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Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986

Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986

Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991


Collection Information

Size: 2.5 linear feet

Summary: Material compiled by Lynes on various art subjects and artists, including government sponsorship of the arts, 1950-1966, Eugene Berman, Howard Warshaw, preservation of Olana, Frederick Church's estate on the Hudson River, and other subjects; research material for his book on the Museum of Modern Art, "The Good Old Modern" (1973), including 32 taped interviews conducted by Lynes; and photographs of artists taken by Lynes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Writer, art critic, art historian; New York City and North Egremont, Mass. Died 1991. From 1947-1967 Lynes was managing editor of Harper's Magazine. Author of many books and articles on art, and has served on numerous boards and organizations. Brother of photographer George Platt Lynes.


Material on reels N70-40, D310, 1859, and 494 lent for microfilming by Lynes 1968-1978. Material on reel 3967 and unfilmed donated 1968-1989 by Lynes.Lynes files kept as editor of Harper's Magazine were donated in 1967 by Harper's; these have been cataloged and described separately under Harper's Magazine.

Location of Originals

  • Reels D310, N70-40, 494, and 1859: Originals returned to Lynes after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels D310, N70-40, 494, 1859, 3470 and 3967 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Typescript of lecture on Saint-Gaudens (unmicrofilmed): Publication restricted; may not be reproduced without written permission from: George P. Lynes, II Executor, Estate of George Platt Lynes 427 East 84th Street New York, NY 10028-6205 Phone/Fax: 212-570-4541

How to Cite This Collection

Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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