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Fritz Bultman papers, 1928-2010

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in 10 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1928-2003
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical notes include a list of exhibitions, 1947-2003. School records include report cards from Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, the first issue of "Junior Year in Munich 1935-36 News Letter" featuring "October Diary" (Bultman did not contribute an entry), and his student card from The Munich Preparatory School for the 1936/37 school year.
Additional school records from the period when Bultman studied in Munich are found enclosed with letters (Series 2).
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Army Classification, 1941
1
1
Biographical Notes, circa 1960s-2003
1
2
Obituaries, 1985-1986
1
3
School Records, 1928-1937
1
4

Series 2: Letters , 1930-1995
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Most incoming letters are addressed to Fritz Bultman or family members. Earlier letters concern Fritz's education in Munich, enrollment at the New Bauhaus, and studies with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Many letters are from Miz Hofmann (in German, some with translations) and from Hans Hofmann offering advice and encouragement; after the outbreak of World War II, they sought Bultman's help to obtain documents necessary for Mrs. Hofmann to join her husband in the United States. As Bultman's career progressed, incoming letters concerned exhibitions, sales, and invitations to lecture or serve as a visiting professor. In addition to brief notes and messages from Jeanne Bultman to Fritz, mostly of a routine nature, there are frequent, lengthy letters sent while traveling in Europe. Letters post-dating Bultman's death concern exhibitions, loans, and sales.
The majority of letters by Bultman are to his family; a large portion were written when he was a student. Some drafts and copies of letters by Bultman concern professional activities such as arrangements for lectures, exhibitions, and Cynthia Goodman's editing of "Form and Color in the Creative Process: The Painter's Primer" by Hans Hofmann.
Incoming and outgoing letters are filed together and arranged by year. Additional letters are included among the subject files (Series 7).
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Letters, undated
1
5
Letters from Miz Hofmann, undated
1
6
Letters, 1930-1995
1
7-27

Series 3: Interviews , circa 1968-1998
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Interviews are with Fritz Bultman (1 sound cassette and 2 transcripts), Jeanne and Fritz Bultman together (1 videocassette: U-matic), and Jean Bultman (2 transcripts). Most are about Bultman's career; the undated interview with Bultman probably is incomplete. One interview with Fritz Bultman concerns John Graham and one with Jeanne Bultman focuses on Hans Hofmann.
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Fritz Bultman Interview conducted by Unidentified Interviewer, undated
1 Sound cassette
1
28
Fritz Bultman Interview conducted by Irving Sandler (1968 January 5), transcript, undated
1
29
"An Interview with Fritz Bultman about John Graham" conducted by Ellen Landau (1979 February 27 and 1979 April 31), transcript, undated
1
30
Jeanne and Fritz Bultman interviewed on "Accent," WKOZ-TV (1985 February 8), 1985
1 Videocassettes (U-matic)
1
31
Jeanne Bultman Interview about Hans Hofmann conducted by Tina Dickey (1998 October 18), transcript, undated
1
32
Jeanne Bultman Interview conducted by Elizabeth Simonson and Jensene Payne (1997 December 12), transcript, 1998
1
33

Series 4: Writings and Notes , 1935-circa 1980s
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

The majority of Bultman's writings are texts or notes on a variety of topics for lectures and talks presented at universities and professional conferences. Also found are articles, a book review, and catalog essay. Writings about Bultman include a variety of articles, a review, and "Quotes re: Fritz Bultman and His Work," extracted from published sources and letters, 1950-1983. Miscellaneous writings are shorter pieces and unidentified fragments. Included is a poem by L.G. dedicated to Bultman.
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By Bultman
Articles, Lectures and Talks about Hans Hofmann, undated
1
34-35
Book Review, circa 1961
1
36
Exhibition Catalog Essay (with April Kingsley), "Cape Cod as an Art Colony," Heritage Museum, 1977
1
37
Extracts from Unpublished Notebooks and Lectures, undated
1
38
Lectures and Talks - "The Thing, The Veiled Scene, and The Wall", 1957
1
39
Lectures and Talks - The Direct Vision and Conditioned Vision in Looking at Art, 1960
1
40
Lectures and Talks - "Nature, Naturalism, and the Dream", 1962
1
41
Lectures and Talks -- "Homage to St. Luke," An Address for the 20th Arts Festival, The Woman's College of the University of North Carolina Greensboro" , 1963
1
42-44
Lectures and Talks - "The Chicago Talk", 1964-1965
1
45
Lectures and Talks -- Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, 1968-1972
1
46
Lectures and Talks -- "Why I Draw from the Figure" , 1969-1981
1
47
Lectures and Talks -- "About My Drawings" , circa 1972
1
48
Lectures and Talks -- "Monumental Sculpture and Monumental Space," 9th International Sculpture Conference , 1976
2
1
Lectures and Talks -- Hofmann Lecture at Hirshhorn Museum, 1976-1977
2
2
Lectures and Talks -- Western Carolina University, 1978
2
3
Lectures and Talks -- "Hofmann and Albers as Master Teachers," College Art Association Panel , 1980
2
4
Lectures and Talks -- "Lecture on Hans Hofmann for Parsons School of Design 1980" , 1980-1981
2
5
Lectures and Talks -- Kalamazoo College, 1981
2
6
Miscellaneous Writings, undated, 1950s-1970s
2
7-9
Notes, undated
2
10
Statements, 1964-1979
2
11
About Bultman
Ewald, Bethany. Article for New Orleans Magazine, undated
2
12
Friedman, B. H. "'The Irascibles': A Split Second in Art History", 1978
2
13
Friedman, Sanford. "The Glad Tidings of Fritz Bultman", 1976
2
14
Kingsley, April. "Fritz Bultman", undated
2
15
Lawlor, Robert. From Notebooks of Fritz Bultman, 1974
2
16
Shuebrook, Ron. "Fritz Bultman Remembered", undated
2
17
Stephens, Michael. "The Drawings of Fritz Bultman", undated
2
18
Multiple Authors. Quotes re: Fritz Bultman and His Work (1950-1983) , undated
2
19
Unsigned. Review, undated
2
20
Miscellaneous
Bonnard, Pierre. "A Bouquet of Roses" , circa 1955-circa 1985
transcribed by Angele Lamotte in 1943 and copied later by Bultman
2
21
Gilmore, Louis. Poems, undated
dedicated to Bultman
2
22
Goulish, Matthew and Barbara Guest. Poems, undated
2
23

Series 5: Notebooks/Sketchbooks , 1937-circa 1979
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, 11

Notebooks/sketchbooks (39 volumes) contain a variety of writings and notes (including some that are autobiographical), along with sketches and several finished drawings. Some volumes consist of writings and notes with a few sketches and doodles while others are mainly sketchbooks containing a few stray notes and brief writings; many contain approximately the same amount of text and drawings. Included are a volume titled "Venice" (1937), "New Bauhaus" from his year in Chicago (1937-1938), "N.Y.C." (circa 1938), and 3 volumes that focus on his psychoanalysis (1952-1953).
This series is arranged chronologically.
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Volume 1, undated
2
24
Volume 2, undated
2
25
Volume 3, "Venice" , circa 1937
2
26
Volume 5, "New Bauhaus", 1937-1938
2
28
Volume 4, 1937
2
27
Volume 6, "NYC", circa 1938
2
29
Volume 7, 1938-1939
2
30
Volume 8, 1939
2
31
Volume 9, 1940-1941
2
32
Volume 10, 1941
2
33
Volume 11, 1943-1944
2
34
Volume 12, circa 1944-circa 1949
2
35
Volume 13, 1945
2
36
Volume 14, circa 1946-circa 1948
2
37
Volume 15, circa 1947
2
38
Volume 16, circa 1947-1949
2
39
Volume 17, 1947-1948
2
40
Volume 18, 1949-1950
includes negatives
2
41
Volume 19, 1950-circa 1953
2
42
Volume 20, 1952
2
43
Volume 21, 1952
2
44
Volume 22, "Personal - Dreams", 1952
2
45
Volume 23, "Personal - Dreams - In Treatment", 1952-1953
2
46
Volume 24, "Dreams - Personal - During Treatment", 1953
3
1
Volume 25, 1954
3
2
Volume 26, 1959-1960
3
3
Volume 27, circa 1960s
3
4
Volume 28, 1960-1962
Oversized volume 28 housed in Box 11
3
5
Volume 29, 1961
3
6
Volume 30, 1963
3
7
Volume 31, 1966
3
8
Volume 32, "Drawings and Personal", 1966-1967
3
9
Volume 33, 1967-1968
3
10
Volume 34, 1969
3
11
Volume 35, circa 1970-circa 1974
3
12
Volume 36, 1970-1974
3
13
Volume 37, 1973-1984
3
14
Volume 38, circa 1973-circa 1977
3
15
Volume 39, circa 1977-circa 1979
3
16
Loose Pages from Unidentified Volumes, undated
3
17
Oversized Volume 28 from Box 3 Folder 5, 1960-1962
11

Series 6: Diaries , 1977-1979
0.3 Linear feet
Box 3

Entries, usually a full page, are about professional and personal activities. Volumes 1 and 2 contain almost daily entries with a few brief gaps; volume 4 includes longer periods without entries. Volume 3 was written while on a trip to Istanbul in October 1978.
Volumes are arranged chronologically.
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Volume 1, 1977
3
18
Volumes 2 and 3, 1978
3
19
Volume 4, 1979
3
20

Series 7: Subject Files , 1942-2010
2.3 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5, 11

Subject files reflect some of Bultman's activities, interests, and relationships. Individual files in this series may contain a wide variety of record types or consist simply of correspondence with or about an individual or institution.
The most thoroughly documented subject is Hans Hofmann. Printed materials include articles about Hofmann, a brochure of the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, exhibition notices and catalogs. Among the writings by Hofmann are: an article, "Plastic Creation;" his essay, "Form and Color in the Creative Process: The Painter's Primer" (edited by Cynthia Goodman, translated by Georgina Huck); and a book, The Search for the Real (edited by Sarah T. Weeks and Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr.); as well as lectures and talks.
Joseph Cornell documentation includes letters referring to Napoleonic Parakeet, a Cornell box owned by the Bultmans; also found are postcards and further correspondence. Printed material, mostly about exhibitions, includes a notice about Cornell's memorial service.
"Forum '49" and "Forum '49 Revisited" includes photographs of the 1949 installation and the participating artists --Fritz Bultman, Peter Busa, Kenneth Campbell, Minna Citron, Morris Davidson, Lillian Drake, Perle Fine, William Freed, Howard Gibbs, Kahlil Gibran, Adolph Gottlieb, John Grillo, Weldon Kees, Karl Knaths, Lawrence and Mrs. Kupferman, Blanche Lazzell, Boris Margo, George McNeil, F. Pfeiffer, and Judith Rothschild.
Found in the Weldon Kees file are requests for information about Kees, Bultman's notes about their friendship, along with a few letters from Kees and manuscripts of articles about him. The file concerning the Provincetown History Preservation Project contains many original letters of Fritz and Jeanne Bultman, a few photographs, and other items that Mrs. Bultman thought might be of interest to the project. Documentation of friendships with Tony Smith and Donald Windham includes a substantial number of letters. The Windham file also includes writings and there is a book cover Bultman designed for him.
Subject files are alphabetized by title.
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96th Street Playground Association Project , 1980
Oversized material housed in Box 11
3
21
American Abstract Artists, 1949-1951
3
22
Art, 1997-1998
3
23-24
Art, 1999-2003
4
1-3
The Bultman Mortuary Service, Inc. , 1975-1981, undated
The funeral home was also referred to as House of Bultman and there is a subject file with that title.
4
4
College Art Association (1980 January) -- Panel, "Hofmann and Albers as Master Teachers" , 1979-1980
4
5
College Art Association and Women's Caucus for Art (1982 February) -- Panel, "Artists Working in Collaboration" , 1982
4
6
"Cooking Letters", 1977
4
7
Cornell, Joseph, undated
4
8
De Kooning, Willem, 1978-1990
4
9
Tibor De Nagy Gallery, 1963-1970
4
10
Dicky, Tina, 1992-1999
4
11-12
Firestone, Evan R., 1993-2006
4
13
"Forum '49" and "Forum '49 Revisited", 1949-1999
4
14-15
Muriel Bultman Francis Collection, undated, 1956-1986
4
16
Fulbright Grant, 1963-1976
4
17
Joseph C. Hawthorne 1986 Trust/Babcock Galleries, undated, 1983-2003
4
18-19
Hofmann, Hans - Authentication of Hofmann Artwork, undated
4
20
Hofmann, Hans -- Color Chart, undated
4
21
Hofmann, Hans -- Printed Material , undated, 1941-1999
4
22-23
Hofmann, Hans -- Writings by Hofmann, undated, 1932-1978
4
24-30
House of Bultman, undated, 1964-1979
Additional informtion about the family business is filed with The Bultman Mortuary Service, Inc.
4
31
Independent Curators Incorporated, 1985-1990
4
32
James, Charles, 1963-1967, undated
4
33
Kalamazoo College, 1980-2001
5
1
Kees, Weldon, undated, 1979-1999
5
2
Maxfield's Front Room, 1955
5
3
Modern Art Foundry, Inc. plus Hellgate Hill, 1962-1973
5
4
Mouton, Grover, circa 1978-circa 1985
5
5
New Orleans Museum of Art, "Fritz Bultman: A Retrospective" , 1974-1993
5
6-8
Paintings from Paris (Galerie Stadler), 2003-2004
5
9
Paragraphs by Michael Stephens with Drawings by Fritz Bultman , 1974
5
10
Price Lists, 1959-1991, undated
5
11
Provincetown History Preservation Project , 2010
5
12
Provincetown History Preservation Project, Inventory I (Bul 000-044) , undated
5
13
Provincetown History Preservation Project, Inventory I (Bul 000-047) , 1960-1989
5
14
Provincetown History Preservation Project, Inventory I, 1942-1952
5
15
Provincetown History Preservation Project, Inventory I, 1942-1949
5
16
Provincetown History Preservation Project, Inventory II , 1950-2008, undated
5
17
Reynolds Aluminum, 1977-1979, undated
5
18
Rothko, Mark, 1973-1978, undated
5
19
The Judith Rothschild Foundation , 1995-2001
5
20
"Small Sculptures," Bowling Green, Ohio, 1981
5
21
Smith, Tony, 1938-1955
5
22
"Myron Stout: Selections for the Original Journals," edited by Chris Busa , 1997-1998
5
23
Tougaloo College Art Collection, 1980, 1968
5
24-25
The Turning Point: The Abstract Expressionists and the Transformation of American Art by April Kingsley -- Reviews , 1992
5
26
Windham, Donald, undated, 1945-1986, 1945-1986, undated
5
27
Oversized, 96th Street Playground Association Project, from Box 3, Folder 21, 1980
11

Series 8: Printed Material , 1941-2006
3.5 Linear feet
Boxes 5-9, OV 12

Most items are about or mention Bultman. Exhibition catalogs, announcements, and reviews document his solo exhibitions and group shows. There are general and scholarly articles about him, along with publications containing reproductions of his work. Also found are a few articles by Bultman and catalogs of schools where he taught.
This series is arranged chronologically. Additional printed material is scattered throughout the subject files (Series 7).
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Printed Material, undated, 1941-1946
Oversized material housed in OV 12
5
28-30
Printed Material, 1947-1969
Oversized material housed in OV 12
6
1-27
Printed Material, 1970-1981
Oversized material housed in OV 12
7
1-21
Printed Material, 1982-1998
Oversized material housed in OV 12
8
1-23
Printed Material, 1999-2006
9
1-6
Oversized Printed Material from Box 6, Folders 20-21, Box 7, folders 14-16, Box 8, Folder 1, 1982, 1963, 1978
OV 12

Series 9: Artwork , circa 1930s-1956
0.1 Linear feet
Boxes 9, 11

All artwork is by Bultman. Drawings, sketches and paintings are in pencil, ink, gouache and tempera on paper. This series also contains one print.
Additional artwork is found in notebooks/sketchbooks (Series 5).
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Drawings, Sketches, and Painting , 1956, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 11
9
7
Print, undated
9
8
Oversized Drawings from Box 9, folder 7, circa 1930s-1956
11

Series 10: Photographs , 1935-1997
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 9-10

Photographs are of artwork, exhibition installations, people, and places. This series also includes some negatives, color transparencies, and 35-mm color slides.
Photographs of Bultman's artwork document his paintings, sculpture, and drawings, as well as his lesser known work in collage, stained glass, interior design and decoration. A view of destroyed interior murals he painted in the family home is included. In addition, there are a few photographs of artwork by Arthur B. Carles, Jean Dubuffet, John Graham, Ray Keyton, Myron Stout, and Jack Tworkov in a variety of media. Exhibition installation views are mainly of solo and retrospective shows in the United States, and two early exhibitions in Paris and Italy.
Most photographs of people are Fritz Bultman, his family and friends. Many pictures of Bultman from the 1970s-1980s are by Renate Ponsold. Identified family and friends include: parents Fred and Pauline Bultman, sister Muriel Bultman, childhood nurse Katie Belle, son Ellis Johann Bultman, Sherman Drexler, Hans Hofmann, Miz Hofmann, Miss Katsura, Lee Krasner, Annalee Newman, Barnett Newman, Alfonso Ossorio, Jeanne Reynal, Thomas Sills, Jack Tworkov, and Wally Tworkov. There is also a group portrait of the artists of Long Point Gallery: Varujan Boghosian, Fritz Bultman, Carmen Cicero, Sideo Fromboluti, Budd Hopkins, Rick Klauber, Lee Manso, Sidney Simon, Robert Motherwell, Judith Rothschild, Nora Speyer, and Tony Vevers.
Exhibition installation views are filed by date of exhibition; all other portions of this series are alphabetized by folder title. Photographs are also found among the subject files (Series 7).
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Artwork by Bultman -- Collages (executed 1962-1983) , circa 1980s
9
9
Artwork by Bultman -- Collages and Mixed Media (executed 1938-1964) , undated
9
10
Artwork by Bultman -- Drawings (executed circa 1940s-1982), undated
9
11
Artwork by Bultman - Drawings (executed 1985 May-July), 1985
9
12
Artwork by Bultman -- Interior Design and Decoration (executed circa 1940s) , undated
9
13
Artwork by Bultman -- Paintings (executed 1939-1959), undated
9
14
Artwork by Bultman -- Paintings (executed 1941-1981), undated
9
15
Artwork by Bultman -- Paintings (executed 1945-1983) , undated
10
1
Artwork by Bultman -- Paintings (executed 1947) , undated
10
2
Artwork by Bultman -- Sculpture (executed 1958-1977), undated
10
3
Artwork by Bultman -- Sculpture and Collages (executed 1967-1978) , undated
10
4
Artwork by Bultman -- Sculpture and Painting, Paris Studio, 55 Boulevard Stelmans , 1964-1965
10
5
Artwork by Bultman -- Stained Glass, circa 1967
10
6
Artwork by Bultman -- Unidentified Collection , undated
10
7
Artwork by Other Artists, undated
10
8
Exhibition Installations -- Isaac Delgado Museum of Art; Galerie Stadler, Paris, 1959
10
9
Exhibition Installations -- "Structure of the Sea," Gallerie Civica D'Arte Moderne, Torino, Italy , 1962
10
10
Exhibition Installations -- Art Festival, University of North Carolina, Greensboro , 1963
10
11
Exhibition Installations -- Long Point Gallery, 1977-1983
10
12
Exhibition Installations -- Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown , 1986
10
13
Exhibition Installations -- Portland Museum of Art, 1987
10
14
Exhibition Installations -- Hunter College, 1987
10
15
Exhibition Installations -- "Fritz Bultman: A Retrospective," New Orleans Museum of Art , 1993
10
16
Exhibition Installations -- "Fritz Bultman: A Retrospective," Provincetown Art Association and Museum , 1994
10
17
Exhibition Installations -- "Herskovic Collection," Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 1994
10
18
Exhibition Installations -- Gallery Schlesinger, 1997
10
19
People -- Fritz Bultman, circa 1940-circa 1960s, undated
10
20
People -- Fritz Bultman, Renate Ponsold, photographer, 1976-1984
10
21
People -- Fritz and Jean Bultman , 1976-1979
10
22
People -- Fritz and Johann Bultman, 1964
10
23
People -- Fritz Bultman with Others , 1953-circa 1960s, undated
10
24
People -- Jeanne Bultman , circa 1940-1957
10
25
People -- Johann Bultman, 1964
10
26
People -- Family and Friends , 1935-circa 1940s
10
27
People -- Hans Hofmann, Herbert Matter, photographer, undated
10
28
People -- Hans Hofmann and Miz Hofmann, 1940-1945
10
29
People -- Long Point Gallery Artists, 1977
10
30
Places -- Bernhard Crypt, 1977
10
31
Places -- Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia, undated
10
32
Places -- Grand Union Hotel, undated
10
33
Places -- Provincetown, MA, Renate Ponsold, photographer, 1982
10
34

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