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William C. Seitz papers

Creator:
Seitz, William C. (William Chapin)  Search this
Names:
University of Virginia -- Faculty  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Banks-Woodson, Ellen  Search this
Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902-  Search this
Baziotes, William, 1912-1963  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Elliott, Philip Clarkson, 1903-1985  Search this
Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Krebs, Rockne, 1938-2011  Search this
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926  Search this
Rosati, James, 1912-1988  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000  Search this
Seitz, Irma  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Extent:
32.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Resumes
Poems
Photographs
Awards
Sound recordings
Interviews
Sketches
Notebooks
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Date:
circa 1930-1995
Summary:
The papers of educator, painter, and art historian William C. Seitz measure 32.5 linear feet and date from circa 1930-1995. The collection includes biographical information, correspondence, notebooks, subject and people files, thesis research files, interviews and lecture recordings, teaching files, personal business records, scattered printed materials, photographs, and artwork. The bulk of the papers focus on Seitz's research and teaching career.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of educator, painter, and art historian William C. Seitz measure 32.5 linear feet and date from circa 1930-1995. The collection includes biographical information, correspondence, notebooks, subject and people files, thesis research files, interviews and lecture recordings, teaching files, personal business records, scattered printed materials, photographs, and artwork. The bulk of the papers focus on Seitz's research and teaching career.

Biographical materials consist of resumes and CV's, identification cards including one from the WPA, documents from the memorial held at the University of Virginia for Seitz, poetry written by Irma for William on their wedding anniversaries, and x-rays.

The majority of Seitz's correspondence is professional and concerns job offers and opportunities, lectures requests, recommendation letters for Seitz and for others by Seitz, the Kress Fellowship, exhibitions, awards, and organizations. Also found are posthumus materials to Irma Seitz concerning book royalites. Personal correspondence is scattered and includes condolence letters sent to Irma.

Personal business records focus on Seitz's personal art collection, copyright information, publishing records including royalty statements, reports, scholarship and fellowship information, and professional organization membership records.

The bulk of the collection consists of research and writing files which include notebooks, subject and people files, thesis research files and drafts, general research which include writings by Seitz, card files, and recordings of lectures and interviews. Subject and people files may include correspondence, printed materials, research notes, photographs, works of art, and writings concerning and by artists, art historians, curators, subjects, and art movements. Research files are found for Dore Ashton, Alfred H. Barr Jr., William Baziotes, Bruce Conner, Rene D'Harnoncourt, Marcel Duchamp, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Rockne Krebs, George Segal, James Rosati, and Frank Stella among many others. Also found are research materials on Claude Monet, some of which are written in French.

Teaching files contains extensive reference material likely used by Seitz during his career as well as correspondence, exams, and lecture materials used in specific classes.

Printed material is scattered and includes clippings, exhibition announcements, and articles. Exhibition announcements and catalogs are for Seitz's personal works and for exhibitions he curated.

The bulk of the photographs are of works of art by William Seitz, Irma Seitz, and others which were likely owned by Seitz. Also found are photographs of exhibition installations at the Univeristy of Virginia and scattered photographs of Seitz with others.

Artwork include several pencil sketches by Seitz, two works by Ellen Banks-Woodson, and a sketch by Phil Elliott.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1930s-1974 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1945-1995 (Boxes 1-2; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1947-1990 (Boxes 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Research and Writing Files, 1940s-1970s (Boxes 4-26; 23.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Teaching Files, 1945-1970s (Boxes 27-31, OV 34-35; 5 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1937-1984 (Boxes 31-2; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, 1940s-1981 (Box 32, 33; 11 folders)

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1950s-1972 (Box 32, 33; 6 folders)
Biographical/Historical note:
William C. Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian and scholar, painter, educator, and museum curator who worked primarily in New York and Virginia. He completed the first dissertation on Abstract Expressionism while a student at Princeton University in 1955.

Born in 1914 in Buffalo, New York, Seitz studied at the Albright Art School at the University of Buffalo and the Art Institute of Buffalo. Seitz met artist Irma J. Siegelman, whom he married in 1938. Due to the Depression, he left school and worked with the Federal Arts Project in New York City in the 1930s and worked as an aircraft fuel cell deigner for the Hewitt Rubber Company during World War II. Returning to the University of Buffalo after the war, Seitz completed his undergraduate degree and remained by accepting a teaching job.

Although he saw success as a painter and exhibited in one-man shows, Seitz focused his career in academia and enrolled at Princeton University for a graduate degree in Art History. Princeton faculty held divided views on Seitz's desire to write a dissertation on the Abstract Expressionist movement and debated the subject for over a year. Seitz's dissertation topic was eventually approved and in addition to writing the first dissertation on Abstract Expressionism, Seitz received the first PhD in Modern Art from Princeton. Seitz remained at Princeton as an assistant professor and advised students such as Frank Stella.

In 1960, he accepted a job as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. At MOMA, Seitz curated The Art of Assemblage (1961), The Responsive Eye (1965), and an exhibition on Monet (1960). Other MOMA exhibitions focused on artists Mark Tobey, Arshile Gorky, and Hans Hofmann. Additionally, he served as director of the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University from 1965-1970. During that time, Seitz organized the United States exhibition at the Ninth Biennial in Sao Paulo (1967) and the Seventh Biennial of Canadian Painting (1968). In 1971, Seitz returned to teaching at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and was the Visiting Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art from 1972-1973.

In addition to his successes in painting, education, and the curatorial field, Seitz was an accomplished writer. He published many articles, essays, and books on art and artists including Art in the Age of Aquarius, on which he worked until his death.

William C. Seitz died of cancer in 1974.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Museum of Modern Art Archives in New York City holds the William C. Seitz papers which contain exhibition files and records relating to an interview with Marcel Duchamp. Correspondence relating to the debate concerning the viability of Seitz's dissertation are found in the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. papers also at the Museum of Modern Art Archives.
Provenance:
The William C. Seitz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Seitz's widow, Irma Seitz, in 1975 and 2003. A transcript of an interview with Mark Tobey by Seitz was donated by Rebecca Massie Lane in 1988. Seitz gave these transcripts to Lane for her graduate work and they remined in her possession after his death.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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 historians -- Virginia -- Charlottesville  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- Virginia -- Charlottesville  Search this
Educators -- Virginia  Search this
Genre/Form:
Resumes
Poems
Photographs
Awards
Sound recordings
Interviews
Sketches
Notebooks
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Citation:
William C. Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.seitwill
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William C. Seitz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw944428879-be52-442b-b3a0-1e263ac364f1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-seitwill
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Rosati

Creator:
Rosati, James, 1912-1988  Search this
Interviewer:
Fesci, Sevim  Search this
Extent:
111 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
1968 April-May
Scope and Contents:
Interview of James Rosati conducted in 1968 April-May, by Sevim Fesci, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
James Rosati (1912-1988) was a sculptor and educator in New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Sculpture, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rosati68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b2b455b8-8dd5-43d1-aeb9-f9341f9ddbf0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rosati68

James Rosati papers

Creator:
Rosati, James, 1912-1988  Search this
Names:
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1959-1974
Scope and Contents:
Exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings and magazine articles; an article by Rosati, "David Smith, 1906-1965"; a photograph of Rosati and a photograph of a work of art; an award; and miscellaneous printed material on Rosati's sculpture.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor, educator; New York City.
Provenance:
Donated 1980 by James Rosati.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.rosajame
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9be50b00a-c916-4c4a-a0d2-22ef9c4876af
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rosajame

[Lippincott, Inc. photographs]

Creator:
Lippincott, Inc.  Search this
Everett, Roxanne  Search this
Names:
Breer, Robert  Search this
Doty, Robert M.  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
McKee, David  Search this
Meadmore, Clement  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Murray, Robert, 1936-  Search this
Myers, Forrest Warden, 1941-  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Rosati, James, 1912-1988  Search this
Samaras, Lucas, 1936-  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet ((ca. 700 items partially microfilmed on two reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1968-1977 and [undated]
Scope and Contents:
Photographs by Roxanne Everett, of artists fabricating and installing their sculpture at Lippincott, Inc., and other sites.
REEL 1400: 23 photographs including: Robert Breer, Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Lippincott, Clement Meadmore, Robert Morris, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, George Sugarman, and Minoru Yamasaki.
REEL 1875: 79 photographs including: Robert McIntyre Doty, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, David McKee, Clement L. Meadmore, Robert Murray, Forest Warden Myers, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosati, Lucas Samaras, George Sugarman, and others.
UNMICROFILMED: 593 photographs, among them ca. 300 of Claus Oldenburg, and many of Robert Murray, George Sugarman, Louise Nevelson, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosati, Ellsworth Kelly, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
North Haven, Ct. Founded in 1966 by Donald B. Lippincott as a place for artists to create large sculptures and receive help in transportation and installation of their work.
Provenance:
Photographs on reel 1400 donated 1974 by Roxanne Everett and Donald B. Lippincott; those on reel 1875 donated 1978 by Everett. Unmicrofilmed photographs donated by Roxanne Everett, October 4, 1983.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Jonathan Lippincott. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Photographers  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Photography of sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.ippinc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91617a1ce-12a2-4294-b492-1fdeeea250fe
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ippinc

James Rosati: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF002512
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141176

Three Forms, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: painted Cor-Ten steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue Sculpture Courtyard Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213 Accession Number: 70.45
Date:
1962 or 1970
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77001688
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_12721

Lippincott I, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Medium:
Painted Cor-Ten steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by State of New York Office of General Services Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza Albany New York 12223 Accession Number: A.69.1
Located Empire State Plaza Near Madison Avenue Albany New York
Date:
1967
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76001924
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1899

Upright Form V, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: stainless steel; Base: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Blount, Inc 4520 Executive Park Drive Montgomery Alabama 36116
Date:
1981
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77006066
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_23148

Johannes Paul Tillich, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Landscape architects:
Zion & Breen  Search this
Subject:
Tillich, Johannes Paul  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: Bedford limestone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Place:
Indiana
New Harmony
Date:
1967
Topic:
Portrait male--Head  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Control number:
IAS 74110007
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_295242

Arc I, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Fabricator:
Lippincott, Inc.  Search this
Medium:
Painted aluminum or stainless steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Crescent Real Estate Funding VIII, L.P 3333 Lee Parkway Dallas Texas 75219
Located 3300 Lee Parkway Dallas Texas
Date:
1983. Installed 1983
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71500218
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299424

Richard Cardinal Cushing, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Founder:
Modern Art Foundry  Search this
Subject:
Cushing, Richard Cardinal  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Boston Office of Cultural Affairs Boston City Hall, Room 716 Boston Massachusetts 02201
Located Cushing Plaza New Chardon & Cambridge Streets Boston Massachusetts
Date:
1980-1981
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Archbishop  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87740037
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299637

Upright Form V, (sculpture)

Title:
Lightning Rod, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: stainless steel; Base: stainless steel; Foundation: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Willowbend Golf Course 8001 East Mulberry Near 6th hole Wichita Kansas 67226
Date:
1981
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 88410097
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307518

Two Angled Forms, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Fabricator:
Lippincott, Inc.  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: stainless steel; Base: stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Trammel Crow Company Charlotte Plaza, South College Street & East 4th Street Charlotte North Carolina 28202
Date:
Nov. 1982. Dedicated Feb. 20, 1983
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS NC000048
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_319496

Shorepoints I, (sculpture)

Title:
Heroic Shore Points I, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: painted aluminum
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States General Services Administration Washington District of Columbia
Located United States Department of Health and Human Services Independence Avenue, S.W., Humphrey Building Washington District of Columbia
Date:
1977. Completed Sept. 1977
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS DC000153
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_323798

Triple Arc I, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: stainless steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
American Institute of Architects 1735 New York Avenue Courtyard Washington District of Columbia 20006
Date:
1982-1984. Installed Oct. 29, 1984
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS DC000184
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_324779

Loo Wit, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Fabricator:
Lippincott, Inc.  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: welded aluminum, painted; Base: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel 113 6th Avenue Outdoor courtyard Seattle Washington
Date:
1975-1976
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS WA000366
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_335555

Richmond Tripodal, (sculpture)

Title:
Future, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Fabricator:
Lippincott, Inc.  Search this
Medium:
Aluminum, painted
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Faison Associates 901 East Cary Street, James Center One Richmond Virginia 23219
Located Nationsbank 12th & Main Streets Richmond Virginia
Date:
1974. Dedicated Oct. 9, 1974
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Allegory--Time--Future  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000467
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_335924

Ideogram, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: stainless steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey New York New York
Date:
1962-1973
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76003453
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_7611

Tripodal, (sculpture)

Title:
Wichita Tripodal, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Fabricator:
Architectural Metal Products, Inc.  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: stainless steel over steel skeleton; Foundation pads: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Wichita Administrative Offices for Century II 225 West Douglas Wichita Kansas 67202
Located Century II 300 West Douglas North side Wichita Kansas
Date:
1970-1972. Dedicated March 8, 1972
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75005002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_9205

James Rosati : recent sculpture : March 3-31, 1962 : Otto Gerson Gallery ... : [exhibition catalogue]

Author:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Otto Gerson Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Rosati, James 1912-1988  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1962
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB237.R69 A4 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895997

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