The collection is arranged into 7 series: Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1928-1937, circa 1961 (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1920-1974 (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet) Series 3: Writings, circa 1924-1945 (Boxes 1-3; 1.5 linear feet) Series 4: Printed Materials, circa 1905-1975 (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet) Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1921-1965 (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet) Series 6: Artwork, undated (Box 3; 1 folder) Series 7: Photographs, 1909, undated (Box 3; 4 folders)
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. Microfilmed and digitized portions must be consulted on microfilm or the Archives website. Use of unmicrofilmed, undigitized portion requires an appointment.
The papers of artists Arthur and Helen Torr Dove measure 3 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1975, with the bulk of material dating from 1920 to 1946. Arthur Dove's life as an artist, and his life with the artist Helen Torr, are documented in biographical narratives, personal documents, an audio recording, correspondence, diaries, essays, poetry, notes, exhibition catalogs, clippings, magazine illustrations, pamphlets, receipts, an accounting ledger, tax records, sketches, and photographs.
Arthur and Helen Torr Dove papers, 1905-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The papers of Arthur and Helen Torr Dove were digitized in 2006 by the Archives of American Art, and total 6521 images.
Materials which were not scanned include duplicate originals, photocopies, tax records, and photographs of artwork. Exhibition catalogs and publications that reference Dove have been partially scanned, including title pages and pages which mention Dove and Torr.
Materials lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels 725 and 2803 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Loaned material are not described in this finding aid.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
The Arthur and Helen Torr Dove 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 Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming. Reel 725 contains Arthur Dove's letters from Alfred Stieglitz (1918-1946) and Georgia O'Keeffe (1921-1948), and two letters from William Einstein (1937). The original letters were later donated to the Beinecke Library at Yale University, which holds the Stieglitz/O'Keeffe Archives. Reel 2803 contains photocopies of Arthur Dove's card catalog of paintings that were discarded after microfilming. This material is not described in the collection container inventory.
Arthur Garfield Dove was an early twentieth-century painter, collagist, and illustrator who was one of the first American artists to embrace abstraction in art. He was a part of Alfred Stieglitz's Circle of modern American artists introduced at Stieglitz's 291 Gallery along with John Marin and Georgia O'Keeffe. Dove spent his career developing his own idiosyncratic style of formal abstraction in painting based on his ideas about nature, feeling, and pure form, and characterized by experimentation with color, composition, and materials.
The papers of Arthur and Helen Torr Dove were loaned to the Archives of American Art by Arthur Dove's son, William Dove, for microfilming in several increments between 1970 and 1975. The papers were later donated to the Archives by William Dove via the Terry Distenfass Gallery of New York City in multiple accessions between 1982 and 1989, with two major exceptions: 177 letters from Alfred Stieglitz, sixteen letters from Georgia O'Keeffe, and two letters from William Einstein; and Arthur Dove's card catalog of paintings, a photocopy of which had been loaned for microfilming. The papers were digitized in 2006.
The papers of Arthur and Helen Torr Dove were digitized in 2006 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been partially scanned and total 6,521 images. Materials which were not scanned include duplicate originals, photocopies, tax records, and photographs of artwork.
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