Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970

Fleischman, Lawrence Arthur, b. 1925 d. 1997
Collector, Dealer
Active in Detroit, Mich.

Fleischman, Barbara G.
Collector, Philanthropist
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 4.9 linear feet

Collection Summary: Letters, correspondence files, photographs, printed material, and exhibition catalogs reflecting the Fleischmans' interests and art activities as collectors of American art.

REELS D8, D9, D10 and D197: Letters to Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman from various American artists and prominent art figures, among them: Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, Peter Aldor, Truman Bailey, Leonard Baskin, Jack Baur, Isabel Bishop, Maurice Bloch, Carl Bode, Aaron Bohrod, Theodore Bolton, Louise Bouche, Charles Bregler (re: Thomas Eakins), Charles Burchfield, William Campbell, John Canaday, Frederico Castellon, R.J. Charleston, Paul Chew, Perry Cott, Bartlett Cowdrey, Charles B. Culver, Edward D'Arms, Louisa Dresser, Edward Dwight, William Eisendrath, Jimmy Ernst, Philip Evergood, Lyonel Feininger, James Thomas Flexner, Alfred Frankenstein, Joseph T. Fraser, Esther Gentle, Frank Getlein, Lloyd Goodrich, Richard Gregg, George Grosz, Robert Beverly Hale, G. Suart Hodge, Edward Hopper, Sam Hunter, William H. Hunter, Rosalind Irvine, Ben Kamihira, Karl Katz, James Kearns, Earl Krentzin, Allen Leapa, Virginia Lewis, Richard Lippold, Henri Marceau, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Porter McCray, Walter Midener, John Paul Miller, Walter Murch, Alejandro Obregon, Martir Olaya, Guy Palazzola, Peter Paone, Wilbur Peat, William Pierson, Abraham Rattner, Ruth Reeves, E.P. and Constance Richardson, Reuven Rubin, Anna Rutledge, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Barbara Coleman Sellers, Ben Shahn, Jean Paul Slusser, Richard Tucker, John Walker, Ida Watkins, Franklin C. Watkins, Allen S. Weller, Otto Witman, William Zorach and others; and letters from Elizabeth Field Bard Wood (Mrs. Charles Erskine Scott Wood), 1953, concerning a painting, The Story of the Cross, by Albert Pinkham Ryder, which belonged to Mrs. Wood. Also included is one letter from "Aunt Harriet" and two letters to Mary Jane Peale.

REEL 3646: A letter from Joseph Cornell to Fleischman, January 1965, and a blank postcard.

UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence files relating to the Fleischman's art collection and other correspondence; photographs of works of art in the Fleischman collection; catalogs of exhibitions of paintings owned by the Fleischmans; clippings; printed material; and a book, American Painting: 1760-1960.

Letters to the Fleischmans, circa 1953-1984, concerning their art collection, Lawrence Fleischman's retirement from the Board at the Archives of American Art in 1966, his work as an art dealer, and other art related affairs. Among the frequent correspondents are artists Charles Burchfield (mostly photocopies), Abraham Rattner, and Franklin C. Watkins, and art historian and co-founder with Fleischman of the Archives of American Art, E. P. Richardson. Other, less frequent correspondents include Raphael Soyer, Alfred Frankenstein, Ivan Albright, Carol Plochmann, Philip McCracken, Peter Pollack, and Charles Coleman Sellers. Included is an album containing 13 letters to the Fleischmans from various artists represented in their collection, presented to Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman, August 4, 1956 by William and Eleanor Poplack and Alan and Marianne Schwartz, who solicited the letters. Artists (and spouses) include Philip Evergood, Jacques Lipchitz, Edward Hopper, Franklin Watkins, Bertha and Charles Birchfield, Abraham and Esther Rattner, Hughie Lee-Smith, Guy Palazzola, Charles and Florence Culver, Constance Richardson, Alice and Sarkis Sarkisian and Walter Midener. Also found is a certificate from the Common Council of the City of Detroit Resolution honoring Lawrence A. Fleischman for his contribution and commitment to the arts in Detroit and throughout the world, April 29, 1958.

REEL 439 AND SCANNED: Three photographs, one of Grace Bailey, Truman Bailey, and Thomas Eakins, which were all previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists I, have subsequently been scanned and returned to the Fleischman papers.

Biographical/Historical Note: Lawrence Fleischman (1925-1997) was an art collector, dealer, Detroit, Michigan, and one of the founders of the Archives of American Art. His wife Barbara is also an art collector.

Lent and donated 1954-2007 by Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman.

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