Frank Stella papers, 1941-1993, bulk, 1978-1989

A Finding Aid to the Frank Stella Papers, 1941-1993, bulk 1978-1989, in the Archives of American Art, by Catherine S. Gaines

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Biographical Information

Frank Stella (b. 1936) achieved professional recognition at a young age and soon became internationally prominent and influential. Known for his amazing productivity and energy, for more than forty years this abstract artist has made paintings, prints, and sculpture in a variety of styles that have been described as ranging from minimalist to "maximalist."

While a student at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., Stella enrolled in an art appreciation course with a studio component held at the school's Addison Gallery of American Art. He then immersed himself in a studio program and became friendly with the instructor, abstract painter Patrick Morgan. Frank Stella, Carl Andre, and other students were often invited to Morgan's home where he and his wife Maude, also an artist, showed their collection of contemporary American art and discussed art seen at New York galleries. At Princeton University Stella decided to major in history, and continued to paint on his own. Studio art courses were not yet a part of the curriculum, but he soon learned that art history instructor and abstract painter William Seitz had started a not-for-credit painting studio that met at night in one of the architectural drawing studios. In this informal group Stella met Darby Bannard, a serious painter who was to become a close friend; he also developed a friendship with fellow student Michael Fried during their years at Princeton. Following Seitz's recommendation, Stella began visiting New York galleries. With the 1956 appointment of Stephen Greene as its first artist-in-residence, Princeton began offering studio courses which Stella took full advantage of. His work was influenced by what he had seen at the galleries on his many trips to New York - de Kooning and Frankenthaler, and later Rothko and Gottlieb - and his junior year essay about Hiberno-Saxon illuminated manuscripts, "Art in Western Christendom," made reference to Jackson Pollock.

Stella headed for New York City after his 1958 graduation from Princeton, where his family expect he would study law at Columbia or New York University. Instead, he rented a storefront studio on the Lower East Side and began his "transitional" paintings, earning a living by painting houses a few days a week. Before long he moved to a loft, and by winter had begun the Black series. Once settled in New York, Stella was introduced to critic Clement Greenberg and began meeting artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. He first exhibited professionally at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in the spring of 1959 when one of his Black paintings, Club Onyx, was included in a group show. By the end of that summer the artist was represented by the Leo Castelli Gallery which soon sold a Black painting, Clinton Plaza, the first to be acquired by someone outside his immediate circle of friends. Stella's former teacher, William Seitz, recommended that Stella be included in an exhibition of emerging talent at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College; he also urged Museum of Modern Art curator Dorothy Miller to look at Stella's painting at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, which resulted in an invitation participate in her exhibition, Sixteen Americans. The Museum of Modern Art purchased The Marriage of Reason and Squalor from the exhibition. Opportunities to show in group and solo exhibitions continued at a steady pace, and in1961 Stella had his first one-man show in Europe. He is one of the very few artists honored by The Museum of Modern Art with two retrospective exhibitions (1970 and 1987).

Frank Stella's work is characterized by changing styles. Abstract expressionist paintings of his student days gave way to minimalist work that soon incorporated shaped canvases and eventually stressed color and curved motifs. By the 1980s his minimalist aesthetic had been replaced by dynamic mixed media pieces. Shaped paintings developed into wall constructions with large, projecting, multiple components and lively brush stroke patterns. By the 1990s, much of Stella's work was fully three-dimensional.

The University of California at Irvine invited Stella to be its artist in residence in 1967; Barbara Rose (Stella's wife from 1961-1969), who was in the process of writing American Art Since 1960, was asked to lecture on contemporary art. With their young daughter and infant son, they moved to California. Upon arrival they were asked to sign a loyalty oath required of all state employees; Barbara signed, but Frank refused. While she lectured and wrote, he played lots of tennis. Soon master printer Ken Tyler persuaded Stella, who had never seriously pursued printmaking, to work with lithography. His first prints were Star of Persia I and Star of Persia II (designs from the Notched V series of 1964-65 not previously executed) and the entire edition sold by the end of the year. He has continued making prints, working in series as he does with his paintings; many of his print series are based on painting series of the same name. Stella's prints often rival paintings in their scale and bold color. Since 1967 Stella has produced prints with Ken Tyler, first in Los Angeles at Gemini G.E.L., and later in Bedford, N.Y. where Tyler Graphics Ltd. was established in 1974. Their close working relationship has resulted a large number of remarkable prints employing practically every graphic technique - sometimes in startling combinations - using a wide range of materials, and prompting innovative solutions to technical challenges. By 1972, Stella was also producing prints with Petersburg Press, Ltd. of London and New York; three years later, Petersburg installed a commercial lithography press on the first floor of Stella's home in New York City.

Throughout his career, Frank Stella has been sought after as a speaker, teacher, visiting critic, and artist in residence. Most noteworthy among these activities was his appointment as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard for the academic year 1983-84. Stella, Accompanied by his wife Harriet and their two small boys, Stella spent much of the preceding year at the American Academy in Rome looking at Italian art, particularly Caravaggio, planning and researching the lectures he would deliver at Harvard. His six Norton Lectures, which presented a nontraditional evaluation the work of Caravaggio, Rubens, Carracci, Picasso, Pollock, and others, related abstract painting of the twentieth century to the art of the past. These well-received lectures were published in 1986 as book titled Working Space.

In recent years Stella was commissioned to produce several large works for public spaces including several outdoor sculptures, a large decorative relief frieze and the interior dome of the Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto, and his first completed architectural project, a bandshell for the City of Miami.

Born May 12, Malden, Mass.
Student at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; studies painting with Patrick Morgan; meets Carl Andre and Hollis Frampton, fellow students.
Student at Princeton University; paints in William Seitz's non-credit open studio; Darby Bannard is a fellow student; begins visiting New York galleries to see contemporary art studies with Stephen Greene, 1956, artist-in-residence; meets Michael Fried, also a Princeton undergraduate; writes thesis on Hiberno-Saxon illuminated manuscripts.
Moves to New York City, rents a storefront on the Lower East Side to use as a studio during the summer and works part-time as a house painter; in the fall moves to a loft on West Broadway; Darby Bannard introduces him to critic Clement Greenberg.
Black series painting included in a group show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Stella's first professional exhibition included in "Sixteen Americans" exhibition, Museum of Modern Art; joins Castelli Gallery; The Marriage of Reason and Squalor purchased by Museum of Modern Art; Carl Andre introduces him to Barbara Rose, a Columbia University graduate student in art history; resumes friendships with Carl Andre and Hollis Frampton.
Paints first shaped canvases; first solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery.
Applies for Fulbright Grant to study in Japan; first trip to Europe; first solo exhibition at Galerie Lawrence, Paris; marriage to Barbara Rose.
Birth of daughter Rachel.
Artist in Residence, Dartmouth College; travels in Iran.
Included in U.S. section, XXXII Venice Biennale.
Travels to Brazil.
Performs in "Open Score," a game of tennis with racquets that transmitted sound and light composed by Robert Rauschenberg; birth of son Michael.
Appointment as Artist in Residence, University of California, Irvine but refuses to sign the required loyalty oath and does not teach; makes first prints at Gemini G.E.L.; teaches advanced summer workshop, University of Saskatchewan; designs sets and costumes for "Scramble," Merce Cunningham's performance at Connecticut College Dance Festival.
Divorce from Barbara Rose; teaches beginning painting to undergraduates at Brandeis University, spring semester.
Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Travels to Brazil, Paris, London.
Honorary degree, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Birth of daughter Laura to Shirley De Lemos Wyse.
Car painted with design Stella created for BMW races at Le Mans.
Travels to India, London, and Germany; meets race drivers Ronnie Peterson and Peter Gregg.
Marries Dr. Harriet McGurk
Receives Claude Moore Fuss Award for "distinguished contribution to public service," Phillips Academy; creates design for Peter Gregg's race car.
Survives auto crash with Peter Gregg en route to Le Mans.
Awarded Honorary Fellowship, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem; travels in Egypt and Venice; awarded Medal for Painting, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Mayor's Award of Honor for Arts and Culture; birth of son Peter; Residency in Painting, American Academy in Rome (Nov.-Dec. and Spring 1983), where he begins researching and writing the lectures he will present at Harvard during the coming academic year.
Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard University; delivers a series of six lectures titled "Working Space" (Oct.-April)
Honorary degree, Princeton University; birth of son Patrick.
Honorary degree, Dartmouth College; Award of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Honorary degree, Brandeis University; travels to England; publication of Working Space.
Second retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
First architectural project, a proposal for a footbridge over the Seine River, in collaboration with engineer Peter Rice.
The Symphony commissioned by Art In Embassies Program, U. S. State Department.
The Leaves, a work created in collaboration with Peter Rice, Alexander, Cott, Earl Childress, and Bob Kahn for the New Groninger Museum, The Netherlands.
Designs decorative relief frieze and interior dome, commissioned by David Mirvish, for the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Frank Stella papers, 12.3 linear feet, document the artist's professional and personal life. Papers date from 1941-1993, with the bulk spanning the period 1978-1989. Among the papers are correspondence, a small cache of records from his years as an undergraduate at Princeton University, writings by and about Stella, interview transcripts, sketchbooks, registers and inventories, financial records, printed matter, and photographs.

Correspondence, 1966-1989 and undated (Series 1), consists mainly of incoming letters, many annotated with brief notes indicating Stella's reply, and carbon copies of a small number of replies. Correspondence is with individuals, dealers, institutions and organizations and concerns professionals and personal business matters including awards and prizes, exhibitions, art loans and sales, fan mail; requests for autographs, interviews, studio tours, donations, jury service, exhibitions, critiques, information, lectures, and for Stella's participation in programs or events; legal matters, and political fund raising activities.

Princeton University records, 1954-1958 (Series 2), contain course materials, papers examinations, notes, and Stella's thesis, "Art in Wester Christendom." Correspondence regards university and personal business, including Stella's Selective Service student deferment. Also included are letters from Stella's parents and friends, pencil drawings and sketches, photographs of student work by Stella, and printed matter.

Writings, 1968-1993 and undated (Series 3), consist of articles, talks and lectures by Stella, his Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard published as Working Space, and miscellaneous notes. Writings about Stella are drafts of exhibition catalogs and manuscripts of articles. Interview Transcripts, 1964-1993 and undated (Series 4), include 13 published and unpublished interviews with Frank Stella conducted for publication as magazine articles or as research for exhibition catalogs, and a transcript of an interview with Philip Leider.

Sketchbooks, 1956-1968 and undated (Series 5), 10 volumes, contain sketches in pencil, ink, and colored markers. One includes notes on new paintings, color, and shape; another contains a list of artists and notes on abstract composition. Registers and Inventories, 1959-1983 and undated (Series 6), were compiled for various purposes and record paintings, works in mixed media, drawings, series, inventories prepared by dealers, and miscellaneous notes and lists compiled or collected by Stella.

Financial Records, 1972-1986 (Series 7), document both personal and professional expenses. They consist of banking records, paid bills, payroll, petty cash slips and receipts, and records of race horse expenses.

Printed Matter, 1957-1993 and undated (Series 8), includes articles by Stella and his book Working Space. Articles about Stella include feature stories and interviews, exhibition reviews, reviews of his book, and other articles that mention him briefly and/or include a reproduction of his work. Also included are catalogs, invitations and announcements for solo and group shows, and exhibitions juried by Stella. Other printed matter consists of announcements of limited edition prints, printed matter from events in which Stella participated, and miscellaneous items.

Photographs, 1941-1989 and undated (Series 9), are of people, exhibitions, works of art, places, and miscellaneous subjects. Photographs of Stella include an image of him as a young child, Stella with his wife Dr. Harriet McGurk, with his infant son, and with others. Exhibition photographs are of the opening of "Frank Stella: Neue Werke" at Galerie Würthle, 1984, and installation views of his 1989 show at Knoedler & Co., "Frank Stella: New Work." Photographs of works of art include prints, 35 mm color slides, and color transparencies of works by Stella. Places pictured are views of the Gemini G.E.L. studio, and miscellaneous subjects are horses and a banner at the Metropolitan Museum of art mimicking a black painting (not created or authorized by Stella).

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is organized into nine series:

Subjects and Names

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

  • Harvard University -- Faculty
  • Leider, Philip, 1929-
  • Princeton University -- Students
  • Art -- Economic aspects
  • Art, Abstract
  • Interviews
  • Painters -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Photographs
  • Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews
  • Sketchbooks
  • Works of art


The collection was a gift of Frank and Harriet Stella in 1993.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2001-2002.

How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Frank Stella papers are 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. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Frank Stella papers, 1941-1993, bulk 1978-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1966-1989, undated
(Boxes 1-4; 3.25 linear feet)

Awards correspondence is about various prizes and honorary degrees conferred. Correspondence with dealers concerns exhibitions, loans, and sales. Fan Mail includes general letters and ones specifically regarding Stella's Norton Lecture series at Harvard University. Correspondence with organizations and institutions consists mainly of requests for Stella's participation in programs or events. Legal correspondence concerns lawsuits, real estate matters, speeding tickets, and unauthorized reproductions of Stella's work. Miscellaneous correspondence regards conservation, Nicaragua, poster designs, and a catalogue raisonné project for Stella's prints. Permissions correspondence concerns publication, reproduction, recording, filming and broadcasting of Stella's art work and writings. Political correspondence is mainly about various campaign fund raising activities supported or organized by Stella. Projects proposed but not executed consists of correspondence and related records about four major proposals. Requests Accepted consists of appeals from individuals, institutions, and organizations for autographs, donations, interviews, etc. Requests Denied-more broad ranging than Requests Accepted-includes offers of visiting artist/teaching positions, requests for lectures, art jury service, studio tours, proposals for exhibitions and collaborative projects, etc. Correspondence with schools, colleges, and universities regards exhibitions and loans to affiliated galleries, Stella's participation in programs or events, donations, service as a visiting critic or lecturer, etc.

A small amount of additional correspondence is included with Stella's papers from his undergraduate years at Princeton University (Series 2). Correspondence concerning the editorial process for Working Space is filed with Writings by Stella (Series 3.1.).

This series is organized into twelve subseries:

1.1: Awards, 1978-1989

1 Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1989
1 Mayor's Award of Honor for Arts and Culture, 1981-1982
1 National Medal of Arts, 1989
1 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Award of American Art, 1984-1985
1 Phillips Academy, Distinguished Service Award, 1978
1 President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, 1983
1 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan Medal for Painting, 1978-1981

1.2: Dealers, 1966-1989, undated

1 Ace Gallery and The Rockefeller Center Development Corporation, 1977-1982, undated
1 Adler, Pam (see: Pam Adler Gallery)
1 Alexander, Brooke (see: Brooke Alexander, Inc.)
1 André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., 1978, 1983
1 Arman, Yves (see: Galerie Yves Arman)
1 Berggruen, John (see: John Berggruen Gallery)
1 Beyeler, Ernest (see: Galerie Beyeler)
1 Blum-Helman Gallery, 1981, undated
1 BMW Gallery, 1986
1 Bronnier, Peder, undated
1 Brooke Alexander, Inc., 1979
1 Brown, Diane (see: Diane Brown Gallery)
1 Castelli Graphics (see: Leo Castelli)
1 Castelli, Leo (see: Leo Castelli)
1 CDS Gallery, 1983
1 Chrismas, Douglas (see: Ace Gallery)
1 Christie's, 1986
1 Corcoran, James (see: James Corcoran Gallery)
1 David Mirvish Gallery, 1974-1981
1 Delbanco, Kurt (see: Galerie Beyeler)
1 Diane Brown Gallery, 1986
1 Donson, Theodore B. (see: Theodore B. Donson, Ltd.)
1 Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, 1985
1 Emmerich, André (see: André Emmerich Gallery, Inc.)
1 Feely, Leslie, 1989
1 Fenton, Shaindy (see: Shaindy Fenton, Inc.)
1 Flow Ace Gallery (see: Ace Gallery)
1 Fourcade, Xavier (see: Xavier Fourcade, Inc.)
1 Galerie Beyeler, 1982-1985
1 Galerie Daniel Templon, 1981-1993
1 Galerie Jamileh Weber, 1988-1989
1 Galerie Petersen, 1984
1 Galerie Würthle, 1984
1 Galerie Yves Arman, 1981
1 Gans, Lonny, 1980
1 Gemini G.E.L., 1967-1989, undated
1 Gray, Richard (see: Richard Gray Gallery)
1 Greenberg Gallery, 1985
1 Guild, Harvey, 1982
1 Hansen, Svend and Annette, 1981
1 Harcus Gallery, 1984
1 Helman, Joe (see: Blum-Helman Gallery)
1 Hines, Richard (see: Richard Hines Gallery)
1 Hoffman, Rhona (see: Young Hoffman Gallery)
1 Hyde Gallery (see: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin)
1 ICA Gallery (see: Institute of Contemporary Arts, London)
1 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1984-1988, undated
1 Irving Blum Gallery (see: Blum-Helman Gallery)
1 James Corcoran Gallery, 1988
1 Janie C. Lee Gallery, 1978, 1982
1 Janis, Sidney (see: Sidney Janis Gallery)
1 John Berggruen Gallery, 1977-1988
1 Kasmin, J. (see: Knoedler Gallery, London)
1 Knoedler (see: M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York)
1 Knoedler Gallery, London, 1969-1985, undated
1 Lantz, David M., 1984
1 Lee, Janie C. (see: Janie C. Lee Gallery)
1 Leo Castelli, 1967-1989, undated
1 M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, 1979-1989, undated
1 M. Knoedler Zürich AG, 1982-1984, undated
1 Marilyn Pearl Gallery, 1985
1 Mirvish, David (see: David Mirvish Gallery)
1 Modern Master Tapestries, Inc., 1967-1987
1 Nielsen Gallery, 1979
1 Pam Adler Gallery, 1984
1 Park International, Inc. (see also: Rubin, Larry), 1986
1 Pearl, Marilyn (see: Marilyn Pearl Gallery)
1 Petersburg Press, Ltd., 1977-1989, undated
1 Petersen, Annelise (see: Galerie Petersen)
1 Richard Gray Gallery, 1988
1 Richard Hines Gallery, 1980
1 Rockefeller Center Development Corporation (see: Ace Gallery and The Rockefeller Center Development Corporation)
1 Rubin, Larry (see also: M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.; Park International, Inc.), 1966-1989
1 Sebastian-Moore Gallery, 1980
1 Segal, Thomas (see: Thomas Segal Gallery)
1 Shaindy Fenton, Inc., 1983-1984
1 Sidney Janis Gallery, 1979
1 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1981-1984
1 Slatkin, Charles E. (see: Modern Master Tapestries, Inc.)
1 Sotheby's, 1984, 1986
1 Strelow, Hans, 1981-1989, undated
1 Sujo, Clara Diament (see: CDS Gallery)
1 Templon, Daniel (see: Galerie Daniel Templon)
1 Theodore B. Donson, Ltd., 1985
1 Thomas Segal Gallery, 1981
1 Trinity College, Dublin (see: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin)
1 Tyler Graphics Ltd., 1976-1989, undated
(3 folders)
1 Voland Art Gallery, undated
1 Waddington Galleries, Ltd., 1984-1989
1 Washburn Gallery, 1980
1 Weber, Jamilah (see: Galerie Jamileh Weber)
1 Würthle Gallery (see: Galerie Würthle)
1 Xavier Fourcade, Inc., 1986
1 Young, Donald (see: Young Hoffman Gallery)
1 Young Hofmann Gallery, 1980-1981
1 Zabriskie Gallery, 1983-1984

1.3: Fan Mail, 1980-1989, undated

1 General, 1980-1989, undated
1 Norton Lectures, Harvard University, 1983-1984

1.4: Institutions and Organizations, 1973-1989, undated

2 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1979
2 American Academy in Rome, 1982-1987
2 ARC, The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture, 1980-1983
2 Architectural League of New York, 1980-1981
2 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian institution, 1980-1987
2 Art-in-Architecture Program, General Services Administration, 1978-1987
2 Art in Embassies Program, Department of State, 1978-1989
2 Art Sources, Inc., 1978
2 Artists Rights Society, Inc., 1988-1989
2 Brooklyn Academy of Music, Next Wave Festival, 1985
2 Center for International Contemporary Arts, 1989
2 College Art Association, 1978-1984, undated
2 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 1984
2 Ft. Worth Art Museum, 1977
2 Independent Curators Incorporated, 1982-1985
2 International Ausstellung Köln, 1980
2 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1977-1984
2 Learning to Read Through the Arts Program, 1984
2 Massachusetts Medical Society, 1983
2 National Endowment for the Arts, 1982-1987
2 New Jersey Center for the Arts, 1988
2 Port Washington Public Library, 1983-1985, undated
2 Portland Center for the Visual Arts, 1973-1974
2 Resources for Artists with Disabilities, Inc., 1987-1988
2 Ronnie Peterson Memorial Foundation, 1979-1980, undated
2 Studio in a School Association, Inc., 1986-1989, undated
2 Vatican Judaica Exhibition in America, National Committee, 1987
2 Very Special Arts, 1987-1989
2 Yaddo, 1980

1.5: Legal, 1972-1991

2 Garbage Ticket, 1982
2 Lawsuit, Lynn Factor v. Frank Stella, et al., 1975, undated
2 Lawsuit, Motors Insurance Corp. a/s/o Miles Tinsmith Roofing v. Harriet Stella (automobile accident), 1988-1991
2 Lawsuit, Stella vs. Mazoh, 1982
2 Miscellaneous, 1972-1989
2 Real Estate (Norman St. studio, Bridgeport, Conn.; 126 E. 13th St.), 1984, 1988
2 Speeding Tickets 1-3, 1981-1983
2 Speeding Ticket 4, Taghkanic, N.Y., 1982-1984
2 Speeding Ticket, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., 1984-1985
2 Speeding Ticket, Dover Plains, N.Y., 1988
2 Speeding Ticket, E. Fishkill, N.Y., 1986-1987
2 Speeding Ticket, Millbrook, N.Y., 1986
2 Speeding Ticket, Millerton, N.Y., 1989-1990
2 Speeding Ticket, Mt. Vernon, N.Y., 1984-1985
2 Speeding Tickets, New York City, 1986-1990
2 Speeding Ticket, Vermont, 1985
2 Suspension of Drivers License, 1983-1988
2 Unauthorized Reproductions, 1978-1989

1.6: Miscellaneous, 1980-1986

2 Daniel Goldreyer, Ltd., conservation Proposals for "Lunnawola II," "Grondo I," and "#25 Cieszowa II" (with photographs of damage), 1982
2 Nicaragua, 1980-1981
2 Poster Design for Attica; UNICEF; The Paris Review, 1974, 1984, 1986
2 The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1967-1982, 1982

1.7: Permissions, 1981-1989

2 Permissions for Reproduction, Publication, Recording, Broadcasting, A-Z, (2 folders; see also: Requests Denied-Publication Permissions), 1981-1989

1.8: Political, 1979-1989, undated

2 Bill Bradley Senatorial Campaigns, 1984-1989, undated
2 Carter/Mondale Re-election Campaign, 1979-1982, undated
2 Edward M. Kennedy Senatorial Campaign, 1980
2 Edward J. Koch Mayoral Campaign, 1989
2 Ken Lipper for City Council President Campaign, 1984
2 Howard Metzenbaum Senatorial Campaigns, 1981-1987, undated
2 Walter Mondale Presidential Campaign, 1983

1.9: Projects Proposed but Not Executed, 1982-1984, undated

2 Chicago Project/Donald Young Gallery, 1983
2 Equitable Building/David Whitney, 1984
2 Pittsburgh Subway, 1982-1983, undated
2 Sacramento Mall, undated

1.10: Requests Accepted, 1980-1989

2 Autographs, 1984-1985
2 Books, Posters, Etc. for Fundraising, 1987-1989
2 Information about Paintings, 1980-1988
2 Interviews, 1982-1988
2 Meet Stella, 1984-1987
2 New York Times, 1986
2 Photographs, 1984
2 Students and Writers Requesting Information, 1984-1989

1.11: Requests Denied, 1976-1989, undated

3 Art Donations, 1980-1988
3 Art for Fundraising, 1981-1989
3 Assistant/Apprentice Inquiries, 1981-1988
3 Autographs, 1976-1989, undated
3 Awards, 1980-1988
3 Book Proposals, 1978-1989
3 Collaboration Proposals, 1982-1989
3 Commissions, 1982-1989
3 Conservation, 1980-1988
3 Consulting, 1984-1989
3 Critique Work by Other Artists, 1978-1989, undated
3 Exhibition Proposals, 1977-1989
3 Film, Video, Television Proposals, 1981-1989
3 Financial Contributions, 1980-1989
3 Interviews, 1978-1988
3 Invitations, 1978-1989, undated
(3 folders)
3 Juries, 1982-1989
3 Lectures, 1978-1989
(2 folders)
3 Loans of Artwork, 1979-1988, undated
3 Meet Frank Stella/Tour Studio, 1978-1989, undated
3 Photographs, 1980-1988, undated
3 Publication/Reproduction Permissions, 1978-1989
3 Purchase Work by Stella, 1979-1989, undated
3 Students Wanting Help, 1978-1989, undated
3 Visiting Artist/Teaching Offers, 1978-1989
3 Writers Seeking Information, 1978-1989, undated
3 Writing by Stella, 1978-1989

1.12: Schools, Colleges and Universities, 1972-1989

4 Addison Gallery of American Art (see: Phillips Academy)
4 Anderson Gallery (see: Virginia Commonwealth University)
4 Barnard College, 1988-1989
4 Brandeis University, 1985-1988
4 Brown University, 1981, 1986
4 Brown University, Bell Gallery, 1980
4 Crapo Gallery (see: Swain School of Art and Design)
4 Hampden-Sydney College, 1986
4 Harvard University, 1982-1984
4 Harvard University Press (contract for Working Space; see also: Series 3.1. Writings by Stella-Book, Working Space, Harvard University Press, Editorial Process), 1983, 1985
4 Merrick Educational Center, Sandi Goldman's Class, 1987-1988
4 New York University, New York Institute for the Humanities, 1984-1986
4 New York University, Society of Fellows, 1979-1983
4 Phillips Academy, 1983-1989
4 Princeton University, 1983-1989
4 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1981-1989
4 Smith College Museum of Art, 1985
4 Swain School of Design, William Crapo Gallery, 1981
4 University of California at Dan Diego, Stuart Collection, 1982
4 University of Colorado, Boulder, Conference on World Affairs, 1982-1983
4 University of Lowell, 1984
4 University of Wisconsin, 1972-1973
4 Virginia Commonwealth University, Anderson Gallery, 1981

Series 2: Princeton University, 1954-1958, undated
(Box 4; 0.25 linear feet)

Princeton University papers document Stella's undergraduate years and record both university and personal business.

4 Course Materials, 1956-1958, undated
4 Papers and Related Notes, circa 1954-1958
4 Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1954-1958
4 Examinations, 1957, undated
4 Thesis Proposal, Notes and Draft, circa 1957-1958
4 Thesis, "Art in Western Christendom,," 1958
4 University Business, 1954-1958, undated
4 Personal Business, 1955-1958
4 Selective Service System, Student Deferment, 1956
4 Letters from Mom, Letter from Dad, 1955-1958, undated
4 Letters from Friends, 1955, 1957, undated
4 Pencil Drawings and Sketches (5 sheets), undated
4 Photographs of Student Work by Frank Stella, undated
4 Miscellaneous Printed Items, undated

Series 3: Writings, 1968-1993, undated
(Boxes 4 - 7; 2.3 linear feet)

This series is organized into two subseries:

3.1: Writings By Stella, 1968-1993, undated

Writings by Frank Stella consist of manuscripts for articles, talks and lectures. Included are manuscripts and notes for the series of six lectures delivered during his tenure as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard University, 1983-1984. Stella's Norton Lectures were published under the title Working Space by Harvard University in 1986; drafts, revisions, with correspondence relating to the editorial process are included. Among his notes are a notebook containing reminders, shopping lists, engagements, a few sketches and miscellaneous doodles; also, notes about materials, color, scale, and the Exotic Bird series; names, addresses, and phone numbers; mailing lists, invitation and guest lists.

4 Article on Kandinsky (originally published in French as "Commentaire du tableau Complelxité simple-Ambiguité" in the Center Georges Pompidou Kandinsky exhibition catalog, and later incorporated into his Norton Lecture on Kandinsky), 1984
4 Article on Velázquez for the New York Times, 1989
4 Article, Complex Surfaces, 1993
4 Talk, "Surface and Scale," Art Institute of Chicago, 1968
4 Talk, "Painterly Painting Today," College Art Association, 1978
4 Norton Lectures, Harvard University, 1983-1984
4 "Caravaggio," Drafts and Revisions, 1983, 1983
(2 folders)
4 "Caravaggio," Text Delivered October 13 and Copy Marked for Projector Operator, 1983
4 "Caravaggio," Text Delivered in San Antonio, Texas, March 18, 1984
4 "Madonna of the Rosary," Drafts and Revisions, 1983
(6 folders)
4 "Madonna of the Rosary," Text Delivered, November 9, 1983
5 "Annibale Carracci," Drafts and Revisions, 1983
(4 folders)
5 "Annibale Carracci," Text Delivered, December 6, 1983
5 "Picasso," Drafts and Revisions, 1984
5 "Picasso," Text Delivered February 6 and Copy Marked for Projector Operator, 1984
5 "A Common Complaint," Drafts and Revisions, 1984
(2 folders)
5 "A Common Complaint," Text Delivered, March 15, 1984
5 "The Dutch Savannah," Drafts and Revisions, 1984
5 "The Dutch Savannah," Text Delivered, April 4, 1984
5 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
(2 folders)
5 Illustration Ideas, undated
(color post cards and photograph)
5 Book, Working Space, 1982-1985, undated
5 Draft [texts of Norton Lectures], 1982-1983
(2 folders)
5 Edited Manuscript, 1985
5 Edited Manuscript (incomplete), 1985
5 Galley, 1985
5 Foreword (not used), undated
5 Illustration Lists, undated
5 Harvard University Press, Editorial Process, (see also: Series 1.12: Harvard University Press), 1985-1987, undated
6 (sol) Corrected Page Proofs, Master Set, 1986
5 Notes, 1972-1977, undated
5 Notebook, May 1972-circa 1974
(mainly notes, addresses, engagements, shopping lists; contains a few sketches noting paintings seen, installation, and exhibition posters; also figure study, human and lion heads, and miscellaneous doodles)
5 Materials, Color, Scale, Exotic Bird Series, circa 1977
5 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
(things to do, list of lectures, itinerary, poster production procedures)
5 "Feudal Organization of Society" and "Gregory VII,," undated
(according to Harriet Stella, these are not class notes, but something Frank wrote when helping with his son's homework)
5 Names, Addresses, and Phone Numbers, undated
5 Mailing Lists, undated
5 Invitation/Guest Lists, 1983-1989, undated

3.2: Writings About Stella, 1978-1987, undated

Writings about Frank Stella include manuscripts for articles, exhibition catalogs, and a gallery talk

7 Articles
7 "Frank Stella: Estrella Fugoz de Deslumbrante Creatividad" by Edward L. Shaw, 1986
7 Article for The Christian Science Monitor by Christopher Bowden, undated
7 "Post-Painterly Abstraction" by William I. Homer, undated
7 Catalogs
7 Stella Since 1970 by Philip Leider, Fort Worth Art Museum, 1978
(3 folders; dummy)
7 The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1967-1982 by Richard H. Axsom, Introduction Corrected by Stella, 1982
7 The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1967-1982 by Richard H. Axsom, Draft of Catalog Entries (incomplete), 1982
7 The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1967-1982 by Richard H. Axsom, Edited Text of Catalog Entries, 1982
(3 folders)
7 The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1967-1982 by Richard H. Axsom, Exhibition Checklist and Bibliography, 1982
7 Frank Stella, Paintings 1958-1965: A Catalogue Raisonné by Lawrence Rubin, Manuscript with Corrections and Comments by Stella, 1986
7 Frank Stella, 1970-1987 by William S. Rubin, Museum of Modern Art, First Draft, 1986
7 Frank Stella, 1970-1987 by William S. Rubin, Museum of Modern Art, Edited Manuscript, 1987
7 Frank Stella, 1970-1987 by William S. Rubin, Museum of Modern Art, Checklist, Bibliography, Chronology, and Illustration List, 1987
6 (sol) Frank Stella, 1970-1987 by William S. Rubin, Museum of Modern Art, Galley Sheets, 1987

Series 4: Interview Transcripts, 1964-1993, undated
(Box 7; 0.25 linear feet)

Interview Transcripts represent published and unpublished interviews with Stella recorded for a variety of purposes. The interview with Philip Leider touches on many issues in contemporary art, and mentions Stella only briefly.

The transcripts are arranged chronologically.

7 Interview with Frank Stella by Henry Geldzahler, 1964
7 "Tape Recorded Interview with Frank Stella," by Sidney Tillim for the Archives of American Art, 1969
7 "A Conversation with Frank Stella by Nancy E. Miller,," 1976
7 "Frank Stella-interview by Claude Gintz-October 25, 1979"
7 "Interview with Frank Stella Regarding the New Print Series 'Polar Coordinates for Ronnie Peterson,' in Basel, with Christian Geelhaar," May 10, 1980
7 "GEO Magazine Interview between Emile de Antonio and Frank Stella,," 1981
7 "Conversation at the Frank Stella Studio, New York City, between Frank Stella and Chris Cook with regard to his Upcoming Exhibition at the Addison Gallery, 15 September 1982"
7 "Frank Stella in Conversation with Pat Gilmour-New York, 26 September 1984"
7 Interview with Frank Stella by Friedhelm Mennekes, circa 1987
7 Interview with Frank Stella by Sumi Hayashi, 1991
7 Interview with Frank Stella by Denise Green, 1993
7 Interview with Frank Stella by Sam Posey, undated
7 "Interview with Frank Stella," by unidentified interviewer, undated
7 Interview with Philip Leider, Editor of Artforum, by Emile de Antonio, undated
(about Clement Greenberg's essay on easel painting, conceptual art, retrospective exhibitions, abstract artists and politics, Henry Geldzahler's exhibition, pop art, and criticism)

Series 5: Sketchbooks, 1956-1968, undated
(Box 8; 0.25 linear feet)

This series contains ten volumes of sketches in pencil, ink, and colored markers; two volumes contain related notes.

8 Sketch Book, 1956-1957
(spiral bound)
8 Sketch Book, circa 1965
(pocket sketch book with notes on new paintings, color, shape)
8 Sketch Book, 1967?
(spiral bound)
8 Sketchbooks, 1968
(2 vols.; spiral bound)
8 Sketch Book, undated
(pocket sketch book with list of artists, notes on abstract composition)
8 Sketch Book, undated
(spiral bound)
8 Sketch Book, undated
(spiral bound)
8 Sketch Book, undated
(disbound spiral volume)
8 Sketch Book, undated
(perfect bound tablet)

Series 6: Registers and Inventories, 1959-1983, undated
(Box 8; 0.25 linear feet)

Among the Registers and Inventories are copies of records kept by dealers, as well as Stella's own records. Some of these files may have been compiled when The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné 1967-1982 by Richard H. Axsom and William S. Rubin's catalogs for Stella's two retrospective exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art were being researched. Texts of these catalogs are among Writings (Series 3.2.2).

8 Register of Paintings and Works in Mixed Media (#1-#455), 1959-1980
8 Register of Drawings (#D-1 - #D-101), 1959-1980
8 Stella Master Check Lists [of Prints], February 20, 1982 and April 22, 1982
8 Castillo and Mirish, Inventory, 1959-1971, undated
8 Larry Rubin/Park Arts, Inventory, and Sales Records, 1959-1973
8 Series Inventories (Brazilian Series, Circuits, Exotic Birds, Indian Birds, Polish Synagogues, Shards, and South African Mines), undated
8 Miscellaneous Notes and Lists Compiled or Collected by Stella, 1969-1983, undated

Series 7: Financial Records, 1972-1986
(Boxes 8 - 11; 4.0 linear feet)

Banking records consist of statements and cancelled checks. Petty cash receipts document personal and business purchases and include routine expenses such as groceries and parking, as well as art supplies, travel and entertainment. Paid bills are for personal and professional expenses including supplies, fabrication charges, studio remodeling, rental of studio in Connecticut, shipping, and travel. Most are annotated with the date of payment and check number. Records regarding expenses incurred by Stella's race horses include veterinary bills, boarding and transportation charges, stud fees, racetrack entry fees and winnings.

7.1: Banking Records, 1984-1986

8 Statements, 1984-1986
(3 folders)
8 Debit Notices, 1984-1986
(2 folders)
8 Credit Notices, 1984-1986
8 Deposits, 1984-1986
(3 folders)
8 Check Stubs, 1984-1985
(6 folders)
8 Cancelled Checks, 1983-1985
(4 folders)
9 Cancelled Checks, 1985-1986
(2 folders)
9 Cancelled Checks (Payroll), 1986
9 Statements, Debit Notices, Credit Notices, Deposits, Cancelled Checks, 1984-1986

7.2: Paid Bills, 1972-1986

9 AA-AB, 1984-1986
9 Ace Hardware, 1984-1986
(2 folders)
9 AD-American Airlines, 1985-1986
9 American Express, 1984-1986
9 American Lung Association-AR, 1985-1986
9 AT&T, 1984-1986
9 AU-BERL, 1984-1987
9 Berton Plastics, Inc., 1984-1986
9 BET-BR, 1984-1986
9 Bugayer, 1984-1986
9 BUX-CEN, 1984-1986
9 Ceramics, 1983-1985
9 CH-CitiBank, 1985-1986
9 CitiBank Visa, 1984-1986
9 Ken Cohen Photography, 1984-1985
10 COL-COM, 1985
10 Con Edison, 1984-1986
10 CONC-D, 1981-1986
10 E-FI, 1984-1986
10 Flying Tiger Lines, Inc., 1972-1976
10 FO-GOF, 1984-1986
10 Good Rush, Inc., 1983-1986
10 GR-GS, 1984-1986
10 Harvard Expenses, 1983-1984
10 Harvard Magazine-Harvard University Press, 1985-1986
10 Hertz, 1975-1986
10 HI-IND, 1983-1986
10 Insurance Premiums, 1984-1986
10 J-L, 1984-1986
10 M, 1983-1986
10 NA-NEW J..., 1984-1985
10 New York Central Art Supply, Inc., 1985-1986
10 New York City Parking Tickets, 1984-1986
10 New York Post, 1986
10 New York Telephone, 1983-1986
(5 folders)
10 New York Times-NI, 1984-1986
10 Norman St., Bridgeport, CT, 1984-1986
(3 folders)
10 O, 1983-1986
10 P, 1984-1986
10 R-SC, 1984-1986
10 Shipping, Packing and Storage, 1983-1986
10 SM-STA, 1982-1986
11 Stevdan Stationers, Inc., 1983-1986
11 STEVE-Swan Engraving Co., 1984-1986
11 Swan Laser Die Co., 1983-1986
11 SY-TAB, 1984-1985
11 Tallix, Inc., 1984-1986
11 TAN-TN, 1984-1986
11 Tompkins Tooling Industries, Inc. (10-A1-I), 1972-1973
11 Tompkins Tooling Industries, Inc. (10-A1-II), 1972-1976
11 TOR-TWE, 1985-1986
11 2x Construction Co., 1984-1986
(2 folders)
11 U-Z, 1981-1986

7.3: Payroll, 1986

11 Frank Stella Main, Frank Stella Special, Delahanty Stock Farm Inc., and Stock Blue Realty Corp. Payrolls, 1986
11 Payroll Taxes, 1986

7.4: Petty Cash, 1984-1986

11 Receipts, 1984-1986
(11 folders)

7.5: Race Horses, 1983-1985

11 Bonita Farms, 1985
11 Braeburn Thoroughbred Training Center (see: Nuench, Felix)
11 Brasil Stable, 1983-1985
11 Breezy Hill Farm, 1983-1985
11 Breffni Stud, 1983-1985
11 Bridlewood Farm, 1983-1985
11 Camac, R.W., 1985
11 Claremont Farms Ltd., 1984
11 Delahanty (Stock Green Farm; see also: Stock Green Farm), 1985
11 Dennis, Nancy E. (see: Nancy E. Dennis Racing Stables)
11 East Isle Stable (see: Schmitt, William F., D.V.M.)
11 Homeplace, 1984-1985
11 Magenta Stables, 1983-1985
11 Miscellaneous, 1983-1985
11 Nancy E. Dennis Racing Stables, 1985
11 Nuench, Felix, 1985
11 Rehberg Farm (see: Nuench, Felix)
11 Sanchez, Juan, 1984-1985
11 Schmitt, William F., D.V.M., 1984-1985
11 Stock Green Farm (see also: Delahanty), 1983-1985
11 Track Account, 1984-1985

Series 8: Printed Matter, 1957-1993, undated
(Boxes 12-13 and ov 14; 1.5 linear feet)

This series is organized into seven subseries:

8.1: By Frank Stella, 1984-1989

12 "An Artist's View of Prints" in Books and Prints, Past and Future: Papers Presented at the Grolier Club Centennial Convocation, 26-28 April 1984 (photocopy), 1984
12 "Commentaire du tableau Complexité simple-Ambiguité" in Kandisky, Album de l'exposition, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1984
12 Working Space: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures 1983-84, 1986
12 "How Velázquez Seizes The Truth That Is Art," New York Times, October 1, 1989

8.2: Announcements of Limited Edition Prints, 1979-1993, undated

12 Gemini G.E.L., undated
12 Petersburg Press, 1979-1980
12 Tyler Graphics, Ltd., 1975-1993
12 Miscellaneous, 1991

8.3: Articles, 1957-1991, undated

12 Feature Articles about Stella and his Work (includes interviews), 1957-1991, undated
12 Articles Briefly Mentioning Stella or Containing Reproductions of his Work, 1979-1989, undated
12 Reviews of Exhibitions, 1981-1990
12 Reviews of Working Space; Advertisements and Notices, 1986-1988, undated

8.4: Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations and Announcements, 1960-1993, undated

12 Solo Exhibitions, 1960-1988 (6 folders)
13 Solo Exhibitions, 1989-1993
(2 folders)
13 Group Exhibitions, 1969-1992, undated
(2 folders)
13 Miscellaneous Exhibitions with Stella on Jury or Committee, 1988-1989

8.5: Events with Stella Participation, 1982-1988, undated

13 New Jersey Center for Visual Arts Printmaking Symposium, 1988
13 Miscellaneous, 1982-1983, undated

8.6: Miscellaneous Items, 1958-1993, undated

13 Auction Notices, 1984, 1986
13 Awards Programs and Announcements, 1981-1993
13 Biographical Information (photocopies), 1958-circa 1988
13 Catalogs and Brochures of Public and Corporate Collections, 1979, undated
13 Events-New Jersey Center for Visual Arts Printmaking Symposium Press Kit
13 Events-Miscellaneous Notices, 1982-1983, undated
13 Gallery Ads, 1982-1988, undated
13 Invitations to Political Fund Raising Events Hosted by Stella, 1980-1987
13 Miscellaneous Publicity, 1976-1992, undated
13 Norton Lectures, Harvard University, 1983-1984
13 Picture Postcards of Ronnie Peterson and Hans Joachim Stuck, undated
13 Poem, "To Frank Stella of Flin Flon VI, 1970" in The Surveyor's Hand by Anne Cherner (photocopy), 1985
13 Reproductions (see also: Oversize), undated

8.7: Oversize, 1983-1992

14 (ov) Exhibition Posters; Posters Designed by Stella for Events and Causes; Reproduction of The Tail, 1984-1992

Series 9: Photographs, 1941-1989, undated
(Box 13; 0.25 linear feet)

Photographs are of people, exhibitions, works of art by Stella, places, and miscellaneous subjects. See also the Princeton University papers (Series 2) which include two photographs of a painting executed by Stella during his student days.

This series is organized into five subseries. Within each category, photographs are organized into the subjects indicated by the folder titles listed below. Each folder is arranged chronologically.

9.1: People, 1941-1993, undated

13 Frank Stella, 1941, 1988, undated
13 Frank Stella and Harriet McGurk in India; Frank Stella and Infant Son, 1977, undated
13 Frank and Harriet Stella with Jimmy Carter and Joan Mondale (inscribed by Carter), 1980
13 Frank Stella with Students, Studio in a School Association, Inc., circa 1988
13 Frank Stella with Japanese Hosts, 1991; Frank Stella in Korea, Delivering a Talk, 1993
13 Frank Stella and Fishing Companions, undated
13 Others (Joan Mondale at home with loan collection of contemporary paintings, circa 1980; Stella's son; Gabriella Henkel), circa 1980, undated

9.2: Exhibitions, 1984-1989

13 Gallery Opening, Frank Stella: Neue Werke, Galerie Würthle, 1984
13 Installation Views, Frank Stella: New Work, M. Knoedler & Co., 1989

9.3: Works of Art, undated

13 By Stella, 1983-1989, undated
13 By Stella (35-mm color slides and color transparency), 1985, undated

9.4: Places, circa 1974

13 Tyler Graphics Ltd. Studio, circa 1974

9.5: Miscellaneous, 1979-1986

13 Horses; The Lawrence Realization, Noisy When Hot, Belmont Park, N.Y., 1979, 1985
13 Metropolitan Museum of Art Banner Mimicking a Black Painting by Stella, 1986