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Alvord Eiseman research material concerning Charles Demuth, circa 1914-2005

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as six series

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1969-1991
0.9 Linear Feet
Box 1

Correspondence dates from 1969-1991 and is primarily comprised of letters to Eiseman, however some drafts and copies of outgoing letters are also included. Correspondence is predominantly related to provenance and authenticity research for the Demuth catalogue raisonné project. Other letters relate to publication prospects, authentication requests, and obtaining photographs of works. In addition to numerous individual collectors, Eiseman corresponded with institutions including Amherst College, Barnes Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Demuth Foundation, Denver Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, National Endowment for the Arts, Parrish Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, Phillips Collection, Provincetown Art Association, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sotheby's, Toledo Museum, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum, and Yale University. Galleries, historical societies, publishers, and magazines are also among the correspondents. A small number of photographs and printed materials are included with the letters.
Description Container Select
A, General, 1972-1988
1
1
B, General, 1971-1988
1
2
C, General, 1972-1987
1
3-4
D, General, 1972-1986
1
5
E-F, General, 1971-1988
1
6
G, General, 1971-1990
1
7
H, General, 1972-1989
1
8
L, General, circa 1985
1
9
M, General, 1972-1989
1
10-11
N, General, 1971-1985
1
12
O, General, 1977-1988
1
13
P, General, 1971-1988
1
14
R, General, 1972-1988
1
15
S, General, 1969-1991
1
16-17
T, General, 1972-1987
1
18
U-V, General, 1972-1987
1
19
W, General, 1972-1987
1
20
X-Z, General, 1971-1987
1
21

Series 2: Writings , circa 1914-1985
1.7 Linear Feet
Box 1-3

Writings date from circa 1941-1985 and include original clippings that date from circa 1914. The bulk of material in this series is a manuscript of Eiseman's unpublished "Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works of Charles Demuth," which includes five parts, as well as numerous lists, appendices, a bibliography, and multiple drafts of certain sections. Eiseman's dissertation "The Study of the Development of an Artist: Charles Demuth, Volumes I and II" is also found here, as well as numerous other writings about Demuth, and a few of his writings as a student. Writings by others about Demuth are arranged at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
"Addenda: Stieglitz and Demuth", circa 1980
1
22
"Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works of Charles Demuth"
"Part 1, Introduction-1908", circa 1985
1
23
"Part 2, 1909-1915", circa 1985
2
1-2
"Part 3, 1916-1917", circa 1985
2
3-4
"Part 4, 1918-1922", circa 1985
2
5-6
"Part 5, 1923-1934", circa 1985
2
7-8
List of Exhibition Catalogs, Brochures, and Articles Containing Lists and Illustrations of Works by Charles Demuth, circa 1985
2
9
List of Institutions with Work by Demuth, circa 1985
2
10
List of Published and Unpublished Material Authored by Demuth, circa 1985
2
11
Appendices, circa 1914-1985
2
12-13
Bibliography, circa 1985
2
14
Drafts, Catalog of Works, circa 1985
2
15-16
Drafts, Chronology, circa 1985
2
17
Drafts, Key to Abbreviations, circa 1985
2
18
Drafts, List of Exhibitions, circa 1985
2
19
Drafts, List of Newspaper and Magazine Articles, circa 1985
3
1
Curricula Vitae, circa 1972
3
2
"Charles Demuth", circa 1982
3
3
Charles Demuth and American Modern Art Movements, circa 1980
3
4
"The Enigma of Demuth of Lancaster", 1970
3
5
"The Figures of Charles Demuth", circa 1980
3
6
Notes on Individual Watercolors and Oils, circa 1980
3
7
Poems, circa 1966
3
8
Review of Behind a Laughing Mask: Charles Demuth by Emily Farnham, 1971
3
9
"The Still Lifes of Charles Demuth", circa 1980
3
10
Student Papers, 1966, 1971
3
11
"The Study of the Development of an Artist: Charles Demuth" Volume I, 1975
3
12-13
"The Study of the Development of an Artist: Charles Demuth" Volume II, 1975
3
14-15
"Unseen and Seldom Seen Drawings and Watercolors of Charles Demuth", circa 1980
3
16
Fragments, circa 1980
3
17
Scattered Notes, circa 1980
3
18
Writings by Others
"Chapter 9: Charles Demuth" by Sherman E. Lee, 1941
3
19
"Demuth in Bermuda" by Charles V. Zuill, 1975
3
20
"Charles Demuth, Lancaster Artist", 1958
3
21

Series 3: Artwork Files , circa 1970-2003
5.8 Linear Feet
Box 3-9

Artwork files date from circa 1970-2003 and are comprised of three sets of index cards that Eiseman used to collate his research on each individual work of art by Demuth. The third set is by far the most complete (beginning in Box 4, Folder 4 and ending in Box 9, Folder 7), and includes hundreds of index cards organized by artwork date, containing the size, medium, signature location, collection, exhibitions, reproductions, and provenance of each work. Most cards are also accompanied by a reproduction of the artwork. While Eiseman's index cards serve as the foundation of this series, subsequent researchers, including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and later Ulrich Hiesinger, added additional information to the files, including photocopies and internet research. These later additions to Eiseman's card index account for the dates of files after Eiseman's death in 1991. A small number of index cards are also included with the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's artwork research files (see Box 10, Folders 9-12).
Description Container Select
Artworks Card Index for Works circa 1895-1934, circa 1970
3
22
Artworks Card Index for Works circa 1911-1934, circa 1975
4
1-3
Artworks circa 1895, Drawing Book, circa 1975-1995
4
4-6
Artworks 1896-1899, circa 1975-1995
4
7
Artworks 1900, circa 1975-1995
4
8
Artworks 1902-1906, circa 1975-1995
4
9
Artworks circa 1907, circa 1975-2003
4
10-11
Artworks circa 1908, circa 1975-1995
4
12
Artworks circa 1909, Sketchbook, circa 1975-1995
4
13
Artworks circa 1909, circa 1975-1995
4
14
Artworks circa 1910, circa 1975-1995
4
15
Artworks circa 1911, circa 1975-1995
4
16
Artworks circa 1912, circa 1970-1995
5
1-5
Artworks circa 1913, circa 1975-1995
5
6
Artworks circa 1914, circa 1975-1995
5
7
Artworks circa 1915, circa 1975-1995
5
8-13
Artworks circa 1916, Titles A-B, circa 1975-1995
5
14
Artworks circa 1916, Titles C-M, circa 1975-1995
6
1-4
Artworks circa 1916, Titles N-W, circa 1975-1995
6
5-9
Artworks circa 1917, Titles A-S, circa 1975-1995
6
10-14
Artworks circa 1917, Titles T-W, circa 1975-1995
7
1
Artworks circa 1918, circa 1975-1995
7
2-7
Artworks circa 1919, circa 1975-1995
7
8-11
Artworks circa 1920, circa 1975-1995
7
12-14
Artworks circa 1921, Titles A-R, circa 1975-1995
7
15-16
Artworks circa 1921, Titles S-Z, circa 1975-1995
8
1
Artworks circa 1922, circa 1975-1995
8
2
Artworks circa 1923, circa 1975-1995
8
3
Artworks circa 1924, circa 1975-1995
8
4-5
Artworks circa 1925, circa 1975-1995
8
6
Artworks circa 1925, Still Lifes, circa 1972-1995
8
7-8
Artworks circa 1926, circa 1975-1995
8
9
Artworks circa 1926, Still Lifes, circa 1975-1995
8
10
Artworks circa 1927, circa 1975-1995
8
11
Artworks circa 1928, circa 1975-1995
8
12-13
Artworks circa 1929, circa 1975-1995
8
14-15
Artworks circa 1930, circa 1975-1995
9
1
Artworks circa 1931, circa 1975-1995
9
2
Artworks circa 1932, circa 1975-1995
9
3
Artworks circa 1933, circa 1972-1995
9
4
Artworks circa 1934, circa 1975-1995
9
5-7

Series 4: Printed and Research Material , circa 1966-1986
0.3 Linear Feet
Box 9

Printed and research material dates from circa 1966-1986. Printed material is comprised of a binder of clippings and loose clippings saved and compiled by Eiseman about Demuth, as well as a few publications including an auction catalog, exhibition catalog, a magazine, and brochures. Research material includes copies of archival documents such as correspondence and school records. Copies of writings by Demuth are also arranged here. The dates of publication or creation of copied material is circa 1917-1980.
Description Container Select
Archival Documents (copies), circa 1980
9
8
Clippings Binder (disbound), circa 1975-1986
9
9-10
Publications, 1966-1985
9
11
Publicity and Loose Clippings, circa 1975-1985
9
12
Writings by Demuth, Published and Unpublished (copies), circa 1975-1985
9
13

Series 5: Photographic Material , circa 1970-1972, undated
0.6 Linear Feet
Box 9-10

Photographic material dates from circa 1970-1972 and includes photographic prints, transparencies, contact sheets, negatives, and slides. One undated folder contains copy print photographs of Demuth and his family. The bulk of the material is photographs of Demuth's artwork that Eiseman collected over the course of his research. Some materials, especially the slides, have descriptive labeling identifying the title, medium, and year, while other materials are unlabeled. Other research photographs include views of the Demuth house, the town of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and pages of a book about Demuth. Additional photographs of artwork ar included in Series 3: Artwork Files.
Description Container Select
Artwork
Photographic Prints, circa 1970
9
14-15
Transparencies, circa 1970
9
16
Contact Sheets and Negatives, circa 1970
9
17
Slides, circa 1972
9
18
Slides, circa 1972
10
1
Slides, circa 1972
10
2
Demuth Bust by Arnold Rönnebeck, circa 1970
10
3
Artwork by Others, circa 1970
10
4
Demuth and Family, undated
10
5
Demuth House and Memorabilia, circa 1972
10
6
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, circa 1972
10
7
Photographs of Demuth Book Pages, circa 1970
10
8

Series 6: Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Catalogue Raisonné Research Material , circa 1970-2005
1.5 Linear Feet
Box 10-12

The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco catalogue raisonné research material dates from circa 1970-2005, but predominantly contains materials dating after Alvord Eiseman's death in 1991, at which time his research material was given to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco by Eiseman's friend Grete Meilman. The catalogue raisonné research continued until 2001, although the project was never completed. Meilman then handed the project over to historian Ulrich Hiesinger in 2003, but the raisonné was still never published. Material in this series dating from before it was given to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco is mostly the photographic prints originally accumulated by Eiseman. The bulk of material here is artwork research files and authenticating correspondence. Artwork research files expand on Eiseman's research found in Series 3: Artwork Files, but do not reflect Demuth's complete oeuvre. In a few instances, Eiseman's original index cards were included with this newer research. Also found here are a few inventory lists, example catalogue raisonné formats, and largely unsorted photographic material and reproductions.
Description Container Select
Artwork Research Files, 1991-2000, circa 1975
10
9-12
Chronological Correspondence, 1991-1994
10
13
Chronological Correspondence, 1995
10
14-16
Chronological Correspondence, 1996
11
1
Chronological Correspondence, 1997-2001
11
2
Lists, circa 1995
11
3
Photographic Material and Reproductions
Figures, circa 1995, circa 1970
11
4
Flowers and Still Lifes, circa 1970, circa 1995
11
5
Poster Portraits and Still Lifes, circa 1995, circa 1970
12
1
General, circa 1995, circa 1970
12
2-3
Sample Forms and Formats, circa 1995-2000
12
4
Ulrich Hiesinger File, 2003-2005
12
5

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