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Seitz, William C. (William Chapin)  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Banks-Woodson, Ellen  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Seitz, Irma  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Rosati, James  Search this
Monet, Claude  Search this
Krebs, Rockne  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Elliott, Philip Clarkson  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Rene  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Baziotes, William  Search this
Barr, Alfred Hamilton  Search this
University of Virginia  Search this
Sound recordings
Drafts (documents)
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Physical Description:
32.5 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 8 series: Series 1: Biographical Information, 1930s-1974 (Box 1; 7 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1945-1995 (Boxes 1-2; 1.6 linear feet) Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1947-1990 (Boxes 2-3; 0.4 linear feet) Series 4: Research and Writing Files, 1940s-1970s (Boxes 4-26; 23.5 linear feet) Series 5: Teaching Files, 1945-1970s (Boxes 27-31, OV 34-35; 5 linear feet) Series 6: Printed Material, 1937-1984 (Boxes 31-2; 0.5 linear feet) Series 7: Photographs, 1940s-1981 (Box 32, 33; 11 folders) Series 8: Artwork, circa 1950s-1972 (Box 32, 33; 6 folders)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of educator, painter, and art historian William C. Seitz measure 32.5 linear feet and date from circa 1930-1995. The collection includes biographical information, correspondence, notebooks, subject and people files, thesis research files, interviews and lecture recordings, teaching files, personal business records, scattered printed materials, photographs, and artwork. The bulk of the papers focus on Seitz's research and teaching career.
William C. Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Related Materials:
The Museum of Modern Art Archives in New York City holds the William C. Seitz papers which contain exhibition files and records relating to an interview with Marcel Duchamp. Correspondence relating to the debate concerning the viability of Seitz's dissertation are found in the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. papers also at the Museum of Modern Art Archives.
Biography Note:
William C. Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian and scholar, painter, educator, and museum curator who worked primarily in New York and Virginia. He completed the first dissertation on Abstract Expressionism while a student at Princeton University in 1955.
Language Note:
Collection is in English. Some records are in French.
The William C. Seitz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Seitz's widow, Irma Seitz, in 1975 and 2003. A transcript of an interview with Mark Tobey by Seitz was donated by Rebecca Massie Lane in 1988. Seitz gave these transcripts to Lane for her graduate work and they remined in her possession after his death.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Painters -- Virginia -- Charlottesville  Search this
Educators -- Virginia  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art