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Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, 1906-1977

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2.2: Research Material for The Proud Possessors , 1906-1967 (bulk 1956-1959)

Series consists of files stemming from Aline Saarinen's work researching and writing her book, The Proud Possessors, which was published by Random House in 1958. Files consist of notes, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and printed material on art collectors, as well the application for a Guggenheim grant (which was awarded to Saarinen in 1957), Eero Saarinen's notes on the book, a scrapbook of correspondence received in response to the publication of the book (of particular note is Peggy Guggenheim's negative response to the chapter on her), and clippings of reviews and other articles about the book after its publication. Among the correspondents are Bernard Berenson, Dorothy Miller, Bernice Cozzens, Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, Alfred H. Barr (?), Edward Steichen, Francis Brown, Hiram Haydn, Daniel Cotton Rich, John Goldsmith Phillips, George Heard Hamilton, Dorothy Sieberling, Saul Steinberg, Sam N. Behrman, Jean Lipman, Irving Hoffman, Electra Webb, Henry Allen Moe, Peggy Guggenheim, Alice B. Toklas, H. P. Roche, Cy Sulzberger, Clifford Odets, and Alfred A. Knopf.
The material on John Quinn includes correspondence between Saarinen and Jeanne Foster Roberts; letters to Foster from Quinn and his sister, Julia Anderson; a copy of a letter to Foster from William Butler Yeats and a drawing of Quinn possibly by Yeats; material relating to Roger Casement, Foster, and Florence Farr; and photographs of Quinn and Foster, and Quinn with Constantin Brancusi, Picasso and Mme Picasso, Henri Pierre Roche and Erik Satie.
The material on Edward Root includes correspondence between Root and his father, Elihu, dating from 1903 to 1936; letters to Root from Charles Culver, Robert de Forest, Frederick James Gregg, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Duncan Phillips, and Grace Root, dating from 1909 to 1936; and copies of two letters to Edward Christiana, dated 1949.
Files are typically arranged according to format and then alphabetically according to name of collector.
Description Container
Guggenheim Grant, 1956-1957
6
1
Correspondence, 1957
6
2
Correspondence, 1958
(3 folders)
6
3-5
Scrapbook of Correspondence, 1958-1959
(5 folders)
6
6-10
Correspondence, 1959
6
11
Correspondence, 1960
6
12
Correspondence, undated
6
13
Berenson, Bernard
Correspondence, 1953, 1956
6
14
Correspondence, 1957
(2 folders)
6
15-16
Correspondence, 1958
(2 folders)
6
17-18
Correspondence, 1959
6
19
Correspondence, undated
6
20
Aline Saarinen Writings, 1959
6
21
Printed Material, 1959
6
22
Collector Files
Cone, Claribel and Etta, 1949-1956
(Not scanned in entirety)
6
23
Freer, Charles Lang, 1957-1958
6
24
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1957-1959
6
25
Gilcrease, Thomas, 1948-1958
(2 folders; not scanned in entirety)
6
26-27
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1949, 1956-1958
(2 folders; not scanned in entirety)
6
28-29
The Havemeyers, 1957
6
30
Hirshhorn, Joseph H., 1956-1958
(Not scanned in entirety)
6
31
Ingersoll, R. Sturgis and Johnson, John G., 1939-1958
(5 folders; not scanned in entirety)
6
32-36
Morgan, J. Pierpont, 1957
6
37
Quinn, John, 1956-1962
(4 folders)
6
38-41
Quinn, John - Miscellaneous Original Papers, 1918-1927, undated
6
42
Quinn, John - Material Relating to Roger Casement, 1959, undated
6
43
Quinn, John - Material on Jeanne Robert Foster, 1959, undated
6
44
Quinn, John - Material Relating to Florence Farr, 1906
6
45
The Rockefellers, 1928, 1955-1958
(2 folders)
6
46-47
Root, Edward Wales, 1956-1958
(2 folders)
6
48-49
Root, Edward Wales - Original Correspondence, 1903-1949
6
50
Root, Edward Wales - Memorial Exhibition, 1957
6
51
The Steins, 1957-1959
6
52
Webb, Electra Havemeyer, 1957-1958
6
53
Webb, Electra Havemeyer - Printed Material, 1953-1955
(2 folders)
6
54-55
Notes (Notebooks)
A-D (Altman, Barnes, Cone, and Dreier), 1955-1958
7
1
"Freer", 1955-1958
7
2
"Gardner", 1956-1958
7
3
"G-H" (Gilcrease, Guggenheim, and Hirshhorn), 1956-1958
7
4
Havemeyer, 1956-1958
7
5
"I-L" (Ingersoll, Johnson, Hearst, and Lewisohn), 1955-1958
7
6
Mellon, 1956-1958
7
7
"Morgan", 1956-1958
7
8
"Potter Palmer", 1956-1958
7
9
"Quinn", 1956-1958
7
10
R-S (Robinson, Root, and Stein), 1956-1958
7
11
"Rockefeller", 1956-1958
(2 folders)
7
12-13
T-W (Thompson, Walters, and Webb), 1956-1958
7
14
"General Background", 1956-1958
7
15
"Biblio", 1956-1958
7
16
Eero Saarinen's Notes on the Book, 1957-1958
7
17
Miscellaneous Notes, 1956-1957, 1966-1967
7
18
Drafts, 1957-1958
(4 folders)
7
19-22
Photographs
Altman, Benjamin, undated
7
23
Berenson, Bernard, circa 1958
7
24
Cone, Claribel and Etta, undated
7
25
Freer, Charles Lang, undated
7
26
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, undated
7
27
Gilcrease, Thomas, undated
7
28
Guggenheim, Peggy, undated
7
29
Hirshhorn, Joseph H., 1950s
7
30
Morgan, J. Pierpont, undated
7
31
Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. Potter, undated
7
32
Quinn, John, 1918-1922, undated
(2 folders)
7
33-34
Photographs
The Rockefeller Family, 1957, undated
8
1
Root, Edward Wales, undated
8
2
The Stein Family, undated
8
3
Webb, Electra Havemeyer, 1950s
8
4
Unidentified, undated
8
5
Negatives, undated
(Not scanned)
8
6
Printed Material on Collectors, 1955-1957
(Not scanned in entirety)
8
7
Scrapbook, Clippings on The Proud Possessors, 1958-1959
8
8
Other Clippings on The Proud Possessors, 1958-1959
8
9
Book Contract for Italy, 1960
8
10
Book Jacket, 1958
8
11

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