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 Chapin 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 Chapin 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
The William Chapin Seitz 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 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.
William Chapin 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.
Collection is in English. Some records are in French.
The William Chapin 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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001