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Avis Berman research material on Adelyn Breeskin, 1976-1977

Avis Berman research material on Adelyn Breeskin, 1976-1977

Berman, Avis, 1949-

Art historian, Author

Collection Information

Size: 5 items (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian; New York, N.Y. Breeskin was an art historian and museum director.


Donated February 1, 1987 by Avis Berman.

Scope and Contents

Transcripts of interviews with Breeskin, Gertrude Rosenthal, and James Foster; and a draft of Part 1, and copy of Part 2 of her "Profile of Adelyn Breeskin." UNMICROFILMED: Interview of Adelyn Breeskin conducted by Berman September 8 and November 2, 1976. Breeskin speaks of her educational background; working at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum; her early interest in reading and illustrated books; her role as Curator of Prints and Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Sadie May, Claghorn, Garrett, and Cone Collections; the financial management of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Venice Biennale, 1960; and her research concerning Mary Cassatt and Romaine Brooks. She recalls Katherine B. Child, Claribel and Etta Cone, William Ivins, Jr., Gertrude Stein, Alicie B. Toklas and others. Also included are transcripts of interviews with Gertrude Rosenthal, January 14, 1977, and James Foster, December 10, 1976, in which they discuss working with Breeskin. REEL 2786: A copy of Berman's article "Adelyn Breeskin: 50 Years of Excellence, Part I," which appeared in the Feminist Art Journal, Summer 1977; and a manuscript draft and photocopied pages of "Profile of Adelyn Breeskin, Part 2" by Berman. (An abbreviated version of this article appeared in The Baltimore Sun, Oct. 30, 1977).

Microfilm reel 2786 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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