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Series 1 | A Finding Aid to the Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records, circa 1920-1983, bulk, 1949-1975

Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records, circa 1920-1983, bulk, 1949-1975

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Series 1: Frank Perls Papers, circa 1920-1981
(Box 1-2, 28; 1.1 linear feet)

Frank Perls personal papers include scattered correspondence, photographs, writings, and legal and official records, including his military service records. Of particular interest are the records documenting Perls' application for exemption from the curfew restrictions that applied to enemy aliens during World War II. Also found here are extensive files documenting the settlement of his estate and liquidation of the gallery's inventory. Perls was a prolific writer and his short stories about his interactions with Pablo Picasso and his work to uncover fraud, fakes, and corruption in the art world are particularly interesting. His essay, "The Last Time I Saw Pablo", and others were published in art journals. Perls papers include many photographs of Picasso, as well as two original photographs of Perls by Man Ray taken in 1941 on the occasion of Man Ray's exhibition at the Frank Perls Gallery.
The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.
DescriptionContainer
Appointment Calendar, 1972
1
1
Divorce from Joanna Perls, 1958-1959
(3 folders)
1
2-4
Documentation on House in Los Angeles, circa 1956-1959
1
5
Exemption from Curfew, 1942
1
6
Frank Perls Estate, 1975-1978
1
7-9
Frank Perls Estate - Insurance, 1974-1977
1
10-11
Frank Perls Estate - Escrow, 1981
1
12
General Biography, 1957-1975
1
13
Passports, 1956-1973
1
14
Published Articles on Frank Perls, 1956-1972
1
15
Kate Perls Estate, 1945-1951
1
16
WWII - Confidential Log from Military Intelligence Team #421, 1944
1
17
WWII - Military Records, 1945
1
18-19
WWII - German Documents and Newspapers, 1945
(oversized items housed in Box 28)
1
20
Writings - Book Deal with Harcourt Brace Jovanocich, 1974
1
21
Writings - "Sunset Boulevart,", circa 1973-1974
1
22-23
Writings - "The Witch Hunter Gets Fooled,", 1974-1975
1
24
Writings - "The Last Time I Saw Pablo,", 1973
1
25
Writings - "Tears from Sears,", 1974
1
26
Writings - "The Buyer is the Fake,", circa 1972-1974
(2 folders)
1
27-28
Unpublished Manuscript, circa 1971-1974
(4 folders)
1
29-32
Writings, circa 1959-1974
(4 folders)
1
33-36
Photographs - Picasso, circa 1961-1968
(2 folders)
1
37-38
Photographs, 1940-1974
(2 folders)
1
39-40
Photographs of Frank Perls Taken by Man Ray, 1941
(See Box 28)
1
41
Photographs - Perls Family, circa 1920, 1940-1960
2
1
Photographs - Frank Perls, circa 1940-1970
(2 folders)
2
2-3
Photographs, WWII, 1942-1945
2
4
Negatives, circa 1940-1974
2
5
Photographs of Frank Perls Taken by Man Ray, 1941
(from Box 1, F,. 41)
28
German Newspapers, 1945
(from Box 1, F,. 20)
28

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  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.