Jacob Kainen papers, 1905-2008, bulk, 1940-2001

A Finding Aid to the Jacob Kainen Papers, 1905-2008, bulk 1940-2001, in the Archives of American Art, by Rachel Edford and Erin Kinhart

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Biographical Information

Jacob Kainen (1909-2001) was a painter, printmaker, and curator who worked primarily in Washington, D.C.

Born on December 7, 1909 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Jacob Kainen moved with his family to New York City in 1918. Kainen studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn from 1927 until 1930, and at the Art Student's League. In the early 1930s, Kainen became involved in social causes and formed close friendships with the early abstractionists, including John Graham, Arshile Gorky, and Stuart Davis. He joined the Artists' Union and a contributor to its journal, Art Front, along with Stuart Davis and Harold Rosenberg. Jacob's participation in the Artists' Union was later investigated by the FBI.

From 1935 until 1942, Kainen worked for the Graphic Arts Division of the Works Progress Administration in New York City and began exhibiting with the New York School. It was during this period that he married Bertha Friedman. Jacob and Bertha had two sons together, Dan and Paul, and divorced in 1968.

In 1942, Kainen made a life-changing decision to leave New York City and move to Washington, D.C. to accept what he thought would be a temporary position as a scientific aide in the Division of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian Institution. Kainen quickly became Assistant Curator and Curator in 1946. He served as Curator for twenty years, completely reshaping the department and building the graphic arts collection. His print exhibitions brought the work of S.W. Hayter, Josef Albers, Adja Yunkers, Louis Lozowick, Karl Schrag, Jos� Guerrero, Louis Schanker, Werner Drewes, and Boris Margo to Washington audiences - graphic work that might not have been shown that early in the area.

1947 marked the opening of the Washington Workshop Center for the Arts, where Kainen served as a teacher and guide to several important artists, helping to make the workshop a magnet for new talent and instrumental in furthering the careers of several artists. Although Kainen taught Gene Davis and Alma Thomas and introduced Morris Louis to Leon Berkowitz, he never considered himself a member of the "Washington Color School."

In 1949, the Corcoran Gallery of Art held a retrospective of Kainen's prints and three years later Kenneth Noland organized Kainen's first painting retrospective at Catholic University. Kainen's paintings from the 1940s illustrated a shift away from social realism toward abstract expressionism. In 1956, Jacob Kainen received a grant from the American Philosophical society to conduct research in Europe for his monograph on the English woodcut artist, John Baptist Jackson. He traveled to Europe again in 1962 to study paintings and prints from the Mannerist Period.

From 1966 until 1970, Kainen worked as the Curator of prints and drawings at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum). He married Ruth Cole in February of 1969. Kainen retired from the Smithsonian a year later to devote himself full-time to his art, but continued to serve as a special consultant to the Smithsonian American Art Museum for nineteen years. In 1971 and 1972, Kainen taught painting and the history of printmaking at the University of Maryland. A retrospective of Kainen's paintings was held in 1993 at the National Museum of American Art (SAAM).

Throughout his artistic career, Kainen experimented with different mediums and explored different styles, yet he identified himself as a painter. Jacob Kainen participated in at least twenty-five one man shows and several group exhibitions. His works are in collections across the United States and abroad, including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the British Museum. He worked in his studio up until the time of his death on March 19, 2001 at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, printmaker, and curator Jacob Kainen measure 27.3 linear feet and date from 1905 to 2008, with the bulk of the material from 1940-2001. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence/subject files including personal correspondence to and from friends and family members and professional correspondence and records concerning Kainen's activities as an artist, curator, teacher, and art collector. The collection also contains biographical material, writings, diary and journal entries, calendars, inventories, interview and "dialog" transcripts, printed material, photographs, works of art by other artists, and nine scrapbooks.

Biographical materials include items concerning Kainen's career as a curator and artist, in addition to a useful bibliography, detailed biographical outline, and a copy of an FBI report compiled on him. Also included are five videocassette recordings of Kainen.

Alphabetical correspondence/subject files comprise the bulk of the collection and include both Jacob's and Ruth's correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, artists, art critics, curators, museums, arts organizations, galleries, and many others. There is a significant amount of correspondence with David Acton, the Addison Gallery of Art and Jock Reynolds, William Agee, Australian National Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Avis Berman, the British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth Broun and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bryce Butler, Pheobe Cole, the Corcoran Gallery and School of Art, Richard Field, Ruth Fine, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Newton Frohlich, Gordon Gilkey and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Arshile Gorky, Piri Halesz, Carol Harrison, Donald Holden, Wilhelmina Holladay, John Baptist Jackson, Jim Jordon, Lou Kantor, Harry Lunn Jr., Middendorf Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Peter Morse, Gerald Nordland, Francis O'Connor, Jerome Pollack, Richard Powell, Ann Purcell, Harry Rand, Martin Ries, Joseph Solman, Leo Steinberg, Prentiss Taylor, Victorino Tejera, Valerie Thornton, Joanne Weber, and numerous family members.

Writings are by and about Jacob Kainen. Kainen's writings include articles, lectures, exhibition catalog essays, notes, travel notebooks, short stories, poems, and written statements about his artistic motivations and justifications. There are writings about Kainen by Avis Berman, Ruth Cole Kainen, and others. The bulk of the numerous diary entries are from Ruth Cole Kainen's diaries, many of which concern Jacob and their family. There are also annotated and revised diary entries. There is one folder of diary entries and one folder of journal entries by Jacob Kainen and two dismantled journal-like notebooks. The papers include daily calendars and travel itineraries from 1972 through 2001.

The papers include transcripts of formal interviews and informal conversations with Jacob Kainen. Transcripts are of informal dinner, telephone, and general conversations between friends, colleagues, artists, and Ruth Cole Kainen. Included are conversations with Avis Berman, Walter Hopps, Harry Rand, Joshua Taylor, and several others. Many of these transcripts were also annnotated by Jacob and Ruth Kainen. Also found are numerous transcripts of more formal interviews with Kainen by art historians, art critics, and students.

There are inventories, appraisals, and lists of sold and not sold paintings, as well as color photographs of some of Kainen's works of art. Also found are inventories of the Kainens' art collection. Printed materials include Kainen's exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings of articles by and about Jacob Kainen, and an exhibition guestbook.

Photographs are of Kainen with his family and friends, at exhibition openings, and working in his studios. Works of art by others includes handmade greeting cards, limited edition prints, and portfolios given to Jacob Kainen. Nine scrapbooks containing news clippings and exhibition publications document the entirety of Kainen's career as an artist.

Arrangement and Series Description

The Jacob Kainen papers are arranged into 11 series.

Subjects and Names

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

  • Addison Gallery of American Art.
  • Baltimore Museum of Art.
  • Berman, Avis
  • Broun, Elizabeth
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art.
  • Frohlich, Newton, 1936-
  • Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948
  • Greenwald, Bernard, 1908-1975
  • Griffiths, Antony
  • Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-
  • Lapinski, Tadeusz, 1928-
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.).
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Phillips Collection
  • Portland Art Museum (Or.).
  • Rand, Harry
  • Reynolds, Jock
  • Ries, Martin, 1926-
  • Diaries
  • Drawings
  • Painters--Washington (D.C.)
  • Painting, Abstract--Washington (D.C.)
  • Painting, Modern--Washington (D.C.)
  • Photographs
  • Printmakers--Washington (D.C.)
  • Transcripts
  • Videotapes
  • Works of art

Provenance

The papers were donated in multiple accretions between 1981-2007 by Jacob and Ruth Kainen, and in 2009 from the estate of Ruth Kainen via executor Teresa Covacevich Grana. Also in 2003 eight photographs of Jacob and Ruth Kainen were transferred from the National Portrait Gallery to the Archives of American Art. Prior to the donations, the Kainens loaned papers for microfilming, the bulk of which was included in the later donations.

Separated and Related Materials

Papers were loaned by Jacob and Ruth Kainen from 1973 to 1981 for microfilming on reels 565, 2147-2149, and 2200, and then returned to the Kainens. The loaned materials included correspondence, writings by Kainen, and papers relating to the Smithsonian Institution Loyalty Board's investigation of Jacob Kainen from 1942-1954. Most, but not all, of the loaned materials were included in the papers later gifted by the Kainens between 1981-2000. The microfilm is available for use at Archives of American Art offices and film repositories and also available for interlibrary loan. The microfilm is not further described in this finding aid.

Found among the holdings of the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Jacob Kainen conducted by Avis Berman in 1982 for the Archives' "Mark Rothko and His Times" oral history project. Also found are microfilm copies of Bertha Kainen's correspondence with Avis Berman regarding Berman's essay about Jacob Kainen.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Rachel Edford in 2003 with funding provided by the Judith Rothschild Foundation. Later additions were processed and merged with the collection and the finding aid was updated by Erin Kinhart in 2015-2016.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Jacob Kainen papers 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

Jacob Kainen papers, 1905-2008, bulk 1940-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1938-2001
0.6 Linear feet; Box 1

Biographical material includes applications, position descriptions, r�sum�s, and a copy of the FBI report compiled on Kainen. Also contained are birth certificates, passports, biographical outlines, bibliographies, and lists of works by Jacob Kainen. A few personal business records such as artwork sales and art supply invoices are also found here. Additionally there is video footage of Kainen, primarily working in his studio, found on five videocassettes.

Box Folder
1 1 80th Birthday, circa 1989-1990
1 2 Agreements, 1972-1974
1 3 Applications and Forms, 1964-1967, undated
1 4 Biographical Documents, 1969-1996
1 5 Biographical Documents, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1938-1983
1 6 Biographical Outlines, 1975-1991, undated
1 7 Copyright, 1982
1 8 Exhibition Information, undated
1 9-13 FBI Report, 1948-1955
1 14-15 Footage of Jacob Kainen, circa 1988-1999
1 Videocassette (Betacam)
4 videocassette (VHS)
1 16 Guest Book, ACA Gallery, 1940
1 17 Guest Book, Equitable Gallery, circa 1994
1 18 Lists of Artwork, circa 1990s-2001
1 19 Old Consignment Lists, 1974-1982
1 20 Old Print Price Lists, 1976-1981
1 21 Painting Information, undated
1 22 Position Descriptions, 1961, undated
1 23 Prints on Consignment, Lunn Gallery, 1977-1983
1 24 Print Sales, 1968-1980
1 25 R�sum�s, 1939-1989, undated
1 26 Supply/Art Invoices, circa 1969-1981
1 27 Who's Who Biography, 1999
1 28 Miscellaneous, 1939-1978, undated

Series 2: Correspondence/Subject Files, 1936-2003
10.6 Linear feet; Boxes 1-12

Found here is Kainen's personal and professional correspondence to and from family members, friends, scholars, artists, curators, and students. There is a significant amount of material dealing with exhibitions, donations, gifts, and appraisals of items from Kainen's art collection. Some notable correspondents include Clement Greenberg, Stuart Davis, and S.W. Hayter. A substantial amount of correspondence was written and received exclusively by Ruth Cole Kainen. The series contains some photographs, printed material, and handmade cards. Also found are two videocassettes documenting an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, one videocassette documentary about artist Martin Reis, and one sound cassette regarding artist George McNeil.

The correspondence files and subject files were combined into one series as in the original arrangement by the Kainen's. In most cases, the correspondence was originally arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's name, but there were a few files included in the original series that were filed by subject and contained correspondence relating to a specific topic or event. Correspondents with fewer than five letters are filed alphabetically in miscellaneous folders.

Box Folder
1 29 Unidentifiable and Illegible, 1963-2000, undated
1 30 3M Center, 1972
1 31 Abbeville Press, 1984
1 32 Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1974-1989, undated
1 33-34 Acton, David, 1988-1997, undated
1 35 Adas Israel Congregation, 1997-2002
1 36-40 Addison Gallery of American Art (see also Reynolds, Jock), 1990-2002
1 41-43 Agee, William, 1992-2001, undated
1 44 Allen, Darick, 1989-1998
1 45 Allen, Jane Addams, 1983-1990
1 46 Allentuck, Marcia Epstein, 1986-1999
1 47 Amen, Irving, 1957-1991
1 48 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1992
1 49 Annex Galleries, 1990-1996
1 50-51 Appraisals, 1967-1980, undated
1 52 Arnold, William N., 1979-1987
1 53 Arosemena, Justo, 1958-1995
1 54 Art in America, 1978-1995
1 55 Art Institute of Chicago (see also Joachim, Harold), 1982-1999
Box Folder
2 1-2 Art in the Embassies, 1970-1985, undated
2 3 Art on Paper, 1999
2 4 Art News, 1974-1995
2 5-6 Art Supply Inventories, 1974-1992, undated
2 7-8 Art Supply Sources, 1972-1982, undated
2 9 Associated American Artists, 1978
2 10 Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut, 1976-1978
2 11-12 Australian National Gallery, 1985-1989, undated
2 13 Avery, Sally, 1975-1994, undated
2 14 Ayoroa, Rudy, circa 1975-1977
2 15 Miscellaneous A: Abrams-Anyos, circa 1943-2001
2 16 Miscellaneous A: Ari-Award in the Visual Arts, 1968-1998, undated
2 17 Bachman, Gertrude, 1977-1980
2 18 Bain, Iain, 1979-1982
2 19-25 Baltimore Museum of Art (see also Carlson, Victor), 1948-2003, undated
2 26 Baro, Gene (see also Brooklyn Museum), 1974-1982
2 27 Baumgartner Galleries, 1984-1987, undated
2 28 Bayley Art Museum, 1999-2001, undated
2 29 Bedford Books, 1995-1996
2 30 Bergen, D. Thomas, 1986-1988
2 31 Berkman, Lillian, 1970-2000, undated
2 32-42 Berman, Avis, 1980-2002, undated
2 43 Berry, Max N. and Heidi L., 1992-2001
2 44 Berry, Timothy, 1976-1994
2 45 Bindman, David, 1990-2003, undated
2 46 Black, Peter, 1991-1992, undated
2 47 Blitz, Nelson and Catherine, 1986-1991
2 48 Bloom, Max and Pearl, 1980-1994, undated
2 49 Bowman, Ruth, 1977-1978
2 50 Branner, Bernard, 1971-1977
2 51 Brie, Roxanne, 1977-1999, undated
2 52-53 British Museum (see also Griffiths, Antony V.), 1984-2002
2 54-55 Brooklyn Museum, 1974-1999
2 56-60 Broun, Elizabeth (see also Smithsonian American Art Museum), 1984-2001, undated
2 61 Bullard, John, 1975-1989
2 62-68 Butler, Bryce, 1957-1984
Box Folder
3 1-5 Butler, Bryce, 1985-2001
3 6-8 Butler, Elizabeth C., 1974-2000, undated
3 9 Miscellaneous B: Badgley-Bealle, 1947-2002, undated
3 10 Miscellaneous B: Beaumont-Braude, 1950-1997, undated
3 11 Miscellaneous B: Breeskin-Butterfield, 1962-2001, undated
3 12 Campbell, Lawrence, 1983-1985, undated
3 13-16 Carey, Frances, 1981-2000, undated
3 17 Carlson, Victor, 1977-1989
3 18 Carmean, E.A., Jr., 1984-1995, undated
3 19 Cate, Phillip Dennis, 1974-1991
3 20 Chambers, Joy, 1993-1999, undated
3 21 Charles Brand Machinery Inc., 1968-1987, undated
3 22 Childs, Bernard and Judith, 1966-2002
3 23 Christ-Janer, Albert, 1961-1975
3 24 Clark, Michael, 1974-2001, undated
3 25 Cole, Mr. and Mrs. Paul, 1983, undated
3 26-30 Cole, Phoebe, 1961-2001, undated
3 31 Cole, Sylvan, 1967-1997
3 32 Cole, Teden, 1963-1983
3 33 Columbia Festival of the Arts, 1996, undated
3 34-38 Condolences, 2001, undated
3 39 Conroy, Sarah Booth, 1970-2000
3 40 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 1978-1991, undated
3 41-49 Corcoran Gallery of Art (see also Levy, David), 1949-2001, undated
3 50 Cowart, Jack (see also National Gallery of Art), 1988-1997
3 51 Cyril, Ruth, 1955-1974, undated
3 52 Miscellaneous C: Cabral-Christie's, 1948-2001, undated
3 53 Miscellaneous C: Cincinnati-Conisbee, 1957-2001, undated
3 54 Miscellaneous C: Conroy-Czestochowski, 1971-1996, undated
3 55 Davidson Galleries, 1988, undated
3 56-57 Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Gene, 1966-1988, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Dean, Charles R., 2000-2002
4 2-3 Dean, Hilliard, 1977-1999, undated
4 4 Delgado-Restrepo, Gloria, 1977-1981
4 5 Desjobert, circa 1976
4 6 Dickerson Combination Press, 1977-1987, undated
4 7 Dineen, Tom, 1974-1988, undated
4 8 Disney, Jean, 1963-1985
4 9 Donovan, Bobby, 1981-2002, undated
4 10 Drewes, Werner and Maria, 1969-2000, undated
4 11 Driskell, David C., 1983-2002
4 12 Drysdale, Nancy, 1991-1999
4 13 Dube, Dr. Wolf-Dieter, 1981-1990
4 14 Miscellaneous D: Da Capo Press-Day, 1964-2002
4 15 Miscellaneous D: DeAngelis-Dixon, 1972-2000, undated
4 16 Miscellaneous D: Dolan-Dyke, 1953-1999, undated
4 17 Eichenberg, Fritz, 1963-1977
4 18 Elkins, William and Connie, 1983-2003
4 19 Elz, Ingeborg, 1986-1993, undated
4 20 Epstein, Sarah (Sally) G., 1976-1994
4 21 Equitable Gallery, 1993-1994, undated
4 22 Miscellaneous E: Early-Evergood, 1940-2002, undated
4 23 Farmer, Jane M., 1978-1991
4 24 Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1992-1996, undated
4 25 Fern, Alan and Lois, 1982-2000
4 26 Fernandez, Tomas J., 1979-1992, undated
4 27 Ferry, Carmen, 1973-1988, undated
4 28-31 Field, Richard S., 1972-2000, undated
4 32 Fielding, Mrs. A.W., 1975-1981
4 33-34 Fine, Ruth, 1973-2002, undated
4 35 Firestone, Susan, 1983-1991, undated
4 36 Fitzpatrick, James F. and Sandra, 1988-2000
4 37 Fleming, Lee, 1988-1999, undated
4 38 Flint, Janet (see also Hirschl & Alder Galleries, Inc.), 1972-1997, undated
4 39 Fogg Art Museum, 1979-1998
4 40 Fontaine, John Clovis and Elizabeth E., 1994-2001, undated
4 41 Forgey, Mr. Benjamin, 1975-1995
4 42-44 Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 1994-2000, undated
4 45 Foucheux, Rick, 1997-2000, undated
4 46 Frampton, George T. and Betsy K., 1989-2001, undated
4 47 Franz Bader, Inc., 1965-1993, undated
4 48 French, Elisabeth, 1970-2002, undated
4 49 Friedman, Herman P., 1974-1994, undated
4 50 Friedman, Sylvia, 1966-1995, undated
4 51-55 Frohlich, Newton, 1966-1995
4 56 Fuller, Martin B., 1944-1968, undated
4 57 Fund for Democracy and Development, 1992, undated
4 58 Miscellaneous F: Farber-Flynn, 1969-2002, undated
4 59 Miscellaneous F: Folger-Fuchs, 1956-1997, undated
4 60 Garner, Keith and Constance, 1962-1966
4 61 General Services Administration, 1988-1990
4 62 Georgetown University, 1985-2002, undated
4 63 George Washington University, 1944-1994
4 64 Gibson, Eric, 1990-1998, undated
4 65 Gichner, Lawrence E., 1983-1990
4 66 Gilbert, Dr. Creighton, 1973-1978
4 67-70 Gilkey, Gordon W. (see also Pacific Northwest College of Art), 1971-2000, undated
4 71 Gilliam, Sam, Jr., 1976-1999, undated
4 72 Goddard, Stephen, 1998-2001
4 73-74 Gorky, Arshile (see also Fielding, Mrs. A.W.), 1969-1993, undated
4 75 Gottlieb, Adolph, 1964-1988
4 76 Graffman, Gary and Naomi, 1974-1992, undated
Box Folder
5 1 Greenberg, Amy, 1980-1981
5 2-3 Greenberg, Clement, 1972-1993
5 4-8 Greenwald, Bernard (contains handmade cards), 1972-1999, undated
5 9 Griffith, Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, 1953-1979
5 10-20 Griffiths, Antony V. (see also British Museum), 1983-2003, undated
5 21 Groschwitz, Gustave von, 1973-1990
5 22 Guston, Philip, 1971-2000, undated
5 23 Miscellaneous G: Gagosian-Gilmour, 1967-2000, undated
5 24 Miscellaneous G: Glackens-Graham, 1954-1998
5 25 Miscellaneous G: Grana-Gumpert, 1953-2001, undated
5 26-30 Halesz, Piri, 1980-2002, undated
5 31 Halfant, Jules, 1980-1997, undated
5 32 Handler, Mr. and Mrs. George R., 1960-1972
5 33-37 Harrison, Carol (contains photographs), 1986-2002, undated
5 38 Hart, Harold, 1967-1999, undated
5 39-43 Hayter, S.W., 1979-2002
5 44 Hemingway, Andrew, 1993-1998, 2001
5 45 Higginson, Genevra (see also National Gallery of Art), 1990-1999, undated
5 46 Hines, Mr. and Mrs. Felrath, 1975-1999
5 47 Hiratsuka, Un-ichi, 1995-2001, undated
5 48 Hirschl & Alder Galleries, Inc., 1987-2001, undated
5 49 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (see also Millard, Charles W.), 1975-1999, undated
5 50 Hitch, Ken and Kiyo, 1989-2000, undated
5 51-53 Holden, Donald, 1968-2002
5 54-56 Holladay, Mrs. Wilhelmina (Billie), 1977-2001, undated
5 57 Holladay, Winton Smoot, 1978-1995, undated
5 58 Hom, Jem and Betty, 1970-2001
5 59-60 Hopps, Walter, 1975-2002, undated
Box Folder
6 1 Hudson, Andrew, 1974-1985
6 2 Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, 1995
6 3 Miscellaneous H: Haas-Hayes, 1968-1998, undated
6 4 Miscellaneous H: Heller-Hitchings, 1953-2002, undated
6 5 Miscellaneous H: Hoffman-Hynes, 1973-2001, undated
6 6-9 Independent Curators Incorporated, 1972-1982, undated
6 10-11 Internal Revenue Service, 1949-1992
6 12 Miscellaneous I: Iglicki-Istomin, 1955-1999, undated
6 13-14 Jackson, John Baptist, 1954-1964, undated
6 15 James Smithson Society, 1977-1980
6 16 Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 1980-1985, undated
6 17 Joachim, Harold, 1977-1982, undated
6 18 Johnson, Una E., 1973-1981
6 19-20 Jordon, Jim, 1975-1982, undated
6 21 Julian, Ruth Reece, 1967-1996
6 22 Miscellaneous J: Jacks-Jessup, 1978-2002, undated
6 23 Miscellaneous J: Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore-Juscik, 1974-1992, undated
6 24-27 Kainen, Bertha, 1956-2000, undated
6 28-35 Kainen, Dan, 1956-2003, undated
6 36-43 Kainen, Paul, 1956-2002, undated
6 44 Kainen, Robert, 1977-1995
6 45 Kainen, Ruth Cole (contains letters to/from Jacob Kainen), 1968-1974, undated
6 46 Kainen, Sy, 1954-1994, undated
6 47 Kainen, Virginia, 1993-2002, undated
6 48-49 Kantor, Lou, 1936-1964, undated
6 50 Kaplan, Ruth, 1982-1993, undated
6 51 Kimmelman, Peter, 1992-1999
6 52 Kleinholz, Frank, 1943-1972
6 53 Kokkinen, Eila, 1969-1978
6 54 Koston, Dina (see also Theater Chamber Players of Kennedy Center), 1997-2002
6 55 Krasnow, Iris, 1980-2001, undated
6 56 Kucera, Greg, 1987-1988, undated
6 57 Kurosaki, Akira, 1975-1978
6 58 Miscellaneous K: Kainen-Karpinski, 1943-2000, undated
6 59 Miscellaneous K: Kellogg-Knox, 1954-2002, undated
6 60 Miscellaneous K: Kogod-Kuspit, 1957-2001, undated
6 61 Lab School of Washington, 1990-1996, undated
6 62 Laget, Mokha, 1988-1993, undated
6 63 Landau, David, 1983-1995
6 64-65 Landfall Press Inc., 1972-2002
Box Folder
7 1-5 Lapinski, Tadeusz, 1968-1984, undated
7 6 Legislation Regarding Artists, 1974-1976
7 7 Leiter, Andrew B., 1999-2000
7 8 Lerner, Al, 1985-1995
7 9 Lesser, Rudi, 1951-1991, undated
7 10-11 Levin, Harry G., 1968-1998, undated
7 12 Levy, David C. (see also Corcoran Gallery of Art), 1991-2002
7 13 Lewis, Golda, 1971-1995
7 14 Lewis, Jo Ann, 1976-2002
7 15-16 Lewis, Karen, 1980-2001, undated
7 17 Library of Congress, 1981-1997
7 18-19 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984-1995
7 20 Lowe, Harry, 1973-1994, undated
7 21-22 Lowman, Lynn Karn, 1975-1990, undated
7 23 Lozowich, Mrs. Adele, 1974-1994
7 24-26 Lunn, Harry, Jr., 1970-1998, undated
7 27 Miscellaneous L: Landau-Leich, 1955-1999, undated
7 28 Miscellaneous L: Leigman-Levy, 1944-1999, undated
7 29 Miscellaneous L: Lewison-Lowy, 1954-1993, undated
7 30 Mandle, Roger, 1989-1998
7 31 Markel, Kathryn, 1974-1989
7 32 Marquardt, Virginia H., 1980-1983
7 33 Martha White Gallery, 1982-1984, undated
7 34 Martin, Richard, 1976-1992
7 35 Maryland Art Place, 1990-1991
7 36 Maryland School of Art and Design, 1973, undated
7 37 Mason, Arthur, Esq., 1974-1993
7 38-41 Mattatuck Museum, 1963-2001, undated
7 42 McCosh, David and Anne, 1963-2000
7 43 McCulloch, Frank and Edie, 1975-1994
7 44-48 McNeil, George, 1946-1995, undated
Includes 1 sound cassette.
7 49 McPherson, Mr. and Mrs. William, 1976-2002, undated
7 50-52 Memorial Service, 2001, undated
7 53 Meredith Long Contemporary, 1979-1996, undated
7 54 Metropolitan Museum of Art (see also Walker, William B.), 1973-1998
7 55-56 Middendorf Gallery, 1977-1994, undated
7 57 Millard, Charles W., 1986-1997
7 58 Millon, Hank and Judy, 1990-2002
7 59 Montgomery College, 1979-2000, undated
7 60 Moore, Mrs. Keiko H., 1976-2001
7 61 Morrison, Keith, 1983-1985, undated
7 62-64 Morse, Peter, 1968-1993, undated
7 65 Muhlert, Jan K., 1976-1985, undated
7 66 M�ller, Hans and Hildi, 1977-1983, undated
7 67 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1970-1995
7 68 Museum of Modern Art, 1973-1997, undated
Box Folder
8 1 Miscellaneous M: MacDonald-McClelland, 1954-1998, undated
8 2 Miscellaneous M: McClintic-Meyerowitz, 1954-1992, undated
8 3 Miscellaneous M: Miceh-Morella, 1944-2002, undated
8 4 Miscellaneous M: Morgan-Myers, 1943-2001, undated
8 5-24 National Gallery of Art (see also Fine, Ruth), 1944-2003, undated
Includes 2 videocassettes (VHS).
8 25-26 National Museum of American History, 1986-2001
8 27-29 National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1982-2002, undated
8 30 National Portrait Gallery (see also Fern, Alan and Lois), 2001-2003
8 31 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1986-1995
8 32 New Art Examiner, 1986-1989, undated
8 33-35 New Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1978-1991, undated
8 36-40 Nordland, Gerald, 1966-1998, undated
8 41-42 Northrup, C. Van, 1979-1988, undated
8 43 Nouvelles de l'Estampe, 1988-1991, undated
8 44 Miscellaneous N: Naifeh- New Republic, 1964-2002, undated
8 45 Miscellaneous N: New York Review-Nunnally, 1977-2001, undated
8 46 Oberhuber, Konrad, 1976-1991, undated
8 47 O'Connell, George, 1974-1992, undated
8 48-49 O'Connor, Francis V., 1967-1997, undated
8 50-51 Orbeck, Jay, 1973-1997, undated
8 52 Ortner, Mary, 1980-1981
8 53 Miscellaneous O: Oebser-Ostroff, 1954-1993, undated
8 54 Pace, Stephen and Pamela, 1986-1999
8 55 Pacific Northwest College of Art (see also Gilkey, Gordon W.), 1989-2001, undated
8 56-58 Parkhurst, Charles, 1975-1999, undated
8 59-61 Parties, 1977-1989, undated
Box Folder
9 1 Perlow, Katharina Rich, 1999-2003, undated
9 2 Phillips, Matt, 1971-1999, undated
9 3-7 Phillips Collection, 1979-1999, undated
9 8 Picard, Ben M., 1974-1985
9 9 Pielage, Jozef, 1961-1980
9 10-11 Pink, Marilyn, 1978-2001, undated
9 12 Pirog, John, 1981
9 13-16 Pollack, Jerome, 1943-2001, undated
9 17-24 Portland Art Museum, 1973-2003, undated
9 25-26 Powell, Richard J., 1988-1996
9 27 Prather, Marla, 1990-2001, undated
9 28-29 Pratt Institute, 1969-2000, undated
9 30 Preilipper, Klaus, 1978-1995
9 31 Press, Alan and Dorothy, 1978-1987, undated
9 32 Print Collector's Newsletter, 1973-1995
9 33 Print Council of America, 1981-2000
9 34-36 Purcell, Ann, 1981-1996, undated
9 37 Pyramid Atlantic, 1988-1995
9 38 Miscellaneous P: Pakistan American Cultural Centre-Petrone, 1953-2001, undated
9 39 Miscellaneous P: Phillips Memorial Gallery-Pyritz, 1942-2002, undated
9 40 Miscellaneous Q: Queens Museum-Quiroz, 1979-2003
9 41 Rahman, Mira, 1976-1990, undated
9 42 Rand, Archie, 1979-1989, undated
9 43-47 Rand, Harry, 1978-2002, undated
9 48-49 Recommendations, 1950-1994, undated
9 50 Remington, Gale, 1961-1963, undated
9 51 Renan, Doris, 1984-1996
9 52-60 Reynolds, Jock, 1984-2002, undated
9 61 Riabov, George, 1976-1989, undated
9 62 Richard, Paul, 1975-1998
Box Folder
10 1-2 Ries, Martin, 1993-2000, undated
Includes 1 videocassette (VHS).
10 3 Robbins, Warren M., 1973-1994, undated
10 4 Rodwin, Lloyd, 1977-1995
10 5 Roko Gallery, 1963-1975
10 6 Romero, Enrique, 1977-1982
10 7-8 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 1994-1996, undated
10 9 Rosenberg, Harold, 1969-1979
10 10 Rosenberg, Sam, 1971-1979
10 11 Rosenthal, Mark, 1994-1996
10 12 Ross, Betty, 1979-1985, undated
10 13 Rudd, Eric, 1981-1998
10 14 Rutgers University (see also Cate, Phillip Dennis), 1991-2002
10 15 Miscellaneous R: Rackus-Rewald, 1953-1997, undated
10 16 Miscellaneous R: Reynolts-Rose, 1943-1994, undated
10 17 Miscellaneous R: Rosenbaum-Rutberg, 1950-2001, undated
10 18 Sachs, Sidney, 1979-1980, undated
10 19 Saint Louis Art Museum, 1992-1994
10 20 Saz, Ruth, 1978-1979, undated
10 21 Schaar, Eckhard, 1976-1980, undated
10 22 Schrag, Karl, 1945-1995
10 23 Scott, David, 1967-2000
10 24 Selle, Carol, 1979-1982, undated
10 25 Shestack, Alan, 1973-2001, undated
10 26 Shikes, Ralph, 1967-1974
10 27 Simms, Richard A., 1997-1998
10 28 Sir Deutsch Gallery, 1981-1990
10 29 Sloan, Helen, 1971-1991
10 30 Smallwood, Michael, 1976-1986
10 31 Smith, David, 1952
10 32-51 Smithsonian American Art Museum (see also Broun, Elizabeth), 1966-2002, undated
10 52-54 Smithsonian Institution, 1942-2001, undated
10 55 Smithsonian Institution Loyalty Board, 1942-1954, undated
10 56 Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program, 1989-1992, undated
10 57-58 Solman, Joseph, 1939-1998, undated
10 59 Soto, Ofelia, 1978-1986
10 60 Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 1979-1989, undated
10 61 Southern Graphics Council, 1996-2002, undated
10 62 Soyer, Raphael, 1964-2000
10 63 Spender, Matthew, 1994-2000, undated
Box Folder
11 1 Stasik, Andrew, 1968-2001, undated
11 2-3 Steinberg, Dr. Leo, 1979-2001, undated
11 4 Strick, Jeremy and Wendy, 1988-1999
11 5-6 Sundell, Michael G. and Nina, 1977-1999, undated
11 7-8 Sutherland, David, 1982-1994, undated
11 9 Swift, Mary, 1975-1999
11 10 Syracuse University, 1982-1995
11 11 Miscellaneous S: Sachs-Schenck, 1953-2000, undated
11 12 Miscellaneous S: Schlesinger-Shiff, 1974-2001, undated
11 13 Miscellaneous S: Sidwell-Solinger, 1959-2001, undated
11 14 Miscellaneous S: Spanierman-Symmes, 1977-2002, undated
11 15 Tamarind Institute, 1979-1999, undated
11 16 Taylor, Lisa, 1975-1994, undated
11 17-18 Taylor, Prentiss, 1949-2002, undated
11 19-20 Tejera, Victorino, 1959-1994, undated
11 21-22 Theater Chamber Players of Kennedy Center, 1985-1997, undated
11 23 Thomas, Sidney, 1949, 1976-1983
11 24-26 Thorton, Valerie, 1979-1996, undated
11 27 Tighe, Mary Ann S., 1973-1993, undated
11 28 Travis, Isabelle Dervaux, 1988-1991
11 29 Truitt, Anne, 1993-2001
11 30 Tunick, David, 1979-1992
11 31 Tyler, Francine, 1988-1992
11 32 Miscellaneous T: Taggart-Thrash, 1956-2000, undated
11 33 Miscellaneous T: Tobias-Tydlacka, 1975-1995, undated
11 34 University of Maryland, 1963-1996, undated
11 35-37 University of Oregon, 1966-2001, undated
11 38 University of Pittsburgh, 1965-1979
11 39 Upton, Richard, 1969-1997, undated
11 40 Miscellaneous U: Underwood-Ury, 1939-1990, undated
11 41-43 Veinus, Abraham, 1944-2001, undated
11 44 Veinus, Peter S., 1983-1984, undated
11 45 Venezuelans, 1977-1979
11 46 Vigtel, Gudmund, 1983-1990
11 47 Vogel, Joseph, circa 1970-1995, undated
11 48 Miscellaneous V: Vaghi-Vienna Arts Society, Inc., 1977-2002, undated
11 49 Walker, Barry, 1974-1998
11 50 Walker, William B., 1975-1993
11 51 Wang, Ming, 1974-2000, undated
11 52 Washington Moscow Art Exchange, 1988-1990, undated
11 53 Washington Post, 1972-2003, undated
11 54 Washington Print Club, 1980-1997, undated
11 55-57 Washington Project for the Arts (see also Reynolds, Jock), 1975-1995, undated
11 58 Waterbury Hall of Fame, 1996-1998, undated
11 59 Wayne, June, 1983-2000
11 60-61 Weber, Joanne, 1957-2000, undated
11 62 Wenniger, Mary Ann, 1976-1983, undated
11 63 Weintraub, Jacob and Barbara, 1979-1993
11 64 Weissman, Julian, 1981-2003, undated
11 65 White, Christopher, circa 1975-1981
11 66 Whitehead, John and Nancy, 1994-1997, undated
11 67 Whitney Museum of American Art, 1972-1996, undated
Box Folder
12 1 Whyte, Angus, 1973-1990, undated
12 2 William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, 1983-1985, undated
12 3 Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Dave H., 1986-1999, undated
12 4 Williams, Gil, 1973
12 5 Winter, Ann, 1959-1962, undated
12 6 Works Progress Administration, 1944-1995, undated
12 7 Wright, Richard, 1982-2001, undated
12 8 Miscellaneous W: Wackers-Watrous, 1946-2002, undated
12 9 Miscellaneous W: Wattenmaker-White, 1952-2002, undated
12 10 Miscellaneous W: Wiener-Wright, 1949-2000, undated
12 11 Yale University (see also Field, Richard S.), 1983-2003
12 12 Young, Gene, 1997-2002, undated
12 13 Yourieva, Mrs. Tatiana, 1972-1997, undated
12 14 Yunker, Adja, 1948-1990, undated
12 15 Miscellaneous Y: Yanosky-Young, 1976-1990, undated
12 16 Zabriskie Gallery, 1974-1981
12 17 Zevin, Lillian, 1978-1993
12 18 Miscellaneous Z: Zerner-Zigrosser, 1969-1993

Series 3: Writings, circa 1920s-2002
1.2 Linear feet; Boxes 12-13

The series contains writings by and about Jacob Kainen. Writings by Jacob Kainen include articles, essays, introductions to exhibition catalogs, lectures, statements, short stories as well as lists, notes, and rough drafts of speeches and essays. Also included are lectures given by Jacob Kainen. Writings by others include essays, a thesis and dissertation about Jacob Kainen, and extensive writings by Ruth Cole Kainen.

The series has been divided into 2 subseries:

3.1: Writings by Jacob Kainen, circa 1920s-2000

Writings by Jacob Kainen include essays about Arshile Gorky, Raphael Soyer, John Dowell, and the Works Progress Administration. Mainstream art, New York in the 1930s, and art in the 1930s are topics addressed in the lectures included in this series. Also found is poetry written by Jacob Kainen as well as several of his pocket notebooks and travel notebooks.

Box Folder
12 19-20 Articles and Essays, 1966-1968, undated
12 21 Draft Letter to the Editor, circa 1994
12 22 Exhibition Catalogs, 1953-1986, undated
12 23-29 Lectures, 1978-1988
12 30 Lists, 1964-1988, undated
12 31-32 Notes, 1946-1995, undated
12 33-34 Notes and Research Material on Velazquez, circa 1980s
12 35 Poetry, circa 1920s-1930s, circa 1990s
12 36-37 Rough Drafts, 1976-1995, undated
12 38-39 Short Stories, undated
12 40 Statements, 1952-1989, undated
12 41-43 Miscellaneous, 1939-2000, undated
12 44-46 Notebooks, circa 1980s-1994
12 47 Notebook, 1930s WPA, De Kooning, 1990s
12 48-50 Pocket Notebooks, circa 1980s-1990s
12 51-53 Travel Notebooks, 1956, 1985-1986
Box Folder
13 1-5 Travel Notebooks, 1988-1994

3.2: Writings by Others, circa 1972-2002

The subseries contains writings about Jacob Kainen's painting, the Graphic Arts Division of the Works Progress Administration, the Smithsonian Institution's Division of Graphic Arts, and Jacob Kainen's art collection. Also found are extensive writings by Ruth Cole Kainen about her husband and about their art collection.

Box Folder
13 6-9 Berman, Avis, 1992
13 10 Griffiths, Antony V., undated
13 11-17 Holladay, Winton Smoot, 1974
13 18-19 Kainen, Ruth Cole, regarding Jacob Kainen, 1972-2002
13 20 Kainen, Ruth Cole, Notes, circa 1970s-1990s
13 21 Kainen, Ruth Cole, "RC Kainen Collection," circa 1990s
13 22 Maxfield, David, undated
13 23-30 Seaton, Elizabeth Gaede, 2000
13 31 Wright, Helena E., 2000

Series 4: Diaries, circa 1952-2004
5.2 Linear feet; Boxes 13-18

The series includes more informal writings by Jacob Kainen: diary entries, journal entries, and two dismantled journal notebooks. Ruth Cole Kainen's extensive diary entries about Jacob Kainen and their life, which consist of fragments and complete entries, are also included in this series. A large portion of Mrs. Kainen's diary entries deal with Jacob Kainen's two sons and with his retrospectives. Ruth Kainen edited, annotated, and revised her diary entries, so draft fragments, notes, and revised versions are included.

Box Folder
13 32 Diary Entries, 1952-1993
13 33 Journal Entries (contains three drawings by Jacob Kainen), 1952-1954, undated
13 34-37 Dismantled Notebook, 1956
13 38-40 Dismantled Notebook, 1962
13 41-44 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1975
13 45-50 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1976
Box Folder
14 1-3 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1976
14 4-11 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1977
14 12-14 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1978
14 15-19 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1979
14 20-21 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1980
Box Folder
15 1-5 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1980
15 6-17 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1981
15 18-24 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1982
Box Folder
16 1 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1982
16 2-6 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1983
16 7-10 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1984
16 11-14 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1985
16 15 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1986
16 16 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1987
16 17-19 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1988
16 20-23 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1989
Box Folder
17 1-3 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1990
17 4-6 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1991
17 7-8 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1992
17 9-11 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1993
17 12-15 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1994
17 16 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1995
17 17-19 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1996
17 20-21 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1997
17 22-24 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1998
17 25-26 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1999
Box Folder
18 1-5 Diary Entries, Ruth Cole Kainen, 2000-2004
18 6-7 Unsorted Draft Diary Fragments, Ruth Cole Kainen, 1975-2003
18 8-15 Notes for Diaries, Ruth Cole Kainen, circa 1970s-1990s

Series 5: Calendars, 1953-2008
1.5 Linear feet; Boxes 18-20

Found here are daily calendars, calendar pages, typed schedules, and itineraries from Jacob and Ruth's various trips abroad. Many of the calendars are incomplete with certain months missing. The daily calendars also contain notes and lists relating to the events planned on specific days. Also found are Appointment books kept by both Jacob Kainen and Ruth Cole Kainen.

Box Folder
18 16-21 Appointment Books, 1971, 1975-1978, 1982
18 22-25 Appointment Books, 1998-1999
Box Folder
19 1-14 Appointment Books, 2000-2008
19 15-48 Daily Calendars, 1974, 1976-1999
Box Folder
20 1-3 Daily Calendars, 2000-2001
20 4-7 Travel Itineraries, 1953, 1969, 1972-1996

Series 6: Transcripts, circa 1975-1994
1.3 Linear feet; Boxes 20-21

Transcripts of formal interviews, informal dialogues, discussions, and conversations are included in the series. The transcripts cover topics concerning Jacob's biography, his artwork, and art history in general. Many transcripts include explanatory notes and introductions written by Ruth Cole Kainen. Some of the transcripts are incomplete with missing pages. In other cases, there are different versions of the same conversations.

This series is divided into 2 subseries:

6.1: Conversations, 1975-1994

Found here are transcriptions of informal dinner conversations, telephone conversations, discussions, and dialogues between Jacob Kainen and others. The transcripts filed under Ruth Cole Kainen are conversations strictly between herself and Jacob Kainen and comprise the bulk of the subseries. However, many of the conversations with the other participants include comments from both Jacob and Ruth Kainen.

Box Folder
20 8 Berman, Avis, 1993
20 9 Donovan, Bobby, 1984
20 10 Hayter, S.W., 1976
20 11 Hopps, Walter, 1991-1992
20 12-37 Kainen, Ruth Cole, 1975-1994
20 38 Rand, Harry, 1978-1991
20 39-40 Rand, Harry and Jennifer Gibson, 1981
20 41 Sundell, Michael, 1978
20 42 Taylor, Dr. Joshua, 1976
20 43 Tejera, Victorino, 1980
20 44 Veinus, Peter, 1984
20 45 Walker, Barry, 1988

6.2: Interviews, circa 1977-1993

The subseries includes transcripts of formal interviews with Jacob Kainen concerning such topics as Mark Rothko, Alma Thomas, American Printmaking, and Washington art. As with the previous subseries, the transcripts include comments from Ruth Cole Kainen in addition to those by Jacob Kainen.

Box Folder
21 1 Berman, Avis, 1982
21 2 Blair, Ann, 1977
21 3 Brodsky, Marian, 1990
21 4-6 Field, Richard, 1982
21 7 Green, Sue, 1985
21 8 Hills, Patricia, 1988
21 9 Hood, Richard, 1984
21 10 Ingram, Elliot, undated
21 11 Johnson, Barbara Martin and Clarissa Wittenburg, 1978
21 12 Lewis, JoAnn, 1993
21 13 Krasnow, Iris, 1989
21 14 Maskery, Mary Ann, 1977
21 15 Morrison, Keith, 1984
21 16 Perlmutter, Jack, 1980
21 17 Richard, Paul, 1985
21 18 Ross, Betty, 1982
21 19-20 Sundell, Michael, 1978
21 21 Sundell, Michael and Alison Abelson, 1980
21 22 Swift, Mary, 1992
21 23 Tannous, David, 1978
21 24-25 Travis, Isabelle, 1988
21 26-27 Wilson, Judith, 1978
21 28 Miscellaneous Transcripts, 1977-1993

Series 7: Inventories, 1927-2001
1 Linear foot; Boxes 21-22

Found here are general and specific inventories of paintings by Jacob Kainen, many with accompanying color photographs. There are also inventories and appraisals of the Kainens' art collection.

Box Folder
21 29 Collection Appraisal, 2001
21 30-31 Collection Inventory, circa 2001
21 32-35 Collection Notecards, circa 1970s-1990s
21 36 Inventory, 1950-1968, circa 1968
21 37 List of Works with Sketches, circa 1979-1982
21 38 Monotypes, circa 1990s
21 39-42 Painting Inventory, 1927-1949
21 43-46 Painting Inventory, 1969-1975
21 47-49 Painting Inventory, 1976-1980
21 50-53 Painting Inventory, 1984-1988
21 54-58 Paintings Sold or Missing, 1927-1953
Box Folder
22 1-5 Paintings Sold or Missing, 1968-1983
22 6-10 Unsold Paintings, 1981-1983
22 11-13 Unsold Paintings, 1989-1999
22 14 WPA Prints, circa 1975-1976

Series 8: Printed Material, 1938-2003
0.5 Linear feet; Box 22, OV 18

The series includes Kainen's exhibition catalogs and announcements in addition to newspaper, magazine, and journal clippings of articles by and about Jacob Kainen. Also found are a few newsletters, journals, programs, and pamphlets of interest to Kainen.

Box Folder
22 15 Book Excerpts, circa 1980s-1990s
22 16 Calendar, 1995
22 17-19 Clippings of Articles about Jacob Kainen, 1952-2002, undated
22 20-21 Clippings of Articles by Jacob Kainen, 1956-1979, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 31.
22 22-23 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1952-1999, undated
22 24-31 Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1938-1994, undated
22 32 Miscellaneous Announcements, 1939-1989, undated
22 33 Newsletters and Journals, 1987-2003
22 34 Pamphlets, undated
22 35 Programs, circa 1950s, 1993, 2002
Box
OV 31 Oversize Clippings of Articles by Jacob Kainen, From Box 22, Folder 20-21, 1966

Series 9: Photographs, 1905-2000
3.2 Linear feet; Boxes 22-25, OV 18

Photographs depict Jacob Kainen with family members and friends, at exhibition openings, teaching, and working in his studios. Also found are photographs of Kainen with fellow students at Pratt Institute, exhibition installations, and photographs of Kainen's artwork. Included are color snapshots, black and white prints, and a few slides and negatives. Many of the photographs were taken by Ruth Cole Kainen. Photograph albums were dismantled and the photographs within them were arranged in their original order.

Box Folder
22 36-41 Jacob Kainen, 1925-1999, undated
22 42-48 Jacob Kainen at Work, 1972-2000, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 31.
Box Folder
23 1-6 Jacob Kainen at Work, 1934-2000
23 7-11 Jacob Kainen and Family, 1905-1990s
Oversized material housed in OV 31.
23 12 Jacob Kainen and Friends, 1929-2000, undated
23 13 Pratt Institute, circa 1928-1929
23 14-19 Events and Exhibition Openings, circa 1952-1990s
23 20 Exhibition Installation, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1999
23 21 Exhibition Installation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1993
23 22-23 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 1997, undated
23 24-25 Artwork, circa 1970s-1990s
23 26 Artwork by Willaim Gilpin, circa 1988
23 27 Miscellaneous, 1979-1994, undated
23 28-32 Photograph Album 1, 1905-1969, undated
23 33-38 Photograph Album 2, 1969-1975, undated
Box Folder
24 1-3 Photograph Album 2, 1969-1975, undated
24 4-13 Photograph Album 3, 1975-1979, undated
24 14-22 Photograph Album 4, 1979-1981, undated
24 23-35 Photograph Album 5, 1981-1986, undated
24 36-47 Photograph Album 6, 1985-1991, undated
Box Folder
25 1-6 Photograph Album 6, 1985-1991, undated
25 7-24 Photograph Album 7, 1989-1993, undated
25 25-38 Photograph Album 8, 1994-1997, undated
25 39-42 Photograph Album 9, circa 1970s
25 43-48 Photograph Album 10, 1973-1976
Box
OV 31 Oversize Photographs of Jacob Kainen at Work, From Box 22, Folder 42-48, 1987
OV 31 Oversize Photographs of Jacob Kainen and Family, From Box 23, Folders 7-11, undated

Series 10: Works of Art, 1942-2000
1.2 Linear feet; Boxes 25-26

The series consists primarily of handmade greeting cards and limited edition prints given to Jacob and Ruth Kainen. The cards contain lithographs, etchings, pen and ink drawings, and woodblock prints by various artists such as Tadeusz Lapinski, Un-ichi Hiratsuka, and Raphael Soyer. Alberta Mayo's portfolio, entitled "Remembering Paradise: Postcards from Southern California," is also part of the series. The series contains a variety of materials given to Kainen by the artist, Irving Amen. The series is arranged alphabetically by the artist's last name and chronologically under each heading. Artists with fewer than five items are filed alphabetically in miscellaneous folders. The material by Irving Amen is organized further by the type of material (i.e. by works of art, photographs, and printed material) and then chronologically.

See below for a List of Miscellaneous Artists from Series 10

Box Folder
25 49-50 Sketches by Jacob Kainen, 1942, 1980s-1990s
25 51 Unidentifiable and Illegible, 1968-2000, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 31.
Box Folder
26 1-6 Amen, Irving, 1960-1970, undated
26 7 Miscellaneous A: Arneson-Azechi, 1962, undated
26 8-11 Brumback, Cynthia and Wang Ming, 1974-2000, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 31.
26 12 Miscellaneous B: Baskin-Butler, 1937-1990, undated
26 13 Childs, Bernard, 1968-1984
26 14 Clark, Michael, 1977-1999, undated
26 15 Miscellaneous C: Carcan-Cornin, 1959-1990, undated
26 16 Donovan, Bobby, 1987-2000, undated
26 17 Miscellaneous D and E: Davis-Everson, 1948-1987, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 31.
26 18 Miscellaneous F and G: Fransconi-Gurr, 1971-2000, undated
26 19-20 Hiratsuka, Un-ichi, 1966-1977, undated
26 21 Miscellaneous H and I: Hashimoto-Isen, 1985-1991, undated
26 23-26 Kainen, Dan, 1999-2000, undated
26 27 Miscellaneous K: Kent-Kurosuki, 1966-1979, undated
26 28 Lapinski, Tadeusz, 1969-1989, undated
26 29 Miscellaneous L: Landau-Lyon, 1951-1979, undated
26 30-32 Mayo, Alberta, 1986
26 33 Miscellaneous M: Margo-Music, 1973-1978, undated
26 34 Miscellaneous N: Nama-Neustadt, 1965-1971
26 35-36 O'Connell, George, 1962-2000, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 31.
26 37 Oehser, Grace, 1953-1978
26 38 Orbeck, Jay, 1979-1989, undated
26 39 Miscellaneous P: Pearlstein-Purcell, 1977-1997
26 40 Miscellaneous R: Reed-Riabov, 1969-1971, undated
26 41 Schrag, Karl, 1960-1962, undated
26 42 Miscellaneous S: Schwartz-Sundberg, 1944-1985, undated
26 43-44 Thorton, Valerie, 1967-1985, undated
26 45 Miscellaneous T and V: Taylor-Viswanadhan, 1962-1990
26 46-48 Verejsky, Orest, 1965-1986, undated
26 49 Wasserman, Burton, 1967-1972
26 50 Miscellaneous W and Y: Ward-Yunkers, 1948-1997, undated
Box
OV 31 Oversize Unidentifiable, From Box 25, Folder 51, 1980
OV 31 Oversize Brumbeck, Cynthia and Ming Wang, From Box 26, Folders 8-11, 1998-2000
OV 31 Oversize De L�on, Ponce, From Box 26, Folder 17, 1971
OV 31 Oversize O'Connell, George, From Box 26, Folders 35-36, undated

Series 11: Scrapbooks, 1936-1998
1.2 Linear feet; Boxes 27-30

Nine scrapbooks found here include news clippings, exhibition press releases, announcements, and catalogs. Scrapbooks document the entirety of Kainen's career as an artist and are especially comprehensive of his later years.

Box Folder
27 1 Scrapbook, 1936-1961
27 2 Scrapbook, 1962-1971
Box Folder
28 1 Scrapbook, 1963-1965
28 2 Scrapbook, 1971-1975
Box Folder
29 1 Scrapbook, 1975-1981
29 2 Scrapbook, 1980-1986
Box Folder
30 1 Scrapbook, 1986-1991
30 2 Scrapbook, 1991-1994
30 3 Scrapbook, 1994-1998

List of Miscellaneous Artists from Series 10

  • Arneson, Robert, undated
  • Aronson, Irene, 1962
  • Azechi, Umetaro, undated
  • Baskin, Leonard, undated
  • Beeri, Tuvia, 1978-1990
  • Brashow, James, undated
  • Browne, Rosalind Bengelsdorf, 1937
  • Bunts, Frank, undated
  • Butler, James, undated
  • Carcan, Ren�, 1978-1990
  • Celan-Lestrange, Gis�le, 1977
  • Davis, Gene, 1969
  • Dayez, George, undated
  • Dean, Hilliard, 1980-1987, undated
  • De L�on, Ponce, 1965-1971, undated
  • Dos Santos, Bartolomeu, undated
  • Eichenberg, Fritz, 1977
  • Everson, William and Mary, 1948
  • Frasconi, Antonio, undated
  • Greenwald, Bernard, 1976
  • Griffith, Fuller, undated
  • Gubbiotti, Jason, 2000
  • Gumpert, Gunther, 1999
  • Gurr, Lena, 1971-1972, undated
  • Hashimoto, Okiie, undated
  • Highton, Anne, 1985-1991, undated
  • Isen, Hal and Anita, undated
  • Kent, Norman, 1966, undated
  • Kolin, Sasha, undated
  • Kreindler, Doris, 1967
  • Kurosaki, Akira, 1979
  • Landau, Jacob, 1971
  • Laughlin, Rebecca Mirsch, 1979
  • Leizman, William, 1961, undated
  • Lewis, Golda, 1955
  • Lothar, Ernest, 1951
  • Lyon, Rowland, undated
  • Margo, Boris, undated
  • Michel, Sally, 1970-1977
  • Moore, Benson, undated
  • Morse, Peter, 1973-1975
  • Music, Zoran, 1978
  • Nama, George A., 1965-1966
  • Neustadt, Barbara, 1971
  • Pearlstein, Philip, 1977-1978
  • Piza, 1983-1988
  • Purcell, Ann, 1997
  • Reed, Paul, 1969, undated
  • Refregier, Anton, 1971
  • Riabov, George, undated
  • Schwartz, Carl, undated
  • Smallwood, Michael, 1973
  • Stone, J., 1985
  • Solmon, Joseph, 1944-1952
  • Soyer, Raphael, undated
  • Sundberg, Alan, undated
  • Taylor, Prentiss, 1962-1963
  • Veinus, Abraham, 1989-1990
  • Viswanadhan, Velu, 1981
  • Ward, Lynd, undated
  • Weber, Joanne Goulart, 1977-1997
  • Wiley, William T., undated
  • White, Pat, 1972
  • Yoshida, undated
  • Yunkers, Adja, 1948