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Avis Berman research material on Juliana Force, circa 1930-2020

Berman, Avis, 1949-

Author, Art historian, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 11.5 Linear feet

Summary: Avis Berman research material on Juliana Force measures 11.5 linear feet and dates from circa 1930-2020. The papers document Berman's research for her book Rebels on Eigth Street: Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1990. Included are letters; notes; articles; interviews; photographs consisting of 93 original Rieser/Force family photographs, mid-19th century through 1940s, 88 contemporary and reproduction photographs, mid-1930s photograph album of 23 original, high quality professionally photographed images of "Cobweb," Force's cottage in Rosemary Lane, Haddenham, Bucks, England; printed material including clippings and 2 magazines with articles about Force and her decor -- Town & Country (1931) and Country Life (1937); audiovisual material including videos and cassette tapes; transcripts; administrative and sales records (Whitney Museum); manuscripts; and permissions.

Biographical/Historical Note

Avis Berman (1949- ) is an art historian in New York, N.Y. Berman wrote the book Rebels on Eighth Street: Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1990.


Donated in 2020 by Avis Berman.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own in the following material: all writings by Avis Berman.

How to Cite This Collection

Avis Berman research material on Juliana Force, circa 1930-2020. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.