Alexander Brook papers, 1900-1982

Brook, Alexander, b. 1898 d. 1980
Painter, Art teacher
Active in New York, N.Y.; Woodstock, N.Y.; Sag Harbor, N.Y.; Savannah, Ga.

Collection size: 4.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter Alexander Brook measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1900-1982. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings; personal business records; printed material; scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs of Brook, his family and friends, and his work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Alexander Brook (1898-1980) was a painter and art instructor who lived and worked in Woodstock, Sag Harbor, and New York City, New York, and Savannah, Georgia.

The bulk of the papers were donated in several accretions by his Brook's wife, Gina Knee Brook, from 1981 to 1982. In 1982, she loaned a scrapbook for microfilming, which was later donated to the archives by Brook's son, Sandy Brook, in 1994. In 1985 and 1986, the Whitney Museum and Eloise Spaeth each donated a copy of Brook's typescript "Myself and Others."

Processing of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Related Materials

The photocopied typescript, "Myself and Others," was microfilmed upon receipt and is available on reel 3928.
The Archives of American Art holds an oral history interview with Alexander Brook conducted by Paul Cummings, July 7-8, 1977. There is also substantial correspondence from Alexander Brook in the Peggy Bacon papers.