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William Chapin Seitz papers

Creator:
Seitz, 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 Chapin 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 Chapin 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 phtographs 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:

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 Chapin 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, William Chapin 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 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 Chapin 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 William Chapin Seitz 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 -- Virginia -- Charlottesville  Search this
Educators -- Virginia  Search this
Art historians -- Virginia -- Charlottesville  Search this
Genre/Form:
Resumes
Poems
Photographs
Awards
Sound recordings
Interviews
Sketches
Notebooks
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Citation:
William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.seitwill
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William Chapin Seitz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-seitwill
Online Media:

Photographs

Collection Creator:
Seitz, William Chapin  Search this
Extent:
11 Folders (Box 32, 33)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940s-1981
Scope and Contents note:
This series consists of scattered photographs of Seitz with others, likely friends and colleagues; photographs of installations of works of art at the University of Virginia exhibition for Seitz; works of art by William Seitz, Irma Seitz, and others (likely works owned by Seitz).
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The William Chapin Seitz 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:
William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.seitwill, Series 7
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William Chapin Seitz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-seitwill-ref619

Seitz, Irma

Collection Creator:
Kiesler, Lillian, 1910?-2001  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979-1982
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Lillian and Frederick Kiesler 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:
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers, circa 1910s-2003, bulk 1958-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers / Series 1: Lillian Kiesler papers / 1.2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kieslill-ref143

Irma Seitz

Artist:
Alice Neel, 28 Jan 1900 - 13 Oct 1984  Search this
Sitter:
Irma Seitz, born early 20th Century  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
91.2cm x 66cm (35 7/8" x 26"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1963
Topic:
Irma Seitz: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Princeton University
Object number:
77-9
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm44ed29685-092b-4698-a9ac-b942188591df
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_77-9

William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995

Creator:
Seitz, William Chapin, 1914-1974  Search this
Subject:
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Banks-Woodson, Ellen  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Seitz, Irma  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Rosati, James  Search this
Monet, Claude  Search this
Krebs, Rockne  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Elliott, Philip Clarkson  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Rene  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Baziotes, William  Search this
Barr, Alfred Hamilton  Search this
University of Virginia  Search this
Type:
Resumes
Poems
Photographs
Awards
Sound recordings
Interviews
Sketches
Notebooks
Drafts (documents)
Lectures
Topic:
Painters -- Virginia -- Charlottesville  Search this
Educators -- Virginia  Search this
Art historians -- Virginia -- Charlottesville  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8462
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210638
AAA_collcode_seitwill
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210638
Online Media:

Jar

Culture/People:
Acoma Pueblo  Search this
Previous owner:
William Chapin Seitz, Non-Indian, 1914-1974  Search this
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Donor:
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Object Name:
Jar
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, painted
Dimensions:
16.8 x 64.8 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Acoma Pueblo, Acoma Reservation; Cibola County; New Mexico; USA (inferred)
Date created:
1950-1970
Catalog Number:
26/5827
Barcode:
265827.000
See related items:
Acoma Pueblo
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws60c484351-ab1a-434d-9bdb-9d9fe2f3b8c5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_282054
Online Media:

Bowl

Culture/People:
Acoma Pueblo  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Sarah Garcia (Sara Garcia), Acoma Pueblo/Laguna Pueblo, b. 1928  Search this
Previous owner:
William Chapin Seitz, Non-Indian, 1914-1974  Search this
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Donor:
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Object Name:
Bowl
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, painted
Dimensions:
9.7 x 45.8 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Acoma Pueblo, Acoma Reservation; Cibola County; New Mexico; USA (inferred)
Date created:
1950-1970
Catalog Number:
26/5828
Barcode:
265828.000
See related items:
Acoma Pueblo
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws63032d01d-a40f-4212-872a-7c60f4cc1820
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_282055
Online Media:

Vase

Culture/People:
Acoma Pueblo  Search this
Previous owner:
William Chapin Seitz, Non-Indian, 1914-1974  Search this
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Donor:
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Object Name:
Vase
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, painted
Dimensions:
11.4 x 33.4 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Acoma Pueblo, Acoma Reservation; Cibola County; New Mexico; USA
Date created:
1950-1970
Catalog Number:
26/5829
Barcode:
265829.000
See related items:
Acoma Pueblo
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6dc50e355-ba72-44c7-85e8-4136831fdff3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_282056
Online Media:

Jar

Culture/People:
Acoma Pueblo  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Lucy M. Lewis (Lucy Lewis/Lucy Martin Lewis), Acoma Pueblo, ca. 1898-1992  Search this
Previous owner:
William Chapin Seitz, Non-Indian, 1914-1974  Search this
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Donor:
Irma S. Seitz (Irma J. Siegelman/Mrs. William Chapin Seitz), Non-Indian, 1912-2003  Search this
Object Name:
Jar
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, painted
Dimensions:
15.8 x 63.7 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Acoma Pueblo, Acoma Reservation; Cibola County; New Mexico; USA (inferred)
Date created:
1967
Catalog Number:
26/5826
Barcode:
265826.000
See related items:
Acoma Pueblo
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6414beeec-a86e-445e-a0de-a457ec257412
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_282053
Online Media:

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