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, 1906-1996
  • 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
1.4 Linear feet; Boxes 1-2

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 Folder
1 1 Leon Chalette, 1950-1958
1 2 Desa Foreign Trade Company, 1960-1964
1 3 Donations, 1971-1983
1 4 Galerie Denise Rene, 1920, 1958-1962
1 5 Galleria Pogliani, 1960-1964
1 6 William Lieberman, Museum of Modern Art, 1977-1978
1 7 General Chronological Correspondence, 1946-1954
1 8 General Chronological Correspondence, 1955-1956
1 9 General Chronological Correspondence, 1957
1 10 General Chronological Correspondence, 1958
1 11 General Chronological Correspondence, 1959
1 12-13 General Chronological Correspondence, 1960
1 14-15 General Chronological Correspondence, 1961
1 16-17 General Chronological Correspondence, 1962
1 18-19 General Chronological Correspondence, 1963
1 20-21 General Chronological Correspondence, 1964
1 22 General Chronological Correspondence, 1965
1 23 General Chronological Correspondence, 1966
1 24 General Chronological Correspondence, 1967
1 25 General Chronological Correspondence, 1968
1 26 General Chronological Correspondence, 1969
Box Folder
2 1 General Chronological Correspondence, 1970
2 2 General Chronological Correspondence, 1971
2 3 General Chronological Correspondence, 1972
2 4 General Chronological Correspondence, 1973-1974
2 5 General Chronological Correspondence, 1975
2 6 General Chronological Correspondence, 1976
2 7 General Chronological Correspondence, 1977-1979
2 8 General Chronological Correspondence, 1980
2 9 General Chronological Correspondence, 1981-1984
2 10 General Chronological Correspondence, 1985-1989
2 11 General Chronological Correspondence, 1992-1995

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

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 Folder
2 12 Jankel Adler, 1959
2 13 Josef Albers, 1965-1971
2 Jean Arp
2 14-16 Marguerite Arp, 1968-1996
2 17 Aubrette Tapestry, circa 1965-1975
2 18-28 Australia Exhibition, 1974-1984
Box Folder
3 Jean Arp
3 1-2 Centennial (1986), 1969-1986
3 3 Clippings, 1960-1978
3 4 Condition Reports, 1977-1978
3 5 Correspondence, 1960-1969
3 6 Correspondence, 1970-1974
3 7 Correspondence, 1975-1979
3 8 Correspondence, 1980-1982, 1995
3 9-10 Drafts of Lectures, circa 1975
3 11-14 Exhibition, Correspondence, 1973-1979
3 15 List of Artwork in Klipstein Catalog, 1962
3 16 Monograph, 1943
3 17-24 Nikolais/Louis Foundation, 1976-1994
3 25 Photocopies of 1924-1954 Letters written by Arp (research file), undated
3 26 Photographs of Arp, 1939-1964
3 27 Photographs of Arp, 1964
3 28 Photographs of Arp, undated
3 29 Photographs of Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1916-1952
3 30 Photographs and Negatives of Artwork, circa 1920s-1959
Box Folder
4 Jean Arp
4 1 Photographs and Negatives of Artwork, 1958-circa 1960s
4 2 Photographs of Artwork, undated
4 3 Exhibition Installation Shots, circa 1960s-1974
4 4 Exhibition Installation Shots, Guggenheim Museum (NY), 1968-1976
4 5 Exhibition Installation Shots, 1970
4 6 Exhibition Installation Shots, Carnegie in Pittsburgh, 1975, February-March
4 7 Exhibition Installation Shots, Seattle Art Museum, 1975, July-August
4 8 Photographs of Sculptures, 1961-1962
4 9 Negatives of Sculptures (5 copies), undated
4 10 Slides, Installation Shots, 1962
4 11 Printed Material, 1929-1965
4 12 Printed Material, 1968
4 13 Printed Material, 1972
4 14 Printed Material, 1975-1977
4 15-16 Printed Material, 1977-1978
4 17 "Seuil Configuration" Dedication Ceremony, 1972, 1987
4 18 Thesis "Alienation, Dada, and Hans Arp,," 1972
4 19 Robert Beauchamp, 1969
4 20 Max Bill, 1952-1975
4 21 Nina Borowski, 1989
4 22-23 Pierre Caille, 1962-1979
4 24 Marc Chagall, 1956-1958
4 25 Corneille (Cornelis Guillaume van Beverloo), 1969
4 26 Antonio Corpora, 1962
4 27 Judy Cotton, 1986
4 28 Nicolas De Stael, 1962
4 29 Edgar Degas, 1955
4 30 Gea Panter Delloye, 1963, 1973
4 31 Andre Derain, 1957
4 Burgoyne Diller
4 32 Artwork Sold or Returned, 1962-1965
4 33 Birmingham Festival of the Arts Exhibition, 1964-1965
4 34 Color Structures Exhibition, 1962
4 35 Correspondence, 1959-1989
4 36 Exhibition Catalogs, 1961-1981
4 37 Geometric Abstraction in America Exhibition, 1961-1963
4 38 Invoices, 1960-1965
4 39 Legal, 1964-circa 1982
4 40-41 Photographs, 1938-1963
4 42 Printed Material, 1960-1965
4 43 Washburn Gallery Exhibition, 1978-1979
Box Folder
5 Cesar Domela
5 1 Correspondence, 1958-1964
5 2 Exhibition Catalogs, 1961
5 3 Max Ernst, circa 1970s
5 Wojciech Fangor
5 4 Correspondence, 1964-1983
5 5 Exhibition Catalogs, 1964-1966
5 6 Exhibition Catalogs, 1966-1973
5 7 Photographs, 1969-1971
5 8-9 Printed Material, 1965-1971
5 10 Sales, 1966-1977
5 Sue Fuller
5 11 Correspondence, 1971-1978
5 12 Photographs, 1965-1983
5 13 Printed Material, 1965-1982
5 14 Sketches, circa 1970s
5 15 Julio Gonzalez, 1961, 1983-1984
5 16 Roberta Gonzalez, 1961-1964
5 17 Jose Guerrero, 1970
5 18 Phillip Guston, 1970
5 19 Barbara Hepworth, 1959, 1976
5 20 Carl Holty, 1969
5 21 Johannes Itten, 1964, 1971-1973
5 22 Robert Jacobson, 1966, 1978-1982
5 23 Nowego Jorku, 1959
5 24 Henri Laurens, 1959
5 25 Jon Lebenstein, 1960-1962
5 26 Fernand L�ger, 1965
5 27 Edward Manet, circa 1928
5 28 Manolo (Emanuel Martinez Hugue), 1957
5 29 Henri Matisse, 1954
5 30 Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, 1947, 1960-1967
5 31 David Novros, 1969
5 32 Claes Oldenburg, 1969
5 33-34 Pablo Picasso, 1954-1958
5 35 Man Ray, 1989
5 William Reimann
5 36 Correspondence, 1963-1981
5 37 Photographs, 1971
5 38 Printed Material, 1972-1981
Box Folder
6 1 George Rickey, 1964-1977
6 2 Lucas Samaras, 1970
6 3 Kurt Schwitters, 1962-1963
6 4 Gustave Singier, 1962
6 Leon Polk Smith
6 5 Biographical, 1965-circa 1970
6 6 Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1993-1996
6 7-8 Constellations Exhibition, 1969
6 9 Correspondence, 1966-1971
6 10 "Correspondence Blue-Red," 1981
6 11 Exhibition Catalogs, 1965-1966
Oversized material housed in Box 25, Folder 1.
6 12 Exhibition Catalogs, 1967-1968
6 13 Exhibition Catalogs, 1968-1970
6 14 Geometric Paintings Exhibition, 1970
6 15 Printed Material, 1965-1971-circa 1980
6 16 "Torn Drawings" Correspondence, 1965-1966
6 17 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1981
6 Victor Vasarely
6 18 Correspondence, 1965-1981
6 19 Photographs, circa 1960s-1970s
6 20 Printed Material, 1968-1978
6 Max Weber
6 21 Correspondence, 1958-1970, 1979
6 22 Printed Material, 1916, 1979
6 23 Yale Group Accounts (Erwin Hauer, William Reimann, Deborah de Moulpied), 1961-1975
Box Folder
25 1 Leon Polk Smith, "Torn Drawings" Catalog, 1965
Oversized material from Box 6, Folder 11.

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

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 Folder
6 24 Agreements, 1953-1965
6 25 Agreements with Chadwyck-Healy, 1971-1981
6 26 Appraisals, 1961-1969
6 27 Bills, 1954-1959
6 28 Bills, 1954-1961
6 29 Bills, 1954-1963
6 30 Bills, 1956-1969
6 31 Bills, 1958-1960
6 32 Bills, Correspondence, 1958-1970
6 33 Bills, Unionsdruckerei Luzern, 1961
Box Folder
7 1 Buying Trip Files, circa 1950-1964
7 2 Cancelled Checks, Gallery Purchases, 1963-1987
7 3 Cancelled Checks, Gallery's Donations, 1986-1988
7 4 Consignment Agreements, 1957-1971
7 5 Declarations, 1955-1960
7 6 Degas Bronzes Returned, 1955
7 7 Donations of Artwork to Museums, 1963-1970
7 8 General Receipts, 1958-1986
7 9 Insurance, 1957-1961, 1972-1973
7 10 Inventories, 1957-1963, 1973
7 11 Lebenstein Account, 1960-1964
7 12 Arthur Lejwa's Car Injury, 1959-1960
7 13 Lejwa-Bernard Venture, 1955-1959
7 14 Lejwa-Glasser Venture, 1956-1961
7 15 Letters of Gifts and Affadavits, 1952-1973
7 16 Loan Agreements, 1955-1963
7 17 Loan Agreements, 1964-1983
7 18 Merchandise Bills, 1960-1963
7 19 Purchases includes Correspondence, 1958-1977
7 20 Receipts for Works Sold, 1954-1957
7 21 Receipts for Works Sold, 1958
7 22 Receipts for Works Sold, 1959
7 23-24 Receipts for Works Sold, 1960
7 25-26 Receipts for Works Sold, 1961
7 27 Receipts for Works Sold, 1962
7 28-29 Receipts for Works Sold, 1963
7 30 Receipts for Works Sold, 1964
7 31 Receipts for Works Sold, 1965
7 32 Receipts for Works Sold, 1966
7 33 Receipts for Works Sold, 1967
Box Folder
8 1 Receipts for Works Sold, 1968
8 2-3 Receipts for Works Sold, 1969
8 4 Receipts for Works Sold, 1970-1971
8 5 Receipts for Works Sold, 1972-1974
8 6 Receipts for Works Sold, 1975-1987
8 7 Report of Theft, 1971
8 8 Sales, Schlesinger, 1990
8 9 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1957-1958
8 10 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1964-1967
8 11 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1968-1975
8 12 Sales and Purchase Ledgers, 1984-1994
8 Sales and Purchase Ledgers
8 13 Arp, 1960-circa 1994
8 14 Fangor, 1965-1976
8 15 Gonzalez, circa 1963
8 16 Special Accounts, 1960-1969
8 17-21 Sales and Purchases, 1958-1989
8 22 Sales File Cards, 1958-1978
8 23 Shipping Records, 1955-1989

Series 4: Printed Materials, 1931-1996
1.2 Linear feet; Boxes 9-10

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 Folder
9 1 Catalogs, 1961, 1974-1975
9 2 Catalogs, 1979
9 3 Clippings, 1957-1959
9 4 Clippings, 1960-1969
9 5 Clippings, 1972-1990
9 6 Dada, circa 1931
9 7 Dada, 1972-1978
9 8 Dada, 1973-1979
9 9 Dada, circa 1978
9 10 Exhibition Catalogs, 1955-1957
Oversized material housed in Box 25, Folder 2.
9 11 Exhibition Catalogs, 1963-1964
9 12 Exhibition Catalogs, 1964-1965
9 13 Exhibition Catalogs, 1965-1967
9 14 Exhibition Catalogs, 1966
9 15 Exhibition Catalogs, 1968-1970
9 16 Exhibition Catalogs, 1972-1996
9 17 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1956-1959
9 18-19 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1960
9 20 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1961
9 21 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1961, 1968
9 22 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Catalogs, 1962, 1965
9 23 Galerie Chalette Exhibition Invitations, 1958-1964
9 24 List of Artists' Works (circa 1932-1978), circa 1978
9 25 Museum Information, 1952-circa 1972
9 26 Notes, circa 1980
Box Folder
10 1 Periodicals, 1957-1963
10 2 Periodicals, 1963
10 3 Periodicals, 1963-1964
10 4 Periodicals, 1966-1971
10 5 Reproduction of Artwork, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 25, Folder 3.
10 6 Spanish Lecture, circa 1970s
10 7 Writings, 1964-1966
Box Folder
25 2 Catalog "Derriere Le Miroir: 10 Ans D'Editions," 1956
Oversized material from Box 9, Folder 10.
25 3 Reproduction of Artwork, undated
Oversized material from Box 10, Folder 31.

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

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 Folder
10 8 Jankel Adler, undated
10 9 G. Alviani, undated
10 10-14 Jean Arp, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 25, Folder 5.
10 15 Pierre [Bernard?], undated
10 16 Kent Bloomer, undated
10 17 Constantin Brancusi, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 25, Folder 4.
10 18 Georges Braque, undated
10 19 Karol Broniatowski, undated
10 20 Bernard Buffet, undated
10 21 Pierre Caille, undated
10 22 Norman Carlberg, undated
10 23-24 Marc Chagall, undated
10 25 Chinese Paintings, undated
10 26 Judith Cotton, undated
10 27 John Cunningham, undated
10 28 Dada Artists, undated
10 29 Deborah de Moulpied, 1960-1967
10 30 Nicolas De Stael, undated
Box Folder
11 1 Edgar Degas, undated
11 2 Robert Delaunay, circa 1933
11 3 Sonia Delaunay, undated
11 4 Andre Derain, undated
11 5 Cesar Domela, undated
11 6 Raoul Dufy, undated
11 7 Robert Engman, undated
11 8 Max Ernst, undated
11 9 Wojciech Fangor, undated
11 10 Otto Freundlich, 1930
11 11 Sue Fuller, circa 1980s
11 12 Pablo Gargallo, undated
11 13 Stefan Gierowski, undated
11 14 Thomas Gleb, 1959
11 15-17 Julio Gonzalez, undated
11 18 Juan Gris, undated
11 19 Vera Haller, undated
11 20 Erwin Hauer, undated
11 21-22 Barbara Hepworth, undated
11 23 Auguste Herbin, undated
11 24 Hannah H�ch, undated
11 25 Francois Hugo, undated
11 26 Josef Israels, undated
11 27 Johannes Itten, undated
11 28 Robert Jacobson, undated
11 29 Paul Kallos, undated
11 30 Vassily Kandinsky, undated
11 31 Lajos Kassak, undated
11 32 Paul Katz, undated
11 33 Keineny, 1964
11 34 Ellsworth Kelly, undated
11 35 Bronislaw Kierzkowski, undated
11 36 Henri Laurens, undated
11 37 Jan Lebenstien, undated
Box Folder
12 1-3 Jan Lebenstien, undated
12 4-5 Fernand Leger, undated
12 6 Jacques Lipchitz, undated
12 7 Alberto Magnelli, undated
12 8 Aristide Maillol, undated
12 9 Kazinir Malevitch, undated
12 10 Alfred Manessier, undated
12 11 Manolo, undated
12 12 Giacomo Manzo, undated
12 13 Marino Marini, undated
12 14 Umberto Mastroianni, undated
12 15 Henri Matisse, undated
12 16 Zygmond Meinkes, undated
12 17 Jean Metzinger, undated
12 18 Joan Miro, undated
12 19 Amedeo Modigliani, undated
12 20 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, undated
12 21 Henry Moore, undated
12 22-25 Pablo Picasso, undated
12 26 Jackson Pollock, undated
12 27 William Reimann, undated
12 28 August Rodin, undated
12 29 Ronalt, undated
12 30 Rugs by Painters, undated
12 31 Ilja Schor, undated
12 32-33 Kurt Schwitters, undated
12 34 Sculpture by Painters, undated
12 35 Stephanie Scuris, undated
12 36 Gustave Singier, undated
12 37 Henryk Stazewski, undated
12 38 Jonasz Stern, undated
12 39 Wladyslaw Strzeminski, undated
12 40 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, undated
12 41 Jerzy Tchorzewski, undated
12 42 Walasse Ting, undated
12 43 Joaquin Torres-Garcia, undated
12 44 Igael Tumarkin, undated
12 45 Unidentified, undated
12 46 Georges Valmier, undated
Box Folder
13 1 Victor Vasarely, undated
13 2 Mary Vieira, undated
13 3 Max Weber, undated
13 4 Fritz Wortruba, undated
13 5 Yale Group, undated
13 6 Robert Zeidman, undated
13 Lejwa Personal Collection
13 7 Jean Arp, undated
13 8 Georges Braque, undated
13 9 Michel Cadoret, undated
13 10 Marc Chagall, undated
13 11 Cycladic Sculpture, undated
13 12 Sonia Delaunay, undated
13 13 Andre Derain, undated
13 14 Burgoyne Diller, undated
13 15 Marcel Duchamp, undated
13 16 Raymond Duchamp-Villon, undated
13 17 Max Ernst, undated
13 18-19 Wojciech Fangor, undated
13 20 Julio Gonzalez, undated
13 21 Robert Gonzalez, undated
13 22 Henri Laurens, undated
13 23 Fernand Leger, undated
13 24 Henri Matisse, undated
13 25 Joan Miro, undated
13 26-27 Miscellaneous, circa 1970s-1990s
13 28-29 Negatives, circa 1950s-1980s
13 30 Pablo Picasso, undated
13 31 Polish Menorah (17th century), 1973
13 32 Pottery, circa 1970s-1990s
13 33 Hans Richter (Marcel Duchamp with rotorelief), circa 1947
13 34 Michel Seuphor, undated
13 35 Henryk Stazewski, undated
13 36 Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, undated
13 37 Unidentified, undated
13 38 Victor Vasarely, undated
13 39-41 Slides, undated
13 42-44 Transparencies, undated
Box Folder
24 Slide Boxes
24 1 Arp, Roy Friedman, undated
24 2 Dada Color Slides, undated
24 3-4 Burgoyne Diller, undated
24 5-8 Wojciech Fangor, undated
24 9-10 Wojciech Fangor Exhibition, 1973
24 11 Gallery shots, undated
24 12 Gonzalez, 1961
24 13 Hilla Rebay, undated
24 14 Jan Lebenstein, undated
24 15 Pablo Picasso, undated
24 16 Smith and Fleishman, undated
Box Folder
25 4 Photograph, "Portrait of Brancusi," undated
Oversized material from Box 10, Folder 17.
25 5 Photographs of Arp bronze sculpture, undated
Oversized material from Box 10, Folders 10-14.

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 Folder
13 45 9 East 88th Street, 1991, undated
13 Artwork
13 46 Jean Arp, circa 1970s
13 47 Jean Arp Dedication at New York University, 1988
13 48 Jean Arp Installation in Jerusalem, 1970-1971
13 49 Max Bill in Jerusalem, 1985
13 50 Rickey in Jerusalem, circa 1970s
13 51 Unidentified, 1922
13 52 Unidentified, circa 1970s-1990s
Box Folder
14 Family
14 1 Chalette Family, circa 1938-1957
14 2 Leon Chalette, 1932-1958
Oversized material housed in Box 25, Folder 6.
14 3 Leon Chalette and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1928-1940
14 4 Leon Chalette and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, Shanghai, 1940
14 5 Arthur Lejwa, 1939-1971
Oversized material housed in Box 25, Folders 7-8.
14 6 Arthur Lejwa and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1939-1968
14 7 Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1945-1994
14 8 Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, Oppenheim Collins, 1953
14 9 Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, Portraits, 1931-1965
14 10 Galerie Chalette, undated
14 11 Guggenheim Museum, circa 1970s
14 12 Jewelry, undated
14 13 Miscellaneous, undated
14 14 Parties, 1968, 1985-1991
14 People
14 15 Jean and Marguerite Arp, 1968-circa 1970s
14 16 Colleagues and Friends, circa 1920s-1991
14 17 Kenan Erim (Aphrodisias), 1984-1989
14 18 Robert Gould Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee, 1947
14 19 Robert Gould Research Foundation, Site Preparation, 1946
14 20 Unidentified, circa 1920s-1990s
14 Press Photos
14 21 Chinese Cities, 1931-1945
14 22 Hong Kong, 1929-1949
14 23 Shanghai, 1932-1949
14 24 Tibet, 1950
14 25 Tokyo and Japan, circa 1928-1955
14 Travel
14 26 Aboard the Argonaut, 1982, 1984
14 27 Aphrodisias (Turkey), 1984
14 28 Australia, 1977
14 29-30 China and Hong Kong, circa 1980s
14 31 Egypt, 1981
14 32 Europe, 1967, circa 1980s-1990s
14 33 Germany, 1991
14 34 Greece, circa 1982
14 35 Israel, 1972, circa 1980s
14 36 Israel, 1985
14 37 Italy, 1981
Box Folder
15 Travel
15 1 Italy, 1989
15 2 Italy, 1994
15 3-5 Italy, undated
15 6-7 Japan, 1987
15 8 Jordan, circa 1981
15 9 Miscellaneous Negatives, undated
15 10 Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
15 11 MTS Argonaut, 1984
15 12 Museums, undated
15 13 Russia, 1991
15 14 Sachsenhausen (Germany), 1994
15 15 Spain, 1988
15 16 Turkey, 1984-1992
15 17 Venice Bienale, 1962
15 18 Venice Bienale, 1968
15 19 Slides, circa 1980s
Box Folder
16 Photo Albums
16 1 9 East 88th Street, circa 1980s
16 2 Aphrodisias Album in Honor of Kenan Erim, 1991
16 3 Australia, Colombia, Solduno with Marguerite Arp, circa 1970s-1980s
16 4 Max Bill Dedication in Jerusalem, 1985
16 5 Egypt and Jordan, circa 1970s
16 6 Greece with the Met, 1984
16 7 Sachsenhausen, 1994
16 8 Silver and Chinaware, circa 1960s
Box Folder
24 Slide Boxes
24 17 Bogota, Colombia, 1979
24 18 Colombia, 1979
24 19-20 New Year's Eve, 1991
24 21 Travels, 1982-circa 1990s
24 22 Unlabeled, 1962
Box Folder
25 6 Photograph of Leon Chalette, undated
Oversized material from Box 14, Folder 2.
25 7-8 Photographs of Arthur Lejwa, undated
Oversized material from Box 14, Folder 5.

Series 6: Legal Records, 1938, 1959-1988
0.8 Linear feet; Box 17

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 Folder
17 1-2 Diller v. Lejwa, 1982
17 3 Diller v. Lejwa, Exhibition Catalogs, Court Exhibits, 1961-1988
17 4 Diller v. Lejwa, Photographs of Diller's Artwork, 1938-1964
17 5 Lebenstein v. Lejwa, 1967
17 6 Lebenstein v. Lejwa, Correspondence, circa 1960s-1974
17 7 Lebenstein v. Lejwa, Court Record, circa 1965-1966
17 Lebenstein v. Lejwa (31325.002)
17 8 Bank Statements, 1962-1964
17 9-10 Bills, 1961-1963
17 11 Catalogues, 1961-1972
17 12 Client's Papers, 1965-1968
17 13 Correspondence, 1961-1965
17 14-15 Court Record, 1965-1974
17 16 Gimpel Fils, 1959-1961
17 17 Hold, circa 1965
17 18 Memos of Fact, 1965-1973
17 19 Original Documents, 1960-1962
17 20 Printed Materials, 1962
17 21 Promotional Efforts, 1961-1963
17 22 Working Papers, 1965

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

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 Folder
17 23 Leon Chalette, circa 1946
17 Arthur Lejwa
17 24-25 Curriculum Vitae, 1939-1951
17 26 Death Certificate, 1972
17 27 Passport, 1939
17 28 Professional Documentation, 1925-1961
Oversized diploma housed in Box 25, Folder 9.
17 Madeleine Lejwa
17 29 Business Cards, undated
17 30 Certificate of Naturalization, 1947
17 31 Passports, 1977-1987
17 32 Voting Records, 1948, 1964
17 33 Lejwa Catalogue, circa 1996
17 34 Lejwa Marriage, 1947
Box Folder
25 9 Diploma of Arthur Lejwa, 1954
Oversized material from Box 17, Folder 28.

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 Folder
18 1 Appraisals, 1968-1981
18 2 Max Bill, 1979-1982
18 3 Leon Chalette, 1957
18 4 The Israel Museum, 1967-1975
18 5 The Jerusalem Foundation, Arp, 1971-1976
18 6 The Jerusalem Foundation, General, 1970-1995
18 7 The Jerusalem Foundation, Michel Levin, 1970-1984
18 8 The Jerusalem Foundation, Rickey, 1971-1973
18 9 Teddy Kollek, 1967-1979
18 10 Letters from Arthur and Madeleine Lejwa, 1951, 1995
18 11-22 Letters to Arthur Lejwa, 1939-1954
18 23 Letters to Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1961-1996
18 24-25 Letters to Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1972-1973
18 26 Pan American Medical Association, 1944-1954
18 27-28 Robert Gould Research Foundation, 1940-1948
18 29 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 Folder
18 30 Donations to The Jerusalem Foundation, Scholarships, 1993
18 31-32 Donations to The Jerusalem Foundation, Sculptures, 1970-1995
18 33-34 Jewelry, 1969-1987
18 35 Memberships, 1973
18 36 Personal Art Purchases, 1969-1980
18 37 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 Folder
18 38 9 East 88th Street, NY, 1963, 1972
18 39-40 Agreement between Madeleine Lejwa and American Friends of Hebrew University, 1995-1996
18 41 Agreement for Migration from Poland, 1940
18 42 Art Collection Inventory, 1975-1986
18 43 Burial Plots in Jerusalem, 1972-1974
18 44 Duell v. Lejwa and Ducovny, 1949-1959
18 Estate of Arthur Lejwa
18 45 Mary Behme (Accountant), 1973-1978
18 46 Correspondence, 1971-1977
18 47 Correspondence, 1973-1975
Box Folder
19 1 Correspondence, 1973-1979
19 2 Correspondence, 1975-1977
19 3-4 Estate Tax Audit, 1973-1975
19 5-8 Federal Estate Tax Return, 1972-1976
19 9-10 Federal and New York State Estate Tax Filing, 1973-1985
19 11-12 Fiduciary Income Tax Returns, 1972-1978
19 13 Galerie Chalette, 1953-1972
19 14-16 General, 1972-1980
19 17-18 Income Tax Liability, 1970-1980
19 19 Income Tax Returns, 1973-1974
19 20 IRS Adjustments, 1973-1978
19 21 IRS Valuation of Art, 1975
19 22 Legal Research, 1972-1977
19 23 New York Estate Taxes, 1973-1975
19 24 New York State Tax Payment, 1973-1976
19 25 Pictures Not Used, circa 1972-1974
19 26 Sales Tax Audit, 1972-1974
19 27 Sotheby Parke-Bernet Appraisal, 1973
19 28 Trubin Sillcocks Edelman and Knapp, 1974-1978
19 29 Waiver of Statute of Limitations, 1978
19 30 Estate of Madeleine Lejwa, Paid Bills, 1996-1999
19 31-33 Estate of Madeleine Lejwa, Sotheby's Appraisal, 1996-1997
19 34 Arthur Lejwa, Power of Attorney, 1951, 1963
19 35 Arthur Lejwa, Will, 1959, 1972
19 36 Madeleine Lejwa, Living Will, 1995
19 37-39 Madeleine Lejwa, Will, 1976-1996
Box Folder
20 1-4 Madeleine Lejwa, Will, 1976-1996
20 5 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 Folder
20 6-8 Clippings, Arthur Lejwa, 1943-1951
20 9 Clippings, Arthur Lejwa, 1972-1973
20 10 Clippings, Various, 1936-1995
20 11 Displaced Jews, 1946-1947
20 12 Drawings, undated
20 13 Event Invitations and Programs, 1943-1951
20 14 The Israel Museum, 1999
20 15 The Jerusalem Foundation, 1969-1974, 1994
20 16 Maps, 1950
20 17 Notebook, undated
20 18 Patent Application, 1942
20 19 Posters, 1946
20 20 Professional Papers of Arthur Lejwa, 1947-1951
20 21 Project Notebook, 1947
20 Publications
20 22 Art-related, 1948, 1974-1987
20 23 Arthur Lejwa, 1929-1932
20 24 Scientific, 1938-1942
20 25 Scientific, 1943-1944
20 26 Scientific, 1946-1948
20 27 Scientific, 1949-1960
20 28 Various, 1951, 1971
Box Folder
21 1 Robert Gould Research Foundation, 1946-1947
21 2 War Ration Book, circa 1943
21 3 Writings, undated

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

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
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 Folder
22 Jean Arp
22 1 "Jean Arp or the Enigmatic Swimmer," circa 1966
2 Film reels
22 2 Exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972
1 Film reel
22 3 Miscellaneous, 1976
3 Film reels
22 4 "Project for Aubette," circa 1970s
2 Film reels
22 5 San Francisco, circa 1970s
3 Film reels
22 6 Sculptures and Arp Installation, circa 1970s
1 Film reel
22 7 Sightseeing with Marguerite, 1971
1 Film reel
22 8 Australia, circa 1970s
2 Film reels
22 9-10 Israel, 1967-1975
12 Film reels
22 11 Kennedy Center Award, Alvin Nicolais (Alwin Nikolais), 1988
2 Videocassettes (VHS)
22 12 Mendon Studios, undated
2 Film reels
22 13-14 Miscellaneous, circa 1950s-1970s
7 Film reels
22 15 Miscellaneous, Personal, 1971, 1979
2 Film reels
22 16-17 Museums and Exhibits, undated
5 Film reels
22 18 Rabin Funeral, 1995
3 Videocassettes (VHS)
Box Folder
23 1 Richey, circa 1970s
1 Film reel
23 2-3 Sound Test Reels, undated
5 Film reels
23 4 Steven Solarz on Eyewitness News, November 1992
2 Videocassettes (VHS)
23 5-6 Vasarely, circa 1970s
6 Film reels
23 7 Venice Bienale, 1968
3 Film reels
Box Folder
26 1 Oversized film reels, circa 1966
Oversized reels from Box 22, Folder 1.