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Lowell Nesbitt papers, 1903-1993, bulk 1950-1993

A Finding Aid to the Lowell Nesbitt Papers, circa 1903-1993 (bulk 1950-1993), in the Archives of American Art, by Stephanie Ashley

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Biographical Information

Painter, photographer, and sculptor Lowell Nesbitt worked primarily in New York City.

Lowell Nesbitt was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1933. In college he studied stained glass and printmaking, graduating from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1955 and attending the Royal College of Art in London from 1955 to 1956.

After serving for several years in the United States Army in the mid 1950s, Nesbitt received his first exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1958. By 1963 he had moved to New York City and by the 1970s had emerged as one of the most well known artists in the United States. Nesbitt was frequently grouped with the photo realists and was best known for more than four hundred works he created with the flower as his central theme. In addition to flowers, Nesbitt's subjects included studio interiors, dogs, fruits and vegetables, bridges and buildings in New York, and male nudes. He began experimenting with printmaking in the 1960s and produced more than a hundred original prints in the course of his lifetime, primarily in the medium of dry point engraving. In 1963 he began a series of x-ray inspired paintings and was credited with being the first artist to produce a body of work of this kind. During the same period he began a long-standing relationship with the Howard Wise Gallery in New York, a space known for it's devotion to art and new technology.

In 1969 and 1970 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration named Nesbitt the official artist of the Apollo 9 and Apollo 13 missions. In 1980 the United States Postal Service released a series of four postage stamps based on his floral paintings.

Following a major one-man show at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC in 1964, Nesbitt's work was exhibitied widely in Europe and the United States. In New York City he was represented by the Stable Gallery, the Robert Stefanotti Gallery and the Andrew Crispo Gallery. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Nesbitt taught at Towson State and Morgan State Colleges in Maryland, and the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Nesbitt was active in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from the early 1980s until his death, serving as co-chairman on the Society's annual juried Project Rembrandt exhibition for artists with multiple sclerosis. He was also actively involved in fundraising for artists with HIV/AIDS.

Nesbitt's work is represented in many major museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), Corcoran Gallery, Detroit Institute of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery.

Lowell Nesbitt died in 1993 at the age of 59.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, photographer and sculptor Lowell Nesbitt measure 48.8 linear feet and date from circa 1903-1993 (bulk 1950-1993). The collection documents Nesbitt's career through biographical material, correspondence, subject files, business and financial records, source material, artwork, printed matter, photographs and audiovisual records and scrapbooks.

Biographical Material includes documentation of Nesbitt's education and other personal documents. Plans and designs for Nesbitt's properties on West Twelfth Street, New York City and Kent, New York are arranged in the series for architectural records for homes and studios

Correspondence and Subject Files are voluminous and record Nesbitt's interaction with individuals, businesses and organizations and includes personal and family correspondence in addition to correspondence relating to galleries, exhibitions, commissions he undertook and committees on which he served.

Artwork by Nesbitt includes a small collection of collages, drawings, paintings, prints and sketchbooks. Source material comprises approximately 11 linear feet of material, primarily newspaper and magazine clippings and photographs, relating to a large variety of subjects that inspired Nesbitt, such as flowers, fruits and vegetables, dogs and other animals and the studios of other artists including Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.

Photographs are of Nesbitt, his friends, family, colleagues and his pets, as well as subjects of interest to him in his work. Also of note are twenty-seven folders of photographs taken by photographer Jack Mitchell of Nesbitt and others.

Printed Material contains publicity material and documents exhibitions of Nesbitt's work. Additional photographs and printed material are found in the Scrapbooks.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Subjects and Names

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

  • Indiana, Robert, 1928-
  • Johns, Jasper, 1930-
  • Mitchell, Jack, 1925-
  • Warhol, Andy, 1928- -- Photographs
  • Artists' studios--Photographs
  • Collages
  • Designs
  • Drawings
  • Painters--New York (State)--New York
  • Paintings
  • Photographers--New York (State)--New York
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sculptors--New York (State)--New York--Interviews
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings

Provenance

A portion of the papers were donated by Lowell Nesbitt in 1984 and the bulk of the papers were a bequest from Nesbitt's estate in 1994.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed to a preliminary level by Ambika Sankaran in 2006. The finding aid was completed by Stephanie Ashley in 2007.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Lowell Nesbitt 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

Lowell Nesbitt papers, circa 1903-1993 (bulk 1950-1993). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1932-1988
1 Linear foot; Boxes 1, 40, OV 58

This series contains general biographical material on Nesbitt and his family, including records relating to the estates of Nesbitt's parents, Frank and Mildred C. Nesbitt, and Lowell Nesbitt's will. Also found here are records documenting Nesbitt's education, awards that he received, and miscellaneous memorabilia. Temple University records include a yearbook, a photo of Nesbitt, Nesbitt's report card, a certificate of honor, a commencement program, and Nesbitt's Bachelor of Arts and Stained Glass Design certification. The series also includes photographs of a painting and sculpture Nesbitt submitted for his admission to London's Royal College of Art.

Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title with the exception of records relating to education and awards, which are arranged in rough chronological order.

Box
1 Astrology and Horoscopes, 1969, undated, undated
3 Folders
1 Biographical Information, 1980
1 Brandeis University Library Learned Research Journal, circa 1970s
1 Car Leasing, circa 1980
1 Certificate of Occupancy, 1977
1 Cigar Box, undated
see Box 40
1 Driver's License, 1986
1 Garden Book, undated
1 Interests, undated
1 Lock Information, undated
1 Membership Roster for the Lowell Nesbitt Fan Club (Manhattan Chapter), undated
1 Nesbitt, Frank, Estate, 1932-1982
3 Folders
1 Nesbitt, Frank, Memorial, 1978
1 Nesbitt, Lowell, Will, 1986-1988
1 Nesbitt, Mildred C., Estate, 1949-1975
1 Palm Reading of Nesbitt by Jeffrey Norfolk, 1975
See OV 58
1 Trip Abroad Book, 1971
1 Watch and Strap, undated
1 Education and Awards
1 School Papers, circa 1950s
1 Towson High Schook Yearbook, 1948
1 Towson High School Yearbook, 1951
1 Towson High School Commencement Program, 1951
1 High School Diploma, 1951
see Box 40
1 Temple University Records, 1955-1957
6 Folders
see also Box 40
1 Royal College of Art Admission, circa 1955
2 Folders
1 Artist Certification, 1985-1988
1 Dyansen Gallery, Certificate of Honor, 1988
Box
40 (sol) Oversized Cigar Box, undated
see Box 1
40 (sol) Oversized Material, Education and Awards, High School Diploma, 1951
see Box 1
40 (sol) Oversized Material, Education and Awards, Temple University Tyler Fellow Scroll, 1957
see Box 1
Box
OV 58 Oversized Palm Reading of Nesbitt by Jeffrey Norfolk, 1975
see Box 1

Series 2: Architectural Records for Homes and Studios, 1977-1992
1 Linear foot; Boxes 1-2, 40

This series contains records relating to Nesbitt's homes on West Twelfth Street, New York, New York, and Kent, New York, including documentation of property sales, architectural plans by Preston Phillips, drawings, appraisal photographs and alphabetically arranged correspondence.

Box
1 Architects Drawings, West Twelfth Street, Architecture, 1977
1 Architectural Plans for Kent Home in New York by Preston Phillips, 1981
3 Folders
Box
2 Affidavit and Information on Trash, 1981
2 Architectural Plans, Pyramid Studio-Garage in Stoneleigh, Kent, New York by Preston Phillips, and Nesbitt's Notes, 1985-1986
2 Folders
see Box 40
2 Preston Phillips and Kent Home, 1978-1981
2 List of Paintings for Stoneleigh Pyramid, undated
2 Statement of Closing of Sales of Premises, 1985
2 Building, 1986
2 Architectural Records, 1987
2 Folders
2 Architectural Plans by Lowell Nesbitt, 1987
See Box 40
2 Appraisal Photos, 1992
2 Kent Studio-A, 1979-1981
2 Kent Studio-B, 1979-1980
2 Kent Studio-C, 1979
2 Kent Studio-EFG, 1979
2 Kent Studio-H, 1979-1981
2 Kent Studio-IJ, 1979-1980
2 Kent Studio-KL, 1979-1981
2 Kent Studio-MN, 1980-1981
2 Kent Studio-OP, 1979-1982
2 Kent Studio-R, 1980
2 Kent Studio-ST, 1979-1982
2 Kent Studio-W, 1983
Box
40 (sol) Oversized Architectural Plans, Pyramid Studio-Garage in Stoneleigh, Kent, New York, by Preston Phillips, Nesbitt's Notes, 1985-1986
2 Folders
see Box 2
40 (sol) Oversized Architectural Plan, Pyramid Studio-Garage in Stoneleigh, Kent, New York, by Preston Phillips, 1985-1986
see Box 2
40 (sol) Oversized Architectural Plans by Lowell Nesbitt, 1987
see Box 2

Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1981-1990
1 Linear foot; Boxes 2-3

This series contains one folder of writings by Nesbitt in addition to notes on his studios and notebooks and notepads which typically contain "to do" lists, drafts of letters, contact information, and miscellaneous notes. There is also a notebook containing sketches and notes on house planning, and a folder of notes for Pierre Gagne. Studio notebooks contain instructions for Nesbitt's studio assistant, Tim Hoffman.

Box
2 Poem entitled "The Egyptian," Unidentified Author, undated
2 Poem Dedicated to Lowell Nesbitt from Fedil (?), 1983
2 Writings by Lowell Nesbitt, "Statement of Intuition,," undated
2 Notebooks, Notepads and Notes, 1984, undated
9 Folders
2 Sketches, Notes on House, Planning, Print Material, undated
2 Studio Notes, 1981-1983
4 Folders
Box
3 Studio Notes, 1984
3 Notes for Pierre Gagne, 1990

Series 4: Calendars and Addresses, 1973-1993
1.25 Linear feet; Boxes 3-5

This series contains Nesbitt's notated calendars, such as monthly and yearly planners and "daily reminder" calendars, in addition to address books, telephone numbers and business cards.

Box
3 Address Books, undated
5 Folders
3 Address Book, 1973
3 Appointment Books, 1988-1990
3 Folders
3 Business Cards, undated
3 Business Cards and Telephone Numbers, undated
5 Folders
3 Calendar, 1973
3 Calendars, 1976-1977
2 Folders
Box
4 Calendar, 1978-1984
7 Folders
4 Calendar, 1987
4 Calendars, 1991-1992
2 Folders
Box
5 Calendar, 1993
2 Folders
5 Guestbooks and Guest Addresses, circa 1980s
3 Folders

Series 5: Correspondence and Subject Files, 1940-circa 1990s
8 Linear feet; Boxes 5-12, 40, OV 51

The series is arranged into 6 subseries:

5.1: Correspondence, 1940-circa 1990s

5.1.1: Correspondence: Alphabetical, 1940-1992

This subseries contains correspondence with individuals, businesses, organizations and museums arranged alphabetically by folder title. Researchers should also consult 5.1.2: Correspondence: Chronological, for additional correspondence of this type.

Box
5 Albright, Ernest and Madeleine, Chinese Shar-Pei, 1977
5 Aldrich Museum (1980), Ridgefield, CT, 1979-1981
2 Folders
5 Anne Letters, circa 1950s
3 Folders
5 Anti-Defamation League of B-Nai B-Rith, 1991-1992
5 Arizona Lecture and Tours (1987), 1987-1988
2 Folders
5 Art Contact, Venezuela-Coconut Grove, Florida, 1978-1980
2 Folders
5 Arthur Smith Antiques, 1989-1990
5 Artists for American Indians, American Indian Heritage Foundation, 1991
5 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Syrna Beach, FL, 1982-1988
5 Bace, Bill "Artist Christmas Tree Ornament Benefit and Reception for Friends in Deed,," 1992
5 Baltimore Museum of Art, 1968, 1980-1989
2 Folders
5 Benetton, John, undated
5 Berger, Larry, 1990
5 Bianchi, Lynn, undated
5 Brack, Mrs. C. Bernard, undated
5 Bush, Martin H. "ACA Galleries,," 1989-1992
5 Bushnell, George E., Jr., undated
5 Carol and Carol, 1982
5 Chuzy, Marian, 1992
5 Clark, Michael and Krausmann, Pamela, 1975
5 Commonwealth of Virginia, 1991
5 Contracts and Sales Agreement, 1990
5 Cook, Edith N., undated
5 Copyrights, 1981-1982
5 Corporation Art Collections, 1987
5 Correspondence, Receipts, Address Lists, circa early 1990s
5 Crozier Fine Arts, Inc., 1989
5 Darling, Reg, 1990
5 Denver Art Museum, 1992
5 Edwards, Julie and Blake, 1986
5 Everson Museum of Art, 1989
5 Farrell, Kenneth, 1992
5 Fire Island Pines Arts Project, 1989-1991
5 Franz Bader, Inc., 1967
5 Fund for Democracy and Development, 1992
5 Hightove, John, 1989
5 Homayoun, Martyn, 1979
5 House and Garden, Kit Chambers, Nassau, Bahamas, 1980
5 Huck, Carla, 1993
5 Images Gallery, 1992
5 Ivey's Florida, Orlando/Jacksonville, 1980
5 Jack, "Wells, Rich, Greene Inc,," undated
5 Jackson Christmas Card, undated
5 Jackson, Joan, 1989
5 Jacksonville Arts and Design, 1987
5 Krausmann, Pamela: see Clark, Michael
5 Leichtung, Jon, 1990
5 Lejwicks, Grejon, undated
5 Levine and Levine Graphics, 1980-1981
5 Lilly, David, 1990
5 Lilly, J. A., Manuscript Satyricon for Roz Avrett, 1991
4 Folders
Box
6 Lilly, J. A., Satyricon, 1990
(3 folders)
6 Lilly, Jeffrey, Computer Disk, undated
6 Loose Letters Unidentified, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
6 Lowell to Lowell (from), undated
6 Marcus, Roy, undated
6 McLean, Harvey D., undated
6 McNay Art Institute, M. Koogler (1980), San Antonio, TX, 1979-1980
2 Folders
6 Miami-Dade Public Library, 1987-1991
6 Miller, Monica, 1991
6 Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 1981-1982
6 Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1991
6 National Arts Club, 1990
6 Nesbitt, Lenore Carrero, 1987
6 Nesbitt, Lowell, to his Parents, 1940-1980
15 Folders
6 Nesbitt, Lowell, from his Parents, 1940-1950
6 New York Philharmonic, 1987
6 Pell, Senator Claiborne, 1990
6 Personal and Professional "Old Correspondence,," 1979
3 Folders
6 Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK, 1981-1991
6 Phillips, Preston, 1992
6 Pomare, Filipe, 1991
6 Puchkoff, Carrie, Resume, undated
6 Radford University, 1989
6 Rich, Matthew, 1989
6 Terra, undated
6 Towe, Teri Noel, Attorney, 1990-1992
6 Vanderlip, Dianne Perry, undated
6 Wandel, Peter, 1990
6 Watson, Sliris (?) and Wid, 1992
6 Wilson, Bill, 1988
5.1.2: Correspondence: Chronological, 1965-1990

This subseries contains corrrespondence with individuals, businesses, organizations and museums arranged in rough chronological order. Researchers should also consult 5.1.1: Correspondence: Alphabetical, for additional correspondence of this type.

Box
6 Correspondence A-Z, 1965-1968
16 Folders
6 Correspondence A-C, 1971-1973
2 Folders
Box
7 Correspondence D-Y, 1969-1973
12 Folders
7 Correspondence A-W, 1973-1975
12 Folders
7 Correspondence A-Y, 1974-1975
16 Folders
7 Correspondence A-Y, 1975-1976
12 Folders
7 Correspondence A-V, 1977-1978
14 Folders
Box
8 Correspondence W, 1977-1978
8 Correspondence A-Z, 1979
14 Folders
8 Correspondence A-W, 1979-1980
13 Folders
8 Correspondence A-Z, 1981
15 Folders
8 Correspondence A-W, 1981-1982
13 Folders
Box
9 Correspondence A-W, 1983
14 Folders
9 Correspondence A-Z, 1984
15 Folders
9 Correspondence A-W, 1984-1986
14 Folders
9 Corresondence A-Z, 1985-1986
14 Folders
9 Correspondence A-K, 1987
9 Folders
Box
10 Correspondence L-W, 1987
7 Folders
10 Correspondence A-Z, 1988
14 Folders
10 Correspondence A-W, 1989
15 Folders
10 Correspondence A-W, 1990
17 Folders

5.2: Galleries, 1973-1992

This subseries documents Nesbitt's relationships with a large number of galleries including some that represented him, such as Andrew Crispo Gallery, DiLaurenti Gallery and Fay Gold Gallery, and others throughout the United States and in Germany, who exhibited his work.

Box
10 Andrew Crispo Gallery (New York, NY), 1980-1984
4 Folders
10 Andrew Crispo Gallery (New York, NY), Consignment Letters, 1978-1979
3 Folders
10 Andrew Crispo Gallery (New York, NY), Contracts, 1975-1984
10 Art Collections Gallery (Key West, FL), 1989
10 Bo Alveryd Gallery (Copenhagen, Denmark), 1974-1981
10 B. R. Kornblatt Gallery (Baltimore, MD), 1980-1981
10 DiLaurenti Gallery (New York, NY), 1986
3 Folders
10 Dyansen Corporation (New York, NY), 1988-1989
2 Folders
10 Eleanor Jeck Galleries (Tucson, AZ), 1987
10 El Prado Gallery, Don Pierson (Sedona, AZ), 1987
10 Fay Gold Gallery, 1987
10 Foster Harmon Gallery (Sarasota, FL), 1985-1986
10 Galerie Vorburg-Herman (Wunsche, Germany), 1984
10 Gallery Henoch, 1991
10 Gallery of 24 (Bay Harbor, FL), 1984-1985
10 Gimpel, Weitzenhofer and Cravan, 1973-1974
10 H. R. Love Gallery (Chicago, IL), 1987
10 Images Gallery, (Toledo, OH), 1982-1990
10 Joy Tash Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ), 1987-1991
10 Kaffie Gallery (Corpus Christie, TX), 1981-1982
10 Larsen-Dulman Gallery (New Hope, PA), 1988
10 Louis Newman Galleries (Beverly Hills, CA), 1987-1988
2 Folders
10 Martin Lawrence Gallery, M. Binder (Van Nuys, CA), 1983-1986
10 Metropolitan Art Associates Graphics and Contracts, circa 1980
Box
11 Perri-Reneth Gallery (Southamption, NY), 1985-1989
11 Post Oak Fine Art Co. (Houston, TX), 1981-1982
11 Reinhard Onnasch-Bjorn Herder, Berlin, Germany, 1983
11 Robert F. Kidd Gallery (Birmingham, MI), 1982-1983
11 Robert Samuel Gallery, 1979
11 Sander Fine Art, G. Beker (Daytona Beach, FL), 1984-1987
11 Sarasota Design Gallery, 1992
11 Southwest Gallery (Dallas, TX), 1981-1983
11 Stadt Aachen Neue Galerie IM Alten Kurhausm Klischee and Antiklischee (New Gallery in the Cure House, Aachen), undated
11 Steiner Galleries (Miami, FL), 1987-1989
11 Steven Scott Gallery (Baltimore, MD), 1988-1989
11 Ted Gallery, 1989
11 Texann Ivy Fine Arts (1983) (Orlando, FL), 1982-1983
11 Uddoh Gallery, 1989
11 Wally Findlay Gallery (Palm Beach, FL), 1986-1988

5.3: Exhibitions, 1981-1992

This subseries documents a variety of exhibitions in which Nesbitt took part or which he curated such as the 1990 Humanist Icon exhibition at Bayly Art Museum in Charlottesville, Virginia that traveled to the New York Academy of Art and the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.

Box
11 Animal Garden Exhibition, Andrew Crispo Gallery, 1981
11 Art in the Embassies, Truman Hall, 1985
11 Baltimore Itinerary for Exhibition Receptions, undated
11 Gadsen Alabama Exhibition, undated
2 Folders
11 Gadsen Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsen, AL, 1989-1990
11 General Electric Show (1981), Fairfield, CT, 1981
11 Greenwich Garden Center (1983), Cos Cob, CT, 1983
11 Humanist Icon
11 Bayly Museum, University of Virginia, circa 1990
2 Folders
11 Collage of Works, 1990
see OV 51
11 Loan Agreement, John Chamberlain, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Ivan Chermayeff, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Lewis Davis, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Michelle Oka Doner, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Helen Drellich, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Molissa Fenley, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Katherine Goldsmith, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Geoffrey Holder, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Jack Lenor Larsen, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Polly King, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Christopher Makos, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Jack Mitchell, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Malcolm Morley, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Lowell Nesbitt, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Mary Obering, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Anthony Quinn, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Madlyn Rhue, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Stillman Rockefeller, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Pauline Trigere, 1990
11 Loan Agreement, Mehri Weil, 1990
11 Wichita State University, 1990
11 Landscapes and Gardens Show (1982), Andrew Crispo Gallery, 1982-1983
11 Ohio Flower Shows (1983) Butler Institute, Youngstown University, 1982-1983
2 Folders
11 Oklahoma Arts Center (1983, 1985), 1983-1985
2 Folders
11 Temple University, 1986-1992
11 Upcoming Exhibitions, 1981
11 U. S. Department of State, Art in the Embassies Program (1985-1986), 1986-1990
2 Folders
11 Washington and Lee University (1983), 1983-1984
11 World Wildlife Fund, U. S., 1981
Box
OV 51 Oversized Humanist Icon Exhibition Collage of Works, 1990
see Box 11

5.4: Commissions, 1977-1993

This subseries documents commissions Nesbitt undertook from a variety of individuals and organizations, including stamps for the United States Postal Service and the World Wildlife Fund.

Box
11 Bartlestein, Mrs. Gordon, undated
11 Filming in Apartment, 1980-1981
11 Flower Stamp Envelopes, 1981
11 Harriet, Personal Treasures, 1977
11 Hodges, Billy (Paul Frankel? Graphic Prints Contract?), undated
11 Horticultural Society (New York, NY), 1987
11 Janis-Orange-Red Orchid, undated
11 People Magazine Article on Nesbitt's Pucci Mannequin Designs, 1990
see OV 51
11 Perry, Mrs., Apartment, 1978
11 Plates, 1980-1981
11 Pucci International, 1990
11 Requests from Dealers and Individuals for Art, 1992-1993
11 Rosenfeld, Michelle, 1978
11 Rupert J. Smith, Inc. (New York, NY), 1988-1989
11 Sid Peter Investments (Montfleury Wines, Arlington, VA), 1987-1988
11 Thomas, Rusty, and National Wildflower Research Center, 1989
Box
12 Tom Jones Graphics, Greensboro, NC, 1980
12 Two Wall Steet, New York, NY, 1984
12 Uniclub, Credit Cards, New York, NY, 1988
12 U. S. Opportunity Search, 1990
12 U. S. Postal Service Postage Stamps (1981), 1980-1987
12 U. S. Postal Service, Commemorative Flower Postage Stamps, Correspondence from Francesca, 1981
see Box 40
12 Warhol, Andy, Studio Purchased by Steven and Bernice Sohacki, 1982
12 Wenniger Graphics (1985), Boston, MA, 1985-1988
12 Wessel O'Connor Ltd., 1991
12 Westheimer, Mrs. Jerome, 1978
12 Wilm Fine Arts, Inc., 1992
12 World Wildlife Fund, Lothar Kruger, 1989
12 World Wildlife Fund, Stamps and Material, 1984
2 Folders
Box
OV 51 People Magazine Article on Nesbitt's Pucci Mannequin, 1990
see Box 11
Box
40 (sol) U. S. Postal Service Commemorative Flower Postage Stamps, Correspondence from Francesca, 1981
see Box 12

5.5: Committees, 1980-1992

This subseries documents Nesbitt's work for several committees and fundraising events including the "Night of 100 Trees" to benefit artists with AIDS, and Project Rembrandt, the annual juried exhibition of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for which Nesbitt was co-chairman. "Night of 100 Trees" material includes donation records and an invitation to the event designed by Nesbitt.

Box
12 AIDS Benefit (1983), 1984
12 "Night of 100 Trees,," circa 1980s
2 Folders
see also OV 51
12 F.I.T. Opening, undated
12 Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York Benefit (1987), 1987-1992
4 Folders
12 Multiple Sclerosis, Committee Members Exhibition, 1990
2 Folders
12 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1992
12 Project Rembrandt, 1980-1990
12 Project Rembrandt, Cemtie Show A F.I.T. 23 Artists, 1990
12 Very Special Arts, N. Whalen, Hawthorne, NY, 1987-1988
Box
OV 51 Night of 100 Trees, Donations, circa 1980s
see also Box 12

5.6: Legal/Subject Files, 1978-1991

This subseries contains legal records including correspondence between Nesbitt and his lawyers.

Box
12 Fraud, undated
12 Lawyers, NY Tenzer, Greenblatt, Fallon, and Kaplan-Alan Brockman, 1978-1985
12 Marigold Goldberg, 1980
12 Linda L. Longo-Muth, 1991
12 Santa Fe Festival Theatre Company, 1980

Series 6: Business and Financial Records, circa 1910-1993
2 Linear feet; Box 12-14

This series documents business transactions involving Nesbitt's artwork and includes insurance, banking, shipping, payroll and tax records. It contains lists of his artwork available for sale with prices and other details concerning sales and consignments. There is a folder titled "Teaching List" that includes details of Nesbitt's lecture carousel and price lists. Also found here are records documenting Nesbitt's real estate purchases and records on donations he made to various charitable organizations.

Box
12 List of Complete Works, Graphics (duplicate), undated
5 Folders
12 Partial List of Artwork (catalogue duplicates), undated
12 List of Complete Paintings and Drawings (duplicate catalogue), undated
2 Folders
12 Teaching List, undated
12 Master List of Prints and Available Graphics, circa 1980-1990
12 Paintings In and Out of Studio (original order), undated
8 Folders
Box
13 Silkscreens and Lithographs, circa 1963-1981
8 Folders
13 Art Sales, Bills, Invoices, circa 1987
13 Receipts, In and Out, 1975-1979
4 Folders
13 Artwork Sales, 1980-1992
8 Folders
13 Artwork Receipts, 1988-1990
2 Folders
13 Art-Related Bills and Invoices, 1983-1990
2 Folders
13 Artwork Billing Forms, 1977-1981
13 Pucci Invoice, 1992
13 Price List of Art, 1980-1990
13 Art Supply Receipts, 1979-1993
17 Folders
13 Receipts, Art-Related Insurance, Invoices, 1982
13 Chase Manhattan Bank Deposit Slips, 1977-1985
5 Folders
13 Donations, 1970-1991
5 Folders
13 Restoration Insurance, 1975-1980
13 Insured Prints Damaged, 1980
13 Random House, 1992
13 Legal, Will and Courtcase Receipts, 1979
13 James H. Benner, Insurance Services, 1967
13 Insurance, Home, 1980
2 Folders
Box
14 Delivery Slips, 1980
3 Folders
14 Shipping, W. R. Keating Co., 1980
14 Shipping (Art in Embassies), 1989-1990
14 Shipping Bills, 1993
14 Paid Bills, Art and House, 1980
3 Folders
14 Financial Statement 4th Quarter for Building, 1992
14 Stoneleigh House, Tax, 1991
14 Stoneleigh Bills, Not to be Paid, 1988
14 Citibank Loan (Equity), Susan Bailey, 555 LaGuardia, NY, 1987-1988
3 Folders
14 Real Estate Information (1983), 1981-1985
14 Rental, 1970
14 Home Furnishing, 1979
14 House-Construction, Insurance, 1975-1976
2 Folders
14 Entertainment Parties, 1980s, 1980
14 Frank Nesbitt, 1947
14 Income Statement, 1980
14 Cash Disbursements, 1975
14 Cash Disbursements, 1984
14 Cash Disbursements, 1987
14 Cash Receipts Ledger, 1982
14 Financial Ledger, 1986
14 Payroll and Bills Ledger, 1980
14 Payroll and Bills Ledger, 1983
14 Payroll Ledger, 1985
14 Payroll, 1988
14 Payroll and Disbursement Journal, 1989
14 Payroll Ledger, 1990
14 Payroll Ledger, 1991
14 Stock Certificates Belonging to Nesbitt's Mother, circa 1910
14 Stock Statements, Drexel, Burnham Lambert, circa 1970s-1980s
14 Tax, undated

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1948-1989
2 Linear feet; Boxes 15-16, 41-42, OVs 52, 55

This series is arranged as 2 subseries:

7.1: Artwork by Nesbitt, 1948-circa 1980s

This subseries contains a range of artwork by Nesbitt including collages incorporating leaves, flowers and found objects; drawings with subjects such as dancers, statues and flowers; paintings in gouache; prints including a copper plate; and sketchbooks including sketches of Nesbitt's travels to Egypt, Italy and elsewhere.

Box
15 Artwork, Flower, undated
see Box 41
15 Baptism Window Design for St. Marylebone Church, undated
15 Collage Book, undated
15 Color Chart, undated
15 Copper Plate, undated
15 Drawing, "Welcome to Treasure Island,," undated
See OV 52
15 Magazine Cutout Flowers on a Box, undated
2 Folders
15 Painting on Board, undated
15 Panel Book, undated
15 Print, undated
15 Print Fragment, 1979
15 Print, Lithograph of Rose, 1973
See OV 55
15 Print of Bird, undated
15 Sketchbook, undated
15 Sketchbook, 1955
15 Sketchbook I, undated
15 Sketchbook II, undated
see Box 42
15 Sketchbook III, undated
15 Sketchbook IV, undated
see Box 42
15 Sketchbook V, 1980
15 Sketchbook VI, undated
see Box 42
15 Sketchbook VII, 1953
15 Sketchbook VIII, Tyler School of Fine Art, 1954
15 Sketchbook, Ballet, circa 1948
see Box 42
Box
16 Sketchbook, Blank, undated
16 Sketchbook, Pen and Ink Drawings of Figures, Bird and Abstract, Flower Drawings, circa 1950s-1980s
see Box 42
Box
41 (sol) Artwork, Flower, undated
see Box 15
Box
42 (sol) Sketchbook, II, undated
see Box 15
42 (sol) Sketchbook, IV, undated
see Box 15
42 (sol) Sketchbook, VI, undated
see Box 15
42 (sol) Sketchbook, Ballet, circa 1948
see Box 16
42 (sol) Sketchbook, Pen and Ink Drawings of Figures, Bird and Abstract, Flower Drawings, circa 1950s-1980s
see Box 16
Box
52 (OV) Drawing, "Welcome to Treasure Island,," undated
see Box 15
Box
55 (OV) Print, Lithograph of Rose, 1973
see Box 15

7.2: Artwork by Others, 1980-1989

Box
16 Collage by Ray Johnson, undated
16 Drawing of a Record from Bill, 1978
16 Print, "Ariadne," by Will Barnet, 1980
16 Prints by Marco, 1989
16 Sketch, "A Carpet Line Starring Lowell Nesbitt" by Everds, undated
16 Unidentified from Friends, undated

Series 8: Source Material, 1965-circa 1990s
12 Linear feet; Boxes 16-26, 43-45, OV 53

This series contains source material used by Nesbitt and documents his method of gathering photographs and magazine clippings and arranging them as collages on cardboard prior to painting. Groupings of source material reflect the range of Nesbitt's subject matter and include nudes, fruits and vegetables, flowers, landscapes, bridges, buildings and ruins, space, windows, easels, dogs and other animals and shoes. There is also a group of photographs of studios of artists including those of Alex Katz, Jasper Johns, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol.

Box
16 Nudes, 1969-1988
2 Folders
see also Box 43
16 Fruit and Vegetables, 1974-1988
13 Folders
see also Box 43
Box
17 Fruit and Vegetables, 1977-1980
9 Folders
17 Flowers, 1970-1990
16 Folders
see also Box 43
Box
18 Flowers, 1965-circa 1990s
25 Folders
see also Boxes 43-44
Box
19 Flowers, 1966-1980
20 Folders
see also Box 45
Box
20 Flowers, circa 1970s-1987
18 Folders
Box
21 Flowers, 1976-1987
4 Folders
21 Landscapes, 1974-1990
8 Folders
see also OV 53
21 Caves and Miscellaneous, 1971-1989
12 Folders
see also Boxes 43-44
21 Artist Studios, 1972-1976
7 Folders
see also Box 45
Box
22 Artist Studios, circa 1970s
8 Folders
see also Boxes 43, 45
22 Bridges and Buildings, 1974-1978
6 Folders
22 Studio, Windows, Easels, 1967-1977
15 Folders
Box
23 Studio, Windows, Easels, 1967-1977
10 Folders
see also Box 43
23 Space Materials, 1969-circa 1970s
5 Folders
23 Ruins, 1971-1987
11 Folders
Box
24 Ruins, circa 1970s
2 Folders
24 Dogs and Animals, 1974-1986
15 Folders
24 Sheet Series, 1971-1979
4 Folders
Box
25 Shoes, 1973-1980
19 Folders
Box
26 Miscellaneous Oversized Material, 1967-1989
30 Folders
Box
43 (sol) Oversized Material, Nudes, 1985, undated
see also Box 16
43 (sol) Oversized Material, Fruit and Vegetables, 1974-1979
see also Box 16
43 (sol) Oversized Material, Flowers, 1970-1987
see also Boxes 17-18
43 (sol) Oversized Material, Caves and Miscellaneous, undated
see also Box 21
43 (sol) Oversized Material, Artist Studios, 1974
see also Boxes 21-22
43 (sol) Oversized Material, Studio, Windows and Easels, 1972
see also Box 23
Box
44 (sol) Oversized Material, Flowers, 1983-1987
see also Box 18
44 (sol) Oversized Material, Caves and Miscellaneous, 1983-1989
see also Box 21
Box
45 (sol) Oversized Material, Flowers, 1974, undated
see also Box 19
45 (sol) Oversized Material, Artist Studios, 1972
see also Boxes 21-22
Box
OV 53 Oversized Material, Landscapes, 1974
see also Box 21

Series 9: Photographs and Audiovisual Records, circa 1903-circa 1990s
12 Linear feet; Boxes 16-26, 43-45, OV 53

This series is arranged into 5 subseries:

Box
41 (sol) Oversized Photographs by Others, Jack Mitchell, 1969
see also Box 30
Box
46 (sol) Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
2 Folders
see also Boxes 28-30
Box
47 (sol) Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
see also Boxes 28-30
47 (sol) Oversized Photographs by Others, Jack Mitchell, 1969-1984
11 Folders
see also Box 30
Box
OV 51 Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
2 Folders
see also Boxes 28-30
Box
OV 57 Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
see also Boxes 28-30
Box
OV 58 Oversized Personal Photographs, undated
13 Folders
see also Boxes 28-30
OV 58 Oversized Photographs of Artwork by Others, 1963
see also Box 30
OV 58 Oversized Photographs by Others, Jack Mitchell, 1982
see also Box 30

9.1: Photographs of Artwork, 1960-circa 1980s

This subseries contains photographs of a wide range of Nesbitt's artwork. Photographs of his "autobiographical series" include subjects such as bottles, clothes, dogs, easels, hats, shoes, studios, and bridges. Photographs of flower paintings include paintings of irises, orchids, roses, tulips and violets, and photographs of his "Electric Series" include subjects such as daffodils, dahlias, lilies, poppies, roses and tulips.

For additional photographs of artwork by Nesbitt see 9.4: Photograph Albums.

Box
27 Autobiographical Series, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
15 Folders
27 Flower Paintings, 1964-1973
5 Folders
27 Flowers, Electric Series, circa 1970s
11 Folders
27 Landscapes, Cave, Lunar Land, Ruins and Animals, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
15 Folders
27 Space, circa 1960s-circe 1970s
2 Folders
27 X-Ray Figures, 1960-circa 1970s
8 Folders
Box
28 X-Ray Figures, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
6 Folders
28 Other Artwork and Miscellaneous, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
61 Folders

9.2: Personal Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1990s

This subseries includes photographs of Nesbitt, his family, friends, colleagues and dogs. There are also photographs of male nudes and of Nesbitt with his artwork or posing with some of his subjects, in addition to photographs of Nesbitt in his studio.

Also found here are photographs of Nesbitt and others, including Louise Nevelson, Gloria Steinem and Alfred Hitchcock, taken by photographer Jack Mitchell. A personal friend of Nesbitt, Mitchell had a solo exhibition titled Artist Lowell Nesbitt at the Butler Institute of American Art in 1982, and took many press photographs of Nesbitt. There are also several additional photographs taken by others including one by Robert Indiana, and seven folders of photographs of artwork by others.

Box
28 Personal, 1976, undated
4 Folders
Box
29 Personal, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
79 Folders
see also Boxes 46-47, OVs 51, 57-58
Box
30 Personal, circa 1970s-1980s
8 Folders
see also Boxes 46-47
30 Artwork by Others, 1963-1989
7 Folders
see also OV 58
30 Photographs by Others
30 Indiana, Robert, "For Lowell from Robert Indiana,," circa 1970s
30 Mitchell, Jack, 1969-circa 1990s
27 Folders
see also Box 47, OV 58
30 Raymond, Lilo, "Michael,," 1974
30 Tighe, Mike, 1976
30 Weisond, D., undated

9.3.: Audiovisual Material, circa 1970s-circa 1980s

This subseries contains audiocassettes, videocassettes and films relating to Nesbitt and other artists including Keith Haring. It includes the film "The Ruins," shot in Nesbitt's studio and a film of Nesbitt painting a book mobile with "electric flowers" for the Miami-Dade Public Library.

Box
31 Audiocassette, WBAA Interview Segment B., undated
31 Audiocassettes, 2 not labeled, 1 "Lowell Nesbitt Taped Conversations with Dean Farrell Cano,," undated
(3 cassettes)
31 Videocassette, "Keith Haring" by Broad Street Productions, 1988
31 Videocassette, "Keith Haring Slides 4,," undated
31 Videocassette, "Project Rembrandt,," undated
31 Film, "Lowell Nesbitt Paints the Artmobile,," undated
31 Film, "Artmobile," Miami-Dade Public Library, 1976
31 Film, "The Ruins," "Film from John,," undated

9.4: Photograph Albums, circa 1903-1990s

Albums contain both personal photographs and photographs of artwork.

Box
31 Trip Abroad, undated
31 Trips, undated
31 Trips, Flowers, Animals, undated
Box
32 Album I, circa 1903-1970s
32 Album II, 1930-1950s
32 Album III, 1950-1970s
32 Album IV, 1960s-1970s
32 Album V, 1980s-1990s
Box
33 X-Ray Figures, 1963-1971
33 Stair Exterior, 1965-1971
33 Flowers, 1964-1970
33 Nude Figure, 1969-1977
33 Autobiographical Series, 1973-1976
33 X-Ray Flowers, 1963-1973
Box
34 Flowers (1973), 1971-1974
34 Studios, Computers, Moon, 1967-1972
34 Landscapes, Caves, 1965-1983
34 Loft Photos, undated
34 Flowers, 1975-1978
34 Autobiographical Series, 1973-1975
Box
35 House with Artwork, Artwork, undated
35 Ruins, 1970-1972
35 Electric Flowers, 1974
35 Stairs Interior, 1965-1971

9.5: Slides, circa 1960s-circa 1980s

Material found here is a combination of slides of artwork and personal slides in addition to slides of nudes by Jack Mitchell. Slides contain images of paintings, sculpture, Nesbitt's "autobiographical" and "retrospective" series, landscapes, and stills of the Humanist Icon and Secret Garden exhibitions. Many of the slides found here were used by Nesbitt for lectures that were originally stored in slide carousels. Also found here are images stored on several slide viewers.

Box
35 Slides 1-13, undated
Box
36 Slides 14-21, undated
36 Slides 22-28, circa 1960s-1980s
36 Slides 29-31, undated
36 Slides 33-38, undated
36 Slides 39-46, undated
36 Slides 47-55, undated

Series 10: Printed Material, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
3.05 Linear feet; Boxes 37-39, 45, OVs 48-50, 54, 56, 60

This series includes exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings concerning exhibitions of Nesbitt's work and articles about his home, as well as posters relating to commissions Nesbitt undertook, gallery openings, and fundraisers in which he was involved.

Box
37 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1965-1990
31 Folders
Box
38 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1964-circa 1990s
9 Folders
38 Clippings and Magazine Articles on Nesbitt, circa 1960s-circa 1990s
33 Folders
see also Box 45
Box
39 Clippings and Magazine Articles on Nesbitt, 1968-circa 1990s
30 Folders
see also Box 45
39 Posters, 1969-1990
see OV 48
39 Posters, 1974-circa 1980s
see OV 49
39 Posters, 1981-1982
see OV 50
39 Posters, 1972-1984
see OV 54
39 Posters, 1973-1983
see OV 56 and OV 60
39 Licht Editions: Serigraph Calendar, 1972
see OV 60
Box
45 (Sol) Oversized Clippings and Magazine Articles on Nesbitt, Corcoran Mapplethorpe Exhibit, 1989
3 Folders
see also Boxes 38-39
45 (Sol) Oversized Clippings and Magazine Articles on Nesbitt, circa 1970s-1980s
see also Boxes 38-39
45 (Sol) Oversized Clippings and Magazine Articles on Nesbitt, J. Burckhardt Reproductions on Prints, undated
see also Boxes 38-39
45 (Sol) Oversized Clippings and Magazine Articles on Nesbitt, Project Rembrandt Calendar, 1994
see also Boxes 38-39
Box
48 (OV) Oversized Posters, 1969-1990
16 Posters
see Box 39
Box
49 (OV) Oversized Posters, 1974-circa 1980s
11 Posters
see Box 39
Box
50 (OV) Oversized Posters, 1981-1982
21 Posters
see Box 39
Box
54 (OV) Oversized Posters, 1981-1982
12 Posters
see Box 39
Box
56 (OV) Oversized Posters, 1973-1983
10 Posters
see Box 39
Box
60 (OV) Oversized Licht Editions Serigraph Calendar, 1972
see Box 39

Series 11: Scrapbooks, 1964-1992
6.6 Linear feet; Boxes 61-75

The scrapbooks in this series contain invitations, photographs, newspaper clippings and other printed material related to exhibitions, photographs of artwork, Nesbitt's studio, events and parties he attended and hosted, and exhibition openings.

Box Folder
61 1 Landscapes, undated
Box Folder
62 1 Nudes, undated
62 2 Studio and Artwork, undated
Box
63-75 "Lowell Nesbitt" Scrapbooks, 1964-1992
25 scrapbooks