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Gene Davis papers, 1920-2000, bulk 1942-1990

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1943-1990
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, OV 19

Correspondence is mainly of a professional nature, and correspondents include gallery and museum curators, private art collectors, publishers, fellow artists, art educators, academics, and students. Letters document exhibitions, sales, book projects, teaching jobs, visits to studios, local art community events in the Washington, D.C. area, and other projects. A few early letters are found related to Davis's personal life and work as a journalist prior to 1955, but most correspondence is from after that date and pertains to his art career. Almost all letters are addressed to Gene Davis, but scattered letters, including letters of condolence from 1985, are addressed to Florence Davis. Significant correspondents include Gene Baro, Douglas Davis, Clement Greenberg, Gerald Nordland, William Seitz, Alma Thomas, and Donald Wall.
Series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Correspondents with more than two letters are filed in individual folders by name, with the remainder of correspondence filed in a general alphabetical file. Where drafts of outgoing letters were found with related incoming letters, they have been kept together, but most drafts of letters by Gene Davis, and some original letters sent to his wife Florence, are filed under his name. Correspondents may be filed under either corporate or personal name, and cross-references are provided in the folder listing where possible. Additional correspondence with museums and galleries is found in series 4, Business and Estate Records, in the gallery files, museum files, legal records, and estate of Gene Davis files.
Description Container Select
A, 1967-1985
1
17
Leslie Ahlander, 1962-1980
See also John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
1
18
Albany Institute of history and Art, 1981-1982
1
19
Lawrence Alloway, 1961-1966
1
20
Mario Amaya, 1970
1
21
American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1978-1980
1
22
American Institute of Architects Foundation, 1976-1977
1
23
André Emmerich Gallery, 1961-1977
1
24
Architecture
Magazine, 1984
1
25
Archives of American Art, 1978-1983
1
26
Art in America
, 1967-1979
1
27
Art-in-Architecture Program, General Services Administration, 1977-1979
1
28
Art in Embassies Program, 1977-1983
1
29
Art Institute of Chicago, 1976-1978
1
30
ArtForum
, 1966-1979
1
31
ARTnews
, 1966-1979
1
32
Artpark, 1979-1984
1
33
Atelier Chapman Kelley, 1969
1
34
Arthur Auerbach, 1965-1983
1
35
Axiom Gallery, 1969-1971
1
36
B, 1961-1985
1
37
Gene Baro, 1966-1982
1
38
Baltimore Museum of Art, 1961-1970
1
39
Michael Berger, 1971-1976
1
40
Deeda Blair, 1977
1
41
Murray Bring, 1979-1984
1
42
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1980-1982
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
43
Byron Burford, 1972-1973
1
44
C, 1960-1985
Includes a sympathy letter from the Coalition of Washington Artists, 1985
1
45
Carnegie Institute, 1961, 1981-1983
1
46
Charles Cowles Gallery, 1982-1986
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
47
Chase Manhattan Bank, 1969-1970
1
48
Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, 1975-1976
1
49
Alan Cohen, 1974-1986
1
50
Collector's Press, 1967-1968
1
51
College of William and Mary, Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art, 1982-1984
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
52
Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran School of Art, 1953-1970
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
1
53
Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran School of Art, 1971-1988
1
54
Paul Cornwall Jones (Petersburg Press), 1968-1977
1
55
Coudert Brothers (see also Axiom Gallery), 1970-1972
1
56
Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1978-1988
1
57
Andrew Crispo (Crispo Gallery), 1976-1984
1
58
D, 1950-1985
Includes invitation from Dupont Theater Art Gallery to first public exhibition in 1950, and letters from Claudia Demonte
1
59
Douglas Davis, 1969-1974
Oversized ilustrated letter housed in OV 19
1
60
Florence Coulson Davis, 1959-1965
1
61
Gene Davis, circa 1948-1984
1
62
Delaware Art Museum, 1983
See also Museum Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
1
John and Jean Denman, 1981-1983
2
2
Des Moines Art Center, 1967
2
3
Robert M. Doty (Whitney Museum), 1969-1970
2
4
Droll/Kolbert Gallery, 1978-1980
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
5
Dunkelman Gallery, 1970-1980
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
6
E, 1962-1985
2
7
Eleanor LeMaire Associates, 1970-1971
2
8
Elizabeth Weiner Gallery, 1979-1980
See also Master Editions
2
9
Emerson Gallery, 1979
2
10
Experiments in Art and Technology, Incorporated, 1971
2
11
F, 1943-1987
2
12
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 1977-1987
2
13
Fendrick Gallery, 1969-1982
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
14
Fischbach Gallery, 1967-1978
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
15
James Fitzsimmons (Art International), 1967-1980
2
16
Betty Fleming (Betty Corcoran Fleming Fine Art, Inc.), 1977
2
17
Alfred Frankenstein, 1964-1967
2
18
G, 1965-1985
Includes letter from Attalai Gábor
2
19
Dorry Gates, 1977-1979
2
20
Gilles Gheerbrant, 1972-1974
2
21
Barbara Gold, 1968-1969
2
22
Richard Gray, 1966-1976
2
23
Green Gallery (Richard Bellamy), 1961-1962
2
24
Clement Greenberg, 1979, 1961-1967
2
25
Gres Gallery, 1958-1961
2
26
H, 1961-1985
Contains letters from Ben Heller, HKL Ltd., and a telegram expressing condolences from Walter Hopps.
2
27
Harcus Krakow Gallery, 1975-1979
2
28
Grace Hartigan, 1981-1983
2
29
Henri Gallery, 1960-1976
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
30
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1974-1983
2
31
Hokin Gallery, 1979-1983
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
32
Joyce Homan, 1982-1985
2
33
Andrew Hudson, 1965
2
34
Hubert Humphrey, 1966
2
35
I, 1976
2
36
I. Irving Feldman Galleries, 1978-1984
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
37
J, 1962-1985
2
38
The Jewish Museum (Kynaston McShine), 1967-1968
2
39
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1969-1982
2
40
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1972-1983
2
41
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1970-1975
2
42
Pat Jones, 1983-1984
2
43
Joslyn Art Museum, 1981-1985
2
44
K, 1969-1984
Contains letters from David Katzive and a typescript description of a conceptual work by Ridge Kelley
2
45
King Printing, 1974-1975
2
46
L, 1969-1985
Contains letters from Jack Levine, Macha Laget, Leo Castelli Gallery, Fred Lutz, and Maurice Tuchman of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
2
47
James and Jane Lodge, 1976
2
48
M, 1968-1985
Contains letters from Ed McGowin, Maryland Institute College of Art, McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Martha Jackson Gallery, John Myers, Milwaukee Art Center, and Lee Malone
2
49
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Committee on the Visual Arts (Wayne Anderson), 1966-1981
2
50
Master Editions, Inc., 1978-1979
See also Elizabeth Weiner
2
51
Medici-Berenson Gallery (Lois Cutler), 1978-1984
2
52
Howard Mehring, circa 1963
2
53
Vincent Melzac, 1964-1985
2
54
Meredith Contemporary Art (Baltimore), 1982-1983
2
55
Thomas Messer (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), 1961-1977
2
56
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972-1983
2
57
Joan Mondale, 1978-1983
2
58
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1978-1979
2
59
Museum of Modern Art (William Seitz, Dorothy Miller), 1963-1981
2
60
N, 1951-1985
Contains letter from J.B. Neuman, the New Museum, and an exhibition announcement from Barnett Newman
2
61
Steven W. Naifeh, circa 1974-1984
2
62
National Gallery of Art, 1972-1980
2
63
National Life Insurance Company, 1963-1964
2
64
Neiman-Marcus Store, Bal Harbour, Florida, 1970-1987
2
65
Walter A. Netsch, 1978-1979
2
66
Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1979-1985
2
67
John Nichols, 1979
2
68
Gerald Nordland, 1964-1982
2
69
Percy North, 1984-1985
2
70
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Gerald Ferguson, Seth Siegelaub), 1970-1977
2
71
O, 1969-1982
Contains letters from Oklahoma Art Center and Osuna Gallery
2
72
Brian O'Doherty, 1963-1965
2
73
Oliver T. Carr Company, 1968-1970
2
74
Oxford Polytechnic (Tom Porter), 1975-1976
2
75
P, 1946-1990
Includes letter from Norman Vincent Peale to Gene Davis's mother, and letters from Pyramid Galleries
2
76
Pace Editions, Inc., 1973-1979
2
77
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1971-1983
2
78
The Phillips Collection, 1965-1975
2
79
Preston Phillips, 1982-1984
2
80
Poindexter Gallery (New York), 1961-1971
See also Gallery Files in series 4, Business and Estate Records
2
81
Ralph Pomeroy, 1969-1970
2
82
Tom Porter, 1980-1981
2
83
Praeger Publishers, Inc., 1970-1975
2
84
Max Protetch, Protetch-Rivkin, Protetch-McIntosh, 1971-1985
2
85
Ann Purcell, circa 1980-1986
2
86
Q-R, 1942-1985
Contains letters from Rolf Ricke, Barbara Rose, Gloria Ross, and a condolence card from Nancy and Ronald Reagan
2
87
S, 1954-1985
Contains letters from Roy Slade, the Society of Washington Artists, Willoughby Sharp, Therese Schwartz, and Sable Gallery.
2
88
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1965-1969
See also Gerald Nordland
2
89
Frederic W. Schwartz, Jr., 1976-1980
2
90
William Seitz, 1965-1973
See also Museum of Modern Art
2
91
Skidmore College Summer in Experiment, 1969
2
92
Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Art, or National Museum of American Art, 1966-1985
2
93
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1975-1981
See also Tom Messer
2
94
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 1982
2
95
Walter Stern, 1965
2
96
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1968-1969
2
97
Studio International
, 1969-1973
2
98
Mary Swift, 1980-1985
Contains a photographic print of a portrait of Davis
2
99
T, 1966-1979
Contains a letter from Alma Thomas
2
100
Tate Gallery, 1969-1975
2
101
U, 1964-1980
2
102
U.S. Olympic Editions by Kennedy Graphics, 1974
2
103
University of Maryland, 1967-1985
2
104
University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1981-1984
2
105
University of Utah, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1972-1973
2
106
V, 1979-1980
2
107
Annemarie Verna, 1972
2
108
Vesti Corporation, 1980-1981
2
109
André Pascalis Volant de La Barre, 1981-1983
2
110
W, 1960-1986
3
1
Walker Art Center, 1976-1984
3
2
Donald Wall, circa 1968-1976
3
3
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1963-1967
3
4
Washington Post
, 1961-1981
3
5
Washington Project for the Arts, circa 1976-1985
3
6
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1970-1984
3
7
Who's Who
, 1965-1969
3
8
James Witt, circa 1982
3
9
Y, 1969-1984
3
10
First Names Only, Unsigned, and Envelopes Only, 1945-1985
3
11
Oversized Illustrated Letter from Douglas Davis, from Box 1, folder 60
OV 19

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