This collection is arranged as 8 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1942-circa 1969 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-1976 (0.7 linear feet; Box 1) Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1934-1976 (0.7 linear feet; Box 1-2) Series 4: Tamarind Lithography Fellowship Files, 1958-1970 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2) Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1938-1974 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2) Series 6: Printed Material, 1932-1979 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-4) Series 7: Artwork, circa 1958 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3-5) Series 8: Photographic Material, 1922-1979 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of Southern California art dealer and abstract painter John McLaughlin measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1922 to 1979. The collection documents John McLaughlin's personal life and career through biographical material, correspondence, writings, Tamarind Lithography fellowship files, scattered personal business records, printed materials, artwork, and photographic material.
John McLaughlin papers, 1922-1979, bulk 1936-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 1410-1413 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.
The John McLaughlin 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.
The Archives of American Art also holds an oral history interview of John D. McLaughlin conducted July 23, 1974, by Paul J. Karlstrom.
John Dwyer McLaughlin (1898-1976) was best known as one of the leading Los Angeles "hard-edge" geometric abstractionist painters and one of the artists featured in the seminal 1959 exhibition "Four Abstract Classicists" curated by Jules Langsner. McLaughlin was also a dealer of Japanese art prints.
The collection is in English.
The John McLaughlin papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in multiple installments. John McLaughlin donated material in 1973 and his widow Florence McLaughlin donated material in 1976. Additional papers were donated by the artist's nephew John McLaughlin in 1998 and 1999. A painting was donated 2015 by Stephne' Hesen estate.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001