Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk, 1930-1994

A Finding Aid to the Katharine Kuh Papers, 1875-1994, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Biographical Information

Katharine Kuh (1904-1994) worked primarily in the Chicago area as an modern art historian, dealer, critic, curator, writer, and consultant. She operated the Katharine Kuh Gallery from 1935-1943 and was the first woman curator of European and Art and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Katharine Kuh (née Woolf) was born on July 15, 1904 in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of the three daughters of Olga Weiner and Morris Woolf, a silk importer. In 1909, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois. While traveling with her family in Europe in 1914, Katharine contracted polio, causing her to spend the next decade in a body brace. During this time of restricted movement, she developed an interest in art history through the collecting of old master prints.

After her recovery, Katharine Woolf attended Vassar College where one of her professors, Alfred Barr, encouraged her to study modern art. She graduated from Vassar in 1925 and received a master's degree in art history from the University of Chicago in 1929. Later that year, she moved to New York to pursue a Ph.D. in Renaissance and medieval art at New York University.

In 1930, Katharine Woolf returned to Chicago and married businessman George Kuh and began to teach art history courses in the suburbs of Chicago. After divorcing George Kuh in 1935, she opened the Katharine Kuh Gallery, the first gallery devoted to avant-garde art in Chicago. It was also the first gallery to exhibit photography and typographical design as art forms, and featured the work of Ansel Adams, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, and Man Ray, among others. From 1938 to1940, Kuh was the Visiting Professor of Art at the University School of Fine Arts, San Miguel, Mexico.

After the Katharine Kuh Gallery closed in 1943, Kuh was hired by museum director Daniel Catton Rich to fill a position in public relations at the Art Institute of Chicago. During the following years, Kuh edited the museum's Quarterly publication, took charge of the museum's Gallery of Interpretive Art, and began a long term relationship with Rich. In 1946, Kuh was sent on a special mission for the U. S. Office of Indian Affairs to make a detailed study of Native American totemic carvings in Alaska.

In 1949, Kuh persuaded Mr. and Mrs. Walter Arensberg of Los Angeles to exhibit their collection of modern art, creating the first post-war exhibition of modern art in Chicago. She published her first book Art Has Many Faces in 1951, and in the following year, she began writing art criticism for The Saturday Review. In 1954, Kuh was appointed the first woman curator of European Art and Sculpture at the Art Institute. She assembled the American contribution for the Venice Biennale in 1956 and during these years, Kuh helped acquire many of the works of modern art currently in the museum's collection.

A year following Daniel Catton Rich's 1958 resignation from the Art Institute of Chicago, Kuh also resigned and pursued a career in New York as an art collection advisor, most notably for the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1959, Kuh was made art critic for The Saturday Review, and she continued to publish books, including The Artist's Voice in 1962, Break-Up: The Core of Modern Art in 1965, and The Open Eye: In Pursuit of Art in 1971.

Katharine Kuh died on January 10, 1994 in New York City.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of art historian, dealer, critic, and curator Katharine Kuh measure 12.1 linear feet and date from 1875-1994, with the bulk of the material dating from 1930-1994. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with family, friends and colleagues; personal business records; artwork by various artists; a travel journal; writings by Kuh and others; scrapbooks; printed material; photographs of Kuh and others; and audio recordings of Kuh's lectures and of Daniel Catton Rich reading poetry.

Biographical material consists of copies of Kuh's birth certificate, resumés, passports, award certificates, honorary diplomas, and address books listing information about several prominent artists and colleagues.

Four linear feet of correspondence offers excellent documentation of Kuh's interest in art history, her travels, her career at the Art Institute of Chicago, her work as a corporate art advisor, and as an author. There are letters from her mother Olga Woolf, friends, and colleagues. There is extensive correspondence with various staff members of the Art Institute of Chicago, the First National Bank of Chicago, and The Saturday Review. Also of interest are letters from artists and collectors, several of whom became life-long friends including Walter and Louise Arensberg, Cosmo Campoli, Serge Chermayeff, Richard Cox, Worden Day, Claire Falkenstein, Fred Friendly, Leon Golub, Joseph Goto, David Hare, Denise Brown Hare, Jean Hélion, Ray Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Len Lye, Wallace Putnam, Kurt Seligmann, Shelby Shackelford, Hedda Sterne, and Clyfford Still. Many letters are illustrated with original artwork in various media.

There are also scattered letters from various artists and other prominent individuals including Josef Albers, George Biddle, Marcel Breuer, Joseph Cornell, Stuart Davis, Edwin Dickinson, Joseph Hirshhorn, Daniel Catton Rich, and Dorothea Tanning.

Personal business records include a list of artwork, Olga Woolf's will, inventories of Kuh's personal art collection, miscellaneous contracts and deeds of gift, receipts for the sale of artwork, files concerning business-related travel, and miscellaneous receipts.

Artwork in the collection represents a wide range of artist friends and media, such as drawings, watercolors, paintings, collages, and prints. Included are works by various artists including lithographs by David Hare and a watercolor set, Technics and Creativity, designed and autographed by Jasper Johns for the Museum of Modern Art, 1970.

Notes and writings include annotated engagement calendars, travel journals for Germany, a guest book for the Kuh Memorial gathering, and many writings and notes by Kuh for lectures and articles concerning art history topics. Of interest are minutes/notes from meetings for art festivals, conferences, and the "Conversations with Artists Program (1961). Also found are writings by others about Kuh and other art history topics.

Six scrapbooks contain clippings that document the height of Kuh's career as a gallery director and museum curator. Scrapbook 6 contains clippings about Fernand Léger, the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953.

Additional printed material includes clippings about Kuh and her interests, a comprehensive collection of clippings of Kuh's articles for The Saturday Review, exhibition announcements and catalogs, calendars of events, programs, brochures, books including Poems by Kuh as a child, and reproductions of artwork. Of particular interest are the early and exhibition catalogs from the Katharine Kuh Gallery, and rare catalogs for artists including Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Stanley William Hayter, Hans Hofmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Franz Kline, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Pablo Picasso.

Photographs provide important documentation of the life and career of Katharine Kuh and are of Kuh, family members, friends, colleagues, events, residences, and artwork. Several of the photographs of Kuh were taken by Will Barnet and Marcel Breuer and there is a notable pair of photo booth portraits of Kuh and a young Ansel Adams. There are also group photographs showing Angelica Archipenko with Kuh; designer Klaus Grabe; painters José Chavez Morado and Pablo O'Higgins in San Miguel, Mexico; Kuh at the Venice Biennale with friends and colleagues including Peggy Guggenheim, Frances Perkins, Daniel Catton Rich, and Harry Winston; and "The Pre-Depressionists" including Lorser Feitelson, Robert Inverarity, Helen Lundeberg, Arthur Millier, Myron Chester Nutting, and Muriel Tyler Nutting.

Photographs of exhibition installations and openings include views of the Katharine Kuh Gallery; Fernand Léger, Man Ray, and László Moholy-Nagy at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Philip Guston, Jimmy Ernst, Seymour H. Knox, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. There are also photographs depicting three men posing as Léger's "Three Musicians" and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Art Institute of Chicago. There is a photograph by Peter Pollack of an elk skull used as a model by Georgia O'Keeffe.

Additional photographs of friends and colleagues include Ivan Albright, Alfred Barr, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Willem De Kooning, Edwin Dickinson, Marcel Duchamp, Claire Falkenstein, Alberto Giacometti, poet Robert Graves with Len Lye, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Carlos Mérida, José Orozco, Hasan Ozbekhan, Pablo Picasso, Carl Sandberg, Ben Shahn, Otto Spaeth, Hedda Sterne, Adlai Stevenson, Clyfford Still, Mark Tobey, and composer Victor Young.

Photographs of artwork include totem poles in Alaska; work by various artists including Claire Falkenstein, Paul Klee, and Hedda Sterne; and work donated to the Guggenheim Museum.

Four audio recordings on cassette are of Katharine Kuh's lectures, including one about assembling corporate collections, and of Daniel Catton Rich reading his own poetry. There is also a recording of the Second Annual Dialogue between Broadcasters and Museum Educators.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 9 series. Undated correspondence, artwork, and photographs of individual artists are arranged alphabetically. Otherwise, each series is arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Names

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

Subjects:

  • Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
  • Albright, Ivan, 1897-
  • Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964
  • Arp, Jean, 1887-1966
  • Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902-
  • Calder, Alexander,1898-1976
  • Chagall, Marc, 1887-
  • Chavez Morado, José, 1909-2002
  • De Kooning, Willem, 1904-
  • Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-
  • Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-
  • Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
  • Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
  • Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984
  • Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-
  • Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978
  • Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966
  • Grabe, Klaus
  • Graves, Robert
  • Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-
  • Guston, Philip, 1913-
  • Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988
  • Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966
  • Inverarity, Robert Bruce, 1909-
  • Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944
  • Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001
  • Kepes, Juliet
  • Klee, Paul, 1879-1940
  • Kline, Franz, 1910-1962
  • Knox, Seymour H., 1898-1990
  • Johnson, Philip, 1906-
  • Le Corbusier, 1887-1965
  • Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955
  • Lundeberg, Helen, 1908-
  • Lye, Len, 1901-1980
  • Mérida, Carlos, 1891-
  • Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969
  • Millier, Arthur, 1893-
  • Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946
  • Motherwell, Robert
  • Nutting, Muriel Leone Tyler, b. 1892
  • Nutting, Myron Chester, 1890-1972
  • Perkins, Frances
  • Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973
  • O'Higgins, Pablo, 1904-
  • Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949
  • Ozbekhan, Hasan, 1921-2007
  • Ray, Man, 1890-1976
  • Rich, Daniel Catton, 1904-1976
  • Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970
  • Sandberg, Carl
  • Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962
  • Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969
  • Spaeth, Otto, d. 1966
  • Sterne, Hedda, 1916-
  • Stevenson, Adlai E.$q(Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
  • Still, Clyfford, 1904-
  • Tobey, Mark
  • Winston, Harry Lewis
  • Young, Victor
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Art Institute of Chicago -- Faculty
  • Katharine Kuh Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Biennale di Venezia

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art, Abstract --United States
  • Art, American
  • Art festivals
  • Art galleries, Commercial -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States
  • Authors -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Women art critics -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Women art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Women art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Women art dealers -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Women art historians -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Women museum curators -- Illinois -- Chicago

Types of Materials:

  • Awards
  • Calendars
  • Collages
  • Drawings
  • Illustrated Letters
  • Lecture notes
  • Lectures
  • Lithographs
  • Minutes
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Poetry
  • Prints
  • Resumes
  • Sales records
  • Scrapbooks
  • Travel journals
  • Watercolors
  • Wills
  • Sound recordings
  • Visitors' books

Names:

  • Albers, Josef
  • Arensberg, Louise S. (Louise Stevenson), 1879-1953
  • Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954
  • Barnet, Will, 1911
  • Biddle, George, 1885-
  • Breuer, Marcel, 1902-
  • Campoli, Cosmo
  • Chermayeff, Serge, 1900-
  • Cornell, Joseph
  • Cox, Richard
  • Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964
  • Day, Worden, 1916-1986
  • Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-
  • Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-
  • Friendly, Fred W.
  • Golub, Leon, 1922-2004
  • Goto, Joseph
  • Hare, David, 1917-
  • Hare, Denise Browne
  • Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987
  • Hirshhorn, Joseph
  • Johns, Jasper, 1930-
  • Johnson, Ray, 1927-
  • Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001
  • Kepes, Juliet
  • Lye, Len, 1901-1980
  • Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978 -- photographer
  • Putnam, Wallace, 1899
  • Rich, Daniel Catton, 1904-1976
  • Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962
  • Shackelford, Shelby
  • Sterne, Hedda, 1916-
  • Still, Clyfford, 1904-
  • Tanning, Dorothea, 1910-
  • Woolf, Olga

Provenance

The Katharine Kuh papers were donated in several installments from 1971 to 1989 by Katharine Kuh and in 1994 by her estate. Artwork was donated in 1995 by Kuh's former employer, the Art Institute of Chicago.

How the Collection was Processed

Individual accessions were minimally processed and microfilmed on reels 265, 267, 2225-2227, and 2288. Previously microfilmed and unmicrofilmed portions were merged, arranged, and described by Jean Fitzgerald in August 2008 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce requires written permission until 2019. Contact the Archives of American Art Reference Services department for additional information.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Katharine Kuh 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.

Available Formats

Portions of this collection are available on 35mm microfilm reels 265, 267, 2225-2227, and 2288 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the collection as described in this finding aid may not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm.

How to Cite this Collection

Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1945-1922
(Box 1; 16 folders)

Biographical material consists of copies of Kuh's birth certificate, resumés, passports, award certificates, honorary diplomas, and address books listing information about several prominent artists and colleagues.

Box Folder
1 1 Copies of Birth Certificate, 1945
1 2 Resumés, 1959-1981
1 3-4 Passports, 1953-1973
(2 folders)
1 5 Professional Achievement Award, University of Chicago Alumni Association, undated
1 6 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Diploma, Kansas City Art Institute, 1976
1 7-8 Honorary Doctor of Arts Diploma and Program, Columbia College, Chicago, 1976
(2 folders)
1 9 University of Chicago Emeritus Club Membership Certificate, 1978
1 10 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Diploma, The Maryland Institute, 1980
1 11 Honorary Doctor of fine Arts Diploma, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 1985
1 12 Ceremony of Recognition, Illinois Academy of Fine Arts (IAFA), 1992
1 13-16 Address Books, 1965-1987
(4 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1908-1994
(Boxes 1-5, 13-14, OV 15; 4.0 linear feet)

Correspondence is between Kuh, her mother, friends, and colleagues and discuss her study of art history, her travels, her work at the Art Institute of Chicago, as a corporate art advisor, and as an author. Many letters are illustrated with original artwork including a card from Denise René containing a silkscreen print by Vasarely. There is extensive correspondence with staff of the Art Institute of Chicago, the First National Bank of Chicago, and The Saturday Review.

Additional notable correspondents include Walter and Louise Arensberg, Cosmo Campoli, Serge Chermayeff, Richard Cox, Worden Day, Claire Falkenstein, Fred Friendly, Leon Golub, Joseph Goto, David Hare, Denise Brown Hare, Jean Hélion, Ray Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Len Lye, Wallace Putnam, Kurt Seligmann, Shelby Shackelford, Hedda Sterne, Clyfford Still, and Kuh's mother, Olga Woolf.

There are also scattered letters from Josef Albers, Ivan Albright, Saradell Ard, Elise Asher, Alfred Barr, George Biddle, Marcel Breuer, Joseph Cornell, Stuart Davis, Edwin Dickinson, Werner Drewes, Elsie Driggs, Jimmy Ernst, Philip Evergood, Lorser Feitelson, Joseph Friebert, Naum Gabo, Lee Gatch, John Davis Hatch, Clinton Hill, Joseph Hirshhorn, Hans Hofmann, Fernand Léger, Seymour Lipton, Carlos Mérida, Reuben Nakian, Isamu Noguchi, Philip Pavia, Daniel Catton Rich, Theodore Roszak, Dorothea Tanning, Lenore Tawney, Jack Tworkov, Dr. Vincent W. Van Gogh, Hugo Weber, Emerson Woelffer, and Robert Jay Wolff.

Box Folder
1 17-18 Correspondents With Unknown Surnames, undated
(2 folders)
1 19-20 Correspondent Surnames "A," undated
(2 folders)
1 21-22 Correspondent Surnames "B," undated
(2 folders)
1 23-24 Correspondent Surnames "C," undated
(2 folders)
1 25 Correspondent Surnames "D"-"E," undated
1 26 Correspondent Surnames "F," undated
1 27 Correspondent Surnames "G," undated
1 28-29 Correspondent Surnames "H," undated
(2 folders)
1 30 Correspondent Surnames "I"-"J," undated
1 31 Correspondent Surnames "K," undated
1 32 Letters from Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, undated
1 33-36 Letters from Katharine Kuh, undated
(4 folders)
1 37 Correspondent Surnames "L," undated
1 38 Correspondent Surnames "M," undated
1 39 Correspondent Surnames "N"-"O," undated
1 40 Correspondent Surnames "P," undated
1 41-42 Correspondent Surnames "R," undated
(2 folders)
1 43-45 Correspondent Surnames "S," undated
(3 folders)
1 46 Letters from Hedda Sterne, undated
1 47 Correspondent Surnames "T," undated
1 48 Correspondent Surnames "V," undated
1 49 Correspondent Surnames "W"-"Y," undated
1 50 Correspondence, 1908-1924
1 51 Letters from Katharine Woolf to Henry Friendly, 1929
1 52 Correspondence, 1936-1939
1 53 Correspondence, 1941
1 54 Correspondence, 1942
1 55 Correspondence, 1945
1 56-57 Correspondence, 1946
(2 folders)
1 58 Correspondence, 1947-1948
1 59-60 Correspondence, 1949
(2 folders)
1 61 Correspondence, 1950
1 62-63 Correspondence, 1951
(2 folders)
1 64 Correspondence, 1952
1 65 Correspondence, 1953
1 66 Correspondence, 1954
1 67 Correspondence, 1955
1 68 Correspondence, 1956-1957
1 69 Correspondence, 1958-1959
Box Folder
2 1-2 Correspondence, 1960
(2 folders)
2 3 Correspondence, 1961
2 4 Correspondence, 1962
2 5-6 Correspondence, 1963
(2 folders; see also Box 13)
2 7-10 Correspondence, 1964
(4 folders)
2 11-16 Correspondence, 1965
(6 folders)
2 17-26 Correspondence, 1966
(10 folders)
2 27-36 Correspondence, 1967
(10 folders)
2 37-43 Correspondence, 1968
(7 folders)
2 44-50 Correspondence, 1969
(7 folders; see also Box 13)
2 51-57 Correspondence, 1970
(7 folders)
2 58-62 Correspondence, 1971
(5 folders)
2 63-66 Correspondence, 1972
(4 folders)
2 67-73 Correspondence, 1973
(7 folders; see also OV 15)
2 74-80 Correspondence, 1974
(7 folders; see also OV 15)
2 81-86 Correspondence, 1975
(6 folders; see also OV 15)
Box Folder
3 1-8 Correspondence, 1976
(8 folders)
3 9-15 Correspondence, 1977
(7 folders; see also Box 13)
3 22-30 Correspondence, 1979
(9 folders; see also Boxes 13-14)
3 31-41 Correspondence, 1980
(11 folders; see also Box 14)
3 42-46 Correspondence, 1981
(5 folders)
3 47-54 Correspondence, 1982
(8 folders)
3 55-60 Correspondence, 1983
(6 folders; see also Boxes 13-14)
3 61-72 Correspondence, 1984
(12 folders; see also Box 13)
Box Folder
4 1-7 Correspondence, 1985
(7 folders)
4 8-15 Correspondence, 1986
(8 folders)
4 16-24 Correspondence, 1987
(9 folders)
4 25-32 Correspondence, 1988
(8 folders)
4 33-41 Correspondence, 1989
(9 folders; see also Box 13)
4 42-57 Correspondence, 1990
(16 folders)
4 58-67 Correspondence, 1991
(10 folders)
4 68-80 Correspondence, 1992
(13 folders)
Box Folder
5 1-14 Correspondence, 1993
(14 folders)
5 15-17 Correspondence, 1994
(3 folders)
Box
13 (sol) Oversize Letter from Tblisi, May 4, 1963
13 (sol) Oversize Letter from Denise René with Silkscreen Design by Vasarely, 1969
13 (sol) Two Oversize Easter Cards with Drawings by Hedda Sterne, 1969
13 (sol) Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes, Jul 15, 1977
13 (sol) Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Hedda Sterne, Jul 15, 1979
13 (sol) Oversize Birthday Card with Painting by Gyorgy Kepes, Jul 15, 1983
13 (sol) Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes, Jul 15, 1983
13 (sol) Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes, Jul 15, 1984
13 (sol) Oversize Birthday Card with Dawing by Juliet Kepes, Jul 15, 1989
Box
14 (sol) Oversize Christmas Card with Collage by Regina Bogat Jensen, 1979
14 (sol) Oversize Christmas Card with Collage by Regina Bogat Jensen, 1980
14 (sol) Oversize Christmas Card with Collage by Regina Bogat Jensen, 1983
Box
OV 15 Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes, Jul 15, 1973
OV 15 Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes, Jul 15, 1974
OV 15 Oversize Birthday Card with Drawing by Juliet Kepes, Jul 15, 1975

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1941-1989
(Box 5; 19 folders)

Personal business records include a list of artwork, Olga Woolf's will, inventories of Kuh's personal art collection, miscellaneous contracts and deeds of gift, receipts for sales of artwork, files concerning business-related travel, and miscellaneous receipts.

Box Folder
5 18 List of artwork Donated to the Art Institute of Chicago by Olga Woolf, 1941
5 19 Will of Olga Woolf, 1971
5 20 Partial Inventory of Katharine Kuh's Personal Art Collection, 1968
5 21 Inventory of Katharine Kuh's Personal Art Collection, 1978
5 22 Appraisal of Katharine Kuh's Art Property, 1976
5 23 Book Contracts, 1951-1969
5 24 Miscellaneous Contracts, 1968-1984, undated
5 25 Copies of Archives of American Art Deeds of Gift, 1971-1989
5 26-27 Receipts for the Sale of artwork, 1968-1976
(2 folders)
5 28 File Concerning Travel to Japan for The Saturday Review, 1972
5 29-34 File Concerning Grant-Funded Travel to Survey artwork in India for the Smithsonian Institution, 1979-1980
(6 folders)
5 35 Miscellaneous Travel Receipts, 1977-1979, undated
5 36 Miscellaneous Business Records, 1971, undated

Series 4: Artwork, 1931-1986
(Boxes 5, 13-14, OVs 15-23; 1.7 linear feet)

Artwork consists of drawings, watercolors, paintings, and prints by various artists including Josef Albers, Angelica Archipenko, Saradell Ard, Lee Atwood, Serge Chermayeff, Julio De Diego, William Fett, Leon Golub, David Hare, Anne Humenfeld, Boris Margo, Carlos Mérida, Wallace Putnam, Jesse Reichek, Jeff Schlanger, Shelby Shackelford, Hedda Sterne, Hugo Weber, Cady Wells, Bill Westheimer, Emerson Woelffer, and Robert Jay Wolff. There are also drawings by Eskimo children and a watercolor set, Technics and Creativity, designed and autographed by Jasper Johns for the Museum of Modern Art, 1970.

Box Folder
5 37-38 Drawings by Unidentified Artists, 1956-1974, undated
(2 folders; see also Box 13)
5 39 Watercolor Painting and Prints by Unidentified Artists, undated
(see also Box 13 and OV 15)
5 40 Collages, Trompe L'Oeil Painting, and Mail Art by Unidentified Artists, 1975-1985, undated
(see also Boxes 13, 14)
5 41 Plastic Book Containing Photographs of Desert Sand Patterns by an Unidentified Artist, undated
5 42 Artwork by Joseph Albers, 1960, undated
(see also Box 14)
5 43 Artwork by Angelica Archipenko, Saradell Art, and Elise Asher, 1984, undated
(see also Box 13 and OV 19)
5 44-45 Artwork by Lee Atwood, 1931-1941, undated
(2 folders)
5 46 Artwork by Rainey Bennett, Fred Berman, and Helen Binkley, 1951-1980
(see also OV 2)
5 47 Artwork by Robert Bissière, M. Block, Copeland Burg, and Victor Candell, 1958-1971, undated
(see also Box 13)
5 48 Artwork by Serge Chermayeff, 1963-1984, undated
(see also Box 13 and OV 16)
5 49 Artwork by Al Copley, Worden Day, Julio De Diego, and Lois Dodd, 1945-1969, undated
(see also Box 13)
5 50 Artwork by William Fett, Mary Frank, and Giroux, 1952-1970, undated
(see also OV 19)
5 51 Artwork by Marshall Glasier, 1940-1950
5 52 Artwork by Leon Golub, Joseph Goto, and David Hare, 1966-1972, undated (see also OVs 20-22)
5 53 Artwork by Anne Humenfeld, Jasper Johns, and Joan Kahn, 1970-1984, undated
(see also Box 14 and OV 23)
5 54 Artwork by Olivia Kahn, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Michael Leonard, and David Marcowitz, 1965-1986, undated
(see also Box 13 and OV 17)
5 55 Artwork by Boris Margo, undated
5 56 Artwork by Martyl and Mendez, 1951, undated
5 57 Artwork by Carlos Mérida, 1938, undated
5 58 Artwork by Tino Nivola, Harold Paris, Wallace Putnam, and Jesse Reichek, 1979, undated
(see also Box 13)
5 59 Artwork by Felix Ruvolo, 1939, undated
5 60 Artwork by Jeff Schlanger, Charles Seliger, and Shelby Shackelford, 1963-1985
(see also Box 13, OVs 18, 23)
5 61 Artwork by Hedda Sterne, 1949-1972, undated
(see also Box 13 and OV 18)
5 62 Artwork by Lenore Tawney, J. Urbain, A. Walsh, and BurtonWasserman, 1968-1981
5 63 Artwork by Hugo Weber and Cady Wells, undated
(see also OV 19)
5 64 Artwork by Bill Westheimer, 1984
5 65 Artwork by Emerson Woelffer, Robert J. Wolff, and Jan Yoors, 1966-1977
5 66 Artwork by Eskimo Children, 1960-1969
Box
13 (sol) Oversize Portrait Caricature Lithograph of Katharine Kuh by Unidentified Artist, undated
13 (sol) Oversize Portrait Drawing of Katharine Kuh by Unidentified Artist, probably 1956
13 (sol) Oversize Collage Formed with Masking Tape by Unidentified Artist, 1975
13 (sol) Oversize Drawing by Angelica Archipenko, undated
13 (sol) Oversize Color Lithograph by Roger Bissière, 1958
13 (sol) Oversize Woodcut "Spring" by Victor Candell, undated
13 (sol) Oversize Drawing for "Painting A" by Serge Chermayeff, 1963
13 (sol) Oversize Silkscreen "Now Flowing" by Worden Day, undated
13 (sol) Oversize Silkscreen by Olivia Kahn, 1965
13 (sol) Oversize Etching by Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, undated
13 (sol) Oversize Lithograph One Feather - Miracle Enough by Wallace Putnam, undated
13 (sol) Oversize Drawing The Cove, Wellfleet by Shelby Shackelford, 1985
13 (sol) Oversize Painting on Cloth by Hedda Sterne, undated
13 (sol) Three Oversize Drawings by Hedda Sterne, 1949-1972
Box
14 Oversize Form Made with Molded Paper by Unidentified Artist, undated
14 Trompe L'Oeil Painting on a Paper Plate by Margy, undated
14 Oversize Abstract Incised Pattern Mounted on Wood by Josef Albers, 1960
14 White Plastic Box Technics and Creativity Containing a Blank "Target 1970," a Brush and Watercolor Paint Blocks, signed by Jasper Johns for the Museum of Modern Art, 1970
Box
OV 15 Oversize Portrait Painting of Katharine Kuh by Unidentified Artist, undated
Box
OV 16 Oversize Etching "Sea Wall" by Fred Berman, 1963
OV 16 Oversize Collage/Painting "Red Vase #1" by Serge Chermayeff, 1965
Box
OV 17 Oversize Silkscreen by Michael Leonard, undated
OV 17 Oversize Photograph Paperback Books by David Marcowitz, 1986
Box
OV 18 Oversize Pencil and Watercolor Sketch by Jeff Schlanger, 1981
OV 18 Oversize Etching Cove by Jeff Schlanger, 1982
OV 18 Oversize Drawing by Hedda Sterne, 1970
Box
OV 19 Oversize Silkscreen "Exuberant Colors" by Saradell Ard, 1984
OV 19 Oversize Gouache Painting "Plants Forming" by William Fett, 1961
OV 19 Oversize Drawing by Hugo Weber, undated
Box
OV 20 Oversize Portfolio of Lithographs by David Hare, 1972
Box
OV 21 Oversize Portfolio of Lithographs by David Hare, 1972
Box
OV 22 Oversize Portfolio of Lithographs by David Hare, 1972
Box
OV 23 Oversize Etching by Anne Humenfeld, 1984
OV 23 Oversize Etching Peacework by Jeff Schlanger, 1983

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1914-1994
(Boxes 5-7; 1.7 linear feet)

Notes and writings include engagement calendars containing brief daily entries, travel journals for Germany, a guest book for the Kuh Memorial gathering, miscellaneous notes and writings, many for lectures, by Kuh concerning art history topics and business-related travel. Of interest are minutes/notes from meetings for art festivals, conferences, and the "Conversations with Artists Program (1961). There are also writings about Kuh and art-related topics by others including Josef Albers, Len Lye, and Daniel Catton Rich. Additional published printed articles and a book of poetry are filed with Printed Materials.

Box Folder
5 67 Engagement Calendars, 1964-1970, undated
5 68 Engagement Calendars, 1970-1971
5 69 Engagement Calendars, 1974-1975
5 70 Engagement Calendars, 1976-1977
5 71 Engagement Calendars, 1978-1979
5 72 Engagement Calendars, 1980-1981
5 73 Engagement Calendars, 1982
5 74 Engagement Calendars, 1983-1984
5 75 Engagement Calendars, 1985-1986
5 76 Engagement Calendars, 1987-1988
5 77 Engagement Calendars, 1989-1990
Box Folder
6 1 Engagement Calendars, 1991
6 2 Engagement Calendars, 1992-1993
6 3 Engagement Calendars, 1994
6 4-7 Travel Journals for Germany, 1954
(4 folders)
6 8-11 Draft for a Projected Book, undated
(4 folders)
6 12 Guestbook for Kuh Memorial Gathering, 1994
6 13 Notebook, undated
6 14 Notes Concerning artwork, undated
6 15 Poems by Katharine Kuh for her Friends, undated
6 16 Typescript of Speech "Art as Communicator," Delivered by Kuh at Auburn University, undated
6 17 Typescript by Kuh for Exhibition "Both Sides of American Art," undated
6 18 Typescript by Kuh: "How Real is Realism?," undated
6 19 Typescript by Kuh for Cezanne Exhibition, undated
6 20 Manuscript by Kuh Concerning Frank Lloyd, undated
6 21 Typescript by Kuh Concerning the Acquisition of Work by Picabia, undated
6 22 Typescript by Kuh: "Caravaggio," undated
6 23 Typescript by Kuh: "Workshop in Looking," undated
6 24 Typescript by Kuh as a Child: "The Storm," 1914
6 25 Typescript by Kuh: "Explaining Art Visually," 1940
6 26 Typescript by Kuh: "Brief Report on Art Collections and Ruins Visited by Katharine Kuh During the Summer of 1945," 1945
6 27 Typescript by Kuh: "Footnotes from a Latin American Page," 1945
6 28 Typescript by Kuh: "Tropical and Strategic Agriculture in Central America," 1945
6 29 Typescript by Kuh: "The U.S. in Middle America," 1945
6 30 Typescript by Kuh: "A Central American Union," 1945
6 31 Typescript by Kuh: "Tourism in Central America," 1945
6 32 Typescript by Kuh: "Inflation in Guatemala," 1945
6 33 Typescript by Kuh: "A National Agricultural School in Guatemala," 1945
6 34 Typescript by Kuh: "Germans in Guatemala," 1945
6 35 Typescript by Kuh: "Guatemalan Ghosts of Ubico," 1945
6 36 Typescript by Kuh: "Mining in Honduras," 1945
6 37 Typescript by Kuh: "Unrest in El Salvador," 1945
6 38 Report by Kuh: "Preservation of Indian Art in Southeastern Alaska," 1946
6 39 Report by Kuh on the Trip Through the Western Section of the United States, 1947
6 40 Notes by Kuh Concerning Art Acquisitions for the First National Bank of Chicago, 1959
6 41-42 Notes and Typescripts by Kuh for Horizon Magazine, 1959
(2 folders)
6 43-44 Notes and Typescripts by Kuh Concerning a Recording Project, 1961
(2 folders)
6 45 Typescript by Kuh Concerning a Visit to the U.S.S.R., 1963
6 46 Notes by Kuh on Cosmo Campoli, 1965
6 47 Notes by Kuh Concerning the Preservation of Monuments in Israel, 1967-1975
6 48-49 Notes and Typescript by Kuh for a Film Series on Masters of Modern Art, 1979-1987
(2 folders)
6 50-52 Notes and Typescript by Kuh Concerning Lenore Tawney, 1983
(3 folders)
6 53-56 Notes by Kuh for Lectures at the Cooper Union, 1983-1984
(4 folders)
6 57 Notes by Kuh for Lecture at the Anchorage Museum, 1985
6 58 Typescript by Kuh: "Joe Shapiro: An Appreciation," 1984
6 59 Notes by Kuh on Stuart Davis, 1984-1986
6 60-64 Notes by Kuh for Report on Vassar College Art Gallery, 1984-1990
(5 folders)
6 65 Manuscript by Kuh Concerning Gertrude Abercrombie, 1990
6 66 Notes by Kuh on Fernand Léger, 1990
6 67-75 Miscellaneous Notes and Writings by Kuh, 1958-1985, undated
(9 folders)
6 76 Typescript by Unidentified Author Concerning Katharine Kuh, undated
6 77 Typescript by Unidentified Author: "A Day with Kay," undated
6 78 Typescript by Unidentified Author: "Shiny Gilt Frame is Gone," undated
6 79 Typescript by Unidentified Author: "Abstract Expressionism (A Re-Evaluation)," undated
6 80 Typescript by Unidentified Author: "M.O.M.A. as Renovated - A Spiritual Lift!," undated
6 81 Typescript by Pat Dickinson: "Edwin Dickinson," undated
6 82 Typescript by Len Lye: "Roundhead I," undated
Box Folder
7 1-2 Typescript by Wallace Putnam: "Galileo to Warhol---?," undated
(2 folders)
7 3 Typescript by Daniel Catton Rich: "Arthur Jerome Eddy - Portrait of a Collector," 1931
7 4 Reports on the Fourth Annual San Francisco Art Festival, 1950
7 5 Writings by Josef Albers, 1958-1961, undated
7 6 Manuscript by Len Despres: "Katharine Kuh's Farewell Address," 1959
7 7 Minutes of the Fourth "Conversations with Artists" Program, 1961
7 8 Excerpt from Article by Len Lye: "Why Art is Great and Ideology Isn't," 1962
7 9 Typescript by Len Lye: "Keeping Up with the Muses," 1964
7 10 Typescript by Jean Pierre Burgart: "Jean Hélion," 1966
7 11 Minutes from the Conference on Southeast Alaska Native Artifacts and Monuments, 1967
7 12 Poems to Katharine Kuh by Miscellaneous Authors, 1976-1982, undated
7 13 Poems by Daniel Catton Rich, 1976, undated
7 14 Eulogies for Daniel Catton Rich by Miscellaneous Authors, 1976
7 15 Typescript by Unidentified Author Concerning Edward Corbett, 1980
7 16 Master's Thesis by Janet Landay: "The (Surrealist) State vs. David Hare," 1980
7 17 Typescript about Katharine Kuh by Unidentified Author, 1981
7 18 Typescript by Stanley Kunitz: "Jack Tworkov," 1982
7 19 Typescript by Susan J. Barnes Concerning Mark Rothko and the De Menil Chapel, 1983
7 20 Typescript by Michael Lipton: "Eulogy for Seymour Lipton," 1986
7 21 Annual Report from the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1988
7 22-23 Typescript by Avis Berman for a Book Chapter "The Katharine Kuh Gallery: An Informal Portrait," 1988
(2 folders)
7 24 Notes by Avis Berman for Lecture "The Katharine Kuh Gallery: An Informal Portrait," 1988
7 25 Typescript by Susan F. Rossen: "Primer for Seeing: The Gallery of Art Interpretation," 1990
7 26 Report by McKinsey & Company, Inc. for the Art Institute of Chigago: "Museum Strategic Direction for the 1990s," 1990
7 27 Miscellaneous Writings, 1962-1965, undated

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1935-1953
(Box 7; 8 folders)

Six scrapbooks contain clippings that document the height of Kuh's career as a gallery director and museum curator. Scrapbook 6 contains clippings about Fernand Léger, the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953.

Box Folder
7 28 Scrapbook 1, 1935-1940
7 29 Scrapbook 2, 1937-1939
7 30 Scrapbook 3, 1939-1941
7 31 Scrapbook 4, 1942-1946
7 32-34 Scrapbook 5, 1950
(3 folders)
7 35 Scrapbook 6, 1953

Series 7: Printed Material, 1916-1922
(Boxes 7-10, 13, OV 22; 3.0 linear feet)

Printed material includes clippings about Kuh, clippings of Kuh's articles for The Saturday Review, exhibition announcements and catalogs for miscellaneous artists, calendars of events, programs, brochures for art schools, brochures for seminars and lectures, and brochures for the purchase of books and artwork including one for lithographs by Robert Rauschenberg. There are also miscellaneous booklets, books including Poems by Kuh as a child, and reproductions of artwork. Some of the exhibition catalogs are from the Katharine Kuh Gallery, others contain essays written by Kuh, and they represent artists including Jean Arp, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Stanley William Hayter, Hans Hofmann, Paul Klee, Franz Kline, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, LeRoy Neiman, and Pablo Picasso.

Box Folder
7 36-38 Clippings, undated
(3 folders)
7 39 Clippings, 1928-1939
7 40 Clippings, 1940-1941
7 41 Clippings, 1942-1944
7 42 Clippings, 1945
7 43 Clippings, 1946
7 44 Clippings, 1947
7 45 Clippings, 1948
7 46 Clippings, 1949
7 47 Clippings, 1950
7 48-49 Clippings, 1951
(2 folders)
7 50 Clippings, 1952
7 51-54 Clippings, 1953
(4 folders)
7 55 Clippings, 1954
7 56 Clippings, 1955
7 57 Clippings, 1956
7 58 Clippings, 1957
7 59 Clippings, 1958
7 60 Clippings, 1959
7 61 Clippings, 1960
7 62 Clippings, 1961
7 63-64 Clippings, 1962
(2 folders)
7 65-66 Clippings, 1963
(2 folders)
7 67-69 Clippings, 1964
(3 folders)
7 70-73 Clippings, 1965
(4 folders)
7 74-75 Clippings, 1966
(2 folders)
7 76 Clippings, 1967
7 77 Clippings, 1968
Box Folder
8 1-3 Clippings, 1969
(3 folders)
8 4 Clippings, 1970
8 5-6 Clippings, 1971
(2 folders)
8 7-9 Clippings, 1972
(3 folders)
8 10 Clippings, 1973
8 11 Clippings, 1974
8 12 Clippings, 1975
8 13 Clippings, 1976
8 14-15 Clippings, 1977
(2 folders)
8 16 Clippings, 1978
8 17 Clippings, 1979
8 18-19 Clippings, 1980
(2 folders)
8 20 Clippings, 1981
8 21 Clippings, 1982-1983
8 22 Clippings, 1984
8 23 Clippings, 1985
8 24 Clippings, 1986
8 25-26 Clippings, 1987
(2 folders)
8 27 Clippings, 1988-1989
8 28 Clippings, 1990
8 29 Clippings, 1991
8 30 Clippings, 1992
8 31 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, undated
8 32 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1952-1959
8 33 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1960
8 34-35 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1961
(2 folders)
8 36-37 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1962
(2 folders)
8 38-39 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1963
(2 folders)
8 40-41 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1964
(2 folders)
8 42-43 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1965
(2 folders)
8 44-46 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1966
(3 folders)
8 47-48 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1967
(2 folders)
8 49-50 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1968
(2 folders)
8 51 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1969
8 52-53 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1970
(2 folders)
8 54 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review, 1971
8 55 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review/World, 1972
8 56 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review/World, 1973
8 57 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review/World, 1974
8 58 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review/World, 1975
8 59 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review/World, 1976
8 60 Kuh's Articles for The Saturday Review/World, 1977
8 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs
8 61-63 Miscellaneous Artists, undated
(3 folders)
8 64-65 Katharine Kuh Gallery, undated
(2 folders)
8 66 Miscellaneous Artists, 1934-1937
8 67 Miscellaneous Artists, 1941
8 68 Miscellaneous Artists, 1945
8 69 Miscellaneous Artists, 1947
8 70-72 Miscellaneous Artists, 1948
(3 folders)
8 73-74 Miscellaneous Artists, 1949
(2 folders)
8 75 Miscellaneous Artists, 1950
8 76 Miscellaneous Artists, 1951
8 77 Miscellaneous Artists, 1952
8 78-81 Miscellaneous Artists, 1953
(4 folders)
8 82-83 Miscellaneous Artists, 1954
(2 folders)
Box Folder
9 1-2 Miscellaneous Artists, 1955
(2 folders)
9 3-4 Miscellaneous Artists, 1956
(2 folders)
9 5 Miscellaneous Artists, 1957
9 6-7 Miscellaneous Artists, 1958
(2 folders)
9 8 Miscellaneous Artists, 1959
9 9 Miscellaneous Artists, 1960
(see also OV 22)
9 10 Miscellaneous Artists, 1961
9 11-12 Miscellaneous Artists, 1962
(2 folders)
9 13-14 Miscellaneous Artists, 1963
(2 folders)
9 15-16 Miscellaneous Artists, 1964
(2 folders)
9 17-18 Miscellaneous Artists, 1965
(2 folders)
9 19-20 Miscellaneous Artists, 1966
(2 folders)
9 21-22 Miscellaneous Artists, 1967
(2 folders)
9 23 Miscellaneous Artists, 1968
9 24 Miscellaneous Artists, 1969
9 25-26 Miscellaneous Artists, 1970
(2 folders)
9 27 Miscellaneous Artists, 1971
9 28-29 Miscellaneous Artists, 1972
(2 folders)
9 30 Miscellaneous Artists, 1973
9 31 Miscellaneous Artists, 1974
9 32-34 Miscellaneous Artists, 1975
(3 folders)
9 35 Miscellaneous Artists, 1976
9 36 Miscellaneous Artists, 1977
(see also OV 22)
9 37-39 Miscellaneous Artists, 1978
(3 folders)
9 40-41 Miscellaneous Artists, 1979
(2 folders)
9 42 Miscellaneous Artists, 1980
9 43 Miscellaneous Artists, 1981
9 44-47 Miscellaneous Artists, 1982
(4 folders)
9 48-50 Miscellaneous Artists, 1983
(3 folders)
9 51-52 Miscellaneous Artists, 1984
(2 folders)
9 53 Miscellaneous Artists, 1985-1986
9 54 Miscellaneous Artists, 1987
9 55 Miscellaneous Artists, 1988
9 56 Miscellaneous Artists, 1990-1992
9 57-62 Press Releases, 1951-1987, undated
(6 folders)
Box Folder
10 1-4 Calendars of Events, 1953-1982, undated
(4 folders)
10 5-11 Programs, 1958-1991
(7 folders)
10 12 Brochures for Art Schools, 1939-1940, undated
10 13-14 Brochures for Seminars and Lectures, 1953-1988, undated
(2 folders)
10 15-19 Brochures for the Purchase of Books, 1951-1977, undated
(5 folders)
10 20 Miscellaneous Brochures, 1952-1983, undated
10 21 Booklets Concerning Native American Culture in Alaska, undated
10 22 Booklets Concerning artwork Purchased for the First National Bank of Chicago, 1974, undated
10 23-25 Booklets Concerning Miscellaneous Art Collections, 1980, undated
(3 folders)
10 26 Miscellaneous Booklets, 1967-1988
10 27 Book Poems by Katharine Woolf, 1916
10 28 Book of Poetry Many Seasons by Richard Cox, 1976
10 29 Book The President by Arthur Secunda, 1976
10 30-32 Training Manual Looking at Modern Art, 1955
(3 folders)
10 33 Reproductions of artwork, undated
(see also Box 13)
10 34-35 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1966-1979, undated
(2 folders; see also Box 13)
Box
13 (sol) Oversize Reproduction of Drawing of Adlai Stevenson, undated
13 (sol) Oversize Antique Map of the 1572 Siege of Haarlem by the Duke of Alba, undated
Box
OV 22 Oversize Poster for Exhibition by Gordon Onslow-Ford, 1960
OV 22 Oversize Poster for Exhibition by David Hare at Guggenheim Museum, 1977

Series 8: Photographs, 1875-1993
(Boxes 10-13; 1.2 linear feet)

Photographs are of Kuh,including several taken by Will Barnet and Marcel Breuer, family, friends, artists and other colleagues, events, residences, and miscellaneous artwork.

Photographs of friends and colleagues include an early photo booth portrait of Kuh with Ansel Adams. Other friends and colleagues photographed include Ivan Albright, Alfred Barr, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Willem De Kooning, Edwin Dickinson, Marcel Duchamp, Claire Falkenstein, Alberto Giacometti, poet Robert Graves with Len Lye, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy and Juliet Kepes, Carlos Mérida, José Orozco, Hasan Ozbekhan, Pablo Picasso, Daniel Catton Rich, Carl Sandberg, Ben Shahn, Otto Spaeth, Hedda Sterne, Adlai Stevenson, Clyfford Still, Mark Tobey, and composer Victor Young.

Group photographs found here include Angelica Archipenko with Kuh; designer Klaus Grabe; José Chavez Morado; Pablo O'Higgins in San Miguel, Mexico; "The Pre-Depressionists" including Lorser Feitelson, Robert Inverarity, Helen Lundeberg, Arthur Millier, Myron Chester Nutting, and Muriel Tyler Nutting; and colleagues gathered for the 1956 Venice Biennale including Peggy Guggenheim, Frances Perkins, and Harry Winston.

Photographs of events include exhibition installations at the Katharine Kuh Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago. There are also photographs of exhibition openings that depict Fernand Léger, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy at the Art Institute of Chicago, Philip Guston, Jimmy Ernst, Seymour H. Knox, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

Additional photographs depict three men posing as Léger's "Three Musicians" and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Art Institute of Chicago. There is a photograph by Peter Pollack of an elk skull used as a model by Georgia O'Keeffe. Photographs of artwork include totem poles in Alaska, work by various artists including Claire Falkenstein, Paul Klee, and Hedda Sterne, and work donated to the Guggenheim Museum.

Box Folder
10 36-44 Katharine Kuh and Family Members, 1906-1929, undated
(9 folders; see also Box 13)
10 45-46 Katharine and George Kuh on Honeymoon Trip to Bermuda, at French River, Canada, and on Laurel Avenue, 1930
(2 folders)
10 47-49 Katharine and George Kuh, 1931-1932
(3 folders)
10 50 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1934-1936
10 51 Companion Photo Booth Photographs of Katharine Kuh and Ansel Adams in Chicago, 1936
10 52 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1937-1939
10 53 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1940
10 54 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1941-1944
10 55 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1945-1949
10 56-58 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1950
(3 folders)
10 59-62 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1951
(4 folders)
10 63 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1952-1956
10 64 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1965-1966
10 65 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1967-1969
10 66 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1970-1972
10 67 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1974-1978
10 68-69 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1982
(2 folders)
10 70 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1983-1985
10 71-72 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1986
(2 folders)
10 73 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1987-1989
10 74 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1991
10 75 Katharine Kuh and Friends, 1992-1993
10 76 Family Members, undated
10 77 Family Members, 1875-1892
10 78 Family Members, 1895-1897
10 79 Family Members, 1917-1928
10 80 Family Members, 1930-1969
10 81-83 Residences, 1910-1967
(3 folders)
10 84-85 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, undated
(2 folders)
Box Folder
11 (hol 1 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1933-1939
11 (hol 2 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1941-1943
11 (hol 3-4 Friends, Colleagues, and Events: Opening of Exhibition "Modern Art in Advertising," 1945
(2 folders)
11 (hol 5 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1947-1949
11 (hol 6 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1951-1952
11 (hol 7 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1953-1954
11 (hol 8 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1955
11 (hol 9-10 Friends, Colleagues, and Events: Venice Biennale, 1956
(2 folders)
11 (hol 11 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1957-1959
11 (hol 12 Friends, Colleagues, and Events: Visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1959
(see also Box 13)
11 (hol 13 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1960-1963
11 (hol 14 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1967-1969
11 (hol 15 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1971
11 (hol 16 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1975-1978
11 (hol 17 Friends, Colleagues, and Events, 1980-1985
11 (hol Photographs of Artists
11 (hol 18 Ivan Albright, 1959, undated
11 (hol 19 Alexander Archipenko, undated
11 (hol 20 Fred Berman, undated
11 (hol 21 Alexander Calder, 1960-1975
11 (hol 22 Frederic Church, 1890
11 (hol 23 Edwin Dickinson, 1970
11 (hol 24 Marcel Duchamp, 1951, undated
11 (hol 25 Claire Falkenstein, 1955, undated
11 (hol 26 Lee Gatch, undated
11 (hol 27 Alberto Giacommeti, 1956
11 (hol 28 Barbara Hepworth, undated
11 (hol 29 Karl Knaths, 1928
11 (hol 30 Oskar Kokoschka, 1958
11 (hol 31 Fernand Léger, undated
11 (hol 32 Seymour Lipton, 1963
11 (hol 33 Carlos Mérida, 1938-1948, undated
(see also Box 13)
11 (hol 34 Henry Moore, undated
11 (hol 35 José Orozco, undated
11 (hol 36 Pablo Picasso, 1954
11 (hol 37 Mark Rothko and Christopher Rothko, 1968, undated
11 (hol 38 Ben Shahn, undated
11 (hol 39 Clyfford Still, undated
11 (hol 40 Dorothea Tanning, 1981
11 (hol 41 Frank Lloyd Wright, undated
11 (hol 42 Exhibition Installations at Katharine Kuh Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1938-1940, undated
(see also Box 13)
11 (hol 43-45 Exhibition Installation at the Gallery of Art Interpretation, Art Institute of Chicago, undated
(3 folders)
11 (hol 46 Miscellaneous Exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1953, undated
11 (hol Photographs of artwork
11 (hol 47 By Unidentified Artists, undated
11 (hol 48 Totem Poles, undated
11 (hol 49 By Artists with Surnames "A"-"B," undated
11 (hol 50-51 By Fred Berman, 1990-1992, undated
(2 folders)
11 (hol 52 By Artists with Surnames "C," undated
11 (hol 53 By Artists with Surnames "D," undated
Box Folder
12 (pam) 1 By Artists with Surnames "F," undated
12 (pam) 2 By Claire Falkenstein, 1992, undated
12 (pam) 3 By Artists with Surnames "G"-"K," undated
12 (pam) 4 By Paul Klee, undated
12 (pam) 5 By Artists with Surnames "L"-"M," undated
12 (pam) 6 By Artists with Surnames "N"-"O," undated
12 (pam) 7 By Artists with Surnames "P, undated
12 (pam) 8 By Artists with Surnames "R, undated
12 (pam) 9 By Artists with Surnames "S" undated
12 (pam) 10 By Hedda Sterne, undated
12 (pam) 11 By Artists with Surnames "W," undated
12 (pam) 12 Artwork Donated to the Guggenheim Museum, 1983
12 (pam) 13 Souvenir Set of Photographs of Noto, Sicily, undated
12 (pam) 14 Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
(see also Box 13)
Box
13 (sol) Oversize Photograph of Katharine Kuh by Helen Balfour Morrison, undated
13 (sol) Four Oversize Photographs of the Visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1959
13 (sol) Oversize Photograph of Carlos Mérida by Peter Pollack, 1948
13 (sol) Oversize Photograph by Edmund Teske of Alexander Archipenko Exhibition Installation at Katharine Kuh Gallery with Kuh, Archipenko, and Carlos Mérida, circa 1938
13 (sol) Oversize Photograph by Peter Pollack "O'Keeffe's Props," undated

Series 9: Audio Recordings, 1977
(Box 12; 1 folder)

Four audio recordings on cassette are of Katharine Kuh's lectures, including one about assembling corporate collections, and Daniel Catton Rich reading his own poetry. One tape also contains a recording of the Second Annual Dialogue between Broadcasters and Museum Educators.

Box Folder
12 (pam) 15 Audio cassette tapes of Katharine Kuh and Daniel Catton Rich, 1977