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Donald H. Karshan papers relating to Alexander Archipenko, 1920-1973

Donald H. Karshan papers relating to Alexander Archipenko, 1920-1973

Karshan, Donald H., 1929-2003

Curator, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear ft.

Summary: Papers relating to work Karshan did as curator of the Archipenko collection and director of the Archipenko archive.

Exhibition files include records concerning University of California, Los Angeles's Alexander Archipenko Memorial Exhibition, 1967-1969, that traveled throughout the United States; an expanded version of the show was circulated in Europe by the Smithsonian Institution. The collection also contains general correspondence relating to the administration of the Archipenko Collection and Archipenko Archive, Leopold Survage, and writings on Archipenko's work and life by Karshan with related correspondence.

Exhibition files, 1960-1972, n.d., include correspondence, photographs, and printed matter relating to UCLA's Alexander Archipenko Memorial Exhibition, 1967-1969 at its various venues in the United States and its European tour sponsored by International Art Program of the Smithsonian Institution. There are similar records for Archipenko: The Parisian Years, an exhibition organized by the Museum of Modern Art.

General Correspondence, 1966-1973, relates to the Archipenko Collection and the Archipenko Archive, administered by Karshan and includes loan and reference requests, publication permissions, and sales information. Of particular interest is a file on Leopold Survage compiled in 1969 and documenting an attempt to purchase a Survage painting for Mrs. Arhcipenko to donate to the Museum of Modern Art; included is reference material consisting of photocopies of Archipenko's letters to Survage and a letter from Theodore Doesburg, 1920-1963, n.d., printed matter, and photographs.

Writings by Donald H. Karshan, 1966-1968, consist of research notes and correspondence concerning his catalogue raisonné of Archipenko prints (1974). Also included are manuscripts of published articles and correspondence with editors.

Biographical/Historical Note

Founder and Director, American Museum of Graphic Art, New York City; collector; Curator of Archipenko Collection and Director of Archipenko Archive.

Provenance

Donated 1982 by Mrs. Frances Archipenko Gray as part of the Alexander Archipenko Papers and later separated into a distinct collection.

A Finding Aid to the Donald H. Karshan Papers Relating to Alexander Archipenko,
1920-1973
, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical Note
Donald H. Karshan (b. 1929) is a print expert and collector who in 1964 established the Museum of Graphic Art, New York City. He was Curator of the Archipenko Collection and Director of the Archipenko Archive from circa 1966 until circa 1973. During this time, Karshan cataloged the estate collection and organized the archives. He was closely involved with the Archipenko memorial exhibition organized by UCLA in 1967 that traveled widely in the United States and an expanded version of the same show that was circulated Europe by the International Art Program of the Smithsonian Institution. Karshan wrote extensively on Archipenko and his oeuvre, including a catalogue raisonné of Archipenko's prints. His book,
Alexander Archipenko: International Visionary
, was published by the Smithsonian Institution to accompany the European tour of the memorial exhibition, 1969-1970.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into three series:
Series 1: Exhibition Files, 1960-1972 (Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear feet)
Series 2: General Correspondence, 1920-1973 (Box 3; 0.25 linear feet)
Series 3: Writings by Donald H. Karshan, 1966-1968 (Box 3; 0.25 linear feet)
Provenance
Donated 1982 by Mrs. Frances Archipenko Gray as part of the Alexander Archipenko Papers and later separated into a distinct collection.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2002.

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.

How to Cite This Collection

Donald H. Karshan papers relating to Alexander Archipenko, 1920-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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