The collection is arranged as 10 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1909-2008 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1907-2005 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2) Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1941-2005 (0.2 linear feet; boxes 2-3) Series 4: Writings, 1913-2003 (4.7 linear feet; Boxes 3-7) Series 5: Diaries, 1909-1991 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 7-9) Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1946-2006 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 9-10) Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1910-1994 ( 0.3 linear feet; Boxes 10, 19) Series 8: Printed Material, 1912-2002 (1.8 linear feet; Boxes 10-12, 19) Series 9: Artwork, circa 1897-1970 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 12, 19) Series 10: Photographic Material, 1890-2004 (5.3 linear feet; Boxes 12-18, OV 20)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
The papers of Southern California painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright measure 17.2 linear feet and date from 1890 to 2008. The collection contains biographical material including address books and interview transcripts; correspondence with family, friends, and artists, including Morgan Russell, and his wife Suzanne Binon, Michel and Suzanne Seuphor, Ann and John Summerfield, and Bethany Wilson; contracts, correspondence, and other material related to exhibitions Macdonald-Wright participated in or that featured his works in the decades following his death; notes, drafts and manuscripts for books, and other writings; diaries and travel journals; invoices, inventories, legal and estate documents, and other personal business records; scrapbooks consisting of clippings and exhibition materials; clippings, exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, and other printed materials; sketches and other artwork; photographs, slides and transparencies of Macdonald-Wright, family portraits, travels, and artwork.
Stanton Macdonald-Wright papers, 1890-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Materials lent for microfilming are available on 35 mm microfilm reels LA1 and LA5 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing of a portion of this collection was provided by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.
The Archives of American Art holds several collections related to the Stanton Macdonald-Wright papers. There is an oral interview of Stanton Macdonald-Wright conducted 1964 Apr. 13-Sept. 16, by Betty Hoag. There are also Stanton Macdonald-Wright Letters to Alan and Fanny Leslie, the Stanton Macdonald-Wright Collection of photographs, Stanton Macdonald-Wright Letters to Morgan Russell, Walter Houk Letters from Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and an Oral History of Stanton Macdonald-Wright by Jeanne M. Marshall for the Voice of America Conducted in 1967. The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reels LA 1 and LA 5) including a brochure on the Santa Monica Library murals and six photographs of the panels while in Macdonald-Wright's studio. There is also a 1939 exhibition catalog for "Southern California Art Project" a master's thesis on Macdonald-Wright by Dori Jean Watson (1957), and one scrapbook of photographs, clippings, and other printed materials dating from circa 1910-1964. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Stanton Macdonald-Wright (1890-1973) was the creator of a modernist style of painting based on pure spectral color known as chromatic abstraction or "Synchromism." He worked in New York and later primarily in Los Angeles.
The collection is in English, French, and Japanese.
Stanton Macdonald-Wright first loaned materials to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1964. David Nellis, a gallery owner, gave the Archives the artist's unpublished autobiography in 1978. The bulk of the Stanton Macdonald-Wright papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by his widow, Jean Macdonald-Wright, in 2 installments in 1995 and then in 2019 as a bequest.
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