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Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1853-2013, bulk bulk 1920-1996

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Series 3: Rockefeller Family Art Collections , circa 1949-1985
3.9 Linear feet
Boxes 8-12, 25

This series documents Miller's consulting work with members of the Rockefeller family, primarily Nelson A. Rockefeller.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries:
  • 3.1: Nelson A. Rockefeller, circa 1949-1985
  • 3.2: Other Rockefeller Family Members, 1956-1981
3.1: Nelson A. Rockefeller, circa 1949-1985
Found here is signficant documentation of Miller's private curatorial and consulting work for Nelson Rockfeller, including building his private collection, compiling the extensive catalog, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection: Masterpieces of Modern Art (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1981), and furnishing modern art work in public offices associated with Rockefeller.
There is general correspondence between Miller and Rockefeller concerning building the collection, often including Miller's handwritten notes, printed material related to artists and occasional photographs of artwork. Personal correspondence consists primarily of letters from Rockefeller to Miller thanking her for advice, assistance and gifts. Additional correspondence documents Miller's difficulties in securing payment for her years of work on the published catalog because Rockefeller died before the book was completed without having signed a formal contract with Miller.
Additional files document federal government projects Miller completed for Rockefeller, including offering a selection of paintings to the Shah of Iran; a loan of artwork from the Museum of Modern Art to display in Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's State Department office; and providing artwork to furnish the nation's first official Vice-Presidential residence at the Admiral's House in Washington D.C. during Rockefeller's tenure as Vice President. Additionally, files document Miller's work with the Curatorial Committee for the Rockefeller collection at Kykuit and the family's home in Tarrytown, New York.
There are files related to the 1969 exhibitions of Rockefeller collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Primitive Art, and Rockefeller gifts to the Museum of Modern Art. Records relating to sculpture by Frederick Kiesler and tapestries by Joan Miró and Alexander Calder which Rockefeller considered for purchase are also included here.
Most of the files in this subseries document Miller's work writing, compiling, and publishing The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection: Masterpieces of Modern Art, which grew from the catalog she compiled for the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1969. Records include correspondence, printed material, photos and photocopies of artwork, detailed information about individual works of art, meeting notes, drafts of the foreword and preface by Miller, and book copy text by John Russell, Alfred Barr, and Rockefeller. Additional files concern copy layout and illustrations for the book.
Description Container
Correspondence, General, 1964-1972
8
26-31
Correspondence, General, 1973-1975
8
32
Correspondence, General, 1975-1976
8
33
Correspondence, General, 1976-1977
8
34
Correspondence, General, 1978-1979
8
35
Correspondence, Personal, circa 1949-1977
8
36-37
Illustrated Art Lecture Transcript, New School for Social Research, New York, 1967
8
38
Iranian Artists, circa 1970s
9
1
Iranian Resort, Selections For, 1976
9
2-4
Kykuit, Pocantico Hills, Curatorial Committee, 1975-1978
9
5-6
Museum of Modern Art Exhibition (1969), and Gift to Museum, 1968-1976
9
7
Museum of Primitive Art Exhibition (1969) and Gift to Museum of Modern Art, Printed Material, 1969
9
8
Sculpture by Frederick Kiesler, 1967-1972
9
9
Secretary of State Offices, 1973-1977
9
10-15
Tapestries by Miró and Calder, 1974
9
16
Vice Presidential Inaugural Medal Committee, 1975
9
17
Vice Presidential Residence, 1975-1977
(8 folders)
9
18-25
Vice Presidential Residence, Photographs of Interior, circa 1976
9
26
News Clippings, 1962-1975
9
27
News Clippings, 1976-1978
9
28
News Clippings, 1979
9
29-30
News Clippings, 1982
9
31
Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection Book
Acknowledgments and Introduction Drafts (by Rockefeller), 1978
9
32
Artwork Files A-C, circa 1950-circa 1978
9
33-34
Artwork Files D-F, circa 1950-circa 1978
9
35-36
Artwork Files G-J, circa 1950-circa 1978
9
37-38
Artwork Files K-L, circa 1950-circa 1978
9
39-40
Artwork Files M, circa 1950-circa 1978
10
1-2
Artwork Files N-P, circa 1950-circa 1978
10
3-4
Artwork Files R-S, circa 1950-circa 1978
10
5-6
Artwork Files T-Z, circa 1950-circa 1978
10
7
Artwork, Photocopies of, circa 1979
10
8-13
Artwork, Photographs of, circa 1963
see also Box 25
10
14
Auction Catalog, Sotheby Park Bernet, Inc., Property of Nelson A. Rockefeller removed from his residences in Washington, D.C., New York, and Seal Harbor, Maine, 1978
10
15
Catalog Cancellation Lists, circa 1971-1978
10
16-17
Catalog Draft, circa 1970s
10
18
Catalog Draft, 1975
10
19
Catalog Draft, 1977-1978
10
20
Catalog Draft, Working Copy 1, 1977-1978
10
21
Catalog Draft, Working Copy 2, 1977-1978
10
22
Catalog Sheets, circa 1969
10
23-28
Catalog Sheets for 19th Century Artwork, 1977
10
29
Correspondence and Notes, 1969-1982
10
30-34
Correspondence and Notes, 1969-1982
11
1-3
Correspondence, Copyright Issues, 1976-1977
11
4
Correspondence, John Russell, 1970-1979
11
5
Correspondence, Miller's Request for Payment, 1979-1985
11
6-7
Essay Drafts (by Barr), 1978
11
8
Final Color Spread, Volume I, #1-47, 1979
11
9-13
Final Color Spread, Volume II, #48-97, 1979
11
14-16
Final Meeting on Book, 1979, 1983
11
17
Foreword and Preface Draft by Miller, 1978-1981
11
18
Invoices for Research Work on Book, 1971-1979
11
19
Notes, circa 1978
11
20
Notes, Layout of Book, 1970s
11
21
Notes, Questions about Artwork, 1970s
11
22
Notes, Research, circa 1970s
11
23
Records of Acquisitions of Artwork Since 1970, 1970-1978
11
24
Records of Color Transparencies of Artwork in Rockefeller Collection, circa 1977-1978
11
25
Records of Illustrations for Book, circa 1977-circa 1978
11
26-27
Records of Photo Requests for Book, 1968-1978
11
28-31
Records of Photos to Accompany Text, circa 1979
11
32
Text Drafts (by Russell), 1971, circa 1978
11
33
Artwork, Photographs of, circa 1963
From Box 10, F 14
25 (sol)
3.2: Other Rockefeller Family Members, 1956-1981
Miller's consulting work with Blanchette Rockefeller (Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, III) and David and Peggy Rockefeller is documented here. Files relating to Blanchette Rockefeller primarily concern her purchases from the Museum of Modern Art's 1965 exhibition The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture.
Miller's notes and correspondence with David and Peggy Rockefeller are about her suggestions for acquisitions. Of particular interest is Miller's 1976 letter to David Rockefeller in which she recalls her first encounter with Morris Graves and seeing his artwork for the first time. Rockefeller purchased Graves's painting Shore Birds in 1977.
Also found here is correspondence relating to David Rockefeller's acquisitions from the Edith G. Halpert collection sold at auction in 1973 by Parke-Bernet. Additional files document Miller's research into acquisitions of folk art for the Rockefellers and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection. Additional documentation of Miller's work for David Rockefeller in relation to the Rockefeller University Collection is found in the next subseries.
Description Container
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, 1956-1979
12
1
Rockefeller, Blanchette (Mrs. John D., III), 1965-1976
12
2-3
Rockefeller, David, Correspondence and Notes, 1973-1981
12
4-5
Rockefeller, David, Edith G. Halpert Collection Acquisitions, 1972-1973
12
6-7
Rockefeller, David, Weathervane Acquisitions, 1972-1977
12
8-9
Rockefeller Family, News Clippings, 1969-1980
12
10

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