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Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers

Creator:
Moffett, Ross  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
Provincetown Art Association  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Del Deo, Josephine Couch  Search this
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 -- Portraits  Search this
Moffett, Dorothy Lake Gregory, 1893-1975  Search this
Moffett, Ross (Art in narrow streets)  Search this
Rehn, Frank Knox Morton, 1848-1914  Search this
Extent:
7.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Slides (photographs)
Place:
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Florida -- Pictorial works
Provincetown (Mass.)
Date:
circa 1870-1992
Summary:
This collection measures 7.7 linear feet, dates from circa 1870 to 1992, and documents the life and career of painter Ross Moffett and, to a lesser extent, the life and career of his wife, painter, lithographer, etcher, and illustrator, Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, artwork including sketchbooks, and printed material including published writings, newspaper clippings, press releases, and exhibition catalogs.
Scope and Content Note:
The Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers measure 7.7 linear feet and date from circa 1870 to 1992. Because Dorothy Moffett's papers were received separately they are filed together in Series 13. Series 1-12 deal primarily with the life and career of Ross Moffett. The collection documents Ross Moffett's participation in the Provincetown community as an artist and resident through correspondence, photographs, sketchbooks and printed material, including published writings, news clippings, press releases, and exhibition catalogs. The papers of Dorothy Moffett include family letters, photographs, a journal and original artwork providing scattered documentation of her life and career as an a printmaker and illustrator.

General correspondence primarily focuses on news and financial affairs of the Moffett family farm in Iowa. Also included are letters from Provincetown artist, Edwin Dickinson, and a small amount of correspondence with other artists, collectors and dealers.

Files documenting specific projects that Ross Moffett was involved with are arranged separately and include correspondence, printed material and photographs. Project files have been established for the following projects: the publication of Art in Narrow Streets, the Eisenhower mural, the Cape Cod National Seashore Park and the renovation of the Center Methodist Church.

The series of printed material, 1918-1992, relates to Ross Moffett's career as an artist and his general interest in art. Photographs primarily focus on scenes of Provincetown and include photographs of works of art by Provincetown artists. Also included are photographs of artwork by Moffett arranged chronologically, Moffett's studio in Provincetown, and installations at the Provincetown Art Association Galleries.

Artwork found in Series 10 and 11 includes drawings by Ross Moffett and 85 annotated sketchbooks, including four by Dorothy Moffett.

The collection also houses research notes and files written by Josephine Couch Del Deo in preparation of a biography of Ross Moffett. These annotations provide useful additional information about Moffett's life.

Papers of Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett include Gregory family letters, Dorothy's correspondence with her father, and letters from other family and friends. Also found are drawings, lithographs and etchings by Dorothy and photographs of her family and friends.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into thirteen series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1888-1965 (box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1972 (box 1; 0.6 linear ft)

Series 3: Financial Material, 1933-1971 (box 1; 2 folders)

Series 4: Notebook/Notes, undated (box 1; 2 folders)

Series 5: Projects, 1880-1969, undated (boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear ft.)

Series 6: Subject File, 1960-1968 (box 2; 1 folder)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1916-1992, undated (boxes 2-4, 7; 1.5 linear ft.)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-1975, undated (box 4; 15 folders)

Series 9: Slides of Art Association, Iowa Farmland and the Chrysler Museum, circa 1960, undated (box 4; 1 folder)

Series 10: Drawings, circa 1929-1934 (box 5; 1 folder)

Series 11: Sketchbooks, 1913-1969 (boxes 5-8; 2.5 linear ft.)

Series 12: Annotations/Item Descriptions by Josephine Couch Del Deo, undated (box 6; 2 folders)

Series 13: Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett Papers, circa 1870-1975 (boxes 9-11; 0.7 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Ross Moffett (1888-1971) was an important figure in the development of modernism in American Art after World War I. His paintings primarily depict the life and landscapes of the Provincetown, Massachusetts area. Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett is perhaps best known as a printmaker and illustrator of children's books and magazines.

Born in Iowa in 1888, Moffett trained at the Art Institute in Chicago and studied with Charles Hawthorne during the summer of 1913, in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Moffett then studied at the Art Students League and returned to Provincetown in 1915, to establish himself as an artist. He was one of the founders of the Provincetown Art Association and a leading figure in the art colony for many years. In 1920, Moffett married artist Dorothy Lake Gregory in Brooklyn, New York. Dorothy studied at the Pratt Institute and with Robert Henri and George Bellows in New York, and then went to Provincetown to study with Hawthorne as well.

During the 1920's and 1930's, Ross Moffett's success increased steadily and he had his first one-man show at the Frank Rehn Gallery in New York and also at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1928. He served on several exhibition juries around the country during this time. Between 1936 and 1938, Moffett painted four murals in two Massachusetts post offices for the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). Moffett received full membership to the National Academy of Design in 1942.

While Moffett's painting slowed somewhat during World War II he continued his involvement in the arts by maintaining the Provincetown Art Association. He taught briefly at the University of Miami in Ohio from 1932 to 1933, and returned to Provincetown to pursue painting full-time. In the 1950's, Moffett became interested in archaeology and even delivered a few lectures on the subject. During this time he continued to paint and his art reflected his preoccupation with the science of archaeology. In 1954, Moffett was one of two artists selected by the National Academy of Design to paint murals depicting President Dwight D. Eisenhower's life for the Eisenhower Memorial Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Moffett was chosen to portray Eisenhower's civilian life.

In 1960, Moffett became active in the movement to establish the 1400 acres known as the Province Lands as part of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. After the park was established Moffett wrote and published a history of the first thirty-three years of the Provincetown Art Association in a book titled Art in Narrow Streets, 1964. He continued to serve as a juror for the Provincetown Art Association and was artist-in-residence for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in 1970.

Dorothy Moffett also pursued a successful career in art, and publishers such as Rand McNally used her illustrations for youth magazines and childrens books, such as the classic Green Fairy Book. Her work was exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum, the National Academy, and the Brooklyn Museum, and her Alice in Wonderland series of lithographs was purchased for the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Though best known as a printmaker, Moffett also worked in oil.

Ross Moffett died of cancer on March 13, 1971.
Related Material:
Related resources in the Archives of American Art include a sound recording of a transcribed interview with Ross Moffett by Dorothy Seckler, August 27, 1962; and a sound recording of an untranscribed interview with Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett by Robert F. Brown, September 22, 1972.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D80) including 150 letters relating to art organizations, museums, and government art projects, news clippings, records of the Provincetown Art Association, and the Emergency Committee for the Protection of Province Lands, and miscellaneous publications. Lent materials were returned to Ross Moffett and are now housed at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. This material is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Ross Moffett initally lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1962. The remainder of the collection was donated in 1974 by his widow, Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett (died 1975), via Ross Moffett's biographer, Josephine Del Deo, who turned the papers over in installments. Archaeological material and artifacts received with the papers were donated to the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Rights:
A portion of the Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett 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.
Topic:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Muralists -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Landscape painters -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Women artists -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art students -- New York N.Y. -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers, circa 1870-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.moffross
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Archives of American Art
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Condition report and treatment plan for Truro Highlands historic district / prepared by Michael Commisso, Jan Haenraets, Margie Coffin Brown

Author:
Commisso, Michael  Search this
Haenraets, Jan  Search this
Brown, Margaret Coffin 1963-  Search this
United States National Park Service Northeast Region  Search this
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 165 p. : ill., maps (some folded) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
North Truro
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
2007
Topic:
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Historic sites--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
F74.N6 C66 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_839746

Condition report for Fort Hill Rural Historic District : Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, Massachusetts / by Jan Haenraets with Margie Coffin Brown

Author:
Haenraets, Jan  Search this
Brown, Margaret Coffin 1963-  Search this
United States National Park Service Northeast Region  Search this
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Penniman family  Search this
Physical description:
x, 110 p. : ill., col. maps (some folded), col ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Eastham (Town)
Fort Hill Rural Historic District
Fort Hill Rural Historic District (Mass.)
Eastham (Mass. : Town)
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
2007
Topic:
Historic sites  Search this
Landscape assessment  Search this
Landscape protection  Search this
Historic buildings  Search this
History, Local  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_840563

Dwelling in the dunes : traditional use of the dune shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars historic district, Cape Cod / Robert J. Wolfe

Title:
Traditional cultural significance of the Dune Shacks historic district, Cape Cod National Seashore
Author:
Wolfe, Robert James  Search this
United States National Park Service  Search this
Physical description:
256 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Provincetown (Mass.)
Date:
2005
Topic:
Dwellings  Search this
Historic buildings  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Internal migrants--Social life and customs  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_840565

People and places on the outer Cape : a landscape character study / University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning [and] Department of History ; National Park Service ; Cape Cod National Seashore ; Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation, Northeast Regional Ethnography Program

Author:
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning  Search this
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Department of History  Search this
United States National Park Service  Search this
Physical description:
167 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod
Cape Cod (Mass.)
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
2004
Topic:
Land use  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Regional planning  Search this
Call number:
HD211.M4 P46 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_748038

"Some very handsome work" : scrimshaw at the Cape Cod National Seashore / by Kenneth R. Martin ; Linda E. McCausland, photographer

Title:
Scrimshaw at the Cape Cod National Seashore
Author:
Martin, Kenneth R  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1991
Cl991
Topic:
Ivory carving  Search this
Collections  Search this
Call number:
NK6022 .M37 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_687812

Birds of the Cape Cod National Seashore and adjacent areas

Author:
Bailey, Wallace 1924-  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1968
1968]
Topic:
Birds  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_696668

Historic cultural land use study of lower Cape Cod : a study of the historical archeology and history of the Cape Cod National Seashore and the surrounding region / Richard D. Holmes, Carolyn D. Hertz, Mitchell T. Mulholland with contributions by J. Edward Hood, David Glyn Nixon, Ellen-Rose Savulis ; prepared for the Archeology Branch, Cultural Resources Center, Northeast Region, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior ; prepared by the University of Massachusetts, Archaeological Services, the Environmental Institute

Title:
Study of the historical archeology and history of the Cape Cod National Seashore and the surrounding region
Author:
Holmes, Richard D  Search this
Hertz, Carolyn D  Search this
Mulholland, Mitchell T  Search this
Cultural Resources Center (United States. National Park Service. North Atlantic Regional Office) Archeology Branch  Search this
University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services  Search this
Physical description:
279 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod Region
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1998
[1998?]
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Historic sites  Search this
Call number:
F72.C3 H75 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_542427

Old Harbor life-saving station, Provincetown, Massachusetts : historic structure report, Cape Cod National Seashore, South Wellfleet, Massachusetts / by Peggy A. Albee.

Author:
Albee, Peggy A  Search this
United States National Park Service  Search this
Subject:
United States Life-Saving Service Stations  Search this
United States Coast Guard Stations  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 348 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1988
Topic:
Historic buildings  Search this
Lifesaving stations--History  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
F72.C3 A32 1988
F72.C3A32 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_406062

Historic structure report : Captain Edward Penniman House, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, Massachusetts / by Andrea M. Gilmore

Author:
Gilmore, Andrea M  Search this
North Atlantic Historic Preservation Center (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Penniman family Dwellings  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 286 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Eastham (Town)
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Eastham (Mass. : Town)
Date:
1985
Topic:
Historic buildings  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
NA7238.Z9 E13 1985
NA7238.Z9 E13 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_427951

Highland House historic structure report : Cape Cod National Seashore, North Truro, Massachusetts / by Regina Binder ; historical background and context by Larry Lowenthal

Title:
Highland House: Cape Cod National Seashore
Author:
Binder, Regina  Search this
Lowenthal, Larry  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 283 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
North Truro
Highland House (North Truro, Mass.)
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1994
1994]
[1994]
Topic:
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Historic sites--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
F74.N9 B612 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481236

Cultural landscape report for Fort Hill : Cape Cod National Seashore / by Lynn Kneedler-Schad, Katharine Lacy, and Larry Lowenthal

Author:
Kneedler-Schad, Lynn 1947-  Search this
Lacy, Katharine 1961-  Search this
Lowenthal, Larry  Search this
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Knowles family  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 235 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Eastham (Town)
Fort Hill (Barnstable County, Mass.)
Eastham (Mass. : Town)
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1995
Topic:
Historic sites  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_499680

Historic structure report : Three Sisters lighthouses, Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts / by A. Berle Clemensen ... [et al.]

Author:
Clemensen, A. Berle  Search this
United States National Park Service  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 171, [1] p. (some folded) : ill., maps, plans ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1986
[1986]
Topic:
Lighthouses  Search this
Call number:
F72.C3 H67 1986
F72.C3H67 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_302000

French Cable Hut, Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts / by A. Berle Clemensen ... [et al.]

Author:
Clemensen, A. Berle  Search this
United States National Park Service  Search this
Physical description:
v, 39, [1] p. : ill., plans ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1986
[1986]
Topic:
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
F72.C3 F87 1986
F72.C3F87 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_321935

Archeological collections management of the Great Island Tavern Site, Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts / Alan T. Synenki and Sheila Charles

Author:
Synenki, Alan T  Search this
Charles, Sheila  Search this
United States National Park Service North Atlantic Regional Office Division of Cultural Resources  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 89 p. : maps, forms ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Great Island Tavern Site (Mass.)
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1984
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Historic sites  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
E78.M4 S99 1984
E78.M4S99 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_369828

Chapters in the archeology of Cape Cod, I : results of the Cape Cod National Seashore Archeological Survey, 1979-1981 / Francis P. McManamon, editor ; with contributions by Christopher L. Borstel ... [et al.]

Author:
McManamon, Francis P  Search this
Borstel, Christopher L  Search this
United States National Park Service North Atlantic Regional Office Division of Cultural Resources  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1984
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F72.C3C52 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_278528

The Cape Cod National Seashore : a landmark alliance / Charles H.W. Foster

Author:
Foster, Charles H. W. 1927-  Search this
Subject:
United States Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 125 p. : map ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1985
Topic:
Coastal zone management  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
F72.C3F67 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_285256

Cape Cod National Seashore : collection management plan

Author:
Bradley, Betsy  Search this
Harpers Ferry Center (U.S.) Division of Museum Services  Search this
Physical description:
i, 94 p. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1976
[1976]
Topic:
National parks and reserves  Search this
Museums  Search this
Management  Search this
Call number:
F72.C3 C23
F72.C3C23
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_193694

Chapters in the archeology of Cape Cod. V, The Indian Neck ossuary / Francis P. McManamon, James W. Bradley, and Ann L. Magennis

Author:
McManamon, Francis P  Search this
Bradley, James W (James Wesley)  Search this
Magennis, Ann L  Search this
United States National Park Service North Atlantic Regional Office Division of Cultural Resources  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 183 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Indian Neck Ossuary (Mass.)
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Date:
1986
Topic:
Indians of North America--Anthropometry  Search this
Indians of North America--Funeral customs and rites  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_921352

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