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Edward Fisk papers

Creator:
Fisk, Edward, 1886-1944  Search this
Names:
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935  Search this
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953  Search this
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946  Search this
Taggard, Genevieve, 1894-1948  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on a partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1887-1990
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, letters, a subject file on Genevieve Taggard, notes and writings, printed material, and photographs.
Two biographical accounts and a membership card for the American Artists' Congress; fourteen letters (1929-1990) include 3 from Stuart Davis (1938-1942), one from Charles Demuth (1929), and letters to family members including descriptions of his sister-in-law's meeting with Gertrude Stein and an account of Eugene O'Neill's house being damaged in a storm. A file, 1928-1938, on Genevieve Taggard contains 4 poems and 4 letters by Taggard, 1 letter from Fisk, and an announcement concerning the publication of Taggard's poems.
A notebook contains lyrical essays about Taggard and art, a 5 p. account of a day's activities, and notes on art history and design. Other notes and writings include two 17 p. short stories, a 1 p. account of prehistoric monuments in Cornwall illustrated with a map, and notes on line drawing and composition. Printed material consists of clippings (1912-1987) and exhibition announcements and catalogs (1922-1985). Photographs show Fisk with family members (1887-1942) and works of art.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, printmaker. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Fisk studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. He studied with Robert Henri, and in Paris with Othon Friege and Pierre Laprade. He also studied in Italy and spent 1933-1934 studying and painting in England. In 1930 he married Lucy Young. He taught at the University of Kentucky from 1926-1944.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming in 1991 by Milton Fisk and Allie Hendricks, Fisk's children.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Poets  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.fiskedwa
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fiskedwa

Prentiss Taylor papers

Creator:
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991  Search this
Names:
American University (Washington, D.C.). Fine Arts Dept. -- Faculty  Search this
Golden Stair Press  Search this
Society of Washington Printmakers (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Field, Rachel, 1894-1942  Search this
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967  Search this
Hurston, Zora Neale  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Landeck, Armin, 1905-  Search this
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953  Search this
Pinckney, Josephine, 1895-1957  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946  Search this
Toklas, Alice B.  Search this
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972  Search this
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964  Search this
Extent:
20.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Writings
Sketchbooks
Prints
Sound recordings
Date:
1885-1991
Summary:
The collection measures 20.4 linear feet, dates from 1885 to 1991 (bulk dates 1908-1986) and documents the career of Harlem Renaissance lithographer, teacher, and painter Prentiss Taylor. The collection consists primarily of subject/correspondence files (circa 16 ft.), reflecting Prentiss' career as a lithographer and painter, his association with figures prominent in the Harlem Renaissance, notably Carl Van Vechten and Langston Hughes, his activities as president of the Society of Washington Printmakers and other art organizations, his work in art therapy treating mental illness, and his teaching position at American University. The subject files contain mostly correspondence, but many include photographs and printed material. Also included are biographical, financial, legal and printed material; several hundred photographs; notes and writings; sketchbooks, drawings and a few prints by Taylor; and scrapbooks dating from 1885-1956.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection measures 20.4 linear feet, dates from 1885 to 1991 (bulk dates 1908-1986) and documents the career of Harlem Renaissance lithographer, teacher, and painter Prentiss Taylor. The collection consists primarily of subject/correspondence files (circa 16 ft.), reflecting Prentiss' career as a lithographer and painter, his association with figures prominent in the Harlem Renaissance, notably Carl Van Vechten and Langston Hughes, his activities as president of the Society of Washington Printmakers and other art organizations, his work in art therapy treating mental illness, and his teaching position at American University. The subject files contain mostly correspondence, but many include photographs and printed material. Also included are biographical, financial, legal and printed material; several hundred photographs; notes and writings; sketchbooks, drawings and a few prints by Taylor; and scrapbooks dating from 1885-1956.

The Langston Hughes files contain photocopies of letters from Hughes, greeting cards, ten original photographs of Hughes, and an autographed card printed with Hughes' poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. In addition, there is a contract between Hughes and Taylor, witnessed by Carl Van Vechten, forming the Golden Stair Press, through which many of Hughes' poems were printed with illustrations by Taylor. A rare edition of their first publication, The Negro Mother, is found here. Also found in this file is a 1932 final copy of Scottsboro Limited, another collaborative effort between Taylor and Hughes that focused on a case where nine black youths were falsely accused of raping two white women. The collection contains extensive correspondence about Taylor's lithograph of the same title and the printing of the publication. Other rare Harlem Renaissance publications found within Taylor's papers include Golden Stair Broadsides, Opportunity Journal of Negro Life, The Rebel Poet, and Eight Who Lie in the Death House, several of which were also illustrated by Taylor.

Prentiss Taylor's long association with Langston Hughes and other figures of the Harlem Renaissance stemmed from his early friendship with Carl Van Vechten. Taylor's papers contain correspondence with Van Vechten, autographed copies of Van Vechten's booklets, and numerous photographs of notable Harlem Renaissance figures, many taken by Van Vechten, including Zora Neale Hurston, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Eugene O'Neill, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Paul Robeson, and many others. Also found are period photographs of Charleston, South Carolina and Harlem street scenes.

95 letters from Rachel Field, 75 letters from Langston Hughes, 3 letters from Armin Landeck, 46 letters from Josephine Pinckney, 1 letter from Gertrude Stein, 7 letters from Alice B. Toklas, 1 postcard from Mark Van Doren, and 25 letters from Carl Van Vechten are photocopies. Originals of the Hughes and Toklas letters are located at the Yale University Library. Location of the remaining original letters are unknown.

The Prentiss Taylor papers offer researchers insight into the rich cultural documentation of the Harlem Renaissance and the development of twentieth-century printmaking as an American fine art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into ten series. The largest series housing Subject Files is arranged alphabetically, primarily by name of correspondent, maintaining Taylor's original arrangement. The remaining series are arranged in chronological order. Oversized material from various series has been housed in Box 21 (Sol) and OV 22 and is noted in the Series Description/Container Listing Section at the appropriate folder title with see also/see references.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1918-1985, undated (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 2: Miscellaneous Receipts, 1929-1986, undated (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 3: Insurance Records, 1960-1976 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 4: Notes, 1921-1984, undated (Box 1; 18 folders)

Series 5: Writings, 1924-1971, undated (Box 1-2; 51 folders)

Series 6: Art Work, 1916-1975, undated (Box 2; 14 folders)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1885-1956 (Box 2, 21; 10 folders)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1914-1990, undated (Box 2-3, 21; 29 folders)

Series 9: Photographs, 1908-1984, undated (Box 3, 21; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 10: Subject Files, 1885-1991, undated (Box 3-21, OV 22; 18.0 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Prentiss Taylor was born in 1907 at the Washington, D. C. residence of his maternal grandmother, his birth assisted by his grandmother's cook, affectionately known as Cookie Belle.

In the 1920s, Taylor studied painting with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown, but turned to lithography in the late 1920s to early 1930s during his enrollment at the Art Students League in New York City. He received further training in that medium at the George C. Miller workshop in New York. During this period, he also designed costumes for the American-Oriental Revue. Taylor worked primarily in the printmaking medium for the rest of his life, experimenting with various techniques and compositions and ultimately achieving a status as one this country's great lithographers. Taylor depicted mostly realistic and narrative scenes of subjects and themes that reflected his personal interests in music, architecture, religion and social justice.

During his time in New York, Taylor developed close friendships with poet Langston Hughes and writer Carl Van Vechten. He collaborated with Hughes in the formation of the Golden Stair Press to produce publications reflecting the ideas of the Harlem Renaissance. Taylor created a number of prints and illustration for the press and its publications.

After returning to Washington, D.C., Taylor's work was included in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. He was represented by the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C., and by the Bethesda Art Gallery in Maryland. In 1942, Taylor was elected President of the Society of Washington Printmakers, a position he held for thirty-four years. He also worked as an art therapist for more than thirty years and taught oil painting at American University from 1955-1975.

Prentiss Taylor died October 7, 1991 in Washington, D.C.
Related Material:
Prentiss Taylor papers are also located at the Yale University Library.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 1392) including three notebooks detailing Taylor's lithographs, a gift and sales notebook, a guestbook, exhibition announcements, and a brochure. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Prentiss Taylor lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1978. Papers were donated in 1978 and 1984 by Taylor, and in 1992 and 2004 by his companion, Roderick S. Quiroz, for the estate of Prentiss Taylor.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Lithography -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Lithographers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art therapy  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
Printmakers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Writings
Sketchbooks
Prints
Sound recordings
Citation:
Prentiss Taylor papers, 1885-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.taylpren
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-taylpren
Online Media:

The Emperor Jones released by United Artists Corporation ; John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran present ; directed by Dudley Murphy ; screen play by Du-Bose Heyward

Author:
Krimsky, John  Search this
Cochran, Gifford A (Gifford Alexander) 1906-1978  Search this
Murphy, Dudley 1897-1968  Search this
Heyward, DuBose 1885-1940  Search this
Robeson, Paul 1898-1976  Search this
Digges, Dudley 1879-1947  Search this
Wilson, Frank 1885-1956  Search this
Washington, Fredi 1903-1994  Search this
Elzy, Ruby  Search this
Stamper, George Haymid  Search this
Haller, Ernest 1896-1970  Search this
Rosse, Herman 1887-1965  Search this
Whytock, Grant  Search this
Tours, Frank E. 1877-1963  Search this
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953 Emperor Jones  Search this
United Artists Corporation  Search this
Synergy Entertainment  Search this
Physical description:
1 videodisc (73 min.) sound, black and white 4 3/4 in
Type:
Drama
Feature films
Place:
West Indies
Date:
200u
1933
Topic:
Political corruption  Search this
Call number:
video 001714
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109374

Eugene O'Neill : beyond mourning and tragedy / Stephen A. Black

Author:
Black, Stephen A  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953 Psychology  Search this
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953 Mental health  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 543 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
C1999
20th century
Topic:
Psychoanalysis and literature--History  Search this
Dramatists, American--Family relationships  Search this
Dramatists, American--Psychology  Search this
Dramatists, American  Search this
Drama--Psychological aspects  Search this
Call number:
CT275.O58 B53 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_592760

O'Neill : life with Monte Cristo / Arthur and Barbara Gelb

Author:
Gelb, Arthur 1924-  Search this
Gelb, Barbara  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 758 p., [34] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Dramatists, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.O58 G3o 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_599177

O'Neill [by] Arthur & Barbara Gelb

Author:
Gelb, Arthur 1924-  Search this
Gelb, Barbara  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 990 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
[1974, c1973]
Call number:
CT275.O58 G3
CT275.O58G3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_305410

Selected letters of Eugene O'Neill / edited by Travis Bogard and Jackson R. Bryer

Author:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Bogard, Travis  Search this
Bryer, Jackson R  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953 Correspondence  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 602 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
C1988
20th century
Topic:
Dramatists, American--Correspondence  Search this
Call number:
CT275.O58 A1
CT275.O58A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_360055

Eugene O'Neill / by Frederic I. Carpenter

Author:
Carpenter, Frederic Ives 1903-1991  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : port. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
Call number:
CT275.O58 C2
CT275.O58C2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_115733

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill : his life and works, 1888-1953

Author:
Lyman Allyn Museum  Search this
Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Foundation  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
[1967?]
Call number:
CT275.O58 E8
CT275.O58E8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_140270

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, California / by Sarah M. Olson

Author:
Olson, Sarah  Search this
Harpers Ferry Center (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953 Museums  Search this
Physical description:
183 p., 44 plates : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
California
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site (Calif.)
Date:
1983
Topic:
Historic sites  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Call number:
NK2220.O58 O52
NK2220.O58O52
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_199955

O'Neill, son and playwright

Author:
Sheaffer, Louis  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 543 p. illus., facsim., ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
[1968]
Call number:
CT275.O58 S5
CT275.O58S5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_14800

O'Neill: son and artist

Author:
Sheaffer, Louis  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 750 p. illus. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
[1973]
Call number:
CT275.O58 S5o
CT275.O58S5o
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_32595

Eugene O'Neill: a descriptive bibliography

Author:
Atkinson, Jennifer McCabe 1937-  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953 Bibliography  Search this
Physical description:
xxiii, 410 p. illus. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
Call number:
Z8644.5 .A74X
Z8644.5.A74X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_38947

The Eugene O'Neill review

Author:
Eugene O'Neill Society  Search this
Project Muse  Search this
Suffolk University  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Type:
Electronic resources
Periodicals
Date:
1989
©1989-
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1042392

Eugene O'Neill : a life in four acts / Robert M. Dowling

Author:
Dowling, Robert M. 1970-  Search this
Subject:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 569 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2014
20th century
Topic:
Dramatists, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1045457

The Emperor Jones, by Eugene O'Neill

Author:
O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953  Search this
Physical description:
54 p. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1921
[c1921]
Call number:
PS3529.N5 E5 1921
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_922839

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