Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986

Lynes, Russell, b. 1910 d. 1991
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 2.5 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 7 reels)

Collection Summary: Material compiled by Lynes on various art subjects and artists, including government sponsorship of the arts, 1950-1966, Eugene Berman, Howard Warshaw, preservation of Olana, and other subjects; research material for his book "The Good Old Modern" (1973), including 32 taped interviews conducted by Lynes; and photographs of artists taken by Lynes.

REEL N70-40: Correspondence, clippings and news releases concerning the preservation of Olana, Frederick Church's estate on the Hudson River. Correspondents include Lewis Mumford, Alexander Aldrich, Jacqueline Kennedy, James Biddle, E. P. Richardson, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the N.Y. State Historic Trust which purchased the Olana estate in 1966 as a historic site, and others.

REEL D310: Publications relating to government sponsorship of the arts, 1950-1966, including reports, press releases, articles, clippings and other printed material.

REEL 153: Thirty-one photographs of sculptor Isamu Noguchi taken in his Long Island City, N.Y. studio, 1968. [Note: These have been scanned.]

REEL 494: Lynes' correspondence (51 letters) with Eugene Berman and Clarkson N. Potter regarding Lynes' forward to the book THE GRAPHIC WORK OF EUGENE BERMAN (1971) published by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. Also included are photographs taken by Lynes in Berman's studio of Berman's work, and exhibition catalogs and announcements, and photographs of Berman on New York's waterfront (1935).

REEL 1859: Papers, 1970-1977, concerning California painter and muralist Howard Warshaw, including correspondence (108 letters) with Warshaw about his work and exhibitions; correspondence with Richard West, Richard Larcada, Julien Levy, Paul Mills, and Henry Seldis; exhibition catalogs and announcements; sketches, photos of works of art; published writings; manuscripts sent to Lynes for his editorial opinion; and Lynes' essay for the catalog "Howard Warshaw: A Decade of Murals."

REEL 3470: An illustrated letter from Gregorio Prestopino, 1969 Nov. [Also filmed on reel 3685.]

REEL 3967: 15 photographs taken and annotated by Russell Lynes of paintings by Louis Bouche exhibited at the Century Association, 1975 Feb. 5 - March 9. Included is a list of the paintings.

UNMICROFILMED: Primarily research material used by Lynes for his book on the Museum of Modern Art, "Good Old Modern; an Intimate Portrait of the Museum of Modern Art. Included are notes, clippings, and 32 taped interviews conducted by Lynes. Interviewees include Margareta Akermark, George H. Amberg, Eugene Berman, Louise Crane, Victor D'Amico, Arthur Drexler, Jimmy Ernst, Henry Russell Hitchcock, Bernard Karpel, Richard H. Koch, Julien Levy, William S. Lieberman, Frances Lindley, John McAndrew, Dorothy Miller, Henry Allen Moe, Beaumont Newhall, Elodie Osborn, Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson, Allen Porter, Waldo Rasussen, William Rubin, Elizabeth Shaw, Emily Stone, John Szarkowski, Mary Sands Thompson, Virgil Thomson, Willard Van Dyke, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, and Marian Willard. Also included are typescripts of lectures and a speech delivered by Lynes, including "Eye of the Beholder," concerning Dorothy Miller, "Saint-Gaudens-His Time and Place," and a speech honoring Eric Larrabee; and 2 subject files on industrial design and artists' organizations.

SCANNED PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs of artists, including Michael Ayrton (2), Eugene Berman (3, 2 are oversize), Ralston Crawford (4), Herzl Emanuel (12), Herbert Ferber (7), Joan Fitzgerald (5), Gregory Gillespie (3), Dimitri Hadzi (8), Isamu Noguchi (25), Bernard Perlin (1), Gregorio Prestopino (8), Paul Suttman (1), and Robert Winthrop White (3).

Biographical/Historical Note: Writer, art critic, art historian; New York City and North Egremont, Mass. Died 1991. From 1947-1967 Lynes was managing editor of Harper's Magazine. Author of many books and articles on art, and has served on numerous boards and organizations. Brother of photographer George Platt Lynes.

Material on reels N70-4, D310, 1859, and 494 lent for microfilming by Lynes 1968-1978. Material on reel 3967 and unfilmed donated 1968-1989 by Lynes. [Several photographs of artists were originally separated from the papers and microfilmed with AAA's Photographs of Artists Collections I and II, reels 439-441, and 1817-1818; they have subsequently been digitized along with other photographs, and returned to the Lynes' papers.] Lynes files kept as editor of Harper's Magazine were donated in 1967 by Harper's; these have been cataloged and described separately under Harper's Magazine.

How to Use this Collection

  • Microfilm reels D310, N70-40, 494, 1859, 3470 and 3967 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
  • Typescript of lecture on Saint-Gaudens (unmicrofilmed): Publication restricted; may not be reproduced without written permission from: George P. Lynes, II Executor, Estate of George Platt Lynes 427 East 84th Street New York, NY 10028-6205 Phone/Fax: 212-570-4541
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