Henry Pearson papers, 1937-1987

Pearson, Henry Charles, b. 1914 d. 2006
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: ca.900 items (on 4 partial microfilm reels)
Addition: 0.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Correspondence, exhibition catalogs, clippings, writings, photographs, business records, sketches, and printed matter.

REEL 31: A letter to Charles Springman, concerning his abstract art; letters from artist Carrie McAlister and other friends; sales reports from the Stephen Radich Gallery and Martha Jackson Gallery; exhibit and price lists; clippings; and photographs.

REEL 95: Lengthy letters to his family in North Carolina from Pearson while he was studying scenic design at Yale, mostly about theater, the drama faculty, and a summer at Roadside Theatre in Washington, D.C.; letters written while he was in the Air Force in Japan and Florida; letters from New York City when he was establishing himself as a painter, writing about friends Will Barnet, Alan and Stephen Silver, James Rosenquist and others; snapshots; clippings and a brief autobiography to 1930.

REEL 145: Correspondence; sketches; exhibition catalogs and announcements; a writing by Pearson, "Dissertation on Whether I Have A Philosophy on Painting or Even on Art in General" October 14, 1969; clippings; several sketches of Pearson by Kurt Seligmann; Christmas cards; and memorabilia; press releases; photographs; and material and correspondence about the Tamarind Workshop.

REEL 3890: Six letters to Pearson, 1962-1965; clippings, 1963-1966; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1961-1966; a photograph of Pearson with one of his paintings in his studio, 1964.

ADDITION: Cards and letters to Pearson, 1965-1978, from Will Barnet, Miriam Bloom, and Ethel Fisher Kott, and letters from Pearson to Isabel S. Gay.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter and educator; New York City and Kingston, North Carolina. Studied University of North Carolina and Yale. Preferred media are oil and watercolor. d. 2006.

Materials on reels 31 and 95 lent for microfilming by Henry Pearson, 1970. He donated the material on reel 145 in 1971, and the unmicrofilmed material in 1989. Material on reel 3890 received via Syracuse University, 1984.

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Additional Henry Pearson papers also located at: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Wilson Library Southern Historical Collection.

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