Harper's Magazine records kept by managing editor Russell Lynes, 1946-1962

Harper's Magazine

Collection size: 1.0 linear ft. (1,300 items)

Collection Summary: Files on artists and illustrators kept by Russell Lynes containing mainly correspondence with young artists wishing to submit material to the magazine. Biographical notes from the column "Personal and Otherwise" about the artists whose material was accepted, clippings and drawings are also included.

Among the artists are: Edmond Amateis, Benny Andrews, Irene Aronson, Oscar Berger, Marvin Bileck, Isabel Bishop, Carlyle Brown, Claire Burch, Ivan Chermayeff, Richard E. Davis, Robert J. Day, Eldon Dedini, Harvey Dinnerstein, Dean Ellis, Joseph Farris, Helen Frank, Frank Gallo, William D. Gorman, Douglas W. Gorsline, William Gropper, John Groth, Albert Hirschfeld, Carl Holty, Anne M. Jauss, Hans Jelinek, Kay Kato, Ted Key, Bernard Krigstein, Joseph Low, Loren MacIver, Jack Markow, Reginald Marsh, Charles E. Martin, William Mauldin, Richard Mayhew, Edward Melcarth, Glen Michaels, Nicolas Mordvinoff, Robert Osborn, David Pascal, Bernard Perlin, Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Aaron Sopher, Saul Steinberg, Susanne Suba, Peter Takal, Tony Walton, Andy Warhol, and Robert J. Wolff.

REEL 4961: The Andy Warhol file relates to his work as an illustrator for John Cheever's "Vega" and other stories. Included are a letter with an ink sketch from Warhol, 1949, presumably in response to a request for biographical information: "...my life couldn't fill a penny postcard...i graduated from Carnegie Tech now i'm in NY city moving from one roach infested apartment to another"; a postcard to Frances Lattman, 1952, asking her to thank Lynes for letting him draw pictures for Shirley Jackson's stories and mentioning the possibility of a show of his drawings influenced by Truman Capote; an exhibition announcement for his Capote drawings at the Hugo Gallery; and 3 clippings from Harper's about Warhol, 1949-1952.

Biographical/Historical Note: Russell Lynes (1910-1991) was managing editor at Harper's Magazine, but served informally as art editor.

Donated 1967 by Harper & Row via Russell Lynes.

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