Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984

Pollock, Jackson, b. 1912 d. 1956
Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.; East Hampton, N.Y.

Krasner, Lee, b. 1908 d. 1984
Painter
Active in New York,N.Y.

The papers of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2006 and 2008. The bulk of the Jackson Pollock papers and photographs from the Lee Krasner papers were scanned from originals and total 15,096 images. The bulk of the Lee Krasner papers were digitized from 7 reels of microfilm.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 15.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of abstract expressionist painters Jackson Pollock and wife Lee Krasner measure 15.6 linear feet and date from circa 1914 to 1984, with the bulk of the material dating from 1942 to 1984. The collection documents their personal and professional lives, as well as the legacy of Jackson Pollock's work after his death. Found are biographical material, correspondence, writings by Krasner and others, research material, business and financial records, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork by others, photographs, interview transcripts, audio and video recordings, and motion picture film.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and Lee Krasner (1908-1984) were painters from New York, N.Y. and The Springs, Long Island, N.Y.

Donated 1983 by Lee Krasner, Pollock's widow and in 1985 by Eugene V. Thaw, executor of Lee Krasner's estate. The two collections were merged as one in 2007.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Related Materials

Found in the Archives of American Art are the Charles Pollock Papers, 1902-1990, which includes correspondence, photographs, and other files relating to his brother, Jackson Pollock. Other resources in the Archives are oral history interviews with Lee Krasner, including a series of interviews conducted by Dorothy Seckler between 1964 and 1968, and interviews conducted by Barbara Rose in 1966 and Doloris Holmes in 1972.