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Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006

Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006

Berman, Avis, 1949-

Art historian, Author

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.

The Katharine Kuh files contain correspondence; exhibition files; writings and notes; and Kuh's interview with Lily Harmon on J. B. Neumann. Correspondents include Walter Arensberg, Marcel Duchamp, and Edgar Kaufmann. Also included is the scattered correspondence of Daniel Catton Rich with Walter Arensberg, Chester Dale, Katharine Kuh, Samuel Marx, and others. Exhibition files pertain to exhibitions curated by Katharine Kuh for the Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection and one-man shows for Rico Lebrun and Mark Tobey, respectively.

"Sorting Out and Summing Up: Episodes in An Art Odyssey," contains Katharine Kuh's draft versions of book chapters; her manuscripts and interviews; and drafts of chapters that were not incorporated in the published memoir. Also included are manuscripts for the memoir and an annotated version of Avis Berman's interview with Kuh.

The Avis Berman files include correspondence, writings, printed material, clippings, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material. Files document Berman's activities concerning the publication of the memoir.

Memorabilia consists of a monograph and a memorial booklet.

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.


The Avis Berman Research Material, 1939-2006 was donated to the Archives of American Art by Avis Berman, an art historian and literary executor of Katharine Kuh's estate in 2007.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds the Katherine Kuh papers, 1908-1994. Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Katharine Kuh conducted by Avis Berman, Mar. 18, 1982-Mar. 23, 1983. Additional Katharine Kuh material is located at the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication requires written permission from: Avis Berman 407 East 91st Street, 3A, New York, N.Y. 10128

How to Cite This Collection

Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.