Peter and Rose Krasnow papers, 1914-1984

A Finding Aid to the Peter and Rose Krasnow Papers, 1914-1984, in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Townsend

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Biographical Information

Peter Krasnow (1886-1979) was a painter, sculptor, and printmaker who lived and worked primarily in Southern California. His wife, Rose Krasnow (1885-1984), was a prolific writer of poems, short stories, and plays.

Peter Krasnow was born on August 20, 1886 in the Ukraine, Russia to Jewish parents. His father's work as an interior designer inspired Krasnow's interest in art.

In 1907, Krasnow emigrated to the United States, first living in Boston. He moved to Chicago in 1908 to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, where he met his future wife, Rose Bloom. To support himself during his studies, Krasnow worked as a security officer and performed other manual jobs. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1916 and married Rose that same year.

The Krasnows moved to New York in 1919. In New York, Krasnow experienced some artistic success, participating in group and solo exhibitions at the Whitney Studio Club. During this time period, Krasnow often painted city scenes using a dark color palette.

In 1922, the Krasnows moved to Los Angeles, California. Krasnow built a studio near Glendale in 1923, on land purchased from photographer and friend Edward Weston. The studio also served as the Krasnows' main residence for the rest of their lives. In 1923 in Los Angeles, Krasnow exhibited with the Group of Independent Artists, which included Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Boris Deutsch, Nick Brigante, Ben Berlin, and other noteworthy artists. During his first years in California, Krasnow mostly created watercolor paintings, including a series of landscapes, using a lighter color palette than his earlier works. In the 1920s, Krasnow also accepted commissions for carved wood reliefs at the Temple Emmanu-El in San Francisco and the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.

Krasnow received a grant in 1931, and he and Rose temporarily relocated to the Dordogne region of France, where they lived until 1934. During this time, Krasnow painted a series of watercolors and paintings of the French landscape. Before returning to the United States, Krasnow exhibited these landscapes at the Galerie Pierre.

After returning to California, Krasnow began creating carved wood sculptures, which he named 'demountables,' often using wood from trees on his property. Krasnow created these sculptures to celebrate the organic shapes inherent in wood.

In 1934, Krasnow returned to painting, this time creating bright, colorful, geometric designs which often incorporated symbolism from his Jewish heritage. Krasnow focused on these paintings through the remaining years of his life. In 1977, Krasnow received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Peter Krasnow died on October 30, 1979 in Los Angeles. Rose Krasnow died five years later, in 1984.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, printmaker, and sculptor Peter Krasnow (1886-1979) and his wife, writer Rose Krasnow (1885-1984), measure 5.7 linear feet and date from 1914 to 1984. Papers include biographical materials, a sound recording, correspondence, essays, poetry, short stories, notes, transcripts of lectures and radio talks, five diaries of Peter Krasnow, personal business records, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, magazines, five sketchbooks, sketches and drawings in multiple media, prints, and photographs.

Biographical materials include documentation of Rose Krasnow's service as a member of the Army Air Forces Ground Observer Corps, programs and other materials from various memorial services, a sound recording with commentary on a Peter Krasnow exhibition, and documentation of a project to publish Rose Krasnow's poetry.

Correspondence consists of Peter and Rose Krasnow's personal and professional correspondence as well as a small amount of third party correspondence. Personal correspondence with friends and family involves health, work, daily events, and other life updates. Professional correspondence with art dealers, curators, gallery and museum directors, collectors, and colleges and universities concerns exhibitions, sales, loans, and donations of artwork. Primary correspondents include Leslie Burton and Harriet Blades, Dan Budnik, Grace Clements, Conrad Crocker, Dudley Howe, Lilly Weil Jaffe, Grace L. McCann Morley, Dale and Elaine Owen, Aimée Brown Price, Ernest and Ina Raboff, Irving Stone, and Edward Weston. There are also numerous scattered letters from artists, writers, curators, critics, museums, arts associations, and Jewish organizations.

Writings and notes are by Peter Krasnow, Rose Krasnow, and others. Writings by Peter Krasnow include a draft autobiography, essays, lectures on wood sculpture, typescripts, notes, and writings on art. Writings by Rose Krasnow include essays, plays, poetry, and short stories. Writings by others consist of essays, lectures, notes, plays, poetry, short stories, and typescripts. Other writers include Grace Clements, Fidel Danieli, Robert DeLuce, Alfred S. Drake, and Philip Noer. There are also five handwritten personal diaries by Peter Krasnow.

Personal business records include Rose Krasnow's bank book from 1980, Peter Krasnow's naturalization certificate and passport, an inventory of paintings on index cards, tax applications for the Peter Krasnow Arts Foundation, materials relating to Peter Krasnow's estate and the purchase of his artwork, and various receipts.

Printed materials include exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, bound books, magazines and journals, a Chicago Society of Artists block print calendar, and two printed posters from Peter Krasnow's exhibit at the Galerie Pierre in 1934.

Artwork is mostly by Peter Krasnow, and includes five sketchbooks, sketches and drawings, watercolors, preliminary studies in oil, and prints.

Photographs include personal photographs, photographs of major sculpture projects in progress, and artwork. Personal photographs are of Peter and Rose, family members, and friends, as well as a few scattered images of landscapes and architecture, possibly travel photographs. There are also photographs of Edward and Flora Weston. There are three photograph albums, one contains images of Krasnow's relief sculptures for the Sinai Temple's Kohn Chapel. Two photograph albums were compliled by Susan Ehrlich for Peter and Rose Krasnow. Also found are photographs of works of art. Some of the photographs in the papers were taken by Dan Budnik.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Subjects and Names

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

Subjects:

  • Weston, Edward,1886-1958 -- Photographs
  • Weston, Flora -- Photographs
  • United States. Aircraft Warning Service. Ground Observer Corps

Subjects-Topical:

  • Jewish artists
  • Painters -- California -- Los Angeles
  • Printmakers -- California -- Los Angeles
  • Sculptors -- California -- Los Angeles
  • Wood sculpture

Types of Materials:

  • Sound recordings
  • Sketchbooks
  • Photographs
  • Sketches
  • Diaries
  • Essays
  • Poems
  • Short stories
  • Notes
  • Transcripts
  • Prints

Names:

  • Blades, Harriet
  • Burton, Leslie
  • Budnick, Dan
  • Clements, Grace, 1905-1969
  • Cocker, Conrad
  • Danieli, Fidel
  • DeLuce, Robert
  • Drake, Alfred S.
  • Howe, Dudley
  • Krasnow, Rose, 1885-1984
  • Morley, Grace, 1900-
  • Noer, Philip
  • Owen, Dale
  • Owen, Elaine
  • Price, Aimée Brown, 1939-
  • Raboff, Ernest Lloyd
  • Raboff, Ina
  • Stone, Irving, 1903-
  • Weston, Edward, 1886-1958
  • Peter Krasnow Arts Foundation

Provenance

The Peter and Rose Krasnow papers were donated in several increments between 1976 and 1998 by Peter Krasnow, the Estate of Peter Krasnow, and the Peter and Rose Krasnow Foundation.

How the Collection was Processed

Portions of the collection received a preliminary level of processing at some point after donation and microfilmed in multiple accretions on reels 1712-1713, 1756, 1818, and 3967. Filmed and unfilmed papers were merged and fully processed by Erin Townsend in 2010.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Peter and Rose Krasnow 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

Peter and Rose Krasnow papers, 1914-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1942-1983
(Boxes 1, 6; 7 folders)

This series contains certificates and other materials from Rose Krasnow's service as a member of the Army Air Forces Ground Observer Corps; materials from memorial services, including the program and guest list from Peter Krasnow's memorial service; documentation of a project to publish Rose Krasnow's poetry; and a sound recording with commentary by Grace Clements on a Peter Krasnow exhibition. The recording is on 1 sound disc (lacquer).

Box Folder
1 1 Aircraft Warning Service, circa 1942-1943
1 2 In Memoriam ?? Isaac Berg Memorial Program, 1950 December 1
1 3 Peter Krasnow Memorial Service, 1979 November 18
1 4 ??Art in Our Time,?? a Commentary by Grace Clements, Side 1 ?? Art and Mental Health, Side 2 ?? Krasnow Exhibition, 1954 April 8 ?? May 5
(1 sound disc, Oversized material housed in Box 6, F1)
1 5 Poetry Project ?? Rose Krasnow, 1980-1981
1 6 Yahrzeit Notice ?? Goldie Levin, 1983 May 22
Box Folder
6 1 ??Art in Our Time,?? a Commentary by Grace Clements, Side 1 ?? Art and Mental Health, Side 2 ?? Krasnow Exhibition, 1954 April 8 ?? May 5
(1 sound disc, Oversized material from Box 1, F4)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1930-1984
(Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

This series contains the personal and professional correspondence of Peter and Rose Krasnow as well as a small amount of third party correspondence. Personal correspondence with friends and family involves health, work, daily events, and other life updates. Professional correspondence with art dealers, curators, gallery and museum directors, collectors, and colleges and universities deals with exhibitions, sales, loans, and donations of artwork. Correspondents include Leslie Burton and Harriet Blades, Dan Budnik, Grace Clements, Conrad Crocker, Dudley Howe, Lilly Weil Jaffe, Grace L. McCann Morley, Dale and Elaine Owen, Aimée Brown Price, Ernest and Ina Raboff, Irving Stone, and Edward Weston. Also included are scattered letters from Harry N. Abrams, B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Arnold Chanin, John D. Entenza, Lorser Feitelson, Estelle Getz, Sadakichi Hartmann, Hilaire Hiler, Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Jules Langsner, Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Hillel Council, Dorothy C. Miller, National Endowment for the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, Frances V. O'Connor, Peter and Rose Krasnow Foundation, Hilla Rebay, San Francisco Museum of Art, Abigail von Schlegell, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent. Letters written by correspondents whose last name is unknown are filed alphabetically by first name of correspondent. Letters from unidentified correspondents are filed at the end of the series.

Box Folder
1 7 A, Miscellaneous, 1970 October 9 ?? 1977 June 27, undated
  • Aaron, Al (The Bowl of Hope)
  • Abrams, Harry N. (See V - Vermont, Mildred B.)
  • Akmakjian
  • Armitage, Merle
1 8 B, Miscellaneous, 1935 April 2 -1981
  • Baker, Katherine (San Francisco Museum of Art)
  • Bender, Albert M.
  • Berck, June
  • Berg, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
  • Body, Manchester (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • Bondi
1 9 B, Miscellaneous, 1945 August 16 - 1975 February 26
  • Breslow, Marc (NBC Studios)
  • Bruno, Virginia
  • Buell (See Blades, Leslie Burton and Harriet)
  • Byrnes, James B. (Los Angeles County Museum)
  • Byron
1 10 Blades, Leslie Burton Blades and Harriet, 1944 January 22 - 1963 December 15
1 11 Budnik, Dan, 1961 June 8 - 1972 August 6
1 12 C, Miscellaneous, 1934 January 25 - 1975 May 18, undated
  • Cabinet of the Minister of Education and Fine Arts, Paris
  • Chanin, Arnold
  • Charles
  • Chodos, Israel (Sinai Temple)
  • Clarke, Benjamin (Long Beach Museum of Art)
  • Collett, Dorothy M. (University of Southern California)
  • Cooper, Chuck
1 13-15 Clements, Grace, 1947-1958, undated
(3 folders)
1 16 Crocker, Conrad, 1960 August 17 - 1970 July 4
1 17 D, Miscellaneous, 1937 October 7 - 1980 October 15, undated
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Claudia Davis (San Francisco Museum of Art)
  • Robert DeLuce
  • Dockum, Charles (See R - Rebay, Hilla)
  • Dorothea and Leon
  • Douglas
  • Drake, Alfred
1 18 E, Miscellaneous, 1944 January 21 - 1966 November 1, undated
  • Ed and Dorothy
  • Eggleston
  • Eleanor
  • Entenza, John D. (Arts and Architecture)
  • Erika and Kem
  • Eva
1 19 Ehrlich, Susan, 1978 January 25 - 1981 December 13
1 20 F, Miscellaneous, 1954 January 7 - 1975 September 18
  • Feitelson, Lorser
  • Fox, Alan C.
  • Fox, Fred and Frieda (See also Price, Aimée Brown and R - Ratner, Joanne)
  • Frances (See P - Phyllis)
  • Franke, John
  • Friedberg, Herman R. (See L - Lippert, David I.)
  • Fry, Stephen M. (University of California, Riverside)
  • Fulton, W. Joseph (Pasadena Art Institute)
1 21 G, Miscellaneous, 1934 February 27 - 1981 October 4, undated
  • Gaer, Joseph (Jewish Heritage Foundation)
  • Geldman, Stephen
  • Geoffrey
  • George and Judy
  • Getz, Estelle
  • Gillman, Esther
  • Goldstine, Regina
1 22 H, Miscellaneous, 1930 September 30 - 1971 March 2, undated
  • Hansen, Ejuar and Helga
  • Hanson, Bertha A. (Glendale Art Association)
  • Hartmann, Sadakichi
  • Healy, Mark H.
  • Helen
  • Horad, M.
  • Hesser, C.
1 23 H, Miscellaneous, 1943 March 15 - 1977 July 18, undated
  • Hiler, Hilaire
  • Hirsh, Pauline (Jewish Federation Council)
  • Historical Archives of Contemporary Art of the São Paulo Biennial
  • Hoffman, Joseph (Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum)
  • Howe, Thomas C. (California Palace of the Legion of Honor)
  • Hurwitz, Henry (The Menorah Journal)
1 24 Howe, Dudley, 1955 January 10 - 1971 September 30, undated
1 25 J, Miscellaneous, 1950 May 2 - 1977 April 5, undated
  • Jacobs, Ferne
  • Jacobsen, Alice S.
  • James, Randi
  • Jeanie and Sam
  • Jeffers, Robinson
  • Jenkins, Suzanne (National Portrait Gallery)
  • Johnson, Thor (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
  • Joy
  • Judy and Si
  • June
1 26 Jaffe, Lilly Weil, 1962 January 22 - 1967 April 13
1 27 K, Miscellaneous, 1938 February 23 - 1975 May 31, undated
  • Kahn, Donald (Hillside Memorial Park and Mausoleum)
  • Kandel, Aben
  • Kandel, Stephen
  • Kapin, Ruth and Sid
  • Kazor, Virginia
  • Kenyon, Gertrude (Life Magazine)
  • Knapp, Marcia (Publishers' Weekly)
  • Korbin, Keith
1 28 L, Miscellaneous, 1940 March 29 - 1984 May 6
  • Langsner, Jules
  • Laughton, Charles
  • Leavitt, Thomas W. (Pasadena Art Museum)
  • Leeper, John Palmer (Pasadena Art Institute)
  • Lewenthal, Reeves (Associated American Artists, Inc.)
  • Liebert, Eve
  • Lindstrom, Charles (San Francisco Museum of Art)
  • Lippert, David I. (Sinai Temple)
1 29 M, Miscellaneous, 1954 April 3 - 1981 January 2, undated
  • Sister Magdalen Mary
  • Marian and Mac
  • Marks, Albert E.
  • Marks, Saul (The Plantin Press)
  • McClellan, Douglas (Scripps College)
  • McGehee, Ramiel
  • McKinney, Eleanor
  • Melchert, Jim (National Endowment for the Arts)
1 30 M, Miscellaneous, 1934 January 25 - 1979 May 13
  • Mesnick, Charles (Westside Jewish Community Center)
  • Milengen, Jeanne-Marie
  • Miles, Ellen G. (National Portrait Gallery)
  • Miller, Dorothy C. (Museum of Modern Art)
  • Monzie, Anatole de
  • Moran, Diane D.
  • Moskowitz, Kenneth
  • Moure, Nancy (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
1 31 Morley, Grace L. McCann, 1937 September 16 - 1955 October 29
1 32 N, Miscellaneous, 1967 December 1 - 1982 August 23
  • Nagel, Hede von
  • Naomi
  • Neumann, J.B. (See K - Kandel, Aben)
  • Nikolashin, Natasha (Stanford University Libraries)
1 33 O, Miscellaneous, 1932 January 7 - 1964 June 5, undated
  • O'Connor, Francis V.
  • Otterström, Thomas
1 34 Owen, Dale and Elaine, 1965 August 3 - 1977 October 29, undated
1 35 P, Miscellaneous, 1948 June 11 - 1976 January 12, undated
  • Pacht, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph
  • Pauloo, Sylvia
  • Paxton
  • Philip, Karen, and Michal
  • Phyllis
  • Pillsbury, Kent
1 36 P, Miscellaneous, 1939 June 1 - 1979 October 31
  • Platt (See S - Selfman, Zena)
  • Poland, Reginald (Fine Arts Gallery, City of San Diego)
  • Pollack, Peter (see Clements, Grace)
  • Popkin, Ruth
  • Price, Monroe E. (University of California, Los Angeles)
1 37 Price, Aimée Brown, 1978 July 27 - 1981 November 3
1 38 R, Miscellaneous, 1942 September 26 - 1983 June 14, undated
  • Rabin, Henry (Los Angeles Hillel Council)
  • Ratner, Joanne (Peter and Rose Krasnow Foundation)
  • Reagan, Ronald and Nancy
  • Rebay, Hilla
  • Robert
  • Ross, Marvin C. (Los Angeles County Museum)
  • Roy, Jamini
1 39 Raboff, Ernest and Ina, 1965 April 16 - 1967 March 8
1 40 S, Miscellaneous, 1933 July 21 - 1976 January 12, undated
  • San Francisco Museum of Art
  • Schlegell, Abigail von (Pasadena Art Institute)
  • Schneiderman
  • Seewack, Lawrence B.
  • Selfman, Zena (See also H - Hirsh, Pauline)
  • Seman, Philip (See R - Rabin, Henry)
  • Severe, Marc L. (American Consular Service)
  • Sharkey, Alice M. (Whitney Museum of American Art)
  • Sheldon, Ethel Farley (Sequoyah School)
1 41 S, Miscellaneous, 1930 March 21 - 1975 February 3
  • Siegel, Yvonne
  • Sieroty, Jean (Westside Jewish Community Center)
  • Sklar, Dorothy (Westside Jewish Community Center)
  • Sloane, William (Henry Holt and Company Publishers)
  • Smith, Robert (See P - Price, Monroe E.)
  • Smith, Steven
  • Smolens, Ruth F. (B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations)
  • Spector
  • Stanley
  • Sternberg, Josef von
1 42 Stone, Irving, 1938 March 5 - 1954 January 23, undated
1 43 T, Miscellaneous, 1953 February 26 - 1967 December 26
  • Thompson, Merritt M.
  • Traub, Lily Y.
  • Tuchman (See Raboff, Ernest and Ina)
1 44 V, Miscellaneous, 1938 February 23 - 1970 October 26, undated
  • Varga, Margaret (Life Magazine)
  • Vermont, Mildred B.
1 45 W, Miscellaneous, 1962 March 26 - 1972 December 7, undated
  • Willie, Bernice
  • Wilson, Sherie, Gene, Jennifer, and Karen
  • Winter, Ella (See K - Kandel, Aben)
  • Wollemburg
  • Wurdemann, Helen
1 46 Weston, Edward, 1933 November 28 - 1958 January 1, undated
1 47 Young, Bob, undated
1 48 Unidentified Correspondents, 1940 July 22 - 1961 November 28, undated

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1916-1980
(Boxes 1-2; 1.3 linear feet)

This series contains writings and notes by Peter Krasnow, Rose Krasnow, and others. Writings by Peter Krasnow include a draft autobiography, essays, lectures on wood sculpture, typescripts, notes, and writings on art. Writings by Rose Krasnow include essays, plays, poetry, and short stories. Writings by others consist of essays, lectures, notes, plays, poetry, short stories, and typescripts. Other writers include Grace Clements, Fidel Danieli, Robert DeLuce, Alfred S. Drake, and Philip Noer.

The series is arranged as 3 subseries:

3.1: By Peter Krasnow, circa 1937-1980

Box Folder
1 49-52 Autobiography - Draft, undated
(4 folders)
1 53-56 Autobiography - Typescript, circa 1970
(4 folders)
1 57 Autobiography - Edits by Susan Ehrlich, 1980
1 58 Essay - "The Drawings," undated
1 59 Essay - "Fame," undated
1 60 Essay - "Miracles do Happen," 1975
1 61-64 Lecture - Wood Sculpture, undated
(4 folders)
1 65 List - Works and Owners, undated
1 66 Notes - Typewritten, circa 1937-1939
1 67 Paper - Wood Sculpture, undated
1 68 Projected Plan for Book of Pen-and-Ink Drawings, after 1946
Box Folder
2 1-4 Typescripts - 10 Stories, undated
(4 folders)
2 5-6 Typescript Manuscript - Unidentified, before 1970
(2 folders)
2 7 Typescript - Unidentified, undated
2 8 Writings on Art, 1937-1938

3.2: By Rose Krasnow, circa 1916-1979

Box Folder
2 9 Essay - "Religion: On Judaism," undated
2 10 Notes, after 1979
2 11 Play - The Board Meeting, undated
2 12 Play - The Dreamer, undated
2 13 Play - Influence (Incomplete), undated
2 14 Play - A Jewish Heart?with an Anti-Climax, undated
2 15 Play - A Paradox, undated
2 16 Play - Seder Night, undated
2 17 Play - The Story of Esther (Incomplete), undated
2 18 Play - Tradition: An Allegory (Incomplete), undated
2 19 Play - Yellow Peril (Incomplete), undated
2 20 Poetry (Alphabetical by Title), 1916 January 18 - 1938, undated
2 21 Poetry - Untitled (Alphabetical by First Line), undated
2 22 Poetry - "Lucinda," 1926
2 23 Short Story - "Excelsior," undated
2 24 Short Story - "French Leave," undated
2 25 Short Story - "His Day Off," undated
2 26 Short Story - "How the Mountain was Lost: A Fairy Tale without a Fairy," undated

3.3: By Others, circa 1929-1980

Box Folder
2 27 Essay - "Peter Krasnow: Pioneer Los Angeles Modernist," by Fidel Danieli, 1975 March 10
2 28 Essay - Untitled, by Alfred S. Drake, after 1976 May
2 29 Essay Introduction, by Franz Xaver Kappus, and Letters from Rainer Maria Rilke, 1929 June
2 30 Essay - "To Give, One Must Have; To Teach, One Must Be," by Ethel Sheldon, circa 1960
2 31 Essay - Krasnow--Sidebar to "Off-La Cienega," by Robert B. Young, circa 1971
2 32 Essay - "Legend of the Painting," by Unidentified Author, undated
2 33 Essay on Peter Krasnow, by Unidentified Author, undated
2 34 Essay - "A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Culture," by Unidentified Author, undated
2 35 Essays and Other Writings, by Unidentified Author(s) (Probably by Glass, D. and T.S.), undated
2 36 Essays and Diary, by Unidentified Author(s) (Probably by Herrera, J.F. and M.), 1932-1937, undated
2 37 Essay, by Unidentified Author(s) (Probably by Keefer, W.H. and A.), undated
2 38 Essay, by Unidentified Author, undated
2 39 Essays - Unidentified, by Unidentified Author(s), undated
2 40 Lectures - Grace Clements, 1961-1966
2 41 Lectures - Robert DeLuce, 1962, undated
2 42 Notes - Handwritten, by Unidentified Author(s), undated
2 43 Notebook - Handwritten, by Unidentified Author, undated
2 44 Notes - Works Loaned to Claremont, by Unidentified Author, 1980 January 29
2 45 Play - Esther, by Unidentified Author (Probably by W.P. Hayes), undated
2 46 Play - Ruth, by Unidentified Author, undated
2 47 Play and Essay, by Unidentified Author (Probably by Hahn), undated
2 48 Poetry, by Philip Noer, undated
2 49 Poetry, by Unidentified Author, undated
2 50 Radio Talks, by Grace Clements, 1954 April 8 - 1955 December 24, undated
2 51 Short Story - "The Absentrop Affair," by Alan C. Fox, undated
2 52 Short Story - "A Legend of Laangelo," by Irene M. Goldkind, undated
2 53 Short Story - "Twilight," by S. Miller, undated
2 54 Short Story, by Unidentified Author, undated
2 55 Typescript - God is a Little Girl, by E.D. Howe, 1967
2 56 Typescript - Lorenzo, by Keenan, undated
2 57 Typescript (draft) - For Lorenzo (Loaned to Susan Ehrlich), 1978 October 3
2 58 Typescript - A Skeleton Key to "Paterson," by Philip D. Noer, after 1966

Series 4: Diaries, circa 1955-1968
(Box 2-3; 5 folders)

This series contains five handwritten diaries by Peter Krasnow.

Diaries are arranged chronologically by date, if known. Two undated diaries are filed at the end of the series.

Box Folder
2 59 Handwritten - On Back of Typescript Pages, 1955 January - November
2 60 Handwritten - On Back of Typescript Pages, 1957
Box Folder
3 1 Handwritten - On Back of Typescript Pages, 1967-1968
3 2 Handwritten - On Back of Typescript Pages, March - July, undated
3 3 Handwritten, undated

Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1914-1982
(Box 3; 0.4 linear feet)

This series contains Rose Krasnow's bank book from 1980, Peter Krasnow's naturalization certificate and passport, an inventory of paintings on index cards, tax applications for the Peter Krasnow Arts Foundation, materials relating to Peter Krasnow's estate and the purchase of his artwork, and various receipts.

Box Folder
3 4 Bank Book - Rose Krasnow, 1980
3 5 Naturalization Certificate - Philip Reisberg (Peter Krasnow), 1914 July 17
3 6 Painting Inventory (4x6 Cards), undated
3 7 Passport - Peter Krasnow, 1931 October 9 - 1935 October 9
3 8 Peter Krasnow Arts Foundation, 1980 December 10 - 1982 June 10
3 9 Peter Krasnow Arts Foundation - Federal and State Tax Applications, 1981
3 10 Peter Krasnow Estate - Alan C. Fox, 1980 December 19 - 1981 August 13
3 11 Peter Krasnow Estate - Allan Cutrow Materials, 1980 March 27 - 1982 January 6, undated
3 12-13 Peter Krasnow Estate - Appraisal of Artwork 1/2, 1980 May 28 - 1980 June 2
(2 folders)
3 14 Peter Krasnow Estate - Probate, 1980 March 27 - 1982 January 12
3 15 Purchase of Peter Krasnow's Artwork, 1982 March 23 - April 1
3 16 Receipts, 1934 January 1 - 1981 July 15

Series 6: Printed Materials, circa 1922-1981
(Boxes 3-4 and OV 9; 1.1 linear feet)

This series contains exhibition catalogs, announcements, and invitations; clippings about Peter Krasnow and his work; bound books; magazines and journals, including The Argus, The Art Digest, The Menorah Journal, Arts and Architecture, and Archives of American Art Journal; an Oakland Museum brochure; a Chicago Society of Artists block print calendar; television and radio program guides; and two printed posters from Peter Krasnow's exhibit at the Galerie Pierre in 1934.

The series is arranged as 6 subseries:

6.1: Catalogs and Announcements, circa 1922-1981

Box Folder
3 17 Announcements, 1923 January 22 - 1975 March 23, undated
3 18 Catalogs - Peter Krasnow, Solo Exhibitions, undated
3 19 Catalogs - Peter Krasnow, Solo Exhibitions, 1929 February - 1975 March 23
3 20 Catalogs - Peter Krasnow, Group Exhibitions, undated
3 21 Catalogs - Peter Krasnow, Group Exhibitions, 1922 April - 1927 April 8
3 22 Catalogs - Peter Krasnow, Group Exhibitions, 1935 May 29 - 1981 December
3 23 Catalogs - Other Artists, 1969 October 30 - 1972 August 6, undated

6.2: Clippings, circa 1923-1980

Box Folder
3 24 Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, undated
3 25 Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1923 March 4 - 1931 December
3 26 Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1934 March 1 - 1980 December 15

6.3: Books, 1930-1974

Box Folder
3 27 Jews in American History, by Rabbi Maxwell H. Dubin, 1930
3 28 A Passing Dragon, by Lenore Kandel, 1959 January 10
3 29-30 Peter Krasnow Drawings, 1967
(2 folders)
3 31 Edo - Thirty-Four Poems, by Arnold Chanin, 1968
3 32 Habiru's The Story of Our Alphabet, 1972
3 33 A Little Book of Cheery Thoughts, edited by Barbara Wells Price, 1974

6.4: Published Magazines and Journals, 1924-1978

Box Folder
3 34 American Forests - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 610, 1945 December
Box Folder
4 1 The Argus, Volume 1, Number 2, 1927 May
4 2 The Argus, Volume 3, Number 3 - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 5, 1928 June
4 3 The Argus, Volume 4, Number 3 - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 3, 1928 December
4 4 Archives of American Art Journal, Volume 16, Number 1, 1976
4 5 Archives of American Art Journal, Volume 18, Number 1 - Peter Krasnow, Page 30, 1978
4 6 The Art Digest, Volume 11, Number 17 - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 1, 1928 June
4 7 The Art Digest, Volume 4, Number 20 - Sadakichi Hartmann Article, Page 22, 1930 September
4 8 Artforum - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 42, 1963
4 9 Arts and Architecture - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 32, 1946 February
4 10 B'nai B'rith Magazine - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 126, 1931 January
4 11 California Arts and Architecture - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 18, 1944 January
4 12 Carmel Pacific Spectator Journal, Volume 14, Number 4 - Edward Weston Article, 1957 September
4 13 Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration - German Language Magazine, 1924 April
4 14 Journal, Number 3 - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 51, 1974 December
4 15-16 The Menorah Journal, Volume 30, Number 1 - Peter Krasnow Article, Page 38, 1942 Winter
(2 folders)
4 17 The Reconstructionist, 1950 February 10
4 18 Topics of the Town, Volume 1, Number 12 - Image of Peter Krasnow Wood Carving, Page 7, 1930 August

6.5: Other, circa 1952 - 1974

Box Folder
4 19 Prints of Peter Krasnow Watercolors, undated
4 20 Chicago Society of Artists Block Print Calendar, 1952
4 21 Radio and Television Program Guides, 1954 April 4-17, undated
4 22 Brochure - The Oakland Museum, after 1974

6.6: Printed Posters, 1934

Box
9 (OV) Galerie Pierre - Peter Krasnow Exhibit, 1934 March 3

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1918-1980
(Boxes 4-6, OV 7-8, 10; 1.5 linear feet)

This series contains artwork, mostly by Peter Krasnow, including sketches and drawings, watercolors, oil studies, and prints. The sketches and drawings consist of landscapes, portraits, studies for paintings and sculpture, and abstract works. Watercolors include landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and other themes. The oil studies consist of thirty-three abstract works on board. There are seven prints, including four prints showing a wood engraving in various stages of completion.

The series is arranged as 5 subseries:

7.1: Sketches and Drawings, circa 1919-1980

Box Folder
4 24 Pencil - Landscapes, circa 1919-1920
4 25 Pencil Sketches, 1920-1929, undated
4 26 Pencil - Abstract, undated
4 27 Pencil - Oversized Drawings, 1922-1932, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 6, F6)
4 28 Pencil - Oversized Drawing, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 7)
4 29 Ink - A Book: Collection of Ink Drawings, undated
4 30 Ink Drawings, 1922-1966, undated
4 31 Ink - Abstract Drawings, 1977 November 5, undated
4 32 Ink - Portrait of Rose Krasnow, by Kaufman, 1980 November 3
4 33 Ink - 3 Oversized Drawings, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 10)
4 34 Ink - 7 Oversized Drawings, 1942-1948, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 8)
4 35 Studies for Paintings and Sculpture, 1953-1955, undated
Box Folder
6 6 Pencil - 9 Oversized Drawings, 1922-1932, undated
(Oversized material from Box 4, F27)
Box
7 (OV) Pencil - 1 Oversized Drawing, undated
(Oversized material from Box 4, F28)
Box
8 (OV) Ink - 7 Oversized Drawings, 1942-1948, undated
(Oversized material from Box 4, F34)
Box
10 (OV) Ink - 3 Oversized Drawings, undated
(Oversized material from Box 4, F33)

7.2: Watercolors, circa 1932-1943

Box Folder
4 36 Sketches, 1932-1934, undated
4 37 Watercolor of a Young Man, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 6, F5)
4 38 6 Watercolors, 1943, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 6, F4)
Box Folder
6 4 6 Watercolors, 1943, undated
(Oversized material from Box 4, F38)
6 5 Watercolor of a Young Man, undated
(Oversized material from Box 4, F37)

7.3: Oil Studies, 1940-1973

Box Folder
4 39-44 Oil Study on Board, 1940-1954
(6 folders)
4 45 Oil Study on Board (Labeled "The Camper"), 1954
4 46-53 Oil Study on Board, 1955
(8 folders)
Box Folder
5 1 Oil Study on Board (Labeled "Strotium"), 1956 January 20
5 2-18 Oil Study on Board, 1956 January 23 - 1973 October 19
(17 folders)

7.4: Prints, circa 1928

Box Folder
5 19 Prints, 1928, undated

Series 8: Sketchbooks, circa 1918-1973
(Box 5; 5 folders)

This series contains five sketchbooks. The first sketchbook, dated 1918-1931, consists of watercolor and pencil sketches. The second sketchbook, dated 1931-1933, consists of watercolor and pencil portraits. The third and fourth sketchbooks, both dated 1932-1933, were completed during Peter Krasnow's time living in France. The fifth sketchbook, dated 1966-1973, consists of pencil and ink sketches.

Box Folder
5 20 Sketchbook 1, 1918-1931
5 21 Sketchbook 2 - Portraits, 1931-1933
5 22 Sketchbook 3 - Watercolors, Dordogne, France, 1932-1933
5 23 Sketchbook 4 - France, 1932-1933
5 24 Sketchbook 5, 1966-1973

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1914-1981
(Boxes 5-6; 0.6 linear feet)

Personal photographs depict Peter and Rose Krasnow, family, and friends, as well as a few scattered images of landscapes and architecture, possibly travel photographs. There are also photographs of Edward and Flora Weston. There are photographs of Peter Krasnow's paintings, drawings, and sculpture, and include two photo albums prepared by Susan Ehrlich for Peter and Rose Krasnow. An additional photo album includes images of Krasnow's relief sculptures for Sinai Temple's Kohn Chapel. Both the personal photographs and photographs of artwork include images by Dan Budnik.

The series is arranged as 2 subseries:

9.1: Personal Photographs, circa 1914-1981

Box Folder
5 25 "Peter at the Western Wall. With Love Ivan Forbes," undated
5 26 Family and Friends, undated
5 27 Family and Friends, 1914 - 1981 January
Box Folder
6 2 Peter and Rose in Front of Studio, 1923

9.2: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1925-1979

Box Folder
5 29 Photographs of Drawings, undated
5 30 Photographs of Paintings, 1925-1978, undated
5 31 Photograph of Oil Painting, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 6, F3)
5 32 Photographs of Sculpture, November 15, 1962 - August, 1978, undated
5 33 Photographs of Paintings and Sculpture, 1974, undated
5 34 Photographs of Art in Studio, Home, and Gallery, 1961-1977, undated
5 35 Photo Album - Sinai Temple, Kohn Chapel, undated
5 36-37 Photo Albums Prepared by Susan Ehrlich, 1978 January 24 - 1979 June
(2 folders)
5 38 Negatives and Slides, undated
Box Folder
6 3 Photograph of Oil Painting, undated
(Oversized material from Box 5, F31)