Skip to main content

Arnold Herstand & Co. records and Arnold Herstand papers, 1927-1995

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series:

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1927-1989
0.2 linear feet
Boxes 1, 5, OV 6

Biographical material includes a passport, license, marriage certificate, honors and awards, and funeral guest register. This series also contains material relating to Arnold Herstand's career including clippings; a poster for a colloquy at Walker Art Center in which he participated; correspondence and clippings relating to Herstand's presidency at the San Francisco Art Institute; and printed material on his solo and group exhibitions including the Il Camino Art Gallery in Rome, faculty shows at Minneapolis School of Art and Colgate University, and various regional shows. The scrapbook contains clippings and exhibition announcements relating to Herstand's early years as an artist and educator. Also included is memorabilia Herstand brought back from Europe at the end of his military deployment.
Some material is in Italian.
DescriptionContainer
Curriculum Vitae and University Certificates, 1952-1954, undated
1
1
Marriage Certificate, Passport, and Harness Racing License, 1948-1957
1
2
Honors and Awards, 1938-1980, undated
1
3
Memorabilia, Commemorative Medal, 1927
Oversized items housed in Box 5.
1
4
Exhibition Files, 1957, 1962, 1965, undated
Oversized items housed in OV 6.
1
5-6
Presidency, San Francisco Art Institute, 1973-1976, undated
1
7
Printed Material, Clippings, 1943-1980, undated
Oversized items housed in Box 5.
1
8
Funeral Guest Register, 1989, undated
1
9
Oversized Memorabilia, World War II, 1945, undated
See also Box 1, Folder 4.
5
1
Oversized Printed Material, Clipping, 1949
See also Box 1, Folder 8.
5
2
Oversized Scrapbook, 1946-1963, undated
5
3
Oversized Exhibition Files, 1962
See also Box 1, Folders 5-6.
OV 6
Oversized Printed Material, Poster, 1964
OV 6

Series 2: Correspondence, 1944-1991
0.6 linear feet
Box 1

This series contains the personal and professional correspondence of Arnold Herstand and Nancy McDermott Herstand.
Personal correspondence includes letters between Herstand and his friends and family while he was stationed in Europe during World War II; a photocopy of a letter from Fernand Léger certifying the dates that Herstand studied at the Atelier Léger in Paris; and single letters and postcards from friends and artists including Joseph Beuys, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Malitte Matta, and Pierre Soulages. Also included are condolence notes sent to Herstand's widow Nancy McDermott Herstand, and congratulatory letters to Nancy Herstand regarding her presidency of Arnold Herstand & Co. gallery.
Professional correspondence contains letters written during the years Herstand served as Director of the Minneapolis School of Art (1963 to 1969) and as President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1969-1974), and includes single letters from artists and writers responding to Herstand's invitation to visit or teach at the school. Correspondents include Josef Albers, Eduardo Chillida, Sam Francis, Hans Hofmann, Robert Indiana, Jacques Lipchitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Roman Polanski, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Antonio Saura, Charles Schulz, George Segal, Aaron Siskind, and Tom Wolfe. Also included is a letter from Angelica de Siqueiros, on behalf of her husband David Alfaro Siqueiros, citing political reasons for not accepting Herstand's invitation to visit the school. Also found is a letter from Isamu Noguchi to Edmund Pillsbury, Director of the Kimball Art Museum, regarding four sculptures intended for the museum.
Some letters are in French.
This series is arranged chronologically. Where dates are unknown, letters have been filed at the end of a folder or group of folders.
DescriptionContainer
Personal Correspondence
Letters, 1944-1949
1
10
Letters, World War II, 1944-1945, undated
1
11
Correspondence, 1959-1989, undated
1
12-13
Letters, Birthday Greetings, 1985
1
14
Nancy Herstand, Condolence Letters, 1989-1990, undated
1
15-22
Nancy Herstand, Presidency, 1990-1991, undated
1
23
Professional Correspondence, 1948-1991, undated
1
24-28

Series 3: Lectures, Addresses and Writings, 1960-1981
4 folders
Boxes 1-2

The bulk of the material in this series pertains to the years Herstand served as Director of the Minneapolis School of Art (1963-1969) and as President of Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1969-1974). In these positions, he frequently addressed students and the outside community on matters pertaining to education and art. Included are drafts of an interview titled "What is Intermedia," and drafts on lectures and addresses such as "The Future Art School," and "Conformity and Imagery in Contemporary Painting." Also found are Herstand's writings, including his recollections as a student of Fernand Léger.
This series is arranged chronologically.
DescriptionContainer
Drafts of Interview Transcript, 1967
1
29
Lectures and Addresses, 1966-1973, undated
1
30
Lectures and Addresses, 1973-1981, undated
2
1
Writings, 1960-1963, undated
2
2

Series 4: Artist Files, 1977-1995
1.6 linear feet
Boxes 2-3, 5, OV 6

Artist files contain various materials, including biographical notes, checklists, correspondence, exhibition mailing lists and records, plans for dinner events, price lists, printed material, photographs, slides and transparencies of art work. The files are primarily related to the activities of Arnold Herstand & Co. gallery. Also included is a resume and printed material relating to Ugo Giannini with whom Herstand studied at the Atelier Léger in 1948.
Some material is in Italian and French.
The files are arranged alphabetically by artist's last name or by gallery exhibition.
DescriptionContainer
Bury, Pol, 1990-1992, undated
2
3-6
Connell, Clyde, 1988-1991, undated
2
7
Fahlström, Öyvind, 1990, undated
2
8
Fonseca, Gonzalo, 1988-1990, undated
2
9-10
Funakoshi, Katsura, 1989-1991, undated
2
11
Gérard, Michel, 1990-1991, undated
2
12
Giannini, Ugo, 1988, 1995, undated
2
13
Green, Denise, 1991
2
14
Jewelry Show, 1989-1992, undated
2
15-21
Jones, Sheehan, DePalma, 1991, undated
2
22
Lee, Jenny, 1987-1991, undated
2
23-27
McCoy, Ann, 1989-1990, undated
Oversized items housed in Box 3, Folders 1-13; Box 5, Folders 4-5; and OV 6.
2
28-29
McCoy, Ann, 1977-1992, undated
Oversized items housed in Box 2, Folders 28-29; Box 5, Folders 4-5; and OV 6.
3
1-13
Mosny, Gonn, 1990-1993, undated
3
14
Noël, Georges, 1988-1991, undated
3
15-18
Rotterdam, Paul, 1979-1991, undated
3
19-21
Turnbull, William, undated
3
22
Oversized, Artist Files, McCoy, Ann, 1985-1990, undated
See also Box 2, Folders 28-29; Box 3, Folders 1-13; and OV 6.
5
4-5
Oversize, Artist Files, McCoy, Ann, 1989
See also Box 2, Folders 28-29; Box 3, Folders 1-13; and Box 5, Folders 4-5.
OV 6

Series 5: Printed Material, 1940-1992
0.4 linear feet
Boxes 3, 5, OV 6

This series houses printed material relating to the Arnold Herstand & Co. gallery including exhibition catalogs, announcements, and laminated magazine advertisements. Also found are reproductions of Herstand's artwork on season's greetings cards and on his sixtieth birthday invitation. In addition the series contains printed material relating to Arnold Herstand's artistic activities including exhibition announcements and catalogues, as well as pamphlets containing artwork created by Herstand for performances or events. Found within the material is a poster of Fernand Léger with Herstand and other students.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition Catalogues and Announcements, Arnold Herstand, 1940-1966, undated
Oversized items housed in Box 5, Folder 6, and OV 6.
3
23-24
Exhibition Catalogues, Arnold Herstand & Co., 1984, 1986-1992, undated
Oversized items housed in Box 5, Folder 7.
3
25-27
Exhibition Announcements and Season's Greeting Cards, Arnold Herstand & Co., 1985-1988
3
28
Exhibition Catalogue and Announcement, Other Galleries, 1990
3
29
Oversized Exhibition Catalogues and Announcements, Arnold Herstand, 1950-1962, undated
See also Box 3, Folders 23-24, and OV 6.
5
6
Oversized Exhibition Catalogues, Arnold Herstand & Co., 1984, 1989
See also Box 3, Folders 25-27.
5
7
Oversized Magazine Advertisements, Arnold Herstand & Co., 1987, 1990
5
8
Oversized Poster, Fernand Léger with Students, undated
5
10
Oversized, Exhibition Announcement, Arnold Herstand, 1968
See also Box 3, Folders 23-24, and Box 5, Folder 6.
OV 6

Series 6: Artwork, 1948-1987
0.2 linear feet
Boxes 4-5

This series contains sketches by Herstand and his illustrations published in two monographs:
7 Poems
by Alexandra Crawford and
Ways of Happening
by Bruce Berlind. Also found is Herstand's cover artwork for Bruce Berlind's poem
Three Larks for a Loony
. Artwork by other artists includes a sketch of Herstand by Ugo Giannini, an inscribed drawing by Eduardo Chillida, and an etching by an unidentified artist.
DescriptionContainer
Artwork, 1948-1957, undated
4
1
Artwork, Other Artists, 1979, 1987, undated
Oversized items housed in Box 5, Folder 9.
4
2-3
Illustrations, 1949-1959
4
4
Oversized Artwork, Other Artists, 1948
See also Box 4, Folders 2-3.
5
9

Series 7: Photographs, 1949-1988
3 folders
Box 4

Photographs include images of Herstand's artwork, and of family and friends. Also included are photographs of Herstand at various art-related functions.
DescriptionContainer
Photographs of Arnold Herstand's Artwork, 1949-1951, undated
4
5
Photographs of Arnold Herstand, undated
4
6
Photographs with Family and Friends, 1949-1988, undated
4
7

Series 8: Video Recordings, 1988-1989
3 items
Box 4

Included in this series are three video recordings of segments of "The Art Market Report." The segments include coverage of the Burt G. Sr. and Emily Hall Tremaine collection auction at Christie's in New York and the preparations involved preceding an auction; discussion of original prints and how to avoid fakes and forgeries; review of the record breaking 1988 auction season; and the susceptibility of collectors of African art to fake works.
One videocassette, dated December 19, 1988, has been digitized by the Archives of American Art for reference use.
DescriptionContainer
"The Art Market Report", 1988-1989
3 videocassettes (vhs)
4
8

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.