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ACA Galleries records, 1917-1963

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series:

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Series 1: Correspondence , circa 1930s-1960s
0.25 Linear feet
Box 1

This series contains Herman Baron's ACA Galleries' correspondence with artists, collectors, and museums. Some of the letters concern Works Progress Administration projects and the American Artists' Congress.
Correspondence is arranged by artist and subsequently by date with undated materials filed at the end. General correspondence is arranged chronologically.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
General Correspondence, circa 1930s-1960
1
1
Burliuk, David, 1943-1963
1
2
Evergood, Philip, circa 1940s-1960s
(2 folders)
1
3-4
Gropper, William, 1939-1943, 1952-1960
1
5
Gwathmey, Robert, 1946-1960
1
6
Hirsch, Joseph, 1958-circa 1960
1
7
Mumford, Lewis, 1937-1940
1
8
Olds, Elizabeth, 1955-1961
1
9
Pickens, Alton, 1957-1960
1
10
Soyer, Moses, 1958
1
11
Weber, Max, 1939-1940
1
12
Young, Art, 1938-1944, circa 1940s
1
13

Series 2: Writings and Notes , 1938-circa 1960s
8 Folders
Box 1

This series contains writings by Herman Baron concerning the founding and the history of the ACA Galleries, ACA artists, and the clash of McCarthyism and American art. Also found are writings by ACA artists Philip Evergood and Anton Refregier, and art critic Elizabeth McCausland.
Writings and Notes are arranged alphabetically by author.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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"ACA Uptown," by Herman Baron, circa 1950s
1
14
McCarthyism and American Art articles, by Herman Baron, circa early-1950s
1
15
Drafts, by Herman Baron, circa 1950s
1
16
"The Humanist Approach in Art," by Philip Evergood, circa 1950s
1
17
Writings and Notes, by Philip Evergood, circa 1950s
1
18
"Photomontages by a Social Satirist," by Elizabeth McCausland, 1938 October 16
1
19
"The American Artists Gift Exhibition," by Anton Refregier, circa 1940s
1
20
"On the Humanity of Abstract Painting," by Meyer Schapiro, circa 1960
1
21

Series 3: Printed Material , 1939-1960
4 Folders
Box 2

This series contains ACA Galleries publications including exhibition catalogs and a calendar illustrated by Philip Evergood to promote diplomatic relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. Also found are newspaper clippings concerning ACA artists and Representative George A. Dondero attack on ACA Galleries for "un-American" activities.
This series has been scanned in its entirety with the exception of duplicates.
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ACA Publications, 1939-1960
2
1
Calendar and Publication Written and Illustrated by Philip Evergood, 1945, 1950
2
2
Clippings, 1939-1960
2
3
Clippings concerning Representative George A. Dondero, circa 1949
2
4

Series 4: Photographs , circa 1930s-circa 1960s
0.25 Linear feet
Box 2

This series contains photographs of Herman Baron, ACA artists, collectors and critics. Those artists depicted are David Burliuk, Bruce Calder, Nicolai Cikovsky, Hy Cohen, Robert Cronbach, Alexander Dobkin, Philip Evergood, Mike Gold, William Gropper, Chaim Gross, Joe Jones, Mervin Jules, Irene Rice Pereia, Geri Pine, Philip Reisman, Vic Shifreen, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, Harry Sternberg, James Baare Turnbull, Nicky Walker, Abraham Walkowitz, Nat Werner, and Art Young. Some photographs are attributed to photographers Berenice Abbott, Arnold Newman, and Alfredo Valente. Also found are photos of works of art and full exhibition installations, many of which are not labeled.
This series has been partially scanned. Photographs of works of art, duplicates, and negatives have not been scanned.
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ACA Photographs of Herman Baron, circa 1940s-1960s
2
5
Baron and Others, circa 1930s-1960s
2
6
Portraits of ACA artists, circa 1930s-1960s
2
7
Unidentified photographs, probably ACA artists, circa 1930s-1950s
2
8
Installations, 1956, circa 1950s-1960s
2
9
Works of Art, circa 1930s-1950s
(not scanned)
2
10

Series 5: Herman Baron Personal Papers , circa 1910s-1963
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

This series consists of Herman Baron's personal papers, many of which predate the ACA Galleries. Included are letters written by Baron during his service in World War I to his wife and friends as well as later personal correspondence. Also found are writings by Baron for the Glazier's Journal, a short play, notes and published short stories. Additionally, this series includes a photograph of Herman Baron in his WWI uniform.
This series has been partially scanned. Only the front covers and those pages concerning Herman Baron have been scanned of the Glazier's Journal and other publications. Additionally, a binder which held Baron's notes has not been scanned.
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Correspondence, circa 1910s-1930
2
11
Short Stories by Baron, 1925-1930
(partially scanned)
2
12
Glazier's Journal/ Glass Digest, 1924, 1963
2
13
"Fist of Wickedness," probably by Herman Baron, circa 1957
2
14
Obituaries, 1961-1962
2
15
Notes, 1940s-1960s
3
1
Notes, Binder, 1940s-1960s
(not scanned)
3
2
Photographs, circa 1917, circa 1940s-1960s
3
3

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