Clay Spohn papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk, 1890-1985

A Finding Aid to the Clay Spohn Papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Biographical Information

Clay Edgar Spohn was born November 24, 1898, in San Francisco, to Lena (Schaefer) and John Henry Spohn. From 1919 to 1921, Spohn studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and from 1922 to 1924, he studied at the Art Students League in New York under Kenneth Hayes Miller, Boardman Robinson, George Luks and Guy Pene Du Bois. He also became acquainted with Alexander Calder at the Art Students League. In 1924, Spohn was employed as an assitant designer to muralist Ezra Winter. From 1926 to 1927 he studied in Paris at the Academie Modern, a school run by Fernand Leger and Orthon Fireze.

Returning to San Francisco in 1927, Spohn became an active member in the Bay Area art scene. The Treasury Department commissioned him, in 1938, to execute a mural for the Montebello, California post office, and in 1939, he completed another mural under the sponsorship of the WPA for Los Gatos Union High School in Los Gatos, California.

In 1942, the San Francisco Museum of Art mounted Spohn's solo exhibition "Fantastic War Machines and Guerragraphs", consisting of a series of drawings inspired by dreams of World War II. From 1945 until his resignation in 1950, Spohn was employed as instructor of drawing and painting at the California School of Fine Arts, where he befriended Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko. In 1949, at the California School, he organized a group exhibition entitled "The Museum of Unknown and Little Known Objects", in which Spohn's extraordinarily-constructed objects were a focal point.

Spohn moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1952, and participated in several national exhibitions. He was Visiting Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, in 1958, after which he moved to New York City where he executed a series of paintings under the sponsorship of the collector J. Patrick Lannan. From 1964 to 1969, he taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

After a two year move to Taos, Spohn returned to New York in 1971. In 1974, the Oakland Museum sponsored a retrospective of Spohn's work.

Clay Spohn died in New York City on December 19, 1977.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Clay Spohn papers measure 19.9 linear feet and date from circa 1862 to 1985 with the bulk of the material dating from 1890 to 1985. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes and writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs reflecting the life and career of painter and educator Clay Spohn.

Part 1 includes sketchbooks with annotated drawings by Spohn, writings including reminiscensces by Spohn, letters, clippings, and photographs of Spohn's artwork.

Part 2 includes biographical material; correspondence between Spohn and his colleagues; business records such as Spohn's general accounting records; Spohn's notes and writings on a variety of subjects; drawings and sketchbooks; printed material such as exhibition announcements and catalogs; and photographs of subjects such as Spohn, his family and colleagues, his house, and his artwork.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into two parts. Part 1 was lent to the Archives of American Art in 1964 by Clay Spohn, and was microfilmed and returned to Spohn. Part 2 was donated to the Archives of American Art by Urban Neininger in 1978 and was partially microfilmed. Because material from part 2 was not processed until over three decades after filming Part 1, the overall organization is inconsistent. In general, material within folders is arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Names

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

Subjects:

  • McChesney, Mary Fuller
  • Neininger, Urban
  • Reynal, Jeanne, 1903-
  • Ribak, Louis, 1902-1979
  • Sievan, Maurice
  • School of Visual Arts (New York, N.Y.)
  • University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts

Subjects-Topical:

  • Painting, Abstract -- France -- Paris
  • Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Account books
  • Ambrotypes
  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Sketchbooks

Names:

  • Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976
  • Corbett, Edward, 1919-
  • Corbett, Rosamond Walling Tirana
  • Fryworth, Teressa, 1906-1981
  • Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970
  • Sihvonen, Oli, 1921-
  • Still, Clyfford, 1904-

Provenance

The material on reel D169 was lent for filming by Clay Spohn in 1964. The material on reel 5461-5474 was donated by Spohn's friend and the executor of his estate, Urban Neininger, in 1978.

How the Collection was Processed

Part 2 of the collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 1998. The finding aid to Parts 1 and 2 was written by Jean Fitzgerald in 1998.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Use of unfilmed material requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

Part 1 of the Clay Spohn papers was loaned to the Archives of American Art for microfilming and is subject to all copyright laws. Part 2 is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. Part 2 is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

Part 1 of the collection is available on microfilm reel D169. Part 2 is partially available on microfilm reels 5461-5474. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan.

How to Cite this Collection

Clay Spohn Papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Part 1: Clay Spohn Papers, 1926-1963, undated

1.1: Sketchbooks, 1926-1927

The three sketchbooks found here contain notes and annotated drawings made by Spohn during his stay in Paris. Sketchbook I contains a drawing of Hemingway's friend, Musgrave, at Le Dome, schematic drawings for a "portable studio," and notes about what to take to Giverny. Sketchbook II contains a self-portrait drawing and one drawing each of Musgrave and Duff Twisden, Hemingway's model for "Brett" in The Sun Also Rises, with whom Spohn became acquainted in the cafes of Paris. Sketchbook III contains designs for chairs and notes giving advice on art.

Box Reel
NA D169 Sketchbook I, [1926]
NA D169 Sketchbook II, 1926-1927
NA D169 Sketchbook III, 1926-1927

1.2: Writings, 1963

Writings consist of Spohn's reminiscences in the form of a 100-page letter to sculptor and art historian Mary Fuller McChesney. He answers questions about his career and describes, with words and drawings, his works for the exhibition The Museum of Unknown and Little Known Objects at the California School of Fine Arts in 1949.

Box Reel
NA D169 Writings (entitled "Reminiscences" on microfilm), 1963

1.3: Correspondence and Related Material, 1939-1954, undated

Found here is a letter from Reginald Vaughn discussing the acquisition of Spohn's Los Gatos mural for the Morrison Center for Rehabilitation, a letter from the W.P.A. office concerning exhibitions, and three clippings. Also found are twelve photographs of artwork (primarily Spohn's murals) including: the mural The Legend of New Almaden; mural for a post office in Montebello, California; a mural for Castro Valley community center; a mural Fireman Save My Child for Volunteer Fire Department in Carmel, California; scale drawings of Benimino Bufano's proposed statue for Twin Peaks, San Francisco; and the lithograph Greek Legend.

Box Reel
NA D169 Letter from Reginald Vaughn, 1954
NA D169 Photographs of Work Executed Between 1936-1939, undated
NA D169 Letter from W.P.A., 1939
NA D169 Clippings, 1936-1941

Part 2: Clay Spohn Papers, circa 1862-1985, undated
(boxes 1-22, OV 23, 19.9 linear ft.)

2.1: Biographical Material, 1892-circa 1978
(box 1, 0.3 linear feet)

Biographical material includes a variety of official documentation for Spohn and his parents. Documents concerning Spohn's parents include their marriage license. Documents concerning Spohn include his baptismal certificate, passport, the contents of two wallets, membership and identity cards, biographical sketches, two wills, and Spohn's death certificate. There is also a typescript biography of Spohn, "Life of a Painter," by David R. Beasley.

Box Reel
1 5461 Documents Concerning Spohn's parents, 1892-1916
1 5461 Documents Concerning Clay Spohn
1 5461 Baptismal Certificate, 1898
1 5461 Naval Discharge Papers, 1918
1 5461 Passport, 1925
1 5461 Identity Card for Travel in France, 1926
1 5461 Contents of Wallet 1, 1941-1953
1 5461 Contents of Wallet 2, 1966-1977
1 5461 Membership Cards, 1951-1966
1 5461 Miscellaneous Identity Cards, 1958-1965
1 5461 Biographical Sketches and Résumés, 1932-1971
1 5461 Spohn's Medical History, 1964
1 5461 Wills, 1950-1969
1 5461 Death Certificate, 1977
1 5461 Typescript biography "Life of a Painter" by David R. Beasley, circa 1978

2.2: Correspondence, 1925-1981, undated
(boxes 2-5, 4.7 linear feet)

Correspondence is between Spohn and his colleagues, including two letters from Alexander Calder, eight letters from Mark Rothko, and twenty-eight letters from Clyfford Still.

See index for an alpahbetical list of correspondents from Series 2.2.

Box Reel
1 5461 Correspondence, 1925-May, 1953, undated
(37 folders)
1 5462 Correspondence, June, 1953-1955
(19 folders)
Box Reel
2 5462 Correspondence, 1956-July 13-16, 1958
(16 folders)
2 5463 Correspondence, July 13-16, 1958-June, 1963
(42 folders)
Box Reel
3 5464 Correspondence, June, 1963-April-June, 1967
(35 folders)
3 5465 Correspondence, April-June, 1967-October, 1969
(22 folders)
Box Reel
4 5465 Correspondence, November, 1969-February 1-10, 1970
(6 folder)
4 5466 Correspondence, February 1-10, 1970-April 21-30, 1971
(24 folders)
4 5467 Correspondence, April 21-30, 1971-January 1-19, 1973
(25 folders)
4 5468 Correspondence, Jan 1-19, 1973-March, 1973
(5 folders)
Box Reel
5 5468 Correspondence, April, 1973-September, 21-30, 1974
(18 folders)
5 5469 Correspondence, September 21-30, 1974-March-May, 1976
(22 folders)
5 5470 Correspondence, June 3, 1976-1981
(21 folders)

2.3: Business Records, 1890-1983
(boxes 6-7, 1.6 linear feet)

Business records primarily consist of Spohn's general accounting records, account books, banking records, contracts, inventories of artwork sold, records of support from the Lannan Foundation, records concerning Spohn's house in Taos, and miscellaneous receipts for healthcare, travel, art supplies, photographic services, and shipping. This subseries also includes documents concerning the companies managed by Spohn's father, John H. Spohn, and the patents and estate papers of Spohn's brother, John H. Spohn, Jr. These can be found at the beginning of the subseries.

Box Reel
6 unfilmed John H. Spohn, 1890-1928
6 unfilmed John H. Spohn, Jr., 1940-1950
(3 folders)
6 unfilmed General Accounts, 1950-1975
(3 folders)
6 unfilmed Account Books, 1932-1976
(18 books in 18 folders)
6 unfilmed Banking Records, 1943-1977
(28 folders)
6 unfilmed Contract and Financial Records (mural on Bob's Fine Food restaurant), 1945-1946
6 unfilmed Contract and Consignment Records for The Little Gallery, Taos, NM, 1957
6 unfilmed Inventory of Artwork in the Estate of Clay Spohn, 1981-1983
6 unfilmed Records of Artwork Sold, 1941-1970
Box Reel
7 unfilmed Records of Support from the Lannan Foundation, 1961-1962
(6 folders)
7 unfilmed Records of Stocks, 1939-1969
7 unfilmed Insurance, 1973
7 unfilmed Spohn's House in Taos, 1952-1977
(6 folders)
7 unfilmed Receipts, 1933-1978
(10 folders)

2.4: Notes and Writings, 1924-1985, undated
(boxes 7-18, 10.8 linear feet)

This subseries contains miscellaneous notes and writings and includes 188 notebooks, address lists, a card file of book titles, Spohn's "Subject Location," "Index and Date," and "School of Visual Arts" files, and two typescripts by other writers. The miscellaneous notes and writings, and the notebooks, are concerned with various topics, often intermingled, such as teaching notes; lists of names, books, and groceries needed; financial records for art supplies; Spohn's thoughts on philosophy and art; dietary advice; annotated studies and calculations concerning the "trisection of an arbitrary angle"; notes for his unpublished literary work "The Book," (sometimes entitled "The Actual Book" or "The Truth Book"); and brief and incomplete drafts written either for writing class assignments or for "The Book."

Files on the School of Visual Arts contains class schedules, grade sheets, and 37 notebooks of class assignments, records of student grades, notes for lectures, lists of books for teaching, writings about teaching, and notes on art supplies for class.

Box Reel
7 unfilmed Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, 1924-1985, undated
(33 folders)
Box Reel
8 unfilmed Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, 1951-1958
(56 folders)
Box Reel
9 unfilmed Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, 1959-June, 1962
(57 folders)
Box Reel
10 unfilmed Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, July, 1962-May, 1970
(62 folders)
Box Reel
11 unfilmed Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, June, 1970-1985
(47 folders)
11 unfilmed Notebooks 1-21, 1926-1927
Box Reel
12 unfilmed Notebooks 22-76, 1927-1962
Box Reel
13 unfilmed Notebooks 77-105, 1962-1965
Box Reel
14 unfilmed Notebooks 106-136, 1965-1968
Box Reel
15 unfilmed Notebooks 137-163, 1968-1973
Box Reel
16 unfilmed Notebooks 164-182, 1973-1976
Box Reel
17 unfilmed Notebooks 183-188, 1976-1977
17 5470 Address Lists, undated
17 5470 Card File of Book Titles, 1959-1976
(5 folders)
17 5470 Spohn's "Subject Location File", 1960-1961
17 5471 Spohn's "Index and Date File," 1960-1961
(6 folders)
17 5471 Notes from Private Trade School Teacher's Course at N.Y.U., 1965
(3 folders)
17 5471 School of Visual Arts Notebook, 1964-1970
(11 folders)
Box Reel
18 5471 School of Visual Arts Notebook, cont., 1964-1970
(12 folders)
18 unfilmed Engagement Calendars, 1965, 1976
18 unfilmed Typescript, "The Sickness of American Culture" by Reinhold Niebuhr, undated
18 unfilmed Typescript, "Clay Spohn's Museum" by Douglas Macagy, 1965?

2.5: Artwork, 1926-1968, undated
(box 18, sol 22, OV 23, 0.6 linear feet)

Artwork consists of 557 drawings, including 27 undated drawings of Washington D.C., and 14 sketchbooks.

Box Reel
18 5472 Drawings (see also OV 23), 1926-1968, undated
(22 folders)
18 5472 Sketchbooks (see also sol 22), 1925-1939
(22 folders)

2.6: Printed Material, 1894-1977, undated
(boxes 18-19, 1.5 linear feet)

Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Spohn and others, exhibition prospectuses, reproductions of artwork, calendars of events, programs, brochures, books, and miscellaneous printed material.

Box Reel
18 5472 Clippings, 1930-1919, undated
(2 folders)
18 5473 Clippings, 1941-1963
(17 folders)
Box Reel
19 5473 Clippings, 1964-1977
(8 folders)
19 5473 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Spohn, 1939-1977
(4 folders)
19 5473 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1940-1977
(5 folders)
19 5473 Exhibition Prospectuses, 1945-1954
19 5473 Reproductions of Artwork, undated
19 5473 Calendars of events, 1965-1977
19 5473 Programs, 1965-1969
19 5473 Brochures Concerning Taos Artists, undated
19 5473 Brochures Concerning the School of Visual Arts, 1965-1969
(2 folders)
19 5473 Brochures Concerning Miscellaneous Schools, 1949-1967
19 5473 Brochures Concerning the Oakland Museum, undated
19 5474 Brochures Concerning Art Supplies, 1956-1963
(3 folders)
19 5474 Brochures Concerning Books, 1969, undated
19 5474 Brochures Concerning Health, 1958-1973
(5 folders)
19 5474 Miscellaneous brochures, undated
19 5474 Book, Riverside Recipes, 1894
19 5474 Book, A Poet's Breath, by Judson Crews, 1950
19 5474 Book, Painting and Sculpture, Published by the San Francisco Art Association, 1952
19 5474 Book, Applied Teaching Techniques by Gilbert Weaver and Louis Cenci, 1960
19 5474 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1940-1958

2.7: Photographs, circa 1862-1977, undated
(boxes 20-21, 0.5 linear feet)

Photographs are of Spohn and his family, colleagues, studio, house in Taos, exhibition installations, and artwork. There are also photographs of San Francisco, including six views of damage done by the 1906 earthquake. Colleagues pictured in the photographs include Marion Karnes, Urban Neininger, Jeanne Reynal, Louis Ribak, Alfred Rogoway, and Maurice Sievan.

Photographs of artwork for projects by Spohn picture the following: an entrance hall mural for Officers Club, San Francisco (undated); a cartoon for copper repousee sculpture for Carmel, California, Volunteer Fire Department (1936); a cartoon for copper repousee sculpture for Castro Valley Community Center (1937); a mural for Montebello, California, post office (1938); and a mural for Los Gatos Union High School (1939).

Box Reel
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn with Family Members, 1900-circa 1915
(2 folders)
20 (hol) 5474 Clay Spohn, circa 1916-1974
(4 folders)
20 (hol) 5474 Family Members,
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Paternal Grandfather, [circa 1862]
(ambrotype)
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Grandmother, undated
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Mother, undated
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Father, circa 1890-1920
(3 folders, including 7 tintypes)
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Parents, circa 1910s-1920s
(2 folders)
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Brother and Friends, circa 1910-1940
(3 folders)
20 (hol) 5474 Family Friends, circa 1910-1920s
(3 folders)
20 (hol) 5474 Bell Moose Convention, 1917
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Colleagues, 1944-1974
20 (hol) 5474 Spohn's Childhood Home, circa 1900
(2 folders)
20 (hol) 5474 San Francisco Earthquake Damage, 1906
Box Reel
21 (pam) 5474 From World War I, 1917
21 (pam) 5474 Travel Photographs, 1932, undated
21 (pam) 5474 Views of San Francisco, 1932
21 (pam) 5474 Miscellaneous Travel Photographs, undated
(3 folders)
21 (pam) 5474 Spohn's House in Taos, 1952-1970
(3 folders)
21 (pam) 5474 Spohn's studio, 1977
21 (pam) 5474 Exhibition Installations, undated
21 (pam) 5474 Miscellaneous Artworks by Spohn, 1936-1977
(3 folders)
21 (pam) 5474 Projects, Entrance Hall Mural for Officers Club, San Francisco, undated
21 (pam) 5474 Projects, Cartoon for Copper Repousee Sculpture for Carmel, California, Volunteer Fire Department, 1936
21 (pam) 5474 Projects, Cartoon for Copper Repousee Sculpture for Castro Valley Community Center, 1937
21 (pam) 5474 Projects, Mural for Montebello, California, Post Office, 1938
21 (pam) 5474 Projects, Mural for Los Gatos Union High School, 1939
21 (pam) 5474 Photograph of a Painting Number 10 by Mark Rothko, undated

2.8: Artifacts, undated
(box 21, 1 folder)

Artifacts consist of four military pins from Marion Karnes.

Box Reel
21 (pam) unfilmed Military pins from Marion Karnes, undated

Index: Alphabetical List of Correspondents in 2.2

  • Abend, George and Kitty Parker Abend (artists): 1950-1960 (4 letters)
  • Abingdon Square Painters: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Addison Gallery of American Art: 1958 (2 letters)
  • American Artists' Congress: 1938 (1 letter)
  • American Library of Color Slides: 1941 (1 letter)
  • Anderson, Claude J. K.: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Anderson, Wendell (poet): 1955-1956 (2 letters)
  • Archives of American Art: 1964 (4 letters)
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati: 1958-1959 (3 letters)
  • Art Association of Newport: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Art Career School: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Artists Equity Association: 1950 (1 letter)
  • Arts and Architecture: 1963 (1 letter)
  • Art Students League: 1958-1964 (2 letters)
  • Art Times: 1959 (1 letter)
  • Art Workshop of the Rivington Neighborhood Asociation, Inc.: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Ashton, Dore: 1969 (1 letter)
  • Ayer, Phyllis: 1956 (1 letter)
  • Bachels, Andrew: 1969 (1 letter)
  • Barnett, Rici: 1973 (1 letter)
  • Barron, John N.: 1966 (1 letter)
  • Beasley, David and Viola: 1963-1978 (11 letters)
  • Bender: Albert M. Bender Memorial Trust: 1947-1951 (2 letters)
  • Bethers, Peggy: 1940 (1 letter)
  • Blesh, Rudi: 1960 (1 letter)
  • Board of Education, City of New York: 1958-1965 (2 letters)
  • Booth, James W. (family friend): 1943-1956 (7 letters)
  • Borgenight: Grace Borgenight Gallery, Inc.: 1965 (1 letter)
  • Boru, Sorcha: 1932-1933 (12 letters)
  • Brandenburg, Helen: 1970 (1 letter)
  • Braunstein/Quay Gallery: 1977 (1 letter)
  • Briggs, Ernie: 1967-1977 (2 letters)
  • Bright, Beatrice: 1971-1973 (2 letters)
  • Brock, Midu: 1954 (1 letter)
  • Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture: 1966 (1 letter)
  • Brown, Lesley: 1955 (1 letter)
  • Burke, Bob: 1971 (1 letter)
  • Burnham, Janet B.: 1950 (1 letter)
  • Bute, Janey: 1971 (1 letter)
  • Calcagno, Lawrence: 1969-1977 (5 letters)
  • Calder, Alexander: 1970-1972 (2 letters)
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor: 1964 (1 letter)
  • California School of Fine Arts: 1955-1964 (2 letters)
  • California: University of California at Berkeley: 1940 (1 letter)
  • California: University of California at Santa Clara: 1975-1976 (2 letters)
  • Carewe, Sylvia: 1969 (1 letter)
  • Carr, James F.: 1967 (1 letter)
  • Chase Manhattan Bank: 1971 (2 letters)
  • Chisholm, Stuart (landscape architect): 1925 (1 letter)
  • Clayton, Janice: undated and 1965-1974 (6 letters)
  • Clifton, Jim and Mary (owners of a Spohn painting): 1956 (1 letter)
  • College Art Association: 1949 (1 letter)
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: 1952-1970 (4 letters)
  • Cooke, Regina: 1955 (1 letter)
  • Cooley, Anne: 1941 (1 letter)
  • Corbett, Ed and Steff, and Rosamond Tirana: undated and 1951-1977(47 letters, including a 1962 wedding announcement for Corbett and Tirana, and a letter dated Mar 21, 1963 enclosing a photograph of Ed with an amputated foot)
  • Craig, Jeanne: 1963 (2 letters)
  • Crawford, Jane and Ernie: 1958 (3 letters)
  • Crehan, Hub and Anne: 1960 (1 letter)
  • Crewe, Sylvia: 1969 (1 letter)
  • Crews, Judson and Mildred (publishers of poetry magazine in Taos): 1952-1969 (4 letters)
  • Cumming, Ann (and Jennifer Sutcliffe): 1956 (1 letter)
  • Cunningham, Ben: 1950 (1 letter)
  • D'Arcangelo, Allan and Sylvia: 1965 (1 letter)
  • Dasburg, Andrew: 1961 (1 letter)
  • DePuy, John: 1964 (1 letter)
  • Diebenkorn, Richard: 1951 (1 letter)
  • Dilexi Gallery (L. James Newman): 1965 (1 letter)
  • Dixon, Budd (J.B.) and Peggy: 1954-1970 (5 letters)
  • Dowell-Kahl Gallery (Leone Kahl, director): 1963 (1 letter)
  • Drumm, Steve: 1953 (1 letter)
  • Durham, Charlotte: 1968-1970 (3 letters)
  • D'Vorzon, Berenice and Randal Goya: 1965 (1 letter)
  • East Hampton Gallery: undated (1 letter)
  • Edwards, Tom L.: 1945-1974 (2 letters)
  • Egri, Ted and Kit: 1958-1971
  • Elster, Grace-Marion: 1926 (1 letter)
  • Ely, Georgette and Wolcott: 1958-1969 (38 letters)
  • Finichel, Lilly: 1954 (1 letter)
  • Forster, Bertrand Dixon: 1961 (1 letter)
  • Forster, Paul and Else: undated and 1943-1974 (15 letters)
  • Fort Worth Art Center Museum: 1971 (1 letter)
  • Foss, Florence: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Fran, Ford: 1971 (1 letter)
  • Fryworth, Teressa (Terry) (Registrar at California School of Fine Arts): 1950-1978 (72 letters)
  • Fuller, Mary: see McChesney, Mary
  • Fuller, Patti (Ed Corbett's niece): 1955 (2 letters)
  • Furse, Roger: 1928-1953 (4 letters)
  • Gallery of Modern Art, Taos, N.M.: 1972 (1 letter)
  • Garcia, Enos: 1954 (1 letter)
  • Georgiadis, Alex: 1951 (1 letter)
  • Gettell, Mrs. Richard Glenn: 1958 (an invitation to meet Col. George Lincoln)
  • Gluck, Heidi: 1977 (1 letter)
  • Gomez, Dorothy Massey (mother of anthropologist Bill Massey): 1950 (1 letter)
  • Gomez, Joe: undated and 1971 (2 letters)
  • Grant, Bob: 1953-1972 (2 letters)
  • Grant, Carolyn: 1969 (1 letter)
  • Great Neck Board of Education: 1960 (1 letter)
  • Grimm, Marjorie: 1973 (1 letter)
  • Grossmann, Nancy: 1966 (1 letter)
  • Guggenheim: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: 1953-1954 (2 letters)
  • Harwood Foundation: 1953-1956 (2 letters)
  • Harris, Roger: 1973 (1 letter)
  • Hawley, W. R.: 1977 (1 letter enclosing an exhibition catalog "Unemployed Wizards")
  • Heischman, R. L.: undated (1 letter)
  • Hill, Dorothy: 1967 (2 letters)
  • Hocks, Fred: 1952 (1 letter)
  • Howard, Ellen and Galen: 1957 (1 letter)
  • Howard, Robert Boardman and Adaline Kent (San Francisco sculptors): 1951-1955 (2 letters)
  • Howard, Madge Knight and Charles H.: 1946-1954 (21 letters)
  • Hultburg, John and Lynne: 1959-1974 (5 letters)
  • Huntsville Museum of Art: see Braunstein/Quay Gallery
  • Hurst, Tricia: 1977 (1 letter)
  • Hutchinson, Mrs. D. H.: 1925 (1 letter)
  • Illinois: University of Illinois at Urbana: 1952 (2 letters)
  • Jackson: Martha Jackson Gallery: 1965 (1 letter)
  • Jacobson, Art (artist) and Ursula: 1950-1960 (9 letters)
  • Jonson Gallery: 1969-1970 (2 letters)
  • Kadish, Reuben: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Kahl: Leone Kahl Gallery: 1964 (1 letter)
  • Karnes, Marion Watson: undated and 1947-1954 (80 letters from Spohn)
  • Keeney, James: 1963 (1 letter)
  • Kieve, Rudolph: 1971 (3 letters)
  • King, Vivie and Rufus: 1977 (1 letter)
  • Kingman, Dong: undated calling card
  • Kuhlman, Walt: 1957 (2 letters)
  • Kultberg, Lynne and John: 1965 (1 letter)
  • Labaudt, Lucien: 1943 (1 letter)
  • Labaudt, Marcelle: 1956 (1 letter)
  • Landgren, Paula: undated (1 letter)
  • Lannan, J. Patrick (The Susquehanna Corporation/ The Lannan Foundation): 1966-1971 (4 letters); see Personal Business Records for correspondence pertaining to the Foundation's support of Spohn, 1961-1962
  • LaPlante, John (Stanford University): 1949 (1 letter)
  • Lazarus, Rosalind: 1960 (1 letter)
  • LeBow-Gould Associates: 1958 (3 letters)
  • Lee, Martha: 1957 (1 letter)
  • Lehman, Margarett: 1957 (1 letter)
  • Letter Shop: 1956 (1 letter)
  • Library of Congress Copyright Office: 1932 (1 letter concerning the trisection of an arbitrary angle)
  • Lippincott, Janet (artist): 1955-1956 (5 letters)
  • Lockwood, Ward: 1952 (1 letter)
  • MacAgy, Douglas and Betty: undated and 1945-1973 (13 letters)
  • MacAgy, Jermayne (Jerry): 1945-1948 (2 letters)
  • Macdowell Colony: 1975 (1 letter)
  • Machcinski, Barbara: 1971 (1 letter)
  • MacIntyre, Carlyle F.: 1945 (1 letter)
  • Maes, Virginia: 1941 (1 letter)
  • Mare, Doris and Emil: 1969 (1 letter)
  • Marse, John J.: 1962 (1 letter)
  • Marter, Joan: 1977 (3 letters)
  • Martin, Agnes: 1958-1975 (3 letters)
  • Massey, Ellen DeSelms: 1940 (2 letters)
  • McCarthy, Francis Joseph (AIA): 1950 (1 change of address card)
  • McChesney, Mary (Fuller) and Mac: 1952-1977 (62 letters, including one dated May 21, 1968 decorated with a lizard skin, one dated Jun 08, 1973 enclosing a wooden Yalalag Indian good luck charm, and one dated May 26, 1976 enclosing a photograph of group and McChesney art work at Temko mansion in Berkeley)
  • McCormick, Herbert: 1951 (1 letter)
  • McDonald, Katharyn: 1963-1964 (2 letters)
  • Merlin Development Company: 1962 (1 letter)
  • Merrick, Barbara: 1975 (1 letter)
  • Meyer, Fleur Cowler: 1968 (1 letter)
  • Miller, Dorothy (Museum of Modern Art): 1952-1977 (8 letters)
  • Moore Dry Dock Company: 1942 (2 letters)
  • Murphy, Jack W. and Dori (owners of some of Spohn's work): 1951-1976 (7 letters)
  • Mygatt, Tony: 1954 (1 letter)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts: 1977 (1 letter)
  • Neininger, Urban and Jeanne: 1950-1976 (48 letters)
  • New Mexico Highlands University: 1958-1969 (3 letters)
  • New Mexico: Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery: 1952-1957 (3 letters)
  • New Mexico: University of New Mexico at Albuquerque: 1957-1970 (2 letters)
  • New York City Transit Authority: 1962-1963 (2 letters)
  • New York Saucer Information Bureau: 1962-1965 (2 letters)
  • New York University: 1958-1960 (3 letters)
  • Oakland Museum (Terry St. John): 1970-1977 (33 letters)
  • O'Connor, Francis V.: 1979 (1 letter)
  • Ohio State University: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Oldfield, Otis: 1942 (1 letter of recommendation for Spohn for Albert M. Bender Grants-in-Aid)
  • Olmsted, Frederick: 1943 (1 letter)
  • Oregon: University of Oregon: 1974-1975 (2 letters)
  • Ortman, George: 1964 (2 letters)
  • Otto, Curtis, Roberta, and Adrienne: 1957 (1 letter)
  • Oxford University Press: 1949 (1 letter)
  • Parrett, Fred C.: undated and 1954 (2 letters)
  • Peale, Norman Vincent (office of): 1975 (1 letter)
  • Pepsi-Cola Annual Art Competition: 1947 (2 letters)
  • Peterson, Arline? and Pete: 1955-1957 (2 letters)
  • Petrovo, Miriam: 1961-1971 (11 letters)
  • Pitney, Peggy and Ed: 1948 (1 letter)
  • Queens College: 1958 (2 letters)
  • Ramsay, Anna R.: 1954 (1 letter)
  • Rankine, Vivie (Mrs. Paul Scott Rankine): 1964-1981 (5 letters)
  • Remington, Deborah: 1963 (1 letter)
  • Reminick, Harry: 1954 (1 letter)
  • Reynal, Jeanne: 1941 (an invitation to a reception for Arshile Gorky) and 1952 (1 letter)
  • Ribak, Louis and Bea: 1954-1976 (5 letters)
  • Richards, Tally: 1971-1980 (5 letters)
  • Ridiman, Bob: 1963-1970 (4 letters)
  • Rogoway, Marjorie and Rog: undated and 1953-1968 (15 letters)
  • Rosebury, Amy and Ted: 1954 (1 letter)
  • Rosen, Michael: 1970-1974 (4 letters)
  • Roswell Museum and Art Center: 1977-1978 (6 letters)
  • Rothko Foundation: 1971-1975 (4 letters)
  • Rothko, Mark and Mell: 1946-1958 (8 letters)
  • Rusnell, Wesley: 1972-1979 (13 letters)
  • Sachs Gallery: undated and 1968 (2 letters)
  • St. John's College: 1969 (1 letter)
  • Salzer, Oscar: 1955 (1 letter)
  • Sanders, Una and John: 1975-1977 (6 letters)
  • Sands, Louis: 1948 (1 letter)
  • San Francisco Art Association: 1939-1955 (19 letters)
  • San Francisco Museum of Art: 1949-1977 (18 letters)
  • Saxe, Suzanne: 1972-1973 (2 letters)
  • Scarpitta, Pat and Sal: 1968 (1 letter)
  • Schneiderwirth, Joan (friend of Ed Corbett): 1955 (1 letter)
  • School of Visual Arts: 1964-1970 (86 letters)
  • Schubart, Pauline: 1950 (1 letter)
  • Shoemaker, Peter (former student of Spohn): 1955-1958 (5 letters)
  • Shiras, Mary: 1958-1965 (10 letters)
  • Sihvonen, Oli: 1953-1977 (66 letters)
  • Slivka, David: 1954 (1 letter)
  • Smith, Hassel: 1948 (1 letter)
  • Spoerri, John: 1965-1977 (10 letters)
  • Stables Art Gallery (Leone Kahl, director): 1956-1965 (14 letters)
  • Stanford University: 1946 (1 letter)
  • Stephens, Dick and Carolyn: 1960-1965 (3 letters)
  • Stevens: Arthur Stevens Book Club: 1968 (1 letter)
  • Still, Clyfford: 1948-1968 (28 letters, including one dated Nov 1950 to Ed Corbett, and one dated Nov 29, 1963 enclosing a hand-drawn map to Still's home)
  • Strehler, Allen (Sociologist): 1954 (1 letter)
  • Summers, Al: 1952 (1 letter)
  • Sutcliffe, Jennifer (beautiful English girl who passed through Taos with Ann Cumming): 1956 (2 letters)
  • Sznajderman, Marius: 1967 (1 letter)
  • Taggart, Bill, Sandy, and Sean: 1968 (1 letter)
  • Taos Artist's Association (Taos Art Association): 1956-1964 (6 letters)
  • Taos Realty: 1968-1969 (3 letters)
  • Tatarsky, Hy and Muriel: 1952-1957 (2 letters)
  • Tatarsky, Stephanie: 1963-1964 (7 letters)
  • Taylor, Gene: 1925 (letter of introduction to Erskine Gwynne)
  • Temianka, Henri: 1941 (1 letter)
  • Tensan, Keith and Gene: 1957 (1 letter)
  • Terrain Gallery: 1960 (1 letter)
  • Terry Art Institute: 1951-1952 (7 letters)
  • Third Street Gallery (Helen Kaye, Director): 1950 (1 letter)
  • Thomas, Corine (owner of a Spohn painting): 1954-1957 (7 letters)
  • Tirana, Rosamond: undated and 1958-1962 (10 letters); see Corbett, Edward for additional letters
  • Van Duren, Allan and Betsy: 1953 (1 letter)
  • Van Ingen, Pat: 1973 (2 letters)
  • Varda, Yantoo?: 1949 (1 letter)
  • Visual Arts Gallery: 1967 (2 letters)
  • Vollmer, George A.: 1945-1948 (3 letters)
  • Von Herberg, Charlotte: 1950-1958 (2 letters)
  • Wakefield, Ruth Cravath: 1943 (1 letter of recommendation for Spohn)
  • Wandell, Walt and Doreen: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Wasley, Emily (aunt) and Sarah Rhoads (cousin): 1946-1955 (14 letters)
  • Wehrer, Anne: 1974 (1 letter)
  • Whaley, Bill: 1974 (1 letter)
  • White, Minor: 1963 (1 letter)
  • Who's Who In American Art: 1952-1969 (5 letters)
  • Who's Who In The Midwest: 1959 (1 letter)
  • Who's Who In The West: 1959 (1 letter)
  • Willard, Charlotte: 1960-1967 (3 letters)
  • Williams, Matilda A.: 1958 (1 letter)
  • Wilmans, Margery and Steve: 1974 (1 letter)
  • Winston, James W.: 1941 (1 letter)
  • Wise: Howard Wise Gallery: 1962 (1 letter)
  • Woelffer, Emerson and Diana: 1955-1958 (5 letters)
  • Wood, Ralph: 1960-1970 (5 letters)
  • Wright, Dorothy: 1926 (1 letter)
  • Wurlitzer: Helene Wurlitzer Foundation: 1954-1957 (3 letters)
  • Young-Hunter, Mrs. John: 1959 (1 letter)