Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1978, bulk 1900-1949

A Finding Aid to the Walt Kuhn Family Papers and Armory Show Records, 1859-1978 , bulk 1900-1949, in the Archives of American Art, by Megan McShea

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Biographical Information

Walt Kuhn was an artist, teacher, advisor to art collectors, organizer, and promoter of modern art. He played a key role in the art scene of New York City in the early 20th century, and was among the small group that organized the infamous Armory Show of 1913, officially known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, held at the 69th Regiment Armory building in New York City. After the Armory Show, Kuhn went on to a distinguished career as a painter. He was best known for his sober oil portraits of show people, clowns, acrobats, and circus performers, but was equally prolific in landscapes, still lifes, and figure and genre drawings.

Walt Kuhn was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1877. After a brief career as a bicycle shop owner in downtown Brooklyn, Kuhn traveled West in 1899 to San Francisco, CA and earned his living as a cartoonist for newspapers such as Wasp. After two years in California, he moved back East and then on to Europe to pursue further art training. He briefly attended the Académie Colarossi studio in Paris, but quickly moved to Munich where he joined the class of Heinrich von Zügel in the Royal Academy.

Kuhn returned to New York City in 1904 and took up an active role in the art scene there, participating in the Salmagundi Club and the Kit Kat Club, teaching at the New York School of Art, and cartooning for Life, Judge, Puck, and other publications. In 1910, he participated in an exhibition of Independent Artists on 35th St. with Robert Henri and met artist Arthur B. Davies.

In 1911, when the National Academy of Design opened their annual exhibition, Kuhn, Henry Fitch Taylor, Elmer MacRae, and Jerome Myers were exhibiting at Clara Potter Davidge's Madison Gallery. To these four young artists, the Academy exhibition was typically lackluster, and the attention it received was unwarranted. Sensing that they were not alone in their attitude, they decided to organize. They invited a dozen other artists to join them, thus forming the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS). The group elected Kuhn Secretary and Arthur B. Davies President, and with the help of attorney and art collector John Quinn, they incorporated and began raising funds for an independent exhibition the following year.

In September of 1912, at Davies' suggestion, Kuhn traveled to Cologne, Germany to view the Sonderbund Internationale Kunst-Austellung. There he saw presented, in overwhelming volume, the work of his European contemporaries and their modern antecedents, the post-impressionists. He immediately began selecting and securing artwork for the upcoming AAPS exhibition. Kuhn traveled through Germany, Holland, France, and England, visiting private collectors, dealers, and artists. In Paris, Kuhn was joined by Davies and American artist and art agent Walter Pach. Kuhn and Davies sailed for New York in November, leaving the details of European arrangements to Pach.

The resulting Armory Show exhibition opened in New York in February 1913, and a selection of the foreign works traveled to Chicago and Boston in March and April. It included approximately 1300 American and European works of art, arranged in the exhibition space to advance the notion that the roots of modernism could be seen in the works of the old masters, from which the dramatically new art of living artists had evolved. Savvy and sensational publicity, combined with strategic word-of-mouth, resulted in attendance figures over 200,000 and over $44 thousand in sales. The Armory Show had demonstrated that modern art had a place in the public taste, that there was a market for it and legitimate critical support as well.

During the first World War, Kuhn stayed in NY and was active in the Kit Kat Club, an artists' club founded in 1881, which provided its members with collective studio space, live models, exhibitions, and an annual costume ball. In 1917, Kuhn founded another group called the Penguin Club, which had similar objectives to the Kit Kat Club, but with Kuhn himself as the gatekeeper. In addition to exhibitions and costume balls, the Penguin Club held summer outings and stag dinners, and maintained collective studio and exhibition space on East 15th Street in Manhattan. Its members included Americans and European artists displaced by the war in Europe. In the 1920s, Kuhn expanded a few sketches he had written for Penguin Balls into full-blown vaudeville productions, some of which were incorporated into larger musical revues such as The Merry Go Round and The 49ers and traveled around the country. Kuhn's theater work continued until 1928, and his fascination with show business continued to influence him throughout his life.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Kuhn gradually achieved recognition for his artwork, with sales to private collectors and dealers including Edith Halpert, Merritt Cutler, Lillie Bliss, John Quinn, and Marie Harriman. Kuhn also promoted other young painters whose work he liked, including Otis Oldfield, Lily Emmet Cushing, John Laurent, Frank di Gioia, and the self-taught Vermont artist Patsy Santo. Sometimes artists would contact him by mail, asking for lessons or advice. His lengthy letters to students offer coaching in technique and subject matter, as well as in the overall problem of success in art.

In 1929, Kuhn moved into the 18th St. studio that he would keep until the end of his life. He kept a rack of costumes in the studio, mostly made by Vera Kuhn, and his models, many of them stage and circus performers, would come and sit for Kuhn's portraits. The same year his painting The White Clown was exhibited at the newly established Museum of Modern Art in New York, bringing intense publicity and sales interest. Around this time, Kuhn began to receive the support of collector Duncan Phillips and curator Juliana Force of the Whitney Museum of American Art, both of whom made purchases and consistently exhibited his work.

Marie Norton Whitney Harriman, second wife of railroad magnate and diplomat W. Averell Harriman, shared a professional liaison with Kuhn that would take many forms and last until his death. Soon after the success of The White Clown, Kuhn established a relationship with the Marie Harriman Gallery, where he participated in group and solo shows during the height of his career. Kuhn also traveled with the Harrimans to Europe in 1931, where the three visited important private collections and acquired many valuable modern paintings for the Harrimans. Their collection, so heavily influenced by Kuhn's ideas about art, would eventually go to the National Gallery of Art.

Kuhn was an artist who understood the art business and never shied away from it. For Kuhn, promoting the ideas and practitioners of a certain brand of modernism was an expression of both aesthetic ideology and pragmatic self-interest. His contribution to the public discourse on modernism situated his own work at the heart of art history and the marketplace. Regardless of his motivations, he was indisputably a key player at a pivotal time in American art, when academic art was riotoulsy overturned to make way for modernism. His paintings are now held in major museum collections around the country, where most of them arrived with bequests from the collectors Kuhn had cultivated so carefully in his lifetime.

Sources consulted for this biography include The Story of the Armory Show (1988) by Milton W. Brown, Walt Kuhn, Painter: His Life and Work (1978) by Philip Rhys Adams, and "Walt Kuhn" by Frank Getlein, in the 1967 catalog of the Kennedy Galleries, Inc.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records measure 30.1 linear feet and date from 1859 to 1978, with the bulk of material dating from 1900 to 1949. Papers contain records of the legendary Armory Show of 1913, also known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, which introduced modern European painting and sculpture to the American public. Papers also contain records of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS), the artist-run organization that mounted the Armory Show; records of the New York artists' clubs the Kit Kat Club (founded 1881) and the Penguin Club (founded by Kuhn, 1917); and the personal and family papers of New York artist Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), one of the primary organizers of the Armory Show.

As Secretary for the AAPS, Kuhn retained the bulk of existing records of that organization and of the Armory Show. Minutes and correspondence make up most of the AAPS records (Series 2), as well as documents related to John Quinn's legal brief against a tariff on imported works of living artists. Armory Show Records (Series 1) include personal letters, voluminous business correspondence, a record book, miscellaneous notes, inventories and shipping records, two large scrapbooks, printed materials, a small number of photographs, and retrospective accounts of the show. The printed materials and photographs in Kit Kat Club and Penguin Club Records reflect Kuhn's deep involvement in those clubs.

The Walt Kuhn Family Papers (Series 4) contain records of his artwork, career, travels, personal and professional associations, family members, and work in vaudeville, film, and interior design. Notable among the family papers are illustrated letters and other cartoons; sketches, drawings, watercolors, and prints; candid letters from Walt to Vera Kuhn discussing art scene politics and personalities in New York, Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida, and the Midwest; general correspondence with artists, dealers, collectors, journalists, writers, models, and fans; notes in index card files containing biographical anecdotes of the Kuhns' many contacts; provenance files that document the origin and fate of Kuhn's paintings, sculptures, and prints; papers relating to Kuhn's exhibitions and his relationships with the Marie Harriman Gallery and Durand-Ruel Gallery; and photographs and drawings depicting Kuhn's early years in Munich, Germany and Fort Lee, NJ; trips to Nova Scotia, New England, the Western United States, and Europe; New York and summer studios, among other subjects.

Arrangement and Series Description

This collection has been arranged into 4 series, with multiple subseries in Series 1 and 4.

In general, documents are arranged chronologically, alphabetically, or by type of material. Copy negatives and copy prints made from documents in this collection have been filed separately from originals, in a folder marked "copy." Duplicates of original records made or obtained by the Kuhns have been filed separately as well.

Existing envelopes are filed in front of correspondence and enclosures directly after. Correspondence in the Armory Show Records and AAPS Records is arranged alphabetically, and correspondents are listed in the box inventory following series descriptions below.

Subjects and Names

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

Subjects:

  • Association of American Painters and Sculptors (New York, N.Y.)
  • Penguin Club (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kit Kat Club (New York, N.Y.)
  • Armory Show (1913 : New York, N.Y.)
  • International Exhibition of Modern Art

Subjects-Topical:

  • New York school of art
  • Art schools -- Photographs
  • Watercolor painting, American
  • Artists' models -- Photographs
  • Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions
  • Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Etchers
  • Lithographers
  • Watercolorists -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Travel diaries
  • Photographs
  • Works of art
  • Sketches

Names:

  • Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969
  • Kuhn, Vera, d. 1961
  • Pach, Walter, 1883-1958
  • Quinn, John, 1870-1924
  • Rainford, Percy photographer
  • Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965
  • Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928
  • Kuhn, Brenda, 1911-
  • Weston, Edward, 1886-1958 photographer

Provenance

The Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records were loaned for microfilming and later donated to the Archives of American Art by Walt Kuhn's daughter Brenda Kuhn in several installments between 1962 and 1979. An additional accession of letters, photographs, and an artifact was purchased by the Archives in 2000.

Separated and Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds the papers of Walter Pach, the European representative of the Armory Show.

How the Collection was Processed

Each accession to the collection was initially arranged and microfilmed separately upon accession on microfilm reels D72-73, D240-D242, D344-D350, 912-916, 1191, 1607-1616, and 2917-2918. The entire collection was fully processed, arranged and described by Megan McShea in 2004 and 2005. Series 1-3 and one folder from Series 4.1 were scanned in 2006, with funding provided by the Getty Foundation. Series 4 was scanned in 2009 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the collection as described in this finding aid may not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records 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.

Available Formats

The bulk of this collection was digitized in 2006 and 2009 and is available online via the Archives of American Art's website.

Materials that generally have not been scanned include medical records and records of routine financial transactions, duplicate originals and copies, negatives, slides, and large groups of news clippings. For many publications, such as books, catalogs, and pamphlets, only the cover and title pages have been scanned; complete publications are available by appointment.

How to Cite this Collection

Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records, 1859-1978, bulk 1900-1949. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Armory Show Records, 1912-1963
(Boxes 1-2, 27-31, OV 36; 3.6 linear feet)

As Secretary of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS), and as selector of European works included in the show, Walt Kuhn was heavily involved in the conception, organization, and production of the International Exhibition of Modern Art, more commonly known as the Armory Show of 1913. Records in this series document the exhibition, including the selection of art work in Europe and the U.S., selection of venues, negotiation of contracts, production of the exhibitions, publicity, promotion, sales, and the wide array of responses to the exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and Boston.

Types of material found in this series include correspondence, clippings, notes, inventories, insurance policies, mailing lists, a record book, writings, entry cards, marked and unmarked catalogs, pamphlets, postcards, floor plans, photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia related to the exhibition. Also included are a handful of records related to retrospective accounts and exhibitions produced in 1938 and 1963 for the 25th and 50th anniversaries of the exhibition, including Walt Kuhn's 1938 pamphlet, "The Story of the Armory Show."

Records relating to the formation and administration of the AAPS are found in Series 2.

This series is arranged according the following 9 subseries:

This series has been scanned in entirety with the exception of duplicates and copies.

1.1: Correspondence, 1912-1914

This series contains correspondence among Armory Show organizers, artists, dealers, collectors, vendors, publicists, and the public concerning the planning, production, and reception of the exhibition in New York, Chicago, and Boston.

Unless otherwise noted, incoming and outgoing correspondence has been interfiled and arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Often only unsigned carbons of outgoing correspondence exists for a listed correspondent. When a correspondent has less than five items in a series, their letters have been placed in general alphabetical files, whose contents are listed under their file heading. Announcements written by AAPS members and sent to multiple recipients have been filed under the heading "Association of American Painters and Sculptors," regardless of the signature.

Correspondence is divided into the following six groups.

Details of the content and arrangement of each group can be found with their box and folder listing below.

1.1.1: Organizers' Letters, 1912-1913

Organizers' Letters include letters written by Arthur B. Davies and Walt Kuhn. Recipients include Walter Pach, Walt Kuhn, and Vera Kuhn. Letters describe Kuhn's and Davies' travel to Europe to collect works to exhibit, preparations in New York, and the traveling exhibitions in Chicago and Boston. Several letters from Walt Kuhn are illustrated, and a floor plan of a proposed installation in the Armory is among Davies' letters. One postcard to Vera Kuhn from Boston is signed by Maurice and Charles Prendergast and Frederick James Gregg, as well as by Walt Kuhn.

Additional letters from Walt Kuhn to his wife before and after his Armory Show activities can be found in Series 4.2: Walt Kuhn Letters to Family.

Letters are separated by author and arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 1 Arthur B. Davies, 1912-1913
1 2 Arthur B. Davies (copies), 1912-1913
1 3-5 Walt Kuhn to Vera Kuhn, 1912-1913
(3 folders)
1 6 Walt Kuhn to Vera Kuhn (copies), 1912-1913
1 7 Walt Kuhn to Walter Pach, 1912-1913
1 8 Walt Kuhn to Walter Pach (copies), 1912-1913
1.1.2: Artists and Lenders Correspondence, 1912-1913

Artists and Lenders Correspondence includes correspondence between organizers and artists, dealers, collectors, and other potential contributors to the exhibition. Included are letters from Oscar Bluemner, Constantin Brancusi, Robert Delaunay, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Arthur J. Eddy, Erich Heckel, Edvard Munch, Maurice Prendergast, John Quinn, Odilon Redon, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, Leo and Michael Stein, Ambrose Vollard, and Jack B. Yeats, among others.

This group is divided geographically between domestic and European correspondents, and is arranged alphabetically by name. Americans living in Europe at the time of the show are generally filed in the European correspondence. In addition to letters, this series contains occasional translations of letters from French or German, and a handful of lists of works or notes found with correspondence.

Additional correspondence with artists, dealers, and patrons can be found in Armory Show Sales Correspondence (Series 1.1.6).

Box Folder
1 9 Domestic, A-D, 1912-1913
  • Alger, John H.
  • Andrews, J.B.
  • Association of American Painters and Sculptors
  • Barnard, George Gray
  • Beach, Chester
  • Birnbaum, Martin
  • Bjorkman, Olaf
  • Bliss, Lily
  • Bloodgood, M. Seymour
  • Bluemner, Oscar
  • Bush, Mrs. Wendell T.
  • Brewer, Bessie M.
  • Brown, F. William
  • Chaffee, O.N.
  • Cheever, Elizabeth S.
  • Chew, Amos
  • Coates, Miss
  • Currier, Miss (Daughter of J. Frank Currier)
  • Dabo, Mrs. Leon
  • Dabo, Leon
  • Dasburg, Andrew (see Johnson, Grace M.)
  • Davidson, Jo
  • Dodge, Mrs. Edwin Shurill (Mabel)
  • Drake, Alexander W.
  • Dreier, Katherine S.
  • Dreyfous, Florence
1 10 Domestic, E-J, 1912-1913
  • Eddy, Arthur J.
  • Eels, Jean
  • Fairbanks, Mr. (Boston)
  • Field, Hamilton
  • Flint, Annie Austin
  • Freeman, Charles H.
  • Gans, Mrs. Howard
  • Gellatly, John
  • Glintenkamp, Henry I.
  • The Gorham Co.
  • Guinness, Mrs. Arthur
  • Guinness, Mrs. Benjamin S.
  • Hannah, Zoe
  • Hardon, Mrs. Henry W.
  • Harley, Charles R.
  • Hartshorn, Robert
  • Haviland, Paul
  • Horter, E.
  • Johnson, Grace M.
1 11 Domestic, E-J (copies), 1912-1913
1 12 Domestic, Keller, Henry G., 1912-1913
1 13 Domestic, K-R, 1912-1913
  • Kuhn, Walt
  • Loewenstein, Dr. Helen C.
  • Macbeth, William
  • Mather, Frank J. Jr.
  • McGrath, Mrs. F.S.
  • McKinney, Miss E.
  • Meltzer, Charlotte
  • Morgan, Daniel H.
  • Ninkivell, Frank S.
  • Norton, Mrs. Porter
  • Oakman, John
  • Of, George F.
  • Pepper, Charles Hovey
  • Pleuthner, Walter Karl
  • Potter, Louis (see Gorham Co.)
  • Prendergast, Maurice
  • Pruyn, Francis L.
  • Quinn, John
  • Reisinger, Hugo
  • Rumsey, Mrs. Charles Cary
1 14 Domestic, Stieglitz, Alfred, 1912-1913
1 15 Domestic, Stieglitz, Alfred (copies), 1912-1913
1 16 Domestic, S-Y, 1912-1913
  • Schamberg, Morton L.
  • Sears, Mrs. Montgomery
  • Sheeler, Charles R.
  • Spingarn, A.B.
  • Stein, Mrs. (New York)
  • Sumner, John Osborne
  • Tison, Mrs. Alexander
  • Torrey, Frederic C.
  • Walter, Martha
  • Willard, Mary Livingston
  • Williams, Lloyd
  • Young, Arthur
1 17 Europe, Artz and de Bois, (see also Bois, J.H. de) 1912-1913
1 18 Europe, Bernheim Jeune and Cie., 1912-1913
1 19 Europe, Butler, Theodore E., 1912-1913
1 20 Europe, Druet, Emile (Galerie E. Druet) 1912-1913
1 21 Europe, General A-D and illegible, 1912-1913
  • [illegible signature]
  • Archipenko, Alexander
  • Association of American Painters and Sculptors
  • Bernard, Joseph
  • Bois, J.H. de
  • Bourgeois, Stephan
  • Brancusi, Constantin
  • Chabaud, Auguste
  • Chadbourne, Mrs. Emily Crane (see Molitor, M. et Mme.)
  • Delaunay, Robert
  • Dell, Robert (The Burlington Magazine, The Nation)
  • Dirks, Rudolph
  • Duchamp-Villon, Raymond
  • Dunoyer de Segonzac, André
  • Durand-Ruel and Sons (Paris)
1 22 Europe, General A-D and illegible (copies), 1912-1913
1 23 Europe, M. Flechtheim (Alfred Flechtheim), 1912-1913
1 24 Europe, Hans Goltz (Neue Kunst), 1912-1913
1 25 Europe, General, H-N, 1912-1913
  • Heckel, Erich
  • Howard, Cecil
  • Kirstein, Alfred
  • John, Augustus
  • Kahnweiler, Henry
  • Lehmbruck, Wilhelm
  • Molitor, M. et Mme.
  • Munch, Edvard
  • Nadelman, Eli
  • Neue Seccession Berlin
1 26 Europe, General, H-N (copies), 1912-1913
1 27 Europe, Thannhauser, Heinrich (Moderne Galerie), 1912-1913
1 28 Europe, General, P-Y, 1912-1913
  • Pryde, James
  • Redon, Odilon
  • Reimers, Hermann
  • Roosevelt, A.
  • Rosenberg, Leonce
  • Segal, Arthur
  • Sickert, Walter
  • Stein, Leo
  • Stein, M.
  • Vollard, Ambroise
  • Waldau, Grete
  • Yeats, Jack B.
1.1.3: Insurers, Packers, and Shippers Correspondence, 1912-1913

Correspondence with Insurers, Packers, and Shippers contains inventories, receipts, and correspondence detailing arrangements for the physical handling and security of works included in the show, and correspondence relating to insurance claims on exhibited works.

Artists' and lenders' correspondence regarding insurance and shipping is filed in Artists and Lenders Correspondence (Series 1.1.2). Extensive correspondence regarding the shipment of works to Chicago and Boston is filed in Traveling Exhibition Correspondence (Series 1.1.5). Additional shipping information can be found in the annotated catalogs filed in Printed Material and Memorabilia (Series 1.5).

Box Folder
1 29 Adams Express Company, 1913
1 30 Austin, Baldwin and Co. (Mr. Fleming), 1913
1 31 Blaiklock Bros. Limited, 1913
1 32 Chenue, J., 1912
(Oversized material housed in Box 27)
1 33 Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, 1913
1 34 Doll and Richards, Inc., 1913
1 35 Hensel, Bruckmann and Lorbacher, 1913
1 36 Lloyd Anglo-Francais, 1912-1913
1 O'Brien Art Galleries (see Adams Express Company)
1 37 Pottier, Ch., 1912-1913
1 38 Frederic B. Thomason, Insurer, 1913
1 39 United States Lloyd's, 1913
1 40 Wetsch (Gebrüder Wetsch, Wetsch's Kunst und Mobiltransport in München), 1912-1913
1 41 General C-W, 1913
  • Collector of Customs, New York City
  • H. Desmidt and Co.
  • Harlem Terminal Storage and Warehouse Company
  • Milch, Mr. D.
  • Quinn, John (see Watson, John)
  • Watson, John
  • Willard, Mr. (New York; see Compagnie Générale Transatlantique)
  • Wilson, Louis
Box
27 Packing list of J. Chenue, 1912
(Oversized material scanned with Box 1, F32)
1.1.4: Publicity, 1912-1913

The bulk of correspondence concerning the production and promotion of the Armory Show is filed here. Subjects include real estate matters, press coverage, art work reproductions, invitations, publications, merchandise, and fundraising. Correspondence by artists, dealers, and collectors concerning these subjects has been filed in Artists and Lenders Correspondence (Series 1.1.2).

Box Folder
1 42 Beatty, John W. (Carnegie Institute), 1913
1 43 General A-B and illegible, 1913
  • [3 letters with illegible signatures]
  • Abbott, J.B. (Art Association of Montreal)
  • Abendschein, Albert
  • A.C. Rowe and Son
  • Allen, C.L.
  • Alverson Press
  • Angue, D.G. (Everybody's Magazine)
  • Ashwell, Thomas E. (Arts and Decoration)
  • Association of American Painters and Sculptors
  • Austin, W.C. (Actors' Fund of America)
  • Bach, Richard J. (Columbia University, School of Architecture)
  • Bain, George Grantham (Daily Illustrated News Service)
  • Bains, William M.
  • Barnard College
  • Bell, E. (The Outlook)
  • Berg, G.L. (Washington State Art Association)
  • Bidwell, C.B. (Atlanta Art Association)
  • Bied, Louis (see Druet, E.)
  • Blake, W.B. (The Independent, New York)
  • Brinton, Christian (The Players, New York)
  • Bowerman, George F. (Public Library of the District of Columbia)
  • Budworth, W.S.
  • Burlington Magazine
  • Burrell, Mr. (Department of Agriculture, Canada)
1 44 Churchill, Alfred Vance (Smith College Art Dept.), 1913
1 45 Conley, Col. Louis D. (69th Regiment Infantry N.G.N.Y.), 1912-1913
1 46 Conley, Col. Louis D. (69th Regiment Infantry N.G.N.Y.) (copies), 1912-1913
1 47 Crowninshield, Frank (The Century Co.), 1913
1 48 General C-E, 1913
  • Carruth, Hayden (Woman's Home Companion)
  • Chase, Otto B.
  • Clark, G.G. (Blackman-Ross Company, Advertising)
  • Cobb, Anna L. (Department of Applied Art, Board of Education, Cleveland, OH)
  • Cohen, Lewis
  • Colgate and Company
  • College of the City of New York
  • Columbia University Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Consolidated Gas Co.
  • Croker National Fire Prevention and Engineering Co.
  • Crowley, Mrs. F.B. (Art Advisory Committee, Des Moines, IA)
  • Curtiss, J.P. (Marconi Wireless Daily Papers)
  • Davidge, Clara
  • Dion, F. L. (E.E. Vreeland, Advertising, Inc.)
  • Douglas, Mr. (F.W. Woolworth)
  • Druet, E. (Photographie D'Oeuvres D'Art)
  • du Bois, Guy Pène (see Ashwell, Thomas E.)
1 49 Holland, R.A. (City Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO), 1913
1 50 Irving, F. (Geo. R. Read and Co., Real Estate), 1913
1 51 General F-I, 1913
  • Fackenthal, F.D. (Columbia University)
  • Falcke, Dr. (see Wenzel, R.A.)
  • Fant, John
  • Flagg, Maurice I. (Minnesota State Art Society)
  • Fox, William Henry (Central Museum, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; see also Hooper, Franklin W.)
  • Gardner, Isabella S.
  • Gaylor, A.C.(Arts and Decoration)
  • Goewey, Ed (Kansas City Post)
  • Goodale and Hanson
  • Hamilton, Mr. (Holmes Electric Protective Company)
  • Hefter, Hannah Henrietta
  • Henderson, Helen W. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Hermann, Mr. (Verlag Der Sturm)
  • Herzfeld-Phillipson Co., Boston Store
  • Holm, Frits V. (The Copenhagen)
  • Hooper, Franklin W. (Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences)
  • Howells, John Mead
1 52 Koehler, Robert (Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts and School of Art), 1913
1 53 Lamb, James E., 1913
1 54 Loweree, W.D. (The Whitehead and Hoag Co.), 1912-1913
1 55 General J-L, 1912-1913
  • Johnson, John G.
  • Juley, Peter A.
  • Katz, Miss (Greenhut-Siegel Cooper Co.)
  • Keipp, Mary M.
  • Keyser, P. de (Merick Reynolds Fine Arts)
  • Kneeland, Marjorie (Music School Settlement)
  • Knoedler, Roland
  • Komroff, Manuel (Francisco Ferrer Association)
  • Krone, W.
  • Laker, John W.E.
  • Laurvik, J. Neilson
  • Lenygon, H. (Lynygon and Morant, Inc.)
  • Levy, Florence N. (American Art Annual; see also Bowerman, George F.)
  • Lublin, Mrs. C. Owen (Town and Country)
1 56 General M-N, 1912-1913
  • Mahlberg, Paul
  • Major, Lilian D.
  • Morison, David
  • Mosley, Helen E.
  • Myers, John Andrew (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)
  • Nelson, W.H. (The International Studio)
  • New York Armory (see Conley, Col. Louis D.)
  • New York Edison Co.
  • New York Public Library
  • New York Telephone Co.
  • New York University
  • Noël, Rev. Brother (La Salle Academy)
1 57 General O-R, 1912-1913
  • Oppenheimer, Mr.
  • Pardle, William S.
  • Pardo, L. Lara (Cosmos magazine)
  • Postmaster, Madison Square Garden
  • Poth, Mr. (the Sportsmens Show)
  • President, The White House
  • Preyer, D.C.
  • Putnam, Alice
  • Quinn, John
  • Reid, Miss C.W. (Normal College of the City of NY)
  • Robbins, Leona
  • Roberts, Mary F.
  • Roeder, Miss (R.H. Macy and Co.)
  • Romeike, Henry (Henry Romeike Inc.)
  • Roosevelt, Theodore
  • Rutter, Frank
1 58 Sulzer, William (Governor of New York State), 1913
1 59 General S-T, 1912-1913
  • Sage, Cornelia (Buffalo Fine Arts Academy)
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Saturday Evening Post
  • Schulman, Gabriel
  • Schultheis, Henry (Henry Schultheis Co.)
  • Sloan, Anna M. (The Masses Publishing Co.)
  • Staats Zeitung
  • Stevens, George W. (Toledo Museum of Art)
  • Teachers College
  • Thomson, John (The Free Library of Philadelphia)
  • Titus, A.B. (International Panama-California Exposition)
1 60 General, W-Z, 1913
  • Wager-Smith, Miss Curtis
  • Watt, D.A.
  • Wenzel, R.A. (Imperial German Consulate, New York)
  • Wiegand, Henry H. (Charcoal Club)
  • Willard, Elisa May (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
  • Willis, Mr. (Office of the Fire Commissioner, New York)
  • Ziegler, Francis S. (The Philadelphia Record)
1.1.5: Traveling Exhibition, 1912-1914

This series documents the modified exhibitions sent to the Art Institute of Chicago (March 24 to April 16, 1913) and the Copley Society of Boston (April 28 to May 19, 1913). The bulk of correspondence is between Armory Show organizers and officials at the Chicago and Boston venues, including Walt Kuhn, Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, Frederick James Gregg, Elmer MacRae, and John Quinn, William M.R. French, Arthur T. Aldis, N.H. Carpenter, J.F. Coolidge, Holker Abbott, and Desmond Fitzgerald.

Correspondence among exhibit organizers regarding sales made during the traveling exhibition is also filed here. A contract between the AAPS and the Copley Society, referred to in a telegram of March 4, 1913, is filed with that telegram. Correspondence regarding a contract dispute between the AAPS and the Copley Society is also filed in this series. Arrangement is chronological.

Additional correspondence relating to the traveling exhibition can be found in Walt Kuhn's letters to Vera Kuhn in Organizers' Letters (Series 1.1.1).

Box Folder
1 61-66 Traveling Exhibition, 1912-1914
(6 folders)
1.1.6: Sales Correspondence, 1913

Sales Correspondence contains the bulk of correspondence regarding the sale, payment, and delivery of works bought at the exhibition, as well as inquiries and acknowledgements made by the buyers and artists. This correspondence is most often of a perfunctory nature, listing works and prices or other arrangements.

In addition to correspondence in this series, information about exhibition sales can be found in Traveling Exhibition Correspondence (Series 1.1.5), Armory Show Notes (Series 1.4) and in the marked catalogs in Printed Materials and Memorabilia (Series 1.5).

Box Folder
1 67 Artz and de Bois, 1913
1 68 Druet, Emile (E. Druet Galerie), 1913
1 69 Goltz, Hans (Neue Kunst), 1913
1 70 General, A-K, 1913
  • Archipenko, Alexander
  • Barnes, A.C.
  • Beach, Chester
  • Blanchet, Alexander
  • Boudelle, E.A.
  • Bourgeois, Stephan (see Chapman, Frederic A.)
  • Burroughs, Bryson (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Chabaud, August
  • Chapman, Frederic A. (see also Torrey, Frederic C.)
  • Clark, Stephen C.
  • Coluzzi, Howard
  • Dearden, Frank Jay
  • DeKay, Charles
  • Duchamp-Villon, Raymond
  • Dunoyer de Segonzac, André
  • Flechtheim, Arthur
  • Gliezes, Albert
  • Hannah, Zoe
  • Harsted, R.H.
  • Hays, Lydia D.
  • Henri, Robert
  • Hessel, Joseph
  • Higgins, Eugene
  • Hopper, Edward
  • Jansen, F.M.
  • Kahnweiller, Henry
  • Kretz, Mr.
  • Kapferer, Marcel
1 71 General, L-P, 1913
  • Lee, Arthur
  • Lehmbruck, Wilhelm
  • Lie, Jonas
  • Luks, George
  • Marcus, George
  • McKinney, Ethelyn
  • Morris, Dave H.
  • Oppenheimer, Louis de L.
  • Pach, Walter
  • Pascin, Jules
  • Picabia, Francis
  • Porter, George F.
  • Porter, Harold E.
  • Prendergast, Maurice
  • Pruyn, Francis L.
  • Pryde, James
1 72 Tuttle, William F. (Friends of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago), 1913
1 73 General, Q-Z, 1913
  • Quinn, John
  • Radeke, E.G.
  • Redon, Odilon
  • Robinson, Boardman
  • Russell, Morgan
  • Sheldrick, Richard
  • Sousa Cardoza, Amadeo De
  • Thannhauser, Heinrich
  • Torrey, Frederic C.
  • Uhde, Wilhelm
  • Vollard, Ambroise
  • Yeats, Jack B.
  • Young, Arthur
  • Zak, Eugene

1.2: Domestic Art Committee Records, 1913

This series contains a record book of works from the United States submitted for inclusion in the Armory Show, showing which works were selected and which rejected. Also found are mailing lists of artists.

Box Folder
1 74 Mailing lists, circa 1913
1 75 Record Book, 1913
1 76 Record Book (copies), 1913

1.3: European Entry Cards, 1912

This series consists of forms filled out and submitted by artists and dealers for individual works sent to the Armory Show. Forms include the name of the work, the name of the artist, the date of execution, the price of the work for insurance and for sale, the location of the work and the address to which the work was to be returned.

Forms in German are separated from forms in French, and arrangement is alphabetical by artist.

Box Folder
1 77-79 French, circa 1912
(3 folders)
1 80 French (copies), circa 1912
1 81 German, circa 1912

1.4: Notes, 1912-1913

This series consists of handwritten and typewritten information related to the Armory Show, including notes in Walter Pach's hand from a conversation with Odilon Redon from December of 1912, a list of artists suggested for inclusion in the show by Picasso and often referred to as "Picasso's list," statistics for attendance and sales, prices of works in an annotated catalog, and a list of purchasers and their mailing addresses. Additional catalogs from the exhibition, both annotated and un-annotated, can be found in Printed Material (Series 1.5). Additional statistics for attendance can be found in Scrapbooks (Series 1.8, Press II, p. 69).

Box Folder
1 82 Walter Pach's notes from a conversation with Odilon Redon, 1912
1 83 Picasso's List, 1912
1 84 Picasso's List (copies), 1912
1 85 Prices and Purchasers, 1913
1 86 Prices and Purchasers (copies), 1913
1 87 Statistics and Other Notes, circa 1912-1913

1.5: Printed Material and Memorabilia, 1912-1913

Printed material in this series includes a blueprint of the Armory installation floor plan; the 1912 catalog of the Sonderbund Internationale Kunst-Austellung in Cologne, Germany, which was sent to Walt Kuhn by Arthur B. Davies and annotated by both men; exhibition catalogs for the New York, Chicago, and Boston exhibitions; printed exhibition announcements and notices; postcards printed with reproductions of art works; pamphlets published by the organizers of the show; two items of memorabilia including an Armory Show button and a lapel pin; and newspaper clippings.

Several of the catalogs contain annotations. Annotated New York catalogs are marked with prices and other notes; annotated Boston and Chicago catalogs are marked with shipping and packing information. Researchers should note for each of the catalogs, the annotated copies have been digitized. Digitization was not repeated for clean duplicates of catalogs.

An additional annotated catalog can be found in Notes (Series 1.4) under the heading "Prices and Purchasers." Additional clippings can be found in Scrapbooks (Series 1.8). Transcripts of Walt Kuhn's translation of Gauguin's "Noa-Noa" are filed under Writings of Walt Kuhn (Series 1.6).

Box Folder
1 88 Blueprint of Armory Show Floorplan, circa 1913
(Oversized material housed in OV 36)
1 89 Button and Lapel Pin, 1913
1 90 Button and Lapel Pin (copies), 1913
1 91 Clippings, 1912-1913
1 92 Exhibition announcements and notices, 1913
1 93 Exhibition announcements and notices (copies), 1913
Box Folder
2 Exhibition catalogs for the Armory Show
2 1-2 International Exhibition of Modern Art, New York, N.Y., 1913 February 17 to March 15
(See also folder 7)
2 3 International Exhibition of Modern Art; Supplement containing additions, errata, and exhibits cataloged but not received, New York, N.Y., 1913 February 17 to March 15
2 4 International Exhibition of Modern Art; Supplement containing additions, errata, and exhibits cataloged but not received, New York, N.Y. (copies), 1913 February 17 to March 15
2 5 International Exhibition of Modern Art, Chicago, Ill., 1913 March 24 to April 16
(See also folder 8)
2 6 International Exhibition of Modern Art, Boston, Mass. , 1913 April 28 to May 19
(See also folder 8)
2 7 International Exhibition of Modern Art (annotated), New York, N.Y., 1913 February 17 to March 15
2 8 International Exhibition of Modern Art (annotated), Boston, Mass. and Chicago, Ill., 1913 March 24 to April 16, and April 28 to May 19
2 9 Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung des Sonderbundes Illustr. Katalog, Cologne, 1912
2 10 Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung des Sonderbundes Illustr. Katalog, Cologne (copies), 1912
2 11 Pamphlets, 1913
  • "Cézanne," by Elie Faure
  • "For and Against," edited by Frederick James Gregg
  • "Noa-Noa," excepts, by Paul Gauguin, translated by Walt Kuhn
  • "Odilon Redon," by Walter Pach
  • "A Sculptor's Architecture," by Walter Pach
2 12 Pamphlets (copies), 1913
2 13 Postcard reproductions of works exhibited, 1913
2 14-15 Postcard reproductions of works exhibited (copies), 1913
(2 folders)
Box
OV 36 Oversized Blueprint of Armory Show Floorplan,
(Oversized material scanned with Box 1, F88)

1.6: Writings of Walt Kuhn, 1912-1913

This series contains translations written by Walt Kuhn during his voyage home from Europe in November, 1912. Works include excerpts from Paul Gauguin's "Noa-Noa," which was later published in pamphlet form for sale at the Armory Show, and excerpts from "Letters of a Post Impressionist" by Vincent van Gogh, which was not published. Also included are copyright clearances for both works obtained from the Library of Congress Copyright Office.

Manuscripts and typescripts are filed together in this subseries. The published pamphlet of the Gauguin translation can be found in Printed Material and Memorabilia (Series 1.5). Additional writings by Walt Kuhn can be found in the Walt Kuhn Family Papers (Series 4).

Box Folder
2 16 "Noa Noa," Excerpts, by Paul Gauguin, translated by Walt Kuhn, 1912
2 17 "Letters of a Post Impressionist," by Vincent Van Gogh, Translated by Walt Kuhn, 1912
2 18 Correspondence with Library of Congress Copyright Office, 1913

1.7: Photographs, 1912-1913

This series consists of photographs related to the Armory Show, including installation views, art works, the Duchamp-Villon brothers, and the celebratory beefsteak dinner held on March 8, 1913, taken by Percy Rainford. Photographs include individual prints and one photo album. The photo album consists of platinum prints of works of art that were made into postcards, and an original photograph of the Duchamp-Villon brothers.

A handful of loose platinum prints of art works and of the Duchamp-Villon brothers match the prints in the photo album in image, tone, and print quality, and have been treated as originals. Copy photographs of images whose originals are not in this collection are filed in Series 1.9: Retrospective Materials. Additional photographs are found in Series 3 and 4.

Box Folder
2 19 Installation views and Armory building, 1913
2 20-22 Installation views and Armory building (copies), 1913
(3 folders, partially scanned)
2 23 Artworks, 1913
2 24 Beefsteak Dinner Photograph, 1913
(Oversized materials housed in Box 27)
2 25 Beefsteak Dinner Photograph (copies), 1913
2 26 Duchamp-Villon brothers, 1912
2 27 Duchamp-Villon brothers (copies), 1912
2 28 Photograph Album, 1913
(Oversized material housed in Box 28)
2 29-30 Photograph Album (copies), 1913
(2 folders)
Box
27 Oversized Beefsteak Dinner Photograph
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F24)
Box
28 Oversized Photograph Album
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F28)

1.8: Scrapbooks, 1912-1913

This subseries includes two scrapbooks (currently housed in three conservation phase boxes) that document the Armory Show. They include magazine and newspaper clippings; printed materials related to the exhibition; typescript documents of the AAPS related to statistics, public speeches, and circulars; and telegrams remarking on the exhibition. Subjects of the clippings include advance press of the show, diverse responses to the show, satirical cartoons, John Quinn's fight to eliminate the tariff on art, Guzton Borglum's public resignation from the AAPS, and the vice investigation of the show by Chicago authorities.

Because of the poor quality paper used in the scrapbooks, items in this series have required conservation treatment, which has slightly modified their composition. The Beefsteak dinner menu, which is from the celebratory dinner hosted by the AAPS on March 8, 1913 and is signed by the attendees, was originally included in these scrapbooks, but was later conserved as a separate item. The menu is included in this series with reference to its original page number in the scrapbook. The original binding of volume 2 of the scrapbooks was removed when the volume was conserved, and is housed separately. Another item that was separated from the scrapbooks, a clean copy of the New York edition of the exhibition catalog, is now housed with the other catalogs in Printed Materials and Memorabilia (Series 1.5). Microfilm copies of the scrapbooks as they appeared at the time of accession are available on reels D242-D243.

In general, scrapbook items are loosely chronological. Duplicates of many of the pamphlets, notices, posters, catalogs and postcards in the scrapbooks are found in Printed Material and Memorabilia (Series 1.5).

Additional scrapbooks, which are unrelated to the Armory Show, are found in Series 3 and 4.

Box Folder
2 31 Press I, 1912-1913
(Oversized material housed with Box 29)
2 32-33 Press I (copies), 1912-1913
(2 folders)
2 34 Press II, part 1, 1913
(Oversized material housed with Box 30)
2 35 Press II, part 1 (copies), 1913
2 36 Press II, part 2, 1913
(Oversized material housed with Box 31)
2 37 Press II, part 2 (copies), 1913
2 38 Original Binding for Press II, 1913
(Oversized material housed with Box 27)
2 39 Beefsteak Dinner Menu (from Press II, p. 175), 1913
(Oversized material housed with Box 27)
2 40 Beefsteak Dinner Menu (from Press II, p. 175) (copies), 1913
Box
29 Press I (Oversized Scrapbook)
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F31)
Box
30 Press II, part 1 (Oversized Scrapbook)
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F34)
Box
31 Press II, part 2 (Oversized Scrapbook)
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F36)
Box
27 Oversized Original Binding for Press II
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F38)
27 Oversized Beefsteak Dinner Menu
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F39)

1.9: Retrospective Materials, 1939-1963

This series consists of materials related to retrospective accounts of the Armory Show from the 25th and 50th anniversaries of the exhibition, in 1938 and 1963. Items from the 25th anniversary include an article by Frank Crowninshield in Vogue magazine, and Walt Kuhn's pamphlet, "The Story of the Armory Show" (1938), which was later reprinted in the Art News annual of 1939. Additional items in this series, including a typescript catalog, a series of photographs of the Armory building exterior dated 1962, and reproductions of clippings and artwork, seem to have been gathered for the 50th anniversary exhibition held in 1963. The reproductions in this series were not made from the Armory Show records in this collection. Additional documents related to the Kuhn pamphlet can be found in the Walt Kuhn Family Papers (Series 4).

Box Folder
2 41 Proof of Frank Crowninshield Article for Vogue 1940
(Oversized material housed in Box 27)
2 42-45 Clippings, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1962-1963
(4 folders, including copy; oversized material housed in Box 27)
2 46 Exhibition Catalog, circa 1963
2 47 Pamphlet, "The Story of the Armory Show," 1938
2 48 Photographs, 1962
2 49-50 Reproductions, circa 1963
(2 folders, including copies; oversized material housed in Box 27)
Box
27 Oversized Proof of Frank Crowninshield Article for Vogue,
(Oversized material scanned with Box 2, F41)
27 Oversized Clippings,
(Oversized material from Box 2, F42)
27 Oversized Reproductions,
(Oversized material from Box 2, F49)

Series 2: Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS) Records, 1911-1914, undated
(Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

This series documents activities of the AAPS aside from the production of the Armory Show. Items include the group's constitution, documents related to incorporation, a minute book documenting their first meetings, multiple drafts of minutes of subsequent meetings, and briefs and correspondence relating to John Quinn's work to lift duties on imported art. Correspondence includes responses from exhibition venues around the country to queries made by Walt Kuhn in 1912 regarding the possibility of exhibiting members' artwork, along with a list of recipients in Kuhn's handwriting; letters accepting or declining invitations to membership; written resignations; and letters establishing proxies for the annual meeting of May 18, 1914. Lists of members are filed with membership correspondence. Records of the 1914 meeting, the first general membership meeting after the Armory Show and the last such meeting the group would hold, include tallies of votes to elect new officers and handwritten letters of resignation.

Additional insight into the origins and politics of the AAPS can be found in Series 4.2: Walt Kuhn Letters to Family (1911, 1913, and 1914). All materials related to the planning, production and business of the Armory Show are filed in Series 1.

This series has been scanned in entirety.

Box Folder
3 1 Constitution and Incorporation, 1911-1912
3 Correspondence
3 2 Exhibition Venues, 1912
3 3 Membership, 1911-1912, undated
  • lists
  • [illegible]
  • Aiken, Charles Avery
  • Anderson, Karl
  • Bellows, George
  • Borglum, Gutzon (see also Prendergast, Charles E. and Constitution and Incorporation)
  • Borglum, Solon
  • Calder, A. Stirling
  • Davidson, Jo
  • Fry, Sherry Edmundson
  • Gregg, James Frederick
  • Hassam, Childe
  • Henri, Robert
  • Hillis, Newell Dwight
  • Kramer, Edward Adam
  • Porter, Bruce
  • Prendergast, Charles E.
  • Prendergast, Maurice B.
  • Quinn, John (see also Constitution and Incorporation and Quinn brief)
  • Spingarn, J.E.
  • Tucker, Allen
  • Wier, J. Alden
3 4 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1912
3 5-6 Minutes, 1911-1914
(2 folders)
3 7 Minutes (copies), 1911-1914
3 8 Quinn Brief Against Duty on Works of Art, 1912-1913
3 9 Records of the Meeting of May 18, 1914
3 9-10 Records of the Meeting of May 18 (copies), 1914

Series 3: Kit Kat Club and Penguin Club Records, 1909-1923, 1926, undated
(Box 3, 32, OV 37-38; 0.5 linear feet)

Items in this series relate to the two artists' clubs in which Kuhn was heavily involved in New York. The annual costume balls of both clubs are documented in this series, as well as exhibitions and other events put on by the Penguin Club.

Artists's balls are documented in photographs, scripts, and printed materials. Photographs depict party-goers and performers in costume, including Kuhn, John Quinn, Frederick James Gregg, William Bahr, John Oakman, Charles Ferrand, Rudy Dirks, Jack Johnston, Gus Mager, and Wood Gaylor, among others who are unidentified. Several photographs were taken by New York photographer Jesse Tarbox Beals. Scripts or scenarios written by Walt Kuhn and Frederic Paul Lopère are also filed here. Kit Kat Ball Printed Materials include invitations, posters, and glossy, heavily-illustrated programs.

Most of the Penguin Club material in this series was removed from a scrapbook during previous processing and is now arranged chronologically as a group. In addition to artists' balls, items from the scrapbook document exhibitions, a musical performance, and social events such as stag dinners, strawberry festivals, and summer outings. Types of materials include invitations, tickets, flyers, announcements, posters, exhibition catalogs, programs, and Penguin Club stationary. Two posters for Penguin Balls are by the cartoonist Alfred J. Frueh.

Other Penguin Club materials include marked exhibition catalogs from 1917, with Kuhn's estimated and actual sales prices, a large poster designed by Kuhn for the 1917 Penguin Ball, and a 1923 flyer for a dinner honoring Horace Brodsky. An undated historical essay entitled "The Penguin" by George Spelvin, which may have been added to the collection at a later date, is accompanied by two photographs showing posters made by the Penguin Club for the Red Cross in 1918.

Additional materials related to the Penguin Club and Kit Kat Club can be found in the Walt Kuhn Family Papers (Series 4).

This series has been scanned in entirety.

Box Folder
3 11 Photographs from Artists' Balls, circa 1908, 1918, 1919, undated
3 12 Artists' Ball Scripts, undated
3 13 Kit Kat Ball Printed Material, 1909-1914
3 14-17 Dismantled Penguin Club Scrapbook, 1917-1919, 1926, undated
(4 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32 and Box 37)
3 18 Marked Penguin Club Exhibition Catalogs, 1917, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 37)
3 19 Penguin Club Clippings, 1919, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 37)
3 20 Penguin Club Flyer from Horace Brodsky Dinner, 1923
(Oversized material housed in Box 32)
3 21 Penguin Ball Poster by Walt Kuhn, 1917
(Oversized material housed in Box 38)
3 22 Penguin Essay and Photographs, undated
Box
32 Oversized Items from Dismantled Penguin Club Scrapbook,
(Oversized maerials scanned with Box 3, F16)
32 Oversized Penguin Club Flyer from Horace Brodsky Dinner,
(Oversized maerials scanned with Box 3, F20)
Box
OV 37 Oversized Items from Dismantled Penguin Club Scrapbook,
(Oversized maerials scanned with Box 3, F14-F16)
(Includes Posters by Alfred J. Frueh)
OV 37 Oversized Marked Penguin Exhibition Catalogs,
(Oversized maerials scanned with Box 3, F18)
OV 37 Oversized Penguin Club Clippings,
(Oversized maerials scanned with Box 3, F19)
Box
OV 38 Oversized Penguin Ball Poster by Walt Kuhn,
(Oversized maerials scanned with Box 3, F21)

Series 4: Walt Kuhn Family Papers, 1859-1978
(Box 3-26, 32-35, OV 39-55; 25.8 linear feet)

This series contains records of Walt Kuhn's artwork, career, travels, personal and professional associations, family members, and work in vaudeville, film, and interior design. The bulk of material relating to Kuhn's career as a painter can be found in Kuhn's Letters to Family, General Correspondence, Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, Provenance Files, and to a lesser extent in Financial Records, Notes and Writings, and Printed Materials. Walt Kuhn's Letters to Family, written to his father, wife, and daughter span his entire career and contain candid, personal accounts of his activities and many illustrations. Also included in the papers are biographical narratives and documents; records related to Kuhn's theater, film, and design projects; and original cartoons, drawings, sketches, and photographs. Audio recordings made in 1965 and 1969 contain the recollections of Kuhn's daughter, Brenda Kuhn.

Annotations in pen or orange crayon found throughout this series were probably made by Vera Kuhn and should not be confused with dates marked in pencil by Archives staff during initial microfilming in the 1960s. Penciled dates on correspondence were taken from the postmarks of envelopes, which were disposed of during microfilming.

This series is arranged according the following 12 subseries:

4.1: Biographical Material, 1882-1972
(Boxes 3, 32; 0.5 linear feet)

This series contains biographical documentation of Walt Kuhn, his wife and daugher, his father and mother, his in-laws, and their ancestors. Found in this series is a handwritten chronology containing notes on the Armory Show. Other types of material include additional biographical narratives and chronologies prepared by Walt Kuhn, Vera Kuhn, and others; identification cards, passports, death certificates and other official documents; obituaries; correspondence and notes on genaeology; published biographies; printed materials relating to Kuhn and Spier family homes; and medical records and correspondence. Artifacts include a framed dollar marked "first dollar earned by Walt Kuhn" and a medallion from art school.

Additional autobiographical writings can be found in Series 4.8: Notes and Writings. More obituaries of Walt Kuhn can be found in the 1949 clippings in Series 4.10: Printed Materials. Wills and documentation of family estates are in Series 4.7: Financial Records. Additional biographical information can be found in the audio recordings of Brenda Kuhn in Series 4.13: Audio Recordings.

The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of medical records of Walt Kuhn, Vera Kuhn and Brenda Kuhn.

Box Folder
3 Narratives and Chronologies
3 23 Walt Kuhn, 1927-1962, undated
3 24 George Spier, 1925-1936
3 Personal Documents
3 25 Walt Kuhn Family, 1909-1959, undated
3 26 Francis Kuhn, 1889, 1926-1928, undated
3 27 Passports, 1925-1932
3 28 Walt Kuhn Obituaries, 1949
3 29 Woodlawn Cemetery, 1949
3 30 Genealogical Research, 1944-1945, undated
3 31-32 Biographical Publishers, 1930-1950, undated
(2 folders)
3 33 Printed Miscellany, 1882-1885, 1906-1913, 1926, 1939, 1949, 1972, undated
3 Medical Records
3 34 Walt Kuhn, 1939, 1948-1949, undated
3 35-37 Vera and Brenda Kuhn, 1925-1957, undated
(3 folders)
3 38 Life Extension Institute, 1923-1928, undated
3 39 Artifacts, 1892, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 32)
Box
32 Oversized Artifact, 1892
(Oversized material scanned with Box 3, F39)

4.2: Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1901-1949
(Box 3-5, OV 39; 1.7 linear feet)

Walt Kuhn traveled frequently throughout his life for weeks and months at a time, and while away he wrote lengthy letters almost daily, first to his parents from art school in France and Germany in 1901-1903, and from 1909 on to his wife and daughter. His candid and detailed letters to his family reveal otherwise hidden motives and feelings regarding events, career, art, politics, and personalities. Scattered letters to Walt from Vera and Brenda are interfiled chronologically in this subseries, and are especially revealing of Vera's involvement in her husband's career.

Occasionally, Kuhn writes from New York when Vera is out of town. Significantly, these occasions include the winter of 1911-1912, when he writes that "a new society" of artists is forming in reaction to the conservatism of the National Academy of Design, referring to the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, which would go on to mount the Armory Show of 1913. (For Kuhn's letters to his wife dealing directly with the Armory Show, dating from September 1912 to April 1913, see Series 1.1, Armory Show Correspondence, Organizer's Letters.) Other significant New York events described include Kit Kat Balls and Penguin Club events from 1914, 1917, and 1918.

Kuhn advised several important collectors of contemporary art, sometimes traveling with them to make purchases, and his letters home include descriptions of the collections and studios they visit. Collectors include Marie Harriman (especially 1931, see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files), John Quinn (1913, 1918, 1919, 1920), and Florida collectors Bert and Olive Taylor, Josephine and Ernest Kanzler, and Paul and Mary "Minna" Mellon (1945, 1947). Conversations with Mary and A. Conger Goodyear and Lillie P. Bliss about the formation of the Museum of Modern Art are related to Vera in letters from 1928 and 1929.

Kuhn's letters home reveal attitudes towards artists and other colleagues, as well as his many personal and professional prejudices. A painting trip to Paris in 1933 brings news of publisher Alfred Skira, and the artists Pablo Picasso, Demetrius Galanis, Man Ray, Cecil Howard, and Andre Derain. Letters from Ogonquit, ME, report on other artists who worked nearby, such as Edwin Booth "Ted" Grossman, Bernard Karfiol, John Laurent, John Carroll, Patsy Santo, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. From 1940 to 1942, a house on Lake Buel in Great Barrington, MA serves has a studio where Kuhn paints and tutors Mary Harriman Rumsey, Lily Emmet Cushing, and Harry Whitney, among others.

As designer and writer of vaudeville productions in the 1920s, Kuhn wrote home from the road about the politics and personalities of backstage life. Casts of his shows included performers Raymond Hitchcock and Lee Morse. During business trips for the Union Pacific railroad from 1936 to 1948, Kuhn wrote letters home about regional art and society circles throughout the Midwest and West. Significant Western contacts include artists Ralph Stackpole, Otis Oldfield, Rinaldo Cuneo, Edward Weston, critic Arthur Millier, collector Walter Arensburg, and film celebrities Cecil B. de Mille and Gary Cooper.

Kuhn's habit of writing to Vera when separated from her continued during his final illness and hospitalization in 1948 and 1949. Letters from this period are marked by his deteriorated mental state.

Illustrations are often found in Kuhn's letters, especially those written during painting trips to Paris, Maine, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Florida. Additional illustrated letters are filed with Artwork and with Photographs and Scrapbooks.

Photographs and photographic postcards are found throughout the series. Among them are photographs of the Gottlieb Reber estate in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1931; Arizona in 1928; and Florida in the 1940s. Many of the photographs mentioned in letters are filed in Series 4.11: Photographs and Scrapbooks.

Significant enclosures include letters from Charles Sheeler in 1922 and 1924, an exhibition catalog and floorplan for a Montross Gallery exhibition of 1914, and an original print of a nude by Kuhn, sent in 1918. Other enclosures were separated and may be filed elsewhere in the Kuhn Family Papers.

Correspondence is arranged chronologically. When undated, the sequence of letters has been determined from their contents, with undated letters placed at the end of the month or year, if known, or at the end of the series. Other personal and business correspondence is filed in General Correspondence and throughout the collection. See individual series descriptions for more detail.

This series has been scanned in entirety.

Box Folder
3 40 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1901
3 41 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1902
3 42 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1903
3 43 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1906, 1909
3 44 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1911 August-September
3 45 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1911 October-November
3 46 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1911 December
3 47 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1913 July
3 48 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1913 August-September
3 49 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1914 January-March, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1915-1917
4 2 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1918
4 3 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1919
4 4 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family (copies), 1919
4 5 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1920, undated
4 6 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1922, undated
4 7 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1923 February
4 8 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1923 June-December
4 9 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family (copies), 1923
4 10 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1924
4 11 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1925, undated
4 12 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1927-1928
4 13-14 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1929
(2 folders)
4 15-16 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1931
(2 folders
4 17 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1932, 1933
4 18 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1934-1935
4 19-20 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1936, undated
(2 folders)
4 21 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1937
4 22-23 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1938
(2 folders)
4 24 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1939
4 25 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1940 May-July
4 26 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1940 August
4 27 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1940 September-October
4 28-31 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1941
(4 folders)
4 32-34 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1942
(3 folders)
4 35 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1943
4 36-38 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1944
(3 folders)
Box Folder
5 1-8 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1945, undated
(8 folders; oversized material housed in OV 39)
5 9 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1946
5 10-12 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1947, undated
(3 folders; oversized material housed in OV 39)
5 13-14 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1948, undated
(2 folders)
5 15 Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, 1949, undated
Box
OV 39 Oversized Enclosures in Walt Kuhn Letters to Family,
(Oversized material scanned with Box 5, F1 and F10)

4.3: General Correspondence, 1890-1966
(Box 5-9, 32, OV 40; 4 linear feet)

Correspondence in this series is primarily between Walt Kuhn and his professional and personal contacts and spans his entire career. Correspondents include family members, fellow artists, students, dealers, museum and gallery staff, collectors, friends, fans, critics and colleagues. Copies of outgoing correspondence are often present and are interfiled chronologically. Also included is scattered correspondence of Vera and Brenda Kuhn, and correspondence written after Kuhn died that documents his family's efforts to exhibit, sell, and donate his work.

The content of the correspondence ranges from personal and candid to purely transactional. Artists, collectors, dealers, and critics involved in the creation of significant works of art and collections in the early 20th century are represented. An alphabetical index of selected correspondents in this series is provided in the appendix. Another resource for accessing correspondence are the card files in Series 4.8: Notes and Writings, where correspondence with various contacts was indexed by the Kuhns and filed alphabetically by name.

In 1938, Walt and Vera Kuhn wrote and self-published the pamphlet, "The Story of the Armory Show" and sent it gratis to hundreds of interested parties. Among the correspondence from that year are many heartfelt reponses from fellow artists and other witnesses to the 1913 event, including Charles Sheeler, William Glackens, Stuart Davis, André Derain, Henri Roché, Walter Pach, and J.H. du Bois to name just a few.

Kuhn regularly instructed students through the mail with lengthy letters about painting techniques and methods. San Francisco painter Otis Oldfield is represented by over 100 lengthy letters in this subseries. Kuhn's letters to Oldfield, returned at Kuhn's request in 1945 for a publication project that was never realized, are interfiled. Other correspondence students include Patsy Santo, Frank di Gioia, Watson Bidwell, John Bernhardt, John Laurent, Goldie Paley, and Eric Lundgren. See the appendix for dates.

Types of material include letters (sometimes illustrated), postcards, invitations, announcements, and Christmas cards, which are sometimes made of original artwork. Enclosures are often found, such as photographs, clippings, tracings of art work, writings, receipts, passes and membership cards. Some letters indicate enclosures that were previously separated and can be found in other series.

Significant writings enclosed with correspondence include an early vaudeville script written by Kuhn and his friend, Archibald Macnab (1923); drafts of articles about Kuhn by the poet Genevieve Taggard (1931), critic Alan Burroughs (1930), and patron Eloise Spaeth (1950); and an unpublished history of the 1913 Armory Show by Paul Bird (1938). Photographs and photographic postcards are also found throughout the series. Included are photo postcards from Spain and France (1925), and from Arizona and California (1928); and photographs related to Kuhn's work for the Union Pacific Railroad Company (1936, 1938).

Additional correspondence can be found throughout the collection. See individual series descriptions for details.

A list of selected correspondents from this series can be found in the Index with cross-references to correspondents found in 4.4: Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, and 4.5: Provenance Files.

This series has been scanned in entirety.

Box Folder
5 16 General Correspondence, 1890-1913, undated
5 17 General Correspondence, 1914-1919
5 18 General Correspondence, 1920-1922
5 19-20 General Correspondence, 1923
(2 folders)
5 21 General Correspondence, 1924-1925
5 22 General Correspondence, 1926
5 23-25 General Correspondence, 1927
(3 folders)
5 26-29 General Correspondence, 1928
(4 folders)
5 30-33 General Correspondence, 1929
(4 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
Box Folder
6 1-3 General Correspondence, 1930
(3 folders)
6 4-6 General Correspondence, 1931
(3 folders)
6 7-11 General Correspondence, 1932
(5 folders)
6 12-14 General Correspondence, 1933
(3 folders)
6 15-18 General Correspondence, 1934
(4 folders)
6 19-22 General Correspondence, 1935
(4 folders)
6 23-27 General Correspondence, 1936
(5 folders)
6 28-34 General Correspondence, 1937
(7 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
Box Folder
7 1-12 General Correspondence, 1938
(12 folders)
7 13-18 General Correspondence, 1939
(6 folders)
7 19-23 General Correspondence, 1940
(5 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
7 24-29 General Correspondence, 1941
(6 folders; oversized material housed in OV 40)
7 30-33 General Correspondence, 1942
(4 folders)
7 34-37 General Correspondence, 1943
(4 folders)
Box Folder
8 1-4 General Correspondence, 1944
(4 folders)
8 5-9 General Correspondence, 1945
(5 folders)
8 10-12 General Correspondence, 1946
(3 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
8 13-16 General Correspondence, 1947
(4 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
8 17-24 General Correspondence, 1948
(8 folders)
8 25-32 General Correspondence, 1949
(8 folders)
8 33-35 General Correspondence, 1950
(3 folders)
Box Folder
9 1-4 General Correspondence, 1951
(4 folders)
9 5-7 General Correspondence, 1952
(3 folders)
9 8-10 General Correspondence, 1953
(3 folders)
9 11 General Correspondence, 1954
9 12 General Correspondence, 1955-1957
9 13 General Correspondence, 1958-1960
9 14 General Correspondence, 1961-1963
9 15 General Correspondence, 1964-1966, undated
9 16 General Correspondence, A-L, undated
9 17 General Correspondence, M-W and Illegible, undated
9 18 General Correspondence, Kuhn Fragments, undated
Box
32 Oversized General Correspondence and Enclosures
(Oversized material scanned with Box 5, F31; Box 6, F30; Box 7, F23; Box 8, F11 and F13)
Box
OV 40 Oversized Blueprint Enclosed with General Correspondence
(Oversized material from Box 7, F24)

4.4: Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1920-1966
(Box 9-10, OV 41; 1.5 linear feet)

This series contains a variety of materials relating to exhibitions and sales of Walt Kuhn's artwork between 1920 and 1958. Files for the Harriman and Durand-Ruel galleries also document selected exhibits of other artists and other activities of these galleries.

Documentation for exhibitions that took place in the 1920s is sparse; included are catalogs, announcements, inventories, and receipts for exhibitions at M. de Zayas Gallery, Montross Gallery, Beaux Arts Galerie, Grand Central Art Galleries, M. Knoedler and Co., the Arts Club of Chicago, Albert Roullier Galleries, and Anderson Galleries.

From 1930 onwards, exhibitions are more thoroughly documented. Records of exhibitions typically include announcements, marked catalogs, guest lists, diagrams showing the arrangement of art work in the galleries, letters detailing the production of the show or responding to the show, press coverage, and summary documents showing attendance figures and sales. For some exhibitions, there are also photographs and guest books.

Because of Kuhn's long relationship with the Marie Harriman Gallery, files contain a variety of unique materials. Included is correspondence concerning exhibits of André Derain, Pablo Picasso, and Demetrius Galanis in the early 1930s. Also found are detailed regional reports on museums and private collectors throughout the United States and their relative interest in modern art. Other items include vouchers for sales of Kuhn's artwork, a 1931 cartoon by Kuhn of himself with Marie Harriman in Europe; a photographic portrait of Harriman by Berenice Abbott and another by Underwood and Underwood; and a transcript of a 1931 radio address given by Marie Harriman.

The series is arranged by gallery or exhibition in rough chronological order. The Western Traveling Exhibition files are further broken down by venue and arranged in the order in which the exhibition traveled.

Additional materials relating to the galleries and exhibitions named in this series can be found elsewhere in the collection. Exhibitions before 1920 are discussed in some detail in Walt Kuhn Letters to Family from those years. Additional exhibition catalogs and announcements are found in Printed Materials, and correspondence with galleries exists in General Correspondence. See individual series descriptions for more details.

See the Index for a list of selected correspondents from series 4.3 General Correspondence with cross-references to this series and 4.5: Provenance Files.

This series has been scanned in entirety, with the exception of an oversized plan of the Marie Harriman Gallery.

Box Folder
9 19 Miscellaneous Galleries, 1920-1929, 1933
9 20 Grand Central Art Galleries, 1926-1927
9 21 Downtown Gallery, 1927-1933, undated
9 22 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1930
9 23 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1931
9 24-30 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1932
(7 folders)
9 31-34 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1933
(4 folders)
Box Folder
10 1-3 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1934
(3 folders)
10 4-5 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1935
(2 folders)
10 6-7 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1936
(2 folders)
10 8-11 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1937
(4 folders)
10 12 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1938
10 13-14 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1939
(2 folders)
10 15-16 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1940
(2 folders)
10 17-19 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1941
(3 folders)
10 20 Marie Harriman Gallery, 1942-1943, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 41)
10 21-22 Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1943-1944
(2 folders)
10 23 Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1944
10 24-25 Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1945
(2 folders)
10 26-27 Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1946
(2 folders)
10 28 Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1947-1948
10 29 Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1948, 1950
10 Western Traveling Exhibition
10 30 Marked Catalog, 1947
10 31 Colorado Springs, CO, 1946
10 32 Colorado Springs, CO, 1947
10 33 Colorado Springs, CO, 1947-1948
10 34 San Francisco, CA, 1946-1948
10 35 Santa Barbara, CA, 1947
10 36 Los Angeles, CA, 1946-1947
10 37 Los Angeles, CA, 1947-1948
10 38 Omaha, NE, 1947
10 39 Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1947
10 40 Milwaukee, WI, 1947-1948
10 41 Pittsburgh, PA, 1947-1948
10 42 Syracuse, NY, 1947-1948
10 43 Cincinnati Art Museum Exhibition, 1948
10 44 Albany Institute of History and Art, 1958
10 45 University of Arizona, 1966
Box
OV 41 Oversized Marie Harriman Gallery Material
(Oversized material from Box 10, F20)

4.5: Provenance Files, 1910-1964
(Box 11-13, 32, OV 42-44; 2.7 linear feet)

The Kuhns kept meticulous records of Walt Kuhn's art work. Their original file folders contain detailed annotations about paintings and sculptures, along with art reproductions, tracings, and other documentation. Annotations include information such as the model used for the work; where the work was created, exhibited, reproduced, and sold; and critical response. Some of the files also contain correspondence, clippings, exhibition catalogs, announcements, and bills of sale. Tempera paintings, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs are documented in a bound ledger filed at the end of this series.

Occasionally files contain other unique documentation. The unusually thick file for "Still Life with Red Bananas," for example, contains printed materials related to a controversy over the 1946 international exhibition of the State Department's collection of modern art, which was cancelled in response to conservative reaction. The collection was sold as "surplus" by the War Assets Administration, and the public outcry that ensued is documented in clippings in this file.

In addition to photographs of works of art, photographs in this series include publicity photographs of Edna St. Vincent de Millay standing before the painting "Mario" in her home and other installation views. Original sketches can be found in the files for Lahr's portrait and the paintings "Zuleika," "Absolom's House," "Beach Scene," "Green Apples with Gray Curtain," "Interior," and "Maternity." Miscellanous tracings and watercolor sketches of paintings whose original file folders are not present are filed at the end of this series.

Files are arranged alphabetically by the the artwork's title or by a key word in the title, grouping files for clown paintings, girl paintings, pine tree paintings, etc. This arrangement has been preserved, although it is idiosyncratic. Files for individual works have been grouped together in general alphabetical files. Large files are filed and listed individually. Execution dates of artwork for some files are provided in parentheses after the file headings and should not be confused with record dates.

Original files are very brittle and have torn edges and missing fragments. Microfilm of the collection made in 1965 may show the file before such damage occurred (reels D242A-D242B). Additional material related to the provenance of Kuhn's artwork is filed in Financial Records and elsewhere in the collection. See individual series descriptions for more details. A record book documenting Vera Kuhn's art jewelry is in Photographs and Scrapbooks.

See the Index for a list of selected correspondents from 4.3 General Correspondence with cross-references to this series and 4.4: Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files.

This series has been scanned in entirety.

Box Folder
11 1 ABS - ACR, 1916-1945
11 2 ACR - APP, 1921-1941
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 3 APP - ATH, 1927-1964
(Oversized material housed in OV 43)
11 4 "Athlete in Green" (1946), 1946-1947
11 5 ATH - BER, 1919-1953
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 6 BLA - BLO, 1922-1946
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 7 "The Blue Clown" (1931), 1931-1944
11 8 "The Blue Clown" (1931), 1946-1953, undated
11 9 BOU - CAM, 1918-1949
11 10 CAR - CLO, 1915-1959
11 11 CLO - CLO, 1929-1959
11 12 CLO - DOR, 1915-1938
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 13 DOR - EIG, 1925-1937
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 14 ELE - FLO, 1918-1940
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 15 FLO - GIR, 1921-1946
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 16 GIR - GIR, 1920-1942
11 17 GIR - GRE, 1912-1946
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
11 18 GRE - GUI, 1930-1947
Box Folder
12 1 HAR - HYD, 1915-1938
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 2 "Imaginary History" Series, 1918-1923
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 3 "Imaginary History" Series, 1918-1921, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 4 IND - KAN, 1921-1947
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 5 Portrait of Burt Lahr (1947), 1947-1952
12 6 LAN - MAN, 1918-1945
12 7 MAN - MAN, 1918-1947
12 8 MAR - MOR, 1912-1960
12 9 MOU - PIE, 1926-1946
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 10 PIN - PIN, 1918-1946
12 11 PIT - POT, 1919-1945
(Oversized material housed in OV 43)
12 12 RED - ROS, 1924-1946
12 13 ROS - SAN, 1910-1961
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 14 SHE - STI, 1922-1948
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 15 "Still Life with Red Bananas" (1941), 1941-1951, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
12 16 STI - TRE, 1921-1942
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
Box Folder
13 1 TRE-TRI (1937-1939), 1937-1944
13 2 "Trio" (1937), 1937-1941
13 3 "Trio" (1937), 1941-1951, undated
13 4 TRU - WHI, 1922-1959
(Oversized material housed in OV 42)
13 5 WHI - YEL, 1915-1938
(Oversized material housed in OV 42 and OV 43)
13 6 "Young Clown" (1932), 1935-1948, undated
13 7 YOU-ZUL (1915, 1925-1939), 1915-1942
13 8 Tempera, Watercolor, Etching, Lithograph Records (1915-1938), undated
(Oversized bound volume housed in Box 32)
13 9 Miscellaneous Tracings of Artwork, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 44)
13 10 Miscellaneous Watercolor Sketches of Paintings (1933-1942), undated
Box
32 Oversized Tempera, Watercolor, Etching, Lithograph Records (1915-1938), undated
(Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F8)
Box
OV 42 Oversized Tracings of Artwork from Provenance Files
(Oversized material scanned with Box 11, F2, F5-6, F12-15, F17; Box 12, F1-4, F9, F13-16; Box 13, F4-5)
Box
OV 43 Oversized Tracings of Artwork from Provenance Files
(Oversized material scanned with Box 11, F3; Box 12, F11; Box 13, F5)
Box
OV 44 Oversized Miscellaneous Tracings of Artwork
(Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F9)

4.6: Other Projects, 1869-1897, 1910, 1922-1941
(Box 13-14, 33, OV 40-41, 45; 1.6 linear feet)

Although the bulk of the Walt Kuhn Family Papers are related to Walt Kuhn's artwork and career as a painter, items in this series document Kuhn's other creative projects in theater, motion pictures, and graphic and interior design.

In the 1920s, Kuhn designed and staged several vaudeville acts or "satirical ballets," which were performed in New York, Chicago, Atlantic City, and elsewhere. Included in this series are scripts, notebooks, sketches and drawings of costumes and stage sets, receipts, contracts, music, programs, a photograph, and a scrapbook. Notebooks contain sketches and production notes, contact information for theater people, and receipts signed by performers, among other notes. Scrapbooks contain clippings, programs, and one watercolor costume drawing. Other early theatrical writings and photographs can be found in Kit Kat Club and Penguin Club Records, and Kuhn describes his theater experience in detail in Walt Kuhn Letters to Family.

In 1939, Kuhn wrote and directed a silent, educational motion picture film called "Walt Kuhn's Adventures in Art - Learning to See." Kuhn gave lectures with the film from 1939 to as late as 1947. Papers related to this project include drafts of scripts, notes, and visual materials used in the film, including intertitles, photographs and a collage. Drafts for another film, apparently never made, are also filed with scripts. Items relating to copyright of these projects are filed with Financial Records.

From 1936 until 1943, Kuhn was employed by the Union Pacific (UP) Railroad Company through his connection with Averell Harriman, husband of Marie Harriman and UP's Chairman of the Board. He designed and decorated club cars and lounges for Streamliner trains, designed posters and brochures, and consulted for other projects. Kuhn's historically-themed club cars, "The Frontier Shack" and "The Little Nugget" involved two of his favorite historical themes, the old west and early stage comedians. Kuhn also designed graphics for UP's Sun Valley Lodge in 1937. Documents related to UP include blueprints, sketches, a poster, research notes, source materials, publicity, photographs, correspondence, pamphlets, tickets, sample materials, and notes. Related materials are filed in General Correspondence and Photographs and Scrapbooks.

Theater and Motion Picture files are arranged by type of material, and UP files are arranged by project.

This bulk of this series has been scanned. Copies have not been scanned and some oversized material, due to size and/or condition, has not been scanned. For publications, such as books, catalogs, and pamphlets, typically only the covers or covers and title pages have been scanned.

Box Folder
13 Theater
13 11 Scripts by Kuhn, 1923, undated
13 12-13 Scripts by Others, 1910, 1923-1928, undated
(2 folders)
13 14 Music, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 33)
13 15 Notebooks and Notes, 1922-1923, undated
(includes sketches)
13 16 Contracts and Receipts, 1922-1923, 1927-1928
13 17 Photograph, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 33)
13 18 Programs and Flyer, 1922, 1927, undated
13 19 Scrapbook, 1922-1923
(Oversized material housed in Box 33)
13 20 Items Removed from Scrapbook, 1922-1923
13 21 Artwork, 1923, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 45)
13 22 List of Theaters in the United States with Seating Capacity Over 1500, undated
13 Motion Picture, "Walt Kuhn's Adventures in Art: Learning to See"
13 23 Scripts, circa 1939
13 24-27 Photographs and Titles Used in Film, circa 1939, undated
(4 folders)
13 28 Photographs and Titles Used in Film (copies), circa 1939, undated
13 29 Expenses, 1939
13 30 Printed Materials, 1938-1939
13 Interior and Graphic Design, Union Pacific Railroad Company
13 31 Frontier Shack (1936), 1936, 1938, undated
13 32 Frontier Shack (1936), undated
13 33 Frontier Shack (1936), 1885-1897, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 33)
13 34 Frontier Shack (1936), 1937-1941, undated
13 35 Frontier Shack (1936), Copies, undated
Box Folder
14 1-2 Little Nugget (1937), circa 1937
(2 folders)
(index cards and lists of comedians of the stage used for photos for Little Nugget)
14 3-5 Little Nugget (1937), undated
(3 folders)
14 6 Little Nugget (1937), Copies, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 33)
14 7 Little Nugget (1937), Blueprints, 1937, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 40, OV 41)
14 8 Little Nugget (1937), 1937-1948
14 9 Little Nugget (1937), Photographs, 1937
14 10 Little Nugget (1937), Photographs, 1948
14 11 Little Nugget (1937), Photographs, undated
14 12 Little Nugget (1937), Duplicates, undated
14 13 Copper King (1938), circa 1938
(Oversized material housed in OV 40)
14 14 Sun Valley Lodge, 1939, undated
14 15 Sun Valley Lodge, Sketches, undated
14 16 Sun Valley Lodge, 1937
14 17 Sun Valley Lodge, Photographs of Rodeo, undated
14 18 Sun Valley Lodge, 1937-1938, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 45)
14 19 Sun Valley Lodge, Printed Material, undated
14 20 Golden Spike Days, 1939
14 21 Hollywood Club Car, 1941, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 33 and OV 41)
14 22 Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, undated
14 23 Miscellaneous Printed Materials, 1938-1940, undated
Box
33 Oversized Theater Music
(Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F14)
(Original scores for "Lilies of the Field")
33 Oversized Theater Photograph
(Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F17)
33 Oversized Theater Scrapbook
(Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F19)
33 Oversized Frontier Shack Material
(Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F33)
33 Oversized Little Nugget Material (copies)
(Oversized material from Box 14, F1-12)
33 Oversized Hollywood Club Car Material
(Oversized material scanned with Box 14, F21)
Box
OV 40 Oversized Little Nugget Blueprints
(Oversized material from Box 14, F7)
OV 40 Oversized Copper King Blueprints
(Oversized material from Box 14, F13)
Box
OV 41 Oversized Little Nugget Blueprints
(Oversized material from Box 14, F7)
OV 41 Oversized Hollywood Club Car Material
(Oversized material scanned with Box 14, F21)
Box
OV 45 Oversized Theater Artwork
(Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F21)
OV 45 Oversized Sun Valley Lodge Material
(Oversized material scanned with Box 14, F16 and F18)

4.7: Financial Records, 1920-1961, 1972
(Box 14-15; 1 linear foot)

This series contains records of the Kuhn family's financial assets and transactions. Types of material include account books, correspondence, legal documents, bills, and receipts. Sales of artwork are documented in Accounts of Moneys Received, Accounts of Paintings Sold, and to a lesser extent, Bills and Receipts. Also among the bills and receipts are insurance policies, travel expenses, lithography and publication expenses, and receipts for the shipment, framing, and photography of art works. Documents from the Walt Kuhn estate include a detailed appraisal made late in 1949 after his death, which lists several hundred works of art in his studio and on loan in various museums, among other property. A copy of the appraisal is annotated with notes of sales up to 1955.

The file on Copyrights contains correspondence and copyright registration certificates for Kuhn's theater acts, publications and motion picture. Copyright information about Kuhn's translations of 1912 are filed with those publications in Armory Show Records. Information included in tax returns includes payments made to Kuhn's models, who are named as employees. Other files document more personal financial transactions. Notebooks filed under Assets summarize information about savings, mortgages, stocks, bonds, and other property.

Arrangement is alphabetical by subject. Execution dates of artwork are given in parentheses after the file heading and should not be confused with record dates. Additional correspondence and receipts related to Kuhn's sales of artwork can be found in General Correspondence, Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, and Provenance Files.

This series has been partially scanned. Records not scanned include routine financial records such as leases, tax records, records of savings accounts and stocks and bonds, and utility bills, and some records relating to the will of Francis Kuhn.

Box Folder
14 24 Accounts of Moneys Received, 1923-1949
(2 volumes)
14 25 Account of Painting Sales (1944-1949, 1952-1956), undated
14 26 Assets, 1927-1953
(5 volumes)
14 27 Bills and Receipts, 1925-1929, undated
(partially scanned)
14 28 Bills and Receipts, 1930-1932
(partially scanned)
14 29 Bills and Receipts, 1933-1936
14 30 Bills and Receipts, 1937-1939
14 31 Bills and Receipts, 1940-1941
14 32 Bills and Receipts, 1941-1942
14 33 Bills and Receipts, 1943-1944
(partially scanned)
14 34 Bills and Receipts, 1945-1947
(partially scanned)
14 35 Bills and Receipts, 1948-1950
14 36 Bills and Receipts, 1951-1952
14 37 Bills and Receipts, 1953-1957, undated
14 38 Bond and Mortgage Guarantee Company, 1938, 1942
14 39 Copyrights, 1923, 1938-1942
Box Folder
15 Estates
15 1-4 Walt Kuhn, 1949-1955
(4 folders)
15 5-6 Francis Kuhn, 1882-1953
(2 folders)
15 7-11 Francis Kuhn (copies), 1882-1953
(5 folders)
15 12 George Spier, 1923-1924
15 13 Last Wills and Testaments of Vera and Walt Kuhn, 1925-1950
15 14-15 Lawyer's Mortgage Company Reorganization, 1937-1949
(2 folders)
15 16 Leases, 1928-1961, 1972
15 17 Miscellaneous Printed Materials, 1930-1953, undated
15 18 Notes of Personal Expenses, 1911, 1937-1949, undated
15 19-20 Savings Account Books, 1928-1960
(2 folders, 16 volumes)
15 21 Stocks and Bonds, 1920-1954
15 22 Storage, 1936, 1941-1953
15 23-24 Tax Records, 1936-1958, undated
(2 folders)
15 25-32 Utilities, 1934-1953, undated
(8 folders)

4.8: Notes and Writings, 1901-1972
(Box 17-19, 32; 4 linear feet)

This series contains writings by Walt Kuhn, his family, and others, and notes relating to Kuhn's contacts, publications, artwork, and other activities. Types of material include index card files, address books, notebooks, manuscripts, typescripts, clippings, correspondence, and photographs.

Card Files containing the Kuhns' scrupulous notes about people make up the bulk of this series. The files were kept in three separate alphabetical files with overlapping dates. They contain contact information, anecdotal details about shared meals, cocktail parties, or excursions, and cross-references to correspondence. Attachments such as clippings, correspondence, photographs, exhibition catalogs, and social announcements are common. Photographs and artwork found among the cards have been removed to separate folders, including images of Alan Burroughs, Sadakichi Hartmann, and Patsy Santo, and watercolor drawings by Lewis Barrington and Jean Oberlé. The original arrangement of the card file is idiosyncratic.

Notes on Artwork include a list of Kuhn's artwork which sold at the auction of John Quinn's art collection in February 1927; many lists of artwork compiled for exhibition, shipping, and inventory; and detailed descriptions of early artwork written by Kuhn.

Walt Kuhn's Notes and Notebooks include travel notes from Europe, the Western United States, and Maine, with a few sketches. Vera Kuhn's travel writings recount family trips to Nova Scotia from 1909 to 1912, and a trip to Europe in 1925.

Miscellaneous Personal Notes range from shopping lists and recipes to more significant notes such as those about he disposition of artwork after Kuhn's death. Collection Notes are notes about the family papers written on envelopes. The items once contained by the envelopes were separated from their contents during initial processing and are now filed throughout the Walt Kuhn Family Papers.

Other writings include manuscripts and visual materials from lectures given by Kuhn and Alfred Barr in 1934 about modern art collecting. Two articles about Kuhn published in Collier's in the 1940s are also filed here, along with related correspondence including letters from actress Dorothy Stickney, writer H.L.Mencken, and a number of Kuhn's former models. Photographs taken for the Collier's articles are filed with Photographs and Scrapbooks.

Miscellaneous Writings by Walt Kuhn include an autobiographical essay and writings on modern art and artists. Kuhn's writings from the period of his final illness and hospitalization are also filed here. Writings about Kuhn include manuscripts by Alan Burroughs, Jeanne Robert Foster, Blanche Matthias, and Frank E. Washburn Freund. Also included are typewritten copies of published essays about Kuhn's work.

Additional writings by Walt Kuhn are in Armory Show Records, Kit Kat Club and Penguin Club Records, and Other Projects. Significant writing about his artwork and techniques can also be found in his outgoing correspondence.

The series has been partially scanned; card files and several address books have not been scanned.

Box Folder
16 Contacts
16 1-4 Card File 1, A-V; circa 1928-1948
(4 file boxes)
Box Folder
17 1 Card File 1, W-Z; circa 1928-1948
(1 file box)
17 2-4 Card File 2, A-R; circa 1928-1948
(3 file boxes)
Box Folder
18 1 Card File 2, S-Z; circa 1928-1948
(1 file box)
18 2-4 Card File 3, A-Z; circa 1928-1948
(3 file boxes)
Box Folder
19 1 Items Removed from Card File 1, 1930-1947
19 2 Items Removed from Card File 2, undated
19 3 Items Removed from Card File 3, 1934-1947
19 4 Address Books, 1943-1956, undated
(2 volumes)
19 5 Address Books, 1930-1952, undated
(5 volumes; partially scanned)
19 6-7 Mailing Lists, 1931-1963, undated
(2 folders)
19 8 Model Contacts and Contracts, undated
19 9 Miscellaneous Contact Information, 1937-1941, undated
19 10 Artwork Lists and Notes, Quinn Sale; 1927
19 11-12 Artwork Lists and Notes, 1936-1965, undated
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
19 13 Artwork Descriptions, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 32)
19 14 "Story of the Armory Show" Notes, 1938-1939, n.d.
19 15 50 Paintings Notes, 1941
19 16 Walt Kuhn Notes and Notebooks, 1936, undated
19 17 Vera Kuhn's Travel Writings, 1909
19 18 Vera Kuhn's Travel Writings, 1910
19 19 Vera Kuhn's Travel Writings, 1912
19 20 Vera Kuhn's Travel Writings, 1925
19 21 Brenda Kuhn's Travel Notebooks, 1935-1936
19 22-24 Miscellaneous Personal Notes, 1931-1959
(3 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
19 25-29 Collection Notes, 1920-1972, undated
(5 folders)
19 30 Contents of Safe Deposit Box, undated
19 31 Lectures by Walt Kuhn and Alfred Barr, 1934
19 32 Visual Materials for Lecture, undated
19 33 Collier's Articles by and about Walt Kuhn, 1943, 1948, undated
19 34 Miscellaneous Writings by Walt Kuhn, 1927-1948, undated
19 35 Miscellaneous Writings about Walt Kuhn, 1922-1965, undated
19 36 Miscellaneous Other Writings, 1935, 1938, undated
19 37 Quotations and Statements about Art, undated
Box
32 Oversized Artwork Lists and Notes
(Oversized material scanned with Box 19, F12)
32 Oversized Artwork Descriptions
(Oversized material scanned with Box 19, F13)
32 Oversized Miscellanous Personal Notes
(Oversized material scanned with Box 19, F22 and F23)

4.9: Printed Materials, 1908-1987
(Box 20-23, 34, OV 40, 46-47; 3.9 linear feet)

This series contains books, pamphlets, clippings, magazines, exhibition catalogs, invitations, announcements, art reproductions, programs, postcards, blueprints, and other printed ephemera gathered by Walt Kuhn and his family throughout their lives. Copies of published works by Walt Kuhn are filed here, as well as publications by friends and associates, including inscribed copies of works by Constantin Brancusi, Edwin Bjorkman, Frank Crowninshield, and Alice Garrett.

Exhibition Catalogs are found for Kuhn and other artists. Catalogs are occasionally annotated with reactions to artwork or other notes. For Kuhn catalogs marked with prices and/or buyers, see 4.4: S elected Gallery and Exhibition Files. For catalogs of the Armory Show, see Armory Show Records.

Clippings document Kuhn artwork and exhibitions, art institutions, art trends, collectors, other artists, Kuhn's other projects with the Union Pacific and theater, published life events of people known to the Kuhn's, articles written by friends, Walt Kuhn obituaries, and other miscellany. A significant portion of the clippings filed here are duplicated in other series.

Many of the periodicals in this series contain reproductions of Kuhn's artwork. Promotional Ephemera for Kuhn's publications, lectures, and other appearances are also filed here, along with circus programs and posters, and mailings on a range of subjects. Other printed materials are scattered throughout the collection. See individual series descriptions for details.

This series is partially scanned. Some blueprints, news clippings, exhibition ephemera, printed material containing reproductions of Kuhn's artwork, general promotional ephemera, and other printed material not directly related to Kuhn, have not been scanned.

Box Folder
20 By Walt Kuhn
20 1 Magazine Articles, 1947-1948
(Oversized material housed in Box 34)
20 2 A Little Bird Told Me, 1908
20 3 Fifty Paintings by Walt Kuhn (with Paul Bird), 1940
20 4 "The Story of the Armory Show," 1938
20 5 By Others, Bjorkman-Fraenkel, 1925-1937, undated
20 6 By Others, Garrett-Oldfield, 1932, 1935-1936
20 7 By Others, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, 1933
20 8 Blueprints of the Mrs. C.C. Rumsey Residence, 1926-1927
(Oversized material housed in OV 40)
20 9-41 Clippings, 1913-1940
(33 folders; oversized material housed in OV 46)
Box Folder
21 1-30 Clippings, 1941-1966, 1986-1987, undated
(30 folders)
21 31 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1922-1923
21 32 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1927-1929
21 33-34 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1930
(2 folders)
21 35 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1930-1931
21 36 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1932
21 37 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1933-1934
21 38 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1934
21 39 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1935-1936
21 40 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1936-1937
21 41 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1938-1944
Box Folder
22 1 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1944
22 2 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1945-1946
22 3 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1947
22 4 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1948
22 5 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1949-1952
22 6 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1953-1959
22 7 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, 1960-1969, 1987
22 8-9 Exhibition Catalogs, Invitations, and Announcements, undated
(2 folders)
22 10 Other Exhibition Ephemera, 1941-1964, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 46)
22 Magazines, Newsletters, and Bulletins with Reproductions or Criticism of Kuhn Artwork
22 11 General, A-B, 1937-1953
22 12 Art Digest, 1929-1948
22 13 Art News, 1944
22 14 General, C-I, 1927-1951
22 15 Rainbow, 1920
22 16 General, L-T, 1929-1948
22 17 Time, 1953, 1962
22 18 Other Magazines, Newsletters, and Bulletins, A-C, 1933-1956
(Oversized material housed in Box 34)
22 19 Other Magazines, Newsletters, and Bulletins, F-M, 1935-1962
22 20 Other Magazines, Newsletters, and Bulletins, P-W, 1931-1951
22 21 Other Reproductions of Kuhn Artwork, 1931-1964, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 34)
22 22 Miscellaneous Art Reproductions, 1947, undated
22 23 Professional Organizations, 1948, undated
22 Promotional Ephemera
22 24 Walt Kuhn, 1928-1945, undated
22 25-27 Circus Programs, 1937-1948
(3 folders)
22 28 Circus Posters, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 47)
Box Folder
23 1-5 Other Subjects, 1925-1968, undated
(5 folders)
23 6-7 Postcards, undated
(2 folders)
23 8-10 Sheet Music, 1888-1928, 1939-1940, undated
(3 folders; oversized material housed in Box 34)
23 11 Social Invitations and Announcements, 1929-1951, undated
Box
34 Oversized Magazine Article by Walt Kuhn
(Oversized material scanned with Box 20, F1)
34 Oversized Other Magazines, Newsletters, and Bulletins
(Oversized material from Boxes 22, F18-20)
34 Oversized Other Reproductions of Kuhn Artwork
(Oversized material from Box 22, F21)
34 Oversized Sheet Music
(Oversized material from Box 23, F8)
Box
OV 40 Oversized Blueprints of the Mrs. C.C. Rumsey Residence
(Oversized material from Box 20, F8)
Box
OV 46 Oversized Clippings
(Oversized material from Box 21 and Box 22)
Box
OV 46) Oversized Exhibition Ephemera
(Oversized material from Box 22, F10)
Box
OV 47 Oversized Circus Posters
(Oversized material from Box 22, F28)

4.10: Artwork, 1906-1952
(Box 23, 32, OV 48-54; 1.2 linear feet)

This series contains original drawings, sketches, and prints created by Walt Kuhn. See also Series 4.11: Photographs and Scrapbooks, for addtional artwork in scrapbooks.

Cartoons include bird cartoons published in Life and in the book A Little Bird Told Me (1908, see Printed Materials), personal cartoons by Vera and Walt Kuhn depicting themselves, and one sketch of the Kuhns attributed to the cartoonist Oscar Edward Cesare. Two sketchbooks from Kuhn's trips to the Western United States are found, as well as Kuhn family Christmas cards, with Walt Kuhn's linotype prints of western scenes. Kuhn's ongoing interest in the circus is seen in his notes, sketches, and ink drawings of clown acts from 1941, accompanied by a short essay by Kuhn entitled "Plan to Revitalize the Clown and Fun Problem of the Circus." Folders containing miscellaneous artwork include rough sketches and designs, as well as finished drawings and cartoons, mostly undated.

Illustrated letters, sketches, and cartoons are scattered throughout the collection. See individual series descriptions for more details. Copies of artwork in this series are marked as such and filed alongside originals. Reproductions of additional artwork are filed in Provenance Files and Photographs and Scrapbooks.

The bulk of this series has been scanned. Only a sample of original Drawings for Life has been scanned due to copyright statements giving reproduction rights to Life Publishing Company.

Box Folder
23 12 Original Drawings for Life, circa 1906-1912, undated
(partially scanned; oversized material housed in OV 48-54)
23 13 Personal Cartoons, 1909-1910
23 14 Sketchbooks from Trips to the Western U.S., 1928, 1936
23 Walt Kuhn Christmas Cards
23 15 Original Drawings, 1938, 1947, undated
23 16 Hand-Colored and 2-color Prints, 1931-1955, undated
23 17 Duplicates, 1933-1952, undated
23 18-21 Clown Act Sketches, Notes, and Watercolor Drawings, circa 1941
(4 folders)
23 22-23 Miscellaneous Original Sketches, Drawings, and Cartoons, 1929-1947, undated
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 32)
23 24 Miscellaneous Original Sketches, Drawings, and Cartoons, Copy, undated
23 25 Prints, 1928, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 32)
23 26 The Hunt (Paper Toy Figures), circa 1920
23 27 Costume Crest by Walt Kuhn, undated
23 28 Reproductions of Early Cartoons by Walt Kuhn, 1906, 1937, undated
23 Artwork by Others
23 29 17th Century German Engraving, undated
23 30 Heirich von Zügel Sketch, undated
23 31 Jules Pascin Portrait of Walt Kuhn (reproduction of 1916 drawing), 1940
23 32 Patsy Santo Painting and Tracings, 1940, undated
23 33 Brenda Kuhn Painting, 1922
23 34 Brenda Kuhn Scrapbook, 1934-1935
(includes one sketch by Walt Kuhn)
Box
32 Oversized Miscellaneous Sketch
(Oversized material scanned with Box 23, F22)
32 Oversized Prints
(Oversized material scanned with Box 23, F25)
Box
OV 48-54 Oversized Original Drawings for Life
(Oversized material scanned with Box 23, F12)

4.11: Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1859-1978
(Box 23-26, OV 55; 3.5 linear feet)

This series contains individual photographs, notes, photograph albums, and scrapbooks of photographs and other materials, which depict Walt Kuhn, his family, friends and colleagues, homes and studios, art school, travel in the U.S. and Europe, works of art, and other miscellany.

Among the persons pictured are Walt, Vera, and Brenda Kuhn, LaSalle Spier, John Quinn, Frederick James Gregg, George Overbury "Pop" Hart, Gus Mager, William and Edith Glackens and family, Pablo Picasso, Cecil Howard, Jo Davidson, W. Averell and Marie Harriman, Gary Cooper, Otis Oldfield, Lily Cushing Emmet, Patsy Santo, and many of Kuhn's models. Also included are portraits of Kuhn by Frederic D. Pangborn and Edward Weston.

Scrapbooks (Volumes 5, 6, and 7) contain photographs, illustrated letters by Walt and Vera Kuhn, postcards to Vera's parents, real photo postcards, reproductions of early artwork of Walt Kuhn, and other ephemera. Illustrations depict Kit Kat Balls, the 23rd St. studio, and Fort Lee, NJ among other subjects. Many of the people and places depicted in albums and scrapbooks are also depicted in individual photographs, which are arranged within broad subject headings.

Selected subjects are noted in the inventory list, below. Additional photographs are scattered throughout the collection. Additional scrapbooks can be found among Armory Show Records, Kit Kat Club and Penguin Club Records, and Other Projects. Additional illustrated letters are found in Armory Show Records, Walt Kuhn Letters to Family, and Artwork. Refer to individual series descriptions for more details.

The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of negatives, copy prints, duplicates and photos of reproductions of artwork.

Box Folder
23 Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks
23 35 Volume 1: Illustrated Photograph Album, 1896-1901
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
(Brooklyn NY bicycle shop; homes; Paris art school)
23 36 Volume 1: Illustrated Photograph Album, Duplicate, circa 1901
23 37 Volume 2: Photograph Album, 1899-1900
(California and Southwest)
23 38 Volume 2: Photograph Album, Duplicate Prints from Glass Negatives, 1899-1900
23 39-40 Volume 2: Photograph Album, Original Glass Negatives, Copy Prints/Negatives, 1899-1900
(2 folders)
23 41 Loose Item from Volume 2, circa 1899-1900
23 42 Volume 3: Photograph Album; Germany, circa 1901-1904
(Royal Academy in Munich, Wörth, Germany; Heinrich von Zügel; includes sketches)
23 43-44 Volume 3: Photograph Album; Germany, Duplicates, Negatives, and Copy Prints, circa 1901-1903, undated
(2 folders)
23 45 Loose Items from Volume 3, 1901-1902, undated
(includes masquerade ball in Munich)
Box Folder
24 1 Volume 4: Photograph Album, 1904-1907, undated
(Vera Spier and Friends)
24 2 Volume 5: Scrapbook, 1909-1912, undated
(partially scanned due to condition)
(Walt and Vera Kuhn and friends; Fort Lee, NJ and 23rd St. studio; Kit Kat Balls; Blandford, Nova Scotia; photographs, drawings and illustrated letters to parents)
24 3 Volume 5: Scrapbook, Copy Prints, 1909-1912, undated
24 4 Loose Items from Volume 5, circa 1901-1937, undated
(Royal Academy in Munich; New York School of Art class; Hackensack, NJ crowd; John Quinn; Vera Kuhn in costume; Kit Kat Ball drawing, original cartoons)
24 5 Volume 6: Scrapbook, 1909-1910, undated
(23rd St. studio; photographs, drawings, and illustrated postcards)
24 6 Volume 6: Scrapbook, Copy Prints and Duplicates, undated
24 7 Loose Items from Volume 6, 1909
24 8 Volume 7: Scrapbook; Nova Scotia, 1909-1910
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
(Kuhns' and Glackens' in Nova Scotia, photographs, postcards, ephemera, drawings)
24 9 Volume 7: Scrapbook; Nova Scotia, Copy Prints, undated
24 10 Volume 8: Photograph Album; Nova Scotia, 1912
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
24 11 Volume 8: Photograph Album; Nova Scotia, Duplicates, 1912
24 12 Volume 9: Photograph Album, 1911-1923
(Brenda Kuhn baby book; Ogunquit, ME; Fort Lee, NJ; Adirondaks)
24 13-14 Volume 9: Photograph Album, Duplicate Prints and Copies, 1912-1920, undated
(2 folders)
24 15 Loose Items from Volume 9, 1913-1923, undated
24 16 Volume 10: Photograph Album, circa 1911-1916
(Brenda Kuhn, Waldo Schmitt)
24 17 Volume 11: Photograph Album; Summers, 1924-1935
(not scanned due to format of album)
(Kuhn family summer homes and studios)
24 18-19 Volume 11: Photograph Album; Summers, Duplicates and Copy Prints, 1927-1933, undated
(2 folders)
24 20 Volume 12: Photograph Album, 1928
(Prescott, AZ buildings; Walt Kuhn in Prescott; NYC buildings and parks)
24 21 Volume 13: Dismantled Photograph Album, 1931-1933
(Trips to Europe)
24 22-23 Volume 13: Dismantled Photograph Album, Duplicates and Copy Prints, 1931, undated
(2 folders)
24 24 Volume 14: Photograph Album; Central City, CO, 1936
24 25 Volume 15: Photograph Album, undated
(unidentified woman traveling in the Southwest circa 1910s)
24 26 Volume 16: Dismantled Scrapbook of Eloise Spaeth, 1944-1946, undated
(copy prints, Walt Kuhn biographical)
24 Walt Kuhn (alone)
24 27 Portrait by Frederic D. Pangborn, circa 1904-1905, 1962
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
24 28 Portrait by Frederic D. Pangborn, Copy Prints, undated
24 29 Portrait by Robert Waida, undated
24 30 Portrait by Robert Waida, Duplicates, undated
24 31 Portrait by Edward Weston, undated
24 32 Portrait by Edward Weston, Copy Prints, undated
24 33 Early Walt Kuhn Photographs, 1882-1911, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
24 34 Early Walt Kuhn Photographs, Copy Prints, undated
24 35 Later Walt Kuhn Photographs, circa 1927, 1948, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
24 36 Later Walt Kuhn Photographs, Negative and Duplicate, 1948, undated
24 Family (see also Albums, Homes and Studios, Travel)
24 37 Kuhn Family Photographs, circa 1865-1899, undated
24 38 Kuhn Family Photographs, Copy Prints, undated
24 39 Spier Family Photographs, 1868, 1881, undated
24 40 Spier Family Photographs, 1889, 1897, undated
24 41 Vier Spier (later Kuhn), 1901-1904, undated
24 42 Vier Spier (later Kuhn), Copy, undated
24 43 Vera Spier and Friends, 1898-1908, undated
24 44 LaSalle Spier (Vera Kuhn's brother) and Friends, 1909-1936, undated
24 45 Brenda Kuhn, 1935-1949, undated
24 46 Brenda Kuhn, Duplicate, undated
24 47 Brenda at Summer Camp, 1930
24 48 Friends of Brenda Kuhn, 1927-1936
(Nanette Tarbox Beals)
24 49 Vera and Brenda Kuhn, 1940, 1951
24 50 Other Family, 1938-1948, undated
Box Folder
25 Friends and Colleagues (see also Albums, Travel, and Homes and Studios)
25 1 Adler Family, Sonoma, CA, 1899-1901, 1921, undated
25 2 Walt Kuhn, Rudy and Helen Dirks, et al, 1900
25 3 Walt Kuhn, John Quinn, et al at Wawbeek, NY, 1913
25 4 Walt Kuhn, John Quinn, et al at Wawbeek, NY, Copy Negatives and Prints, undated
25 5 Walter Pach Portrait, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
25 6 Walter Pach Portrait, Copy Prints, undated
25 7 George Overbury "Pop" Hart, circa 1915, 1926, undated
(with Walt Kuhn, Gus Mager in Fort Lee, NJ; Coyesville, NJ; Mexico)
25 8 George Overbury "Pop" Hart, Copy Negatives and Copy Prints, undated
25 9 Lenna and Ira Glackens, 1925, 1939, 1940
25 10 Otis Oldfield, George Fitzgerald, et al, 1931
25 11 Lily Cushing Emmet and Family, 1939, undated
25 12 Alice Wadsworth and Walt Kuhn at Goodyear Home, 1940
25 13 O. A. Renne, 1940s
25 14 Walt Kuhn with Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman, et al, circa 1947
25 15 Walt Kuhn with Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman, et al, Duplicate, circa 1947
25 16 Walt Kuhn and Frank Cullen, Stuart, FL, 1947, undated
25 17 Walt Kuhn and Frank Cullen, Stuart, FL, Copies, 1947, undated
25 18 Walt Kuhn with Neighbors, NYC, 1947
25 19 Bert and Olive Taylor and Family, undated
25 20 Julie Millicent Ingersoll, 1948-1952, undated
25 21 Julie Millicent Ingersoll, Duplicates, 1951, undated
25 22 Others, 1930-1947, undated
25 Homes and Studios (see also Albums)
25 23 23rd Street Studio, NYC, 1909
25 24 Fort Lee, NJ, circa 1915-1918, 1935, 1964
25 25 Fort Lee, NJ, Duplicates and Copy Prints, undated
25 Maine
(Ogunquit and Cape Neddick homes, towns, Kuhn family)
25 26 Maine, 1926-1927
25 27 Maine, 1944-1946
25 28 Maine, 1948
25 29 Maine, 1950-1951
25 30 Maine, 1960-1972
25 31 Maine, Duplicates, 1944
25 32 14th Street Studios and Penguin Club, 1930
(exterior views)
25 33-35 18th Street Studio, NYC, 1929, 1940-1948
(3 folders; oversized material housed in Box 35)
(Walt Kuhn with models, including Helen Miller, George Fitzgerald, Ruth Johnston; 2 photo shoots for Collier's Magazine, including color transparencies and contact sheets; William Ward photographs of Walt Kuhn)
25 36-39 18th Street Studio, NYC, Copy Negatives and Prints, Duplicates, 1940, 1978, undated
(4 folders)
25 40 Hotel Albert Apartment, NYC, 1941-1949, undated
25 41 Hotel Albert Apartment, NYC, Duplicates, 1949
25 42-44 Summer Studio at Lake Buel, Great Barrington, MA, 1941-1942
(3 folders)
(Walt Kuhn, Ruth Johnston, Paul Bird, Lily Cushing Emmet, Harry Whitney, Barnum and Bailey Circus in Pittsfield, MA)
25 45-47 Summer Studio at Lake Buel, Great Barrington, MA, Negatives, Duplicates and Copies, 1941-1942, undated
(3 folders)
25 48 Glackens Home, NYC, 1948-1949, undated
25 49 Glackens Home, NYC, Duplicates, 1948-1949, undated
25 50 Winslow Homer Studio Exterior, 1934
(copy prints only)
25 51 Homes of Family Members, 1925-1950, undated
25 52 Miscellaneous Family Places, 1930-1964
(Walt Kuhn birthplace and grave)
25 Travel (see also Albums)
25 53 Florida and Georgia, undated
25 54 Florida and Georgia, Duplicates, undated
25 55 Nova Scotia, 1912
25 56 Northeastern U.S., 1917-1931
25 57 Northeastern U.S., 1930-1934, undated
25 58-59 Northeastern U.S., Duplicates and Copy Prints, undated
(2 folders)
25 60-62 Europe, 1925-1933
(3 folders)
(group photograph including Kuhn, Pablo Picasso, Jo Davidson, Cecil Howard and others in Paris; W. Averell and Marie Harriman at the Warburg estate in Paris)
25 63 Europe, Duplicates, 1925, 1931
25 64-66 Western U.S., 1928-1937
(3 folders)
(Harriman family, Sally Fox, Gary Cooper, Otis Oldfield; Prescott, AZ; California; Sun Valley Resort, Ketchum, ID)
25 67-68 Western U.S., Duplicates and Copy Prints, 1928, undated
(2 folders)
25 69 Photographic Postcards, undated
25 Miscellaneous Photographs
25 70-71 Unidentified Cartes de Visites, 1859-1883, undated
(2 folders)
25 72 A Cuban Trip and Letter to Vera Kuhn, undated
25 73 Kenyon Farm, Virginia, 1904
25 74 Garibaldi Rebels in Juarez, Mexico, 1910s
25 75 Paris Nudes, 1920
25 76 Show People, 1928, 1934, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 55)
25 77 Show People, Copy Print, undated
25 78 New York City Scenes, 1929-1930, undated
25 79 Spain Scenes by Hal Kravis, 1936
25 80 Stock Photographs of Venice, Italy, undated
25 81 Miscellaneous Unidentified Photographs, undated
25 Reproductions of Artwork
25 82 Vera Spier Art Jewelry Record Book, 1908
(Woodstock, NY studio)
25 83 Early Childhood Drawings, circa 1882, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
25 84 Cartoons for Wasp (1899-1900), undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 35)
25 85 Paintings, 1940-1947, undated
25 86-88 Paintings, Negatives, Duplicates and Copies, undated
(3 folders)
Box Folder
26 1-2 Drawings and Cartoons (including duplicates), 1941, undated
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 35)
26 3 Carvings, Collage, Sculpture, 1964, undated
26 4 Installation Views, 1946-1951, undated
26 5 Installation Views, Negative and Duplicates, 1946-1948
26 6 Artwork by Others, 1934-1949, undated
Box
35 Oversized Photograph Album, Volume 1
(Oversized material scanned with Box 23, F35)
35 Oversized Scrapbook, Volume 7: Nova Scotia
(Oversized material from Box 24, F9)
35 Oversized Photograph Album, Volume 8: Nova Scotia
(Oversized material from Box 24, F11)
35 Oversized Walt Kuhn Portrait by Pangborn
(Oversized material from Box 24, F28)
35 Oversized Early Walt Kuhn Photographs
(Oversized material from Box 24, F34)
35 Oversized Later Walt Kuhn Photographs
(Oversized material from Box 24, F36)
35 Oversized Walter Pach Portrait
(Oversized material scanned with Box 25, F5)
35 Oversized 18th Street Studio, NYC Photographs
(Oversized material scanned with Box 25, F35)
35 Oversized Early Childhood Drawings
(Oversized material from Box 25, F83)
35 Oversized Cartoons for Wasp
(Oversized material from Box 25, F84)
35 Oversized Reproductions of Drawings and Cartoons
(Oversized material from Box 26, F1)
Box
OV 55 Oversized Photographs of Show People
(Oversized material from Box 25, F76)

4.12: Audio Recordings, 1965, 1969
(Box 26; 0.2 linear feet; 8 audio reels [circa 24 hours], 1 audio cassette)

This series consists of 8 audio reels and 1 audio cassette. Reels 1 to 7 were made by Brenda Kuhn (1911-1993), daughter of Walt Kuhn, as she went through her father's papers from March to November, 1965, on the eve of their accession to the archives. In her recordings, she makes specific reference to letters, artwork, photographs, and other documents found in the Armory Show Records and Walt Kuhn Family Papers. In some cases, Brenda is able to provide witness accounts of persons and events documented in the papers. However, her comments often stray far afield of the papers and art historical figures known to her as she muses on the activities of her own life and her vocation as promoter of her father's work. On reel 6, side 2 she interviews Grace Jones Sarka, wife of Charles Sarka and friend of Walt Kuhn during his early years as an artist in New York.

On reel 8, Brenda Kuhn's recollections are guided by Garnett McCoy, curator at the Archives of American Art, who interviews her about Walt Kuhn, the Kuhn family, and their contemporaries. Selected subjects on reels 1 to 8 are listed with the box inventory. All reels were recorded on both sides at a speed of 1 7/8 inches per second unless otherwise noted.

The audio cassette was recorded on "Walt Kuhn Day" at Kuhn House in Cape Neddick, ME on the 50th anniversary of Walt Kuhn's death in 1969.

This series has not been scanned.

Box Folder
26 7 Brenda Kuhn's Recordings, 1965
(1 of 4)
  • Reel 1, First Side (Side 2): Brenda Kuhn discusses Walt Kuhn's letters of 1936 and vaudeville materials. Selected subjects include Union Pacific Railroad; Kuhn's contacts in Hollywood, CA; attitude towards homosexual men; his personality and manner of writing; the circus; Maine landscapes; the Kit Kat Club and Penguin Club artist's balls; burlesque; Vera Kuhn; Walt Kuhn's vaudeville productions.
  • Reel 1, Second Side (Side 1): Brenda Kuhn discusses Vera Kuhn's date books and Kuhn family Christmas Cards. Selected subjects include a complete description of Christmas Cards and the disposition and exhibition of Walt Kuhn's paintings.
  • Reel 2: Brenda Kuhn discusses Walt Kuhn letters from 1936 to 1946. Selected subjects include Walt Kuhn's stay at Lake Buel in 1941 and in Idaho in 1936; Averell Harriman's career; Kuhn's health, final illness, treatment, and death; Kuhn's cartoons; Kuhn's Cape Neddick, ME house; Mark Hanna; Ruth Johnston, Isabel and Paul Bird; Kuhn's oak tree paintings; Kuhn's anti-Semitism in letters; Jules Pascin.
26 8 Brenda Kuhn's Recordings, 1965
(2 of 4)
  • Reel 3, Side 1: Brenda Kuhn discusses Armory Show records and Walt Kuhn letters from 1936 to 1941. Selected subjects include Brenda's decision to donate papers to AAA; recollections of Fort Lee, NJ, 1909-1919; Ogunquit, ME house; 18th St. studio; Kuhn's animal art; circumstances of Philip Guston taking over WK studio in 1957; La Salle Spier; Spier home in Chevy Chase, MD; Kuhn's searches for landscape subjects; Arthur B. Davies second family as David A. Owen, and his daughter, Ronven Owen; Kuhn's cooking talents and his parents' Brooklyn restaurant, the International House; stage celebrities.
  • Reel 3, Side 2: Brenda Kuhn discusses Walt Kuhn letters from 1941 and 1944. Selected subjects include Kuhn's automobiles; painting methods; Frank di Gioia; Brenda's epilepsy; Vera Kuhn.
  • Reel 4, Side 1: Brenda discusses photographs and Walt Kuhn letters from 1936 to 1944. Selected subjects include Walt Kuhn's transition from cartoonist to fine artist; Kuhn family photographs; community of artists in Fort Lee, NJ, including Jules Pascin, Pop Hart, Paul Bransom, Rudy Dirks; meeting of Walt and Vera Kuhn; Penguin Club Kuhn's Maine landscape paintings; reading habits; Cape Neddick, ME; Perkins Cove, ME and the Laurent family; Alfred Frankfurter; onset of Kuhn's mental illness.
  • Reel 4, Side 2: Brenda Kuhn discusses Walt Kuhn publication Fifty Paintings, and letters from 1920 and 1938 to 1947. Selected subjects include watching her father paint; Kuhn's hobby of carving toys for children; Kuhn's experiences at Lake Buel, MA; Kuhn's guitar-playing; Brenda's plans for a museum in Cape Neddick; Kuhn's smoking habits; Edna St. Vincent de Millay purchase of "Mario"; Kuhn's illness and idea for "State of Maine Follies"; Vera's record-keeping habits; Kuhn's teaching, especially John Laurent; Frank di Gioia.
26 9 Brenda Kuhn's Recordings, 1965
(3 of 4)
  • Reel 5, Side 1: Selected subjects include Durand-Ruel Galleries; Margery Petit Caron; Kuhn's clown drawings and use of pass to circus; Kuhn's costume collection.
  • Reel 5, Side 2: Brenda Kuhn discusses Walt Kuhn letters from 1938-1948. Selected subjects include Walt Kuhn's painting techniques; Paul Bransom, social life at Clark's restaurant in Maine; Ogunquit, ME Playhouse; Kuhn's social life, family life, and involvement with show people; Kuhn's automobiles; Kuhn's rivalry with Picasso; relationship with Gary Cooper; Kuhn's time on Florida's Gold Coast; relationship with Paul and Minna Mellon.
  • Reel 6, Side 1: Selected subjects include Walt Kuhn's reading habits; Cape Neddick, ME; Kuhn family's relationships with the Glackens family; Edith Halpert; confusion over Kuhn's birth date.
  • Reel 6, Side 2: Brenda Kuhn muses on prospects for Walt Kuhn centenary and publications; Brenda Kuhn interviews Grace Jones Sarka, who describes her relationship to Walt Kuhn beginning in 1903, and their artists' community centered around the 23rd St. studio in New York.
26 10 Brenda Kuhn's Recordings, 1965
(4 of 4)
  • Reel 7 (labeled 6B): Brenda Kuhn attends Elizabeth Navis day at Wichita Museum; discusses the Murdoch collection; Kuhn's relationship with Maurice Prendergast and William Glackens; importance to Kuhn of Eakins' painting The Gross Clinic. (Note: Side 2 of this reel is not recorded)
  • Reel 8 (labeled #7), Side 1: Garnett McCoy interviews Brenda Kuhn, November 19, 1965. Selected subjects include Kuhn's feelings about his contemporaries and artist circles; Kuhn's personality and aesthetic, and his attitudes towards art, politics, family, religion, Jews, etc.; Kuhn's work with collectors, especially John Quinn; Penguin Club; vaudeville; Kuhn's 14th St. studio; Clara Davidge; Frederick James Gregg; writing and distribution of "The Story of the Armory Show;" discovery of Armory Show records and Milton Brown; Arthur B. Davies; brief recollections of Edward and Jo Hopper, Edith and William Glackens, Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, personality and death of George Luks, Walter Pach, Abraham Walkowitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Louis Bouché, George Bellows, Robert Henri; Kuhn in Florida.
  • Reel 8 (labeled #7), Side 2: Garnett McCoy interview with Brenda Kuhn, cont. Selected subjects include relationships with dealers Annie Montross, Edith Halpert, the Harrimans, Durand-Ruel, and Maynard Walker; Albert Freueh, Marius de Zayas; Kuhn's attitude towards critics; Kuhn's public relations philosophy; the dissolution of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors; Jules Pascin; Mary Roberts; Kuhn's mental illness; Vera Kuhn; disposition of the estate.
26 11 "Walt Kuhn Day," July 13, 1969
(1 audio cassette)

Index to Selected Correspondents in Series 4

The following is a selective index to correspondents represented in 4.3: General Correspondence, with cross-references to correspondence in 4.4: Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and 4.5: Provenance Files. It is not comprehensive. An effort has been made to index regionally and nationally known artists, Kuhn's patrons and students, models, art historians, writers, museum and gallery staff, dealers, and persons known to be well-represented in other collections at the Archives of American Art. Cross-references to existing letters in other parts of the Kuhn papers and Armory Show records are included selectively. Correspondents who have not been indexed include family members, neighbors, business contacts from his theater and vaudeville work of the early 1920s, and from his railroad car design work from 1936 to 1948.

  • Abeel, Neilson (American-Scandinavian Foundation): 1930 (3 letters)
  • Abercrombie and Fitch: 1948-1949 (4 letters)
  • Adair, William Gleason: 1945
  • Adams, Philip R. (Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts): 1938-1946, 1948-1951 (51 letters; See also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Adams, Ruth Hutchins: 1943-1944 (6 letters)
  • Albany Institute of History and Art (see MacFarlane)
  • Aldis, Graham: 1928
  • American Print Makers (see also Goldsmith, B.K.): 1928 (2 letters)
  • American Federation of the Arts: 1950 (see also N. Anderson, Messer, Pope, Prior, E. Spaeth)
  • Ames, Mary (Mrs. John W.; see Goodyear, Mary)
  • Ames, Winslow (Lyman Allyn Museum): 1934 (3 letters)
  • Anderson, Nesta (Mrs. A. Scott; American Federation of Arts): 1951-1952 (3 letters)
  • Anderson, Sherwood: 1928, undated (2 letters)
  • Angle, Catherine (Mrs. Everett E.; Nebraska Art Association): 1946
  • Anisfeld, Mara: 1932
  • Arden Gallery (see Meigs and Smoluchowska)
  • Arensberg, Walter C.: 1938 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition (Winslow Carlton): 1963 (see also Henry Street Settlement)
  • Arnold, Grace (Mrs. Harry Bartley): 1941, 1945 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Art Students League of New York: 1927
  • Arts Club of Chicago: 1927, 1934, 1956 (6 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Asherman, David: 1936, undated (2 letters including Christmas card with original, signed print)
  • Austin, Darrel (see also Perls): 1940, 1941 (4 letters)
  • Bahr, A.W. (Billy): 1923, 1938, 1945, 1947-1949 (7 letters)
  • Balkan, Edward Duff: 1932
  • Ballin, Hugo: 1937 (2 letters)
  • Bangsbergh, Raymond: 1939
  • Barber, George R.: 1933
  • Barr, Alfred H. Jr. (Museum of Modern Art): 1929, 1934, 1945 (5 letters)
  • Barrie, Erwin S. (Grand Central Art Galleries): 1927, 1951 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Barrington, Lewis: 1932
  • Barry, Bobby (see Provenance Files, "Portrait of Bobby Barry")
  • Bartlett, Frederic Clay, Jr.: 1939-1940, 1942-1943, 1945, 1947 (7 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Bartley, Louise: 1931
  • Baur, John I.H. (Brooklyn Museum): 1946 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Beals, Ralph A. (New York Public Library): 1949
  • Bear, Donald (Santa Barbara Museum of Art): 1936-1938, 1945, 1948, 1949 (6 items including Christmas cards with original prints; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Beerbohm, Marvin (Detroit School of Art): 1938
  • Bell, Janet M. (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art): 1952 (4 letters)
  • Belmont, Eleanor R.: 1935 Benjamin, Ruth: 1940
  • Bernays, Edward L. (see also Doris E. Fleischman): 1928, 1935-1937 (4 letters)
  • Bernhardt, John: 1948-1950 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1947)
  • Beuf, Carlo: 1928
  • Bidwell, Watson (Denver Art Museum): 1936-1940, 1945, 1947, undated (23 letters)
  • Biesel, C.: 1931-1933, 1935 (5 items including Christmas cards with original prints)
  • Biesel, Frances (Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; see Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Bird, Isabel (Mrs. Paul): 1940, 1942, 1944 (4 letters)
  • Bird, Paul: 1938, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1949 (5 letters)
  • Bissell, Julia A. (Mrs. Alfred E.; Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts): 1946
  • Bjorkman, Edwin: 1931, 1934, 1941 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Blackie, John Haldam (Vanguard Press): 1928
  • Bluemner, Oscar: 1932 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1930, 1936)
  • Bliss, Betty: 1931, 1933, 1935 (3 items including Christmas card with original print)
  • Bloch, E. Maurice: 1949 (3 letters)
  • Block, Maurice (Huntington Library): 1938
  • Blount, Rose M. (Denver Art Museum): 1934, 1936, 1938-1939, 1941, 1943, 1949 (8 letters)
  • Boas, George: 1928
  • Boissevain, Engen (see Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Bolander, Karl (Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts): 1928
  • Botkin, Henry: 1937
  • Bouché, Louis: 1949
  • Bowman, Eleanor: 1931 (Christmas card with print)
  • Boyce, Ruth: 1930
  • Boyer, C. Philip (Mellon Galleries): 1933
  • Bransom, Paul: 1938, 1949 (2 letters)
  • Bridaham, Lester B. (Strathmont Museum): 1958
  • Briggs, Berta N.: 1938
  • Britt, George (New York World-Telegram): 1938
  • Brodsky, Harold: 1931-1933, 1935-1939, 1943, undated (16 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Brooklyn Museum: 1930, 1957 (4 letters; see also Baur)
  • Brown, Adele Smith (Mrs. Philip Stoddard Brown; see Smith, Adele; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Brown, Henry Collins (Museum of the City of New York): 1942
  • Brown, Margaret E. (Grace Horne Galleries): 1943-1944 (5 letters)
  • Brown, Rollo Walter: 1928
  • Bruton, Helen: 1930
  • Bufano, Remo: 1928
  • Burroughs, Alan: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1941 (13 letters)
  • Burroughs, Clyde (Detroit Institute of Arts): 1928, 1930, 1938, 1943-1944 (11 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Butler, Roland (Ringling Brothers): 1944
  • Call, Mary Bradish and Leigh: 1930, 1932, 1935, 1936 (original Christmas cards)
  • Campbell, Heyworth: 1926
  • Candler, Duncan: 1927, 1928, 1941 (4 letters)
  • Canfield, Cass (Harper and Brothers): 1937, 1947-1948 (5 letters)
  • Cantor, Eddie: 1923
  • Carlton, Mrs. A.E.: 1952
  • Carnegie Institute: 1947, 1948 (2 receipts; see also Kepper, O'Connor, Saint-Gaudens; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Carr, Helen Renne (Mrs. Raymond J. Carr): 1946, 1949 (3 letters)
  • Carroll, John: 1938, 1939, 1941 (3 items, including Christmas card with print)
  • Carroll, Patricia (Mrs. Anton van Dereck): 1930
  • Cashin, Bonnie (typed copy): 1947 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Catlin, Mimi (Museum of Modern Art): 1948
  • Chapin, Louise V.: 1943-1944 (12 letters)
  • Chillman, James (Museum of Fine Arts of Houston): 1928
  • Clapp, Frederick Mortimer (The Frick Collection): 1938
  • Clark, Virginia and Marshall: 1932-1935 (4 Christmas cards with original prints)
  • Clark, Virginia Keep: 1928, 1934 (2 letters)
  • Clark, Walter L. (Grand Central Galleries): 1930
  • Clear, Charles Val (Akron Art Institute): 1946
  • Coates, Dorothy: 1925, 1948 (2 letters)
  • Coffin, Robert M. (Art Academy of Cincinnati): 1950-1951 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Cook, Helen Fetter: 1931, 1932, 1936, 1938, 1941-1943 (8 items including Christmas cards)
  • Cooper, Gary and Rocky (Mrs. Gary): 1936-1937 (2 letters)
  • Connelly, Marc: 1940
  • Cosgrave, John O'Hara: 1928, 1938 (2 letters)
  • Crocker, Anna B. (Portland Art Association): 1928
  • Crowninshield, Frank (Vogue, Art News): 1928, 1932, 1935-1936, 1940-1943, 1946 (13 letters; see also Graham)
  • Cuneo, Mrs. Rinaldo: 1938, 1940 (3 letters)
  • Cushing, Lily Emmet (Clark Boyd): 1931, 1942, 1945-1948, 1955 (7 letters)
  • Cutler, Ann (Hotel Marguery): 1931
  • Cutler, Carl Gordon: 1939
  • Cutler, Merritt: 1927, 1928, 1942-1945, 1948, 1963 (10 letters)
  • Daniel, Harry M.: 1952-1953 (2 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1946)
  • Davidson, Alfred: 1945
  • Davies Orchards (David Davies): 1928, 1929 (3 letters)
  • Davis, Stuart: 1938 (2 letters)
  • De Bois, J.H. (Kunsthandel en Antiquariaat, Haarlem): 1938, 1939 (3 letters)
  • Dennis, Jan: undated
  • Derain, André: 1938
  • Diamond, Harry: 1948
  • Di Gioia, Frank: 1931, 1933-1948, 1950, 1953, undated (50 items, including original printed Christmas cards)
  • Dirks, Rudolph: 1925
  • Dorgan, T.A.: 1927
  • Dorl, Theodore: 1929, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1938 (9 letters)
  • Downs, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar: 1931-1937 (7 Christmas cards with photographs)
  • Downtown Gallery (see Halpert and Goldsmith)
  • Duckworth, J. Herbert: 1933, 1934 (6 letters)
  • Dudensing Galleries Inc. (Richard Dudensing): 1930, 1931, 1932 (4 letters)
  • East West Gallery: 1929
  • Eggers, George William (Worcester Art Museum, Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm): 1927, 1929 (4 letters)
  • Elfers, Herbert (Durand-Ruel, Inc.): 1945, 1947, 1948 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Ellis, Freemont (autograph print, with card from Sally Lewis): [1923]
  • Ellsworth, Mary Louise: undated
  • Emery, Irene: 1958 (2 letters)
  • Ester, Ruth (model): 1944-1945 (6 letters)
  • Etchison, Bruce (Washington County Museum of Fine Arts): 1951-1953 (22 letters)
  • Evans, Anne (Denver Art Museum): 1933
  • Evers, Fred: 1939
  • Ferrand, Charles: 1919, 1934, 1937, 1940 (3 letters)
  • Findlay, W.C. Jr. (Findlay Galleries): 1939 (2 letters)
  • Fischkin, Rose Mary: 1928
  • Fitzgerald, George F. (model): 1927, 1933 (2 letters; 1 signed "Man From Eden")
  • Fleischman, Doris E.: 1938
  • Fliesler, Joseph R.: 1935, 1938, 1949 (3 letters)
  • Forbes, Edward (Fogg Art Museum): 1928
  • Force, Juliana (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1929, 1932-1937, 1939-1941, 1943 (21 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Fortune (magazine; Deborah Calkins): 1956
  • Fox, William Henry: 1923, 1937 (2 letters)
  • Francis, Emily O. (Contemporary Arts): 1935
  • Francis, Henry Sayles (Cleveland Museum of Art): 1932
  • Fraenkel, John: 1934, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1953 (8 letters)
  • Frankel, Robert (The Art News): 1939
  • Frankenstein, Alfred V. (San Francisco Chronicle): 1940 (2 letters)
  • Frankfurter, Alfred M.: 1938, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950 (10 letters)
  • Fraser, Joseph T. (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts): 1947, 1951 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Free, Karl R.: 1935
  • Freeman, Anna (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1938 (2 letters)
  • Frey, Erwin F.: 1943, 1945, 1947 (4 letters)
  • Frueh, Alfred: 1925, 1953 (2 letters)
  • Freund, Frank E.W.: 1932, 1934-1935, 1938 (7 letters)
  • Friede, Donald S. (Boni and Liveright Publishers): 1927
  • Frink, Angelika W.: 1941 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Gallagher, Edward J.: 1952
  • Gallatin, Albert E.: 1927, 1928 (3 letters)
  • Gardner, Paul (William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art): 1936, 1938-1945, 1947-1950 (26 items including Christmas card with original print; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Gardner, Mrs. William (see Owen)
  • Garrett, Garet: 1928
  • Garrett, Alice (Mrs. John Work): 1938, 1939 (5 items, including Christmas card with original photograph)
  • Gates, Margaret (Studio House, Philips Memorial Gallery): 1935
  • Genauer, Emily (New York World Telegram): 1947
  • Gest, J.H. (Cincinnati Museum Association): 1928 (3 letters)
  • Gise, Margaret (Marie Harriman Gallery): 1938 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Girl in Shako" and "Guide")
  • Glackens, William and Edith: 1938
  • Glackens, Edith: 1938, 1941, 1943, 1949, 1950 (7 items, including outgoing letters of condolence when William Glackens died, and response from Edith with account of his last day)
  • Godwin, Black-More (Toledo Museum of Art): 1932 (2 letters)
  • Goldsmith, B.K. (American Print Makers, Downtown Gallery): 1928, 1929, 1930 (3 letters)
  • Goldsmith, Morton R.: 1936
  • Goodrich, Lloyd (Whitney Museum of American Art; see Provenance Files, "Man with Ship Model")
  • Goodyear, A. Conger: 1934, 1938, 1941, 1949 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, and Provenance Files, "Dryad" and "Man From Eden")
  • Goodyear, Mary (Mrs. A. Conger, also Mrs. John W. Ames): 1936-1942, 1947, 1949, 1954 (44 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Grace Horne Galleries (see M.E. Brown, Littlefield; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Graham, John D.: 1937
  • Greason, Donald (Deerfield Academy): 1942 (discussing Harry Whitney)
  • Grossman, Ted (Edwin Booth): 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1952 (13 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Grumman, Paul H. (Joslyn Memorial Art Museum): 1943
  • Hagen, Oskar: 1938, 1939 (2 letters)
  • Hagerman, Percy (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center): 1949
  • Hale, Dorothea: 1928
  • Hale, Robert B. (Metropolitan Museum of Art): 1950-1951 (2 letters)
  • Halpert, Edith (Downtown Gallery): 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 (7 letters; New Year card 1928 printed with collage of Walt Kuhn)
  • Hall, Porter: 1941, 1942, 1944, 1948 (4 items, including Christmas card)
  • Hanna, Mark: 1942-1944, 1946-1949 (17 letters)
  • Hare, Betty (Mrs. Meredith): 1923, 1930-1935, 1939-1941, 1948 (21 letters)
  • Harper's Bazaar (see Kaufman, Snow)
  • Harriman, Marie: 1946, 1947, 1949, 1958 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Harriman, Mary W.: 1930
  • Harriman, W. Averell: 1936, 1937, 1939, 1948, 1949 (5 letters)
  • Harrison, Preston: 1928, 1929, 1930 (to Mrs. Harriman), 1933, 1935 (8 letters)
  • Harshe, Robert (Art Institute of Chicago): 1928, 1929, 1932 (4 letters)
  • Hart, George Overbury "Pop": 1926, 1928, 1929, 1932 (6 letters)
  • Hart, Jean Overbury: 1948 (2 letters)
  • Hartell, John A. (Cornell University College of Architecture): 1941-1942, 1948 (11 letters)
  • Hartley, Marsden: 1937 (2 letters)
  • Hartmann, Sadakichi: 1938, 1939-1943 (8 letters, 1940 letter accompanied by ink drawing)
  • Harvey, Dorothy Dudley: 1933, 1936 (2 letters)
  • Hatch, John Davis Jr. (Albany Institute of History and Art): 1938, 1941 (2 letters)
  • Hatfield, Dalzell (Dalzell Hatfield Galleries): 1940
  • Haven, Ethel (Museum of Modern Art): 1930 (minutes of board meeting), 1932 (list of names; 2 items; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Hawkins, Frances (Museum of Modern Art): 1943
  • Hayes, Helen: 1946
  • Heicher, Joyce: 1941
  • Heil, Walter (M.H. de Young Memorial Museum): 1943
  • Hein Antiques: 1931, undated (4 letters)
  • Henry Street Settlement: 1963
  • Hess, Thomas: 1953 (Christmas card)
  • Heun, Arthur: 1930, 1932-1937, undated (9 items, including Christmas cards)
  • Hitchcock, Thomas Jr.: 1927, 1930, 1934-1937, 1939 (7 items, including Christmas cards)
  • Hodgson, Daphne: 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1939 (15 letters)
  • Hoffman, Irving: 1947
  • Hood, Gretchen: 1928, 1934 (2 letters)
  • Hope, Henry R.: 1948, 1951 (3 letters; see also Provenance Files, "Sliced Loaf")
  • Howard, Cecil: 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938 (5 letters)
  • Howe, Mrs. Frederic: 1931, 1933 (3 letters)
  • Howe, Thomas Carr (California Palace of the Legion of Honor): 1947
  • Huggins, Wilfrid: 1932
  • Hunter, E.R. (Norton Gallery and School of Art): 1947
  • Hutchins, Ruth (see Adams)
  • Hutton, Ruth: 1931
  • Ingersoll, R. Sturgis: 1942, 1944, 1951 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Young Girl")
  • Javis, Sidney (Museum of Modern Art): 1939 (2 letters)
  • Jeffreys, Lee: 1931
  • Jewell, Edward Alden: 1938
  • Jewett, Eleanor (Chicago Tribune): 1928
  • Johnson, G.M. (to Vera): 1909 (2 letters)
  • Johnston, William: 1927
  • Jonson, Raymond: 1938
  • Joslyn Memorial Art Museum (see Grumman, Kingman; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Kahn, Otto: 1927, 1928 (2 letters)
  • Kaltenbach, G.E. (Art Institute of Chicago): 1931
  • Kanzler, Josephine (Mrs. Ernest): 1945, 1947 (3 items including Christmas card)
  • Kaufman, Beatrice (Harper's Bazaar): 1935 (2 letters)
  • Kaufman, George: 1940
  • Keezer, Dexter M. (Reed College): 1936, 1937, 1941, 1945 (6 letters)
  • Kelekian, Dikran: 1922-1924, 1933, 1937, undated (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Keller, Henry: 1936, 1937, 1938 (3 letters)
  • Kennedy, Jacqueline: 1961
  • Kenefick, Theodore G.: 1956
  • Kennerley, Mitchell (Anderson Galleries, Inc.): 1938, 1941 (4 letters)
  • Keppel, Frederick P. (Carnegie Corporation): 1938 (2 letters)
  • Kerr, George F. (Society of Illustrators): 1930 (2 letters)
  • Kimball, Fiske (The Pennsylvania Museum): 1928, 1939 (2 letters)
  • Kingman, Eugene (Joslyn Memorial Art Museum): 1951 (4 letters)
  • Kirsch, Dwight (University of Nebraska Department of Art): 1941, 1943-1944, 1946, 1950, 1953 (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Kirstein, Lincoln (Museum of Modern Art): 1932
  • Kissel, Eleanora: 1928
  • Kistler, Aline (San Francisco Chronicle, The San Franciscan, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum): 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933 (6 letters)
  • Klopfer, Donald S. (Random House, Inc.): 1940
  • Kohl, Dorothy (Philadelphia Art Alliance): 1945 (3 letters)
  • Komroff, Manuel: 1938
  • Kravis, Hal: 1936, 1941 (3 letters)
  • Kunstverein München E.V.: 1930
  • Kurtzworth, Harry Muir (Los Angeles Art Association, California Academy of the Fine Arts): 1938 (2 letters)
  • Lahr, Bert: 1948 (see also Provenance Files, "Portrait of Bert Lahr")
  • Labaudt, Lucien: 1929, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938 (5 items including Christmas card; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Lamb, James E.: 1928, 1930, 1935, 1937 (4 letters)
  • Larcada, Dick: 1963
  • Laurent, John: 1947-1950, undated (12 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Laurent, Mimi (Mrs. Robert): 1952
  • Laurent, Robert (Indiana University): 1923, 1949, 1953 (8 letters; see also Provenance Files, "Black Butterfly")
  • Lea, Lida Gorwin; 1935-1938, 1942 (8 letters, including Christmas card with original print; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Lenssen, Heidi: 1938, 1943, 1947, 1949-1951, 1963, 1964 (9 letters)
  • Levy, Adele Rosenwald (Mrs. David M.): 1948
  • Lewis, Agnes Knox: 1945
  • Lewis, Sally: 1923, 1939 (3 letters, includes signed print by Ellis Freemont; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Lie, Jonas: 1930
  • Lindsay, Howard: 1940
  • Littlefield, William (Grace Horne's Galleries): 1929
  • Liveright, Horace (Boni and Liveright Publishers): 1928
  • Lovins, Henry (Hollywood Art Center School): 1938
  • Luce, Molly: undated (Christmas card with print)
  • Lundgren, Eric: 1947-1953 (61 letters)
  • Lustgarten, Samuel (see Provenance Files, "Morning")
  • MacFarlane, Janet R. (Albany Institute of History and Art): 1958
  • Macnab, Archibald Leavenworth: 1923 (includes typescript of play "The Sculpting of Money"), 1927, 1929 (2 letters)
  • MacRae, Elmer: 1939
  • Mager, Gus: 1938, 1941-1943, 1946 (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Mangravite, Peppino (Cooper Union Art Schools): 1941
  • Mann, Margo (model): 1950
  • Marie Harriman Gallery (see Harriman, Sardi, Smoluchowska, or Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Matthews, H. L. (The New York Times): 1928
  • Matthias, Blanche: 1923, 1927, 1929, 1931-1937, 1940-1941 (19 items, including Christmas cards; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • McBride, Henry: 1935
  • McBride, Mary Margaret (WOR radio): 1940
  • McCausland, Elizabeth: 1938, 1948 (2 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • McCormick, Chauncey (Art Institute of Chicago): 1938
  • McCurdy, Edward: 1928
  • McDaniel, Beatrice (Mrs. Bruce): 1940
  • McIntyre, Robert: 1931 (2 letters)
  • McKim, William: 1945
  • Meigs, Ruth Averell (Arden Gallery): 1929 (2 letters)
  • Mencken, H.L.: 1945, 1946, 1947 (3 letters; see also Series 4.8: Notes and Writings)
  • Merrick, James Kirk (Philadelphia Art Alliance): 1945
  • Messer, Thomas M. (American Federation of Arts): 1952-1954 (5 letters)
  • Metcalf, Thomas N. (Boston Museum of Modern Art, Inc.): 1938, 1940 (2 letters)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1949, 1956 (5 letters; see also Hale, F.H. Taylor, Wehle)
  • Mellon, Minna (Mrs. Paul): 1946
  • Millay, Edna St. Vincent (typed copy): 1947 (see also Engen Boissevain in Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Miller, Dorothy C. (Museum of Modern Art): 1943
  • Miller, Lulu F. (The Hackley Gallery of Fine Arts): 1928
  • Milliken, William M.: 1936 (2 letters)
  • Minnigerode, C. Powell (Corcoran Gallery of Art): 1928 (2 letters)
  • Montclair Art Museum: 1928, 1932 (2 letters)
  • Montgomery, Gertrude: 1928
  • More, Hermon (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1933, 1935, 1943, 1948-1950 (8 letters)
  • Morgan, Agnes: 1938
  • Morison, David (Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation): 1930
  • Morley, Grace: 1936, 1937-1939, 1943 (11 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Morse, John (see Provenance Files, "Man and Sea Beach")
  • Muguruza Otaño, Pedro: 1928
  • Museum of Art of Ogonquit: 1953 (see also Strater)
  • Museum of Modern Art (see Barr, Catlin, Haven, Hawkins, Kirstein, D. Miller, Pelles, A. Porter)
  • Nadelman, Viola M. (Mrs. Elie): 1947
  • Nankivell, Frank: 1934-1935 (Christmas cards with signed prints)
  • National Arts Club: 1932
  • Newhall, Beaumont (Museum of Modern Art): 1938
  • Nichols, Hobart (National Academy of Design): 1948
  • Nichols, J.C. (William Rockhill Nelson Trust): 1948
  • North, Henry Ringling (Ringling Brothers): 1941 (2 letters)
  • Norton Gallery and School of Art (see Hunter)
  • Norton, Ralph H. (Norton Gallery and School of Art): 1948
  • O'Connor, John Jr. (Carnegie Institute): 1943, 1945-1946, 1948 (8 letters)
  • Oldfield, Otis: 1928-1946, 1948-1949, 1951-1952, undated (111 letters; 1931, 1941, undated include Chritmas cards with print; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • O'Neil, John (University of Oklahoma): 1946
  • Owen, Ronnie (Mrs. William Gardner): 1941-1942, 1944-1946, 1948-1949 (15 letters)
  • Owens, Virginia B.(Christian Science Monitor): 1943 (2 letters)
  • Paley, Goldie (Mrs. Samuel): 1941-1942 (2 letters)
  • Pandolfini, Giuseppi: 1938
  • Pach, Walter: 1938
  • Pascin, Jules: 1921
  • Passedoit, Georgete: 1930, 1931, 1932 (3 letters)
  • Patterson, Augusta Owen (Town and Country): 1930 (2 letters)
  • Paxson, Gordon (Syracuse University School of Art; see Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Peat, Wilbur D. (John Herron Art Institute): 1944, 1945 (7 letters)
  • Pelles, Geraldine (Museum of Modern Art): 1953 (3 letters)
  • Pelton, Agnes: 1938
  • Penfield, Louis: 1945, 1947-1949 (5 letters)
  • Penrose, Julie: 1937, 1948, 1951 (3 letters)
  • Perkins, Frances: 1949
  • Perls, Klaus G. (Perls Galleries): 1940
  • Perrine, Van: 1938
  • Perry, Mitzi: 1942
  • Petit, Margaret: 1928, 1931-1933, 1935-1938, undated (13 items including Christmas cards)
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance (see Kohl, Merrick, Williamson)
  • Phillips, Duncan: 1927, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1944 (15 letters)
  • Pinchot, Ruth Pickering: 1932
  • Poland, Reginald: 1938, 1947-1948 (12 letters)
  • Pope, Annemarie (American Federation of Arts): 1951 (5 letters)
  • Porter, Allen (Museum of Modern Art): 1945
  • Porter, Bruce: 1938
  • Potter, Fuller: 1933, 1934, 1936, 1944 (6 items including Christmas card)
  • Pratt, Mrs. Harold Irving; 1934 (2 letters, plus notes from lecture)
  • Pratt, Julia D.: 1927, 1928 (2 letters)
  • Pressoir, E.E.: 1928 (Guggenheim application), 1932 (2 letters)
  • Price, Frederic Newlin (Ferargil Galleries): 1948 (3 letters)
  • Prior, Harris K. (American Federation of Arts): 1957
  • Purnell, Lewis M.: 1943
  • Putnam, Samuel: 1928 (2 letters)
  • Quinn, John (see also Watson): 1919, 1920, 1921 (5 letters)
  • Quinton, Cornelia B. Sage (California Legion of Honor): 1928
  • Randolph, Lee F. (California School of Fine Arts): 1930, 1942 (2 letters)
  • Raseman, Richard P. (Cranbrook Academy of Art): 1940
  • Rathbone, Perry T.: 1946
  • Reber, Gottlieb Friedrich: 1931, 1932, 1933, undated (3 letters)
  • Redmond, Johnston: 1933
  • Renne, Otto A.: 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940 (5 letters; see also Carr)
  • Renwick, Charles S. Jr.: 1945-1946 (2 letters)
  • Rickey, George: 1937
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey (see Butler and North)
  • Rivière, Nina S. (Toledo Museum of Art): 1932
  • Robinson, Edward G.: 1936 (2 letters)
  • Roché, H.P.: 1928, 1938, 1939 (7 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Rogers, Christopher H. (regarding Francis Rogers): 1930
  • Rogers, Jane: 1932
  • Rogers, Meyric (Art Institute of Chicago): 1948 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Rogers, Will: [1926]
  • Roosevelt, Jean S. (Mrs. Philip James): 1928
  • Rosenberg, Paul (Paul Rosenberg and Co.): 1942, 1946, 1948 (8 letters)
  • Ross, Leola: 1928, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1937 (5 items including Christmas cards)
  • Rossiter, Henry P.: 1928
  • Rothschild, Howard: 1927
  • Roullier, Alice F. (Arts Club of Chicago): 1925, 1927, 1933, 1941 (8 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Rousseau, Théodore: 1935
  • Rumsey, Mary H. (Mrs. C.C.): 1930, 1934-1936, 1938, 1940, 1945, 1949, undated (11 items including Christmas card and receipts for paintings sold)
  • Ryan, Beatrice Judd (Beaux Arts Galerie): 1928, 1929 (4 letters)
  • Saint-Gaudens, Homer (Carnegie Institute): 1931, 1933, 1940, 1946-1949 (18 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Saklatwalla, Ann: 1944-1945 (2 letters; see also Provenance Files, "Bareback Rider")
  • Saklatwalla, B.D.: 1928, 1930-1936, 1941 (2 letters, 7 Christmas cards containing prints, 1931 print signed Jean Crotti)
  • Salinger, Jehanne Bietry: 1928-1930, 1933, 1935, 1946-1948 (includes signed print by Harry Wickey; 17 letters)
  • Salons of America: 1923, 1924
  • Salpeter, Harry (Esquire): 1936-1938 (6 letters)
  • Sanborn, Robert Alden: 1945
  • Sands, Mary (Museum of Modern Art): 1930
  • Sanger, Helen: 1948-1950, 1953, 1963 (16 letters)
  • Sanger, Margaret (American Birth Control League, Inc.): 1928
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art (see Bear, Steele, Story; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Santo, Patsy: 1937-1946, 1948-1949, 1953 (103 letters, some illustrated)
  • Sardi Gina, Anne (Marie Harriman Gallery): 1941-1942, 1947, 1949 (6 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Girl in Shako" and "Guide")
  • Schlesigner, Louis: 1949
  • Schmit, Waldo (Smithsonian Institution): 1936-1949
  • Schulte, Antoinette: 1932-1938 (8 items, including Christmas card with original print)
  • Seiberling, Frank Jr. (Toledo Museum of Art): 1943, 1946 (3 letters)
  • Seymour Halpern Associates: 1945
  • Shapiro, Meyer: 1938
  • Sharkey, Alice M. (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1944
  • Shaw, Marjorie: 1930 (Christmas card with woodblock print)
  • Sheeler, Charles: 1938 (See also Series 4.2: Walt Kuhn Letters to Family)
  • Shostac, Percy (Labor Division, Greater New York Fund): 1941
  • Shyrock, Burnett H.: 1938 (4 letters)
  • Siple, Walter H. (Cincinnati Art Museum): 1938, 1942, 1945 (4 letters)
  • Skeoch, Mary E.: 1934-1936, 1938 (8 letters)
  • Skira, Alfred: 1932 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1933)
  • Smith, Adele (Studio House, Philips Memorial Gallery, Museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington): 1935, 1938, 1939 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Smith, Cecil: 1937-1938 (3 letters)
  • Smith, Gordon M. (Currier Gallery of Art): 1950
  • Smoluchowska, Donia (Arden Gallery, Marie Harriman Gallery): 1929, 1932 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Snow, Carmel (Harper's Bazaar): 1935, 1941 (2 letters)
  • Spaeth, Eloise (Mrs. Otto L.; Dayton Art Institute, American Federation of Arts, The Guild Hall): 1943-1953, 1960, undated (50 letters)
  • Spaeth, Otto: 1943 (4 letters)
  • Spier, LaSalle (brother of Vera Kuhn): 1914-1963
  • Spingarn, Amy (Mrs. Joel Elias): 1938 (2 letters)
  • Sprague, Marshall (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center): 1948 (2 letters)
  • Steele, Mary Oldfield (Santa Barbara Museum of Art): 1953-1954 (4 letters)
  • Stendahl, E.L. (Stendahl Art Galleries): 1939 (3 letters)
  • Stetson, Carroll: 1932
  • Stickney, Dorothy (Mrs. Howard Lindsay): 1941
  • Stinson, Eugene: 1928
  • Story, Ala (Santa Barbara Museum of Art): 1954 (2 letters)
  • Stout, George L.: 1952
  • Strain, Gertrude: 1935
  • Stransky, Joseph: 1927
  • Strater, Henry (Museum of Art of Ogonquit): 1953-1954 (4 letters)
  • Stroh, Earl W.: 1942 (2 letters)
  • Studio House (see Gates, Law, Smith)
  • Swartz, Susan (Art Institute of Zanesville, Ohio): 1943-1944 (7 letters)
  • Swope, Herbert Bayard: 1949
  • Sykes, Maltby (Alabama Polytechnic Institute): 1946
  • Taggard, Genevieve: 1930, 1931, 1933, 1941, undated (13 letters)
  • Tanner, Ethel: 1930 (Christmas card with woodblock print)
  • Taylor, Bertrand: 1945
  • Taylor, Francis Henry (Metropolitan Museum of Art): 1949 (see also Provenance Files, "Blue Clown")
  • Taylor, Henry White: 1938
  • Taylor, Olive (Mrs. Bertrand): 1944-1946, 1948-1949, undated (14 letters)
  • Teague, Virginia (Mrs. R.L.): 1951 (2 letters)
  • Teigen, Peter (Princeton University School of Architecture): 1928, 1929 (2 letters)
  • Thayer, Ellen (The Dial): 1927, 1928 (2 letters)
  • Thompson, Mark B.: 1934, 1935, 1937 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Thorp, George G. (American Federation of Arts): 1947
  • Toledo Museum of Art (see Godwin, Rivière, Seiberling)
  • Toler, Sidney: 1941
  • Todd, Bianca: 1929, 1933, 1934 (3 items including Christmas cards with original prints)
  • Trovato, Joseph (Munson-Williams-Proctor-Institute): 1946, 1949 (2 letters)
  • Tucker, Allen: 1938
  • Turney, Winthrop: 1924
  • Tyson, Carroll: 1934
  • Underwood, Gilbert Stanley (architect): 1938, 1948 (5 letters)
  • Valentiner, Dr. W.R. (Detroit Institute of Arts): 1945
  • Valez, Dr. Xavier de: 1934
  • Venendi, Mario: 1949 (3 letters)
  • Vidar, Frede: 1936
  • Vreeland, Mr. and Mrs. Francis (Toby and Marion): 1934-1938 (6 letters)
  • Wadsworth, Alice (Mrs. James W.): 1940, 1941, 1942, 1945 (8 letters)
  • Waida, Robert: 1928
  • Waldron, James M. K. (Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery): 1936, 1937, 1961 (3 letters)
  • Walker, Maynard: 1946, 1948-1949, 1951-1952, 1955, 1961 (10 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Guide" and "Veteran Acrobat")
  • Ward, William: 1949
  • Washburn, Gordon B. (Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art): 1945
  • Watkins, C. Law (Studio House, Phillips Memorial Gallery): 1933 (2 letters)
  • Watson, John (for John Quinn): 1914, 1921 (2 letters), 1938
  • Watson, Nan: 1928, undated
  • Wear, Verna (Mortimer Brandt Gallery): 1943 (2 letters)
  • Weber, Max: 1938
  • Weber, W.: 1928
  • Wehle, Harry B. (Metropolitan Museum of Art; see Provenance Files, "Girl in Uniform")
  • Weibel, Adèle (Detroit Institute of Arts): 1938
  • Weigel, Paul: 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937 (4 letters)
  • Weinberger, Alfred: 1931
  • Weir, Ernest and Mary: 1945 (2 letters)
  • Weng, Siegfried R. (Dayton Art Institute): 1943 (2 letters)
  • Werner, M.R.: 1928
  • Weston, Edward: 1928-1930, 1932-1933, 1935, 1937-1938, 1941 (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Wetmore, Edith: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932-1936 (16 items including Christmas cards)
  • White, Frances M.: 1945
  • Whiting, F.A. Jr. (Magazine of Art ): 1938
  • Whitney, Harry: 1942 (see also Greason and Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Whitney Studio Galleries (see also Force): 1929
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (see Force, Free, More, Freeman, Sharkey, Goodrich)
  • Wilder, Mitchell A. (Colorado Springs): 1946-1953 (75 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Wilenski, R.H.: 1938, 1939, 1945-1946 (8 letters)
  • Williams, Adele (Women's club of Richmond): 1930
  • Williamson, Ada (Philadelphia Art Alliance): 1927, 1928, 1945, 1949 (19 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts (see Bissell)
  • Wilson, Henry J.: 1950
  • Winser, Beatrice: 1935, 1940 (7 letters)
  • Woelfle, Arthur M.: 1914 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)
  • Woelfle, Georgiana: 1936, 1937, 1963 (3 letters)
  • Wood, Stanley: 1928
  • Zayas, Marius de: 1934, 1939, 1947, 1948 (10 letters)
  • Zügel, Heinrich von: 1904