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[[image]] DÆDALUS
Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Jefferson Laboratory, Harvard University
Cambridge 38, Massachusetts

Wesleyan University Press
356 Washington Street
Middletown, Connecticut

Please address your reply to:
Editorial Office.

19 November 1958.

Dr. Charles Sheeler
New York.

Dear Dr. Sheeler,

Since 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has been a forum for the foremost contributors in science, social studies, the arts, and public affairs. Its 1,400 elected Fellows here and abroad constitute a primary nucleus in the opinion and policy-making process.

Through its quarterly journal, DAEDALUS, which reaches all its Fellows as well as subscribers, libraries and other academies throughout the world, the Academy aims at giving the thinking community a strong voice of its own. The enclosed cover of a recent number indicates the Board of Editors and the level of contributors to the journal of the Academy who have addressed themselves to the important issues around which each number of DAEDALUS is built. 

With this letter I am honored to extend to you the invitation of the journal of the Academy to contribute to a special issue devoted entirely to the topic, The Visual Arts Today. It is hoped that this number will be produced in the summer of 1959. The issue as a whole may be expected to be an authoritative source on this topic for all whos work lies in this area. As in previous cases, it is also intended that this issue be published in book form through a commercial publisher. 

The authors and suggested topics are listed in the outline which accompanies this letter. It is our particular hope that you will contribute a personal statement (see Item C 1 in the enclosed Table of Contents). These statements and the documents which will accompany them will form the central core of the issue by giving it meaning in operational and visual terms. The preferred length of each statement is between 500 and 800 words. In addition to six author's copies of the issue we shall send seventy-five cut sheets of the published statement. Manuscripts are due April 1, 1959; line drawings and halftone (black and white) reproductions may be included. 
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