The collection is arranged as 11 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers: Series 1: Biographical Information, 1896-1974 (Box 1, 38; 0.4 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1894-1975 (Box 1-3, 38; 2.5 linear feet) Series 3: Personal Business and Financial records, 1912-1977 (Box 4; 0.4 linear feet) Series 4: Associations and Organizations records, 1916-1972 (Box 4-10, 37-38; 6.5 linear feet) Series 5: Commissions and Project files, 1935-1965 (Box 10-12, 38, OV 39; 1.4 linear feet) Series 6: Freedom in the Wilds records, late 1960s-1976 (Box 12-13; 1.8 linear feet) Series 7: Writings and Notes, 1912-1975 (Box 13-14; 0.6 linear feet) Series 8: Artwork and Artifacts, circa 1917-1967 (Box 14, 21; 0.6 linear feet) Series 9: Printed Material, circa 1900-1978 (Box 15-18, 38; 2.5 linear feet) Series 10: Scrapbooks, circa 1963-1977 (Box 17-18; 0.5 linear feet) Series 11: Photographs, circa 1900-1975 (Box 18-20, 22-36, 38; 4.8 linear feet)
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The papers of modernist painter and activist Harold Weston (1894-1972) date from 1894 to 1978 and measure 24.3 linear feet. The papers focus on Weston's painting career and his involvement with humanitarian and artistic causes. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, association and organization records, commission and project files, materials relating to Weston's book <em>Freedom in the Wilds</em>, writings, artwork, printed materials, two scrapbooks, and photographs.
Harold Weston papers, 1894-1978, bulk 1912-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection and material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reels N69-76, 1293, and 515 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the collection as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel N69-76) including biographic notes, exhibition material, clippings, a presentation album, and commemorative stamps. Some, but not all, of these papers were included in later donations. Materials not donated remain with the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.<br /> Syracuse University also holds circa 14 linear feet of Harold Weston's papers.
Modernist painter and federal Treasury Relief Art Project artist Harold Weston (1894-1972) worked primarily in New York City and St. Huberts, New York in the Adirondacks. Weston was president of the U.S. Commission of the International Association of Art/Plastic Arts and the Federation of Modern Painters and Scultors. He was also chairman of the National Council on the Arts and Government and active with various political and humanitarian causes.
Harold Weston lent the Archives of American Art materials for microfilming in 1969. Faith Borton Weston, Harold Weston's widow, donated the papers in several increments between 1972-1980 and lent materials for microfilming in 1977.
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