William Nelson Copley papers, 1948-1967

Copley, William Nelson, b. 1919 d. 1996
Painter, Dealer
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.2 linear feet.

Collection Summary: Papers and gallery records including photographs, writings, announcements and catalogs.

REEL 2709: Announcements and catalogs for exhibitions at The Copley Galleries, Beverly Hills, California, 1948-1949; 97 photographs, mostly of installations of exhibitions at the gallery, and a few of paintings by Man Ray, 1948; and an undated essay by Copley, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Art Dealer," 51 pages in which he describes the brief one year history of the gallery, which exhibited the work of the Surrealists, including Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echuarren, Man Ray, and Yves Tanguy.

REEL 861: Scrapbook, 1953-1967, in 3 volumes. Includes Copley's newspaper column; magazine clippings relating to his work and exhibits; and exhibition catalogs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, New York, N.Y. and gallery owner, Calif. Died May 1996.

Material on reel 2709 donated 1976, by William Copley; material on reel 861 lent for microfilming 1975 by Copley.

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