Liza Kirwin’s 10 Favorite Lists from the Smithsonian’s Archives


Gordon Newton to Samuel J. Wagstaff, voucher, undated. Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, 1932–85. Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution.

5. Gordon Newton (b. 1948)
Sometimes lists provide unique personal insights. Take for instance artist Gordon Newton’s list of expenses: “rent $50, materials $70, food $15, bad habits $5.” One wonders about the bad habits, possibly cigarettes (at 1970 prices).