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Ad Reinhardt papers, 1927-1968

Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967

Painter, Educator

This site provides access to the papers of Ad Reinhardt in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 5,160 images.

Collection Information

Size: 3.8 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of Ad Reinhardt measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1927 to 1968. The collection documents Reinhardt's career as an abstract painter, cartoonist, and writer through biographical material, correspondence, writings, printed material, scrapbooks, and artwork.
Biographical material includes personal and professional records, such as passports and membership cards as well as an artist's chronology, and material documenting Reinhardt's time at Brooklyn College and his work for the WPA. Correspondence is of a general nature, including letters from art galleries, museums, and art dealers about exhibitions and artwork, colleges and universities concerning lectures and workshops, and letters from friends, art critics, and fellow artists, including Lucy Lippard, Abe Ajay, and George Rickey. Also found are letters from magazines and various art and social organizations. Writings and notes include calendars, and a small amount of notes and draft writings by Reinhardt. Printed material comprises the largest series in the collection and contains exhibition materials, including invitations and catalogs, and a large number of magazine and news clippings, primarily about Reinhardt's career and modern art, but also covering other topics of interest to him, such as Asian art. Also found in this series are clippings of his published cartoons and artwork. Scrapbooks contain additional printed material documenting his high school and college days, as well as his career. as an artist. Also found within the papers is a small amount of artwork by Reinhardt, primarily small sketches.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) was a painter from New York, N.Y.


The collection was donated in 1969 by Rita Reinhardt, Ad Reinhardt's widow and most of the donation was microfilmed on reels N69-99 to N69-104. At the same time, Mrs. Reinhardt loaned for microfilming additional notes, writings, correspondence, photographs of art work, and travel logs.

Related Materials

Related material found in the Archives includes Ad Reinhardt postcards (to Katherine Scrivener), Ad Reinhardt letters and artwork (loaned material, available on microfilm only), Abe Ajay correspondence with Ad Reinhardt, Marjorie Grimm printed material and letters received from Ad Reinhardt, one photograph of Ad Reinhardt and Colette Roberts by William R. Simmons, and a 1955 painting by Ad Reinhardt.

Location of Originals

  • Reels N69-99-N69-104: Some of the originals returned to the lender, Mrs. Ad Reinhardt, after microfilming.