The collection is arranged into thirteen series: Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1888-1965 (box 1; 1 folder) Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1972 (box 1; 0.6 linear ft) Series 3: Financial Material, 1933-1971 (box 1; 2 folders) Series 4: Notebook/Notes, undated (box 1; 2 folders) Series 5: Projects, 1880-1969, undated (boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear ft.) Series 6: Subject File, 1960-1968 (box 2; 1 folder) Series 7: Printed Material, 1916-1992, undated (boxes 2-4, 7; 1.5 linear ft.) Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-1975, undated (box 4; 15 folders) Series 9: Slides of Art Association, Iowa Farmland and the Chrysler Museum, circa 1960, undated (box 4; 1 folder) Series 10: Drawings, circa 1929-1934 (box 5; 1 folder) Series 11: Sketchbooks, 1913-1969 (boxes 5-8; 2.5 linear ft.) Series 12: Annotations/Item Descriptions by Josephine Couch Del Deo, undated (box 6; 2 folders) Series 13: Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett Papers, circa 1870-1975 (boxes 9-11; 0.7 linear ft.)
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
This collection measures 7.7 linear feet, dates from circa 1870 to 1992, and documents the life and career of painter Ross Moffett and, to a lesser extent, the life and career of his wife, painter, lithographer, etcher, and illustrator, Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, artwork including sketchbooks, and printed material including published writings, newspaper clippings, press releases, and exhibition catalogs.
Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers, circa 1870-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection and material lent for microfilming are available on 35 mm microfilm reels D80, 4924-4929, and 5044 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.
Related resources in the Archives of American Art include a sound recording of a transcribed interview with Ross Moffett by Dorothy Seckler, August 27, 1962; and a sound recording of an untranscribed interview with Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett by Robert F. Brown, September 22, 1972. The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D80) including 150 letters relating to art organizations, museums, and government art projects, news clippings, records of the Provincetown Art Association, and the Emergency Committee for the Protection of Province Lands, and miscellaneous publications. Lent materials were returned to Ross Moffett and are now housed at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. This material is not described in the collection container inventory.
Ross Moffett (1888-1971) was an important figure in the development of modernism in American Art after World War I. His paintings primarily depict the life and landscapes of the Provincetown, Massachusetts area. Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett is perhaps best known as a printmaker and illustrator of children's books and magazines.
Ross Moffett initally lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1962. The remainder of the collection was donated in 1974 by his widow, Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett (died 1975), via Ross Moffett's biographer, Josephine Del Deo, who turned the papers over in installments. Archaeological material and artifacts received with the papers were donated to the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001