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Interview of George Deem

Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Roberts, Colette Jacqueline, 1910-1971  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1968
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10775
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Colette Roberts Papers and Interviews with Artists, 1918-1971
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10775

George Deem seated at an easel

Photographer:
Simon, Peter Angelo  Search this
Subject:
Deem, George  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1993
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18212
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George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk bulk 1960-2008
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18212
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George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk bulk 1960-2008

Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Subject:
Sassu, Antonio  Search this
Molesworth, Charles  Search this
Liedtke, Walter A.  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Andrews, Benny  Search this
Wiener, Sam  Search this
Rosenblum, Robert  Search this
Bal, Mieke  Search this
Copy, Richard  Search this
Dydo, Ulla E.  Search this
Evans, John  Search this
Fattal, Simone  Search this
Guilliatt, Lee  Search this
William, Patricia  Search this
Tanning, Dorothea  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Lazlo, Jean-Noel  Search this
Wheeler, Arthur K.  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Allan Stone Gallery  Search this
Pavel Zoubok Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Mail art  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16139
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)363835
AAA_collcode_deemgeor
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_363835
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George Deem papers

Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Names:
Allan Stone Gallery  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Pavel Zoubok Gallery  Search this
Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006  Search this
Bal, Mieke, 1946-  Search this
Copy, Richard  Search this
Dydo, Ulla E., 1925-  Search this
Evans, John, 1932-  Search this
Fattal, Simone  Search this
Guilliatt, Lee  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Komar, Vitaly  Search this
Lazlo, Jean-Noel  Search this
Liedtke, Walter A.  Search this
Molesworth, Charles, 1941-  Search this
Rosenblum, Robert  Search this
Sassu, Antonio  Search this
Tanning, Dorothea, 1910-2012  Search this
Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675  Search this
Wheeler, Arthur K.  Search this
Wiener, Sam  Search this
William, Patricia  Search this
Extent:
18.2 Linear feet
10.71 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Date:
1904-2015
bulk 1960-2008
Summary:
The papers of painter, writer, and dancer George Deem measure 18.2 linear feet and 10.71 GB and date from 1904-2015, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-2008. The collection documents Deem's path from Midwestern farm child to New York City artist and teacher who specialized in recreating works of great masters, especially Johannes Vermeer. Correspondence, exhibition files, subject files, project files, writings by and about Deem, printed and digital material and photographic materials all show the trajectory of Deem's development as an artist.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter, writer, and dancer George Deem measure 18.2 linear feet and 10.71 GB and date from 1904-2015, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-2008. The collection documents Deem's path from Midwestern farm child to New York City artist and teacher who specialized in recreating works of great masters, especially Johannes Vermeer. Correspondence, exhibition files, subject files, project files, writings by and about Deem, printed and digital material and photographic materials all show the trajectory of Deem's development as an artist.

Biographical materials include resumes, an address book, appointment books, birth and death certificates, obituaries and memorial tributes, passports, family histories, jury summons, grant applications, military and educational records.

Correspondence is with family, friends, colleagues, curators, and art dealers. Much of the professional correspondence concerns commissions and reproduction permission requests. Among the correspondents are: Benny Andrews, Mieke Bal, Ulla Dydo, John Evans, Simone Fattal, Lee Guilliat, Vitaly Komar, and Dorothea Tanning. Correspondence with Walter Liedtke, Charles Molesworth, Robert Rosenblum, Arthur K. Wheeler, and Patricia William discusses proposed exhibitions and writings by Deem and others about his work.

Writings include some of Deem's classroom lectures, poems, and short pieces that appeared in independent literary arts publications.

Subject files document Deem's dealings with art consultants and galleries regarding placement of his work, participation in benefit auctions, and gifts of his artwork to the New Britain Museum of American Art. There is extensive correspondence with Allan Stone Gallery, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Deem's participation in mail art exhibitions is documented by exhibition announcements and correspondence. Also found is mail art correspondence from Richard Copy, Ray Johnson, Jean-Noel Lazlo, Antonio Sassu, Sam Wiener and others: some pieces are copies. The bulk of the project files chronicle Deem's artistic output. Information sheets and photographic materials provide provenance and source references for over 500 works. Files also document commissions undertaken by Deem including book projects, and set designs for dance and theater workshops. Exhibition files document solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

Printed material includes books by Deem, exhibition catalogs, reviews, and reproductions. In addition, there are articles and academic papers about Deem and his work. Photographic materials include photographs, digital prints and transparencies; subjects include Deem, family, friends, travels, studio, exhibition installations, and his artwork.

The addition to the George Deem papers consists of scattered biographical materials, correspondence, project and subject files, printed and digital material, and photographic materials. The bulk consists of writings, including a memoir of his early days in New York. Twenty-three notebooks include notes and drafts of writings about his artwork; activities and meetings with colleagues and friends are also recorded. Among the photographic materials are five photograph albums - four are devoted to George Deem, his family, and friends; the fifth houses photographs of Deem's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1938-circa 2013 (Boxes 1-2; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1954-2013 (Boxes 2-6; 4.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1978-2012 (Box 6; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1960-circa 2013 (Boxes 6-8; 1 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, 1952-circa 2013 (Boxes 8-13, Box 20; 5.0 linear feet, ER01-ER02; 3.60 GB)

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1960-circa 2013 (Boxes 13-15; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1966-circa 2013 (Boxes 15-16, OV 21; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1904-circa 2013 (Boxes 16-17, Box 20; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Addition to the George Deem Papers, 1957-2015 (Boxes 17-19; 1.8 linear feet, ER03-ER04; 7.12 GB)
Biographical / Historical:
George Deem (1932-2008), a New York City based painter was best known for his original reinterpretations of the works of master painters. Raised on an Indiana farm, Deem showed an early interest in art and after graduating from Vincennes University in 1952 enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army. He completed his program at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1955.

After moving to New York City in 1958, Deem worked in the display department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art while continuing to paint original works after hours. His work was first exhibited at Barnard College, and in 1963 he had his first one man show at the Allan Stone Gallery, which represented him throughout his career. Later he also was affilated with Nancy Hoffman Gallery and Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

Deem travelled abroad, spending considerable time in Italy where he was influenced by classical art and architecture and began painting realistic figural images. He was interested in reinventing and reconstructing the art of the past, borrowing from artists such as Vermeer, Caravaggio, Goya and Millet. Deem produced a series of paintings relating to Vermeer's work, finally writing a book about this endeavor, Art School and How to Paint a Vermeer. Deem also wrote poetry, was involved in set design, and danced at Bennington College and other venues.

Deem's work was acknowledged in the academic world and he served as artist in residence or visiting artist at MacDowell Colony, Illinois State University, and other institutions. His work appeared in museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and is included in the permanent collections of museums including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New Britain Museum of American Art, and Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, as well as in private collections.

George Deem died in 2008 of lung cancer in New York City.
Provenance:
The George Deem papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 and 2015 by Ronald Vance, executor of the George Deem estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Occupation:
Dancers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Mail art  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.deemgeor
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George Deem papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-deemgeor

Borden, David

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984-2008
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 2: Correspondence / Personal Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref100

Matisse Corner (1989)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 41
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1995-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1000

Matisse Corner (Original title Double Matisse; 1989)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2001-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1001

Matisse School of Dance (1994)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 43
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1002

May Wilson in Europe (1972)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 44
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1003

May Wilson is Bald (1971)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 45
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1978-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1004

May Wilson as a Rug (1968/1969)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 46
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1005

Mayakovsky Icon (1979)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 47
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1007

Mayakovsky in a Bulldozer in Vermeer's Small Street in Delft (1979)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 48
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1989-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1008

Mayakovsky in Delft (1980)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 49
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1989-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1009

Boyle, Robert

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1999-2001
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 2: Correspondence / Personal Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref101

Mayakovsky, To Be Read Aloud (1981)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 50
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1011

Me and Mayakovsky (1980)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 51
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1012

Milk (1974)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 52
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1974-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1013

Millet's Gleaners (1981)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 53
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1014

Miracle (1977)

Collection Creator:
Deem, George, 1932-2008  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 54
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977-circa 2013
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The George Deem 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.
Collection Citation:
George Deem papers, 1904-2015, bulk 1960-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Deem papers
George Deem papers / Series 5: Project Files / Paintings and Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-deemgeor-ref1015

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