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

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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

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