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Dorothy Dehner papers, 1920-1987, bulk 1951-1987

Contents and Arrangement

The Dorothy Dehner papers are arranged into 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1935-1982 (bulk 1950s-1982)
(Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Series consists of scattered material shedding light on different aspects of Dehner's life and work. Included are some student papers dating from her time at Skidmore College in 1951-1952, including an essay on eighteen artists and the Metropolitan Art Museum written for extra credit and notes from a class she took on Oriental Cultures; various notes and lists created by Dehner consisting of information pertaining to her biography and career; the transcript and/or tapes of various interviews, including ones with K--- Osis, Herman Cherry, Judith McCandless, and ---- Rapp; a list of things that Dehner took with her when she left Bolton's Landing in 1951-1952; copies of selected clippings and typescript copies featuring press comments on Dehner's work in the mid- to late-1960s; proofs and copies of her biographical sketch in the publication, Who's Who; a photocopy of the honorary degree she received from Skidmore College; and miscellaneous personal papers, including recipes, notes, and a wedding announcement for her stepdaughter, Abby Mann Thernstrom. Also found here is some material relating to David Smith, including a chronology submitted for Dehner's review and bearing her editing marks, a copy of Smith's last will and testament, a letter of introduction for Smith from Audrey McMahon of the College Art Association (dating from their trip to Europe in the mid-1930s), and a name tag for Smith of unknown origin.
Series is arranged alphabetically by document type.
Description Container Select
Biographical and Career Information
(Reel 796), undated
1
1
(unfilmed), undated
1
2
David Smith Chronology (unfilmed), undated
1
3
Copies of Footnotes to Article on Dorothy Dehner (unfilmed), circa 1980
1
4
Photocopy of Honorary Degree and Related Material (unfilmed), 1982
1
5
Interviews
Transcript of Interviews with K--- Osis (Reel D298), 1963
(2 folders)
1
6-7
Tapes (unfilmed)
Dorothy Dehner Interviewed by Herman Cherry, 1973
(2 folders; 3 tapes including duplicates)
1
8-9
Dorothy Dehner Interviewed by Judith McCandless, 1973
(3 folders; 6 tapes including duplicates)
1
10-12
Dorothy Dehner Interviewed by ---- Rapp, 1981
(3 tapes)
1
13
Dorothy Dehner Interviewed for "David Smith Documentary,", undated
(3 tapes including duplicates)
1
14
Incomplete List of People Who Interviewed Dorothy Dehner (unfilmed), undated
1
15
Copy of Last Will and Testament of David Smith (Reel 1269), 1965
1
16
Letter of Introduction for David Smith (Reel D298), 1935
1
17
List of Things Taken from Bolton Landing (Reel 1269), 1950s
1
18
Name Tag for David Smith (Reel D298), 1939
1
19
Notes
(Reel 796), undated
1
20
(unfilmed), undated
1
21
Press Comment on the Work of the Artist (Reel 796), 1965-1967
1
22
Recipes (Reel 796), undated
1
23
Photocopy Reproductions of Art Work
(Reel 796), undated
1
24
(unfilmed), undated
1
25
Sketch in Who's Who
(Reel 1269), undated
1
26
(unfilmed), undated
1
27
Student Papers
Essay, "Survey of Eighteen Artists and [the Metropolitan Art Museum]" (Reel 1269), 1951-1952
1
28
Notebooks, Notes from Class on Oriental Culture (unfilmed), 1951-1952
(2 folders)
1
29-30
Wedding Announcement for Abby Mann (unfilmed), 1959
1
31

Series 2: Correspondence , 1927-1987
(Boxes 1-4; 2.6 linear feet)

Series consists of Dehner's personal and professional correspondence, comprised of mostly incoming letters but also some early drafts or copies of outgoing letters in addition to some enclosures such as loan agreements, shipping receipts, manuscripts, and printed material. Correspondents include museums, galleries, art dealers, curators, scholars, students, artists, writers, friends, and relatives. Correspondence largely documents her various personal and professional relationships, her efforts to promote and exhibit her artwork and to facilitate art historical research (on David Smith, herself, and other artists), and her various creative activities.
Personal correspondents include David Smith, his sister, Catherine, and his mother, Golda; Smith's second wife, Jean Smith Pond, and his two daughters, Rebecca and Candida; Dehner's second husband, Ferdinand Mann and stepdaugher, Abby (Mann) Thernstrom; friends and fellow artists, Edgar and Lucille Corcos Levy, Herman Cherry, and Louise Nevelson; and her heart surgeon, Elliott Hurwitt, among others. Dehner often established friendships with individuals who started out corresponding on a professional basis (such as curators, dealers, and students), so personal correspondence can often be found interspersed with professional correspondence.
Professional correspondence typically relates to the loan, exhibition, and sale of Dehner's work and the Smith work that Dehner owned - notably, to the traveling show of her work that Dehner organized in the early-1950s, to various group and solo shows (including ones at the Barbara Feidler Gallery, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Rutgers University, and Storm King Art Center, among others), and to her dealings with Mildred Constantine and Marian Willard (of the Willard Gallery), among others. Correspondence with curators, scholars, and students relates to research inquiries primarily about Smith, but also about Dehner herself and other artists of her era (such as John Graham, Irene Rice Pereira, and Louise Nevelson). Professional correspondence also concerns the editing and publication of the foreword she wrote for the re-issue of John Graham's System and Dialectics of Art, and the publication of her poems in the journal Tracks; certain matters pertaining to David Smith's estate, such as the disposition of certain items belonging to Dehner and the controversial alteration of the painted surfaces of certain Smith sculptures (which was carried out by one of the executors); donations of art works to various institutions, including Dehner's effort to raise funds from Jan Matulka's former students to purchase and donate one of his paintings to the Guggenheim Museum; and the donation of her papers to the Archives, and subsequent permissions to access and publish from them.
Correspondence is typically arranged in alphabetical order according to name of correspondent. Letters from an individual correspondent are then arranged in folders according to the reel on which they were microfilmed or in a folder of "unfilmed" material, as the case may be. Some files contain the letters of various individuals and are arranged according to subject (e.g. "Various, Condolence Letters"). Letters from a correspondent with an unknown surname are arranged in a file according to first name, and unidentified letters and fragments are arranged in files at the end of the series. Related material can be found amongst business and financial papers.
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A
(Reel D298), 1946-1966
1
32
(Reel 796), 1963-1973
1
33
(Reel 829), 1974
1
34
(Reel 1269), undated
1
35
(unfilmed), 1979-1984
1
36
A. M. Sachs Gallery (unfilmed), 1980-1985
1
37
Abbeville Press (unfilmed), 1983-1984
1
38
American Federation of Arts (Reel D298), 1960-1964
1
39
American Society of Contemporary Artists
(Reel 796), 1969
1
40
(unfilmed), 1984
1
41
Andre Emmerich Gallery
(Reel 796), 1969, 1973
1
42
(unfilmed), 1985
1
43
Archives of American Art
(Reel D298), 1965
1
44
(Reel 796), 1966-1974
1
45
(Reel 829), 1974
1
46
(Reel 1269), 1970-1977
1
47
(Reel 1372), 1974
1
48
(unfilmed), 1977-1987
1
49
Anita Aronoff
(Reel 796), undated
1
50
(Reel 1269), undated
1
51
Art for Offices
(Reel 796), 1971
1
52
(Reel 1269), 1972
1
53
Art Students League (Reel 1269), 1975, 1977
1
54
Artists for CORE (later SEDF)
(Reel D298), 1964-1966
1
55
(Reel 796), 1968
1
56
(Reel 1269), 1967
1
57
(unfilmed), 1967
1
58
Artists for Environment (See also Joel Levy) (Reel 796), 1972
1
59
Associated American Artists
(Reel 796), 1971
1
60
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977
1
61
(unfilmed), 1980-1987
1
62
Audubon Artists
(Reel D298), 1946
1
63
(Reel 796), 1972
1
64
(unfilmed), 1984
1
65
B
(Reel D298), 1946
1
66
(Reel 796), 1967-1972
1
67
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977
1
68
(unfilmed), 1979-1985
1
69
B. S. Livingston and Co. (unfilmed), 1979
1
70
Barbara Feidler Gallery (unfilmed), 1978-1979
1
71
Ellen Baum (unfilmed), 1978-1979
1
72
John I. H. Baur (Whitney Museum) (Reel D298), 1961
1
73
Karen Bearor (unfilmed), 1984-1987
1
74
Benson Gallery (unfilmed), 1976
1
75
Berenice Steinbaum Gallery (unfilmed), 1985-1986
1
76
George Biddle
(Reel D298), 1960
1
77
(Reel 829), 1968
1
78
(Reel 1372), 1963, 1974
1
79
(unfilmed), 1981-1985
1
80
Elizabeth Blake (Reel D298), 1961
1
81
Bloomington-Normal Art Association (Reel D298), 1959
1
82
Dan Budnik
(Reel 1269), undated
1
83
(Reel 1372), 1967
1
84
(unfilmed), 1986
1
85
C
(Reel D298), 1961-1966
1
86
(Reel 796), 1966-1970
1
87
(Reel 829), 1974-1977
1
88
(Reel 1372), 1975
1
89
(unfilmed), 1981-1985
1
90
Canyon Road Art Gallery (Reel 829), 1971
1
91
Herman Cherry
(Reel D298), 1948-1949, 1954-1965
1
92
(Reel 796), 1967-1972
1
93
(Reel 1269), 1976
1
94
(Reel 1372), 1970-1977, undated
1
95
(unfilmed), 1986
1
96
Peter Chinni
(Reel D298), 1963, undated
1
97
(Reel 1372), undated
1
98
Ralph Colin
(Reel D298), 1959-1962
1
99
(Reel 796), 1971
1
100
Deanna Collingwood (unfilmed), 1985
1
101
Jane Cone (See also Fogg Art Museum)
(Reel 796), undated
1
102
(Reel 829), undated
1
103
(Reel 1372), undated
1
104
Mildred Constantine (See also Museum of Modern Art)
(Reel D298), 1947-1948, undated
1
105
(Reel 796), 1971
1
106
(Reel 829), 1967, 1973, undated
1
107
(Reel 1269), 1976, undated
1
108
(Reel 1372), 1975, undated
1
109
(unfilmed), 1976, undated
1
110
Margaret and Doug Crockwell
(Reel D298), 1965, undated
1
111
(Reel 796), 1967
1
112
(Reel 1372), undated
1
113
(unfilmed), 1969, undated
1
114
Cummer Gallery of Art
(Reel D298), 1963-1966
1
115
(Reel 796), 1965-1966
1
116
D
(Reel D298), 1952-1966
1
117
(Reel 796), 1968, undated
1
118
(Reel 1269), 1974-1977
1
119
(Reel 1372), 1960, 1970, 1974
1
120
(unfilmed), 1969-1983
1
121
Martha and LeRoy Davidson (UCLA)
(Reel D298), 1962-1963
1
122
(unfilmed), 1961
1
123
Maryetta [Davidson] (unfilmed), 1961, 1972-1974, undated
2
1
Holly Day (unfilmed), 1978-1982
2
2
Department of State (Art in Embassies Program)
(Reel D298), 1966
2
3
(Reel 796), 1967-1973
2
4
(unfilmed), 1978
2
5
Design Corner (Reel D298), 1973-1974
2
6
Discovery Art Galleries
(Reel 796), 1972
2
7
(Reel 1269), undated
2
8
E
(Reel D298), 1946, 1960
2
9
(Reel 1269), 1976
2
10
(Reel 1372), 1977
2
11
(unfilmed), 1980
2
12
Editions Alecto Ltd. (Reel D298), 1963-1964
2
13
Edmonton Art Gallery (See also Karen Wilkin) (unfilmed), 1979-1981
2
14
Elvehjem Art Center, University of Wisconsin
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977
2
15
(unfilmed), 1977-1978
2
16
F
(Reel D298), 1946-1966
2
17
(Reel 796), 1966-1973
2
18
(Reel 1269), 1969, 1977, undated
2
19
(Reel 1372), 1974, 1977
2
20
(unfilmed), 1973, 1981
2
21
Fairweather-Hardin Gallery (Reel D298), 1960-1961
2
22
Harriet Febland
(Reel 1372), 1971, 1975
2
23
(unfilmed), 1971
2
24
N. Michael Fishman (unfilmed), 1984, 1986
2
25
Cleo and James Fitch
(Reel D298), 1960-1961, undated
2
26
(Reel 1269), undated
2
27
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (See also Jane Cone) (Reel D298), 1966
2
28
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
(Reel 796), 1973-1974
2
29
(Reel 829), 1974
2
30
(Reel 1269), 1974-1975, undated
2
31
G
(Reel D298), 1950-1966
2
32
(Reel 796), 1969-1972
2
33
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977
2
34
(Reel 1372), 1970
2
35
(unfilmed), 1966, 1976-1986
2
36
Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson (unfilmed), 1980
2
37
Gallery Gemini (unfilmed), 1984-1987
2
38
General Electric (unfilmed), 1983-1985
2
39
Herbert George ( Tracks)
(Reel 829), 1974
2
40
(Reel 1269), 1976
2
41
Thomas George (Reel D298), 1963, undated
2
42
Elinor Graham
(Reel D298), 1966
2
43
(Reel 1269), 1975, 1977
2
44
(unfilmed), 1967-1974
2
45
Cleve Gray
(Reel D298), 1966
2
46
(Reel 829), 1968-1970, undated
2
47
(unfilmed), 1970, undated
2
48
Boris and Bea Greenberg (unfilmed), 1979, undated
2
49
Gres Gallery
(Reel D298), 1959-1962, undated
2
50
(unfilmed), 1960-1962
2
51
Grey Art Gallery, New York University (unfilmed), 1978
2
52
Guggenheim Museum
(Reel 796), 1968-1972
2
53
(unfilmed), 1980-1983
2
54
H
(Reel D298), 1945, 1965-1966
2
55
(Reel 796), 1969-1973
2
56
(Reel 1269), 1973-1977
2
57
(unfilmed), 1976-1986
2
58
Margaret Haggerty (Reel 796), 1967-1968, undated
2
59
William Heller
(Reel 796), 1966-1967, 1974
2
60
(Reel 829), undated
2
61
Thomas Hess
(Reel 796), 1968
2
62
(Reel 1269), undated
2
63
Hirshhorn Museum
(Reel 1269), 1975
2
64
(Reel 1372), 1977
2
65
(unfilmed), 1979-1983
2
66
Walter Horak
(Reel 1372), undated
2
67
(unfilmed), 1970, undated
2
68
Robert Hunter (Reel 796), 1971
2
69
Elliott Hurwitt (Reel D298), 1962-1966
2
70
The Hyde Collection
(Reel 796), 1973
2
71
(Reel 1269), 1975-1976
2
72
(unfilmed), 1984
2
73
I
(Reel 796), undated
2
74
(Reel 1269), 1976
2
75
(Reel 1372), 1977
2
76
(unfilmed), 1977, 1979
2
77
J
(Reel 796), 1965-1966, 1972-1973
2
78
(unfilmed), 1982-1985
2
79
Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley College (Reel D298), 1965
2
80
Johns Hopkins Press (Reel 796), 1967-1971
(2 folders)
2
81-82
David Hoyt Johnson (Reel 1372), 1977
2
83
Virginia Jones (unfilmed), 1980-1984
2
84
Kathleen and Pete Juster
(Reel 796), 1968
2
85
(unfilmed), 1967-1973, undated
2
86
K
(Reel D298), 1966
2
87
(Reel 796), 1967-1970
2
88
(Reel 1269), 1976, undated
2
89
(unfilmed), 1986-1987
2
90
Anita Kahn (unfilmed), 1979-1981
2
91
Keystone Junior College (Reel 796), 1970
2
92
Kling Interior Design (Reel 1269), 1975
2
93
Rosalind Krauss
(Reel D298), 1966
2
94
(Reel 796), 1967-1969, undated
2
95
(Reel 1372), 1968
2
96
L
(Reel D298), 1966, undated
2
97
(Reel 796), 1972, undated
2
98
(Reel 829), 1974
2
99
(Reel 1269), 1977
2
100
(Reel 1372), 1973
2
101
(unfilmed), 1971, 1975, 1981-1986
2
102
Susan Laird (Reel 1269), 1971-1974
2
103
Ellen Lawrence (Reel 1269), 1975-1977
2
104
Priscilla [Legett] (The Hyde Collection)
(Reel 829), 1974
2
105
(Reel 1269), 1973
2
106
(Reel 1372), 1975
2
107
(unfilmed), 1975
2
108
Leonardo (Pergamon Press)
(Reel 796), 1968-1969
2
109
(unfilmed), 1969
2
110
David Levy
(Reel 1269), 1976, undated
2
111
(unfilmed), 1975, 1981
2
112
Joel Levy (See also Artists for Environment)
(Reel 796), undated
2
113
(unfilmed), 1975, undated
2
114
Lucille and Edgar Levy
(Reel D298), 1943-1965
(3 folders)
2
115-117
(Reel 829), 1970, undated
2
118
(unfilmed), 1930s-1950s
(3 folders)
2
119-121
Laurie Lisle (unfilmed), 1982-1983
2
122
Ira Lowe
(Reel 796), 1965-1966, 1969-1970
2
123
(unfilmed), 1965-1966, 1982
2
124
M
(Reel D298), 1961-1966
2
125
(Reel 796), 1968, 1971-1972
2
126
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977, undated
2
127
(Reel 1372), 1977, undated
2
128
(unfilmed), 1965, 1981-1986, undated
2
129
Mary MacNaughton (unfilmed), 1979
2
130
Saul and Dorothy Maloff (Reel 1372), 1968
2
131
Ferdinand Mann
(Reel 829), undated
2
132
(unfilmed), undated
2
133
Stanley Marcus
(Reel 1269), 1975, 1977
2
134
(Reel 1372), undated
2
135
(unfilmed), 1975-1983
2
136
Marian Locks Gallery
(Reel 1269), 1975, 1977
2
137
(Reel 1372), 1977
2
138
(unfilmed), 1977-1978, undated
2
139
Joan Marter (Rutgers University) (unfilmed), 1979-1982
2
140
Kay McCampbell
(Reel 829), 1967
2
141
(unfilmed), 1975, undated
2
142
Judith McCandless
(Reel 796), 1973
2
143
(Reel 1372), 1974-1975
2
144
(unfilmed), 1979-1983
2
145
Miranda McClintic (Hirshhorn Museum)
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977
2
146
(unfilmed), 1978-1982
(2 folders)
2
147-148
The Member's Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
(Reel 796), 1971
2
149
(Reel 1296), 1971
2
150
Metropolitan Museum of Art (unfilmed), 1979
2
151
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Reel D298), 1960-1963
2
152
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute (unfilmed), 1982-1983
2
153
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
(Reel D298), 1959-1966
2
154
(Reel 1269), 1974
2
155
Museum of Modern Art
(Reel D298), 1956-1966
2
156
(Reel 796), 1963-1971
(2 folders)
2
157-158
(unfilmed), 1986
2
159
N
(Reel D298), 1960
2
160
(Reel 796), 1969-1973
2
161
(Reel 829), 1974
2
162
(Reel 1269), 1974
2
163
(Reel 1372), 1977
2
164
(unfilmed), 1972, 1983-1987
2
165
Mary Nash
(Reel 1269), 1975-1977
2
166
(unfilmed), 1977
2
167
National Association of Women Artists
(Reel D298), 1966
2
168
(Reel 796), 1970
2
169
(Reel 1269), 1977
2
170
(unfilmed), 1984-1985
2
171
National Collection of Fine Arts (unfilmed), 1978-1981
2
172
Louise Nevelson
(Reel 829), 1970s
3
1
(unfilmed), 1960s, 1985
3
2
North Jersey Cultural Council
(Reel 796), 1970-1973
3
3
(Reel 829), 1974
3
4
(Reel 1269), 1974
3
5
O
(Reel D298), 1965
3
6
(Reel 796), 1970, 1972, undated
3
7
(Reel 1269), 1977
3
8
(unfilmed), undated
3
9
P
(Reel D298), 1957-1963
3
10
(Reel 796), 1969-1972
3
11
(Reel 829), 1974
3
12
(Reel 1269), 1962, unfilmed
3
13
(Reel 1372), 1968
3
14
(unfilmed), 1979-1986
3
15
Stephen Paine (Reel 796), 1969-1972
3
16
Parson's School of Design (New York WPA Artists Exhibition)
(Reel 1372), 1977
3
17
(unfilmed), 1977
3
18
Marion Pease
(Reel D298), 1948, 1965
3
19
(Reel 1372), 1973
3
20
(unfilmed), undated
3
21
Katherine Rich Perlow (unfilmed), 1986
3
22
Robert [Peterson?]
(Reel 1372), 1972-1973
3
23
(unfilmed), 1971-1972
3
24
Philadelphia Art Alliance (Reel D298), 1962
3
25
The Phillips Collection (unfilmed), 1985-1987
3
26
Carlos Arturo Picon (unfilmed), 1973, 1975
3
27
Jean Smith Pond (Reel 1372), 1965-1977
(2 folders)
3
28-29
Leona Prasse
(Reel 796), 1967, 1973
3
30
(Reel 829), 1974, 1979
3
31
(Reel 1269), undated
3
32
The Print Club (unfilmed), 1983
3
33
R
(Reel D298), 1960-1966
3
34
(Reel 796), 1967-1973
3
35
(Reel 829), undated
3
36
(Reel 1269), 1975-1976
3
37
(unfilmed), undated
3
38
Raymond Burr Galleries (Reel D298), 1963-1964
3
39
Helen Robison (See also Bloomington-Normal Art Association) (unfilmed), 1975, 1981
3
40
Charlotte Rubenstein (unfilmed), 1980-1987
3
41
Rutgers University (unfilmed), 1982-1986
3
42
Ruth White Gallery
(Reel D298), 1960
3
43
(Reel 796), 1967
3
44
(Reel 1269), 1976
3
45
S
(Reel D298), 1946-1965
3
46
(Reel 796), 1967-1973
3
47
(Reel 829), 1966-1973
3
48
(Reel 1269), 1974-1977
3
49
(Reel 1372), 1969-1977, undated
3
50
(unfilmed), 1953, 1971-1983, undated
3
51
Lucille Sadwith (Reel 796), 1968
3
52
Werner Schmidt (unfilmed), 1979
3
53
Louis Shaeffer (Reel 1269), 1970s
3
54
Skidmore College
(Reel D298), 1948, 1960-1965
3
55
(Reel 796), 1969, 1972-1973, undated
(2 folders)
3
56-57
(Reel 1269), 1975-1977
3
58
(Reel 1372), 1977
3
59
(unfilmed), 1977-1987
3
60
Candida Smith
(Reel 1269), 1976, undated
3
61
(Reel 1372), 1977
3
62
Catherine Smith
(Reel D298), 1950-1966, undated
3
63
(Reel 796), 1966-1972, undated
(3 folders)
3
64-66
(Reel 829), 1973-1974
3
67
(Reel 1269), 1974
3
68
(unfilmed), 1965, undated
3
69
David Smith
(Reel D298), 1927-1928, 1944-1947
(2 folders)
3
70-71
(Reel 1372), 1927
3
72
(unfilmed), 1947?-1965
3
73
Golda Smith
(Reel D298), 1950-1966, undated
3
74
(Reel 796), 1966-1972, undated
(2 folders)
3
75-76
(Reel 829), 1973
3
77
(unfilmed), 1974, undated
3
78
Rebecca Smith
(Reel 829), 1974, undated
3
79
(Reel 1372), 1974
3
80
(unfilmed), 1986
3
81
Sara Kathryn Smith (Reel 1296), 1976-1977
3
82
St. Bartholomew's Church (unfilmed), 1979-1980
3
83
Stamford Museum and Nature Center (unfilmed), 1984-1985
3
84
State University College at Potsdam (Reel 796), 1971-1972
3
85
H. Peter Stern (See also Storm King Art Center) (unfilmed), 1986
3
86
Storm King Art Center
(Reel 796), 1967-1973
3
87
(Reel 829), 1974
3
88
(Reel 1269), 1973-1976
3
89
(unfilmed), 1976-1986
(2 folders)
3
90-91
The Studio Museum in Harlem (unfilmed), 1986-1987
3
92
Syracuse University
(Reel 796), 1964-1968
3
93
(unfilmed), 1966
3
94
T
(Reel D298), 1948, 1966
3
95
(Reel 1269), 1977, undated
3
96
(unfilmed), 1961, undated
3
97
Tamarind Lithography Workshop (See also University of New Mexico)
(Reel D298), 1963-1965
3
98
(Reel 796), 1970-1972
3
99
William Thayer (unfilmed), 1980-1984
3
100
Abby and Stephen Thernstrom
(Reel D298), undated
3
101
(unfilmed), 1974, 1977
3
102
Melanie Thernstrom (unfilmed), undated
3
103
David Traxel
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977
3
104
(Reel 1372), 1977
3
105
(unfilmed), 1978
3
106
Judd Tully (unfilmed), 1981-1983
3
107
The Twining Gallery (unfilmed), 1984-1987
3
108
U
(Reel D298), 1964-1965
3
109
(Reel 796), 1967-1972, undated
3
110
(Reel 1269), 1975-1976
3
111
University Art Museum, State University of New York at Albany
(Reel 1269), 1974
3
112
(unfilmed), 1986, undated
3
113
University of Cincinnati (unfilmed), 1986-1987
3
114
University of New Mexico (See also Tamarind Lithography Workshop)
(Reel 1269), 1974-1976
3
115
(Reel 1372), 1977
3
116
(unfilmed), 1978
3
117
V
(Reel D298), 1966
3
118
(unfilmed), 1984-1985
3
119
Various, Traveling Show (Reel D298), 1951-1954
(2 folders)
3
120-121
Various, Family (unfilmed), 1957-1965
3
122
Various, Condolence Letters (Reel D298), 1965
3
123
Various, Great Southwest Industrial Park (Atlanta, GA) (Reel 796), 1967-1968
3
124
Various, Jan Matulka Painting (Reel 796), 1968-1969
3
125
Various, Round-Robin Letter (Reel 829), 1974
3
126
Various, Painted Surfaces of David Smith Sculptures (Reel 1296), 1974
3
127
W
(Reel D298), 1944-1948, 1962, undated
3
128
(Reel 796), 1967-1973
3
129
(Reel 829), 1971-1974
3
130
(Reel 1269), 1975-1976
3
131
(Reel 1372), 1971-1977
3
132
(unfilmed), 1977-1986
3
133
Tracy White (Reel 796), undated
3
134
Whitney Museum of American Art
(Reel 796), 1968, 1972
3
135
(unfilmed), 1979-1980
3
136
Wichita Art Museum (unfilmed), 1985-1986
3
137
Wichita State University (Reel 1269), 1974
3
138
Karen Wilkin (unfilmed), 1982, undated
3
139
Marian Willard (See also Willard Gallery)
(Reel 829), 1967, 1974
3
140
(Reel 1269), 1976
3
141
(Reel 1372), 1976
3
142
(unfilmed), 1970, undated
3
143
Willard Gallery (See also Marian Willard)
(Reel D298), 1946-1966
4
1
(Reel 829), 1953-1970
4
2
(Reel 1269), 1973-1976
4
3
(unfilmed), 1969
4
4
William Pall Gallery (Reel 1269), 1974
4
5
Paula Wisotzki (unfilmed), 1985
4
6
Women's Caucus for Art (unfilmed), 1982-1983
4
7
Women's Interart Center (Reel 1296), 1974, undated
4
8
John Xceron (unfilmed), circa 1937
4
9
Yaddo (Reel 796), 1968, 1971
4
10
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University (unfilmed), 1983-1985
4
11
Irene ------
(Reel D298), undated
4
12
(unfilmed), 1967-1980, undated
4
13
Unidentified Letters
(Reel D298), 1949, 1965, undated
4
14
(Reel 796), 1971-1973, undated
4
15
(Reel 1269), 1976
4
16
(unfilmed), 1940s, 1970-1985, undated
4
17
Unidentified Fragment (unfilmed), undated
4
18

Series 3: Business and Financial Papers , 1940-1985
(Box 4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series consists of papers relating to various art and personal business matters and to certain financial matters. Some material is organized loosely into gallery and exhibition files consisting of lists, loan agreement forms, consignment receipts, shipping paperwork, and related material pertaining to galleries that represented Dehner at various points in time (including the Willard Gallery and A. M. Sachs Gallery), organizers of exhibitions (such as American Federation of Art and Associated American Artists), or particular exhibitions (including ones at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 1962, Editions Alecto, Ltd. in 1964, and the Parsons-Dreyfuss Gallery in 1979). Other material is organized loosely into project files, consisting of printed material and notes pertaining to the Committee for the American Participation in the Triennale and to Dehner's commission for the Great Southwest Industrial Park in Atlanta, Georgia (a project which never ended up happening).
Material relating to more general art business consists of numerous handwritten and typed lists (of works, art sales, prices, exhibitions, art books donated to Skidmore College Library, etc.); visitor books for unidentified exhibitions in 1957, 1959, 1960, and 1963; shipping and delivery receipts; and handwritten documents authenticating certain David Smith works. Material relating to personal business and financial matters includes property and school tax records for Bolton's Landing; a receipt for payment by David Smith, presumably made to Dehner as part of their separation agreement; and an agreement by Dehner to sell certain sculptures by David Smith that she owned to Samuel Dorsky.
Business and financial papers are arranged in rough chronological order. Related material can be found amongst correspondence.
Description Container Select
Tax Records (Reel D298), 1940, 1943
4
19
Miscellaneous Exhibition Records
(Reel D298), circa 1945-1965
4
20
(Reel 796), 1967
4
21
(unfilmed), 1967, 1982
4
22
Receipt for Payment by David Smith (Reel D298), 1952
4
23
Museum of Modern Art (Reel D298), 1952, 1959
4
24
Visitor Books (Reel D298), 1957-1963
(2 folders)
4
25-26
Willard Gallery (See also Price Lists and Lists of Works Exhibited and Sold) (unfilmed), 1957-1973
4
27
American Federation of Arts (Reel D298), 1960-1963
4
28
Philadelphia Art Alliance
(Reel D298), 1962
4
29
(unfilmed), 1962
4
30
Shipping and Delivery Receipts
(Reel D298), 1962-1966, undated
4
31
(unfilmed), 1977
4
32
Lists
Lists of Art Sales (unfilmed), 1963, 1977-1980
4
33
Price Lists and Lists of Work Exhibited and Sold (unfilmed), circa 1966-1985
4
34
List of Art Books Donated to Skidmore College Library (unfilmed), 1979
4
35
List of David Smith Paintings Owned By Dorothy Dehner (Reel 1269), 1979
4
36
List of Disposition of Certain Art Works (unfilmed), undated
4
37
Lists of Exhibitions and Photographs (unfilmed), undated
4
38
List of Works at Home (unfilmed), undated
4
39
Mailing Lists (unfilmed), undated
4
40
Miscellaneous Lists (unfilmed), undated
4
41
Committee for the American Participation in the Triennale (Reel D298), 1964
4
42
Editions Alecto, Ltd. (Reel D298), 1964
4
43
Great Southwest Industrial Park (Reel D298), circa 1967
4
44
Associated American Artists
(Reel 796), 1971
4
45
(Reel 1269), 1974-1976
4
46
(unfilmed), 1976-1987
4
47
Parsons-Dreyfuss Gallery (See also Price Lists and Lists of Works Exhibited and Sold) (unfilmed), 1979
4
48
A.M. Sachs Gallery (unfilmed), 1981
4
49
Agreement to Sell Sculptures by David Smith (unfilmed), 1983
4
50
Handwritten Receipt and Authentication of David Smith Painting (unfilmed), 1985
4
51
Photograph of David Smith Work with Authentication by Dorothy Dehner (unfilmed), undated
4
52

Series 4: Writings , 1920, 1951-1987
(Box 4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series consists of the writings of Dorothy Dehner, including articles, poems, lectures and speeches, and other pieces, as well as some writings of others. Writings document some of the influences on Dehner's art, some of her ideas about art in general and certain works in particular, and some of her other creative and more scholarly endeavors, as well as some instances of the scholarly interpretation of her own work by others.
Found is extensive material, including various drafts, proofs, and reprints, relating to her essay on John Graham, which was initially written as a foreword to Graham's Systems and Dialectics of Art re-issued by Johns Hopkins Press in 1971, but was first published as an article in the art journal, Leonardo, in 1968. (Related material can be found amongst correspondence.) Also found are research material (correspondence - mostly copies - and printed material) and drafts of Dehner's essay on David Smith's work, "Medals for Dishonor," which was published as an article in Art Journal in 1977, in addition to a draft of a piece on first meeting Smith for Art in America.
Dehner's other writings on art include notes and copies of various speeches and lectures given at the Artists Club and the Cummer Gallery of Art, among other places; various statements on art, including remarks on the Menorah, a plan of work, and a short piece on the series of paintings, Life on the Farm; and contributions to catalogs for others, including ones for Joel Levy and Joan Paul. Dehner's poems include one she wrote in high school, manuscripts of two that were published in the journal, Tracks, and ones that she wrote for her stepdaughter and granddaughter. Other writings include notes taken during a stay in the hospital in 1933, and later reflective and memoir pieces, written for her granddaughter, upon the death of Marian Willard, and on other occasions.
Writings of others include a copy of a letter by David Smith and a piece he wrote on his work, "Medals for Dishonor" (which could very well be part of Dehner's research material for her essay on this work); a copy of a 1953 speech on "the origins of sculpture" given by David Smith; poems by Herman Cherry; and manuscripts for various essays on Dehner, two of which appeared in catalogs accompanying Dehner exhibitions at Rutgers University in 1984 ("Dorothy Dehner: Life and Work" by Judith McCandless) and Baruch College in 1991 ("Dorothy Dehner" by Joan Marter).
Writings are typically arranged in rough chronological order. The writings of others are arranged in files at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Poems (Reel 1269), 1920, 1952-1975
4
53
Notebook, Hospital Notes (unfilmed), 1933
Notebook also contains some drawings and sketches that may or may not relate to the hospital notes.
4
54
Artist Statements
(Reel D298), undated
4
55
(Reel 796), undated
4
56
(Reel 1269), 1976
4
57
(unfilmed), 1956
4
58
Lectures and Speeches
Speech Given at Sculpture Forum at the Artists Club (Reel D298), circa 1959
4
59
Notes on Lecture Given at Parsons School of Design (Reel 796), 1969
4
60
Lecture Given at Cummer Art Gallery (unfilmed), circa 1969
4
61
Notes on Speech Given at College Art Association Meeting (unfilmed), undated
4
62
On John Graham
"Memoir of John Graham"
(Reel D298), undated
4
63
(unfilmed), undated
4
64
Drafts of Foreword to System and Dialectics of Art (Reel 796), 1966-1971
(2 folders)
4
65-66
Proof of Foreword to System and Dialectics of Art (Reel 796), 1971
4
67
Drafts of "John Graham: A Memoir"
(Reel 796), 1968
4
68
(unfilmed), 1968
4
69
Proofs of "John Graham: A Memoir" (Reel 796), 1968
4
70
Reprints of "John Graham: A Memoir" (Reel 796), 1969
4
71
[Notes on John Graham?] (unfilmed), 1966, undated
4
72
On David Smith
Draft of "David Smith: First Meeting" (Reel D298), circa 1966
4
73
Research Material on "Medals for Dishonor"
(Reel 1269), undated
4
74
(Reel 3482), 1968
4
75
(unfilmed), 1940, 1968
4
76
"Medals for Dishonor: The Fifteen Medallions of David Smith"
(Reel 1269), circa 1968-1977
4
77
(Reel 3482), circa 1968-1977
4
78
(unfilmed), circa 1968-1977
4
79-80
Reprint of "Plexiglas Relief for the Great Southwest Industrial Park, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A." (unfilmed), 1969
4
81
Draft of Foreword to Catalog for Joel Levy (Reel 1372), 1978
4
82
"Remembering Marian" (unfilmed), 1985
4
83
"Of Life and Death" (Reel 1269), undated
4
84
Biographical Writing, undated
4
85
"For Melanie" (unfilmed), undated
4
86
"A Response to the Work of Joan Paul" (unfilmed), undated
4
87
Writings of Others
Copy of David Smith Letter and Text and "Medals for Dishonor" (unfilmed), 1942
4
88
Copy of Speech Given by David Smith, Norman, Oklahoma (Reel 1269), 1953
4
89
Poems by Herman Cherry (Reel 1372), 1974-1976
4
90
"Dorothy Dehner: Life-Line in Sculpture" by Judith McCandless (Reel 1269), 1974
4
91
"Dorothy Dehner: Life and Work" by Judith McCandless (unfilmed), 1983
4
92
"Dorothy Dehner" by Joan Marter (unfilmed), 1987
4
93

Series 5: Printed Material , 1940-1987
(Boxes 4-5; 0.6 linear feet)

Series consists of printed material collected and accumulated by Dehner, including exhibition catalogs, announcements and invitations, clippings, art catalogs, programs, and miscellaneous printed material, pertaining to her own work, the work of David Smith, and, to a limited extent, the work of others. Clippings on Smith concern his death in 1965 and posthumous alterations to the painted surfaces of some of his outdoor sculptures (at the hands or through the negligence of Clement Greenberg, one of the executors of Smith's estate), which was a source of some controversy in the art world of the mid-1970s.
Printed material is typically arranged in alphabetical order by type.
Description Container Select
Art Catalogs (unfilmed), 1970s
4
94
Clippings on Dorothy Dehner
(Reel 796), 1967-1972
4
95
(Reel 1269), 1954, 1975
4
96
(unfilmed), 1976
4
97
Clippings on Smith
(Reel 1269), 1959-1976
4
98
(Reel 1372), 1975
4
99
(unfilmed), 1965-1976
4
100
Clippings on Lucille Corcos Levy (unfilmed), 1973
4
101
Clippings (unfilmed), 1978-1979, undated
4
102
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations
(Reel D298), 1952-1965
4
103
(Reel 796), 1967, undated
4
104
(Reel 1269), 1976-1977
4
105
(unfilmed), 1970-1987
4
106
Exhibition Announcements, Posters
(Reel D298), 1956, 1963
4
107
(unfilmed), 1972
4
108
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations for David Smith (unfilmed), 1940, 1956
4
109
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations for Others
(Reel 1372), 1977, undated
4
110
(unfilmed), 1976-1984
4
111
Exhibition Catalogs
(Reel D298), 1941-1966
(3 folders)
4
112-114
(Reel 1269), 1971-1977
4
115
(unfilmed), 1965-1987
(3 folders)
5 (hol)
1-3
Exhibition Catalogs for David Smith
(Reel D298), 1971
5 (hol)
4
(Reel 1269), undated
5 (hol)
5
(Reel 1372), 1973, 1976
5 (hol)
6
(unfilmed), 1946-1974
5 (hol)
7
Exhibition Catalogs for Others (Reel D298), undated
5 (hol)
8
Miscellaneous
(Reel 1269), 1977
5 (hol)
9
(unfilmed), 1979, undated
5 (hol)
10
Printed Material on Dorothy Dehner (unfilmed), 1952, 1964-1980
5 (hol)
11
Printed Material on David Smith (unfilmed), 1973
5 (hol)
12
Programs
(Reel D298), 1947
5 (hol)
13
(Reel 1269), 1972
5 (hol)
14
(unfilmed), 1983
5 (hol)
15
Book Excerpts on David Smith (Reel 1269), undated
5 (hol)
16

Series 6: Art Work , undated
(OV 1; 1 item)

Art work consists of two undated etchings. One is an abstract by Dehner, which she gave, presumably as a gift, to Garnett McCoy, former Curator of the Archives of American Art. The second one is of portraits of artists done by one another on one etching plate. Artists include Lucille Corcos by Dehner, David Smith by Lucille Corcos, Adolph Gottlieb by Edgar Levy, Edgar Levy by Esther Gottlieb, Dorothy Dehner by Adolph Gottlieb, Esther Gottlieb by David Smit. A cat and alligator were drawn by Edgar Levy in the middle border. The etching is 91/100 and was printed by Michael Kirk on the Charles Brand Press in the Parsons School of Design Studios and seems to have also originally belonged to Garnett McCoy.
Description Container Select
Etching, Artists' Portraits(unfilmed), undated
OV 1
1
Etching, Abstract(unfilmed), undated
5 (hol)
17

Series 7: Photographs , 1930s-1986
(Box 5; 0.1 linear feet)

Series consists of photographs of Dehner, her friend and mentor John Graham (taken by her in the Brooklyn apartment she shared with David Smith), and her second husband Ferdinand Mann (featured with others, including Fiorello LaGuardia, Arshile Gorky, and Henry Knight, at the opening of the W.P.A. Art Gallery), as well as photographs of Dehner works from the 1950s (assembled in an album or portfolio of "Recent Works") and some later works. Also found is an abstract photograph taken by David Smith circa 1934, one of several he created using the technique of double exposure.
Photographs are arranged in rough chronological order.
Description Container Select
Photographs of John Graham and Art in His Collection (Reel D298), 1930s
5 (hol)
18
Abstract Photograph by David Smith (unfilmed), circa 1934
5 (hol)
19
Photograph of Ferdinand Mann at Opening of W.P.A. Art Gallery (Reel 1372), circa 1938
5 (hol)
20
Photographs of Art Work, Album and Loose Photographs (Reel D298), 1950s
(2 folders)
5 (hol)
21-22
Photograph of Dorothy Dehner at Yaddo (Reel 1372), 1971
5 (hol)
23
Photographs of Unidentified Dehner Exhibition (unfilmed), circa 1985
5 (hol)
24
Photograph of Dorothy Dehner with Her Art Work (unfilmed), 1986
5 (hol)
25
Photographs of Art Work [taken at Dehner's home] (unfilmed), 1986
Includes photograph of Dorothy Dehner with unidentified woman.
5 (hol)
26
Photograph of Art Work by John Graham (unfilmed), undated
5 (hol)
27

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