Nordness, Lee, b. 1922 or 4 d. 1995
Active in New York, N.Y.
Collection size: 117.4 linear feet
Collection Summary: The Lee Nordness business records and papers measure 117.4 linear feet and date from circa 1931 to 1992 with the bulk of materials dating from 1954 to 1984. The records document seven New York City art-related companies with which Nordness was involved: Talent Discovery Company, The Little Studio, Ltd., American Art Expositions, Inc., Nordness Gallery, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Art Advisory Section, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Exhibition Section, Inc., and Forms & Objects, Inc. Records include correspondence, artist's files, business and legal records, inventories, financial and sales records, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials. Also found is a small group of personal papers.
Biographical/Historical Note: Lee Nordness (1924-1995) was an art dealer in New York City. Nordess was born in Olympia, Wash., in 1924, though the Social Security death index lists 1922 as a birth date; died 1995. Primary business was Lee Nordness Galleries, but owned other galleries and art-related businesses. Assembled collection of 102 contemporary American paintings for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. which traveled extensiveley before being donated to the National Collection of Fine Arts (Smithsonian Institution). Also involved in American craftsmen through his company Forms and Objects, Inc.
The Lee Nordness business records and papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several increments by Lee Nordness in 1976, 1986, and as a bequest in 1996. Original materials were also lent by Nordness in 1964 and 1969 for microfilming, some of which may have been included in subsequent donations.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collection Care Preservation Fund.
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Related MaterialsThree microfilm reels of material were loaned to the Archives of American Art by Lee Nordness in 1959 regarding American Art Exposition, Inc.'s Art:USA 58 and Art:USA:59. Microfilm includes correspondence, catalogs, visitor lists, press releases, lists of artwork, financial records, and advertising materials and is available on reels NAU1, NAU2 and NAU3.
Later, in 1964 and 1969, Lee Nordness loaned original materials for microfilming compiled by Nordness Gallery about the careers of Gregorio Prestopino, Julian E. Levi, and Lee Gatch, including correspondence, exhibition materials, biographical information, clippings, and photographs. Loaned material is available on reels N69-21 and D169. Original materials were returned to Nordness, but some may have been included in later donations and those originals have been integrated with the other donated records.
The contents of microfilm reels are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.