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Abraham Rattner and Esther Gentle papers, 1891-1986

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Series 19: Photographs , 1891-1970s, undated
(boxes 27-29; 1.6 linear ft.)

The majority of the photographs are of Abraham Rattner alone or with family and friends. In addition, there are photographs of Rattner's travels, his first wife Bettina Bedwell and his second wife Esther Gentle, as well as works of art.
The series is organized into eleven subseries:
  • 19.1: Abraham Rattner, 1918-1970s
  • 19.2: Studios, 1956, undated
  • 19.3: Exhibitions, 1950-1970s, undated
  • 19.4: Family, 1940s, undated
  • 19.5: Friends, 1929-1968, undated
  • 19.6: Travel, 1939-1947
  • 19.7: Bettina Bedwell, 1891-1947, undated
  • 19.8: Esther Gentle, 1928-1970s, undated
  • 19.9: Works of Art by Rattner, 1922-1970, undated
  • 19.10: Works of Art by Others, undated
  • 19.11: Miscellaneous, undated
Photographs are on reel 5276-5277 unless noted otherwise.
19.1: Abraham Rattner, 1917-1970s, undated
Included in this series are photographs of Rattner as a young man, as as soldier in World War I, as a young art student, as well as in middle age and an older man. A few photographs show Rattner in his early Paris studio. There are many photographs of Rattner with Bettina Bedwell. Some photos show Rattner at work or with his works of art. There are also photographs of Rattner at exhibitions and in his studio. The photographs are arranged roughly in chronological order.
Description Container
Rattner, 1917-circa 1920s
27
1
Rattner, Paris studio, 1930s
27
2
Rattner and Bettina Bedwell, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
27
3-4
Rattner, including photographs by Alfredo Valente, circa 1940s
27
5-6
Rattner and Bettina Bedwell, vacation, 1946
27
7
Rattner studio, Urbana, Illinois, [1953-1954]
27
8
Rattner at Temple University Citation ceremony, 1954
27
9
Rattner at Aspen, Colorado Conference of Design, 1954
27
10
Rattner signing Illinois Portfolio, 1956
27
11
Rettner designing Chicago Loop Synagogue stained glass, 1958
27
12
Rattner, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
27
13
Rattner in Paris, circa 1965
27
14
Rattner with Gaugin fresco, 1965
Unfilmed
27
15
Rattner with Victory painting, 1967
27
16
Rattner, 1969
27
17
Rattner portraits, circa 1970s
27
18
Rattner attending exhibitions, circa 1970s
27
19
Rattner with works of art, undated
27
20
Rattner, undated
27
21
Rattner in Paris studio, undated
27
22
Rattner in his studio, 1975, undated
27
23
Rattner and Bettina Bedwell dinner, undated
27
24
Rattner and Esther Gentle, 1952, undated
27
25
19.2: Studio Photographs, 1956, undated
This subseries include photos of Rattner's Sag Harbor studio and his studio in France during the 1950s and 1960s.
Description Container
Studio, Sag Harbor, [1956]
27
26
Studio, Paris, undated
27
27
19.3: Exhibition Photographs, 1950s-1970s, undated
Photographs of Rattner and others attending exhibitions of his work are found here. Exhibitions included are the Carnegie Institute; the Downtown Gallery; Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Kennedy Gallery; "...and there was light," an exhibition of Rattner's stainedglass designs for the Chicago Loop Synagogue; and photographs from the exhibition "Our America."
Description Container
Carnegie Institute Painting in the United States, 1950
27
28
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh International, 1950
27
29
Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Water Colors, Drawings and Prints, 1952
27
30
Downtown Gallery, 1960
27
31
Unidentified exhibition, undated
27
32-33
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Alexander Calder and Abraham Rattner exhibition, undated
27
34
Kennedy Gallery exhibition, undated
27
35
And There Was Light, studies for the Chicago Loop Synagogue, circa 1970s
27
36
UNESCO and UN, World on View, undated
27
37
Our America, undated
27
38
19.4: Family, 1940s, undated
An index of photographs taken by Rattner in 1946 is included here. Many of the photos mentioned in this index were taken during Rattner and Bedwell's trip to California in 1946. This subseries also contains photos of Rattner's family, including an undated photograph of his father, his brothers and sisters and their families, and photographs of the families of Bettina Bedwell and Esther Gentle.
Description Container
Family photographs, 1941-1946
27
39-42
Index to photographs taken by Rattner, 1946
27
43
Rattner and Bettina Bedwell's trip, 1946
27
44-45
Family, 1946
27
46-48
Family, 1956, 1964-1965, undated
27
49-51
Family, undated
27
52-55
19.5: Photographs of Friends, 1929-1968, undated
This subseries includes photographs of Henry Miller, Joan Miro, Richard de Rochemont, Weeks Hall, John Dos Passos, and Kay Boyle.
Description Container
Friends, 1929
27
56
Henry Miller, 1940-1943, undated
27
57
Rattner, Dick de Rochemont, Bettina Bedwell, 1930, undated
27
58
Joan Mirot, Juan Mirot, and daughter, 1936
27
59
Weeks Hall, 1921 [1941]
27
60
Friends, 1930s
27
61
John Dos Passos, 1930s, 1941
27
62
Friends, 1940, undated
27
63
U.S.A. trip, Anais Nin, 1941
27
64
U.S.A. trip, Rattner, Weeks Hall, Henry Miller, circa 1941
27
65
René Lefebore Foinet and Bettina Bedwell, 1946
27
66
Unidentified friends, undated
27
67-69
Jim Stinybooch and Judith, undated
27
70
Rattner and Esther Gentle with unidentified couple, undated
27
71
Jack Lawrence with Louis Rattner, 1968
27
72
Rattner, Bettina Bedwell, Kay Boyle, undated
27
73
Rattner, Esther Gentle, Russel Cowles, James T. Sweeney at de Crieft birthday party, undated
27
74
Rattner and Bettina Bedwell with unidentified people, undated
27
75
William Kienbusch, undated
27
76
19.6: Travel Photographs, 1939-1947
This small subseries of photographs include photos of Rattner and Bedwell during their trip to London in 1939-1940, scenery from Rattner and Bedwell's trip to California via train in 1946, and photographs from Rattner's trip from Nevada City, California to New York with Armand and Suzie d'Usseau in 1947.
Description Container
Rattner and Bettina Bedwell trip to London, circa 1939-1940
27
77
Rattner and Bettina Bedwell trip to western United States, 1946, undated
27
78-79
Vacation scenery, 1946
27
80
Cross-country trip with Armand and Suzie d'Usseau, 1947
27
81
19.7: Bettina Bedwell, 1891-1947, undated
Rattner kept many photographs of his first wife, such as a photograph of Bedwell when she was two years old, photos entitled "When We First Met," as well as formal portraits and snapshots from the 1930s and 1940s.
Description Container
Bettina Bedwell with family and friends, 1891, circa 1920s-1947
27
82-92
19.8: Esther Gentle, 1928-1970s, undated
Photographs of Rattner's second wife of almost 30 years include an early photograph of Gentle and her three young sons dated 1928 and photographs of Gentle and Rattner in her studio.
Description Container
Esther Gentle, 1928, 1963, circa 1970s, undated
27
93-96
19.9: Works of Art by Rattner, 1922-1970, undated
Most of Rattner's work is represented in this group of black and white photographs. They were used for documentation purposes, to keep track of which paintings were sent to galleries and exhibitions.
Description Container
Photographs of artwork, 1922-1970s
27
97-109
Photographs of artwork, undated
28
1
Sketches from U.S.A. trip with Henry Miller, undated
28
2
Photographs of paintings, undated
28
3
Negative of Chicago Loop Synagogue stained glass window, undated
Unfilmed
28
4
19.10: Works of Art by Others, undated
A few photographs of works of art by others are included in the collection. This subseries is unfilmed
Description Container
Works of art by others, undated
Unfilmed
28
5-8
19.11: Miscellaneous, undated
This subseries is unfilmed and includes fashion photographs that once belonged to Bettina Bedwell, scenes from Beggar's Opera, and photographs of the Joan d'Arc fresco painted by Paul Gaugin.
Description Container
Miscellaneous, undated
Unfilmed
28
9-15
Scenes from Beggar's Opera, undated
Unfilmed
29
1

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