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Collection Creator:
Dasburg, Andrew, 1887-1979  Search this
Archival materials
1854, 1882-1963
Scope and Contents note:
Eighty years of Johnson's general correspondence primarily consists of personal letters with friends, family, and fellow artists. There is also a substantial amount of correspondence with her son, Alfred Dasburg. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1906 to 1919. Because Alfred spent most of his childhood living in Taos with his father, Andrew Dasburg, or away at school or camp, Johnson's correspondence with her son provides very candid and detailed accounts of her daily activities. The letters discuss her current artwork, news from her friends and relatives, and her travels, including her stay in Taos, New Mexico in 1919. Also included are numerous letters written during her stay in a mental hospital from 1937 to 1938. Many of her later letters to Alfred include reminiscences of her youth and extensive self-analysis. General correspondence with other family and friends is extensive and most often discusses social events, news of family and friends, and other daily activities of the writer. Family correspondence includes numerous letters between Johnson and her siblings, especially her brother Van Cleve Johnson. Grace Mott Johnson corresponded with numerous painter and sculptor friends whom she met at the Art Students' League and in Woodstock, New York. Some of these include Marion Bullard, Russell Cowles, John F. and Margaret Carlson, Florence Ballin Cramer, Florence Lucius, Walter Frankl, Lila Wheelock Howard, with whom she shared a studio for a period of time, Thomas Hunt, Henry Lee McFee, Morgan Russell, Mary Riley, Lee Simonson, Lindsey Morris Sterling, and Alice Morgan Wright. Johnson was also close friends with the Davidson family, and found here is her correspondence with the sculptor Jo Davidson and his two sisters Ray and Rose. Other notable correspondence is with friend Vera Spier Kuhn, wife of artist Walt Kuhn, art patron Mable Dodge Luhan, journalist John Reed, gallery owner William Macbeth, and her psychiatrist Abraham Brill. Also found is a small amount of correspondence documenting Johnson's civil rights activities, including letters from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. This subseries also includes the correspondence of Frances H. Johnson, Grace Mott Johnson's aunt, also known as Aunt Fanny, with whom she was very close. Found here are postcards and letters from family and friends as well as numerous letters between Frances and Grace Mott Johnson, including several detailed letters from Grace describing her time in Taos. See Appendix B for a select list of correspondents from Series 2.2.
Appendix B: Correspondents from Series 2.2: Grace Mott Johnson Papers, General Correspondence:
Barclay, Jessie: 1909 Bercinsky, David: 1911, 1929, undated Bercinsky, Rachel: 1906, 1908 Bigelow, Poultney: 1910, 1911, undated Borglum, Gutzon: 1908 Bradenburgh, Margaret Caspar: 1908, 1910, 1911, 1915, 1916, 1919, 1940 Brill, Abraham A.: 1919, 1921, 1935, 1937-40, 1948 Bullard, Eleanor: 1909 Bullard, Marion: 1911, 1912, undated Cahen, J. B.: 1907 Carlson, John F. & Margaret: 1907-1913, 1921, 1947 Comeau, Martin F.: 1943, 1944 Cook, Charles Bayley: 1911 Cowles, Russell: 1909 Cramer, Florence Ballin: 1907-1912, 1947, undated D'Andrea, Cecelia (Cecil): 1907, 1912, 1921 Dasburg, Margaret: 1908, 1909, 1912, undated Dasburg, Matilda: 1940 Davidson, Jo: 1906-1910 Davidson, Ray: 1906-1914, 1930, 1932, 1938, 1940-1942, 1951 Davidson, Rose: 1906-1913 de Kerstrat, Yvonne: 1909 Debling, Anna J.: 1909 Denman, George: 1917 Doepel, C. Henry: 1922 Drew, Aline: 1937, undated Durgy, Caroline R.: 1908 Eberle, A.: 1930 Edson, Helen: 1908 Ennis, C.: 1910 Frankl, Walter H.: 1915, 1918, 1919, undated Friends Intelligencer -- : 1936 Frost, Chris: 1914 Gardin, Laura: 1908 Geiger, Mary: 1914, 1922 Gilbert, Carl H.: 1927 Harls, E. B.: 1908 Holden, C.: 1950 Howard, Lila Wheelock: 1908-1911, 1914, 1918, 1923, undated Humphrey, T. F.: 1910 Hunt, Dorothy: 1911 Hunt, Thomas: 1908 (illustrated letter) Hutchinson, Mary: 1937 Illava, Agatha: 1933 Isler, Jacques: 1933 Jackson, Harrison S.: 1935 Johnson, Alfred: 1907, 1908, 1911, 1914-1916 Johnson, Francis: 1937, 1947 Johnson, Mark: 1904, 1906, 1909, 1918, 1954 Johnson, Van Cleve: 1904, 1908-1918, 1938, 1942, 1947, undated Kalish Pharmacy: 1910 Kleinert, H.: 1923 Kuhn, Vera Spier: 1908-1912 Labaree, Mary Fleming: 1931 Lane, Mrs. Franklin: 1933 Law, Ellen M.: 1910, 1912, 1922 Lincoln University: 1931 Lucius, Albert: 1922 Lucius, Florence (Floss): 1908-1915, undated Luhan, Mabel Dodge: 1919, 1924, 1933 Macbeth, William: 1911 Macomb, Edith: 1920 Macrum, Mrs. George: 1947 Magee, R.: 1909, 1910 Martin, Daniel S.: 1891 McFee, Henry Lee: 1912, 1914, undated McKenzie, Ilya: 1909-1911 Miles, John E.: 1938 Milner, H. W.: 1910 Morgan, Helen: 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912 Morrell, Edith: 1910, 1911, undated Morton-Morris, Mrs. John: 1946 Mott, Cora E.: 1908 Mott, Jane: 1910 Mott, Laura: 1894, 1906-1908 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: 1935-1937, 1940, undated National Association of Woment Painters and Sculptors: 1937 The New York News -- : 1935 Noyes, Minnie A.: 1916 Odok, Effiom: 1938 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts: 1913 Pfeiffer, J.: 1912 Potterat, Mathilda: 1910, 1912 Radcliffe, C. M. R.: 1912 Raub, Ida: 1922 Reed, John: 1916 Reynolds, William E.: 1922 Riley, Mary: 1909-1911, undated Rogers, Julia J.: 1911 Rosenberg, Elfie Cahen: 1904-1912, 1926 Russell, Morgan: 1908 Schlisinger, Gisela: 1907 Schuyler, Josephine: 1933 Scott, Leon W.: 1935 Sholtz, David: 1935 Simkins, Martha: 1913 Simonson, Lee: 1912, 1914-1917, 1928, undated Smith, S. Archibald: 1920 Spanish and Indian Trading Co.: 1926 Sterling, Lindsey Morris (Sally): 1908-1912 Sutherland, Arthur: 1936-1939 Teague, Cecil: 1911 Teague, Walter: 1911 Wardwell, James: 1909 Watkins, Mary Jane: 1930 Weeks, Henry de F.: 1910 Weigand, Margarith: 1909-1914 White, Mrs. John K.: 1908 Wright, Alice Morgan: 1907, 1908, 1910, 1930 Yaldo, Margaret: 1917-1919
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Andrew Dasburg and Grace Mott Johnson 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:
Andrew Dasburg and Grace Mott Johnson papers, 1833-1980 (bulk 1900-1980). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
AAA.dasbandr, Subseries 2.2
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Andrew Dasburg and Grace Mott Johnson papers
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art