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Lauretta Dimmick Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M032

Lauretta Dimmick is an art historian and co-author of American sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, volume I: a catalogue of works by artists born before 1865. Published in 1999, this is the first volume of a two-volume set and the definitive catalogue of the Museum's collection of American sculpture. Dimmick graduated from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1976 with a B.A. She received her master and doctorate in art history from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1982 and 1986 respectively. The collection includes biographical and bibliographic information on each artist and his or her works as well as notes, correspondence, theses, a dissertation, catalogs, copies of portions of published works, and photographs.

Dates

  • Other: Date Not Yet Determined

Creator

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet (7 record boxes and 1 letter document box)

Scope and Contents

The papers include art historian Lauretta Dimmick's research material for the book, American sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, volume I: a catalogue of works by artists born before 1865 includes biographical and bibiliographic information on each artist along with correspondence, notes, theses, a dissertation, catalogs, copies of portions of published works, and photographs. The collection contains a variety of biographical and bibliographic information on each of the American sculptors represented, as well as information pertaining to each artist's works. A number of major sculptors of the nineteenth century are represented in the collection, including Frederic Remington, Augustus Saint Gaudens, Harriet Hosmer, William Rimmer, and William Morris Hunt.

Biographical / Historical

Lauretta Dimmick, an independent art historian, graduated from the University of Denver in 1976, and received her master and doctorate in art history from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1982 and 1986 respectively. Her dissertation was entitled A Catalogue of the Portrait Busts and Ideal Works Of Thomas Crawford (1813? - 1857), American Sculptor In Rome. Her papers contain the research material for American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume I: a Catalogue of Works by Artists Born before 1865. Published in 1999, this was the first volume of a two-volume set, comprising the definitive catalog of the Museum's collection of American sculpture. She joined the project in the mid-1980s, while Lewis I. Sharp was directing the project. The book was edited by Thayer Tolles, assistant curator of American painting and sculpture at the Museum. Dimmick collaborated with Tolles and Donna J. Hassler on the catalog portion of the book.

Arrangement

The papers are partially arranged.;

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lauretta Dimmick, 2000.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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