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Worden Day papers, 1935-1992

Worden Day papers, 1935-1992
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Day, Worden, 1912-1986
Schrag, Karl
Fuller, Sue
Barnet, Will
Bourgeois, Louise
Zigrosser, Carl
Peterdi, Gabor
Vytlacil, Vaclav
Lasansky, Mauricio
Moy, Seong
Dehner, Dorothy
Sarton, May
Montclair Art Museum
State University of Iowa
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Record number
Place of publication, production, or execution
United States
Physical Description
3.5 linear feet
Access Note / Rights
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of sculptor, painter, and printmaker Worden Day (1916-1986) measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1935-1992. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, writings, printed material, scrapbooks, photographic material, and sketchbooks. There is a 1.0 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection that includes biographical Materials, correspondence, a journal, exhibitionand loan Files, financial records, printed material, and photographs.
Biographical material dates from 1960-1986 and consists of addresses; a file relating to an exhibition on the work of painter Vaclav Vytlacil organized by Day in 1975 at the Montclair Art Museum; a sound recorded interview with Day; as well as price lists, loans forms, and resumes. Also included is a film "Printmakers," presented by United States Information Service, 1961, showing American printmakers Mauricio Lasansky, Day, Karl Schrag, Seong Moy and Gabor Petredi at work and students in the School of Graphic Arts at the State University of Iowa, founded by Lasansky. The film and sound recorded interview are also available as digital files. Correspondence is with colleagues, curators, and museum directors including Will Barnet, Carl Zigrosser, May Sarton, Dorothy Dehner, Louise Bourgeois, Sue Fuller, among others. Writings by Day date from 1955-1985 and pertain to sculpture and painting. Included are several unpublished manuscripts, autobiographical statements, and reviews for exhibitions written by Day for Art News.
Four scrapbooks dating from 1940-1984 document Day's career though clippings, exhibition announcements, and photographs of Day, her circle of artists, and exhibition installations. Photographic material dates from 1935-1986 and consists of black and white, and color photographic prints, as well as slides. Subjects include Day throughout her life, with friends and artists, and working in her studio. Several folders also contain prints and slides of her paintings and sculptures. Photograph albums primarily contain additional images of Day's artwork. Three sketchbooks dating from 1960-1986 are filled with annotated drawings and sketches in pencil, pen, watercolor.
Worden Day papers, 1935-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms
One sound recording and one video recording in the collection were digitized for research access and are available at Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original cassette and reel for the archival notations on them, but originals are not available for playback due to fragility.
Portions of this collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 981, 1010, and 2016 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Biography Note
Worden Day (1916-1986) was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, and curator in Montclair, New Jersey.
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art from 1972-1983 by Worden Day. Additional material was donated in 2017 by Constance Duhamel, Day's friend and in 2020 by the Maier Museum of Art at Randoph College (where Day attended) who received the material from Duhamel.
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Data Source
Archives of American Art
Lives of American Artists