Lloyd Goodrich papers, 1884-1987, bulk 1927-1987

Goodrich, Lloyd, b. 1897 d. 1987
Arts administrator, Author
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 35.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material; correspondence; notes and writings by Goodrich; photographs of Reginald Marsh and Goodrich; files on artists, events, guest curators, fraud and forgery in art, the National Council on the Arts and Government, the National Collection Fine Arts, and other art associations; minutes of meetings; and printed material. Also found are X-rays of paintings by Ralph Blakelock and 11 pages from a notebook, handwritten by Goodrich in 1946, describing paintings by Kenneth Hayes Miller.

Among the correspondence are letters to Goodrich and his wife Edith Havens Goodrich, 1925-1932; ten letters and ten postcards from Reginald Marsh, three postcards from Betty Marsh (later Mrs. Thomas Woodhouse), and two postcards from Yasuo Kuniyoshi, most from 1925 and 1926 when both the Marshes and Kuniyoshi and his first wife, Katherine Schmidt, were traveling in Europe over the course of the year. Marsh writes of the art and architecture of Europe and reports on the doings of friends he runs across, such as Kuniyoshi, Schmidt, and Guy Pène du Bois. Many of the travel letters are illustrated. Also found is a note written in 1932 en route to Reno to obtain a divorce and four photographs of Felicia Marsh, Marsh's second wife.

Also found are condolence letters to David Goodrich upon his father's death in 1987, including letters from John I.H. Baur, Flora Biddle, Dean Fausett, Lawrence Fleischman, Karl and Ilse Schrag, Roy Neuberger, Helen Farr Sloan, Raphael Soyer, Ira Spanierman, Jane Turano, Betty Burroughs Woodhouse, Virginia Zabriskie, and others. Writings include lecture and seminars notes, speeches, articles, and research papers on a variety of artists, among them Washington Allston, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

A photocopy of the manuscript, "Albert Pinkham Ryder: The Man and His Art," Goodrich's contribution to, "Albert Pinkham Ryder: Painter of Dreams," co-authored with William I. Homer.

An additional 10.4 linear feet donated 2015 includes research material relating to Winslow Homer. Included are correspondence, notes and lectures regarding Homer, photographs of Homer's paintings, and printed material relating to Homer.

Biographical/Historical Note: Lloyd Goodrich (1897-1987) was a museum administrator and writer in New York, New York. Born in Nutley, New Jersey. Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1935-1948. Appointed associate director, 1948, director, 1958, and director emeritus, 1968, and was a member of the board of trustees, Whitney Museum of American Art. Served as chairman for the Committee on Government and Art, 1948-1954, vice-chairman for the National Council on the Arts and Government, 1962-1974, director, trustee, and honorary vice president of American Federation of Arts. Author of publications on Winslow Homer, 1944 & 1959, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1959, Edward Hopper, 1971, Raphael Soyer, 1972, and Reginald Marsh, 1972, plus many other books and articles.

Donated by Lloyd Goodrich and his son David 1983- 2007. Typescript on reel 4468 was donated by co-author William I. Homer, 1990, and discarded after microfilming. Material relating to Winslow Homer donated 2015 by the City University of new York via Polly Thistlethwaite, Chief Librarian. Microfilm produced in the 1960s of materials lent for microfilming, and now owned by various repositories, may be available at the repository holding the originals.

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Lloyd Goodrich papers, including research material, also located at: Whitney Museum of American Art.
Lloyd Goodrich research material on Albert Pinkham Ryder located at: University of Delaware, Library and Special Collections Department, Newark, Delaware 19717.

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