The collection is arranged as 8 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1920-2005 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 1, 5) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1932-2010 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, Oversize 7) Series 3: Project Files, circa 1935-1968 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-3, 6) Series 4: Gallery Records, circa 1960-2009 (0.3 linear feet; Box 3) Series 5: Exhibition Files, circa 1967-2009 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 1, 3) Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1851-2010 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 3, 5) Series 7: Artwork and Sketchbook, circa 1932-2009 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 3, 5, 8) Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-2010 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 4-5, 8)
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 painter George Tooker measure 5.1 linear feet and date from circa 1851 to 2010. The papers document Tooker's personal and professional life through biographical material, correspondence, project files, gallery files, exhibition files, printed material, artwork and one sketchbook, and numerous photographs, including some taken by noted photographer George Platt Lynes.
George Tooker papers, circa 1851-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 678-679 and 692 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.
Available in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with George Tooker conducted in 1966 by Grace G. Alexander for radio station WNYC, New York City.<br /> Materials related to the George Tooker papers can be found the William Christopher papers at the Archives of American Art.
George Tooker (1920-2011) was a painter based in Hartland, Vermont and New York, New York. Tooker was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 5, 1920 to George Clair Tooker and Angela Montejo Roura. He graduated from preparatory school at Phillips Academy, Andover in 1938 and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Harvard University in 1942. Tooker studied drawing and painting under Reginald Marsh, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Harry Sternberg at the Art Students' League from circa 1944 to 1945.
The collection is in English.
George Tooker donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 1973. A subsequent addition was donated in 2018 by Aaron Watkins, the executor to George Tooker's estate.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001