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D'Arcy Hayman papers, 1946-1992

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0568
Bib ID 5644461 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hayman, D'Arcy, 1924-
Title D'Arcy Hayman papers, 1946-1992
Physical Description 11 linear feet (10 boxes and 4 flat boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

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Arranged in 8 series.



The collection comprises materials authored by D'Arcy Hayman, including letters, invitations, essays, poetry, drawings, photographs, three monographs, proofs for one monograph, journals, and three scrapbooks. The three scrapbooks are referred to as 1, 2, and 3 (1 is a photo album, while 2 and 3 contain miscellanies: essays, drawings, poems, cards, photos, newsletters, conference materials, air travel documents, clippings, post-cards, festive cup holders, and a one-act play).

  • Series I. Correspondence

  • Series II. Manuscripts

    Poems are arranged in order by date (where available), so please do not disturb the sequence. The first poem in Box 2, Folder 8, was later included by its subject, Buckminster Fuller, in his book Synergistic Stew. Most of Hayman's poems, like her invitations, are decorated with illustrations and calligraphy. She uses this method of presentation - combining word and image - in her collection from 1969, Embrace Me Universe.

  • Series III. Scrapbooks

    Note to 530 and 531: These are the original pages of the scrapbook in numbered order to preserve the unity of the artifact. Where possible, elements in need of preservation were removed to other parts of collection, including Box 3 and logically cross-referenced with the folders in these flat boxes. The reader will want to pay special attention to the drawings from Hayman's art classes at UCLA. By contrast, with her later abstract and primitivist work, many of these college drawings are modeled on fashion magazine art

  • Series IV. Journals

  • Series V. Art

  • Series VI. Photographs

  • Series VII. Monographs

  • Series VIII: Additions to the Papers

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); D'Arcy Hayman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Gift of the estate of D'Arcy Hayman. Date of acquisition--January 2003.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed jws and pl January-March 2004.

Revision Description

2010-02-11 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Artists -- Poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists -- United States -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists -- United States -- Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawing -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leithold, Louis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

D'Arcy Hayman was for twenty years the International Arts Program director for UNESCO (1960-1980). She was also a teacher, a painter and a writer whose monographs include Embrace Me Universe and The Calculus Virgin. Born in 1924 Hayman majored in the Arts at the University of California in Los Angeles UCLA where she received her B. A. in 1949 and her M. A. in 1952. Realizing her desire to be an art instructor she went on to receive her Ph. D. and her Ed. D. from Columbia University. Hayman continued to teach art even after she joined UNESCO and in 1978 UCLA recognized her service with an Alumni Award Professional Achievement Award. During her years at UNESCO Hayman assisted the governments of the 147 Member States in promoting the arts through education international conferences television film and financial support. She worked with such luminaries as Picasso, Buckminster Fuller, Jean Cocteau, King Vidor, J. L. Borges, and Samuel Becket for multi-cultural arts highlighting special projects poster travels. She also had the opportunity to meet such illustrious personages as Eleanor Roosevelt and Ezra Pound. Among her theories is the concept that the cultural environment to which the arts contribute invaluably is as important to human survival and progress as the physical environment. After her retirement from UNESCO Hayman dedicated herself to her drawings and poetry. She has left a legacy in education the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA has established a D'Arcy Hayman Fund and also a D'Arcy Hayman Scholarship while Santa Monica College has dedicated its Art Center which provides studio spaces for instruction in drawing and painting to Hayman s namesake.