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Randall Davey Collection

Identifier: AC 057

Scope and Content

This collection consists of Randall Davey's papers as well as those of his wife, Isabel, her sister, Kate H. Cullum, their siblings and their parents, John Caldwell Holt and Kate Gilbert Holt.


  • 1869-1985


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Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

Randall Davey, a Santa Fe artist, is known for his vibrant racetrack scenes and sensitive portraits of female nudes. In 1908 he left Cornell University where he was studying architecture and became a student of Robert Henri. In 1919 Davey and John Sloan traveled from New York City to Santa Fe. Davey settled in Santa Fe, but he developed into a generalized impressionist rather than a painter of Southwestern themes. Davey combined a teaching career with painting for exhibitions and private clients.

Davey's Santa Fe home is an historic building. When he died in 1964 he left his home to his widowed sister-in-law, Kate H. Cullum. She opened a gallery and diligently promoted Randall Davey's work. When she died the Upper Canyon Road house and some oil paintings were left to the National Audubon Society.


1.5 Linear Feet

Related Material

Museum of New Mexico History Library Poster Collection Two Randall Davey posters (1977 & 1985)

Microfilms of Randall Davey's correspondence and Isabel G. Holt's diary. (from the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian. Reel numbers MM 449 and 550)

Sheldon Reich Collection for a biography of Randall Davey and Reich's correspondence with Kate H. Cullum while he worked on the biography.

Separated Material

An American Kennel Club Ribbon (1933) and a mother-of-pearl inlay folder were transferred to the Material Culture Collection of the Museum of New Mexico.

Photographs and slides were transferred to the Photo Archives.


Guide to the Randall Davey Collection, 1869-1985
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090