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James Thrall Soby papers, 1930-1979.

Author: James Thrall Soby
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Records.
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Papers include correspondence, research notes, ephemera and photographs of works by artists about whom Soby wrote, transcripts, an unpublished manuscript titled "French Romantic Art" (written in 1959), records relating to The Museum of Modern Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, Williams College, the disposition of the Kay Sage Tanguy estate, travel notebooks, diaries, family papers and photographs.
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Photographs
Archives
History
Sources
Named Person: James Thrall Soby; Jean Arp; Francis Bacon; Balthus; Salvador Dalí; Giorgio De Chirico; Juan Gris; Joan Miró; Kay Sage; Ben Shahn; Jean Arp; Francis Bacon; Balthus; Salvador Dalí; Giorgio De Chirico; Juan Gris; Joan Miró; Kay Sage; Ben Shahn; James Thrall Soby
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: James Thrall Soby
OCLC Number: 122484551
In: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Description: 24 linear ft., 3 v.
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Papers include correspondence, research notes, ephemera and photographs of works by artists about whom Soby wrote, transcripts, an unpublished manuscript titled "French Romantic Art" (written in 1959), records relating to The Museum of Modern Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, Williams College, the disposition of the Kay Sage Tanguy estate, travel notebooks, diaries, family papers and photographs.

The Soby Papers are of importance to historians involved in advanced research in 20th century art. Soby was influential, for example, in making Surrealism widely known to the American public; his notes, transcripts, early documentation (photographs, printed matter and ephemera) and correspondence with Gala Dali, Man Ray, André Breton, Yves Tanguy and Kay Sage (whose estate he administered), among others, constitute an important source for scholars, as does his extensive documentation on Bacon, Balthus, Giorgio de Chirico, Miró and Shahn.

These papers are also of sociological importance, for as art critic of the Saturday Review of Literature, a periodical of the American intelligentsia during the1940s and 1950s, Soby wrote with a liberal mind untainted by politics. Typescripts and notes for many of these articles are included in Series III.

The Soby Papers are important for an understanding of the Museum's history. For example, memoranda and correspondence in Series III clarify Soby's role in the reorganization of the Museum in the 1940s, when his sensitivity and expertise were crucial.

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