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Allyn Cox papers, 1856-1982

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2.2: General Correspondence , 1916-1982

General correspondence documents Cox's career and professional relationships with artists and architects, art institutions and organizations, federal, state and local government agencies and members of congress; private clients including banks and residences; and private social clubs in which Cox was active.
Cox's work at the United States Capitol is well represented here through correspondence, resumes, legal documents including contracts, condition reports, congressional reports and resolutions, and photographic material. Substantial correspondence between Cox and Representative Frank Schwengel document their earliest discussions when Cox first indicated his interest in the Capitol commission, and their ongoing professional relationship as the work continued. Also found is correspondence with artists Arthur Conrad, Adrian Lamb and Deane Keller who worked under Cox in his capacity as supervising artist on the portraits for the Senate Reception Room; and correspondence with the United States Capitol Historical Society, the office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, and various historical societies and organizations with whom Cox consulted during the research phases of the Capitol projects. Correspondence with Cox's assistant, Cliff Young, is generally filed separately.
14 folders of records including correspondence, memoranda, and contracts, document Cox's work for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
American Battle Monuments Commission records include correspondence and contracts with architects Francis Keally and John Harbeson, and mosaic fabricator Fabrizio Cassio. Also found is correspondence with: architects John Barrington Bayley, Charles Downing Lay, Philip Trammell Shutze, with whom Cox collaborated on a variety of private residences including the Calhoun House in Atlanta, Georgia, and Roscoe DeWitt, who worked with Cox on a commission for St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas, Texas; artists Stuart Frost, Edward Laning; historian Bernard Berenson; interior decorator Emma Romeyn; journalist Joseph C. Harsch; models, including Jay Martin; and writer Katharine Hayden Salter who wrote many letters to Cox on the subject of Kenyon Cox.
Dumbarton Oaks records include correspondence with Mildred Bliss, Venetian Art Mosaics Inc Studio, and others involved in the project to replace Cox's deteriorating exterior loggia mural of Diana and Actaeon with a glass mosaic design of the painting. Cox's work with Venetian Art Mosaics Inc. also extended to other projects, such as the mosaic panels for the General Grant National Memorial (formerly Grant's Tomb), in New York City.
Art Students League correspondence docments Cox's role as instructor at the League, 1940-1941. Art Commission of the City of New York records document Cox's service on the Art Commission.
Correspondence with Nathaniel Pulsifer, and with Essex County Greenbelt Assocation, documents matters related to the Cox Reservation, a property purchased by Allyn Cox in 1940 as a summer home with a barn which he used as his studio, and which he donated to the Essex County Greenbelt in 1974.
Cox's membership in private social organizations, including nomination and acceptance of new members, can be found in the the Century Association, Cosmopolitan Club, and Cosmos Club folders.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically, typically in named files for those correspondents represented with 5 or more items, and general letter files for all others.
Aitken, Webster, 1950-1953
2
8
Alderson-Broadus College (re: Cox's Honorary Degree), 1981-1982
2
9
Aldrich, Chester, circa 1919
2
10
Allen Tucker Memorial , 1960-1978
2
11
Alsop House, Wesleylan University, 1948-1951
2
12-13
American Academy in Rome, 1918-1970s
2
14
American Artists Professional League, 1940s-1970s
2
15
American Association of Museums, 1959-1961
2
16
American Battle Monuments Commission, 1950s
2
17-24
American Battle Monuments Commission, 1950s-1960s
Oversized material housed in OV 13
2
25
American Museum of Natural History, 1950-1955
2
26
Archer, N., circa 1940s
2
27
Architectural League of New York, 1940s-1960s
2
28
Archives of American Art, 1967-1977
2
29
Art Bulletin, 1956-1957
2
30
Art Commission of the City of New York, 1950s
2
31-32
Art Commission of the City of New York, 1950s-1976
2
33
Art Commission of the City of New York, Calendars, 1955-1957
2
34
Art Commission of the City of New York, Meeting Minutes, 1955-1958
2
35-37
Art Students League of New York, 1940-1967
2
38-39
Artists for Victory, 1942-1944
2
40
A, General, 1919-1981
2
41-42
Bacon, Herbert M. , circa 1940s-circa 1950s
2
43
Bancroft, John T., 1973-1974
2
44
Bayley, John Barrington, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
2
45
Bechtel, Edwin De T., 1951-1952
2
46
Beekman, Bob, 1950s-1970s
2
47
Bentzen, Betty and Lyle, circa 1961-circa 1981
2
48
Berenson, Bernard and Mary, 1917-1950s
2
49-50
Binger, Walter D., circa 1940s-circa 1970s
2
51
Bishop, Warner, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
2
52-53
Blakeman, Ray, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
2
54
Board of Education, City of New York, 1960-1962
2
55-56
Bouhan, William L., 1974-1975
3
1
Bower, Jerry, 1964-1967
3
2
Brooklyn Museum, 1958-1981
3
3
Brown, Ellen Morrill, circa 1974-1982
3
4
Brown, Harris, Stevens, Inc., 1950-1954
3
5
Brown, John Nicholas, Roelker Memorial, 1955-1956
3
6
Burns, Charlene and Gene, circa 1973-1974
3
7
Butler Institute of American Art, 1966
3
8
B, General, 1917-1982
includes letter from Barbara Bush
3
9-11
Castle Hill Foundation, 1955-1961
3
12
Century Association, circa 1940-1981
3
13-15
Citizens Committee for the Army and Navy, Inc., 1941-1945
3
16-18
Clarke, Gilmore D., circa 1970s
3
19
Cleveland Trust Company, 1941-1973
3
20
Columbia University, 1972-1977
3
21
Cortini, Publio, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
3
22
Cosmopolitan Club, 1933-1976
3
23
Cosmos Club, 1970s-1982
3
24-25
Cosmos Club, re: Fred Schwengel, 1970s
3
26
County of New York, 1940s-1950s
3
27
Cox, Peter, 1950s-1981
3
28
Cram & Ferguson, Architects, 1939
3
29
C, General, 1934-1981
3
30-32
Dana, Richard and Nathalie, circa 1927-1981
3
33
De Koven, WFUV, 1960s-1970s
3
34
de Manduit, Priscilla, circa 1970s
3
35
Detroit Institute of Arts, 1980-1982
3
36
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 1976-1979
3
37
Dodge, Grover N. and Lydia, circa 1940s-1950s
3
38
Dumbarton Oaks, 1944-1970s
3
39-41
D, General, 1940s-1980s
3
42
Edward W. Minte Co. Inc, 1948-1958
3
43
Emma Romeyn Inc., 1943-1944
OV material housed in OV 13
3
44
Ernest Peixotte Memorial Committee, 1940s
3
45
Essex County Greenbelt Association, 1970s-1980s
3
46
E, General, 1916-1980s
3
47
Farquhar, Robert D., circa 1950s
3
48
Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc., 1945-1950
3
49
Fine Arts Federation of New York, 1940s-1980
3
50
Frost, Stuart, 1953-1976
3
51
F, General, circa 1940s-1980s
3
52
Garland Publishing, Inc., 1979-1980
3
53
General Grant National Memorial, 1964-1966
3
54-55
George C. Marshall Research Foundation, 1964-1965
3
56
George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 1947-1951
3
57-59
George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 1952-1974
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 2
4
1-11
George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association, Knights Templar Project, 1956-1957
4
12-14
Grand Jury Association, New York, circa 1947
4
15
Grand Lodge of North Carolina, 1957-1959
4
16-17
Greener, George C, Masonic Throne, 1953-1954
4
18
Guaranty Trust Company of New York, 1946-1947
4
19
G, General, circa 1934-1982
4
20
Hancock, Walker, 1950s-1980s
4
21
Harbeson, John F., circa 1954-circa 1980
4
22
Harison & Hewitt, 1967-1982
4
23
Harsch, Anne and Joseph C., circa 1944-circa 1982
4
24-25
Henderson, Jack, circa 1965-1971
4
26
Hendrickson, David, 1981-1982
4
27
Hessler, Gene, 1981-1982
4
28
Hobbs, Susan, circa 1980s
4
29
Holland Lodge, 1950s-1980s
4
30
Honeycutt, Ann, circa 1960s-1970s
4
31
Howland, Richard (Dick), circa 1960s-1970s
4
32
Hoyt, Austin and Maggy, 1967-1977
4
33
H, General, circa 1916-1981
4
34
Interchemical Corporation, 1944
4
35
I, General, 1940s-1970s
4
36
Jayme, William North, 1950s-1970s
4
37
Jofa, Inc., 1946-1956
4
38
Jorgensen, Julia Dorothea, 1940s-1980s
4
39-40
J, General, 1940s-1980s
4
41
Keally, Francis, circa 1940s-1967
4
42-43
Kenyon, W. Houston, 1949
4
44
Knowlton, Evelyn, circa 1960s
4
45
K, General, 1940s-1980
4
46
Landau, Sarah B., 1974-1979
4
47
Laning, Edward, circa 1970s
4
48
Lay, Charles Downing, circa 1950s
4
49
Lemon, Janet, 1960-1976
4
50
Linder, Raymond J., 1972
4
51
Lindsay, John V., 1964
4
52
Little, Nina and Betram, 1946-1971
4
53
Lothrop, Eleanor, 1970s-1981
4
54
L, General, 1919-1981
4
55
Mark Twain Memorial, Hartford, 1964
5
1
Markel, F. H., circa 1950s
5
2-3
Martin, Jay, 1964-1974
5
4
McIlvaine, Diana, 1970s-1980s
5
5
Melcher, Betsy, circa 1970s
5
6
Mendel, Mesick, Cohen, Architects, 1973-1974
5
7
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1940s-1960s
5
8
Molinari, Everett, 1970s-1981
5
9
Municipal Art Society, 1940s-1960s
5
10
Murray, Richard N., 1970s
5
11
M, General, circa 1930-1982
5
12-13
National Academy of Design, 1940-1981
5
14
National City Bank, 1954-1958
5
15
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1956-1982
5
16
National Society of Mural Painters, circa 1936-1982
5
17
New York Society Library, 1957-1979
5
18
New York World's Fair Horticultural Exposition Building, 1939
5
19
Norfolk Naval Hospital, 1943-1944
5
20
N, General, 1941-1982
5
21
Old Sturbridge Village, 1952-1956
5
22
O, General, 1949-1979
5
23
Page, Thornton, 1976-1982
5
24
5
24
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1979-1982
5
25
"Pilgrimage to Mecca" Mural, 1961
5
26
Pirie, Robert, 1967-1968
5
27
Poor, Albert Easton, 1948-1969
5
28
Potter, Clarkson N., circa 1956-1982
5
29
Potter, Harriet, circa 1970s
5
30
Potter, Maggie (Mrs. J.H.N.), circa 1960s-1982
5
31
Pulsifer, Nathaniel, circa 1950s-1982
5
32-33
Purves, Austin Jr., 1950-1958
5
34
P, General, 1930-1982
5
35-36
Queens College, 1942
5
37
Quinn, Henrietta, circa 1974-1975
5
38
Q, General, circa 1970s
5
39
Reed, Henry Hope, Jr., 1950s-1982
5
40
Richardson, Elisa, circa 1921-circa 1926
5
41
Ross, Sally Price and Howard, circa 1970s-circa 1980
5
42
Royal Arch Masons (Ray and William Denslow), 1959-1967
5
43
Russell, Richard, 1955-1974
5
44
R, General, 1920-1982
5
45-46
S. S. America Dining Saloon, 1939-1946
5
47
Saarinen, Aline B., 1960
5
48
Saint-Gaudens Museum/National Historic Site, 1947-1982
5
49
Saint Paul's Hospital, Dallas, 1962-1965
5
50-51
Salter, Katharine Hayden, 1961-1977
5
52-53
Schmidt, Elena and Mott, 1951-1980
5
54
Schoenfeld, R. E., 1973-1979
5
55
Scholz, Helen, 1969
5
56
School Art League of New York City, 1942-1943
5
57
Secrest, Meryle Beveridge, circa 1977-1982
5
58
Seymour, Whitney North Jr., circa 1966-1977
5
59
Sherman, Marjorie, circa 1972
5
60
Shipman, Jr., Mary and Arthur, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
5
61
Shurcliff Family, 1934-1981
5
62
Shutze, Philip Trammell, circa 1950s-circa 1980
5
63-65
Shutze, Philip Trammell, circa 1950s-circa 1980
Folder 5 includes lillustrated letter from Shutze
6
1-5
Skogstad, Agnes, 1955-1956
6
6
Smith, Henry Clapp, circa 1950s
6
7
Smith, Katharine Dennis, 1970s
6
8
Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewit Museum, 1950-1976
6
9
Smithsonian Institution, Museum of History and Technology, 1958-1964
6
10-13
Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts, 1957-1982
6
14
Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, 1968-1970
6
15
Spackman, Emily and Flogel, 1942-1947
6
16
State University of New York at Binghamton, 1972-1973
6
17
Steese, Edward (Ned), 1953-1954
6
18
Stout, George L., 1941-1963
6
19
Sturges, William Knight, 1950s
6
20
Supreme Council, Freemasons, 1958-1960
6
21
S, General, circa 1940s-1981
6
22-24
Tennessee State Capitol, 1958-1959
6
25
Theodore H. Smith & Co., Inc., 1962-1974
6
26
Treadwell, Helen, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
6
27
T, General, 1934-1982
6
28
Unitarian Church of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, 1950-1952
6
29-30
United States Capitol
Completion of Rotunda Frieze, 1950-1954
6
31-34
Completion of Rotunda Frieze, Reports, 1950s
6
35-37
Completion of Rotunda Frieze, Reports and Photos, 1950s
6
38
Congressional Reports and Resolutions, 1925-1982
6
39
Contracts, 1971-1981
6
40-41
Cox Corridor Murals, 1969-1975
6
42-44
Cox Corridor Murals, 1969-1975
7
1
Financial Records, 1970-1978
7
2
Fresco Contracts, 1961-1962
7
3
General Correspondence
7
4-6
Plans and Sketches
Oversized material housed in OV 13
7
7
Restoration of Dome Canopy, 1956-1960
7
8-9
Senate Reception Room, 1957-1958
7
10-11
United States Congress Members, 1973-1982
7
12
University Club, 1944-1945
7
13
University of California, 1954-1973
7
14
University of Georgia, Georgia Museum of Art, 1968
7
15
University of Virginia Clark Hall Murals, 1939, 1971-1974
7
16
U, General, 1940-1971
7
17
V, General, 1916-1975
7
18
Walker, John (National Gallery of Art), 1968-1973
7
19
Warner, Sturge and Hilda, circa 1970s-1982
7
20
Weems, K., circa 1960s-1981
7
21
Wellons, Michael E., 1981-1982
7
22
White, Larry Grant, 1940s
7
23
Wilkinson, Burke, circa 1970s
7
24
William B. May Co., Inc., 1974-1981
7
25
Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1919-1982
0.58 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8
Series includes Cox's handwritten manuscripts, typescripts, and notes for several lectures in addition to a collection of index note cards and loose notes on art-related subjects, individual projects, and research sources. The cards also include contact information for people and art-related resources.
Also found is a diary belonging to Ethel Cox, which includes reference to Cox's work on the Moses panel for the University of Virginia, as well as a 1955 diary excerpt in which Ethel Cox recounts a period of illness that Allyn Cox endured in May-June, 1955.
Description Container
Column, "An American Student in Paris," for Columbia University, 1963
7
36
"Eugene Francis Savage", circa 1970s
7
37
Lecture for Bowdoin College, 1967
7
38
Lecture, "Castle Hill Lecture", 1955
7
39
Lecture, "Color and Light in Painting by Roland Rood", circa 1946
7
40
Lecture on Composition and Color, 1946
7
41
Lecture on Mural Painting, circa 1960s
7
42
Lecture, "Wall Paintings in the Alsop House", circa 1951
7
43
Lists and Notes, circa 1975
7
44
Note Cards, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
7
45-50
Notebook, Rome Frescoes, 1937
7
51
Notes, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
7
52-53
Notes, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
8
1-2
Notes for Lecture "The Practice of Mural Painting", 1982
8
3
Notes on Technical Information and Materials, circa 1925-circa 1975
8
4
Unidentified Typescript, 1919
8
5
Diary of Ethel Cox, 1923-1936
8
6
Diary of Ethel Cox, Excerpt, 1955
8
7
Wright, John, 1980-1981
7
26
W, General, 1941-1982
7
27
Young, Cliff and Ann, circa 1970s-1982
7
28-29
Y, General, 1927-1982
7
30
Z, General, circ1 1960s
7
31
First Names Only, A-G, circa 1940s-circa 1980
7
32
First Names Only, H-L, circa 1940-circa 1980
7
33
First Names Only, M-W, circa 1940-circa 1980
7
34
Illegible and Unidentified, circa 1921-circa 1980
7
35
Oversized George Washington Masonic National Memorial from Box 4, Folders 1-11
12
2
Oversized American Battle Monuments Comission from Box 2, Folder 25
OV 13
Oversized Emma Romeyn Inc from Box 3, Folder 44
OV 13
Oversized United States Capitol, Plans and Sketches from Box 7, Folder 7
OV 13

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