The collection is organized into 8 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1943-circa 2001 (Box 1; 0.1 linear ft.) Series 2: Alphabetical Files, 1936-2005 (Boxes 1-5, 9; 4.3 linear ft.) Series 3: Writings, 1935-2000 (Boxes 5-6; 0.85 linear ft.) Series 4: Artwork, circa 1933-1987 (Boxes 6, 9, OV 12; 0.45 linear ft.) Series 5: Audio/Visual Records, 1971-1989 (Box 6; 0.25 linear ft.) Series 6: Artifacts, 1957-1999 (Box 6, RD 11; 0.45 linear ft.) Series 7: Printed Material, 1933-2005 (Boxes 7-8; 1.25 linear ft.) Series 8: Photographs, circa 1934-2002 (Boxes 8-10; 1.15 linear ft.)
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The Cleve Gray papers, 1933-2005, measure 9.2 linear feet. Papers include biographical material, alphabetical files, writings, artwork, audio/visual records, artifacts, printed material, and photographs. Extensive alphabetical files contain personal and professional correspondence as well as subject files relating to projects and interests. Especially well-documented are: Gray's involvement with the Vietnam protest movement; and <em>Threnody</em>, his best-known work composed of fourteen large panels lamenting the dead of both sides sides in Vietnam, commissioned by the Neuberger Museum of Art.
Cleve Gray papers, 1933-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels D314-D315 at 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.
Exhibition catalogs and announcements and two scrapbooks donated to the Archives in 1967 and 1968 were microfilmed on reels D314-D315. Items on reel D315, transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library in 1975, are not described in this finding aid.
Abstract Expressionist painter, sculptor, and writer Cleve Gray (1918-2004) lived and worked in Connecticut where he was politically active in the Vietnam protest movement and other liberal causes.
The Cleve Gray papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Mr. Gray in 1967 and 1968. The bulk of the collection was given by his widow, Francine du Plessix Gray, in 2007 and 2008.
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