Arthur Lee diaries and papers
Scope and Contents
The bulk of this collection consists of diaries kept by sculptor Arthur Lee between 1914 and 1959. The diaries document Lee's artistic and intellectual life in Greenwich Village and New York City throughout the middle of the 20th century, and include some drawings. The collection also includes sketchbooks, drawings, photographs, correspondence, printed material, and other papers by or relating to Lee.
- 1908 - 1998
- Lee, Arthur, 1881-1961 (Author)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Arthur Lee Diaries and Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Estate of Ingeborg Lee Muller, 2014.
Organized into three series: I: Diaries, 1914 - 1959. II: Artwork, photographs, and other papers, 1924 - 1998. III: Printed materials, 1908 - 1929.
18.92 Linear Feet (40 boxes)
Language of Materials
Arthur Lee was an American sculptor and artist. Born in Trondheim, Norway in 1881, he emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of eight. Lee studied at the Arts Students League in New York (where he later taught) and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Lee passed away at his Connecticut home on May 14, 1961.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the Arthur Lee Diaries and Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- June 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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