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Guide to the Tom Lovell Papers

Tom LovellTom Lovell Papers, circa 1845-1997
58.4 cubic feet (72 document boxes, 15 flat boxes, 9 photo file boxes, 7 oversized folders)
Location: 0477-0510; 0655-0656; 0659-0662; 0701; and Flat File 2/Drawers 2 & 3
Collection #: 056
Accession #: 2000.035

Tom Lovell's love of history and his devotion to detailed accuracy was reflected in his art. He began illustrating for pulp magazines during his junior year in the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1931. Lovell said that he was fortunate to be able to earn a living illustrating during the Depression when so many people were unable to find work.

Lovell spent almost 40 years as an illustrator and his work appeared in early pulp and popular magazines. His illustrations also appeared in The National Geographic Magazine, along with a series on the Vikings. He produced several illustrations for the Civil War series in Life Magazine to commemorate the centennial of the Civil War. Lovell's work illustrated many products. Perhaps his most famous was the Continental Soldier, 1781 for the Continental Life Insurance Company. In 1969, he left the world of illustrators and turned his attention to western art when the Abell-Hanger Foundation commissioned him to do a series of paintings depicting the southwest and early oil industry in the Permian Basin of West Texas.

Tom Lovell was a founding member of the National Academy of Western Art. He received many honors for his illustrations and paintings. He was winner of the prestigious Prix de West award twice for his paintings. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators in 1974. In 1992, Lovell received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award for Traditional Painter of Western History.

Along with personal papers, pamphlets, booklets, research notes and sketches, the Tom Lovell Collection contains approximately 16,000 negatives, photographs, and transparencies. The collection also contains numerous tearsheets of Lovell's illustrations and paintings. Scrapbooks and folders in the collection contain the tearsheets of other illustrators.

Tom Lovell was born in New York City on February 5, 1909. As a boy, he spent hours with his mother at the Museum of Natural History sketching. He worked on several jobs unrelated to art before enrolling in the College of Fine Arts at New York's Syracuse University. While still working toward his degree, Lovell began working as an illustrator for the popular pulp magazines of the time. He earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Syracuse in 1931. Lovell met Gloyd Simmons while in college and nicknamed her "Pink" because of the pink smock she wore to art class. They married in 1934 and had two children, David and Deborah.

Lovell said that he was fortunate to earn seven dollars per illustration at a time when most authors only earned one cent a word. In 1937 Lovell switched to the more "glamorous, sophisticated slick" magazines. During World War II, Lovell served in the U.S. Marines as an illustrator for their publication, Leatherneck Magazine. He illustrated the stories for many popular magazines including National Geographic, Life, Time, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Home Companion, McCall's, and Colliers. His illustrations sprinkled the pages of the works authored by Edna Ferber, Louis Bromfield, Paul Gallico, and Sinclair Lewis (Jones, p. 70-71).

In 1944, Lovell joined the U.S. Marines, hoping to be assigned as a combat artist. However, he served two years as a staff artist for the Leatherneck Magazine, the U.S. Marine Corporation Publication. Lovell produced several historical paintings including the Marines' fight for Belleau Wood during World War I, Admiral Robert E. Peary, Guadacanal!, and the Battle of Tenaru River. Lovell's painting, Tarawa Landing, is on display at the Marine Corps Historical Center in Washington, D.C. (Jones, p. 71).

Lovell first began using scale models to study the effect of light and composition for his paintings while researching material for the Tarawa Landing. He was able to move the models about to observe the lighting and shadows they made. This became a habit which he used throughout his lifetime. He researched the landscape, people, the time period, and other important information by "...traveling to sites, making sketches, reading primary sources like journals, logs, and eyewitness accounts" (Jones, p. 68) to have a better idea about an incident he wanted to portray before ever touching a canvas. Friends and family members posed for countless photographs and sketches. Lovell studied these for the components which made up each movement, expression, and costume, along with the angles of light and shadow. Lovell's study of research material about the subjects he chose and his attention to the smallest detail made his paintings so lifelike.

After the war, Lovell returned to illustrating for major magazines, where his career spanned almost 40 years. During which time, he was commissioned to do a series on the Vikings for the National Geographic Society, followed by a series on the Civil War for Life magazine, and a study of the early history of the Mormon Church for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1969, Lovell left the world of illustrations and turned his attention to western art when the Abell-Hanger Foundation commissioned him to do a series of paintings depicting the southwest and early oil industry in the Permian Basin of West Texas.

In the 1970s Lovell moved his family from Connecticut to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to pursue his first love -- historical art. As Lovell wrote,

"I had been interested in the American Indian since I was nine years old... That interest never left me, although it was many years before I could really apply it to my work. When I moved West, it seemed all this interest and knowledge had come home to roost. While I had no great desire to be a cowboy, I knew the West was a lot more things than just cowboying. There are a lot of artists who know about the cowboy subject matter well, so they do that. I like the idea of going back in time, so that's what I do." ("Tom Lovell 5/25/88 Draft II").

Lovell's imagination, research abilities, and artistic skill blend perfectly in his artwork to tell a story. The subjects Lovell portrayed in his paintings ranged from ancient to contemporary times. His artwork is a study of human existence and an expression of the emotion tied to an event which actually happened or could have happened. The historical topics Lovell has portrayed range from the ancient Greek athletes and the Vikings, to the Fall of Nicaea and the Battle of Hastings, to the arrival of Admiral Peary at the North Pole, to battles of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and both World Wars, to the vivid images of the Old West and Native Americans.

Throughout his career, Lovell received many honors. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974. His paintings hang in the United States Capital, the U.S. Maritime Academy, the New Britain Museum, the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters, the National Geographic Society, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Abell-Hanger Foundation, galleries of corporate offices, and private collections. "He was among the founding charter members of the National Academy of Western Art, the forerunner of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's Prix de West Invitational Exhibition." (VanDeventer, M.J., Prix de West News, May 1998 p.8). And in 1992, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame honored him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award " . . . during the National Academy of Western Art Exhibition and praised him for 'capturing the romance and the majesty of the American West' in his paintings." (VanDeventer, p. 8). That same year Lovell was awarded the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award for Traditional Painter of Western History.

Lovell's love of history, and his accomplished skill as a painter, blend together to make him a respected and honored artist. Throughout his life, students, friends, and colleagues respected his advice, instruction, and friendship. The public sought his work. Each of Lovell's well-researched paintings portrays a part of history that romanticizes and preserves an event from an individual's perspective as if you are standing observing the action or were a part of what was happening. His artwork draws the viewer into it, sparking the imagination of what could have happened and how it might have felt to be there.

On June 29, 1997, Tom Lovell was tragically killed in an automobile accident at the age of 88. As he once said, "I'm a lucky man. I've been painting for over 50 years. And I've dreamed my dreams" (VanDeventer, p. 8). His life was well spent, doing what he loved best - - illustrating life and history for others to enjoy. Future generations and enthusiasts of the Old West of all ages will benefit from his knowledge of the subjects he painted and the events he portrayed.

Jones, Byron B., "Stories of Survival: Tom Lovell" Southwest Art. May 1983, p. 66-83)
Tom Lovell - a Biographical Sketch (1974) Number One in a series of booklets on the twelve leading American Artists whose paintings were selected as 1974 winners of the Franklin Mint Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Western Art.
"Tom Lovell 5/25/88 Draft II"
Who's Who in American Art, 1980 (p 461)


1909, Feb 5 - Born in New York City to Henry S Lovell, Jr. and Edith Scott (Russell) Lovell.
1926, Feb - Job - US Shipping Board - Seaman on SS Leviathan
1927 - Began attending Art classes at Syracuse University College of Fine Arts
1930 - Began doing dry-brush drawings for Hersey Publications (Gangster Magazine, etc)
1931 - Graduate from Syracuse University College of Fine Arts with a BFA; continued working for Pulp Magazines (Shadow, Wild West Weekly, published by Street & Smith, and others)
1934 - Married Gloyd "Pink" Simmons
1937 - Bid for "Slick" magazines and began working for American, Cosmopolitan, Women's Home Companion, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, McCall's, Collier's, etc.
1940 - Moved to Westport, Connecticut
1944 - Enlisted in the Marine Corps w/John Clymer
1949 - Birth of Daughter, Deborah (Debby)
1960's (ny) - Commissioned to do historical paintings for the Mormon Church
1961 - Commissioned by Life Magazine to do The Fleet Passing Vicksburg, VMI Cadets at New Market, and Battle of the Crater
1969 - Last Illustrations done
1969 - Commissioned by the Abell-Hanger Foundation of Midland, Texas, to do 14 historical paintings of the Permian Basin area, relating to the oil industry.
1973 - Organized the National Academy of Western Art (NAWA) and show
1974 - Franklin Mint Gold Medal Award, Distinguished Western Art: Tumbleweed Serenade
1974 - Prix de West Winner: The Wolf Men
1974, June - Inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame
1975 - Cowboy Artists of America Award: The Thaw
1975 - Invited to join Cowboy Artists of America
1976 - Gold Medal Oil Award: Time of the Cold Maker
1976 - Cowboy Artists of America Award: The Deceivers
1977 - Built house in Santa Fe, NM
1977 - Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal: Bad Face Strategy
1978 - Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal Oil Award: Invitation to Trade
1983 - Cowboy Artists of America, Gold Medal Oil Award: Captain Murie's Pawnees
1984 - Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal Drawing Award: The Image Maker
1986 - Wife, Gloyd "Pink" Lovell died
1986 - Prix de West Winner: Target Practice
1986 - Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal Drawing Award: Corn on the Cartridge Belt
1988 - Cowboy Artists of America, Gold Medal Drawing Award: Four Times to the Sun
1989 - Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal Oil Award: Dry Goods and Molasses
1991 - Cowboy Artists of America, Gold Medal Drawing Award: Trade Goods - Ft Union
1992, Mar 21-June 7 - Tom Lovell Retrospective at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame
1992 - Robert Lougheed Memorial Award for Traditional Painter of Western History
1997, June 29 - Died in Automobile Accident, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Scope & Content Note  

The scope of the collection ranges from before Lovell's birth in 1909 to his death in 1997. The collection contains personal and family papers; biographical booklets; cards and letters received from friends and publishers; research materials in the form of photocopies and notes; booklets, pamphlets, and catalogues; photographic images in the form of black and white and color negatives, prints, Polaroid prints, slides, and transparencies; sketches; tearsheets; and scrapbooks. There are hundreds of tearsheets of study images, Lovell paintings and illustrations, as well as the illustrations of other artists.

The Tom Lovell Papers has been divided into ten series. Each series is then divided into sub-series:

Series 1: Personal (ca. 1917-1997)
This series contains biographical information, biographical booklets, educational papers, military records, awards, and family papers.

Series 2: Letters (ca. 1923-1997, n.d.)
This series is comprised of letters received from publishers, and cards and letters from friends. Many of the cards and envelopes received from fellow artists include original sketches from the sender. This series does not contain any letters written by Lovell, however, there are notes by Lovell for letters as he prepared to compose them. It is unknown if these drafts were ever written or sent.

Series 3: Research Materials (ca. 1845-1997, n.d.)
This series contains notes and photocopies of articles from books, encyclopedias, and other materials used in the background research for a particular illustration or painting. Research topics are organized alphabetically. This series also contains notes Lovell made in preparation for his artwork, talks, and seminars.

Series 4: Booklets/Pamphlets (ca. 1884-1996, n.d.)
This series contains booklets, pamphlets, flyers, postcards, newsletters and magazines. It is divided into four primary sub-series: Biographical, Trips/Vacations, Catalogues and Magazines. Trips/Vacations contains booklets, pamphlets and postcards of various sites from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. There are booklets and pamphlets covering many subject areas in this series. Also included are complete issues of magazines and newsletters.

Series 5: Sketches (n.d.)
Sketches series includes many types of sketches, ranging in size from a rough sketch on a scrap of paper or the back of an envelope to a full-scale detailed study on large paper. The majority of these are done in pencil. Lovell often added notes about color, size, scale, etc. In many cases, there are several sketches on the same sheet, front and back. In order to facilitate the processing a sketch is counted by the page (front-side only), no matter how many sketches may appear on that page. Please note that sketches also appear on the reverse side of photographs, letters, and on the outside of folders used in filing. In these instances, the primary source dictates the series the sketch is filed in (e.g. a photograph with a sketch on the reverse, would be placed with other photographs). Sub-series include, paintings, illustrations and cover art, illustrated products, and study sketches.

Series 6: Photographs (ca. 1861-1997)
This series represents a very large portion of the collection and includes photographs of family and friends, Lovell's homes, trips/vacations, study photographs of models, animals, movie sets, and movie publicity shots. This series also contains many photographs of Lovell's illustrations, cover art, and paintings. Images in this series are divided into the image type sub-series of Slides, Negatives, and Transparencies.

Series 7: Tearsheets (ca. 1884-1996, n.d.)
This series represents another large section of the Lovell Collection and includes tearsheets of Lovell's paintings and illustrations, cover art, and many study or reference tearsheets of animals, people, places, and things. Also included in this series are the tearsheets of illustrations by other artists.

Series 8: Other/Misc. (n.d.)
This includes slide boxes, Research Center separation sheets, and other miscellaneous items.

Series 9: Scrapbooks (ca. 1889-1915, n.d.)
Scrapbooks contain two scrapbooks with illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson and G. R. Switzer.

Series 10: Oversized (n.d.)
This series contains oversized materials from the above series.

Subject Terms  

Abandoned Dreams
Admiral Robert E. Peary
An Elder
Apache (not Scout)
Apache Trail Signs
Arrows, Powder and Ball
Attack on Battery Wagner (Civil War)
Backscratcher, The
Bad Face Strategy
Barrel Hoops for Arrow Heads
Battle of Tenaru River
Battle of Hastings
Battle of the Crater (Civil War)
Battle at Tenaru River
Berdan's Sharpshooters - Second Day at Gettysburg (Civil War)
Black Bed, The
Blackfeet Wall, The
Bowstring Warriors
Boys and the Frog
Bride's Home at a Wildcat Well, A
Buffalo Caller
Buffalo Hunter, The
Buffalo Tea
Buglar, The
Bulletin Board, The
Camels in Texas
Captain Clark and the Air Gun
Captain Clark's Gift
Captain Fremont's Howitzer
Captain Lewis and the Buffalo Calf
Captain Murie's Pawnees
Captain Pope's Wells
Carson's Boatyard
Catchers of Wild Horses
Cattle Drive - Five Finger Rapids, Yukon
Cheyenne Dog Rope
Chiricahua Scout
Christmas at Cripple Creek
Cobbler's Bench
Comanche Moon
Continental Soldier, The
Contrary One, The
Cooling the Big 50
Corn on the Cartridge Belt
Coronado's Expedition
Cottonwood Breakfast
Cottonwood Gazette
Cow Bell, The
Culture at Silver City
De Vaca Performing Operation on Lipan Apache, near Pecos River - 1530
Deceiver, The
Dog Rope Souldier (Cheyenne)
Dog Soldier - Arm of the Law
Dragging the Fire Line
Dry Goods and Molasses
Dust Signal, The
Earth-House People, The
End of the Denver Gold Rush
Even Trade
Finishing Touch, The
Fire in the Buffalo Grass
Fires on the Oregon Trail
First Horses for the Brule Sioux
Five Miles Ahead of the Column
Flannel Shirt Flag, The
Flash Flood
Fog Bank, The
Four Times to the Sun
Friendly Willows, The
General Fremont in the Rockies
Gift, The
Going Home
Good Provider, The
Governor's Place, Santa Fe, 1840
Graveyard, The
Grub Line Riders, The
Gun Doctor, The
Handwarmer, The
Heirloom, The
Helpers, The
Henry David Thoreau
Hevhaitanio - Hair Rope Cheyenne
Hilltop Grass
Homage to Bison
Horse Raid, The
Hunter and His Uncle, The
Hunter, The
Image Maker, The
Indian and Gun
Indian Profile
Indian Torso
Indian Head
Into the Eye of the Sun
Invitation to Trade
Iron Shirt, The
Jump Suit, The
Keep Riding
Kiowa Ventriloquist
Koda Olympic Runners
Lariat Maker, The
Lewis & Clark
Lincoln Sketch
Listening for the Drums
Little Wolf Defies the U.S. Army
Long-Ago Creature, The (Dinosaur Bones)
Long Time Till New Grass
Long Warpath, The
Lost Rag Doll, The
Loud Mouth Gun, The
Mail Run, The
Marking the Crossing
More Than Meets the Eye
Mr. Bodmer's Music Box
Mud Owl's Warning, The
New Grass
New Neighbors, The
New Saddle, The
New Water Hole, The
No More Bugles
No Room at the Inn
No Trade Today
Noble Train of Artillery, The
Northern & Southern Cheyenne
Offering, The
Old Santa Fe
Old Woman
Oliver Hanna and the Tree-Top Hay
Painting the Stolen Horses
Paratroopers, The
Parrot Dance, The
Pawnee Scout
Pecos Pueblo, About 1500
Pipe Man, The
Plane Table Crew, The
Pony Tracks and Empty Saddles
Professor Lowe's Balloon (Civil War)
Ramrods and Buffalo Chips
Raven Followers, The
Recruiter, The
Riding Big Dance
Robe Traders, The
Salt Gatherers, The
Santa Claus ‘88
Saratoga Trunk
Scalp Lock, The
Scarecrow, The
Shadow and Cohert Rescue, The
Shadow Watcher, The
Shotgun Toll
Siege at Tyre
Sleeping Dog Sketch
Slow-Moving Target
Smoke-Filled Room, The
Spring Water Cart
Studio Mirror, Tom's Wife
Study of Hands
Sugar in the Coffee
Sundown - Ft Union
Surrender at Appomattox (Civil War)
Survey Party Crossing the Pecos River
Surveyor, The
Surveyors at Camp
Swivel Gun, The
Talking to Skull
Target Practice
Teddy Blue & the Snowy Owl
Tender Moment, A
Thaw, The
Thoreau, Henry David
Thoughtful One, The
Throat Spray M1
Throne of Honor, The
Time of the Coldmaker
Toasted Buffalo
Tom's Daughter, Debbie
Tom's Son, David, with Dog
Too Cold to Ride
Town Crier
Trade at Midnight, A
Trade Goods - Fort Union
Trade Gun
Trapline Visitors
Tuft of Grass - Lakota
Tumbleweed Serenade
Tyre-Alexander Wedding
Uncle Sam's Scout with Mirror
Union Fleet Passing Vicksburg, The (Civil War)
US Dragoons in Texas
Viking Trading on the Volga River
Viking Winter Feast
Vision Seeker, The
Walking Coyote and the Buffalo Orphans
Walt Whitman
War Bonnet Ceremony, The
Warm Ashes
Warrior No More, A
Water Hole, The
Watering Horses
Wheel Soakers, The
White Man's Corn Tipis
White Man's Eyes
Winchester 1866
Wire Trouble on the Overland Telegraph
Wolf Man
Wolf Men, The
Wrong Side Up
Youth Against Age
Youth's Hour of Glory
Unknown Paintings

Publications with Lovell Illustrations:
Ace-High Magazine
Gangster Stories
Good Housekeeping
Ladies Home Journal
Leatherneck Magazine (US Marine publication)
National Geographic Society
The Shadow
Western Stories
Woman's Home Companion

Products Illustrated by Lovell:
Alpo Dog Food
Aluminum Limited
BeautyRest by Simmons
Calvert Blended Whiskey
Continental Insurance Company
New England Mutual Life Insurance Company
"A Better Life for You" Ads
Shell Oil Company

Subject Headings:
Arms & armament
Art, American-West (U.S.)-20th century
Artists, American
Artists-United States-Biography
Artists-West (U.S.)-Biography
Artists' models
Carts & wagons
City & town life
Clothing & dress
Galleries & museums
Glacier National Park (Mont.)
Horses w/People
Illustrators, American
Illustrators-United States
Indians of North America
Lakes & ponds
Military life
Motion pictures
Pulp magazines
Runners (Sports)
Sleds & sleighs
Stages (Platforms)
United States-Civil War, 1861-1865
Viking ships
West (U.S.)-In Art
Western wear

Personal Names:
Abbey, Edwin Austin, 1852-1911
Adams, Don
Aidman, Charles
Alexander, John White, 1856-1915
Allen, Courtney
Andress, Ursula, 1936-
Assante, Armand, 1949-
Barclay, McClelland
Baxter, Lynsey
Berridge, Elizabeth
Berry, Gene
Biggs, Walter
Blashfield, A. D.
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard, 1874-1960
Bond, Ward, 1903-1960
Bonnard, Pierre, 1867-1947
Boone, Richard
Borgnine, Ernest, 1915-
Bowker, Judi
Bouquet, Carole
Boyle, Peter
Bradshaw, Terry
Bronson, Charles, 1920-
Burton, Richard, 1925-
Buzzi, Ruth
Cagney, James, 1899-1986
Caine, Michael
Cantrell, J. W.
Carlsen, Emil
Carey, Harry, 1921-
Carney, Art, 1918-
Carradine, Robert
Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926
Cezanne, Paul, 1839-1906
Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952
Cimino, Michael
Clark Guy
Clark, Walter Appleton, ca.1899-1906
Clayburgh, Jill
Clymer, John, 1907-
Connery, Sean
Conway, Tim
Cooper, Gary, 1901-1960
Cornelius, Aleta
Curtis, Tony, 1925-
Davis, Floyd
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917
DeNiro, Robert
Dodge, A. B.
Dorgan, "Tap" Thomas A.
Douglas, Kirk, 1916-
Duncan, Frank, Jr.
Durfee, Hazard
Eastwood, Clint, 1930-
Edgern, Robert W.
Ellis, Dean
Fabbi, Fabio, 1861-1946
Fisher, Harrison, 1875-1934
Flagg, James Montgomery, 1877-1960
Frank, Jeffrey
Frost, A. B.(Arthur Burdett), 1851-1928
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960
Gibbs, George
Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944
Gilbert, Allan, ca. 1906
Glover, Julian
Gogh, Vincent van, 1853-1890
Goodwin, Phillip R.
Grant, Gordon, 1875-1962
Greene, Stephen, 1918-
Gwillim, Jack
Hackman, Gene
Hamlin, Harry
Hanna, T. K.(Thomas King), 1872-1951
Harrison, George, 1943-
Helleu, M.
Helm, Levon
Henrick, Peter
Herter, Albert, 1871-
Heston, Charlton
Hoffman, Jeane
Holbrook, Hal
Huff, Henry
Ireland, Jill
Irons, Jeremy, 1948-
Jacobs. W. L.
John, Augustus, 1878-1961
Jones, Garth
Jones, Haydon, 1870?-1954
Kaemmerer, F. H.
Kahler, Joseph
Keith, Alan
Keller, Arthur Ignatius, 1866-1924
Kennedy, George, 1926-
Kihn, W. Langdon
Kimball, ALonzo
Kristofferson, Kris
Lee, Arthur H.
Leigh, Janet
Leigh, William Robinson, 1866-1955
Lewis, Arthur Munroe
Leyendecker, Frank X., 1877-1924
Leyendecker, J. C., 1874-1951
Lloyd, Christopher, 1945-
Lloyd, Kathleen
Loeb, Louis, 1866-1909
Lougheed, Robert
Lovell, David
Lovell, Deborah
Lovell, Gloyd "Pink"
Lovell, Tom, 1909-
Lyon, George E.
Majors, Lee
Mann, Harrington, 1864-
Marchand, J. N.
Marvin, Lee
Mason, James, 1909-
Matania, Tullia
Matthau, Walter
Maynard, Ken, 1895-1973
McCoy, Tim
McGoohan, Patrick, 1928-
Melcarth, Edward
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932
Meredith, Burgess, 1908-
Mitchum, Robert
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
Moore, Roger, 1927-
Nack, Kenneth
Nankiville, Frank A.
Nappenbach, H.
Newberry, James Arthur
Newell, Peter
Nurick, Irving
O'Keeffe, Miles
Olivier, Laurence, 1907-
Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931
Page, Geraldine
Pages, Jules
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966
Partington, Gertrude
Partington, Richard Langtry
Peck, Gregory, 1916-
Penfield, Edward, 1866-1925
Perkins, Barbara
Phillips, Coles, 1880-1927
Pickens, Alton
Pickens, Slim
Powers, John Robert
Prince, William Meade, 1893-1951
Prine, Andrew
Pryor, Nicholas, 1935-
Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911
Quaid, Randy, 1953-
Quine, Richard
Quinn, Anthony
Racimo, Victoria
Raczka, Hubert
Raleigh, Henry, 1880-1944
Redford, Robert
Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909
Rhodes, Clarence S. D.
Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978
Rogers, Roy, 1911-
Ross, Gordon
Rush, Deborah
Russell, Charles M. (Charles Marion), 1864-1926
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925
Savage, John, 1949-
Sellars, Peter
Sewell, Amos
Sharrer, Honore
Shelby, David
Smith, Castaigne A.
Smith, Dorothy Hope
Smith, Jessie Willcox, 1863-1935
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-
Standish, Frank B.
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946
Stevens, Edward, Jr.
Stewart, Byron
Stewart, James, 1908-
Stimson, Sara
Stoops, Herbert Morton
Swinnerton, Jimmy, 1875-1974
Taylor, W. L. (William Ladd), 1854-1926
Tillis, Mel
Underwood, Clarence F., 1871-
Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933
Utrillo, Maurice, 1883-1955
Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675
Von Schmidt, Harold, 1893-
Voight, Jon, 1938-
Vuillard , Jack
Walter, Solly
Warden, Jack
Wayne, John, 1907-1979
Webb, Tom
Webster, C. A.
Webster, Edwin
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903
Wilder, Gene, 1935-
Williamson, James
Winters, Shelley
Woolf, M. A.
Woodvine, John
Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers), 1882-1945
Young, Burt

** This list is not an all-inclusive list. 

Corporate Names:
Abell-Hanger Foundation
Cowboy Artists of America
Explorers Club
Franklin Mint
Greenwich Workshop
National Academy of Western Art
National Cowboy Hall of Fame
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
National Geographic Society (U.S.)
New Britain Museum of American Art
Prix de West
Society of Illustrators (New York, N.Y.)
Syracuse University
United States-Marine corps

Abbreviations, Terms, and Symbols Used:
BW Black & White
C Color
DRWG Drawing
GWS Greenwich Workshop?
Misc Miscellaneous
N Negative
ND No date
NI No publishing information
NM New Mexico
NY No Year
P Print
S Slide
Slick Sheets from magazines
T Transparencies
Vol Volume
w/ With
& and
Italics Title of Finished Painting (e.g. The Wolf Men)
" " Quotation marks - for information or description written on folder or item
? Indicates questions as to the spelling or meaning of notes originally written by Lovell

1) A picture created by putting paint on a surface, or the activity or skill of creating pictures by using paint. (Cambridge Dictionary of American English).
2) An artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface. (WordNet 1.6 Vocabulary Helper).

Processing Information  

Organization & Processing Information
Organization: The Tom Lovell Papers had no discernable order when received by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The archivist created an arrangement by assigning series categories to the types of materials in order to make the collection accessible to potential users.

The files contained in the Tom Lovell collection have been removed from the original containers which included folders, envelopes, and other type of containers. The contents of the original containers have been inserted into acid-free folders, and if feasible, the original container has been included at the back of the new folder.

Labels/topics listed on the original container were used at the beginning of each Subject area if they were readily available. These begin the category in plain text, followed by one hyphen (e.g. -). Subjects were hard to distinguish in some cases. In these instances, the most relevant topic is used. In many cases, the title of a painting was used, listed in italics.

In the Initial Inventory, each painting is followed by the type of format for that particular item in the file, enclosed in parentheses {e.g. (2-c p, 3-lg bw p, 1-n, 1-t)}. According to the abbreviations above, there are 2 color prints, 3 large black & white prints, 1 negative, and 1 transparency of that particular painting. The standard size of transparencies is 4x5 - notations are only made on other sizes. Transparencies are in color - notations are only made if in black & white. Slides are in Color unless otherwise noted. With subsequent processing, these abbreviations were somewhat modified as items were placed in the appropriate sub-series.

The series of images was so large that computer files were created for each format: Ser 6 (Photographs); 6-Slides (Slides); 6-Neg (35 mm Negatives); Ser6-4x5N (4x5 Negatives); Ser6-8x10NT (8x10 Negatives & Transparencies); and 4x5 Transparencies.

The scrapbooks contained in the collection have been retained in their original format. The names of the most often represented illustrators are included in the index.

Spelling errors are found throughout the collection but included as Lovell's original notations/spelling.

Processing Information: The Tom Lovell Papers was initially indexed by Jeanne Gaunce during spring, 2001. There was no discernable order to the collection when it was received by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Therefore, to make the collection more accessible to researchers, items have been divided by the type of item into nine series.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

The Tom Lovell Papers is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Literary right, including copyright, belongs to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, with the exception of copyrighted images and published literary works, which are the property of the respective copyright holders. It is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured, relevant copyright holders, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Restrictions on Access  

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Preferred Citation  

Tom Lovell Papers, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Container List  

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