Potamkin, Meyer P., b. 1909 d. 2001
Collector, Businessperson, Philanthropist
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.
Potamkin, Vivian Orleans, b. 1915 d. 2002
Active in Philadelphia,Pa.
Collection size: 9.4 linear feet
Collection Summary: Correspondence; files on works of art; photographs; writings; printed material and miscellany regarding the Potmakin's collection of 19th and 20th century American art.
Included are appraisals; correspondence; published writings about the Potamkins; published catalogs of the Potamkin collection; letters from museum professionals and visitors to the collection; photographs of Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin and their home; files concerning works of art in the Potamkin collection containing correspondence, invoices, reproductions, loan agreements and requests; certificates of insurance, exhibition proposals, and conservation records; files on objects sold from the Potmakin collection; files concerning gifts to museums and outgoing loans; ten binders contaning cataloging data and photographs of works in the Potmakin collection (6 arranged by artist, 1 prints, 1 decorative arts, 1 folk art, and 1 American Indian); letters from author Christine Weston, Eugene Prendergast (wife of Charles Prendergast), Helen Sloan (wife of John Sloan), actors Jeffrey Hayden and Eva Marie Saint, screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz, Violette de Mazia (director of education, Barnes Foundation), and others.
Biographical/Historical Note: Meyer P. (1909-2001) and Vivian O. (1915-2002) Potamkin were art collectors in Philadelphia, Pa.
Donated 2006 by Marshall Potamkin and Marcy Lasky.
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Also in the Archives
- Oral history interview with Meyer and Vivian Potamkin, 1974 Oct. 30-1975 Mar. 4
- Oral history interview with Meyer and Vivian Potamkin, 2001 Feb. 12