Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Mary Savig (Editor)

Product Details

Princeton Architectural Press
Publish Date
June 14, 2016
7.3 X 0.9 X 10.2 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Savig is curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.


"This is an unusual, intimate look inside America's archives as well as a homage to the art of the handwritten word in an age dominated by typeface." -Publishers Weekly
"Both art lovers and those simply enamored by the art of handwriting will enjoy perusing this book. For those that wish to delve deeper into the correspondence, full transcripts are printed at the back of the volume." -Fine Books and Collections magazine
"Far more than its systematized counterpart, typography, handwriting can be wildly expressive of emotion, time, and place. If you approach these letters not just as sentimental apocrypha, but also with the eye of an aspiring forensic document examiner, they yield insights into lives and work of artistic legends." -Hyperallergic
"Engaging and unusual, Pen to Paper is a celebration of correspondence and a treasure trove for those who love both visual art and the written word." -Shelf Awareness
"Aiming to link word-strewn pages with paint-flecked canvas, and sculpted majuscule characters with sculpted metal statuary, Savig also reveals a distinctly human side to the giants of the American art world. One sees how the artistry latent within them permeated even the most seemingly banal facets of their lives."
"Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters is a book to savor and to share, and reading through it will certainly inspire the writing of letters (perhaps a great gift for college-bound students and/or their left-behind parents?)." -Huffington Post