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Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983

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3.2: Individuals and Collectors , 1941-1982

Files consist of correspondence with private collectors and other individuals, including artists, researchers, art critics, gallery assistants, politicians, and business acquaintances. Correspondence concerns most of the same topics as the correspondence with institutions and dealers, such as sales, purchases, invoicing, loans, requests for photographs and and information, requests for information about artists and specific works of art, damages and conservation work, authentication and appraisal of works, and national and international shipping. In addition, there is correspondence about the gallery's role in forming a collection of contemporary drawings (John S. Newberry Collection), and sculpture commissions (including an Alexander Liberman sculpture commissioned by Solomon Smith for the Church of the Holy Spirit in Chicago).
The bulk of the correspondence with artists represented by the gallery can be found amongst the artists files. Artists' correspondence found here typically relates to artists seeking representation by the gallery and written recommendations (for grants, fellowships, and jobs) provided by Betty Parsons.
Correspondence with gallery assistants includes letters from people seeking a position or making arrangements to travel from abroad to take a position, as well as letters from Jock Truman, Marie Hartley, and others to Parsons while she was away, concerning gallery matters.
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Description Container
A, 1959-1971
23
10
B, 1949-1978
23
11
Boniver, Margherita, 1964-1965
23
12
Boyle, Kay, 1946-1958
23
13
C, 1948-1978
(4 folders)
23
14-17
Carpenter, Betty C., 1964-1966
23
18
Carrettin, Adriano, 1961-1962
23
19
Carstairs, Jo, 1957-1968
23
20
Chase Manhattan Bank, 1963-1967
23
21
Cramer, Belle
23
22
D, 1948-1978
(2 folders)
23
23-24
Daniels, Alfred H., 1966-1976
23
25
Day, Lawrence S., 1969-1974
23
26
De Lamar, Alice, 1964-1974
23
27
E, 1950-1978
23
28
Ede, James, 1959-1964
23
29
F, 1963-1978
23
30
Frassetto, Monica Flaherty, 1961-1975
23
31
Fremantle, Chloe, 1978
23
32
Fenno, Pauline, 1966-1973
23
33
G, 1949-1977
23
34
H, 1948-1978
(3 folders)
23
35-37
Harari, Mary McFadden, 1963-1968
23
38
I, 1965-1975
23
39
J, 1941-1982
23
40
Johnson, Philip, 1954-1971
23
41
K, 1951-1978
23
42
L, 1945-1982
(2 folders)
23
43-44
Longwell, Daniel and Mary, 1957-1960
23
45
Ludington, Wright, 1962-1967
23
46
M, 1949-1978
23
47-49
Malbin, Lydia Winston, 1966
23
50
Mallory, Margaret, 1967-1978
23
51
Marcus, Stanley (Neiman-Marcus), 1971-1975
23
52
Mayer, Robert B., 1964-1971
23
53
Meilach, Dona Z., 1965-1970
23
54
N, 1949-1978
23
55
Newberry, John S., 1960-1965
(2 folders)
23
56-57
Newhouse, James K., 1964-1967
23
58
O, 1962-1977
23
59
P, 1951-1978
(2 folders)
23
60-61
Parker, Chris, 1971-1974
23
62
Picarello, Frank Jr., 1964-1965, 1971
23
63
Pinya, Josep, 1974
23
64
Prentice, David, 1964-1965
23
65
R, 1951-1978
(3 folders)
23
66-68
Rudkin, Mark, 1960-1977
23
69
S, 1947-1978
(4 folders)
23
70-73
Shepley, Lili (Mrs. Philip), 1960-1976
24
1
Smith, Solomon Burke, 1964-1971
(2 folders)
24
2-3
Sturman, George, 1966-1967
24
4
T, 1948-1977
24
5
Paul Taylor Dance Company, 1976-1978
24
6
U-V, 1967, 1974
24
7
W, 1945-1975
24
8
Y-Z, 1965-1976
24
9

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