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René d'Harnoncourt papers, 1920-1983

D'Harnoncourt, Rene, b. 1901 d. 1968
Curator, Museum director
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 2.5 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material; correspondence, including official letters, many in Spanish, concerning d' Harnoncourt's 1930 Mexican Arts exhibition; printed material dealing with Mexican folk arts, including newspaper clippings, d' Harnoncourt's DOMINGO MEXICANOS, and a 1930 edition of MEXICAN FOLKWAYS, edited by Frances Toor and Diego Rivera; 5 copies of drawings; a drawing, undated, by Silberbauer of d'Harnoncourt; 17 photos and 3 negatives of d' Harnoncourt, his wife and friends, his drawings, and Mexican works of art; 2 files concerning the radio program "Art in America," 1934-1935, including correspondence, press releases, and printed material; notes; the contents of 2 scrapbooks of clippings relating to the Mexican Arts Exhibition, 1930-1933; magazine articles; press releases; exhibition catalogs; books; pamphlets; reproductions of works of art; photographs from the exhibition "Australian Aboriginal Cave Paintings," 1947 and of Indians, and 2 samples of weaving. This material is microfilmed on reels 3830-3831.

Biographical/Historical Note: René d'Harnoncourt (1901-1968) was a museum director, curator, and lecturer from New York, N.Y. Director of the Museum of Modern Art, 1949-1948. Born Vienna, Austria. D'Harnoncourt was co-author for "Indian Art of the United States" and "The Painted Pig" (1930).

Material on reels 2919-2931 lent for microfilming in 1983 by The Museum of Modern Art; these materials represent a large portion, but not the entirety, of the d'Harnoncourt Papers held by The Museum of Modern Art. Material on reels 3830-3831 donated 1975-1984 by d'Harnoncourt's widow, Sarah.

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  • Microfilm reels 3830-3831 and 2919-2931 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
  • Reels 2919-2931: Authorization to publish requires written permission from Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10019. Museum of Modern Art requires full citation to include microfilm reel and frame numbers, and reference to MoMA as the owner of the RenÔe d'Harnoncourt papers.
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Related Materials

Also in the Archives are extensive papers lent for microfilming. Microfilm reels 2919-2931 contain files of personal data, containing photographs, biographical information, lecture notes, "Art in America" program notes, 1934, awards and honors, and travel notes; 3 appointment notebooks; and files from d'Harnoncourt's tenure as director of the MoMA, including Latin American correspondence, exhibitions directed by d' Harnoncourt, other organizational affiliations, and departmental and special event files of the Museum.

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