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Horace Pippin memoir fragments

Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
ca. 1920
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Inspiration  Search this
Memoirs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7435
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Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920-1943
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Horace Pippin, West Chester, Pa. letter to unidentified recipient

Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Subject:
Pippin, Horace  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
ca. 1943
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Inspiration  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7468
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Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920-1943
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7468
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Horace Pippin memoir of his experiences in France during World War I

Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
between 1920 and 1943?
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Memoirs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7432
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Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920-1943
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Archives of American Art
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Horace Pippin, West Chester, Pa. letter to Robert Carlen, Philadelphia, Pa.

Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Carlen, Robert, 1906-1990  Search this
Subject:
Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1943 Feb. 1
Topic:
Art dealers  Search this
Art market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7469
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Spring Flowers with Lace Doily, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Title:
Vase of Flowers [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)
Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944
Topic:
Still Life--Flower  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041784
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41785

Lilies, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1941
Topic:
Object--Flower--Lily  Search this
Architecture interior  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041785
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41786

The Woman Taken in Adultery, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1941
Topic:
Religion  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041786
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41787

The Woman Taken in Adultery, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1941
Topic:
Religion  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041788
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41789

Temptation of St. Anthony, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1946
Topic:
Religion--Saint--St. Anthony  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0080875
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_80876

Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920-1943

Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Subject:
Carlen, Robert  Search this
Topic:
Painting  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Folk art  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Self-taught artists  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8586
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210765
AAA_collcode_pipphora
Theme:
Diaries
African American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210765
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Handwritten Notebook

Collection Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Extent:
(50 numbered pages)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
October 4, 1920
Scope and Contents note:
A second handwritten account of Pippin's World War I experiences in France. In this notebook, Pippin recounts arriving in France, the cold and the snow, and his perception of the feelings of the French civilians. He also recounts an intense battle with the Germans, apparently the same battle as in the first notebook, but ending before he is shot.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Horace Pippin notebooks and letters 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:
Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920, 1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Handwritten Notebook entitled, "[t. Mihiel, Heaviest Champagne Argonne, Hear]"

Collection Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Extent:
(18 numbered pages)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920
Scope and Contents note:
A third handwritten account of Pippin's World War I experiences in France. In this notebook, Pippin again recounts a battle with the Germans in France, most probably the same battle as in the other two notebooks. Note, however, that he spells Argonne as Oregon in this notebook, which differs from the writing on the cover. In this account, he recalls more conversations with fellow soldiers and orders from his officers. Again, this notebook ends before his injury occurs.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Horace Pippin notebooks and letters 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:
Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920, 1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-pipphora-ref18

Notebook Fragments

Collection Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Extent:
(3 loose pages)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920
Scope and Contents note:
Handwritten fragments, possibly from another notebook, recalling the same intense World War I battle in France but prefaced with some of his thoughts on war and soldiering.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Horace Pippin notebooks and letters 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:
Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920, 1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1943, 1943
Scope and Contents note:
One letter, circa 1943, is addressed to "My Dear Friends" and begins with "my life story of art. that is my art, and no one el[c]...." wherein Pippin recounts a childhood memory of creating artwork for a Sunday school sale and how the "war of 1917... brought out all of the art in me" and how he paints from it today.

A second letter dated February 1, 1943 is to Robert Carlen, his dealer. Pippin apologizes for Mr. Carlen thinking that he does not treat his friends or Mr. Carlen's friends "right, in my home, if anyone comes in to [see me] art." Pippin will see to it that Mrs. John D. Hamilton is treated as nice as possible. He goes on to say that he wants Carlen to send his Domino game painting to a show so Dr. Albert C. Barnes can see it.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Horace Pippin notebooks and letters 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:
Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920, 1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Three Soldiers on March (from War Diary Notebooks), [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1917-1918
Topic:
History--United States--World War I  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041782
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41783

Soldiers with Gas Masks in Trench (from War Diary Notebooks), [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1917-1918
Topic:
History--United States--World War I  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041783
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41784

West Chester, Pennsylvania, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Pippin, Horace 1888-1946  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1942
Topic:
Landscape--Pennsylvania--West Chester  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041789
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41790

Horace Pippin memoir of his experiences in World War I

Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Type:
Writings
Place:
Europe
Date:
ca. 1921
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Memoirs  Search this
Soldiers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7434
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Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920-1943
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Horace Pippin notebooks and letters

Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Names:
Carlen, Robert, 1906-1990  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Date:
circa 1920, 1943
Summary:
The collection measures 0.2 linear feet and consists of three notebooks, notebook fragments, and two letters written by African American primitive painter Horace Pippin. The three notebooks and notebook fragments contain Pippin's World War I memoirs written in the 1920s, one of which is illustrated by Pippin with six drawings of war scenes. Two letters are dated 1943 and circa 1943. One of the letters is written to "Dear Friends" and begins with "life story of art."; the other is written to dealer Robert Carlen about showing his painting Domino [Game] Players.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection measures 0.2 linear feet and consists of three notebooks, notebook fragments, and two letters created by African American primitive painter Horace Pippin. The notebooks recount Pippin's World War I experiences, including his being wounded. One of the notebooks is illustrated.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.

Series 1: Horace Pippin Notebooks and Letters, circa 1920s, 1943; 8 items
Biographical Note:
Born in West Chester, Pa., in 1888 Pippin was a self-taught primitive painter. His fighting experiences in France during World War I greatly influenced his later paintings. During the war, he was wounded and lost the use of his right arm. When painting, he had to use his left hand to guide his right. He gained a national reputation as a "true American primitive" in the 1940s, when his bold narrative paintings of childhood memories, war experiences, heroes, African American genre scenes, and religious subjects were widely exhibited, including his famous painting of the hanging of John Brown. Pippin died in 1946.
Provenance:
Horace Pippin's war memiors/notebooks and one letter were purchased from Robert Carlen, Pippin's dealer, in 1956. The 1943 letter from Pippin to Carlen was donated by Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Moore in 1983.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Horace Pippin notebooks and letters 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:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Folk art -- United States  Search this
Painting -- United States  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American  Search this
Self-taught artists -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Citation:
Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920, 1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.pipphora
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Archives of American Art
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Handwritten and Illustrated Notebook entitled, "Horace Pippin's Autobiography, First World War", (illustrated)

Collection Creator:
Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Extent:
(62 numbered pages, pages 37-40 have been cut out)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s
Scope and Contents note:
Pippin recounts his World War I experiences in detail from the time he left the United States on November 17th, 1917 with the 15th N.Y. Infantry for France. Pippin writes of life in the trenches and dug-outs, night forays and traveling through enemy territory, details of days and nights of battles and getting shelled, gassed, and machine gun fire by the Germans, and his perceptions of fighting alongside French and Algerian soldiers. He also recounts the details of getting shot in the shoulder and right arm, lying in the trench too weak to get up, having a French soldier get shot and fall upon him dead and not being able to move out from under the dead man, getting some bread and water from the dead body, and finally being rescued and moved around in the field until being loaded onto an ambulance and taken to one hospital and being transferred to another one.

Illustrated with six pencil and crayon drawings of marching and battle scenes.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Horace Pippin notebooks and letters 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:
Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920, 1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Horace Pippin notebooks and letters
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pipphora-ref14

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