, and his inclusion in shows at Artists Space, the Farnsworth Museum, and Jack Tilton Gallery.
Business files related to Coggeshall's interior design work consist of architectural renderings and blueprints, work proposals, invoices, and receipts. Some of the more significant projects include work done for Lisa de Kooning, Priscilla Morgan, Arthur Penn, and Shoji Sadao.
Printed material includes newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements from other artists, and a booklet showcasing abstract artists titled, "Artfully Taught."
Photographs are color and black and white prints of Coggeshall and his friends in his studio and outside his Newcastle, Maine residence. There are also black and white photographs of Coggeshall's early design work in furniture and fabric, as well as documentation of his gallery design work for the Albright Art Gallery.
Citation:
Calvert Coggeshall papers, 1920-1999, bulk, 1965-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Calvert Coggeshall (1907-1990) was a painter, interior designer, and poet from New York, N.Y. and Maine.
Provenance:
Donated 2006 by Tomlin B. Coggeshall, Calvert Coggeshall's son.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Architectural drawings
Artists' studios
Blueprints
Designers
Interior decorators
Oral histories (document genres)
Painters
Painters
Photographs
Poets
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13414
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)264617
AAA_collcode_coggcalv
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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