Galerie Chalette records, 1916-1999, bulk,1939-1994

A Finding Aid to the Galerie Chalette Records, 1916-1999, bulk 1939-1994, in the Archives of American Art, by Sarah Haug

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Historical Information

Art dealers and collectors Madeleine Chalette (1915-1996) and Arthur Lejwa (1895-1972) opened the Galerie Chalette in New York on 45 West 57th Street in February, 1954. The gallery originally specialized in contemporary French graphics and later shifted its focus to contemporary twentieth century European and American art, particularly the work of Jean Arp. Over the years, Galerie Chalette relocated twice. In 1957, the gallery moved to 1100 Madison Avenue and then to 9 East 88th Street in 1964.

Madeleine Chalette was born in 1915 in Paris and grew up in Poland. In 1940, after Madeleine's efforts to secure the release of her father, Leon Chalette, from Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin were successful, father and daughter traveled by boat to Shanghai. They stayed in Shanghai throughout World War II, arriving in the United States in 1946. Arthur Lejwa, a Polish-born biochemist, immigrated to the United States in 1939 and taught at Long Island University. In 1947, Madeleine and Arthur Lejwa were married in Cincinnati, Ohio where Arthur was the Director of the Robert Gould Institute for Nutritional Research.

The gallery was very active in the 1950s and 1960s, as evidenced by the numerous exhibitions. Many of the exhibitions in the 1950s were thematic. Exhibitions in the 1960s were mostly organized around the work of a particular artist, such as Wojciech Fangor and Leon Polk Smith. In 1972, the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcased Jean Arp's work from the Lejwa's collection and a few works lent by Arp's widow, Marguerite Arp. The exhibition was expanded and traveled as "Arp 1877-1966," first exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and then shown in seven museums in the United States and six in Australia.

In the early 1970s, the Lejwas began supporting institutions in Jerusalem, including donating a 17th century Polish menorah to The Israel Museum and five sculptures to be displayed in public spaces: "The Threshold of Jerusalem" by Jean Arp, "The Loop" by Robert Engman, George Rickey's "Two Lines Oblique," "The Skedion Ekton" by Stephanie Scuris, and "Four Cubes Cut in Identical Halves" by Max Bill.

Following Arthur's death on October 27, 1972, Madeleine continued as an independent dealer and consultant and renamed the business Chalette International. In the 1980s, Madeleine Lejwa continued her philanthropic endeavors in Jerusalem, donating to a scholarship fund for Arab students. She was also a strong supporter of New York University's archeological site Aphrodisias, in southwestern Turkey. In the 1970s and 1980s, Lejwa traveled widely including Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Turkey, Japan, and China. Madeleine passed away at age 81 on June 9, 1996.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The records of the New York Galerie Chalette measure 23.4 linear feet and date from 1916-1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1939-1994. The collection documents this contemporary art gallery's operations from its founding in 1954 through Madeleine Lejwa's later years as an independent dealer. Included are correspondence, artists' files, financial and legal records, printed materials, clippings, exhibition catalogs, audio and video recordings, and motion picture film; about half of the collection consists of photographs. Arthur Lejwa's profession as a biochemist prior to becoming a gallery owner is also documented in this collection. The collection also contains personal records of the Lejwas, including correspondence, legal papers, photographs, photo albums, and printed material.

Among the artists represented in the artists' files are Jean Arp, Max Bill, Burgoyne Diller, Wojciech Fangor, Sue Fuller, Julio Gonzalez, Roberta Gonzalez, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, William Reimann, George Rickey, Leon Polk Smith, Victor Varsarely, Max Weber, and various Dada artists. Many artists are represented in the large collection of photographs as is the Lejwa's personal collection. Included in the business records are invoices, receipts for works sold, yearly sales and purchase ledgers, checks for artwork purchases, and index card files recording sales. Legal records include files related to litigation, primarily Lebenstein v. Lejwa. The collection includes film reels and audio recordings of lectures, broadcasts, and exhibits from the 1960s-1990s. It also includes two film reels from a French television program about Jean Arp.

Among the personal records are biographical information, correspondence, legal records mostly related to the settlement of Arthur Lejwa's estate, a significant quantity of snapshots, negatives and slides, and newspaper clippings chronicling Arthur Lejwa's work as a biochemist and the Robert Gould Research Foundation. Arthur Lejwa's scientific career is also represented in biographical information, publications, research notebooks, and photographs. Much of the personal correspondence is from 1939-1951 and is written in Polish, Yiddish and German. The Lejwa's philanthropic donations, especially in Israel, are documented in correspondence, papers, and photographs. Many of the photographs and photo albums record Madeleine Lejwa's travels in the 1970s-1990s.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 8 series. The series are generally arranged alphabetically by type of material or subject, and chronologically thereafter.

Subjects and Names

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

  • Arp, Jean, 1887-1966
  • Bill, Max, 1908-1994
  • Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965
  • Fangor, Wojciech, 1922-
  • Fuller, Sue, 1914-
  • Gonzalez, Roberta
  • Gonz�lez, Julio, 1876-1942
  • Lejwa, Arthur
  • Lejwa, Madeleine Chalette,1914-1996
  • Moholy-Nagy, L�szl�, 1895-1946
  • Reimann, William
  • Rickey, George
  • Smith, Leon Polk, 1906-
  • Vasarely, Victor, 1906-1997
  • Weber, Max, 1881-1961
  • Art dealers--New York (State)--New York
  • Art galleries, Commercial--New York (State)--New York
  • Biochemistry
  • Lectures
  • Motion pictures (visual works)
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs
  • Sound recordings

Provenance

The records were donated by Robert Warshaw, executor of the Madeleine Chalette Lejwa estate in two accessions in 1997 and 2005.

Separated and Related Materials

Papers related to Leon Chalette's imprisonment in Sachsenhausen concentration camp were transferred to the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, N.Y. in 2010.

Addition papers related to Leon Chalette and Madeleine Chalette are located at Leo Baeck Institute, New York, N.Y.

How the Collection was Processed

The bulk of the first accession was fully processed by Jordan Patty in 2005. In 2009, the remainder of the first accession and the second accession received a minimal level of processing, and the entire collection was arranged and described by Sarah Haug.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Galerie Chalette records 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

Galerie Chalette records, 1916-1996, bulk 1939-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1920-1995
(Boxes 1-2; 1.4 linear foot)

This series contains Galerie Chalette correspondence with artists, business contacts, customers, and friends. Some of the correspondence includes business records such as loan agreements, invoices, and exhibition arrangements. More correspondence may be found in Series 2: Artists' Files, Series 3: General Business Files, and Series 7: Personal Papers.

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically. General chronological correspondence is filed at the end of the series.

Box
1 Leon Chalette, 1950-1958
1 Desa Foreign Trade Company, 1960-1964
1 Donations, 1971-1983
1 Galerie Denise Rene, 1920, 1958-1962
1 Galleria Pogliani, 1960-1964
1 William Lieberman, Museum of Modern Art, 1977-1978
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1946-1954
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1955-1956
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1957
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1958
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1959
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1960
(2 folders)
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1961
(2 folders)
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1962
(2 folders)
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1963
(2 folders)
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1964
(2 folders)
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1965
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1966
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1967
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1968
1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1969
Box
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1970
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1971
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1972
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1973-1974
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1975
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1976
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1977-1979
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1980
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1981-1984
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1985-1989
2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1992-1995

Series 2: Artists' Files, 1916-1996
(Boxes 2-6, 25; 4.3 linear feet)

This series contains files collected by Galerie Chalette primarily on artists the gallery represented. Files include correspondence and information about exhibitions and sales. Significant artist files include Jean Arp, Burgoyne Diller, Wojciech Fangor, Sue Fuller, and Leon Polk Smith. Artists' correspondence may also be found in Series 1: Correspondence and Series 7: Personal Papers. Financial records pertaining to artists may also be found in Series 3: General Business Files. Photographs of the artists and their artwork may also be found in Series 6: Photographs.

This series is arranged alphabetically by last name, then chronologically. Some larger artists' files are also arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Box
2 Jankel Adler, 1959
2 Josef Albers, 1965-1971
2 Jean Arp
2 Marguerite Arp, 1968-1996
(3 folders)
2 Aubrette Tapestry, circa 1965-1975
2 Australia Exhibition, 1974-1984
(11 folders)
Box
3 Jean Arp
3 Centennial (1986), 1969-1986
(2 folders)
3 Clippings, 1960-1978
3 Condition Reports, 1977-1978
3 Correspondence, 1960-1969
3 Correspondence, 1970-1974
3 Correspondence, 1975-1979
3 Correspondence, 1980-1982, 1995
3 Drafts of Lectures, circa 1975
(2 folders)
3 Exhibition, Correspondence, 1973-1979
(4 folders)
3 List of Artwork in Klipstein Catalog, 1962
3 Monograph, 1943
3 Nikolais/Louis Foundation, 1976-1994
(8 folders)
3 Photocopies of 1924-1954 Letters written by Arp (research file), undated
3 Photographs of Arp, 1939-1964
3 Photographs of Arp, 1964
3 Photographs of Arp, undated
3 Photographs of Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1916-1952
3 Photographs and Negatives of Artwork, circa 1920s-1959
Box
4 Jean Arp
4 Photographs and Negatives of Artwork, 1958-circa 1960s
4 Photographs of Artwork, undated
4 Exhibition Installation Shots, circa 1960s-1974
4 Exhibition Installation Shots, Guggenheim Museum (NY), 1968-1976
4 Exhibition Installation Shots, 1970
4 Exhibition Installation Shots, Carnegie in Pittsburgh, 1975, February-March
4 Exhibition Installation Shots, Seattle Art Museum, 1975, July-August
4 Photographs of Sculptures, 1961-1962
4 Negatives of Sculptures (5 copies), undated
4 Slides, Installation Shots, 1962
4 Printed Material, 1929-1965
4 Printed Material, 1968
4 Printed Material, 1972
4 Printed Material, 1975-1977
4 Printed Material, 1977-1978
(2 folders)
4 "Seuil Configuration" Dedication Ceremony, 1972, 1987
4 Thesis "Alienation, Dada, and Hans Arp,," 1972
4 Robert Beauchamp, 1969
4 Max Bill, 1952-1975
4 Nina Borowski, 1989
4 Pierre Caille, 1962-1979
(2 folders)
4 Marc Chagall, 1956-1958
4 Corneille (Cornelis Guillaume van Beverloo), 1969
4 Antonio Corpora, 1962
4 Judy Cotton, 1986
4 Nicolas De Stael, 1962
4 Edgar Degas, 1955
4 Gea Panter Delloye, 1963, 1973
4 Andre Derain, 1957
4 Burgoyne Diller
4 Artwork Sold or Returned, 1962-1965
4 Birmingham Festival of the Arts Exhibition, 1964-1965
4 Color Structures Exhibition, 1962
4 Correspondence, 1959-1989
4 Exhibition Catalogs, 1961-1981
4 Geometric Abstraction in America Exhibition, 1961-1963
4 Invoices, 1960-1965
4 Legal, 1964-circa 1982
4 Photographs, 1938-1963
(2 folders)
4 Printed Material, 1960-1965
4 Washburn Gallery Exhibition, 1978-1979
Box
5 Cesar Domela
5 Correspondence, 1958-1964
5 Exhibition Catalogs, 1961
5 Max Ernst, circa 1970s
5 Wojciech Fangor
5 Correspondence, 1964-1983
5 Exhibition Catalogs, 1964-1966
5 Exhibition Catalogs, 1966-1973
5 Photographs, 1969-1971
5 Printed Material, 1965-1971
(2 folders)
5 Sales, 1966-1977
5 Sue Fuller
5 Correspondence, 1971-1978
5 Photographs, 1965-1983
5 Printed Material, 1965-1982
5 Sketches, circa 1970s
5 Julio Gonzalez, 1961, 1983-1984
5 Roberta Gonzalez, 1961-1964
5 Jose Guerrero, 1970
5 Phillip Guston, 1970
5 Barbara Hepworth, 1959, 1976
5 Carl Holty, 1969
5 Johannes Itten, 1964, 1971-1973
5 Robert Jacobson, 1966, 1978-1982
5 Nowego Jorku, 1959
5 Henri Laurens, 1959
5 Jon Lebenstein, 1960-1962
5 Fernand L�ger, 1965
5 Edward Manet, circa 1928
5 Manolo (Emanuel Martinez Hugue), 1957
5 Henri Matisse, 1954
5 Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, 1947, 1960-1967
5 David Novros, 1969
5 Claes Oldenburg, 1969
5 Pablo Picasso, 1954-1958
(2 folders)
5 Man Ray, 1989
5 William Reimann
5 Correspondence, 1963-1981
5 Photographs, 1971
5 Printed Material, 1972-1981
Box
6 George Rickey, 1964-1977
6 Lucas Samaras, 1970
6 Kurt Schwitters, 1962-1963
6 Gustave Singier, 1962
6 Leon Polk Smith
6 Biographical, 1965-circa 1970
6 Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1993-1996
6 Constellations Exhibition, 1969
(2 folders)
6 Correspondence, 1966-1971
6 "Correspondence Blue-Red,," 1981
6 Exhibition Catalogs, 1965-1966
(Oversized material housed in Box 25)
6 Exhibition Catalogs, 1967-1968
6 Exhibition Catalogs, 1968-1970
6 Geometric Paintings Exhibition, 1970
6 Printed Material, 1965-1971-circa 1980
6 "Torn Drawings" Correspondence, 1965-1966
6 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1981
6 Victor Vasarely
6 Correspondence, 1965-1981
6 Photographs, circa 1960s-1970s
6 Printed Material, 1968-1978
6 Max Weber
6 Correspondence, 1958-1970, 1979
6 Printed Material, 1916, 1979
6 Yale Group Accounts (Erwin Hauer, William Reimann, Deborah de Moulpied), 1961-1975
Box
25 (sol) Jean Polk Smith, "Torn Drawings" Catalog, 1965
(Oversized material from Box 6)

Series 3: General Business Files, 1950-1994
(Boxes 6-8; 2.3 linear feet)

This series contains business files such as agreements about loans, consignments, sales and purchase ledgers, sale index card files, and shipping. Also included are receipts and invoices for works of art and Galerie Chalette publications. Additional business files may also be found in Series 1: Correspondence, Series 2: Artists' Files, and Series 7: Personal Papers.

This series is arranged alphabetically by type of material or last name, then chronologically.

Box
6 Agreements, 1953-1965
6 Agreements with Chadwyck-Healy, 1971-1981
6 Appraisals, 1961-1969
6 Bills, 1954-1959
6 Bills, 1954-1961
6 Bills, 1954-1963
6 Bills, 1956-1969
6 Bills, 1958-1960
6 Bills, Correspondence, 1958-1970
6 Bills, Unionsdruckerei Luzern, 1961
Box
7 Buying Trip Files, circa 1950-1964
7 Cancelled Checks, Gallery Purchases, 1963-1987
7 Cancelled Checks, Gallery's Donations, 1986-1988
7 Consignment Agreements, 1957-1971
7 Declarations, 1955-1960
7 Degas Bronzes Returned, 1955
7 Donations of Artwork to Museums, 1963-1970
7 General Receipts, 1958-1986
7 Insurance, 1957-1961, 1972-1973
7 Inventories, 1957-1963, 1973
7 Lebenstein Account, 1960-1964
7 Arthur Lejwa's Car Injury, 1959-1960
7 Lejwa-Bernard Venture, 1955-1959
7 Lejwa-Glasser Venture, 1956-1961
7 Letters of Gifts and Affadavits, 1952-1973
7 Loan Agreements, 1955-1963
7 Loan Agreements, 1964-1983
7 Merchandise Bills, 1960-1963
7 Purchases includes Correspondence, 1958-1977
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1954-1957
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1958
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1959
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1960
(2 folders)
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1961
(2 folders)
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1962
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1963
(2 folders)
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1964
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1965
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1966
7 Receipts for Works Sold, 1967
Box
8 Receipts for Works Sold, 1968
8 Receipts for Works Sold, 1969
(2 folders)
8 Receipts for Works Sold, 1970-1971
8 Receipts for Works Sold, 1972-1974
8 Receipts for Works Sold, 1975-1987
8 Report of Theft, 1971
8 Sales, Schlesinger, 1990
8 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1957-1958
8 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1964-1967
8 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1968-1975
8 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1984-1994
8 Sales and Purchase Ledgers
8 Arp, 1960-circa 1994
8 Fangor, 1965-1976
8 Gonzalez, circa 1963
8 Special Accounts, 1960-1969
8 Sales and Purchases, 1958-1989
(5 folders)
8 Sales File Cards, 1958-1978
8 Shipping Records, 1955-1989

Series 4: Printed Materials, 1931-1996
(Boxes 9-10, 25; 1.2 linear feet)

This series contains various printed material with information about exhibitions, artists, and lectures presented by Madeleine Lejwa. Printed material related to gallery records may also be found in Series 2: Artists' Files.

The folders are organized alphabetically by type of material, then chronologically.

Box
9 Catalogs, 1961, 1974-1975
9 Catalogs, 1979
9 Clippings, 1957-1959
9 Clippings, 1960-1969
9 Clippings, 1972-1990
9 Dada, circa 1931
9 Dada, 1972-1978
9 Dada, 1973-1979
9 Dada, circa 1978
9 Exhibition Catalogs, 1955-1957
(Oversized material housed in Box 25)
9 Exhibition Catalogs, 1963-1964
9 Exhibition Catalogs, 1964-1965
9 Exhibition Catalogs, 1965-1967
9 Exhibition Catalogs, 1966
9 Exhibition Catalogs, 1968-1970
9 Exhibition Catalogs, 1972-1996
9 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1956-1959
9 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1960
(2 folders)
9 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1961
9 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1961, 1968
9 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1962, 1965
9 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Invitations, 1958-1964
9 List of Artists' Works (circa 1932-1978), circa 1978
9 Museum Information, 1952-circa 1972
9 Notes, circa 1980
Box
10 Periodicals, 1957-1963
10 Periodicals, 1963
10 Periodicals, 1963-1964
10 Periodicals, 1966-1971
10 Reproduction of Artwork, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 25)
10 Spanish Lecture, circa 1970s
10 Writings, 1964-1966
Box
25 (sol) Catalog "Derriere Le Miroir: 10 Ans D'Editions,," 1956
(Oversized material from Box 9)
25 (sol) Reproduction of Artwork, undated
(Oversized material from Box 10)

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1920s-1994
(Boxes 10-16, 24-25; 7 linear feet)

This series contains photographs, slides, negatives, transparencies, and photo albums of artwork, the Lejwa's personal art collection, family photographs, and travel snapshots. Photographs may also be found in Series 2: Artists' Files.

The series is arranged as 2 subseries:

5.1: Art Photographs, circa 1920s-1990s

The photographs, transparencies, and slides in this subseries generally consist of professional artwork images, although there are some that include images of artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Jerzy Tchorzewski, and exhibit openings such as Jean Arp and Jan Lebenstein. Also included are 61 black and white prints of Dada artists, taken from 1911-1957, and include artists such as Jean Arp, Hugo Ball, Max Ernst, Emmy Hennings, Kurt Schwitters, and Tristan Tzara. Photographs of the Lejwa's personal collection include professional images as well as personal snapshots. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by last name; photographs of the Lejwa's personal collection, slides and transparencies are filed at the end of this subseries.

Box
10 Jankel Adler, undated
10 G. Alviani, undated
10 Jean Arp, undated
(5 folders; Oversized material housed in Box 25)
10 Pierre [Bernard?], undated
10 Kent Bloomer, undated
10 Constantin Bramcusi, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 25)
10 Georges Braque, undated
10 Karol Broniatowski, undated
10 Bernard Buffet, undated
10 Pierre Caille, undated
10 Norman Carlberg, undated
10 Marc Chagall, undated
(2 folders)
10 Chinese Paintings, undated
10 Judith Cotton, undated
10 John Cunningham, undated
10 Dada Artists, undated
10 Deborah de Moulpied, 1960-1967
10 Nicolas De Stael, undated
Box
11 Edgar Degas, undated
11 Robert Delaunay, circa 1933
11 Sonia Delaunay, undated
11 Andre Derain, undated
11 Cesar Domela, undated
11 Raoul Dufy, undated
11 Robert Engman, undated
11 Max Ernst, undated
11 Wojciech Fangor, undated
11 Otto Freundlich, 1930
11 Sue Fuller, circa 1980s
11 Pablo Gargallo, undated
11 Stefan Gierowski, undated
11 Thomas Gleb, 1959
11 Julio Gonzalez, undated
(3 folders)
11 Juan Gris, undated
11 Vera Haller, undated
11 Erwin Hauer, undated
11 Barbara Hepworth, undated
(2 folders)
11 Auguste Herbin, undated
11 Hannah H�ch, undated
11 Francois Hugo, undated
11 Josef Israels, undated
11 Johannes Itten, undated
11 Robert Jacobson, undated
11 Paul Kallos, undated
11 Vassily Kandinsky, undated
11 Lajos Kassak, undated
11 Paul Katz, undated
11 Keineny, 1964
11 Ellsworth Kelly, undated
11 Bronislaw Kierzkowski, undated
11 Henri Laurens, undated
11 Jan Lebenstien, undated
Box
12 Jan Lebenstien, undated
(3 folders)
12 Fernand Leger, undated
(2 folders)
12 Jacques Lipchitz, undated
12 Alberto Magnelli, undated
12 Aristide Maillol, undated
12 Kazinir Malevitch, undated
12 Alfred Manessier, undated
12 Manolo, undated
12 Giacomo Manzo, undated
12 Marino Marini, undated
12 Umberto Mastroianni, undated
12 Henri Matisse, undated
12 Zygmond Meinkes, undated
12 Jean Metzinger, undated
12 Joan Miro, undated
12 Amedeo Modigliani, undated
12 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, undated
12 Henry Moore, undated
12 Pablo Picasso, undated
(4 folders)
12 Jackson Pollock, undated
12 William Reimann, undated
12 August Rodin, undated
12 Ronalt, undated
12 Rugs by Painters, undated
12 Ilja Schor, undated
12 Kurt Schwitters, undated
(2 folders)
12 Sculpture by Painters, undated
12 Stephanie Scuris, undated
12 Gustave Singier, undated
12 Henryk Stazewski, undated
12 Jonasz Stern, undated
12 Wladyslaw Strzeminski, undated
12 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, undated
12 Jerzy Tchorzewski, undated
12 Walasse Ting, undated
12 Joaquin Torres-Garcia, undated
12 Igael Tumarkin, undated
12 Unidentified, undated
12 Georges Valmier, undated
Box
13 Victor Vasarely, undated
13 Mary Vieira, undated
13 Max Weber, undated
13 Fritz Wortruba, undated
13 Yale Group, undated
13 Robert Zeidman, undated
13 Lejwa Personal Collection
13 Jean Arp, undated
13 Georges Braque, undated
13 Michel Cadoret, undated
13 Marc Chagall, undated
13 Cycladic Sculpture, undated
13 Sonia Delaunay, undated
13 Andre Derain, undated
13 Burgoyne Diller, undated
13 Marcel Duchamp, undated
13 Raymond Duchamp-Villon, undated
13 Max Ernst, undated
13 Wojciech Fangor, undated
(2 folders)
13 Julio Gonzalez, undated
13 Robert Gonzalez, undated
13 Henri Laurens, undated
13 Fernand Leger, undated
13 Henri Matisse, undated
13 Joan Miro, undated
13 Miscellaneous, circa 1970s-1990s
(2 folders)
13 Negatives, circa 1950s-1980s
(2 folders)
13 Pablo Picasso, undated
13 Polish Menorah (17th century), 1973
13 Pottery, circa 1970s-1990s
13 Hans Richter (Marcel Duchamp with rotorelief), circa 1947
13 Michel Seuphor, undated
13 Henryk Stazewski, undated
13 Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, undated
13 Unidentified, undated
13 Victor Vasarely, undated
13 Slides, undated
(3 folders)
13 Transparencies, undated
(3 folders)
Box
24 (hol) Slide Boxes
24 (hol) Arp, Roy Friedman, undated
(1 box)
24 (hol) Dada Color Slides, undated
(1 box)
24 (hol) Burgoyne Diller, undated
(1 box, 1 folder)
24 (hol) Wojciech Fangor, undated
(3 boxes, 1 folder)
24 (hol) Wojciech Fangor Exhibition, 1973
(2 boxes)
24 (hol) Gallery shots, undated
(1 box)
24 (hol) Gonzalez, 1961
(1 box)
24 (hol) Hilla Rebay, undated
(1 box)
24 (hol) Jan Lebenstein, undated
(1 box)
24 (hol) Pablo Picasso, undated
(1 box)
24 (hol) Smith and Fleishman, undated
(1 box)
Box
25 (sol) Photograph, "Portrait of Bramcusi,," undated
(Oversized material from Box 10)
25 (sol) Photographs of Arp bronze sculpture, undated
(3 items; Oversized material from Box 10)

5.2: Lejwa Personal Photographs, circa 1920s-1994

This subseries contains snapshots, negatives, and slides of artwork, family, friends, and Madeleine Lejwa's travels in the 1980s and 1990s. Eight photo albums include six albums of photos from Madeleine Lejwa's travels in the late 1970s-early 1990s, one album of photos of china and silverware, and an album of photos of the townhouse at 9 East 88th Street. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject, then by last name or subject. Photographs and negatives are filed together; however, slides and photo albums are separated and located at the end of the subseries. This subseries is from the 2005 collection addition and is minimally processed.

Box
13 9 East 88th Street, 1991, undated
13 Artwork
13 Jean Arp, circa 1970s
13 Jean Arp Dedication at New York University, 1988
13 Jean Arp Installation in Jerusalem, 1970-1971
13 Max Bill in Jerusalem, 1985
13 Rickey in Jerusalem, circa 1970s
13 Unidentified, 1922
13 Unidentified, circa 1970s-1990s
Box
14 Family
14 Chalette Family, circa 1938-1957
14 Leon Chalette, 1932-1958
(Oversized material housed in Box 25)
14 Leon Chalette and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1928-1940
14 Leon Chalette and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, Shanghai, 1940
14 Arthur Lejwa, 1939-1971
(Oversized material housed in Box 25)
14 Arthur Lejwa and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1939-1968
14 Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1945-1994
14 Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, Oppenheim Collins, 1953
14 Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, Portraits, 1931-1965
14 Galerie Chalette, undated
14 Guggenheim Museum, circa 1970s
14 Jewelry, undated
14 Miscellaneous, undated
14 Parties, 1968, 1985-1991
14 People
14 Jean and Marguerite Arp, 1968-circa 1970s
14 Colleagues and Friends, circa 1920s-1991
14 Kenan Erim (Aphrodisias), 1984-1989
14 Robert Gould Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee, 1947
14 Robert Gould Research Foundation, Site Preparation, 1946
14 Unidentified, circa 1920s-1990s
14 Press Photos
14 Chinese Cities, 1931-1945
14 Hong Kong, 1929-1949
14 Shanghai, 1932-1949
14 Tibet, 1950
14 Tokyo and Japan, circa 1928-1955
14 Travel
14 Aboard the Argonaut, 1982, 1984
14 Aphrodisias (Turkey), 1984
14 Australia, 1977
14 China and Hong Kong, circa 1980s
(2 folders)
14 Egypt, 1981
14 Europe, 1967, circa 1980s-1990s
14 Germany, 1991
14 Greece, circa 1982
14 Israel, 1972, circa 1980s
14 Israel, 1985
14 Italy, 1981
Box
15 Travel
15 Italy, 1989
15 Italy, 1994
15 Italy, undated
(3 folders)
15 Japan, 1987
(2 folders)
15 Jordan, circa 1981
15 Miscellaneous Negatives, undated
15 Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
15 MTS Argonaut, 1984
15 Museums, undated
15 Russia, 1991
15 Sachsenhausen (Germany), 1994
15 Spain, 1988
15 Turkey, 1984-1992
15 Venice Bienale, 1962
15 Venice Bienale, 1968
15 Slides, circa 1980s
Box
16 Photo Albums
16 9 East 88th Street, circa 1980s
16 Aphrodisias Album in Honor of Kenan Erim, 1991
16 Australia, Colombia, Solduno with Marguerite Arp, circa 1970s-1980s
16 Max Bill Dedication in Jerusalem, 1985
16 Egypt and Jordan, circa 1970s
16 Greece with the Met, 1984
16 Sachsenhausen, 1994
16 Silver and Chinaware, circa 1960s
Box
24 (hol) Slide Boxes
24 (hol) Bogota, Colombia, 1979
(1 box)
24 (hol) Colombia, 1979
(1 box)
24 (hol) New Year's Eve, 1991
(2 boxes)
24 (hol) Travels, 1982-circa 1990s
(1 box)
24 (hol) Unlabeled, 1962
(1 box)
Box
25 (sol) Photograph of Leon Chalette, undated
(Oversized material from Box 14)
25 (sol) Photographs of Arthur Lejwa, undated
(3 items; Oversized material from Box 14)

Series 6: Legal Records, 1938, 1959-1988
(Box 17; 0.8 linear feet)

This series contains records pertaining to litigation against Galerie Chalette. The Lebenstein v. Lejwa (31325.002) folder titles were taken from the original folders; the numerical notation refers to the law firm's client number. Personal legal records can be found in Series 7: Personal Papers.

This series is arranged alphabetically by case name and then type of material.

Box
17 Diller v. Lejwa, 1982
(2 folders)
17 Diller v. Lejwa, Exhibition Catalogs, Court Exhibits, 1961-1988
17 Diller v. Lejwa, Photographs of Diller's Artwork, 1938-1964
17 Lebenstein v. Lejwa, 1967
17 Lebenstein v. Lejwa, Correspondence, circa 1960s-1974
17 Lebenstein v. Lejwa, Court Record, circa 1965-1966
17 Lebenstein v. Lejwa (31325.002)
17 Bank Statements, 1962-1964
17 Bills, 1961-1963
(2 folders)
17 Catalogues, 1961-1972
17 Client's Papers, 1965-1968
17 Correspondence, 1961-1965
17 Court Record, 1965-1974
(2 folders)
17 Gimpel Fils, 1959-1961
17 Hold, circa 1965
17 Memos of Fact, 1965-1973
17 Original Documents, 1960-1962
17 Printed Materials, 1962
17 Promotional Efforts, 1961-1963
17 Working Papers, 1965

Series 7: Personal Papers of Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1925-1999
(Boxes 17-21, 25; 3.7 linear feet)

This series includes biographical information, personal correspondence, business and legal records, and printed materials. This series is created from the 2005 collection addition and is minimally processed.

The series is arranged as 5 subseries:

7.1: Biographical Files, 1925-1996

This subseries includes personal documents, such as immigration documents, passports, and the Lejwa's marriage license. It is arranged alphabetically by last name, then type of material.

Box
17 Leon Chalette, circa 1946
17 Arthur Lejwa
17 Curriculum Vitae, 1939-1951
(2 folders)
17 Death Certificate, 1972
17 Passport, 1939
17 Professional Documentation, 1925-1961
(Oversized material housed in Box 25)
17 Madeleine Lejwa
17 Business Cards, undated
17 Certificate of Naturalization, 1947
17 Passports, 1977-1987
17 Voting Records, 1948, 1964
17 Lejwa Catalogue, circa 1996
17 Lejwa Marriage, 1947
Box
25 (sol) Diploma of Arthur Lejwa, 1954
(Oversized material from Box 17)

7.2: Personal Correspondence, 1939-1996

The bulk of the personal correspondence is to Arthur Lejwa and is either from friends and colleagues, or related to Lejwa's work as a biochemist in the 1940s. A significant amount of Arthur Lejwa's correspondence is in Polish, Yiddish, and German. There is also correspondence regarding donations to institutions in Israel. More personal correspondence may also be found in Series 1: Correspondence and Subseries 7.3: Business Records. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or type of material.

Box
18 Appraisals, 1968-1981
18 Max Bill, 1979-1982
18 Leon Chalette, 1957
18 The Israel Museum, 1967-1975
18 The Jerusalem Foundation, Arp, 1971-1976
18 The Jerusalem Foundation, General, 1970-1995
18 The Jerusalem Foundation, Michel Levin, 1970-1984
18 The Jerusalem Foundation, Rickey, 1971-1973
18 Teddy Kollek, 1967-1979
18 Letters from Arthur and Madeleine Lejwa, 1951, 1995
18 Letters to Arthur Lejwa, 1939-1954
(12 folders)
18 Letters to Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1961-1996
18 Letters to Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1972-1973
(2 folders)
18 Pan American Medical Association, 1944-1954
18 Robert Gould Research Foundation, 1940-1948
(2 folders)
18 Jeremy Shamos, 1986

7.3: Business Records, 1968-1995

This subseries contains records of the Lejwa's personal donations and purchases. Additional business records may be found in Series 3: General Business Files. It is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box
18 Donations to The Jerusalem Foundation, Scholarships, 1993
18 Donations to The Jerusalem Foundation, Sculptures, 1970-1995
(2 folders)
18 Jewelry, 1969-1987
(2 folders)
18 Memberships, 1973
18 Personal Art Purchases, 1969-1980
18 Receipts, 1941

7.4: Legal Records, 1940-1996

The bulk of the legal records in this subseries are related to settling Arthur Lejwa's estate after his death in 1972 and Madeleine Lejwa's will. Additional legal records may be found in Series 6: Legal Records. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by type of material, then chronologically.

Box
18 9 East 88th Street, NY, NY, 1963, 1972
18 Agreement between Madeleine Lejwa and American Friends of Hebrew University, 1995-1996
(2 folders)
18 Agreement for Migration from Poland, 1940
18 Art Collection Inventory, 1975-1986
18 Burial Plots in Jerusalem, 1972-1974
18 Duell v. Lejwa and Ducovny, 1949-1959
18 Estate of Arthur Lejwa
18 Mary Behme (Accountant), 1973-1978
18 Correspondence, 1971-1977
18 Correspondence, 1973-1975
Box
19 Correspondence, 1973-1979
19 Correspondence, 1975-1977
19 Estate Tax Audit, 1973-1975
(2 folders)
19 Federal Estate Tax Return, 1972-1976
(4 folders)
19 Federal and New York State Estate Tax Filing, 1973-1985
(2 folders)
19 Fiduciary Income Tax Returns, 1972-1978
(2 folders)
19 Galerie Chalette, 1953-1972
19 General, 1972-1980
(3 folders)
19 Income Tax Liability, 1970-1980
(2 folders)
19 Income Tax Returns, 1973-1974
19 IRS Adjustments, 1973-1978
19 IRS Valuation of Art, 1975
19 Legal Research, 1972-1977
19 New York Estate Taxes, 1973-1975
19 New York State Tax Payment, 1973-1976
19 Pictures Not Used, circa 1972-1974
19 Sales Tax Audit, 1972-1974
19 Sotheby Parke-Bernet Appraisal, 1973
19 Trubin Sillcocks Edelman and Knapp, 1974-1978
19 Waiver of Statute of Limitations, 1978
19 Estate of Madeleine Lejwa, Paid Bills, 1996-1999
19 Estate of Madeleine Lejwa, Sotheby's Appraisal, 1996-1997
(3 folders)
19 Arthur Lejwa, Power of Attorney, 1951, 1963
19 Arthur Lejwa, Will, 1959, 1972
19 Madeleine Lejwa, Living Will, 1995
19 Madeleine Lejwa, Will, 1976-1996
(3 Folders)
Box
20 Madeleine Lejwa, Will, 1976-1996
(4 Folders)
20 New York University Madeleine Lejwa Fund - Aphrodisias, 1987

7.5: Printed Materials, 1929-1999

This subseries contains newspaper clippings, publications, reports, notebooks and writings. Much of the material is related to Arthur Lejwa's professional career prior to and at the Robert Gould Research Foundation. It includes copies of Arthur Lejwa's publications and his scientific notebooks. This series also contains materials related to institutions in which the Lejwa's donated. Many of the newspaper clippings are very brittle and in Hebrew. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Box
20 Clippings, Arthur Lejwa, 1943-1951
(3 folders)
20 Clippings, Arthur Lejwa, 1972-1973
20 Clippings, Various, 1936-1995
20 Displaced Jews, 1946-1947
20 Drawings, undated
20 Event Invitations and Programs, 1943-1951
20 The Israel Museum, 1999
20 The Jerusalem Foundation, 1969-1974, 1994
20 Maps, 1950
20 Notebook, undated
20 Patent Application, 1942
20 Posters, 1946
20 Professional Papers of Arthur Lejwa, 1947-1951
20 Project Notebook, 1947
20 Publications
20 Art-related, 1948, 1974-1987
20 Arthur Lejwa, 1929-1932
20 Scientific, 1938-1942
20 Scientific, 1943-1944
20 Scientific, 1946-1948
20 Scientific, 1949-1960
20 Various, 1951, 1971
Box
21 Robert Gould Research Foundation, 1946-1947
21 War Ration Book, circa 1943
21 Writings, undated

Series 8: Motion Picture Film, Audio, and Video Recordings, circa 1950s-1995
(Boxes 21-23, 26; 2.7 linear feet)

This series contains 58 film reels, 7 video recordings, and 61 audio recordings of broadcasts, lectures, interviews, exhibitions and personal travels. The bulk of this series is from the 2005 collection addition and is minimally processed.

The series is arranged as 2 subseries:

8.1: Audio Recordings, 1964-1994

This subseries contains 61 sound recordings, including 12 sound tape reels (1/4"), 42 sound cassettes, 4 microcassettes, and 3 1/4" minifon sound cassettes. Recordings are of broadcasts, lectures, interviews, and readings related to artists, exhibits, and Madeleine Lejwa's travels. The folder titles are based on the labeling of the recorded media. There are no transcripts of the audio recordings. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject or last name. The cassette tapes are filed together in the box container.

Box
21 Anatolia Trip, undated
(1 sound cassette: microcassette)
21 Jean Arp
21 Marguerite Arp Guggenheim Speech, 1968
(1 sound tape reel)
21 John Gilbert, undated
(2 sound tape reels)
21 Julie Copeland with Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, Arp Exhibit, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
21 Installation at NYU Gould Plaza, 1987 October 26
(5 sound cassettes)
21 Interviews with Madeleine Lejwa, 1977-1982
(4 sound cassettes)
21 Poetry Reading, circa 1970s-1980s
(7 sound cassettes)
21 "Project for Aubette," circa 1970s
(2 sound tape reels)
21 Public Lecture by Madeleine Lejwa, 1977 July 13
(4 sound cassettes)
21 Bill, Jerusalem, undated
(1 sound cassette: microcassette)
21 Max Bill, Jerusalem Installation, undated
(1 sound cassette)
21 Compilation tape of "Chronicle of the Dead" (1946), Review of "Experiment E" by Peter Lind (1949), and Dr. Arthur Lejwa's "The Doctor Discovers" (1945), 1994
(4 sound cassettes)
21 Dada Recordings, undated
(1 sound cassette)
21 Dadaists Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, undated
(3 sound cassettes)
21 Fangor Review of Show, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
21 Feigel and Vacossin, "Sog der Wellen,," undated
(1 sound cassette)
21 Hong Kong, China trip, 1987
(1 sound cassette)
21 Interview with Burgoyne Diller and Bill Seitz, by Irving Sandler, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
21 Interview with Marcel Duchamp, by Richard Hamilton, 1975
(2 sound cassettes)
21 Interview with Lebenstein, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
21 Interview with Gabrielle Picabia, Paris France, 1978
(1 sound cassette)
21 Israel Epstein, Beijing, 1987
(2 sound cassettes)
21 Lecture by Ira Spear, "Aboard the Argonaut,," 1982
(2 sound cassettes)
21 Arthur Lejwa and Leon (Chalette) Voice, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
21 "Les Mains Regardent" Catalogue, Centre Pompidou, undated
(1 sound cassette)
21 Kyoto, 1987
(1 sound cassette)
21 "Our Visit to Israel,," undated
(1 sound cassette)
21 Tokyo Synagogue, Shanghai, 1987
(1 sound cassette)
21 Unlabeled Tapes, circa 1960s
(3 sound cassettes: minifon, one empty minifon case, 1 sound tape reel)
21 Vasalery Exhibit, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
21 Washington, 1991 February 22
(2 sound cassettes: microcassette)

8.2: Film and Video Recordings, circa 1950s-1995

This subseries contains 54 film reels (Super 8 mm), 4 film reels (16 mm), and 7 videocassettes (VHS). Recordings are related to artists, exhibits, and installations, as well as Madeleine Lejwa's personal interests. The subseries also includes a French film made for television, "Jean Arp or the Enigmatic Swimmer," circa 1966, as well as the printed synopsis and translation of the film. The folder titles are based on the labeling of the recorded media. Other than the previously described Arp film, there are no transcripts of the film recordings. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or last name. Film reels are Super 8 mm unless otherwise indicated.

Box
22 Jean Arp
22 "Jean Arp or the Enigmatic Swimmer,," circa 1966
(2 film reels: 16 mm; Oversized material housed in Box 26)
22 Exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972
(1 film reel)
22 Miscellaneous, 1976
(3 film reels)
22 "Project for Aubette,," circa 1970s
(2 film reels)
22 San Francisco, circa 1970s
(3 film reels)
22 Sculptures and Arp Installation, circa 1970s
(1 film reel)
22 Sightseeing with Marguerite, 1971
(1 film reel)
22 Australia, circa 1970s
(2 film reels)
22 Israel, 1967-1975
(2 folders, 12 film reels)
22 Kennedy Center Award, Alvin Nicolais (Alwin Nikolais), 1988
(2 videocassettes: VHS)
22 Mendon Studios, undated
(2 film reels)
22 Miscellaneous, circa 1950s-1970s
(2 folders, 2 film reels: 16mm, 5 film reels: Super 8 mm)
22 Miscellaneous, Personal, 1971, 1979
(2 film reels)
22 Museums and Exhibits, undated
(2 folders, 5 film reels)
22 Rabin Funeral, 1995
(3 videocassettes: VHS)
Box
23 (hol) Richey, circa 1970s
(1 film reel)
23 (hol) Sound Test Reels, undated
(2 folders, 5 film reels)
23 (hol) Steven Solarz on Eyewitness News, November 1992
(2 videocassettes: VHS)
23 (hol) Vasarely, circa 1970s
(2 folders, 6 film reels)
23 (hol) Venice Bienale, 1968
(3 film reels)
Box
26 (sol) Oversized film reels, circa 1966
(2 film reels: 16mm, from box 22)