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Rockwell Kent papers, [circa 1840]-1993, bulk 1935-1961

Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Subject:
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Zigrosser, Carl  Search this
Gellert, Hugo  Search this
Miller, Kenneth Hayes  Search this
Ruggles, Carl  Search this
Robeson, Paul  Search this
Gottlieb, Harry  Search this
Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland),  Search this
Reeves, Ruth  Search this
Chase, William Merritt  Search this
Daniel, Charles  Search this
Fitzgerald, James  Search this
Rasmussen, Knud  Search this
Nearing, Scott  Search this
Seeger, Pete  Search this
Hays, Lee  Search this
Wildenstein, Felix  Search this
Nearing, Helen  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Freuchen, Peter  Search this
DuBois, W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt),  Search this
Keller, Charles  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)  Search this
Chamberlain, J. E.  Search this
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur  Search this
Jones, Dan Burne  Search this
Untermeyer, Louis  Search this
Pach, Walter  Search this
Boyesen, Bayard  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Artists League of America  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Federal Writers' Project  Search this
United American Artists  Search this
United Office and Professional Workers of America  Search this
Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects  Search this
National Farmers' Union (U.S.)  Search this
Farmers Union of the New York Milk Shed  Search this
National Maritime Union of America  Search this
United Scenic Artists  Search this
International Workers Order  Search this
American Artists' Congress.  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Poems
Sketches
Photographs
Business records
Works of art
Topic:
Authors  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Trade-unions  Search this
Art and war  Search this
Dairy farms  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Politics and culture  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Commercial art  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Painters  Search this
Designers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9557
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211757
AAA_collcode_kentrock
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet (Box 1 and OV 9)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1917-1982
Scope and Contents note:
Items in this series contain biographical information about Hugo Gellert. Family papers related to his brothers, Ernest and Lawrence Gellert, are also found.

An audio recording of an interview with Hugo Gellert, conducted by Sofia Sequenzia, is found on three hour-long audio cassettes, along with a written questionnaire.

Family papers include the drawings and prison testimony of Ernest Gellert, Hugo's brother who died in a military prison in the United States while imprisoned for insubordination as a conscientious objector in 1917. Also found are lyrics, notes, and a photocopied article related to the work of Lawrence Gellert, who traveled throughout the Southeast United States transcribing and recording folk songs and stories.

Other documents related to Hugo Gellert include Communist Party and International Worker's Order (IWO) membership cards and other licences and ID's. Financial records in this series include professional bills, receipts, and contracts related to Gellert's work as an artist, organizer, and publisher; personal bills and receipts; and various official documents related to property, loans, insurance, and legal issues. The legal issues documented in these records primarily relate to personal debts.

Personal bills and receipts have not been scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Hugo Gellert papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Hugo Gellert papers, 1916-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gellhugo, Series 1
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Rockwell Kent papers

Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Names:
American Artists' Congress  Search this
Artists League of America  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Citizens' Committee for Government Arts Projects  Search this
Farmers Union of the New York Milk Shed  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Federal Writers' Project  Search this
International Workers Order  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
National Farmers' Union (U.S.)  Search this
National Maritime Union of America  Search this
United American Artists  Search this
United Office and Professional Workers of America  Search this
United Scenic Artists  Search this
Boyesen, Bayard  Search this
Chamberlain, J. E.  Search this
Chase, William Merritt, 1846-1916  Search this
Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964  Search this
Daniel, Charles, 1878-1971  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928  Search this
DuBois, W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963  Search this
Fitzgerald, James, 1899-1971  Search this
Freuchen, Peter, 1886-1957  Search this
Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985  Search this
Gottlieb, Harry, 1895-  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Jones, Dan Burne  Search this
Keller, Charles, 1914-2006  Search this
Miller, Kenneth Hayes, 1876-1952  Search this
Nearing, Helen  Search this
Nearing, Scott, 1883-1983  Search this
Pach, Walter, 1883-1958  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Rasmussen, Knud, 1879-1933  Search this
Reeves, Ruth, 1892-1966  Search this
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945  Search this
Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971  Search this
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014  Search this
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962  Search this
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977  Search this
Wildenstein, Felix, 1883-1952  Search this
Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-  Search this
Extent:
88 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Poems
Sketches
Business records
Photographs
Drawings
Date:
circa 1840-1993
bulk 1935-1961
Summary:
The Rockwell Kent papers measure 88.0 linear feet and date from circa 1840 to 1993 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1935 to 1961. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of Kent's career as a painter, illustrator, designer, writer, lecturer, traveler, political activist, and dairy farmer.
Scope and Content Note:
The Rockwell Kent papers measure 88 linear feet and date from circa 1840 to 1993 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1935 to 1961. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of Kent's career as a painter, illustrator, designer, writer, lecturer, traveler, political activist, and dairy farmer.

Circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the papers are highlighted in an article by Garnett McCoy ("The Rockwell Kent Papers," in the Archives of American Art Journal, 12, no. 1 [January 1972]: 1-9), recommended reading for researchers interested in the collection. The collection is remarkably complete, for in the mid 1920s Kent began keeping carbon copies of all outgoing letters, eventually employing a secretary (who became his third wife and continued her office duties for the remainder of Kent's life).

Series 1: Alphabetical Files contain Kent's personal and professional correspondence, along with business records of the dairy farm and associated enterprises; also included are printed matter on a wide variety of topics and promotional literature relating to organizations and causes of interest to him. Voluminous correspondence with his three wives, five children, and other relatives, as well as with literally hundreds of friends, both lifelong and of brief duration, illuminates Kent's private life and contributes to understanding of his complex character. Among the many correspondents of note are: his art teachers William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, and Kenneth Hayes Miller; fellow artists Tom Cleland, Arthur B. Davies, James Fitzgerald, Hugo Gellert, Harry Gottleib, Marsden Hartley, Charles Keller, and Ruth Reeves; collectors Duncan Phillips and Dan Burne Jones; critics J. E. Chamberlain and Walter Pach; and dealers Charles Daniel, Felix Wildenstein, and Macbeth Galleries. Kent corresponded with such diverse people as Arctic explorers Peter Freuchen, Knud Rasmussen, and Vilhjalmar Steffanson; composer Carl Ruggles and songwriters Lee Hays and Pete Seeger; civil rights pioneers Paul Robeson and Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois; writers Bayard Boyesen, Scott and Helen Nearing, and Louis Untermeyer; and art historian and print curator Carl Zigrosser.

Kent's interest and involvement in the labor movement are reflected in correspondence with officials and members of a wide variety and large number of unions and related organizations, among them: the Farmers' Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Farmers' Union of the New York Milk Shed, International Workers Order, National Maritime Union, and United Office and Professional Workers of America. Of special interest is his participation, often in leadership roles, in various attempts to organize artists. Files on the American Artists' Congress, Artists League of America, The Artists Union, United American Artists, and United Scenic Artists contain particularly valuable material on the movement.

A supporter of New Deal efforts to aid artists, Kent was actively interested in the various programs and often was critical of their limitations; he advocated continuing federal aid to artists after the Depression abated. The Kent papers include correspondence with the Federal Arts Project, Federal Fine Arts Project, Federal Writers Project, and the War Department, as well as correspondence with the Citizens' Committee for Government Art Projects and President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the subject.

Kent's professional correspondence documents exhibitions, sales, consignments, and reproduction of prints and paintings. He kept meticulous records of his advertising commissions and illustration work. Detailed correspondence with publishers and printers indicates Kent's involvement in the technical aspects of production and provides a good overview of the publishing industry during the mid-twentieth century.

Business records of Asgaard Farm include records of the dairy and transfer of ownership to its employees, tax and employee information, and documents concerning several related business ventures such as distributor ships for grain, feed, and farm implements.

Series 2: Writings consists of notes, drafts, and completed manuscripts by Rockwell Kent, mainly articles, statements, speeches, poems, introductions, and reviews. The Kent Collection given to Friendship House, Moscow, in 1960, was augmented later by a set of his publications and the illustrated manuscripts of many of his monographs. Also included are a small number of manuscripts by other authors.

Series 3: Artwork consists mainly of drawings and sketches by Kent; also included are works on paper by other artists, many of whom are unidentified, and by children.

Series 4: Printed Matter consists of clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, brochures, broadsides, programs, and newsletters. These include items by and about Kent and his family, as well as articles written and/or illustrated by him, and reviews of his books. There is also material on a variety of subjects and causes of interest to him. Additional printed matter is included among the alphabetical files, mainly as attachments to correspondence.

Series 5: Miscellaneous includes biographical material, legal documents, and memorabilia. Artifacts received with papers include textile samples, a silk scarf, dinnerware, ice bucket, and rubber stamp, all featuring designs by Rockwell Kent. Also with this series are a variety of documents including a phrenological analysis of an ancestor, lists of supplies for expeditions, a hand-drawn map of an unidentified place, and technical notes regarding art materials and techniques.

Series 6: Photographs includes photographs of Kent, his family and friends, travel, and art number that over one thousand. Also included here are several albums of family and travel photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series. Series 1 is arranged alphabetically. The arrangement of the remaining series is explained in each series description. Note that sealed materials that became available in 2000 were microfilmed separately on reels 5740-5741, but have integrated into this finding aid.

Series 1: Alphabetical Files, circa 1900-1971, undated (Reels 5153-5249, 5256, 5740-5741)

Series 2: Writings, 1906-1978, undated (Reels 5249-5252, 5741)

Series 3: Art Work, 1910-1972, undated (Reels 5252, 5741)

Series 4: Printed Matter, 1905-1993, undated (Reels 5252-5254)

Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1859-1969, undated (Reels 5254, 5741)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1840-1970, undated (Reels 5254-5255, 5741)
Biographical Note:
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), an energetic and multitalented man, pursued many interests and careers during his very long and active life. At various times he was an architect, draftsman, carpenter, unskilled laborer, painter, illustrator, printmaker, commercial artist, designer, traveler/explorer, writer, professional lecturer, dairy farmer, and political activist.

While studying architecture at Columbia University, Kent enrolled in William Merritt Chase's summer school at Shinnecock Hills, Long Island. He then redirected his career ambitions toward painting and continued to study with Chase in New York. Kent spent a summer working and living with Abbott H. Thayer in Dublin, New Hampshire, and attended the New York School of Art, where Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller were his teachers.

Critically and financially, Kent was a successful artist. He was very well known for his illustration work--particularly limited editions of the classics, bookplates, and Christmas cards. He was a prolific printmaker, and his prints and paintings were acquired by many major museums and private collectors. During the post-World War II era, Kent's political sympathies resulted in the loss of commissions, and his adherence to artistic conservatism and outspoken opposition to modern art led to disfavor within art circles. After many years of declining reputation in this country and unsuccessful attempts to find a home for the Kent Collection, Kent gave his unsold paintings--the majority of his oeuvre--to the Soviet Union, where he continued to be immensely popular.

An avid traveler, Kent was especially fascinated by remote, Arctic lands and often stayed for extended periods of time to paint, write, and become acquainted with the local inhabitants. Between 1918 and 1935, he wrote and illustrated several popular books about his experiences in Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, and Greenland. In the 1930s and 1940s, Kent was much in demand as a lecturer, making several nationwide tours under the management of a professional lecture bureau; he spoke mainly about his travels, but among his standard lectures were some on "art for the people."

In 1927, Kent purchased Asgaard Farm at AuSable Forks, New York, in the Adirondacks, where he lived for the remainder of his life, operating a modern dairy farm on a modest scale for many years.

As a young man, Kent met Rufus Weeks, became committed to social justice, and joined the Socialist Party. Throughout his life, he supported left-wing causes and was a member or officer of many organizations promoting world peace and harmonious relations with the Soviet Union, civil rights, civil liberties, antifascism, and organized labor. Kent was frequently featured as a celebrity sponsor or speaker at fund-raising events for these causes. In 1948, he ran unsuccessfully as the American Labor Party's candidate for Congress. Kent's unpopular political views eventually led to the dissolution of his dairy business, resulted in a summons to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and prompted the U.S. State Department to deny him a passport, an action that subsequently was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kent wrote two autobiographies, This Is My Own (1940) and It's Me, O Lord (1955). In 1969, he was the subject of an oral history interview conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art.

1882 -- born, Tarrytown, New York

1887 -- death of Rockwell Kent, Sr.

1894-1896 -- attended Cheshire Academy

1895 -- toured Europe with Aunt Jo

1896 -- attended Horace Mann School, New York City

1900-1902 -- studied architecture at Columbia University

1900-1902 -- attended William Merritt Chase's summer school, Shinnecock Hills, Long Island

1903 -- studied with William Merritt Chase, New York City

1904 -- first sale of a painting

1904 -- met Rufus Weeks and attended first Socialist meeting

1905 -- lived and worked with Abbott H. Thayer, Dublin, New Hampshire

1905 -- first painting trip to Monhegan Island, Maine

1907 -- first one-man show, Claussen Galleries, New York City

1908 -- marriage to Kathleen Whiting

1908 -- studied with Robert Henri

1908 -- joined Socialist Party

1909 -- birth of Rockwell, III

1910 -- ran Monhegan Summer School of Art

1910 -- first trip to Newfoundland

1910 -- helped to organize first Independent Exhibition

1911 -- birth of Kathleen

1912 -- moved to Winona, Minnesota

1913 -- birth of Clara

1914 -- settled in Newfoundland

1915 -- deported from Newfoundland

1915 -- birth of Barbara

1917 -- served as full-time organizer and administrator of Independent Exhibition

1918-1919 -- in Alaska with son Rocky

1919 -- purchased Egypt Farm, Arlington, Vermont

1919 -- incorporated self

1920 -- publication of Wilderness

1920 -- birth of Gordon

1922 -- traveled to Tierra del Fuego

1924 -- publication of Voyaging

1925 -- trip to France

1925 -- divorced from Kathleen

1926 -- marriage to Frances Lee

1926 -- traveled to Ireland

1927 -- purchased Asgaard Farm, AuSable, New York

1927 -- editor of Creative Art

1927 -- helped organize National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.

1929 -- sailed to Greenland on Direction

1930 -- publication of N by E

1932-1933 -- returned to Greenland

1934-1935 -- final trip to Greenland

1935 -- publication of Salamina

1936 -- trip to Puerto Rico

1937 -- trip to Brazil

1937-1938 -- Post Office Department mural commission and controversy over Eskimo-language message interpreted as encouraging Puerto Rican independence

1939 -- divorced from Frances

1939 -- General Electric Co. mural commission for New York World's Fair

1940 -- publication of This Is My Own

1940 -- marriage to Shirley Johnstone (Sally)

1942 -- solo exhibition, Know and Defend America, at Wildenstein Galleries, New York City

1946 -- elected to Executive Committee of American Labor Party

1948 -- congressional candidate, American Labor Party

1948 -- transferred ownership of dairy to remaining employees after boycott resulting from support of Wallace for president

1949 -- attended World Congress for Peace, Paris

1950-1958 -- denied U.S. passport; lawsuit, appeals, and Supreme Court decision reinstating right to travel

1953 -- testified before House Un-American Activities Committee

1955 -- publication of It's Me, O Lord

1958 -- one-man show at Hermitage Museum, Leningrad

1959 -- publication of Of Men and Mountains

1960 -- gift of Kent Collection to Friendship House, Moscow

1960 -- exhibition at Pushkin Museum, Moscow

1963 -- publication of Greenland Journal

1966 -- elected to Academy of Arts of the USSR

1967 -- awarded Lenin Peace Prize, Moscow

1969 -- oral history interview, Archives of American Art

1969 -- home at Asgaard destroyed by fire; papers survived with some water and smoke damage

1969 -- first installment of Rockwell Kent Papers donated to Archives of American Art

1971 -- died, Plattsburgh, New York

1971 -- gift of additional Rockwell Kent Papers to Archives of American Art

1979 -- gift of textile samples to the Archives of American Art

1996 -- gift of additional Rockwell Kent Papers to Archives of American Art

2000 -- death of Sally [Shirley Johnstone] Kent Gorton

2000 -- previously sealed correspondence of wives Frances and Sally (Series 1) opened to researchers

2001 -- gift of additional Rockwell Kent papers to the Archives of American Art from the Estate of Sally Kent [Shirley Johnstone] Gorton
Provenance:
In 1969, Rockwell Kent donated his papers to the Archives of American Art; textile samples were received in 1979, and his widow gave additional papers in 1971 and 1996. Letters to Rockwell Kent from wives Frances and Sally, sealed during Sally Kent Gorton's lifetime, became available for research after her death in 2000, and further material was donated to the Archives of American Art in 2001 by the Estate of Sally Kent [Shirley Johnstone] Gorton.
Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Designers -- New York (State)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Politics and culture  Search this
Authors -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Political aspects  Search this
Dairy farms  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State)  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Works of art  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Civilian relief  Search this
Labor unions  Search this
Art and war  Search this
Commercial art  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Genre/Form:
Poems
Sketches
Business records
Photographs
Drawings
Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kentrock
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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International Workers' Order

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, International Exchange Service  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 502, Smithsonian Institution, International Exchange Service, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Culture

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5173, Frame 6-67
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1923, 1948-1949
Scope and Contents note:
(correspondence and proposals in support of a cultural platform for a new political party, with miscellaneous printed matter, including: "A Party Platform for the Arts"; "Rsum of Still-Born Address to World Congress for Peace, April 1949"; jury for National Council of Arts and Sciences Christmas card competition; see also: Campaign, 1948; International Workers Order; National Council of the Arts, Sciences and Professions; and Third Party)
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Alphabetical Files

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Extent:
(Reels 5153-5249, 5256, 5740-5741)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1900-1971, undated
Scope and Contents note:
This series contains Kent's personal and professional correspondence, along with business records of the dairy farm and associated enterprises; also included are printed matter on a wide variety of topics and promotional literature relating to organizations and causes of interest to him. Voluminous correspondence with his three wives, five children, and other relatives, as well as with literally hundreds of friends--both lifelong and of brief duration--illuminates Kent's private life and contributes to understanding of his complex character. Among the many correspondents of note are: his art teachers William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, and Kenneth Hayes Miller; fellow artists Tom Cleland, Arthur B. Davies, James Fitzgerald, Hugo Gellert, Harry Gottleib, Marsden Hartley, Charles Keller, and Ruth Reeves; collectors Duncan Phillips and Dan Burne Jones; critics J. E. Chamberlain and Walter Pach; and dealers Charles Daniel, Felix Wildenstein, and Macbeth Galleries. Kent corresponded with such diverse people as Arctic explorers Peter Freuchen, Knud Rasmussen, and Vilhjalmar Steffanson; composer Carl Ruggles and songwriters Lee Hays and Pete Seeger; civil rights pioneers Paul Robeson and Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois; writers Bayard Boyesen, Scott and Helen Nearing, and Louis Untermeyer; and art historian and print curator Carl Zigrosser.

Kent's interest and involvement in the labor movement are reflected in correspondence with officials and members of a wide variety and large number of unions and related organizations, among them: the Farmers' Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Farmers' Union of the New York Milk Shed, International Workers Order, National Maritime Union, and United Office and Professional Workers of America. Of special interest is his participation, often in leadership roles, in various attempts to organize artists. Files on the American Artists' Congress, Artists League of America, The Artists Union, United American Artists, and United Scenic Artists contain particularly valuable material on the movement.

A supporter of New Deal efforts to aid artists, Kent was actively interested in the various programs and often was critical of their limitations; he advocated continuing federal aid to artists after the Depression abated. The Kent Papers include correspondence with the Federal Arts Project, Federal Fine Arts Project, Federal Writers' Project, and the War Department, as well as correspondence with the Citizens' Committee for Government Art Projects and President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the subject.

Kent's professional correspondence documents exhibitions, sales, consignments, and reproduction of prints and paintings. He kept meticulous records of his advertising commissions and illustration work. Detailed correspondence with publishers and printers indicates Kent's involvement in the technical aspects of production and provides a good overview of the publishing industry during the mid-twentieth century.

Business records of Asgaard Farm include records of the dairy and transfer of ownership to its employees, tax and employee information, and documents concerning several related business ventures such as distributorships for grain, feed, and farm implements.

Letters to Rockwell Kent from wives Frances and Sally (Shirley Johnstone), sealed during Sally's lifetime, became available for research in 2000 and were microfilmed later on reels 5740-5741.
Arrangement note:
File titles are, in most cases, those used by Rockwell and Sally Kent, with some minor changes for consistency. The Kents' filing system included a "Miscellaneous" designation for each letter of the alphabet, used for single items or small quantities not requiring separate folders. To facilitate access and for ease of microfilm use, contents of the miscellaneous folders have been interfiled in sequence.

Material is arranged alphabetically, usually by the name of the individual or organization represented, though some file titles represent subjects or occasions (e.g., "Spanish Causes" and "Birthday").

Records are arranged chronologically within each file; brief summaries are provided for many titles, usually where there is a significant amount of material. Cross-referencing is supplied where possible to indicate areas of overlap, inconsistencies in filing, or name changes; references are to other file titles within this series.

The bulk of this series has been digitized. Material of very specialized or limited interest (e.g. banking records, dairy immunization records, employee tax records, dog licenses etc.) has not been digitized.
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kentrock, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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International Workers Order

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5192, Frame 1299-1528
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1955, 1960, undated
Scope and Contents note:
(correspondence concerning Kent's lecture tours, appointments to committees, promotion of This Is My Own, layout and design of IWO publications, conference plans and arrangements, international politics, Kent prints donated for fund-raising purposes, benefit traveling exhibition, IWO's 50th anniversary celebration, activities of local lodges, legal actions by and against IWO, insurance benefits, N.Y. State Insurance Department's campaign to dissolve IWO, Policyholders' Protective Committee, artists' place in the labor movement; printed matter; see also: Culture; Milgrom, Sam; Tallentire, Molly; Tallentire, Norman; and Trauber, Jerry)
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rockwell Kent papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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International Workers Order, cont.

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5193, Frame 2-1558
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rockwell Kent papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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International Workers Order, cont.

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5194, Frame 2-403
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rockwell Kent papers
Archival Repository:
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Kahn, Albert E. and Rietta

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5197, Frame 997-1539
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1948-1961
Scope and Contents note:
(correspondence about: World Congress for Peace, national and international politics, Kahn's writings and passport case, International Workers Order insurance problems, peace movement, news of problems, peace movement, news of family and friends, Rietta's "Mistone" garden sculpture business, trips to the USSR, and Kent gift of paintings to Friendship House; manuscripts of Kahn articles; clippings)
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Milgrom, Sam

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5212, Frame 210-229
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1948-1959
Scope and Contents note:
(news of mutual friends; see also: International Workers Order)
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Tallentire, Norman

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5238, Frame 1378-1519
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1953
Scope and Contents note:
(correspondence about International Workers Order, raffle of art work for fund raising, requests for Kent to speak, detention at Ellis Island, McCarthyism; printed matter re: Norman Tallentire Jubilee and Committee for the Defense of Norman Tallentire; see also: International Workers Order)
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Trauber, Jerry and Selma

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5241, Frame 900-972
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1971, undated
Scope and Contents note:
(correspondence about sales of Kent books, monument design, and International Workers Order; see also: International Workers Order)
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Writings

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Extent:
Reels 5249-5252, 5741
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1906-1978, undated
Scope and Contents note:
Writings, art work, miscellaneous items, and photographs were received from the Estate of Sally Kent Gorton in 2001. Although not physically integrated with the main portion of the collection, this addition to the Rockwell Kent papers is described with the appropriate series in the online edition of the finding aid.

Writings consist of Kent's continuation of his autobiography It's Me, O Lord! (1995). The unpublished 185 page manuscript written between 1955 and 1971 recounts the artist's travels, exhibitions, and political activities during the 1950s and 1960s. Among the art work there are many drawings and sketches in pencil and ink, of miscellaneous subjects and various projects circa 1920-1939 including figure studies, landscapes and illustrations for various books by Kent. Also included are a color lithograph study for a war poster, circa 1941, and Kent's 1968 costume and set designs for Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, along with a recording of Peter Grimes and its libretto. Photographs of people include formal and informal portraits of Rockwell Kent, Kent with others, and each of his wives; other individuals portrayed are Ted R. Lambert and Eugene Vuchatich. Other subjects include views of Asgaard Farm, the rebuilt Kent house at AuSable Forks, NY, and Kent's grave.

Kent presented the manuscripts for most of his books to the USSR, along with the Kent Collection. Included in this series are drafts, notes, and completed manuscripts for monographs, articles, speeches, book reviews, catalog texts and introductory essays, and miscellaneous writings (often unidentified) by Kent. Manuscripts are arranged chronologically, with undated items arranged alphabetically by title. Also included at the end of the series are a small number of manuscripts by other authors.

The unpublished continuation of Kent's autobiography It's Me, O Lord! was received from the estate of his widow, Sally Kent Gorton, 2001.

See Appendix for an itemized list of writings from Series 2.
Arrangement note:
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Poems and political statements written by other authors have not been scanned.
Appendix: Writings from Series 2:
Writings by Rockwell Kent"Men as Animals," 1906-1912

"The False Life," 1906-1912

"True Life," 1906-1912

"A Tragedy of Newfoundland," 1914 (with 1961 revision)

"Alaska Drawings by Rockwell Kent, With a letter from Rockwell Kent to Christian Brinton, M. Knoedler & Co.," 1919

"Greenland for the Painters," 1919

"Art," 1919

"The Tierra del Fuego Journal of Rockwell Kent," 1922

"Voyaging," 1924

"Tristan and Iseult," 1927

"George W. Bellows: His Lithography," 1927

"A Social Evolutionist's View of the War," 1928

Introduction to book about Patagonia, 1931

"Alias Kent by Hogarth, Jr.." 1933

"Rockwellkentiana," 1933

Greenland journal in the form of letters to Frances, 1934-1935

"What Is an American?," 1936

"In the Name of the Great Jehovah," 1936

Van Loon Review, 1937

"What Is an American?" (revised version), 1938

"People's Platform," 1938

"Good Old Loyalty," 1938

"Original Etchings, Lithographs and Woodcuts by American Artists published by the American Artists Group, Inc." (review), 1938

"Fascism versus Civilization," 1938

"On Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men," 1938

"Death Notice" (Dan Cohen), 1938

"Shall We Limit Free Speech?," 1939

"Let's Talk It Over," 1939

"Enemies of Democracy," 1939

"Art Is for Everyone," 1939

"Art for Your Sake!", 1939

"By these pages...," 1940

"First Rough Draft Greenland Article," 1940

"Greenland: An Obligation," 1940

"The Trapper"

"Art in 1940, 1st Draft"

"Art in 1940," 1940

"World's Fair Reporter" (Bill Bernbach, WNYC, interview of Rockwell Kent), 1940

"Introduction by Rockwell Kent to 'Story of the White Collar Worker' by Giacomo Patri," 1940

Introduction to "Portinari and His Art," 1940

"Rockwell Kent: A Short Autobiography," 1940

"Rockwell Kent at Bookshop," 1940

"Statement by Rockwell Kent," 1940

"Introduction to Book on the Work of Candido Portinari," 1940

"Louis Untermeyer," 1940

Love poem to Sally (untitled, illustrated), 1940

"Outline of Address Delivered by Rockwell Kent," 1940

"To Louis and Esther" (poem), 1940

"Christmas 1940" (poem), 1940

"Review of -- Kabloona -- by Gontran de Poncins," 1941

"Portion of Address for Delivery June 5th at National Conference of Social Work, by Rockwell Kent," 1941

"Radio Address, by Rockwell Kent, to Be Delivered at Progressive Librarians Council Broadcast, Sunday, June 22nd," 1941

"Statement on Nazi-Soviet War, by Rockwell Kent," 1941

" 'The Intent of the Artist,' reviewed by Rockwell Kent," 1941

"A Northern Christmas," 1941

"Outline of Address for Fourth American Writers Congress," 1941

"Editorial for -- Junior Guide -- of International Workers Order," 1941

"Introduction to Book-Plate Catalog," 1941

"Article for Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. Year Book," 1941

"Introduction for Catalog of American Library of Color Slides," 1941

"Statement for American Council on Soviet Relations," 1941

"To Sally" (illustrated poem), 1941

"Article for UOPWA News," 1942

"Introduction to Catalog of Rockwell Kent Exhibition at the Wildenstein Galleries," 1942

"Tierra del Fuego," 1942

Article for -- Script -- , 1942

"Introduction to Democracy," 1942

"Statement for Use of Artists League of America," 1942

"Introduction by Rockwell Kent to 'Silk Screen Stenciling as a Fine Art,'" 1942

"On Earth Peace," 1942

"Foreword by Rockwell Kent to -- American Pioneer Arts & Artists -- by Carl Drepperd," 1942

"Article for Use of American Russian Cultural Association Inc. in -- Novosselye -- ," 1942

"WQXR Broadcast 'Other Peoples's Business Program,'" 1943

"Article for Use of the Alumni of the Columbia School of Architecture," 1943

"Art and the People," 1943

"Article for AAA News," 1943

"Statement to AP, UP, -- Herald Tribune, Times, Daily Worker -- on Death of Art Young," 1943

"To Sally" (poem), 1943

"Statement by Rockwell Kent, Famous Landscape and Figure Painter and Wood Engraver, on the Presentation of His Mural-- -- Airplane View of America at Peace-- -- to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce"

"Article on Art Young, For Use of -- New Masses -- Memorial Number," 1944

"Article for Use of the American Artists Group," 1944

"Memorandum on the Proposed Organization for the Publication of Reproductions of American Art," 1944

" -- Arctic Fish Story -- by Otto Wm. Geist" (book review), 1944

"Article for Use of -- Tomorrow -- ," 1944

"Review of -- Horizon Is Calling -- by Taro Yashima," 1944

"Opening Address, Seventh General Convention, IWO," 1944

Obituary of mother, Sarah Holgate Kent, 1944

"Statement for Use of Philadelphia Council of American-Soviet Friendship," 1944

"To Voters of the Thirty-Third New York Congressional District," 1944

"Introduction ALA Fourth Annual Exhibition Catalog," 1944

"Introduction by Rockwell Kent, -- Drawings by American Artists -- ," 1944

" -- Mathematical Basis of the Arts -- , by Joseph Schillinger, Reviewed by Rockwell Kent," 1944

"We Hold These Truths," 1944

"Review for the -- New Masses -- of Steffanson's -- Greenland -- ," 1944

"Synopsis: -- This Is My Own -- by Rockwell Kent," 1944

"Story for -- Readers Digest -- 'Life in America' Series," 1944

"Greetings to the Red Army & Navy," 1944

"Introduction for -- This Is Our War -- Catalog," 1944

"Art with a Little a," 1944

"Small Town War," 1944

"How Not to Get a Seeder," 1944

"Statement for use of International Workers Order," 1945

"Introduction for Exhibition Catalog," 1945

"Shadows of Evening," 1945

"Stories for -- Readers Digest -- 'Life in America' Series," 1945

"Article for Use of Vet," 1946

"Statement for Use of Artists for Action," 1946

"The Artist in America Today," 1946

"Rockwell Kent Biographical Sketch for Use of General Electric Company," 1946

"Statement for Use of International Workers Order," 1947

"John Trumbull" and "Frederick Remington," supplementary text for -- World Famous Paintings -- , 1947

"To Thee" (history of the Rahr Malting Co.), 1947

"We Hold These Truths" (articles for use of -- Fraternal Outlook -- ), 1948

" -- The Mathematical Basis of the Arts -- , by Joseph Schillinger, Reviewed by R.K. for -- Music News -- ," 1948

"Radio Script--O. John Rogge Program, Tuesday, July 12, 1948, Introduction by Rockwell Kent," 1948

"An Artist in Politics," 1948

"Text of Address to Be Given by Rockwell Kent at Meeting of Business and Professional Women's Club, Plattsburgh, N.Y.," 1948

"Radio Script, Rockwell Kent Address at Skidmore College Forum," 1948

"Radio Address to Be Given by Rockwell Kent, American Labor Party Candidate for Congress, 33d District, New York," 1948

"Radio Script, Christmas Greetings from Rockwell Kent for Arthur Gaeth Program," 1948

"Wallace Speech," 1948

"To Voters of the Thirty-Third New York Congressional District," 1948

"Rsum of Still-Born Address to World Congress for Peace, Paris, 1949," 1949

"Statement on Conviction of the Twelve by Rockwell Kent (for Use of the International Workers Order)," 1949

"We Hold These Truths" (articles for use by -- Fraternal Outlook -- ), 1949

"Introduction by Rockwell Kent to -- Southern Cross -- , by Lawrence O. Hyde," 1950

"We Hold These Truths" (article for use of the -- Fraternal Outlook -- ), 1950

"Article for Use of VOKS," 1950

"Copy for Sabattis Ranch Booklet (Rough Draft)," 1950

"Radio Address Delivered by Rockwell Kent Sunday, April 15, 1950, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.," 1950

"Greetings from Rockwell Kent to the Congress of the Peoples for Peace," 1952

Article for Use of International Workers Order, 1952

"Stenographic Record of a Meeting of the VOKS Section of Fine Arts," 1953

"Statement by Rockwell Kent" (re: McCarthy hearings), 1953

"Christmas Record 1953," 1953

"Place Card Poems--New Year's Eve, 1953," 1953

"Silas Timberman -- , by Howard Fast, Reviewed by Rockwell Kent for Use of -- New World Review -- ," 1954

"Realism in Art by Sidney Finkelstein, Reviewed by Rockwell Kent for Use of -- Masses & Mainstream -- ," 1954

Unpublished continuation of autobiography, -- It's Me, O Lord! -- (1955), recounting the artist's travels, exhibitions and political activities during the 1950s and 1960s, circa 1955-1971

"Article for Publication in the USSR," 1957

"Article for Use of -- New World Review -- ," 1957

"Article for Use of -- New World Review -- ," 1958

Trip Book (diary detailing trip to USSR), 1958

"Article for Use of -- Standard Times -- (New Bedford, Mass.)," 1959

"Of Men and Mountains," 1959

"Remarks for Tolstoi Jubilee," 1960

"Gift of Peace--An Account of Rockwell Kent's Presentation of a Collection of His Works to the People of the Soviet Union," 1961

"Article for Use of -- New World Review -- ," 1962

"Statement for November 26th Meeting, NCASF, by Rockwell Kent," 1962

"To Major Gherman Titov, Greeting!" 1962

"World Conference on Disarmament and Peace--Statement by Rockwell Kent," 1962

"Your Money or Your Life," 1962

"Kent-Feild Ms., Kent Chapters," [1965]

"Books Make the Home," [1965]

"Love Letter to a Friend," 1965

"Rough Draft-- -- Voyaging -- , Introduction for USSR Edition," 1965

"Introduction to -- Voyaging -- USSR Edition," 1965

"Article for Use of -- New Times-- -- New Year's Issue" (draft and final), 1966

"Greetings to Soviet People from Rockwell Kent" (for use of TASS)

"Introduction for Excerpts from -- It's Me, O Lord -- " (to be used as text book in the Leningrad Conservatory), 1966

"Introduction for Soviet Edition of Rockwell Kent's -- Greenland Journal -- ," 1966

Letter to the Editor, -- National Guardian -- , 1966

"Rough--Message for Bulgarian Radio," 1966

"Message for Use of Bulgarian Radio," 1966

Poems, 1966

"Preface to Grosset & Dunlap Edition of -- Voyaging -- ," 1967

Poems, 1968

"Abridgement of Kremlin Speech (Excerpt from Radio Address, Delivered in Croton)," undated

"After Long Years" (draft), undated

"After Long Years," undated

"Anecdote for Use of Compton Advertising in -- Songs My Mother Taught Me -- ," undated

"Announcement," undated

"Art"

"Article for Use in -- Art and Advertising -- ," undated

"Article for Use of American Russian Cultural Association, Inc. in -- Novosselye -- ," undated

"Article for Use in -- The Blue Book of Peace -- ," undated

"Article for Use in -- The Blue Book of Peace -- " (draft), undated

"Article for Use of -- The Christian Register -- ," undated

"Article for Use of IWO in Souvenir Journal of the Ukrainian Societies' Cultural Festivals," undated

"Article for Use of -- The Key -- ," undated

"Article for Use of Local Papers, AuSable," undated

"Article for Use of -- Moscow News -- (Man and War Forum)," undated

"Copy, Article for Use of -- Moscow News -- (Man and War Forum)," undated

"Article for Use of -- Pravda -- ," undated

"Article for Use of Professor Guy Gayler Clark in -- Art and Advertising -- ," undated

"Article for Use of -- Soviet Culture -- ," undated

"Article for Use of -- Tomorrow -- ," undated

"The Artist in America Today," undated

"The Beasts," undated

"Bowden College Exhibition Catalog," undated

"Competition," undated

"Copy for Prospectus, Rockwell Kent Bookplates & Marks, Second Series," undated

"Editorial for -- Junior Guide -- of International Workers Order," undated

"The Entry of the Gods into Valhalla," undated

"Greenland: An Obligation," undated

"Interview Between Rockwell Kent & Andrei Melnkov on the Training and Subsequent Careers of Artists in the USSR," undated

"Introduction" [2 separate pieces], undated

"Introduction--Bookplate Book," undated

"Introduction by Rockwell Kent to a Portfolio of the Lithographs of Charles White," undated

"Introduction for Art Directors' Annual," undated

"Introduction to Book-Plate Catalog," undated

"Introduction to Enrico Glicenstein Memorial Publication," undated

"Introduction to -- Fifty Prints -- ," undated

"IWO Telephone Hook-Up Address," undated

"Lincoln Steffens Speaking" (book review), undated

"Message for November 28th Carnegie Hall Meeting of National Council of American-Soviet Friendship from Rockwell Kent," undated

"The Missing Lynx, New Light on Human Nature, Told by the Lynx. (`Might Is Right und Lynx Ist Rechts'.)," undated

"The Most Unforgettable Character I Have Ever Met," undated

"Notes by Rockwell Kent for Use of Miss Marie B. Ryan, Editor of the -- Sketch Book of Kappa pi -- in an Article Titled: `The Things I Wish They'd Taught Me'," undated

"Nuremberg--And After," undated

"On Being Famous," undated

"On the Writings of Rockwell Kent," undated

"Original Page of -- Salamina -- Manuscript," undated

"Preface," undated

"Preface to the Monhegan Edition," undated

"Proposal for the Solution of the Liquor Problem," undated

"Review, by Rockwell Kent, of -- The Game of Death -- ," undated

"Review of -- Eskimo -- , by Peter Freuchen," undated

"Rockwell Kent," undated

"Rockwell Kent Biographical Data," undated

" -- Salome -- , by Oscar Wilde. -- Inventions -- , by John Vassos. -- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell -- , by William Blake" (book review), undated

"A Second Preface--Eleven Years Later," undated

"Speech for Opening of Exhibition," undated

"Statement for November 26th Meeting, NCASF," undated

"Statement for Use of National Council for American-Soviet Friendship," undated

"Statement for Use of the Teachers Union," undated

"Statement on 'American Art Today,'" undated

"Statement on the Arrest of the Communist Leaders," undated

"Story for -- Reader's Digest -- 'Life in America' Series," undated

"Text for -- The Lovers -- , Wood Engraving by Rockwell Kent" undated

"Unpublished Manuscript," undated

"Vegetarianism," undated

"We Hold these Truths" (Article for Use of -- Fraternal Outlook -- , by Rockwell Kent), (2 separate articles), undated

"What Home Means to Me," undated

"When I Was a Teener," undated

"Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck" (draft of book review by Kent), undated

" -- Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck -- , by P. Beam," undated

Greenland Journal -- , undated

"A Voyager's Log, Part II," undated

Wilderness -- , undated

World Famous Paintings -- , undated

Untitled, undated

Poems, undated

Fragments and Miscellaneous Notes, undated

Writings by Sarah Holgate Kent [mother]"The Little I Know of My Ancestors. As Far Back As I Can Remember," 1941

Writings by Sally Kent (Gorton)"Monhegan Notebook," 1950

"Article for R.K. Memorial Booklet--First Rough Draft," 1971

"Article for Rockwell Kent Memorial Portfolio," 1971

" -- Bulgaria Today: The Land and the People -- , by William Cary" (review), 1971

"Greeting for World Peace Council Meeting, Budapest--First Rough," 1971

"Greeting in Memory of Rockwell Kent for World Peace Council, Meeting in Budapest--3d Best," 1971

"Greeting in Memory of Rockwell Kent for World Peace Council, Meeting in Budapest--2d Best," 1971

"The Happiest Day," 1971

Drafts of Memoir ("Introduction," "Living on and off--The Land!," "Memoirs," "Chapter I--Save, Use," "First Chapter--Passages to Add Perhaps," "Chapter 2," "1971 Later--31 Years Later," "Use," "July 3, 1972"), 1971

Memoir Notes ("Monhegan Notes," "Notes and Quotes for Use in Book--'Rockwell Kent--Some Fireside Reminiscences,' " "Possibly for Use," "Random Notes," "R.K. on Homes"), 1971

"Suggested Copy: -- New York Times -- Ad to Be Sponsored by Committee of Concerned Citizens" ("Rockwell Kent's Engagement with Life"--Draft), 1971

"Rockwell Kent's Engagement with Life for Use of -- American Dialogue -- ," 1971

"Rockwell Kent--Glimpses" (notes), 1971

"The Making of -- It's Me, O Lord -- , Draft," 1974

"The Making of -- It's Me, O Lord -- For Use in -- The Kent Collector -- ," 1974

"And Now Monhegan Again!," 1977

"The Jay Taxpayers Association in 1933: A Good Fight," 1977

"Muddling Through" (shorthand), 1978

"Dedication Words" (notes, some in shorthand), 1978

"Rockwell Kent Gallery Dedication Words," 1978

"Story" (shorthand), 1978

"Story 'In the Drawer' for Time Being," 1978

"The Happiest Day," undated

Poem, undated

Writings by Others About KentReviews of Books by Rockwell Kent, 1931-1941

Poems, undated

"The Beautiful American," undated

"Biographical Notes--Rockwell Kent," undated

" -- It's Me, O Lord -- , Introduction, On Rockwell Kent and His Autobiography," undated

"Kent--The Writer," undated

"Message by Y. A. Malik on the Occasion of the Opening of the Exhibition of Soviet and American Prints," undated

"Part One, Books Written and Illustrated by Rockwell Kent, by Dan Burne Jones," undated
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Rockwell Kent papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kentrock, Series 2
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"The Stormy Petrel of American Art"

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