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Carl Holty papers, circa 1860s-1972, bulk 1940-1967

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series:

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1940-1972

Carl Holty's correspondence with Romare Bearden, Charles Byrne, and Hilaire Hiler concerns art, exhibitions and reviews, education, and news of mutual friends. Also included are a letter from Margaret Bush-Brown, and a letter and postcard from Hélion.
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Bearden Romare, 1948-1952
1
1
Bush-Brown, Marjorie, undated
1
2
Byrne, Charles, 1966-1972
1
3
Hélion, 1948
1
4
Hiler, Hilaire, 1940-1962
1
5

Series 2: Writings, 1944-1967

Carl Holty's writings consist of a journal, articles, autobiographical writings, and unpublished manuscripts of a monograph titled
Art In America
, and an untitled novel.
Journal entries include reminiscences of artist friends and acquaintances, as well as reflections on art, art history, past experiences, routine events of daily life, plans and aspirations. Included is an incomplete, handwritten copy of Carl Holty's journal covering the periods January 1963-October 1964 and April 1966-May 1967.
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Articles, "The Way to Creativity" and "Art,", undated
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6
Autobiographical Writings (7 mss.), undated
1
7
Book,
Art in America
Outlines, undated
1
8
Section I: "A Million People are Painting,", undated
1
9
Section I a: "Motives of the Amateur - From Without,", undated
1
10
Section I b: "Motives of the Amateur - From Within,", undated
1
11
Section III: [untitled], undated
1
12
Section IV: "An Historical Survey of American Painting and Recent Trends in Our Taste,", undated
1
13
Section V: "The Amateur and Modern Art,", undated
1
14
Section VI: "The Depression and Art in America,", undated
1
15
Section VII: "Collectors and Patrons,", undated
1
16
Section VIII: "The Commercial Triumph of Modern Art (and the influence it exerts on all painting today),", undated
1
17
Section IX: "Art Appreciation,", undated
1
18
Section X: "Teaching,", undated
1
19
Journal, 1963-1964, 1966-1967
1
20-22
Novel (untitled, unfinished), 1944
1
23

Series 3: Printed Material, 1931-1972

Printed material primarily comprises clippings about or mentioning Holty, and reviews and publicity relating to
The Painter's Mind
, a book Holty wrote with Romare Bearden.
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Clippings about/mentioning Carl Holty, 1931-1970
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24
Exhibition Catalog and Announcement, 1972, undated
1
25
Miscellaneous Printed Material, undated
1
26
Reviews and Publicity for The Painter's Mind by Romare Bearden and Carl Holty, 1969-1970
1
27
Reviews and Publicity for The Painter's Mind by Romare Bearden and Carl Holty, 1969
1
28

Series 4: Miscellaneous Records, 1900, 1966

Miscellaneous records consist of a transcript of an interview with Carl Holty and an identification card issued to his father.
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"Carl Holty Interviewed by Nina Wayne, New York University Art Department,", 1966
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29
University of Freiburg Identification Card issued to Dr. Karl Holty, 1900
1
30

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1860s-1972

Photographs are mainly of Holty, friends and family. Among the folders titled "Carl Holty with Others" is a group shot that includes Joan Miró, as well as several classroom views with students. The albums (6 vols.) contain photographs of art work by Holty, and a few of the artist posed with his paintings.
The series is arranged into 5 subseries:
5.1: Artwork, circa 1925-1965
5.2: People, circa 1860s-1972
5.3: Places, 1962-1964
5.4: Photograph Albums, 1936-1972
5.5: Negatives, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
5.1:Artwork, circa 1925-1965
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By Holty, circa 1925-1965, undated
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31
By Holty, 1940-1963, undated
1
32
By Others [student assignment?], undated
1
33
5.2:People, circa 1860s-1972
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Carl Holty, 1936-1972, undated
1
34
Carl Holty in Studio (119 East 119th St., New York), 1948
1
35
Carl and Mrs. Holty; Mrs. Holty with Others, undated
1
36
Carl Holty with Others, 1947, undated
1
37
Carl Holty with Students and Others, circa 1960s, undated
1
38
Carl Holty with Students; Students in Classroom, 1958, undated
1
39
Friends and Relatives
Clara (great aunt), circa 1870-1936
1
40
Engelman, Peter; Geuder, George, Aunt Geuder, Tina Gauder (sic); Hofmann, circa 1890-1900
1
41
Grandmother, circa 1860s
1
42
Holty Family, 1900-1938, undated
1
43
Jacoby, Sigmund; Kiewert (?); Kisling, Dr.; Kroeck, John, circa 1880s-circa 1900s
1
44
Landauer Family, circa 1890s-1900s
1
45
Landauer and Wallace Families, circa 1900
1
46
Law, Adolf (great uncle); Rindstropp, Samuel; Seeman, John P.; Seligmann, Yetti, circa 1890s-1900s
1
47
Stern Family, circa 1890s-1900s
1
48
Wallace Family, circa 1890s-1920s
1
49
Wasserman, Rabbi and Mrs. (Landauer relatives), circa 1870s-1890s
1
50
Weinberg, E. Schaefer, circa 1900
1
51
Unknown (identified, but illegible), 1868-1892, undated
1
52
Unidentified
Children, circa 1870s-1900s
1
53
Couples and Groups, circa 1860s-1926, undated
1
54
Men, circa, 1870s-1900s
1
55
Women, circa 1870s-1900s
1
56
5.3:Places, 1962-1964
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Carl Holty's Studio, 1964, undated
1
57
Interiors (unidentified), 1962, undated
1
58
Lenz Farm; Buildings (unidentified); Landscape, "Near Amerika!!,", undated
1
59
5.4:Photographs Albums, 1936-1972
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Vol. 1:, 1936-1942
2 (hol)
1
Vol. 2:, 1942-1948
2 (hol)
2
Vol. 3:, 1947-1950
2 (hol)
3
Vol. 4:, 1950-1957
3 (hol)
1
Vol. 5:, 1957-1959
3 (hol)
2
Vol. 6:, 1959-1972
3 (hol)
3
5.5:Negatives, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
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Artwork by Others [student assignment?], undated
3 (hol)
4
Carl Holty with Students; Students in Classroom, undated
3 (hol)
5

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