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    William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995.
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    Seitz, William Chapin
    William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995.
    Phy. Description: 
    32.5 linear feet
    Digital Reference: 
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    Bio / His Notes: 
    William Chapin Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian and painter from Charlottesville, Va., who taught at the University of Virginia.
    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 royalties. 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.
    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.
    Finding aids: 
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    Loc. of Assoc. Material: 
    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.
    Cite as: 
    William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
    Funding Note: 
    Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
    Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
    Art historians -- Virginia -- Charlottesville
    Educators -- Virginia
    Painters -- Virginia -- Charlottesville
    Ashton, Dore
    Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981
    Baziotes, William, 1912-1963
    Conner, Bruce
    D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968
    Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
    Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948
    Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
    Krebs, Rockne, 1938-2011
    Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
    Rosati, James, 1912-1988
    Segal, George, 1924-2000
    Stella, Frank
    University of Virginia -- Faculty
    Form / Genre: 
    Drafts (documents)
    Sound recordings
    Repository Loc: 
    Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
    Local Number: 
    AAA seitwill
    Banks-Woodson, Ellen
    Elliott, Philip Clarkson, 1903-1985
    Seitz, Irma
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