Collection inventory

Finding Aids

Wallace Bassford Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Jun 1994

Revision history:
25 Jul 2007 converted to EAD (MRC)

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bassford, Wallace, 1900-1998
Title: Wallace Bassford Papers
Dates: 1939-1968
Quantity: .25 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American still-life and portrait painter; specialized in the female figure. Collection includes correspondence concerning art exhibitions (1945-1953); artwork reproductions, statements on art, and memorabilia, including articles and clippings about Bassford (1953-1968) as well as his exhibition catalogs (1939-1962).
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Wallace Bassford was an American painter and illustrator, known particularly for his floral still-lifes and portraits. Born in St. Louis, Missouri he attended the St. Louis School of Fine Art and was a member of the St.Louis Art Guild, but lived and worked also in New York City and in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited at galleries across the United States, including the St.Louis Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, Ogunquit [Maine] Art Center, and the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Wallace Bassford Papers comprises correspondence, artwork reproductions, writings, and memorabilia of the American painter and art instructor. Focused primarily on art exhibitions (Carnegie Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Silvermine Guild of Artists, University of Illinois), Correspondence includes incoming letters and a few outgoing typescript carbons. An index to correspondence is at the end of this inventory.

Reproductions of Bassford's portraits and examples of his book jacket and advertising designs constitute Artwork. Writings includes a 1934 article which appeared in Professional Art Quarterly, and statements on his painting.

The bulk of the collection is Memorabilia, which encompasses articles and clippings about Bassford as well as exhibition catalogs and invitations.


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Subject Headings


Bassford, Wallace, 1900-1998 Archives.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Painters, United States.
Painting, American 20th century.
Portrait painters, United States.
Portrait painting, 20th century, United States.
Women in art.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Wallace Bassford Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Biographical material





Selected index to correspondence


Biographical material
Box 1 Miscellaneous
Box 1 1945-1953
Box 1 Reproductions
Box 1 Articles, notes about artwork
Box 1 Articles, clippings 1953-1968, undated
Box 1 Exhibition catalogs, invitations 1939-1962, undated (4 folders)

Selected index to correspondence