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Ary Stillman papers, 1924-1979

Stillman, Ary, 1891-1967



Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 4 reels); 2 Videocassettes, Unmicrofilmed

Summary: Printed material, photographs, correspondence, reminiscences, diaries, and videotapes.
REELS 99-100: Photographs; reminiscences; Frances Stillman's diary of a 1952 trip to Europe; and clippings and catalogs.
REEL 1772: Correspondence, 1976-1979, between Frances Stillman and Clement Greenberg regarding Ary's work; a 109 page reminiscence, dictated by Stillman and supplemented by Frances, covering his early life, his move to the United States, and subsequent trips abroad; excerpts from Frances' diary; and Stillman's remarks about his art.
REEL 1773: A list of museums with work by Stillman; clippings and an article on Stillman; 3 exhibition catalogs; and a scrapbook, 1967-1972, documenting the establishment of the Stillman-Lack Foundation, containing notes by James Chillman, Jr., Director Emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the first catalog published by the foundation, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and announcements from Stillman exhibitions.
VIDEO RECORDINGS: Two VHS videos. One, produced by Pearlman Productions, Houston, Tex., 1983, is excerpts of a conversation Sid Lash held with Frances Stillman on her husband's paintings for KHOU-TV, Houston, February 20, 1969 (10 minutes). The other,"Ary Stillman: 58 years of painting," was produced and directed by Henry L. Thomas, director of Technical Instruction for the Spring Branch Independent School District, and narrated by Frances Stillman (55 min.) In both videos, Mrs. Stillman discusses her husband's paintings as they are shown.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y. Born in Russia, he emigrated to the United States at the turn of the century.


Material on reels 99-100 and 1773 (fr. 5-57) donated 1967 and 1980 by Frances Stillman, Ary Stillman's widow and president of the Stillman- Lack Foundation (; she donated the videos in 1985. Material on reel 1772 and the scrapbook on reel 1773 were lent for microfilming by the Stillman-Lack Foundation, 1980.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 1772 and scrapbook on reel 1773: Originals in the Stillman-Lack Foundation (, Houston, Tex.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 99-100 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

35mm microfilm reel 1772 Unavailable through interlibrary loan until restriction is lifted.

35mm microfilm reel 1773 available for use through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Reel 1772: ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Ary Stillman papers, 1924-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.