De Kooning, Elaine Marie, b. 1918 d. 1989
Active in New York, N.Y.
Collection size: 0.7 linear feet
Collection Summary: A scrapbook kept by Elaine de Kooning documenting her political activities protesting captial punishment, particularly her unsuccessful efforts in 1960 to save Caryl Chessman from death row. Included are a copy of Caryl Chessman's 16 page letter to Governor Edmund G. Brown; clippings on Chessman concerning attempts to save him from execution, and coverage of national protests against capital punishment; protest letters drafted by de Kooning and others; copies of telegrams; Elaine de Koonings's notes and texts for speeches at political rallies and her correspondence with attorney Rosalie Asher (1960). Among the photographs of artists and members of the art community found are Alice Baber, Paul Jenkins, Larry Rivers, and Irving Sandler making protest placards.
An addition of 0.4 linear ft. received in 2013 includes an additional scrapbook relating to Caryl Chessman with notes by De Kooning, intended to be a companion to the first scrapbook. Also included in this addition are unrelated transcripts (on CD, most with printed copies) of lectures and interviews conducted with and by de Kooning for a variety of reasons compiled by the donor, Denise Lassaw.
Biographical/Historical Note: Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) was a painter in New York, N.Y. and East Hampton, N.Y.
Donated 2003 and 2013 by Denise Lassaw, de Kooning's god-daughter. Lassaw's parents, Ibram and Ernestine Lassaw, were close friends of de Kooning.
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Also in the Archives
- Elaine and Willem de Kooning financial records, 1951-1969
- Oral history interview with Elaine de Kooning, 1981 Aug. 27
- Image Gallery items from other collections related to De Kooning, Elaine Marie