The collection is arranged as 10 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1885, 1933-1981 (Box 1; 3 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1911-1985 (Boxes 1-2, 7; 2.0 linear feet) Series 3: Business Records, 1912-1982 (Box 3; 11 folders) Series 4: Notes and Writings, 1928-1978 (Boxes 3, 7; 0.9 linear feet) Series 5: Interviews (Sound Recordings), 1974, 1984 (Box 4; 2 folders) Series 6: Artwork, 1921-1952 (Boxes 4, 7; 5 folders) Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1927-1979 (Boxes 4, 7; 4 folders) Series 8: Printed Material, 1912-1990 (Boxes 4-5, 7; 1.3 linear feet) Series 9: Photographs, 1906-1976 (Boxes 6-7; 27 folders) Series 10: Motion Picture Film, circa 1938-1968 (Box FC 8; 1 film reel)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of the original papers requires an appointment.
The papers of abstract painter and art instructor Vaclav Vytlacil date from 1885-1990 and measure 5.2 linear feet. Found within the papers are scattered biographical materials, correspondence primarily discussing art school-related matters and the exhibition and sale of Vytlacil's work, scattered business and financial records, and notes and writings including lecture notes. The papers also contain audio recordings of interviews of Vytlacil and his associates, artwork by Vytlacil and others, four scrapbooks, printed material including clippings and exhibition catalogs, and photographs of Vytlacil, his colleagues, and his artwork.
Vaclav Vytlacil papers, 1885-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel D295 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Vaclav Vytlacil, March 2, 1966 and January 10, 1974, and 19 items microfilmed on reel 2016 relating to a 1975 Montclair Art Museum exhibition organized by Worden Day. The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (D295) including correspondence, lecture notes, general notes, clippings, notebooks concerning paintings, photographs of paintings, photographs titled "Vineyard Boats," and two of Mrs. Vytacil's Paris journals. Two dozen of these letters were later donated. All other lent materials remain with the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Vaclav Vytlacil (1892-1984) was an abstract painter and art instructor who worked primarily in the New York city area. He was also one of the co-founders of the American Abstract Artists group.
Vaclav Vytlacil lent the Archives of American Art materials for microfilming in 1966. Vaclav Vytlacil's daughter, Anne Vytlacil, donated the Vaclav Vytlacil papers in several installments from 1989 to 1993.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001