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The "Librarian's Dream-Prince": Carl Van Vechten and America's Modernist Cultural Archives Industry

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kirsten MacLeod


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Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was an art critic and patron, a novelist, and a photographer from the early- to mid-twentieth century. His most important role, however, was as a collector and archivist of American modernism. This study examines the origins of Van Vechten's penchant for collecting and archiving, how these interests informed his professional and amateur pursuits, and how they led him to contribute to the creation of a substantial and wide-ranging archival record of twentieth-century American cultural life.

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Author(s): MacLeod K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Libraries & the Cultural Record

Year: 2011

Volume: 46

Issue: 4

Pages: 360-387

Print publication date: 01/01/2011

ISSN (print): 1932-4855

ISSN (electronic): 1932-9555

Publisher: University of Texas Press


DOI: 10.1353/lac.2011.0026


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