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Guide to the David Park Correspondence with Howard and Dorothy Baker, 1937-1952
Misc 0962  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Park correspondence with Howard and Dorothy Baker,
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1952
    Collection number: Misc 0962
    Creator: Park, David, 1911-1960
    Extent: 3 folders
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: The friendship of Howard and Dorothy Baker, Mildred and Bertrand Bronson and Lydia and David Park was intimate, stimulating and youthful. Baker was Yvor Winter's protégé, and a genius. Dorothy was writing or had just published YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN, and had begun to reveal her lesbian inclinations. Bertrand Bronson was a Rhodes scholar and the finest English Litetature intelligence ever at Berkeley. All were Young at this time, and all recombined for a period in Cambridge (early on).
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    David Park Correspondence with Howard and Dorothy Baker. Misc 0962. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased, 2001.


    Born in Boston, Mass., David Park studied at The Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1928. Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay area, Park first taught at the California School of Fine Arts, 1944-52, and then at the University of California at Berkeley from 1955-60. A figure painter in the 1930s and `40s, Park began experimenting with Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, greatly influenced by the works of Clifford Still and Mark Rothko. Park then reconsidered his earlier interest in the human form, now through an Expressionist eye, and became one of the foremost proponents of the New Figurative movement in the Bay Area. He died of cancer in 1960.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    Includes letters from both David and Lydia (Deedie) Park, and recipients include Bertrand and Mildred Bronson in addition to the Bakers.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Baker, Dorothy, 1907-1968.
    Baker, Howard, 1905-
    Bronson, Bertrand.
    Bronson, Mildred.
    Park, David, 1911-1960.
    Park, Lydia (Deedie)
    American literature--20th century.
    Art, Modern--United States.