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Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006

Berman, Avis, 1949-

Author, Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 3.0 linear ft.

Summary: The Avis Berman research material on art dealer and curator Katharine Kuh measures 3.0 linear feet and dates from 1939 to 2006. The materials were compiled by art historian Avis Berman in preparing Katharine Kuh's memoir, which was published posthumously as, "My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator." The collection includes Katharine Kuh's files; Kuh's drafts, manuscripts and interviews for her memoir; and Avis Berman's files relating to the book's publication. Also included is memorabilia.

Biographical/Historical Note

Avis Berman (1949- ) is an art historian from New York, N.Y. Berman is Katharine Kuh's executor. Kuh opened her own gallery in Chicago in the 1930s representing a variety of now well known artists. She is considered a pioneer for women in the field of art.


Donated by Avis Berman, an art historian and literary executor of Katharine Kuh's estate in 2007.

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Location of Originals

  • The collection includes photocopies of Katharine Kuh's correspondence; some of the letters may be among the Katharine Kuh papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The Daniel Catton Rich correspondence is located at the Art Institute of Chicago.