Elaine Marie de Kooning scrapbooks, interviews, and lectures, circa 1959-1988

De Kooning, Elaine Marie, b. 1918 d. 1989
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.7 linear feet
ADDITION 0.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Elaine Marie de Kooning scrapbooks, interviews and lectures are dated circa 1959-1988 and measure 0.7 linear feet. Two scrapbooks contain printed material, letters, and photographs that document de Kooning's protest against the death penalty and efforts to save the life of convicted criminal Caryl Chessman. There are nine transcripts, 7 are interviews with Elaine de Kooning about her career and life with Willem de Kooning, and 2 are interviews conducted by Elaine de Kooning. Most of the interviews also have transcripts copied onto a CD. Also found are 2 lectures.

Biographical/Historical Note: Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989), a painter, teacher and writer on art influenced by the Abstract Expressionists lived and worked in New York City and East Hampton, New York.

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 and 2014 by Denise Lassaw, de Kooning's goddaughter.

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Among the holding of the Archives is an oral history interview conducted in 1981 by Phyllis Tuchman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project. Also found is a collection of Elaine and Willem de Kooning financial records.