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Bernard J. Reis papers, circa 1913-1983

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical and Family Papers , circa 1943-1975
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series contains scattered biographical material and family papers. Found here are a biographical essay written by Reis, a birthday "report" given to him by friends and coworkers, and a caricature of Reis by Abe Birnbaum. Also included are clippings and correspondence associated with Rebecca Reis's 1963 cookbook, The Unharried Hostess, clippings and exhibition announcements regarding the art career of their daughter, Barbara Reis Poe, and memorabilia from tours of the Reis house and art collection.
Description Container Select
Bernard Reis Biographical Information, circa 1970-1975
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1
Birthday "Report", 1955
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2
Caricature of Bernard Reis by Abe Birnbaum, undated
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3
Rebecca Reis Cookbook Clippings, 1963-1965
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4
Rebecca Reis Cookbook Correspondence, circa 1963-1965
1
5
Barbara Reis Poe Clippings, circa 1943-1970
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6
Barbara Reis Poe Exhibition Announcements, circa 1945-1976
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7
Tours of Reis House and Collection, circa 1948-1978
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8

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1935-1979
0.2 Linear Feet
Box 1, OV 3

Reis's correspondence is with friends, colleagues, art associations, museums, and galleries. Also found are letters sent to Rebecca Reis after Bernard's death. Researchers should note that additional letters of significance are located in Art of This Century and Peggy Guggenheim Foundation records, Mark Rothko Estate papers, and the "Letters from Artists" scrapbook.
Of note is correspondence with friends and artists, including Marc Chagall, William Congdon, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, and Laurence Vail, as well as other notable members of the art world, such as Sir Herbert Read. This series also contains correspondence from art organizations, art associations, museums, and galleries, including the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Fogg Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Walters Art Gallery.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name. Persons with three or fewer pieces of correspondence are filed in the miscellaneous folders, which are also arranged alphabetically.
Description Container Select
Albee, Edward, 1967
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9
Campigli, Massimo, circa 1935-1964
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10
Chagall, Ida and Meyer, Franz, circa 1949-1961
(Oversized item housed in OV 3)
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11
Chagall, Marc and Haggard, Virginia, circa 1946-1952
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12
Chagall, Marc and Valentina "Vava", 1953-1964
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13
Condolence Letters, 1978-1979
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14
Congdon, William "Bill", circa 1963-1978
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15
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1950-1961
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16
Fogg Art Museum, 1954-1975
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17
Guston, Philip, circa 1968
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18
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1977
1
19
Lasker, Mary and Albert, circa 1951-1966
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20
Lipchitz, Jacques, circa 1936-1978
1
21
Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1951
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22
Matta, Roberto, circa 1950-1959
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23
Motherwell, Robert "Bob", circa 1965
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24
The Museum of Modern Art, circa 1950-1970
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25
Read, Herbert, circa 1960-1968
1
26
Sert, Josep Lluis "Jose Luis", circa 1975-1978
1
27
Vail, Laurence, 1967
1
28
Van Doesburg, Nelly and Theo, 1951-1952
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29
Walters Art Gallery, 1958
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30
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1976-1977
1
31
Miscellaneous Correspondence: A-H, circa 1950-1978
(Includes Joseph and Jean (Erdman) Campbell)
1
32
Miscellaneous Correspondence: J-T, circa 1947-1979
(Includes Paul Jenkins, Frederick J. Kiesler, Franz Kline, Abraham Rattner, Larry Rivers, Peter Selz)
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33
Miscellaneous Correspondence: V-Y, circa 1960-1978
(Includes Gore Vidal)
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34
Oversize Correspondence, Ida Chagall, 1949
(Oversized item from Box 1, Folder 11)
OV 3

Series 3: Professional Files , circa 1947-1975
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series contains documentation of Reis's professional career, including copies of Walter De Maria and William Randolph Hearst's correspondence, a file on Cambridge art gallery Kettle's Yard, miscellaneous legal documents and reports, and Marlborough Gallery records from Reis's time as the New York director.
Also found are copies of wills drawn up by Reis. Included are the wills of Edward Albee, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Eliot, Jane Winslow Eliot, Peggy Guggenheim, Adele M. Hatfield, William R.H. Hatfield, Josephine Johnson, Lester Johnson, Ludwig L. Lawrence, Conrad Marca-Relli, Edward Meneeley, Ray Parker, Beverly Pepper, Curtis G. Pepper, James Donald Prendergast, Abraham Rattner, Esther Rattner, Man Ray, Larry Rivers, and Albert Vanderburg.
Description Container Select
Walter De Maria Letters with Museum of Contemporary Art, 1967-1968
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35
William Randolph Hearst Letters to George Hearst, circa 1885
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36
Kettle's Yard, 1962-1968
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37
Franz Kline Interview and Speech, 1954-1961
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38
Legal Documents, circa 1974-1975
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39
Marlborough Gallery Records, 1965-1974
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40
Report on Lawrence Rubin, 1974
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41
Wills, A-P, 1959-1968
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42
Wills, R-V, 1947-1970
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43

Series 4: Art of This Century and Peggy Guggenheim Foundation Records , circa 1942-1978
0.2 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series includes documentation of Reis's friendship with Peggy Guggenheim, his involvement with her gallery, Art of This Century, and with the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation. It is comprised of Art of This Century accountant's reports, an essay by Art of This Century architect Frederick J. Kiesler, papers concerning Art of This Century exhibitions and films, a catalog of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Peggy Guggenheim Foundation dissolution documents, foundation meeting minutes, papers concerning the transfer of the foundation's holdings to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, papers referencing gifts to museums, and news and magazine clippings. Also found are correspondence between Peggy Guggenheim and Bernard and Rebecca Reis, correspondence between Peggy Guggenheim and her son, Sindbad Vail, and assorted financial correspondence.
Description Container Select
Art of This Century Accountants' Reports, 1942-1943
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44
Art of This Century Accountants' Reports, 1944-1946
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45
Art of This Century Architect's Essay, circa 1942-1947
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46
Art of This Century Exhibitions, circa 1942-1947
1
47
Art of This Century Films, 1948-1952
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48
Collection Catalog, circa 1960
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49
Correspondence, Peggy Guggenheim and Bernard & Rebecca Reis, circa 1947-1951
1
50
Correspondence, Peggy Guggenheim and Bernard & Rebecca Reis, circa 1951-1958
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51
Correspondence, Peggy Guggenheim and Bernard & Rebecca Reis, circa 1959-1976
1
52
Correspondence, Peggy Guggenheim and Sindbad Vail, circa 1958
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53
Financial Correspondence, 1948-1952
1
54
Foundation Dissolution Documents, 1977
1
55
Foundation Special Meeting Minutes, 1977
1
56
Foundation Transfer to Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1969-1978
1
57
Gifts to Museums, 1953-1960
1
58
News and Magazine Clippings, circa 1946-1969
1
59

Series 5: Mark Rothko Estate Papers , circa 1958-1983
0.9 Linear Feet
Box 1-2

This series contains incorporation documents, by-laws, meeting minutes, and treasurer's reports for the Mark Rothko Foundation, bills, receipts, contracts, financial reports, inventories, sales records, papers concerning the Mary Alice "Mell" Rothko Estate, medical, insurance, and social security records, tax documents for the estate and Rothko family, news and magazine clippings, and two mixed media scrapbooks. Also found in this series are Mark Rothko's correspondence, correspondence regarding the Rothko Chapel and gift to the Tate Gallery, and general estate correspondence. Of note are papers related to the Rothko trial, including appendix, briefs, the court's ruling, exhibits, injunction opposition and motion to stay documents, memoranda and notes, and a transcript of Rebecca Reis's testimony.
Description Container Select
Bills and Receipts, 1968-1974
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60
Contracts, 1958-1969
1
61
Mark Rothko Correspondence, circa 1963-1966
1
62
Rothko Chapel Correspondence, circa 1965-1972
(Includes letters from Mark Rothko)
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63
Tate Gallery Gift Correspondence, 1967-1971
(Includes letters from Mark Rothko)
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64
Estate Correspondence, 1970-1971
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65
Estate Correspondence, 1972
1
66-67
Estate Correspondence, 1973
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68
Estate Correspondence, 1974
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69
Estate Correspondence, 1974-1975
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70
Estate Correspondence, 1976-1978
1
71
Financial Reports, 1970-1973
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72
Financial Reports, 1970-1975
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73
Foundation, Incorporation and By-Laws, 1969-1970
1
74
Foundation, Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1974-1977
1
75
Foundation, Treasurer's Reports, 1969-1977
1
76
Interview, Bernard and Rebecca Reis, 1971
1
77
Inventories, 1970-1974
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78
Mary Alice "Mell" Rothko Estate, 1959-1972
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79
Medical Records and Insurance, 1968-1970
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80
News and Magazine Clippings, circa 1970-1974
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81
News and Magazine Clippings, circa 1975-1977
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1
Sales Records, circa 1963-1983
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2
Scrapbook, Rothko Chapel, 1970-1976
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3
Scrapbook, "Letters from Artists", 1969-1972
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4
Mark Rothko Social Security, 1968
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5
Taxes, Rothko Estate, 1969-1973
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6
Taxes, Rothko Estate, 1974
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7
Taxes, Rothko Family, 1963
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8
Trial Papers, Appendix, 1972
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9
Trial Papers, Briefs, 1972-1974
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10
Trial Papers, Court's Ruling, 1975
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11
Trial Papers, Exhibits, 1972-1974
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12
Trial Papers, Injunction Opposition, 1972
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13
Trial Papers, Memoranda, circa 1970-1974
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14
Trial Papers, Motion to Stay, 1976
2
15
Trial Papers, Notes, circa 1970-1973
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16
Trial Papers, Post-Trial Memorandum, 1975
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17
Trial Papers, Rebecca Reis Testimony, 1974
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18
Trial Papers, Timelines, circa 1970-1972
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19

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1920-1975
0.3 Linear Feet
Box 2-OV 3

Photographs depict Bernard Reis, the Reis home and collection, and Reis with his wife Rebecca and friends, many of whom were well-known figures in the art world. Included are photographs of Reis at art conferences, exhibition openings, and meeting President Lyndon B. Johnson. Of note are photographs of Bernard and Rebecca Reis's trips to Italy and to Peggy Guggenheim's Palazzo in Venice.
Description Container Select
Bernard Reis, circa 1934-1975
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Bernard and Rebecca Reis, circa 1920-1970
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35
Bernard Reis at Art Conferences, circa 1951
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36
Bernard Reis meeting President Lyndon B. Johnson, circa 1963-1969
(Oversized item housed in OV 3)
2
37
Bernard and Rebecca Reis at Exhibition Openings, circa 1961-1965
(Includes Max Ernst, Amédée Ozenfant)
2
38
Bernard and Rebecca Reis Cookbook Dinner Party, circa 1963
(Includes Mark Rothko, Theodoros Stamos)
2
39
Bernard and Rebecca Reis at Peggy Guggenheim's Palazzo in Venice, circa 1954-1968
(Includes Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg)
2
40
Bernard and Rebecca Reis in Italy, 1966
(Includes Beverly Pepper)
2
41
Bernard and Rebecca Reis with Philip Guston, 1969
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42
Bernard and Rebecca Reis with Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler, circa 1957-1968
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43
Bernard and Rebecca Reis with Theodoros Stamos, circa 1967-1968
2
44
Bernard and Rebecca Reis with Others, circa 1934-1969
(Includes Piero Dorazio, Julie Ray, Barbara Reis Poe, Arlette Seligmann, Laurence Vail, Adja Yunkers; Oversized items housed in OV 3)
2
45
William "Bill" Congdon, circa 1964
2
46
Miscellaneous Photos of Others, circa 1941-1970
(Includes Albert Lasker, Jacques Lipchitz, Frank and Susan Lloyd, Beverly Pepper, Kurt Seligmann, Jean Varda)
2
47
Reis House and Collection, circa 1966
(Oversized items housed in OV 3)
2
48
Barbara Reis Poe Artwork, 1965-1968
2
49
Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
2
50
Oversize Photographs, circa 1963-1969
(Oversized items from Box 2, Folders 37, 45, and 48)
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Make a Request

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