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Notes

Collection Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Alice Neel 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:
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Writings

Collection Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Alice Neel 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:
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983

Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Topic:
Portrait painters  Search this
Portrait painting  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7576
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209737
AAA_collcode_neelalic
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209737
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Alice Neel papers

Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Notes
Date:
1933-1983
Summary:
The papers of New York painter Alice Neel measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1933 to 1983. The bulk of the collection documents the last fifteen years of Neel's career as an artist. Found within the papers are letters from galleries, museums, and art organizations; writings and notes by Neel; exhibition catalogs, clippings, and other printed material; and photographs depicting Neel, exhibitions, and her artwork.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of New York painter Alice Neel measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1933 to 1983. The bulk of the collection documents the last fifteen years of Neel's career as an artist. Found within the papers are letters from galleries, museums, and art organizations; writings and notes by Neel; exhibition catalogs, clippings, and other printed material; and photographs depicting Neel, exhibitions, and her artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as # series:

Series 1: Letters, circa 1968-1983 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings and Notes, circa 1960-1979 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1933-1983 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Photographs, 1940-1983 (Box 1; 6 folders)
Biographical Note:
Alice Neel (1900-1984) was a painter in New York, NY. She was known for her portraits of New York artists and intellectuals. Neel studied painting at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now the Moore College of Art and Design) from 1921-1925. She married Cuban artist Carlos EnrĂ­quez, and they briefly lived in Havana, Cuba. After the break-up of their marriage, she settled in New York City. During the 1930s she worked for the Public Works of Art Project and the Works Progress Administration, painting scenes of urban poverty and developing her distinctive portrait style. She pursued a career as a figurative painter during a period when abstraction was favored, and she did not begin to gain critical praise for her work until the 1960s. Neel received an honorary doctorate from the Moore College of Art and Design in 1971 and a retrospective of her work was held at the Whitney Museum in 1974. During the last decade of her life she finally received extensive national recoginition for her paintings. Neel was also a notable public speaker and often spoke on the topic of women artists.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are printed material on Romare Bearden, Alice Neel, and Howard Newman, 1975-1990, compiled by Dennis Florio, and a videorecording of "Art and Alice Neel," 1975, recorded as part of University of Georgia Television station WGTV's "Forum" program.
Provenance:
The collection was donated from 1974 to 1983 by Alice Neel.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Alice Neel 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:
Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Portrait painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Notes
Citation:
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.neelalic
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Patricia Hills papers

Creator:
Hills, Patricia  Search this
Names:
Women's Caucus for Art  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Stevens, May  Search this
Extent:
23.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
circa 1900-2015
bulk 1968-2009
Summary:
The papers of art historian, curator, and educator Patricia Hills measure 23.1 linear feet and date from circa 1900-2015, bulk 1968-2009. Central to this collection are project files documenting professional work that resulted in lectures, publications, exhibitions, art history courses on numerous artists including Alice Neel, Jacob Lawrence, May Stevens, Rudolf Baranik, and John Singer Sargent. These files and files documenting Hills's tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art include planning documents, research files, correspondence, manuscripts and accompanying publications, as well as other printed materials. The collection also contains correspondence with art historians, artists, curators, and others, notably Lawrence Alloway, Lowery Stokes Sims, Lucy R. Lippard, T.J. Clark, Leon Golub, and Donald Kuspit; professional files documenting grants and residencies awarded and consulting work; artist and subject files; other writings; and printed material. Membership and affiliation records document Hills' service to the profession, including Women's Caucus for Art and the Visual Culture/Art History Caucus of the American Studies Association.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian, curator, and educator Patricia Hills measure 23.1 linear feet and date from circa 1900-2015, bulk 1968-2009. Central to this collection are project files documenting professional work that resulted in lectures, publications, exhibitions, art history courses on numerous artists including Alice Neel, Jacob Lawrence, May Stevens, Rudolf Baranik, and John Singer Sargent. These files and files documenting Hills's tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art include planning documents, research files, correspondence, manuscripts and accompanying publications, as well as other printed materials. The collection also contains correspondence with art historians, artists, curators, and others, notably Lawrence Alloway, Lowery Stokes Sims, Lucy R. Lippard, T.J. Clark, Leon Golub, and Donald Kuspit; professional files documenting grants and residencies awarded and consulting work; artist and subject files; other writings; and printed material. Membership and affiliation records document Hills' service to the profession, including Women's Caucus for Art and the Visual Culture/Art History Caucus of the American Studies Association.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1968-2015 (2 Linear Feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 2: Project Files, circa 1900-2011 (10.5 Linear Feet; Boxes 3-13, OV24)

Series 3: Whitney Museum Files, circa 1900-2015, bulk 1973-1987 (3.6 Linear Feet; Boxes 13-16)

Series 4: Professional Files, circa 1962-2012 (1.9 Linear Feet; Boxes 17-18)

Series 5: Membership and Affiliation Records, circa 1970-2013 (1.8 Linear Feet; Boxes 18-20)

Series 6: Writings, circa 1966-2011 (0.4 Linear Feet; Boxes 20-21)

Series 7: Artist Files, circa 1958-2014 (0.9 Linear Feet; Box 21)

Series 8: Subject Files, circa 1961-2007 (1 Linear Feet; Box 22)

Series 9: Printed Material, circa 1970-2010 (1 Linear Feet; Box 23)
Biographical / Historical:
Patricia Hills (1936-) is an art historian, curator, and Professor Emerita of American Art and African American Art at Boston University. Hills obtained a B.A. from Stanford University in Modern European Literature, an M.A. from Hunter College in 1968, where she was advised by Leo Steinberg, and her PhD. from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Hills worked as Associate and later Adjunct Curator of 18th and 19th Century American Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1972 until 1987. During that time she organized exhibitions including John Singer Sargent (1986) while progressively becoming more invested as an educator, with teaching positions at Hunter College and the Institute of Fine Arts. In February 2011 she received the Distinguished Teaching of Art History award from the College Art Association.

Hills served as the Director of the Boston University Art Gallery from 1980-1989, and began her tenure in the art history department as Associate Professor in 1978. She was co-founder of the Boston Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art and was highly active in the College Art Association and American Studies Association. She has held fellowships at numerous institutions including the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

As a principal author she is responsible for organizing a number of monograph and exhibition catalog publishing efforts including Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence (2010), May Stevens (2005), Eastman Johnson: Painting America (co-authored, 1999), John Singer Sargent (1986), Alice Neel (1983), Social Concern and Urban Realism: American Painting of the 1930s (1983), Turn-of-the-Century America: Paintings, Graphics, Photographs, 1890-1910 (1977), The Painters' America: Rural and Urban Life, 1810-1910 (1974), and The American Frontier: Images and Myths (1973). In addition, Patricia Hills has authored numerous articles for art publications, served as reviewer for College Art Association's CAA Reviews, and has contributed greatly as a peer reviewer and editor. From 1990 to 1999, she served as series editor for six books in the Cambridge Studies in American Visual Culture series, published by Cambridge University Press.
Provenance:
Donated in 2018 by Patricia Hills.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Patricia Hills 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.
Occupation:
Museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art historians -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Art, American -- 19th century  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Citation:
Patricia Hills Papers, circa 1950s-2015, bulk 1968-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hillspat
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Writings and Notes

Collection Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 2 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1960-1979
Scope and Contents note:
This series includes artists' statements, Neel's acceptance speech for her degree, her Bloomsburg State College lecture, a one page reminiscence on Anton Refregier, and miscellaneous notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Alice Neel 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:
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.neelalic, Series 2
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Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1968-1983
Scope and Contents note:
Letters are from galleries, museums, and art organizations and primarily concern Neel's work and art related activities. Also found are holiday and birthday cards from friends as well as fan mail. Included among the letters from 1977 are two color snapshots of Neel.
Arrangement note:
Letters are arranged chronologically.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Alice Neel 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:
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.neelalic, Series 1
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Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933-1983
Scope and Contents note:
Printed material primarily document's Neels late career from 1970 to 1983. Included are announcements and exhibiton catalogs for solo and group shows, newspaper and magazine articles about Neel, and scattered press releases, flyers, and event brochures. Also found is a journal, Mother Number Six, which includes reproductions of Neel's portraits of Joe Gould.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Alice Neel 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:
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.neelalic, Series 3
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Archives of American Art
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 6 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1983
Scope and Contents note:
Found in this series are eight photograph portraits of Alice Neel, including one of her in her studio in 1983, and photographs of exhibition openings at the Maxwell Gallery and the Graham Gallery. Photographs of these openings include her colleagues John Koch and Raphael Soyer. Photograph stills for the movie "Pull My Daisy" depict Neel and others. Also found are photographs of Neel's artwork and slides of an exhibtion installation at Akron Art Institute.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Alice Neel 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:
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.neelalic, Series 4
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Interview with Alice Neel conducted by Yetta and Werner Groshans

Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Groshans, Yetta  Search this
Subject:
Groshans, Werner Emil  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1979 March 20
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19841
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Werner and Yetta Groshans papers, 1926-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Interview with Alice Neel

Creator:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1980
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19900
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Werner and Yetta Groshans papers, 1926-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19900

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111568
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_111569

Kramer? [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111569
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_111570

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111570
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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edanmdm:siris_jul_111571

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111571
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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edanmdm:siris_jul_111572

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111572
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_111573

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111573
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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edanmdm:siris_jul_111574

White, Max, The Architect [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111574
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_111575

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111575
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_111576

Farmer, James [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Neel, Alice 1900-1984  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0111576
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_111577

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