Anton Refregier papers, ca. 1900-ca. 1990

A Finding Aid to the Anton Refregier Papers, circa 1900-circa 1990, in the Archives of American Art, by Stephanie L. Ashley

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Biographical Information

Russian-born Woodstock painter Anton Refregier (1905-1979) immigrated to the United States in 1920. Refregier was well-known for his sometimes controversial social realist murals for the WPA.

After an apprenticeship to the sculptor, Vasilief, in Paris, Anton Refregier attended the Rhode Island School of Design from 1920-1925 and studied with Hans Hoffman in Germany in 1927. He had his first one-man show at ACA Galleries in New York City in 1942 and settled in Woodstock, New York, with his wife, Lila, and three children Anton, Jr., Brigit and Aleksandre, where he became a prominent member of the artist community.

Refregier completed several social realist murals for the federal Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) program, including one at the New York Worlds Fair in 1939 and the controversial Rincon Annex Post Office mural in San Francisco begun in 1941. He also completed interior design installations for businesses such as the nightclub, Cafe Society Uptown, and the restaurant, The Cookery, in New York City. In addition to being an easel and mural painter Refregier worked in tapestry, mosaic, ceramic, and collage, and completed many commissions for hotels, banks, hospitals, restaurants, synagogues, supermarkets and deparment stores throughout the country.

Refregier taught at various institutions including Stanford University, the University of Arkansas, and Bard College and his publications inlcude Natural Figure Drawing (1948), An Artist's Journey (1965), and Sketches of the Soviet Union (1978). He traveled regularly to the Soviet Union to explore and exchange ideas about art and culture and as a representative of the World Peace Council.

Anton Refregier died in Moscow in October 1979 while visiting the Soviet Union. His work can be found in many museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of Woodstock area painter, muralist, and designer, Anton Refregier (1905-1979) date from circa 1900 to circa 1990 and measure 35.3 linear feet. The collection records Refregier's early commercial work and murals for the Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) and documents his career through to the 1970s with records of commissions for many public and private buildings, exhibitions in the United States and abroad, teaching positions, essays and publications, and extensive travel, particularly to the Soviet Union and Mexico. The collection contains scattered biographical material, personal and business correspondence, notes and writings, diaries and journals, mural and tapestry files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork including sketches and cartoons for murals, and photographs of Refregier, his friends, family and travels.

Biographical material contains legal records such as Refregier's will and marriage and death records, passports, resume material and 2 interview transcripts.

Correspondence, both chronological and alphabetical, constitutes almost a third of the collection and documents all aspects of Refregier's career including his work for the WPA, private commissions, representation by ACA Galleries, his involvement with groups such as the Woodstock Artists Association and his teaching work for institutions such as Bard College. Also documented are his involvement with local political groups and international organizations such as the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and the World Peace Council, and travels including visits to the Soviet Union. Notable correspondents include Henry Dreyfuss, Philip Evergood, Rockwell Kent, Emmy-Lou Packard, and Byron Randall. Correspondence also includes family letters written primarily by Refregier to Lila Refregier, in addition to greeting cards received by the Refregier family, many of which contain original arwork.

Writings are primarily by Refregier and include drafts of many essays and autobiographical writings, in addition to copies of published works including Natural Figure Drawing, An Artists Journey and Sketches of the Soviet Union.

The collection contains diaries and journals from 12 years in various formats including published and handmade day planners and typed and handwritten journal entries. They include sketches and primarily record travel and daily activities including specific projects such as the New York World's Fair mural (1938-1939).

Mural and Tapestry files document individual commissions bid on and/or completed by Refregier. The creation of the Rincon Annex Post Office mural and subsequent controversies over its subject matter are well-documented here, as are many of Refregier's commissions for banks, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers, and schools.

Exhibition files document at least 15 of Refregier's exhibitions, including his first one-man show at ACA Galleries (1942) and his exhibition of paintings at the Hermitage Museum (1967) in what was then Leningrad.

Personal business records contain addresses of contacts. Scattered records referencing market values for Refregier's work can be found throughout the series in records such as bills and receipts, financial notes and tax records.

Printed material provides extensive coverage of Refregier's entire career through announcements, invitations, catalogs, and news clippings. His interests in art, literature, music, theater and politics are also well-represented in these files.

The collection contains 10 scrapbooks, mostly in fragmented condition, which contain a mixture of photographs, sketches and other artwork, notes and fragments of writings, and printed material. The scrapbooks document a variety of subjects including Refregier's family life, travels to Guatemala and the Soviet Union, and the artist at work.

Artwork consists primarily of artwork by Refregier in the form of mural design sketches and cartoons in various media, including pencil, ink and pastel, in addition to 21 sketchbooks, many of which also contain journal entries and notes. Also found here are prints and reproductions of Refregier's "Peace card" block engravings for every year from 1950-1973, with the exception of 1970.

Photographs document all phases of Refregier's career and include family photographs dating from circa 1900, photos of Refregier in the studio including work for the WPA, Refregier and other artists and individuals at events and parties from the 1940s-1970s, travel snapshots probably taken in Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Soviet Union, and photographs of artwork and installations. Individuals pictured include Julio de Diego, Marion Greenwood, Rockwell Kent, Pablo O'Higgins and David Siqueiros; also, a series of press photographs by Albert A. Freeman pictures Refregier with Howard Fast, Norman Bel Geddes, Marion Greenwood, John Kingsbury, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Harry Stockwell. One photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 2 by Eugene Morley and 4 by Max Yavno can also be found here.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • De Diego, Julio, 1900-
  • Fast, Howard, 1914-
  • Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
  • Greenwood, Marion, 1909-1970
  • Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971
  • Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953
  • O'Higgins, Pablo, 1904-
  • Refregier, Lila
  • Siqueiros, David Alfaro
  • ACA Galleries
  • Bard College--Faculty
  • National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (U.S.)
  • United States.--Works Progress Administration
  • Woodstock Artists Association (Woodstock, N.Y.)
  • World Peace Council

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art--Commissioning
  • Artists' studios--Photographs
  • Designers--New York (State)
  • Mural painting and decoration--Archival resources.--20th century
  • Muralists--New York--Woodstock
  • Painters--New York (State)--Woodstock

Types of Materials:

  • Cartoons (working drawings)
  • Diaries
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Essays
  • Greeting cards
  • Interviews
  • Notes
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches
  • Transcripts
  • Travel journals

Names:

  • Dreyfuss, Henry, 1904-
  • Elisofon, Eliot
  • Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973
  • Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971
  • Morley, Eugene, 1909-1953
  • Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-
  • Randall, Byron, 1918-
  • Yavno, Max

Provenance

Donated 1983 by Lila Refregier, widow of Anton Refregier, and in 1992 by Brigit R. Sutton, Refregier's daughter.

Separated and Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are an oral history interview with Anton Refregier, 1964, Nov. 5 by Joseph Trovato; and Papers regarding Anton Refregier mural controversy, 1953.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed to a preliminary/intermediate level and a finding aid prepared by Stephanie Ashley in 2011 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Preliminary/intermediate processing included arrangement to the series, subseries and folder levels, following the original order for the most part. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles but not arranged further with the exception of some chronological arrangement by year or decade. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Anton Refregier papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. They may be used for research, study and scholarship. Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication must be obtained from: Brigit R. Sutton, Box 344D, Woodstock, New York, 12498.

How to Cite this Collection

Anton Refregier papers, circa 1900-circa 1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1925-1980
(Box 1; 0.25 linear ft.)

This series includes Refregier's marriage, naturalization and death certificates, passports and other travel documentation, wills, interview transcripts, membership cards and awards, and resume material.

Box Folder
1 1 Awards, 1975-1977
1 2 Graduation Program (copy), 1925
1 3 Identification and Membership Cards, 1930s-1970s
1 4 Interview of Refregier, Transcript, by Kleinholz, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
1 5 Interview material from Lois Spenkin, 1970
1 6 Interview of Refregier, Transcript, by Joseph Trovato, 1964
1 7 Last Wills and Testaments, Anton and Lila Refregier, 1975, 1977
1 8 Marriage and Naturalization Certificates, 1930, 1936
1 9 Medical Records and Death Certificate (copy), 1967-1980
1 10 Passports and Travel Documents, circa 1960s-1980
1 11 Refregier, Lila, High School Diploma, 1934
1 12 Refregier, Valentina, Naturalization Certificate and Expenses Related to her Death, 1926, 1967, 1972
1 13 Resume Material, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
1 14 Who's Who, circa 1950s-1980

Series 2: Correspondence, 1912-circa 1990s
(Boxes 1-11, 36, OV 38; 10.2 linear ft.)

This series provides extensive documentation of Refregier's personal and professional life through correspondence in addition to notes, financial and legal records, printed material and some photographs and sketches. It includes family correspondence consisting primarily of letters written by Refregier while traveling and working in Mexico, San Francisco (on the Rincon Annex Post Office mural) and the Soviet Union. Chronological and alphabetical correspondence contains correspondence with artists including Henry Dreyfuss, Philip Evergood, Rockwell Kent, Emmy Lou Packard, and Byron Randall, colleagues who worked with Refregier on murals and tapestries such as Walter and Bundy Illsley, WPA administrators, galleries and museums, public and corporate business clients, and national and international political organizations in which Refreigier was extensively involved, such as the World Peace Council. The series also documents Refregier's participation in artist organizaitons such as the Woodstock Artists Association and his teaching work for institutions such as Bard College, where he was professor of painting from 1962-1964.

Files relating to the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship contain correspondence with Rockwell Kent who was involved extensively with this organization and with the World Peace Council.

Researchers should note that chronological correspondence in Series 2.2. supplements documentation of subjects found in the alphabetical files of Series 2.3. Correspondence files relating to mural and tapestry commissions should also be used in conjunction with Series 5: Murals and Tapestry Files where more detailed information about certain commissions can be found.

The series is arranged as 4 subseries:

2.1: Family Correspondence, 1940s-1970s

Box Folder
1 15-20 Refregier, Anton and Lila, 1940s-1970s
(6 folders)
1 21-22 Refregier, Aleksandre, Anton, Brigit and Lila, 1950s-1970s
(2 folders)
1 23 Refregier, Anton, Lila and Anton Jr. (Toto), circa 1940s-circa 1950s

2.2: Chronological Correspondence, 1912-circa 1990s

Box Folder
1 24-26 Correspondence, circa 1920s-circa 1970s
(3 folders)
1 27-39 Correspondence, 1912-1940
(13 folders)
Box Folder
2 1-30 Correspondence, 1941-1956
(30 folders)
Box Folder
3 1-26 Correspondence, 1957-1964
(26 folders)
Box Folder
4 1-25 Correspondence, 1964-1969
(25 folders)
Box Folder
5 1-27 Correspondence, circa 1970s-1980
(27 folders)
Box Folder
6 1-3 Correspondence, 1980s-1990s
(3 folders)

2.3: Alphabetical Correspondence, 1930s-1982

Records are arranged alphabetically by name or subject.

Box Folder
6 4-6 ACA Galleries, circa 1940s-1968
(3 folders)
6 7 ACA Galleries, Print Group Notes, circa 1950s
6 8 Aguilar, Jose Sanches, 1966
6 9 American Dialogue Article on Refregier, 1965
6 10 American Soviet Chamber of Commerce (Rosenfeld, Herbert T.), 1945, 1959
6 11 An Artist's Journey, Publication of Limited Edition, 1946, 1965
6 12 Anti-War Protest, 1967
6 13 Archives of American Art, 1964, 1970
6 14 Art Commission, City of San Francisco, Reception, 1971
6 15 Artist Associations, 1950s
6 16 Artists Equity Association, 1950s-1961
6 17 Arts in the Theatre Institute, 1936-1937
6 18 Associated American Artists Galleries, 1952-1954, 1961
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
6 19 Associated American Artists Galleries Fabrics, 1951-1952
6 20 Associations and Organizations, Correspondence with, 1950s-1966
6 21-23 Bard College, 1960s
(3 folders)
6 24 Brandeis University Book, 1953-1955
6 25 "Buchenwald" Story, 1959-1960
6 26 "Chamber of Horrors" Life under the Nazis Committee, circa 1937
6 27 Citizens Committee for Constitutional Liberties, 1962
6 28 Collection of Letters from "Friends and People in General," 1949-1971
6 29 Collector's Guild Ltd. and A. Lublin, Inc., 1970-1971
6 30 Columbia Broadcasting System Television, 1955-1956
(includes artwork for "Out of the Darkness")
6 31 Columbia Pictures, Artwork for "The Last Ten Days," 1956
6 32 Commercial Decal, Inc., 1950-1951
6 33 Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1961
6 34-37 Condolence Letters on Death of Alek Refregier, 1971-1972
(4 folders)
6 38 Contacts, Architecture, circa 1965-1969
6 39 Contacts, Florida, 1957
6 40-42 Cookery Lafayette, Inc., 1955-1970
(3 folders; oversized material housed in OV 38)
6 43 Covington Fabrics, 1955-1956
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
6 44 D Contemporary Paintings, 1956
6 45 Davis, Angela, 1970
6 46 Donations of Artwork, 1966-1968
6 47 East River Gallery Agreements, 1936
6 48 Elizabeth Art Club, 1960-1961
6 49 Erikssen, Adelyne, 1961
6 50 Evergood, Phil, 1971
6 51 Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, 1960
Box Folder
7 1 Faulkner, Stanley, 1961-1962, 1970-1974
7 2-3 Federal Arts Committee, 1937-1938
(2 folders)
7 4 Film Artists, Inc., 1958
7 5 Fine Arts 260 (Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc.), 1972-1973
7 6 First Unitarian Church, Los Angeles, CA, 1961
7 7 Ford Foundation, 1963-1964
7 8 Garelick's Gallery, 1961-1962
7 9-11 Get Well Cards/Letters, 1970
(3 folders)
7 12 Give All Thy Terrors to the Wind, Drawing, 1936
7 13 Glass Panels, Chandler Cudlipp Associates, Inc., 1968-1970
7 14 "Government Sponsorship of the Arts," 1959-1963
7 15 Harbor Gallery, 1971
7 16 Heritage Gallery, 1963-1968
7 17 Illsley, Walter and Bundy, 1968-1972
7 18 Illustration, "Steel and Metal Workers-It Takes a Fight to Win," Pamphlet by Gus Hall, 1972
7 19 Illustrations, Vanguard Records, circa 1959-1961
(Oversized material housed in Box 36)
7 20 Inquiries to and from Refregier about Jobs, 1955
7 21 International Publishers, 1964-1966
7 22 James Seeman Studios Inc., 1957-1964
7 23 Japan Council Against the A and H Bombs, 1961
7 24-25 John Reed Club and American Artists Congress, 1930s
(2 folders)
7 26 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Application, 1945
7 27 Kent, Rockwell, Testimonial Dinner, 1957
7 28 Lecture Program, circa 1966-1970
7 29 Lectures, 1958-1966
7 Lectures
7 30 "Art and Artists in the Soviet Union," 1973-1975
7 31 "Art and Artists in the Soviet Union," California, 1975-1976
7 32 Miami, FL, 1966-1967
7 33 New York State Art Teachers Association, 1955
7 34 Philadelphia Social Science Forum, 1963
7 35 "The Creative Environment," 1960
7 36 Madison Square Gardens Paegant, 1937
7 37 Mainstream, 1960-1961
7 38 Marble Arch Gallery, Inc., 1960-1961
7 39 Morris Lapidus. Harle & Liebman, 1961
7 40 Mosman, Warren T., 1967-1968
7 41 Muldavin, Joe, 1960
7 42 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1958
7 43 Murals, Inc., 1952-1956
7 44 N. W. Ayer & Son, Inc., 1955-1957, 1963-1964
7 45 Nation, Illustrations for, 1956
7 46 National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, circa 1960s
7 47-50 National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, 1940s-1975
(4 folders)
7 51 National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Exhibition (1960), 1959-1960
7 52 National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Public Statements, 1967-1968
7 53 National Council of Jewish Women, 1963
7 54 National Council of the Arts, Sciences and Professions, 1951-1953
7 55 National Guardian Calendar, 1963
7 56 Natural Figure Drawing, 1946-1947, 1960
7 57-58 Natural Figure Drawing, Photographic Material, 1946-1947
(2 folders)
7 59 New World Review, 1961
7 60 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, 1950-1959
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
Box Folder
8 1 New York State Council on the Arts Grant, 1969-1971
8 2 Paintings Sold, 1958-1964
8 3 Park East Hospital, 1952
8 4-6 Pending Jobs, 1955-1965
(3 folders)
8 7 Personal Correspondence, 1957, 1963-1982
8 8 Personal Correspondence, Lila Refregier, 1960-1976
8 9-11 Political Correspondence, 1950s-1970s
(3 folders)
8 12-13 Possible Commissions, 1961-1973
(2 folders)
8 14-17 Postcards, Blank, circa 1920s-circa 1970s
(4 folders)
8 18 Poster, International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, 1955
8 19-20 Posters, 1967-1968
(2 folders)
8 21 Print Commissions-Fine Art Promotions (Henrietta Lippman), 1968
8 22-26 Professional Correspondence, 1952-1978
(5 folders)
8 27 Professional Correspondence re: Pictures in Fortune Magazine, 1945
8 28 Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1974-1976
8 29 Progressive Youth Organizing Committee, 1960-1961
8 30 Projects, Miscellaneous, 1963-1964
8 31 Public Art Preservation Committee, circa 1950s-circa 1970
8 32 Public/Political Statements, 1950s, 1963-1964
8 33-34 Publication, An Artists Journey, 1962-1966
(2 folders)
8 35 Publication, An Artists Journey, International Promotion, 1965
8 36 Publishers Correspondence, 1970-1971
8 37 Puerto Rico, 1957
8 38 Red Book Magazine, 1950
8 39 Refregier, Alek, World Festival of Youth, 1968
8 40 Research on New Deal Art Projects, 1968
8 41 Roberson Memorial Center, 1961
8 42 Roberts, Holland, 1962
8 43 Rosenberg Case, 1952
8 44 Sales, 1957
8 45 Sales, Prints, 1962
8 46 Sanity, 1961
8 47 Schools for Alek Refregier, 1966
8 48 Sheraton International Golf Club, 1972
8 49 Siqueiros, David Alfaro, 1963-1964
8 50 "Sketches of the Soviet Union," 1971-1975
8 51 "Song of Peace," 1959
8 52 Southern Conference Educational Fund, Inc., 1960-1961
Box Folder
9 Soviet Union
9 1 Children, Letters and Camp Artek, 1974
9 2-4 Correspondence, circa 1950s-1976
(3 folders)
9 5 Cost of Living Estimates, circa 1960s
9 6 Payment Records, circa 1969
9 7 Visit, 1965-1966
9 8 Visit, 1969
9 9 Visit, 1971-1974
9 10 Visit, 1979
9 11 Visit to Azerbaijan, circa 1967-1973
9 12 Soviet Woman Magazine Drawing, 1965
9 13 Spanish Refugee Committee, 1952
9 14 State University of New York Television Production Visuals, 1968
9 15 Statements, 1950s
9 16 Stratford Factors, 1960-1961
9 17 Submissions to Publications, 1971
9 18 Syracuse University Film Division Film, 1965
9 19 Trademark, Gay Blades Ice Skating Rink, 1938-1939
(Oversized material housed in Box 36)
9 20 Ulster County Community College, 1965-1970
9 21 United Nations Missions, circa 1960-1969
9 22 United States Department of the Interior, Grand Coulee Dam, 1971-1972
9 23 University of Alabama Library, 1971
9 24 University of Arkansas, Visiting Artist, 1952
9 25 Weinstein, Abraham B., 1958-1960
9 26 West Hempstead Public Schools, 1960-1961
9 27-28 Woodstock Artists Association, Inc., 1940s-1970s
(2 folders)
(includes sketches by Refregier; 1963 records deal with Rockwell Kent's 80th birthday celebration)
9 29 Woodstock Artists Association, Cultural Commission, 1972
9 30 Woodstock Elementary School, "Artist in Residence," 1973
9 31 Woodstock Press Cards, 1955
9 32-34 Works Progress Administration, 1930s-1950s
(3 folders)
9 35 Works Progress Administration, Printed Material, circa 1930s
9 36-40 World Council of Peace, 1949-1961
(5 folders)
Box Folder
10 1-2 World Council of Peace, 1962-1975
(2 folders)
10 World Council of Peace
10 3 Address Lists, circa 1950s
10 4 Cultural Commission, 1966, 1972
10 5 Printed Material on Vietnam, 1965
10 6 Stockholm Trip, 1959-1960
10 7 World Congress for General Disarmament and Peace, 1962
10 8 World Congress for Peace, 1973-1974
10 9 World Congress for Peace, Helsinki, 1965
Box
36 Oversized, Illustrations, Vanguard Records, circa 1959-1961
(Oversized material from Box 7)
36 Oversized, Trademark, Gay Blades Ice Skating Rink, 1938-1939
(Oversized material from Box 9)
Box
OV 38 Oversized, Associated American Artists Galleries, 1952-1954, 1961
(Oversized material from Box 6)
OV 38 Oversized, Cookery Lafayette, Inc., 1955-1970
(Oversized material from Box 6)
OV 38 Oversized, Covington Fabrics, 1955-1956
(Oversized material from Box 6)
OV 38 Oversized, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, 1950-1959
(Oversized material from Box 7)

2.4: Greeting Cards, circa 1940s-circa 1970s

This series contains greeting cards, primarily seasonal, received by Refregier and his family. The first group of 13 folders contains many homemade cards and includes original artwork by artists such as Emmy Lou Packard and Byron Randall, and one greeting recorded on a phonograph record.

Box Folder
10 10-22 Greeting Cards, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(13 folders)
10 23-24 Greeting Cards, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(2 folders)
Box Folder
11 1-12 Greeting Cards, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(12 folders)
11 13 Scrapbook of Greeting Cards, 1960s
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
Box
OV 38 Oversized, Scrapbook of Greeting Cards, 1960s
(Oversized material from Box 11)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(Boxes 11-14, OV 38; 3.3 linear ft.)

This series contains primarily drafts of many unpublished essays and autobiographical writings by Refregier, in addition to copies of several of his published works including Natural Figure Drawing, An Artists Journey and Sketches of the Soviet Union. Typescript drafts of "Diary of a Mural" appear to document Refregier's experience while working on his mural for the Rincon Annex Post Office.

The series is arranged as 2 subseries:

3.1: Writings by Refregier, circa 1930s-circa 1970s

Writings include typescripts, notes, layout material including sketches and photographs, and published copies of books. Records relating to Art in Architecture include photos of Refregier

See Appendix for a partial list of the writings not listed individually in this series.

Writings by Refregier are arranged in rough chronological order, with groups of writings that appear to be from the same decade grouped at the beginning of the files for that decade. A partial list of the writings in the group files can be found in the Appendix.

Box Folder
11 14-19 Writings, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(6 folders)
11 20 Writings, 1930s
11 21 "Mural Painting in America," 1944
Box Folder
12 1 Writings, 1947
12 2 Writings, 1950s
12 3 "An Artist's Journey to a New World," layout copy, circa 1950s
12 4-7 "Diary of a Mural," circa 1950s
(4 folders)
12 8 "Diary of a Mural," Related Material, circa 1950s
12 9 Statement to Woodstock Artists Association regarding journal Reality, circa 1953
12 10 "What a U.S. Artist saw in Guatemala," 1953-1956
12 11 New York State Art Teacher's Convention Speech, 1955
12 12 "Guatemala," Layout copy, 1955
12 13 "Guatemala," Layout Copy, Related Material, 1955-1959
12 14 Writings for Class 4-506, 1955-1956
12 15 Lecture, Unknown, circa 1953-1957
12 16 "9 months"/"When A Child Is Born", circa 1958-1965
12 17 Re: Drawing, circa 1958
12 18 New World Review Article, 1959
12 19 United States Arts Foundation Bill, 1959
12 20 "Buchenwald," 1959-1960
12 21-22 Writings, 1960s
(2 folders)
12 23 Government Sponsorship of the Arts, 1960s
12 24 Art in Architecture, Notes and Layout material, circa 1960s
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
12 25-28 Art in Architecture, First Draft, circa 1960s
(4 folders)
12 29 Art in Architecture, Additional Material, circa 1960s
12 30 Natural Figure Drawing, Second Edition, Tudor Publishing, New York, 1960
12 31 Kingston High School Magazine Article, 1961
12 32 Public Ownership in the U.S.A.-Goals and Priorities, 1961
Box Folder
13 1 "Responsibility of the Artist," 1963
13 2 An Artist's Journey, International Publishers, New York, 1965
(signed hardcover with limited edition print, #36 of 50)
13 3 An Artist's Journey, International Publishers, New York, Paperback copy, 1965
13 4 Soviet Diary, 1966
13 5 Soviet Diary/"Anton Refregier's Diary", published in Woodstock Week, 1966
13 6 Soviet Diary Possible Drafts, circa 1960s
13 7 Tapestry Article for American Artist, 1966
13 8-10 Writings and Statements, 1970s
(3 folders)
13 11 "Chile," Layout Copies, circa 1970s
13 12 Autobiographical Typescript, Draft for 1905-1928, circa 1970s
13 13 Autobiographical Typescript, Draft and Notes, circa 1970s
13 14 Autobiographical Typescript, Draft and Notes "Getting Along," circa 1970s
13 15 Autobiographical Typescript Draft, "Up Against the Wall," Chapter 2: "America", circa 1970s
13 16 Sketches of the Soviet Union, Typescripts, circa 1970s
13 17 Sketches of the Soviet Union, Typescript Drafts and Notes, circa 1970s
13 18 "Soviet Union Stories," Typescripts Drafts, circa 1970s
13 19 Response to New York Times Magazine Mural Article, 1972
13 20 Writings, 1973
13 21-22 Typescripts written in Moscow, 1973-1974
(2 folders)
13 23-25 "Up Against the Wall," Typescripts, Notes, 1974
(3 folders)
13 26 "Coming Home" Typescript, circa 1974
13 27 "An Artist's Journey," Layout copy, circa 1975
(for version published in Moscow)
13 28 "Guatemala and Later Chile," circa 1976
13 29 "Art in Defense of Peace," 1976
(for version published in Moscow)
13 30 Writings, 1977
13 31 "A Gift of Life: A Diary of Open-Heart Surgery," 1977
13 32 Sketches of the Soviet Union, Progress Publishers: Moscow, 1978
(2 hardback copies)
Box Folder
14 1-14 Notes and Fragments, 1930s-1970s
(14 folders)
14 15 Notes, College Lectures/Courses, circa 1937
Box
OV 38 Oversized, Art in Architecture, Notes and Layout material, circa 1960s
(Oversized material from Box 12)

3.2: Writings by Others, circa 1930s-circa 1970s

Writings by others includes primarily typescripts about Refregier and on various other subjects by authors including Howard Koch, Rockwell Kent, Walter Lowenfels, and possibly some of Refregier's students.

Box Folder
14 About Refregier
14 16 Chegadaev, A, "Refregier's World of Forms," 1966
14 17 Mahoney, Murrelle, circa 1960s
14 18 Roberts, Holand, circa 1960s
14 19 University of Virginia Art Museum, Essays on Refregier inspired by exhibition in 1977, circa 1977
14 20 Notes on Refregier by Unidentified, circa 1960s
14 21-29 Other Subjects, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(9 folders)

Series 4: Diaries and Journals, 1923-1979

Fifteen diaries and journals from circa 12 years are found in the form of typescripts and handwritten journals and day planners. Many contain sketches and were created primarily by Refregier to record travel and day-to-day activities including specific projects such as the New York World's Fair Mural in 1938. One 1923 journal is handwritten in Russian.

Diaries are arranged chronologically, with 2 items belonging to Lila Refregier and 1 item probably belonging to Anton Refregier Jr.'s (Toto) wife, placed at the end of the series.

Box Folder
15 1 Journal, 1923
15 2 Diary, 1937
15 3-4 Diary, circa 1937-circa 1938
(2 folders)
15 5 Journal, New York World's Fair Mural, 1938
15 6 Diaries, 1950, 1951, 1952
15 7 Diary, 1956
15 8 Diary and Calendar Fragment, 1957, 1959
15 9 Journal, circa 1960s
15 10 Journal, "Mural in the Syracuse University," 1963
(contains correspondence and sketches)
15 11 Diary, circa 1973-1974
15 12 Diary, Lila Refregier, 1978
15 13 Notebook, Lila Refregier, 1979
15 14 Diary, Wife of Anton Refregier, Jr. (Toto), circa 1960s

Series 5: Mural and Tapestry Files, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(Boxes 15-18, 36, OV 38, RD 42; 3.75 linear ft.)

This series documents Refregier's work on many mural and tapestry projects for private and corporate clients such as Bowery Savings Bank, Cafe Society Uptown, Sheraton Hotels, anbd First National Bank. It also documents commissions for state and federal government agencies, including the WPA and commissions such as the post office in Plainfield, NJ, Rikers Island Prison, and the Rincon Annex Post Office. Files contain correspondence, notes, many loose sketches and cartoons, printed material and photographs. Additional records relating to these files can be found in Series 2: Correspondence.

The series is arranged as 2 subseries, with files arranged alphabetically by name of project or subject:

5.1: Murals, circa 1930s-circa 1970s

Box Folder
15 15 Abraham & Strauss Nassau, Long Island, NY, 1951-1952
15 16 Cafe Society Uptown, 1940
15 17 Chicago Murals, circa 1970s
15 18 Chicopee Motor Inn, Chicopee, MA, 1960
15 19 Continental National Bank, Lincoln, NA, Competitions, 1957-1958
15 20 Country Club, Norfolk, VA, 1959-1969
15 21 Covington Fabrics Corporation, 1952-1955
15 22 First National Bank, Tulsa, OK, 1950
15 23-26 First National Stores Inc., 1954-1959
(4 folders)
15 27 Gracie Square Hospital, New York, NY, 1969
15 28 Greenpoint Hospital, 1930s
15 29 Greenwich Federal Savings & Loan Association, Proposal, 1964
Box Folder
16 1 Hartleys Inc., Miami, FL, 1959-1960
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
16 2-3 Hillcrest Jewish Center, 1950-1954
(2 folders; oversized material housed in OV 38, RD 42)
16 4 Hotel Americana Carnival Room, Miami Beach, FL, 1955-1957
16 5 International Inn, Washington, D.C., 1962
16 6 Jewish Community Center, White Plains, New York, NY, 1956
16 7 Junior High School, Queens, Emery Roth & Sons, 1952
16 8 Kingston High School Mural Project, 1978
16 9-10 Lessman Incorporated, 1933-1940
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 36, OV 38)
16 11-12 Lessman Incorporated, Paul Revere Room, Hotel Lexington, New York, NY, 1937-1940
(2 folders)
16 13 Local 1199 Union Building, New York, NY, 1967-1970
16 14 Mayo Clinic Diagnostic Unit, 1951-1954
16 15 Mayo Clinic Diagnostic Unit, Research Material, circa 1952
16 16-17 Metropolitan Hospital, New York, NY, 1968-1971
(2 folders)
16 18 National Maritime Union of America, 1962
16 19 Nebraska Capitol Building, Lincoln, NA, circa 1950s
16 20-26 Nebraska Capitol Building, Lincoln, NA, Source Material, circa 1950s
(7 folders)
16 27 New York Central System, 1938
(Oversized material housed in Box 36)
16 28 New York Labor Temple, 1939-1940
16 29 Orange Plaza Shoping Center, Middletown, NY, 1971-1972
16 30 Phoenix Insurance Company, Hartford, CT, 1950-1951
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
16 31 Plaza Hotel, NY, Ben Sackheim, Inc., 1962
16 32 Post Office, Plaindfield, NJ, 1941-1942
(Oversized material housed in Box 36)
16 33 Public School 146, Bronx, NY, 1957-1966
Box Folder
17 1 Rikers Island Prison, Rikers Island, NY, 1936, 1978
17 Rincon Annex Post Office, San Francisco, CA
17 2-14 Rincon Annex Post Office, San Francisco, CA, 1940s-1970s
(13 folders)
17 15 Mural Competition Sketchbook, 1940s
17 16 News Clippings, 1950s-1970s
17 17 Personal Statements/History, circa 1930s-circa 1960s
17 18-24 Source Material and Sketches, circa 1940s
(7 folders; oversized material housed in Box 36, OV 38)
17 25 Ritz Carlton Hotel Cocktail Lounge, 1964-1966
17 26 S.S. Constitution, S.S. Independence, 1950s
17 27 S.S. President Polk, 1940-1942
17 28 Sam Burt House, Brooklyn, NY, 1966-1971
17 29 Schoen and Hennessy, 1955-1956
Box Folder
18 1 Schroeder Hotel, Lessman Interiors, 1950-1951
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
18 2 Sheraton Corporation, Mexico, 1964
18 3-4 Sheraton Hotels, Binghamton, NY and Dallas, TX, 1956-1959
(2 folders)
18 5-6 Sheraton Hotel, Philadelphia, 1955-1957
(2 folders; oversized material housed in OV 38)
18 7 Sheraton Motor Inn, New York, NY, 1961-1962
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
18 8 Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington D.C., 1963-1964
18 9 Syracuse University, 1962-1963
18 10 Tokeneke Elementary School, 1955-1956
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
18 11 Union News Company Thruway Restaurants, 1954-1955
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
18 12 Union News Company Thruway Restaurants, Light Fixtures, 1954-1955
(Oversized material housed in OV 38)
18 13-14 University of Kentucky Medical Center, 1959-1961
(2 folders)
18 15 Unknown/Miscellaneous, 1950s-circa 1960s
18 16 Zenith Radio Corporation, 1956-1958
Box
36 Oversized, Lessman Incorporated, 1933-1940
(Oversized material from Box 16)
36 Oversized, New York Central System, 1938
(Oversized material from Box 16)
36 Oversized, Post Office, Plaindfield, NJ, 1941-1942
(Oversized material from Box 16)
36 Oversized, Rincon Annex Post Office, San Francisco, CA, Source Material and Sketches, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 17)
Box
OV 38 Oversized, Hartleys Inc., Miami, FL, 1959-1960
(Oversized material from Box 16)
OV 38 Oversized, Hillcrest Jewish Center, 1950-1954
(Oversized material from Box 16)
OV 38 Oversized, Lessman Incorporated, 1933-1940
(Oversized material from Box 16)
OV 38 Oversized, Phoenix Insurance Company, Hartford, CT, 1950-1951
(Oversized material from Box 16)
OV 38 Oversized, Rincon Annex Post Office, San Francisco, CA, Source Material and Sketches, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 17)
OV 38 Oversized, Schroeder Hotel, Lessman Interiors, 1950-1951
(Oversized material from box 18)
OV 38 Oversized, Sheraton Hotel, Philadelphia, 1955-1957
(Oversized material from Box 18)
OV 38 Oversized, Sheraton Motor Inn, New York, NY, 1961-1962
(Oversized material from Box 18)
OV 38 Oversized, Tokeneke Elementary School, 1955-1956
(Oversized material from Box 18)
OV 38 Oversized, Union News Company Thruway Restaurants, 1954-1955
(Oversized material from Box 18)
OV 38 Oversized, Union News Company Thruway Restaurants, Light Fixtures, 1954-1955
(Oversized material from Box 18)
Box
RD 42 Oversized, Hillcrest Jewish Center, 1950-1954
(Oversized material from Box 16)

5.2: Tapestries, circa 1940s-circa 1970s

Box Folder
18 17 Agents, 1971-1972
18 18-22 Bowery Savings Bank, 1964-1967
(5 folders)
(includes photo of Refregier)
18 23 Bowery Savings Bank, Promotion, 1964-1967
18 24 Exhibition Ideas, 1968
18 25 Fabric Samples, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
18 26 Hester, Mary and Vasquez, Isaac, 1968-1970
18 27 Rotron Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1962
18 28 Sheraton Hotel, Cleveland, 1962
18 29 Tapestry Records, circa 1960s-1970s

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1942-1981
(Boxes 18-19; 0.6 linear ft.)

Files primarily contain correspondence and notes relating to exhibition arrangements and lists of exhibited works. Additional announcements, catalogs, invitations and exhibition reviews can be found in Series 8: Printed Material, Refregier.

Box Folder
18 30 Paintings and Mural Sketches by Anton Refregier (1942), ACA Galleries, 1942
18 31 Anti-Fascist Drawings (1945), National Federation for Constitutional Liberties, ACA Galleries, 1945
18 32 "Anton Refregier" (1948), Fraymart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1948
18 33 "San Francisco" (1949), ACA Galleries, 1949
18 34 "Anton Refregier, Recent Paintings" (1953), ACA Galleries, 1953
18 35 Woodstock Artists Association (1963), 1963
18 36 "Exhibition of Paintings by Anton Refregier," (1965), and Catalog We Make Our Tomorrow, 1964-1965
18 37 "Anton Refregier" (1966), Harbor Gallery, 1966-1969
18 38 "Exhibition of Paintings by Anton Refregier," (1967), Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, 1967
18 39 "Leningrad Graphic Workshop," (1967), ACA Galleries, 1961, 1966-1967
18 40 "Anton Refregier: Paintings," (1967) and Lecture, Rudolph Galleries, 1965-1970
18 41 "Peace, War and the Freedom Struggle," (1968), ACA Galleries, 1968
18 42 ACA Galleries (1973), 1973
18 43 Berlin, German Democratic Republic (1974), 1973-1974
18 44 "New York WPA Artists, Then and Now," (1977), Parsons School of Design, 1977
18 45 "Chile" (1979, 1980), Moscow, Samarkand, Soviet Union, 1979-1980
18 46 Anton Refregier Memorial Exhibition (1981), Woodstock Artists Association, 1981
Box Folder
19 1-9 Exhibitions, 1958-1974
(9 folders)
19 10 Exhibitions and Lectures, 1970-1973
19 11 Guest Book of Signatures (Unknown Exhibition), circa 1960s
19 12 Invitation Lists for Openings, circa 1960s

Series 7: Personal Business Records, 1920s-1980s
(Boxes 19-20; 1.8 linear ft.)

Scattered but limited financial documentation relating to Refregier's work can be found throughout this series in addition to addresses in 6 sets of index cards including 3 alphabetical sets, and groupings for "Owners of my work," "Sources," "New materials and processes" and a mixed set.

Box Folder
19 13-14 Address Books, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(2 folders)
19 15-17 Adresses/Business Cards, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(3 folders)
19 18-19 Adresses on Index Cards, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(2 shoeboxes of index cards)
Box Folder
20 1-2 Addresses on Index Cards, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(2 folders)
20 3 Addresses for Greeting Cards, 1950s
20 4-12 Bills/Receipts, 1920s-1980s
(9 folders)
20 13-14 Financial Notes/Records, 1960s-1977
(2 folders)
20 15 Health/Immunization Records, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
20 16-18 Insurance Records, 1930s-1970s
(3 folders)
20 19 Insurance Claim, Theft of Artwork from Studio, 1972-1975
20 20 Notes, Miscellaneous, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
20 21 Property Records, 1931, 1972
20 22 Record Book, Mexico, 1977-1978
20 23-34 Tax Records, 1940s-1980s
(12 folders)
20 35 Tax Records, NY Sales Tax, 1960s-1970s

Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1920s-1980s
(Boxes 21-28, 36; 7.4 linear ft.)

1.5 linear feet of printed material documenting Refregier's career can be found here, including invitations to events, exhibition announcements and catalogs and news clippings about the artist. Also found is printed material in which illustrations by Refregier were published.

The remainder of the series consists of printed material reflecting Refregier's interest in subjects including art, literature, music, theater, and local, national and international politics, particularly in the countries of the Eastern bloc. The series contains issues of popular magazines such as Life and Look, newspapers such as The Worker, Daily Worker, and National Guardian, foreign publications such as Rumania Today, Korea, Neue Berliner Ilustrierte, and a folder of 2 tourist information brochures from circa 1933 Nazi Germany. News clippings from the series provide coverage of some of the most defining events of the twentieth century including World War II, events in the Soviet Union, John F. Kennedy's assasination, the Vietnam War, and the civil rights movement in the United States.

Printed material relating to the World Council of Peace, includes records of related organizations, councils and committees, and includes Council bulletins, official statements, resolutions, articles and reports, minutes of meetings, and press releases.

Printed material on miscellaneous other subjects includes some issues of the local Woodstock newspaper Woodstock Week and a small group of clippings files with Refregier's original labels.

The series is arranged as 3 subseries:

8.1: Printed Material, Refregier, circa 1920s-circa 1980s

Box Folder
21 1-12 Announcements, Catalogs, Invitations, circa 1930s-1980s
(12 folders)
21 13 "Man of Art," Compilation of News Clippings on Refregier, 1970s
21 14 Postcards of Refregier's Artwork, 1930s-1970s
21 15-29 About Refregier, circa 1930s-1980s
(15 folders)
Box Folder
22 1-4 About Refregier, 1970s-1980s
(4 folders)
22 5-10 Illustrated by Refregier, circa 1920s-circa 1970s
(6 folders)

8.2: Printed Material, Other Artists/Art-Related, circa 1920s-1980s

Box Folder
22 11-17 Announcements, Catalogs, Invitations, circa 1930s-1980s
(7 folders)
22 18-24 General Art-Related, circa 1920s-1970s
(7 folders)
Box Folder
23 1-15 General Art-Related, 1920s-1970s
(15 folders)
23 16-20 Literature, circa 1920s-1970s
(5 folders)
23 21 Music and Theater, circa 1920s
Box Folder
24 1-6 Music and Theater, 1930s-1980s
(6 folders)

8.3: Printed Material, Other Subjects, circa 1920s-1980s

Box Folder
24 7-17 Magazines, 1940s-1980s
(11 folders)
24 18-25 Miscellaneous, circa 1920s-1960s
(8 folders)
Box Folder
25 1-2 Miscellaneous, circa 1970s-1980s
(2 folders)
25 3-21 Political, circa 1918-1950s
(19 folders; oversized material housed in Box 36)
Box Folder
26 1-21 Political, 1950s-1960s
(21 folders)
Box Folder
27 1-12 Political, 1960s-1970s
(12 folders)
27 13-17 Travel, circa 1920s-1970s
(5 folders)
27 18 Travel, Nazi-Era German Travel Brochures, 1930s
Box Folder
28 1-12 World Council of Peace, 1950s-1970s
(12 folders)
Box
36 Oversized, Political, circa 1918-1950s
(Oversized material from Box 25)

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1930s-1960s
(Boxes 28, 37; 0.6 linear ft.)

Scrapbooks are generally in fragmented condition and contain a mixture of photographs, sketches, notes and fragments of writings, and printed material.

Scrapbook 1 contains clippings, announcements and catalogs; Scrapbook 2 includes photos of Lila Refregier and the Refregier children, agricultural work, and unidentified people, probably including Philip Evergood; Scrapbook 3 contains a mixture of photos and sketches with notes, and draft fragments of essays; Scrapbook 4 contains primarily photos of Guatemala; Scrapbook 5 includs greeting cards with original artwork in addition to several sketches by Refregier; Scrapbook 6 includes printed material related to Refregier's visits to the Soviet Union; Scrapbook 7 relates to a University of Kentucky mural and includes photos of Refregier at work in addition to some FAP photographic division photos; Scrapbooks 8 and 9 contain photos of murals and installations and original artwork; and scrapbook 10 contains news clippings.

Box Folder
28 13 Scrapbook 1, 1930s
(Oversized material housed in Box 37)
28 14-15 Scrapbook 2, circa 1940s
(2 folders)
28 16-17 Scrapbook 3, circa 1950
(2 folders)
28 18-19 Scrapbook 4, circa 1950s
(2 folders)
28 20 Scrapbook 5, 1961-1962
28 21 Scrapbook 6, Loose Printed Material, circa 1960s
(Oversized material housed in Box 37)
28 22 Scrapbook 7 Fragments, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
28 23 Scrapbook 8, Fragments, 1930s
(Oversized material housed in Box 37)
28 24 Scrapbook 9, Fragments, circa 1930s-circa 1950s
(Oversized material housed in Box 37)
28 25 Scrapbook 10, Fragments, circa 1930s-circa 1950s
(Oversized material housed in Box 37)
Box
37 Oversized, Scrapbook 1, 1930s
(Oversized material from Box 28)
37 Oversized, Scrapbook 6, Loose Printed Material, circa 1960s
(Oversized material from Box 28)
37 Oversized, Scrapbook 8, Fragments, 1930s
(Oversized material from Box 28)
37 Oversized, Scrapbook 9, Fragments, circa 1930s-circa 1950s
(Oversized material from Box 28)
37 Oversized, Scrapbook 10, Fragments, circa 1930s-circa 1950s
(Oversized material from Box 28)

Series 10: Artwork, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(Boxes 28-30, 36, OVs 40-41, RDs 42-44; 2.3 linear ft.)

Artwork by Refregier in the form of loose sketches, primarily in pencil, and 21 sketchbooks, constitutes the bulk of this series. Sketches and cartoons document the development of many of Refregier's mural and tapestry designs. Many of the sketchbooks also contain journal entries and notes. Also found here are prints and reproductions of Refregier's "Peace card" block engravings for every year from 1950-1973, with the exception of 1970.

Material related to Natural Figure Drawing includes photos and sketches by Refregier and others used in the book and 2 marked up copies of the book. A folder of sketches and text regarding publications for labor organizations, includes two issues of Labor Defender from 1933 and 1934.

Artwork by others contains artwork by Refregier's children and other unidentified children, and one folder of artwork by others including 7 copies of a woodblock print by Manuel Q. Hernandez, and a pencil sketch and woodblock print by unidentified artists.

Box Folder
28 Artwork by Refregier
28 26-27 Loose Sketches, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(2 folders; oversized material housed in OV 40)
Box Folder
29 1-7 Loose Sketches, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(7 folders; oversized material housed in Box 36 and OV 40)
29 8 Loose Sketches, including Cafe Society Uptown, 1940s
(Oversized material housed in OV 40)
29 9 Loose Sketches, Inc. Colliers, circa 1940s
(Oversized material housed in OV 40)
29 10 Loose Sketches, including Gay Blades Ice Skating Rink, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
(Oversized material housed in OV 40)
29 11 Loose Sketches, including Sarasota, FL, circa 1944
(Oversized material housed in OV 40)
29 12 Loose Sketches, including S. S. Lurline, 1940s
(Oversized material housed in OV 40)
29 13 Loose Sketches, Various, Unidentified, circa 1940s
(Oversized material housed in OV 41, RD 42, RD 43, RD 44)
29 14-18 Natural Figure Drawing, circa 1940s
(5 folders; oversized material housed in Box 36)
29 19-23 Peace Cards, 1950s-1970s
(5 folders)
29 24-28 Sketchbooks, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
(5 folders)
29 29 Sketchbooks, Europe, 1960
29 30 Sketchbooks, Mexico, 1963, 1964
Box Folder
30 1 Sketchbooks, Mexico, 1966
30 2 Sketchbook, Miami, FL, 1967
30 3 Sketches and Text Re. Publications for Labor Organizations, 1930s
30 4 Sketches for "Art for Children," circa 1950s
(includes photos)
30 5 Sketches for Insect Research Center, New York University, circa 1968
30 6 Sketches for Urapan Society, circa 1970s
30 Artwork by Others
30 7-8 By Children, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(2 folders)
30 9 By Others, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
Box
36 Oversized, Loose Sketches, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
36 Oversized, Natural Figure Drawing, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
Box
OV 40 Oversized, Loose Sketches, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(Oversized material from Box 28)
OV 40 Oversized, Loose Sketches, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
OV 40 Oversized, Loose Sketches, including Cafe Society Uptown, 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
OV 40 Oversized, Loose Sketches, Inc. Colliers, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
OV 40 Oversized, Loose Sketches, including Gay Blades Ice Skating Rink, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
OV 40 Oversized, Loose Sketches, including Sarasota, FL, circa 1944
(Oversized material from Box 29)
OV 40 Oversized, Loose Sketches, including S. S. Lurline, 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
Box
OV 41 Oversized, Loose Sketches, Various Unidentified, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
Box
RD 42 Oversized, Loose Sketches, Various Unidentified, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
Box
RD 43 Oversized, Loose Sketches, Various Unidentified, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)
Box
RD 44 Oversized, Loose Sketches, Various Unidentified, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 29)

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1900-1980s
(Boxes 31-35, 39; 4.5 linear ft.)

Photographs include photographs of Refregier with family, friends and colleagues; Refregier in his studio, including photos of models used for mural painting and for his 1948 book Natural Figure Drawing; Refregier at events such as exhibition openings and parties; and Refregier on trips to the Soviet Union, Mexico and other locations. Also found here are photos of Refregier's artwork and exhibition installations.

Family photographs include some presumed to picture Refregier's family taken around circa 1900, possibly including the sculptor Vasilief with whom Refregier apprenticed in Paris. Reference to a first wife of Refregier is also inscribed on the verso of one of the photographs.

Photographs of Refregier at work in the studio and with models, include FAP Photographic Division photos and photos of many models from that period including those used for Refregier's New York World's Fair mural. Some sketches can also be found here.

Friends and colleagues pictured include Julio de Diego, Marion Greenwood, Rockwell Kent, Pablo O'Higgins and David Siqueiros. There is also a 1936 photo of Margaret Bourke-White, Stuart Davis, Doris Lee, Paul Manship and Lewis Mumford and a group of snapshots from a visit to see Rockwell and Sally Kent at Asgard Farm.

Photos of events and parties include a dismantled scrapbook and photos from an exhibition opening in 1945 and press photos by Albert A. Freeman, picturing Refregier with Howard Fast, Norman Bel Geddes, Marion Greenwood, John Kingsbury, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Harry Stockwell. Other events include an exhibiton of Refregier's work in Moscow at the Pushkin Museum of Art.

Travel photographs of Mexico include a series of photographs and part of a dismantled scrapbook showing Refregier and others at work on the tapestry process.

The series also contains slide transparencies, primarily of artwork by Refregier and travel to the Soviet Union, circa 1959 and 1960s.

Of additional note are photographs by others including a photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 2 photographs by Eugene Morley and 4 photographs by Max Yavno, including one of Refregier at work.

Box Folder
31 Refregier, Family and Friends
31 1 Refregier (Alone), circa 1920s-1979
(Oversized material housed in Box 39)
31 2-8 Family, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
(7 folders; oversized material housed in Box 39)
31 9-13 Family and Friends/Colleagues, circa 1900-1970s
(5 folders; oversized material housed in Box 39)
31 14 Rockwell Kent and Asgard Farm, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
31 15-17 Album/Scrapbook, circa 1940s
(3 folders)
31 Studio and Models
31 18-27 Studio and Models, circa 1930s-1970s
(10 folders; oversized material housed in Box 39)
31 28 Syracuse University Mural, circa 1962
31 29 Studio and Working with Students, circa 1970s
31 Events and Parties
31 30-33 Events and Parties, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(4 folders; oversized material housed in Box 39)
31 34 Scrapbook-United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, CA, 1945
31 35 Paul Robeson and Eleanor Roosevelt at the Wiltwyck School for Boys, circa 1950s
31 36 Bowery Savings Bank Reception, 1967
31 37 Exhibition in German Democratic Republic, 1979
31 Travel
31 38 Chile, 1976
31 39 Europe, circa 1950s
31 40-46 Mexico, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
(7 folders)
Box Folder
32 1-7 Soviet Union, 1959-cira 1970s
(7 folders)
32 8 Soviet Union, Samarkand, 1979
32 9 United States, Grand Coulee Dam, circa 1971
32 10-12 United States and Unidentified, circa 1930s-circa 1960s
(3 folders)
32 13-17 Miscellaneous, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(5 folders)
32 Photos of Artwork
32 18-20 Exhibitions/Installations, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(3 folders; oversized material housed in Box 39)
32 21 Refregier Restaurant Installations by Lionel Freedman, circa 1940s
(Oversized material housed in Box 39)
32 22-34 Artwork by Refregier, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(13 folders; oversized material housed in Box 39)
32 35-36 Artwork by Refregier, circa 1937
(2 folders)
32 37-38 Photos of Artwork by Others, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(2 folders)
32 Photographs by Others
32 39 by Eliot Elisofon and Eugene Morley, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
(Oversized material housed in Box 39)
32 40 by Max Yavno, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
Box Folder
33 1-5 Snapshots, Artwork, People and Travel, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(5 folders)
Box Folder
34 1 Slide Transparencies, Artwork, People and Travel, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
(1 shoebox)
Box Folder
35 1-13 Negatives, Artwork, People and Travel, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(13 folders)
Box
39 Oversized, Refregier, Family and Friends
39 Oversized, Refregier (Alone), circa 1920s-1979
(Oversized material from Box 31)
39 Oversized, Family, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
(Oversized material from Box 31)
39 Oversized, Family and Friends/Colleagues, circa 1900-1970s
(Oversized material from Box 31)
39 Oversized, Studio and Models, circa 1930s-1970s
(Oversized material from Box 31)
39 Oversized, Events and Parties, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(Oversized material from Box 31)
39 Oversized, Photos of Artwork
39 Oversized, Exhibitions/Installations, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
(3 folders; oversized material from Box 32)
39 Oversized, Refregier Restaurant Installations by Lionel Freedman, circa 1940s
(Oversized material from Box 32)
39 Oversized, Artwork by Refregier, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
(13 folders; oversized material from Box 32)
39 Oversized, Photographs by Others
39 Oversized, by Eliot Elisofon and Eugene Morley, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
(Oversized material from box 32)

Writings by Refregier Not Listed Individually

  • "American Artists Gift Exhibition," circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • "An Art Exhibition," circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • "Art Student," circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • "Artist Should Be consulted," circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • "Cooking for Pleasure," circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • Decorating with sandblasting, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • Line and drawing, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • "Message to the National Mural Conference," circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • Need to establish a federal program with the power to give grants for art and culture, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • Scottsboro Ballet, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • "Spring in New York City," circa 1940s-circa 1970s
  • "Artists Life in the U.S.," 1950s
  • "Having a Wonderful Time," 1950s
  • "Murals for your Home," 1950s
  • Picasso, 1950s
  • Rockwell Kent's 75th anniversary, 1950s
  • "School Architecture," 1950s
  • "Art for our Schools," 1960s
  • "Eugene Morley," 1960s
  • "Karl Kanol," 1960s
  • "Harvey Fite," 1960s
  • Letter to Editor re: WPA, 1960s
  • Re: Soviet artists, 1960s
  • "Spring in New York City"
  • "Statement in Connection with Forthcoming Exhibition in Moscow," 1960s
  • "A Draft of an Article on the Cultural Scene-USA," 1970s
  • "An Artist's Journey to Mexico" (includes photo of artist Pablo O'Higgins), 1970s
  • Bernal, John Desmond, 1970s
  • "Cathy," 1970s
  • Dedication to Rockwell Kent, 1970s
  • "My Friend David," 1970s
  • "Salaspil," 1970s
  • Tribute to Philip Evergood, 1973
  • Painting "The Strike" (San Francisco Waterfront Strike painted in 1934), 1973
  • Article for Soviet Union magazine Rovesnick, 1977
  • Daily World question and answer page, 1977
  • Book review of Towards a People's Art: The Contemporary Mural Movement, 1977