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Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers, 1861-1980

Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers, 1861-1980

Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981

Art historian, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 19.1 linear feet

Summary: Correspondence, subject filed, photographs, financial records, typescripts, research materials, sound recordings, and printed material.

REELS 1373-1377: 188 subject files of research material on American still life painters, containing correspondence about the artists, biographical information, research notes, manuscripts of AFTER THE HUNT and REALITY OF APPEARANCE, various catalogs and articles, photograph of works of art, of artists and their studios, exhibition catlogs, and clippings.

REELS 2398-2399: Personal and business correspondence; photographs of Frankenstein and others; photocopies of a family photograph album; financial documents, including contracts with publishers, and income tax records; five notebooks containing clippings, typed quotations, and handwritten notes.

REEL 3482: Letter to Frankenstein from Stanton Macdonald-Wright, January 8, 1972, discussing synchromism, orphism, and the difference between the two groups, making reference to the work of Robert Delaunay and Morgan Russell.

UNMICROFILMED: Research material concerning American self-portraits, Karel Appel, John Singleton Copley, Christo, John F. Francis, John Haberle, William Sidney Mount, and John Frederick Peto; loan agreements for the art exhibit of the Expo '74 World's Fair; photographs, negatives, and transparencies of works of art; typescripts of published writings, including articles for the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE; reports, memoranda, and minutes of the San Francisco Art Commission; 2 pencil sketches by John Haberle; phonograph records and tapes; exhibition catalogs; and other printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art critic and art historian; San Francisco, Calif. Wrote extensively on American art, particularly William Michael Harnett.


Letter on reel 3482 donated 1972 by Frankenstein. Materials on reels 1373-1377 lent for microfilming 1978, and subsequently given with all other materials in 1981 from the estate of Alfred Frankenstein, via John Frankenstein, Frankenstein's son.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 1373-1377, 2398-2399, and 3482 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers, 1861-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.