The collection is arranged as 10 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1950-1992 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, 1926-1992 (1.8 linear feet; Box 1-3) Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1929-1986 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3, 9) Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1930-1988 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3-4) Series 5: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1934-1983 (0.6 linear feet; Box 4, 9) Series 6: Printed Material, 1930-1990 (0.7 linear feet; Box 4-5, 9, OV 15-16) Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1934-1944 (3 folders; Box 5) Series 8: Photographs, 1917-circa 1980 (1.1 linear feet; Box 5-6, 9) Series 9: Artwork, 1932-1984 (2.0 linear feet; Box 6-9, OV 10-14) Series 10: Craton Family Papers, 1870-2001 (0.2 linear feet; Box 6)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of New York and Connecticut painter Peter Blume date from 1870 to 2001 and measure 7.6 linear feet. Found are biographical materials; correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, galleries and institutions, and writers; writings on art by Blume and others; subject files regarding organizations, works of art, exhibitions, and reference files; personal business records; printed material; two scrapbooks; photographs of Blume, family, friends, and works of art; extensive artwork; and material relating to Blume's wife's family, the Cratons.
Peter Blume papers, 1870-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection was digitized in 2014 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Also in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Peter Blume conducted on August 16th, 1983 to May 23rd, 1984 by Robert F. Brown.
Russian-born painter and sculptor Peter Blume (1906-1992) was active in New York and Connecticut. His style combined American and European traditions with folk art and surrealism.
The collection is in English
The Peter Blume papers were donated by in 1993 by Grace Blume, Peter Blume's widow. Additional papers were donated by Catherine Weiss, Jamie Vance, and Leigh Butler in 2010.
This site provides access to the papers of Peter Blume in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 9,605 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001