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Dorothy Liebes papers, circa 1850-1973, bulk 1922-1970

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2.2: General Correspondence , 1937-1973

General correspondence is with friends, colleagues, and business associates, some of whom may be further represented in the heavily industry-focused Series 5: Subject Files. The number of influential individuals represented here is indicative of Liebes's influence and connections in the intersecting worlds of mid-century American textile art, architecture, and design. Included is correspondence with artists such as Ivan Bartlett, Dorr Bothwell, Lorraine Miller, and Beatrice Wood; textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen; interior designers and decorators including Eleanor LeMaire, William Pahlmann, and Daren Pierce, who Liebes hired as a textile designer in 1949, and David T. Williams who worked with Liebes on contracts for Hilton Hotels. Also found is correspondence with industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss and architects William Wurster and Frank Lloyd Wright. Liebes's relationship with Wright and Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, is further documented in Liebes's writings and photographs.
Liebes's correspondence with Swedish textile designer Astrid Sampe, and Gira Sarabhai who, with her brother Gautam, established India's Calico Museum of Textiles in 1949, is evidence of Liebes's interest in international cultural traditions in weaving and textile design, further documented in Series 5.
There is scattered correspondence with companies such as Quaker Lace Company who hired Liebes as a consultant in the 1950s, Sears, Roebuck and Co., for whom Liebes worked as an art consultant and colorist beginning in 1969, and Stroheim & Romann who contracted Liebes to deliver the "Dorothy Liebes look" in their upholstery fabrics in 1962.
Files for Parsons School of Design document Liebes's service on the school's board of directors. Liebes also established a lecture series at the school, in memory of Mary L. Brandt, which is documented in Series 5: Subject Files.
Correspondence with Doubleday & Company, Inc., relates to Liebes's unpublished book on weaving. Liebes was still working on ideas for the book as late as 1971 but died before it could be completed.
Correspondence with lawyer Harold Riegelman documents Liebes's friendship with Riegelman and also some of the legal affairs Riegelman and his company handled for her. Files on Leon Liebes document Liebes's personal and business relationship with her first husband, who donated space for Liebes to establish a studio in his successful retail store in San Francisco, prior to their divorce in 1940.
At the end of the series is a folder Liebes titled "Interesting Personal Letters." These include three illustrated letters from Rene d'Harnoncourt, who Liebes traveled with on her Indian Field Service trips to Oklahoma in the 1940s, and one letter from Roi Partridge written as his wife was dying.
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Ankari, Antti, 1961-1967
1
25
Amelia Earhart Luggage Company/Morton H. Bohrer, 1946-1952
1
26
Ascher (London) Limited, 1947-1966
1
27
Australian Wool Board, 1970-1971
1
28
A, General, 1940-1962
1
29
Baker Furniture, Inc., 1956
1
30
Bartlett, Ivan, 1947-1948
1
31
Beatrice West Studios, Inc., 1953, 1968-1971
1
32
Bothwell, Dorr, 1946-1949, 1963-1973
1
33
Budget Decorating/Jo Ann Francis Gray, 1968-1969
1
34
B, General, 1941-1968
1
35
Conway Hamilton, Inc., 1959-1966
1
36
C, General, 1937-1971
1
37
Doubleday & Company, 1949-1971
1
38
Dreyfuss, Henry, 1951-1971
1
39
D, General, 1947-1970
1
40
Eastman Chemical Products, Inc., 1954
1
41
E-F, General, 1945-1970
1
42
Frankl Galleries, 1940-1941
1
43
G-H, General, 1940-1970
1
44
Hughes, Alice, circa 1930s-1955
1
45
Huntingdon Yarn Mill, Inc., 1966-1967
1
46
I-J-K, General, 1946-1970
1
47
Jasco Fabrics, Inc., 1963-1964
1
48
Kaufman, Glen, 1966-1971
1
49
Larsen, Jack Lenor, 1952-1972
1
50
L. B. Herbst Corporation, 1953
1
51
Lee Nordness Galleries, 1969
1
52
LeMaire, Eleanor, 1940, 1963-1967
1
53
Liebes, Leon (first husband), circa 1930s-1941
1
54
Liebes, Leon (first husband), 1942-1951
1
55
L, General, 1939-1969
1
56
Miller, Aida and Lorraine, 1945-1947
1
57
Muller-Munk, Peter, 1961-1966
2
1
Myers, George Hewitt , 1944
2
2
M, General, 1946-1971
2
3
N-O, General, 1941-1970
2
4
Olmstead, Anna, 1941-1948, 1960-1971
2
5
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 1968-1969
2
6
Parsons School of Design, 1965-1967 May
2
7
Parsons School of Design, 1967 June-1968
2
8
Parsons School of Design, 1969-1970
2
9
Pierce, Daren, circa 1947-circa 1964
2
10
P-Q, General, 1940-1971
2
11
Quaker Lace Company, 1956-1959
2
12
Richards, Helen Hughes, circa 1941-circa 1961
2
13
Riegelman, Harold/Nordlinger, Riegelman, & Benetar, 1942-1949
2
14
Riegelman, Harold/Nordlinger, Riegelman, & Benetar, 1950-1970
2
15
R, General, 1940-1970
2
16
Sampe, Astrid, NK's Textilkammare, 1960-1969
2
17
Sarabhai, Gira, 1947-1969
2
18
Save the Redwoods League, 1966-1971
2
19
Sears, Roebuck and Co., 1969-1971
2
20
Smithsonian Institution/Annemarie Pope, 1959-1970
2
21
Stendig Incorporated, 1969
2
22
Stroheim & Romann, 1959-1970
2
23
S, General, 1944-1970
2
24
T, General, 1939-1971
Includes 4 items of correspondence with Olga Tamayo.
2
25
U-V, General, 1939-1968
2
26
Varda, Jean, circa 1940s
2
27
Warner & Sons Ltd., 1950, 1962-1963
2
28
William Pahlmann Associates, Inc., 1948-1964
2
29
Williams, David T., 1959-1967
2
30
Wolf, Ingeborg, 1955
2
31
Wood, Beatrice, 1959-1963
2
32
Wright, Frank Lloyd and Olgivanna, circa 1946-circa 1969
2
33
Wright, Olgivanna and Taliesin Associated Architects, 1960-1969
2
34
Wurster, William and University of California, 1945, 1960-1968
2
35
W, General, 1942-1971
2
36
Y-Z, General, 1947-1968
2
37
First Names Only, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
2
38
First Names Only, Herman, 1944
2
39
Greeting and Holiday Cards, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
2
40
Greeting and Holiday Cards, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
2
41
Greeting and Holiday Cards, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
2
42
"Interesting Personal Letters", circa 1939-circa 1946
2
43
Unidentified/Illegible, circa 1930s-circa 1960s
2
44

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