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Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987

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Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1919-1982
(Boxes 1-4; 3.5 linear feet)

Series is comprised of Adolf Dehn's personal and professional correspondence, consisting of letters, postcards, greeting cards, and telegrams from family, close friends, artists, dealers, collectors and museum directors. Additionally there is a separate group of Virginia Dehn's correspondence. More detailed description is provided at the subseries level.
The Correspondence series is arranged into 3 subseries:
  • 2.1: General and Personal Correspondence, circa 1919-1982
  • 2.2: Business Correspondence, circa 1923-1982
  • 2.3: Virginia Dehn Correspondence, 1966-1979
2.1: General and Personal Correspondence, circa 1919-1982
Files consist of letters and cards that document his relationships with family, friends, artists and associates and to a lesser extent his work processes and travels. Letters written by Adolf Dehn are also included in this subseries, both in separate folders that primarily contain letters to his first wife Mura, and scattered throughout the subseries in the form of drafted responses to other correspondents.
Notable correspondents include fellow artists George Biddle, Aaron Bohrod, Albert Christ-Janer, Wanda Gág, Reginald Marsh, Abraham Rattner, Boardman Robinson and Frederick Shane; associates from political and literary magazines including Max Eastman, Joseph Freeman, Frederick Kuh, and Scofield Thayer; and former gallery director and print curator Carl Zigrosser. The letters of artist Federico Castellon may be of particular interest as they contain numerous mentions of printmaking processes and descriptions of working with Parisian master printers Desjobert and Dimitri, with whom Dehn also worked.
Description Container
Alexander, Sidney and Frances, circa 1951-1972
(4 folders)
1
11-14
A, 1941-1965
  • A., Ethel
  • Adler, Elmer
  • Adlerblum, Clara
  • Alpine Lodge Resort
  • American Consular Service
  • Arms, John Taylor
  • Audubon Artists, Inc.
  • Auerbach-Levy
1
15
Bock, Valeska, 1927-1947
1
16
Bock, Willis, circa 1930-1932, 1952
(5 folders)
1
17-21
Bohrod, Aaron, 1945-1968
1
22
Braun, Phyllis and Sidney, circa 1959-1968
1
23
Breitman, Bebik, 1951-1962
1
24
Bridgman, Mrs. Luther ("Boots"), 1963-1974
1
25
Butler, Joseph and Dorothy, circa 1963-1973
1
26
B, circa 1929-1968
  • Baker, Mildred
  • Barber, John
  • Barber, Joseph
  • Bassett, Lawrence
  • Bean, Marshall
  • Beecher, Catharine
  • Bendiner, Alfred
  • Benney, Robert
  • Berenda, Dr. Ruth
  • Berly, Rosario
  • Bernstein, Lumarie
  • Biddle, George
  • Biddle, Michael ?
  • Blanch, Arnold
  • Boni, charles
  • Booth, Cameron
  • Bowser, Frank
  • Brenner, Dan
  • Brown, Gladys
  • Bui[ck], Jacob
1
27
Castellon, Federico and Hilda, 1961-1974
(4 folders)
1
28-31
Christ-Janer, Albert, 1940-1971
1
32
Church, John and Noreen, circa 1961-1972
1
33
C, 1935-1967
  • California State Library
  • Calow, Richard
  • Canadé, Eugene
  • Chadeayne, Bob
  • Chambers, George
  • Chappell, Warren
  • Christ-Janer, Marylon and Ed
  • Clapp, Eleanor
  • Clements, Frank Milton
  • Clohset, Virginia
  • Cochran, Daisy Dehn
  • Cole, Sylvan
  • Condé Nast
  • Crafts, James
  • Crowell, Robert
  • Crowninshield, Frank
  • Curry, William Lee
1
34
Dehn, Adolf (to Mura Dehn), circa 1928-1930
(4 folders)
1
35-38
Dehn, Adolf, circa 1922-1960
1
39
Dehn, Arthur and Emilie, 1922-1946, 1963
1
40
Dehn Family, 1940 and undated
1
41
Dehn, Mura, circa 1924-1939, 1969
(3 folders)
1
42-44
D, circa 1920-1968
  • Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O.
  • De[l], Maggie
  • DeKnight, [Avel?]
  • DePeri, Jean
  • Desjobert, Nicole and Philippe
  • Diamond, Lillian
  • Diamond, Sigmund and Shirley
  • Dorne, Albert
  • Dorne, Edna
1
45
Eggers, Alleyene, circa 1933-1935
1
46
E, circa 1924-1967
  • Eastman, Max
  • Eberman, Edwin
  • Egilsrud, Johan S.
  • Eichenberg, Fritz
  • Elser, Helen
  • Elwell, Lulu (Mrs. Hector H.)
  • Er[?], A.
  • Eulau, Henrietta
1
47
Freeman, Joseph, 1925-1927
1
48
F, 1941-1968
  • Fitzpatrick, D.R.
  • Florsheim, Richard
  • Forni, Florence
  • Foster, Betty
  • Frickel, Genevieve
  • Fuller, Mary (Mrs. B. Frank)
1
49
Gág, Wanda, 1919-1927
(2 folders)
1
50-51
Gág, Wanda, 1919-1927
(3 folders)
2
1-3
Gundlach, Robert and Maggie, 1961-1968
2
4
G, circa 1921-1968
  • Gahn, Joseph A.
  • Garfield, George
  • Getlein, Frank
  • Geyer, Linda
  • Gibson, Lydia
  • Gille, Marjorie
  • Godfrey
  • Goebel, Dorothy
  • Goetsch, Gustav
  • Golden, Allen
  • Goldstein, Ben
  • González, Xavier
  • Goodridge, Elinor
  • Greathouse, W.S.
  • Greenstein, Ben
  • Greenwood, Marion
  • Griffel, Maurice
  • Grosz, George
  • Guitar, Mary Anne
2
5
Hempel, Mayra, 1936-1937
2
6
Heyman, Marcus, 1941, circa 1963-1968
2
7
Howland, Gareth, 1919-1925
2
8
Humans, Maria, 1945
2
9
H-J, 1922-1968
  • Hagerman, Percy
  • Hale, Robert B.
  • Hamaguchi, Yozo
  • Harbeson, John
  • Harrison, B[ob?]
  • Haskell, Helen (Mrs. Douglas)
  • Hechenbleikner, Louis
  • Hein
  • Helck, Peter
  • Hempel, Willy
  • Hendricks, Harry
  • Hennefrund, Elizabeth
  • Hodgins, Eric and Eleanor
  • Hoessein, M
  • Horner, Peter
  • Howell, A[?] (Mrs. Peter)
  • Humphreys, Earle
  • Huntley, Victoria
  • Inokuma, Genichiro
  • Jacobs, M.E.
  • Jensen, Karen Marie
  • Jolink, Bette
2
10
Kuh, Frederick and Renata, 1919-1969
2
11
K, 1940-1968
  • K., Homer[?]
  • Keady, Joe (G.J.)
  • Kent, Sally
  • Klau, Judy
  • Klein, Samuel
  • Klemm, Robert (Mrs. Douglas)
  • Knight, Eric
  • Knight, Jere
  • Kretzmann, Adalbert Raphael
  • Kruse, Vera
  • Kumar, Ravi
2
12
Lake, Eileen Hall, circa 1933-1943
(7 folders)
2
13-19
Larrabee, Harold, 1919-1927, 1965
2
20
Lee, Etta, 1932
2
21
Lull, Jeri (Mrs. E. E.), 1968-1972
2
22
L, circa 1920-1968
  • L[?], Jo Ouren
  • La Steed, G[?]
  • Lall, Kiran ("Tookie")
  • Lamping, Mrs. Bernard
  • Landau, Fran
  • Lauritz, Paul
  • Lebeau, Frank (Mrs. Douglas)
  • Lee, Doris
  • Lewis, Sinclair
  • Lie, Jonas
  • Lichtenstein, Samuel
  • Litchfield, Donald
  • Logue, Alberta
  • Lotos Club
  • Luid, Helen
2
23
McBride, Irene, 1937
2
24
Mitchell, Olivia Dehn, 1922 and undated
2
25
M, 1926-1968
  • MacGregor, Robert
  • Mack, Caroline
  • Magill, Wallace
  • Malkin, Jean
  • Malkine, Yvette Ledoux
  • Mandel, Estelle
  • Manuelito, Dennis
  • Marbury, Elizabeth
  • Marks, Gerald
  • Marsh, Felicia
  • Marsh, Reginald
  • Märtens, Klaus
  • Mayers, Ralph and Bena
  • Maxwell, Donald
  • McBride, Henry
  • McCue, Lillian
  • McGee, Olivia
  • McGeeney, Joe
  • McIntyre, Jen and Bob[?]
  • McPhill, Peter
  • Milch, Harold and Harriet
  • Miller, Charles
  • Moe, Vesta (Mrs. Lester)
  • Monahan, Gene
  • Moore, Douglas
  • Moore, Ruth
  • Moyer, Verna
  • Muench, Jack
  • Muir, Willa
  • Mulloy, John
2
26
N-O, circa 1941-1967
  • Nash, William
  • Navas, Elizabeth
  • Nuessle, Amelia
  • Nuessle, William "Bill"
  • Oldfield, E.
  • Olds, Elizabeth
  • Olesen, Anna Dickie
  • Orloff, Arthur
2
27
Orcutt, Lillian, 1919-1968
(2 folders)
2
28-29
Pracht, Gretchen, 1954-1973
2
30
P, 1941-1965
  • Pearson, John
  • Peters, Carol
  • Pfister, Ed
  • Pierce, Bruce
  • Plyer, Freddy
  • Polk, R. Brooke
  • Pritchard, Beth
  • Pollack, Raphael
  • Pollak, D.
2
31
Rattner, Abraham and Esther, circa 1965-1967
2
32
Robinson, Boardman "Mike", 1920-1946
(2 folders)
2
33-34
R, circa 1919-1966
  • R[?bert], Janice
  • Reinhardt, Ed
  • Riccius, Hermann
  • Richardson, Rebecca
  • Roesler, Nora (Mrs. C.G.)
  • Rose, Dorothy
  • Rosenhauft, Hans
  • Rosenev, Simon
  • Ruotolo, Onorio
  • Ryan, Marion
2
35
Schreiber, Georges, 1944, 1961-1972
2
36
Shane, Frederick, 1941-1944
(5 of the 6 letters are illustrated)
2
37
Smith, William, 1958-1974
(5 folders)
2
38-42
S, circa 1919-1968
(2 folders)
  • S., Ellen
  • Salinas, Marcel and Sue
  • Sargent, Lynda
  • Sch[?], Sonia
  • Scherman, Harry
  • Schlesinger, Edward
  • Schless, G.
  • Schmelkebier, Alexandra
  • Schoenberg, Carolyn
  • Scholl, Phoebe K.
  • Schwedel, J. B. Dr.
  • Scott, Hugo
  • Seem, Martha
  • Seldes, Gilbert
  • Seldes, Helen and George
  • Seward, William
  • Shelly, Charlotte
  • Shufelt, Velra Hutchinson
  • Shweig, Martye
  • Slidell, Mrs. John (Hallie Brooke)
  • Slotnick, M.
  • Smalley, Ernest
  • Smith, Bill
  • Smith, M
  • Smith, Maghe
  • Sparks, Maebelle
  • Spicer, Alice
  • Spruance, Benton
  • Steffe[ri?], B.
  • Stengel, Leni
  • Stephen, Harry
  • Stuart, Bruce
  • Swift, Dick
2
43-44
Thayer, Scofield, circa 1923-1926
2
45
Tiala, Viola Dehn, 1919-1942, 1968
2
46
Timberman, Elizabeth ("Timmy"), 1943-1945
2
47
Timberman, Elizabeth ("Timmy"), 1943-1945
(2 folders)
3
1-2
T, circa 1926-1965
  • Thayer, Ellen
  • Thompson, Nat
  • Tiala, Al
  • Trounstine, John
  • Tsiperovitch, Boris
  • Tsiperovitch, David
  • Tuckerman, Elise
3
3
U-V, circa 1936-1964
  • Uhry, Alene
  • Ultes, Elizabeth
  • Untermeyer, Louis
  • Van Veem, Felicia
  • Veltman, Joyce
  • Vereisky, Orest
  • Vroom, Peter
3
4
Woodul, Sallie
(4 folders)
3
5-8
W, circa 1931-1968
  • Wakita, Kazu
  • Weedon, Ella Howell
  • Weinstein, Max
  • Weithman, Joan
  • Wengenroth, Stow
  • West, Clifford
  • Wilder, M.A.
  • Wilke, Wyert[?]
  • Wunderlich, Paul
3
9
Zigrosser, Carl, 1926-1966
3
10
Zinker, Ann, 1932
3
11
Z, circa 1960-1968
  • Zecher, Alice
  • Zellmer, Rev. N.W. (Nel)
  • Zeitt, Elizabeth
  • Zinders, Earl
  • Zucker, Paul
  • Zuckers, Jacques and Nina
3
12
First Name Only-"A-B,", circa 1960-1968
3
13
First Name Only-"C-I,", circa 1926-1968
3
14
First Name Only-"J-N,", circa 1920-1968
3
15
First Name Only-O-S, circa 1927-1968
3
16
First Name Only-V-Y, 1925, 1962
3
17
Unidentified, circa 1920-1968
3
18
Get Well Cards, circa 1968
(2 folders)
3
19-20
Envelopes, circa 1919-1946
3
21
2.2: Business Correspondence, circa 1923-1982
Business correspondence documents Dehn's career and professional associations. Files consist of letters from galleries, museum directors, collectors, publishers, researchers, greeting card companies, researchers, and government officials.
Gallery correspondence includes exhibitions lists, consignment lists, sales invoices and accounts and records galleries from across the United States that sold Dehn's prints and watercolors. Business correspondence documents early representation of his work by the Weyhe Gallery and his long association with both Associated American Artists, an art gallery that marketed art, primarily prints, to the middle class; and American Artists Group, a greeting card company, an organization created to provide work for artists during the Depression by commissioning original artwork. Generally, correspondence from museums and universities contains information about exhibitions of Dehn's work.
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A. Lubin, Inc., circa 1964-1966
3
22
American Artists Group, 1943-1982
(2 folders)
3
23-24
American Watercolor Society, 1955-1969
3
25
Art Source, 1968-1969
3
26
Associated American Artists, 1936-1974
3
27-28
A, 1942-1973
  • A.B. Closson, Jr. Co.
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Addison Gallery of American Art
  • Allentown Art Museum
  • Allied Publications, Inc.
  • American Federation of Arts
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • American National Red Cross
  • Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
  • Archives of American Art
  • Argus Gallery
  • Art Directors Club
  • Art Museum of the New Britain Institute
  • Art Students League of New York
  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
  • Audobon Artists
3
29
Boro Art Center, 1963-1968
3
30
B, 1950-1966
  • Bay Head Cultural Center
  • Balfe, Jim
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Bisonte
  • Book-of-the-Month Club
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Brown and Bigelow
  • Brown, Gladys
  • Butler Institute of American Art
3
31
Carlin Galleries, circa 1962-1977
(4 folders)
3
32-35
Century Association, circa 1959-1968
3
36
Claire Fox Art Gallery, circa 1962-1967
3
37
C-D, 1941-1981
  • Capricorn Galleries
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Carnegie Institute
  • Carter Travel Service
  • Charles and Emma Frye Free Public Art Museum
  • Charles E. Slatkin Galleries
  • Chase Gallery
  • Chemstrand
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Clugston, Sue
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
  • Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Copins, Edna
  • Country Beautiful
  • Cushing Galleries
  • Daytons Department Store
  • DePauw University (John Cain)
  • Doeskin Products
  • Drake, Lawrence
3
38
E-F, 1937-1968
  • Edmond et Jacques Desjobert
  • Embassy of the United States - Athens, Greece
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Estelle Mandel
  • Famous Artists Schools
  • Farrar and Rinehart
  • Federal Support for the Visual Arts
  • Fendrick Gallery
  • Field Enterprises Educational Corporation
  • Fine American Art Calendar Program
  • Fine Arts Associates
  • Finlandia Foundation
  • Fireman's Fund American Insurance Companies
  • Fischer, Rosamond
  • Ford Foundation
  • Fortune
  • Frank Partridge Gallery of Contemporary Artists
3
39
Gallery 10, circa 1959-1967
(3 folders)
3
40-42
Grinnell Galleries, 1965-1970
3
43
G, circa 1956-1966
  • Gallant, Mrs. W.E.
  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • General Theological Seminary
  • Geo. Nix Gallery
  • Gimbel Brothers
  • Glassboro State College
  • Granrud, Carl F.
  • Grier, William H.
3
44
Heath Gallery, 1968-1968
4
1
H, circa 1929-1968
  • Haley, Anne
  • Harmon Foundation
  • Harry Salpeter Gallery, Inc.
  • Hendrika Hobbelink Kaastra Gallery
  • Horner, Peter
  • Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Huntington Township Art League
4
2
I.F.A. Galleries, 1962-1964
4
3
International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS), 1961-1967
4
4
I-J, 1958-1968
  • Indiana Bank and Trust Company
  • International Art Publishing Co.
  • Ithaca College
  • J.J. Little and Ives Co.
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
  • John Price Jones Company
4
5
Kennedy Galleries, circa 1969-1975
(2 folders)
4
6-7
K-L, 1923, 1943-1970
  • Keady, Joseph (G.J.)
  • Kenneth W. Brooks, A.I.A.
  • Ketterlinus Lithographic Manufacturing Company
  • Kircher, Helton and Collett, Inc.
  • Krasner Gallery
  • Le Sueur Country Historical Society
  • Lezius and Hiles Co.
  • The Liberater
  • Library of Congress
  • Living American Art
  • Look
  • Loring's Art Gallery
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
  • Louisiana State University
  • Low, Sanford B.
  • Lutheran Brotherhood
4
8
McKnight, Henry T., 1960-1961
4
9
M, 1945-1968
  • Macy's New York
  • Mark Twain Journal
  • Maxwell Galleries
  • McCormick, Madelaine
  • Michigan State College
  • Mickelson Gallery
  • Milch Galleries
  • Miller, Frank
  • Minneapolis (City of)
  • The Minneapolis Star and Tribune
  • Minneapolis School of Art
  • Minnetonka Center of Arts and Education
  • Mitch Morse Gallery
  • Montclair Art Museum
  • Mostro Internazionale di Lugano di Bianco e Nero
  • Mulert, Johan
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
4
10
National Academy of Design, 1960-1966
4
11
National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1961-1968
4
12
N-O, circa 1939-1966
  • The Nation
  • National Arts Club
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
  • New York Times (John Canaday)
  • Newark Museum
  • New York World's Fair
  • Nina Kaiden Ruder and Finn
  • O'Dwyer and Bernstien
  • Office of the Postmaster, New York
  • Ohio Expositions Commission
  • Ohio State Fair
  • Ohio University
  • Optometric Center of New York
4
13
Print Club (Philadelphia), 1954-1977
4
14
Print Council of America, 1957-1963
4
15
P-R, 1934-1974
  • Pepsi-Cola
  • Palm Springs Desert Museum
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Peter M. David Gallery
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Pratt Center for Contemporary Printmaking
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Print Club of Rochester
  • Rochester Art Center
  • Rockefeller University
  • Rosenwald, Lessing J.
  • Roth and Riseman
  • Rudolph Galleries
4
16
Society of American Graphic Artists, 1948-1972
4
17
State of New York - Department of Taxation and Finance, 1955-1960
4
18
Studio North, 1968-1970
4
19
S, 1951-1967
  • Sachs Quality Stores
  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church
  • Seward, William W.
  • Sigmund Freud Archives, New York
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center
  • State Historical Society of Missouri
  • Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences
  • Styline
  • Syracuse University
4
20
Tahir Gallery, 1974
4
21
T-U, 1949-1966
  • Temple University
  • Thieme, Lillian B.
  • UNESCO
  • University of Maine
  • University of Minnesota
  • Union Tipografica Editorial Hispano Americana (UTEHA)
4
22
United States Department of State, 1949-1964
4
23
United States Gypsum Company, 1964
4
24
United States Information Agency, 1964
4
25
University of Missouri, 1960-1962
4
26
Veltman Gallery, 1960-1964
4
27
Vera Lazuk Gallery, circa 1952-1968
(2 folders)
4
28-29
Viking Press, 1953-1972
4
30
V-Y, 1947-1966
  • Verlag Mensch und Arbeit
  • Village Art Center
  • Voice of American
  • Wadsworth Atheneum
  • Wagner College
  • Waldemar Medical Research Foundation
  • Walker Art Center
  • WCET
  • Weddige, Emil
  • Werner, Alfred
  • Who's Who
  • Woodmere Art Festival
  • World Biography
  • York Art Center
4
31
2.3: Virginia Dehn Correspondence, 1968-1979
Files consist of the general, personal and business correspondence of Virginia Dehn. General A-Z correspondence includes both personal letters, including notes her sister-in-law Viola Tiala recalling Dehn's early years and business letters, primarily from galleries and museums concerning her or her late husband's art work. There are separate files of condolence letters and cards received from friends and associates. Additionally there are several files of correspondence with the University of Missouri Press related to the publication of a book on the prints and drawings of Adolf Dehn, which includes signed contracts and third-party correspondence with Dehn collectors.
Description Container
General A-Z, 1966-1979
(2 folders)
  • Artists Equity Association
  • Biddle, George
  • Bohrod, Aaron
  • Bowser, Frank
  • Chelsea Art Festival
  • Constantine, Mildred
  • Dasburg, Al and Ann
  • Eastern States Art Exhibition
  • Fiene, Ernest
  • Gareck, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
  • Granrud, Carl
  • International Exhibitions Foundation
  • Larcada Gallery
  • Lewis
  • Oehlschlaeger, Everett
  • Ogg, Oscar
  • Perls, Frank
  • Peter M. David Gallery
  • Phamp, Evelyn
  • Pope, Mrs. John
  • Preventive Medicine Institute-Strang Clinic
  • Smith, Kim
  • Solomon, Elke
  • Sussman, Bonnie K.
  • Tiala, Violet
  • Zigrosser, Carl
4
31-32
General - First Names Only, circa 1966-1974
4
33
Condolence Letters, 1968
(4 folders)
4
34-37
Condolence Cards, 1968
4
38
Insurance Companies, 1968-1979
4
39
University of Missouri Press, 1968-1976
(4 folders)
4
40-43
University of Missouri Press - Insurance, 1970
4
44

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