Harold Grier McCurdy papers, 1918-2006

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Summary

Creator:
McCurdy, Harold Grier, 1909-
Extent:
22.6 Linear Feet
9934 Items
Language:
English.
Collection ID:
RL.00869

Background

Scope and content:

Collection contains an unpublished manuscript of A Photorealist in Quest of God by McCurdy. This work traces the artistic development of his son, John. Among the correspondence are letters between John and his parents, and diaries detailing the early lives of both John and his sister, Ann. Also included is an exhibition catalog of John's work (1977); an essay by John with publishers' responses; his doctoral dissertation; reprints of articles John wrote; original art work; legal papers, handwritten notes, printed material, yearbooks, course work, diplomas, correspondence; and slides and photographs. Other works by Harold McCurdy include Barbara, The Unconscious Autobiography of a Child Genius and About Mary. Another group of materials include correspondence, clippings, articles, and other items relating to Harold McCurdy's writing, teaching, and publishing career.

Addition (2000-0424) (8216 items, dating from 1918-1999) provides a relatively well-rounded and sometimes intimate look into McCurdy's personal and professional life over the majority of his lifetime. Materials include correspondence from and to McCurdy; writings on psychology, poetry, and drama; diaries; subject files; cartoons; and 254 color slides of paintings and other sketches and writings by McCurdy's son, John Derrickson McCurdy.

Addition (2009-0021) (8 items; 0.2 lin. ft.; 1949-2006) consists of 6 bound notebooks and diaries kept by McCurdy. Some of the diaries appear to be sequential; other notebooks include clippings and writings. There is also an index of McCurdy's submissions (1949-1998), as well as a compilation of his poetry (2006).

Biographical / historical:

Child psychologist and teacher, poet, professor at the University of North Carolina, and father of artist John Derrickson McCurdy.

Acquisition information:
The Harold Grier McCurdy Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 1989-2010.
Processing information:

Processed by Ruth E. Bryan, Ann Langford, and other Rubenstein Library staff

Completed 1989-October 31, 2000

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan and Ming Guo

Updated by Meghan Lyon, February 2009

Updated by Alice Poffinberger, August 2010

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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Subjects

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Subjects:
Artists -- United States -- Correspondence
Parent and child
Artists -- United States
Format:
Diaries
Color slides
Names:
McCurdy, Harold Grier, 1909-
McCurdy, John Derrickson, 1940-1974
McCurdy, Harold Grier, 1909-

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