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Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Savas, Georgianna  Search this
Meisel, Louis K.  Search this
Leen, Nina  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
3.1 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 9 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1922-2006 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet) Series 2: Financial Records, 1979-circa 1990s (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 3: Correspondence, circa 1940s-1997 (Boxes 1, 5; 0.5 linear feet) Series 4: Business and Legal, 1974-2008 (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 5: Writings, circa 1944-2002 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet) Series 6: Artwork, circa 1940s-1980 (Box 1, OV 6-7; 0.3 linear feet) Series 7: Printed Materials, 1945-2007 (Box 2, OV 7; 0.4 linear feet) Series 8: Photographs, 1943-1999 (Boxes 2-3, 5; 1.0 linear feet) Series 9: Georgianna Savas Papers on Theodoros Stamos, 1985-2005 (Boxes 3-4; 0.3 linear feet)
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 Theodoros Stamos measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1922-2008. Stamos was a painter primarily associated with the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. Biographical materials, correspondence, writings, business and legal records, printed materials, and photographs document Stamos' career as a painter. Also included are materials relating to the Rothko estate controversy compiled by Stamos' sister, Georgianna Savas, as well as her papers concerning arrangements for Stamos' funeral and posthumous exhibition plans.
Theodoros Stamos papers, circa 1922-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Materials lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels N70-66 and N70-67 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are oral history interveiws conducted by John Jones and Bruce Hooten, February 19, 1965, and by Irving Sandler, April 23, 1968. Also found are Theodoros Stamos letters to Diran Deckmejian, 1977-1995, and Theodoros Stamos letters to James DiMartino, 1977-1988. The Archives of American Art also holds materials lent for microfilming (reels N70-66 and N70-67) including correspondence, poems, printed material and membership cards. Lent material was returned to the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Biography Note:
Painter Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) worked in New York and spent considerable time in Lefkada, Greece. A first generation Abstract Expressionist, Stamos developed as a color field painter, and had a long teaching career. His later years were encumbered by his role in the Mark Rothko Estate controversy.
Language Note:
Most of the collection is in English; some records are in Greek.
Theodoros Stamos loaned the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1970. Stamos' sister, Georgianna Savas, donated papers in 2008 and 2011.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art