The collection is arranged as 8 series. Glass plate negative housed separately and closed to researchers. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1895-1993 (Box 1; 13 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1895-2000 (Boxes 1-2; 1.0 linear feet) Series 3: Interviews, 1978, 1990 (Box 2; 3 folders) Series 4: Notes and Writings, 1937-1996 (Box 2; 23 folders) Series 5: Artwork, 1928-1929 (Boxes 2, 6; 9 folders) Series 6: Project Files, 1942-1982 (Boxes 2-3, 6; 36 folders) Series 7: Printed Material, 1906-2000 (Box 3; 20 folders) Series 8: Photographs, 1926-1996 (Boxes 3-6, MGP 1; 1.3 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
The papers of sculptor Janet DeCoux date from 1895-2000 and measure 3.92 linear feet. The collection documents DeCoux's career through scattered biographical material, correspondence, audio cassette tapes of an autobiographical narrative, an interview transcript, miscellaneous notes and writings, sketchbooks and drawings, files for commissioned sculpture projects, printed material, photographs of DeCoux, family members, friends, colleagues, and artwork.
Janet deCoux papers, 1895-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of this collection are available on 35mm microfilm reel 4909 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.
Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
The Janet deCoux 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.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Janet deCoux done by George Gurney, May 5, 1978.
Janet deCoux was born on October 5, 1904 in Niles, Michigan, the youngest of the five children of Bertha Wright deCoux and Rev. Charles John deCoux, an Episcopal clergyman. The family moved to Grand Rapids in 1908 and four years later to a farm in Gibsonia, outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Janet deCoux papers were donated in 1992 by the artist and in two later installments in 2000-2001 by her longtime companion, Eliza Miller.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001