Archival Adventures in Small Repositories
The mission of the Violette de Mazia Foundation is to teach and advance the aesthetic theories and experiential educational methods of art appreciation developed by John Dewey, Albert C. Barnes, and Violette de Mazia. The Foundation was established in 1991, soon after the death of Violette de Mazia (1896-1988) and is located in Wayne, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Ms. de Mazia had a long association with The Barnes Foundation, which was founded by Albert Barnes in Merion (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) in 1922 to B!B0promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.B!B1 She served as director of education and vice president of the board of directors and was the driving force behind its art education program for over sixty years. The Violette de Mazia Foundation holds about 50 linear feet of papers from Ms. de Mazia dating from 1891 to 2013. These consist primarily of materials relating to Ms. de Mazia's work at the Barnes Foundation as a teacher, director of education, and a trustee. There is also a small amount of her personal papers in the collection. Original documents from Jacques Lipchitz, John Dewey, William Glackens, and other prominent artists and intellectuals can be found in the de Mazia papers.