The Estate Collections

The Collections of the Estate of David Smith comprise sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs by the artist as well as sketchbooks, notebooks and archival materials related to the creation and documentation of his artwork. While the Collections are not open to the public, the Estate welcomes research inquiries from curators and scholars and selectively encourages and supports long-term loans, interpretive exhibitions, publications and media projects about the artist's work and its relationship to twentieth century American and European art.

The Estate also maintains as a private residence the home and studio and surrounding property in Bolton Landing, New York, where Smith lived and worked from the early 1930s until his death.



The archives of the Estate of David Smith comprise records and materials left in the artist's studio at the time of his death, including sketchbooks, notebooks, lecture notes and writings, personal and professional correspondence, press scrapbooks, studio records, biographical photographs and documents, exhibition catalogues, press clippings and art periodicals. The archives also houses a comprehensive photographic record of the creation and installation of Smith's work at Bolton Landing and in Voltri, Italy, taken by the artist himself and in collaboration with the photographers Dan Budnik, Ugo Mulas and Alexander Liberman.

Most of this material, collectively known as the David Smith Papers, was formerly on deposit at the New York office of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, where it still may be viewed on microfilm by permission of the Estate. For further information about consulting the David Smith Papers and other archival documents relating to the artist in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, please contact the Archives of American Art.

The Estate continues to supplement its archival collections and add to its library of published and unpublished written and visual materials relating to the artist's life, work exhibitions, critical reception, and his relations with his artistic coevals. The Estate's goal is to create a comprehensive repository of information that will encourage and support continued interest, interpretation and appreciation of his work and its role in the development of twentieth-century modernist art. Please contact us if you wish to consult the microfilmed papers at the Archives of American Art, or need to view specific original documents housed at the Estate office.


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