About the Archives

The WAAM Archives & Library preserve information relating to the lives and careers of artists associated with the Woodstock region.

Our most important archive materials include original copies of personal diaries and letters; original clippings, exhibition announcements, and catalogues; many personal and rare photographs from artists’ and friends’ estates; and a series of taped interviews recorded in the 1970s. The Archives also contains important documents from the Woodstock Art Conferences of the 1940s and 1950s, as well as recordings from the 1952 Conference, which included panelists Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, and Ben Shahn.

The WAAM Archives is also the home to the “Maverick Notebooks” a collection of binders and related information gathered by Jean Gaede on the houses and residents of the Maverick Art Colony.

The WAAM Archives and the organization’s publications are a valuable resource for scholars, students, collectors, and others interested in American art. For information, contact Emily Jones, archivist, at 845/679-2198 extension 105 or email emily@woodstockart.org.

Please note that the WAAM, as a museum, cannot authenticate works of art, nor can it appraise works for either sale or insurance value.

Notes from the Archives

Rosella Hartman, Paul Fiene, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the WAA

This photograph by Adrian Siegel shows Rosella Hartman (with back to camera), her husband sculptor Paul Fiene, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, gathered around the table in the WAA(M) gallery. The table, made by Elizabeth Fraser, is still on display in the gallery today. The date of this photograph is currently unknown, but must have been taken some time before 1949 when Fiene died. Kuniyoshi’s painting “Child,” 1923 (now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art) is on the wall, at left.