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Hedda Sterne papers, 1939-1977

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1941-1970
8 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material consists of educational and medical travel certificates and identification, curriculum vitae, employment contracts, customs forms, a Fulbright application, lists of artwork from 1952-1954, and Saul Steinberg's fingerprints.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Certificates, 1941-1957
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Curriculum Vitae, 1970
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2
Customs Forms, 1953
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3
Employment Contract, 1968
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Fulbright Application, 1963
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Identification Card, 1946
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Lists of Artwork, 1952-1954
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7
Saul Steinberg Fingerprints, 1952
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8

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1943-1965
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Correspondence is primarily with Sterne's business associates and friends, including limited correspondence with Ad Reinhardt and Eugene Berman. Art related correspondence is with galleries, museums, and art institutions. The series also includes significant correspondence from the artist Georges Mathieu and from her second husband, the artist and New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg.
The letters from Mathieu are written in French. Letters from Steinberg date from 1943 to 1962 and include love letters, illustrated letters, notes, drawings, and descriptions of his work and daily life while traveling abroad or separately from Sterne. They include detail of Steinberg's Navy service in Italy, North Africa, and China during World War II, publication of work in Vogue and the New Yorker, updates on work acquaintances and family members, and progress on art projects by Sterne and Steinberg.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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A-Z Miscellaneous, circa 1949-1970
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9
Mathieu, Georges, circa 1961-1962
Oversized correspondence housed in Box 2, Folder 1.
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10
Steinberg, Saul, circa 1943-1962
Includes two letters to Saul Steinberg from Gump's Gallery (1952) and Bill Whitney (circa 1943-1963).
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Steinberg, Saul (drawings), circa 1943-1962
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Steinberg, Saul, 1943
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Steinberg, Saul, circa 1944
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14
Steinberg, Saul, 1944 January-February
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15
Steinberg, Saul, 1944 March-June
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16
Steinberg, Saul, 1944 July-September
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17
Steinberg, Saul, 1947-1948
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18
Steinberg, Saul, 1949 March-May
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Steinberg, Saul, 1951
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20
Steinberg, Saul, 1952
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Steinberg, Saul, 1953
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Steinberg, Saul, 1954
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Steinberg, Saul, 1955
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Steinberg, Saul, 1956
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Steinberg, Saul, 1957
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Steinberg, Saul, 1958
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Steinberg, Saul, 1959-1962
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Illegible and Unknown, circa 1945-1965
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29
Oversized Correspondence scanned with Box 1, Folder 10, circa 1961-1962
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1

Series 3: Writings , circa 1945-1965
5 Folders
Box 1

Writings consist of numerous miscellaneous handwritten and typescript notes on art with references to art theory, literature, philosophy, biology, and psychiatry.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1945-1965
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Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1945-1965
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Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1945-1965
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Miscellaneous Notes (collated), circa 1945-1965
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Miscellaneous Notes (collated), circa 1945-1965
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Series 4: Exhibitions , 1970
3 Folders
Box 1

Exhibition files consists of materials related to Sterne's 1970 exhibition Everyone at the Betty Parsons Gallery. There is an exhibition press release, a typescript article by Walter Abish, and two copies of an interview transcript.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Betty Parsons Gallery, Everyone (1970), Article by Walter Abish, 1970
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35
Betty Parsons Gallery, Everyone (1970), Interview Transcript, 1970
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Betty Parsons Gallery, Everyone (1970), Press Release, 1970
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37

Series 5: Printed Material , 1946-1977
3 Folders
Box 1

Printed material consists of postcards, greeting card samples, clippings on Sterne and Saul Steinberg, exhibition announcements and the exhibition catalog for Sterne's 1977 retrospective exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Cards, circa 1960-1969
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Clippings, circa 1950
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Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1946-1977
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40

Series 6: Artwork , circa 1945-1965
4 Folders
Box 1

Artwork consists of drawings and 3 sketchbooks of Sterne's abstract and figurative ink sketches and notes.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Drawings, circa 1953
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41
Sketchbook #1, circa 1945-1965
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42
Sketchbook #2, circa 1945-1965
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43
Sketchbook #3, circa 1945-1965
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44

Series 7: Photographic Materials , 1939-1969
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Photographs are of Sterne, Sterne with Saul Steinberg and others, and of artwork. Two of the photographs of Sterne and Steinberg were taken by fashion photographers Irving Penn and George Platt Lynes respectively, two photos of Sterne were taken by Evelyn Hofer, and a color photo of Sterne was taken by Margaret Bourke White.
Materials are arranged by document type and subject matter.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Photographs of Hedda Sterne, circa 1947-1969
Includes a photo of Sterne dancing with Alexander Calder. Oversized photograph housed in Box 2, Folder 2.
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45
Photographs of Hedda Sterne and Saul Steinberg, 1944-1969
Oversized photographs housed in Box 2, Folder 3.
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46
Photographs of Artwork, Early Paintings, 1939-1949
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47
Photographs of Artwork, 1950s, Abstract Paintings, 1952-1955
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48
Photographs of Artwork, 1950s, Figurative Paintings, 1950-1952
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49
Photographs of Artwork, 1960s, Faces, circa 1969
Oversized photograph housed in Box 2, Folder 4
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50
Photographs of Artwork, 1960s, Ink Washes, circa 1960-1969
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Photographs of Artwork, 1960s, Lines, circa 1961
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Photographs of Artwork, 1960s, Pen and Ink, circa 1966
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Photographs of Artwork, Sculptures, 1937-1949
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Slides of Artwork, circa 1958-1968
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Oversized photograph scanned with Box 1, Folder 45, circa 1947-1969
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Oversized photographs scanned with Box 1, Folder 46, circa 1944-1950
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Oversized photograph scanned with Box 1, Folder 50, circa 1969
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Series 8: Antoine de Saint Exupéry , circa 1942
4 Folders
Box 1

Materials include a manuscript, typescript, and gallery proof of Saint-Exupéry's Lettre A Leon Werth, Saint-Exupéry's introduction to his friend Leon Werth's memoir 33 Jours. Documents are in French and the manuscript has been revised and hand corrected by Saint-Exupéry throughout. The gallery proof includes a brief inscription by Saint-Exupéry to Sterne and occasional corrections in his hand and an unidentified hand. This series also includes 4 pen and ink drawings of "Little Prince" like characters Saint-Exupéry sent to Sterne.
Materials are arranged by document type. The manuscript copy of Lettre A Leon Werth retains the existing order at the time of processing.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Writings, Lettre A Leon Werth (manuscript), circa 1942
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Writings, Lettre A Leon Werth (typescript), circa 1942
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Writings, Lettre A Leon Werth (gallery proof), circa 1942
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Artwork, Drawings, circa 1942
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