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Irena Brynner papers, circa 1914-2003

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1930-2002
1.6 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 14-15

Biographical material includes family records and certificates, consular papers, address books, membership and identification documents, passports and travel documents, and resumes. Also included are 30 sound cassettes primarily of Brynner reading her diary in Russian and a radio interview with Brynner.
Description Container Select
Addresses, circa 1972
1
1
Address Book, circa 1956-2002
1
2-13
Business Cards, circa 1970-2002
1
14-16
Certificates, 1952-1999
2
1
Consular Papers, 1931-1947
2
2
Guestbook, 1975-1999
2
3-4
Identification and Membership Cards, 1985, 1988
2
5
Passports and Travel Documents, 1987-2000
2
6
Resume, 1978-1998
2
7-8
Russian Notes and Forms, 1993-2002
2
9
Miscellaneous, circa 1930- 2002
2
10
Oral Diary, 1975-1976
17 Sound cassettes
14
1-17
Oral Diary, 1975-1976
10 Sound cassettes
15
1-10
Radio Interview, 1987
2 Sound cassettes
15
11-12
Lesson with Raymond, undated
1 Sound cassette
15
13

Series 2: Correspondence , 1940-2003
2.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2-4

Correspondence is with family, friends, artists, art organizations, and galleries. Much of the correspondence is in English, French German, and Russian. Included are correspondence between Brynner and her cousin, actor Yul Brynner.
The series is arranged alphabetically by person or organization. Persons and organizations with fewer than four documents are filed in miscellaneous for that specific letter of the alphabet. The series is also arranged with the English, French, and German correspondence grouped together; Russian correspondence is separated and located at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Richard Adams, 1971-1973
2
11
Arthur P Jacobs Co., 1955
2
12
American Craft Council, 1984-1999
2
13
N. W. Ayer and Son, Inc., 1971-1972
2
14
A, Miscellaneous, 1940-1995
2
15
Sister Rose Benigna, 1946-1983
2
16
Birthday Cards, 2002
2
17
Vera Brynner, 1953-1956
2
18
Yul Brynner, 1947-1981
2
19
B, Miscellaneous, 1959-2002
2
20-21
Zlatarne Ceje, 1982-1983
2
22
C, Miscellaneous, 1963-2002
2
23
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1963-1964
2
24
Cecil B. DeMille, 1955-1959
2
25
Raymond and Nicole Didisheim, Galerier Florimont, 1984-1987
2
26
The Diplomat, 1959
2
27
D, Miscellaneous, 1957-2002
2
28
The Element, 1980-1981
2
29
E, Miscellaneous, 1958-2002
2
30
Ruth and Max Frohlich, 1982-1998
2
31
Mary Fukui, 1975-2002
2
32
F, Miscellaneous, 1957-2001
2
33
Galerie Atrium, 1981-1984
2
34
Thomas Gentille, circa 1961
2
35
Gold-Silber-Uhren-Schmuck, 1963-1966
2
36
G, Miscellaneous, 1942-1998
2
37
Legal, Hand-in-Hand Galleries, Ltd., 1985-1987
2
38
Harpers Bazaar, 1960-1961
2
39
Handwerkskammer Fur Oberbayern, 1963-1968
2
40
Peter Hayes, 2002
2
41
Charlotte Hennig, 1976
2
42
Hessiches Landesmuseum, 1964-1965
2
43
H, Miscellaneous, 1955-1992
2
44
I, Miscellaneous, 1963-1984
2
45
J, Miscellaneous, 1954-1998
2
46
Konradin-Verlag Robert Kohlhammer, 1963-1968
3
1
K, Miscellaneous, 1954-1997
3
2
Lee Nordness Galleries, 1968-1972
3
3
Louise, 1980-1998
3
4
L, Miscellaneous, 1958-2002
3
5
Maryknoll, 1949-1986
3
6
Masa, 1965-1992
3
7
Sheila Maxwell, 1981-1988
3
8
Metalsmith, 1982-1987
3
9
Minerals Engineering S.A., 1974
3
10
Nicole and Raymond Mirande, 1977-2001
3
11
Museum Bellerive, 1971-1972
3
12
M, Miscellaneous, 1954-2002
3
13-14
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, 1969-1976
3
15
Jadis Norman, circa 1992
3
16
N, Miscellaneous, 1952-2001
3
17
Haruko Ohnishi, 1975-1977
3
18
Legal, Orsid Realty Company, 1998
3
19
O, Miscellaneous, circa 1972
3
20
B. Pejovic, 1974
3
21
Portland State College, 1965
3
22
Raymond and Anne Marie Probst, 1982
3
23
P, Miscellaneous, 1947-2002
3
24
Renwick Gallery, 1978-1997
3
25
R, Miscellaneous, 1944-2002
3
26-27
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, 1965-1967
3
28
Legal, Kyriena Siloti, 1989
3
29
Smith-Kettlewell institute of Visual Sciences, 1981-1983
3
30
Society of North American Goldsmiths, 1989
3
31
Jan Spalding, circa 1981
3
32
Ralph Stackpole, 1949-1971
3
33-34
John Stackpole, 1949-1953
3
35
Stadtverwaltung, Pforzeim, 1965-1966
3
36
Willy Steiger, 1942-1946
3
37
Trademark Registration, Swiss Customs Administration, 1972-1973
3
38
S, Miscellaneous, 1956-2003
3
39-40
Ralph Turner, circa 1974
3
41
T, Miscellaneous, 1956-2003
3
42
Union of Czechoslovak Artists, 1967-1968
3
43
Oppi Untracht, 1957-1990
3
44
U, Miscellaneous, 1964-2001
3
45
Van Arsdale Associates, inc., 1978-1981
3
46
V, Miscellaneous, 1963-2002
3
47
Walker Art Center, 1955-1959
3
48
Paul Walter, circa 1981
3
49
W, Miscellaneous, 1959-1999
3
50
Legal, YMCA, 1992-1995
3
51
Y, Miscellaneous, circa 1961
3
52
Miscellaneous, 1936-1999
3
53-55
Russian, 1944-2002
3
56-64
Russian, 1942-2001
4
1-12

Series 3: Writings , circa 1930-2003
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5

Writings primarily consist of diaries and notebooks, lectures, music and concert materials, and pieces from writing classes Brynner attended in the 1990s.
Description Container Select
Concert Materials by Brynner and Others, circa 1990
4
13
Diary, circa 1992
4
14
French Diary, circa 1938
4
15
Russian Diary, circa 1936
4
16
Lectures, circa 1962
4
17
"Life Story" Night Writing Class Pieces, 1992-1993
4
18
Music, circa 1950-2002
4
19
Notes and Fragments, circa 1985
4
20
Notebooks, circa 1930-2003
4
21-26
Perspecrtive Lineaire, undated
4
27
Recipes, circa 1961
4
28
Russian Papers, circa 1943
5
1-2
Miscellaneous, circa 1948
5
3-4

Series 4: Personal Business Records , 1942-2003
1 Linear foot
Boxes 5-6

Series consists primarily of inventories and price lists of the various jewelry pieces Brynner created. There are also shipping receipts and loan agreements with various art organizations.
Description Container Select
Account Book, 1959-1964
5
5
Aaron Faber Gallery, 1987-1989
5
6
Statements, Carrera Casting Corp., 1997-2001
5
7
Concert Agreements, 1999-2000
5
8
Deposit Books, American Trust Company, 1946-1961
5
9
Fifty-50, 1984
5
10
Goldsmith's Hall, 1971-1976
5
11-12
Henes Products Corp., 1983-1990
5
13-14
Hudson River Museum, 1986
5
15
Inventory, undated
5
16
Invoice Books, 1979-2001
5
17
Invoices, 1944-2001
5
18
Kipp Gallery, 1986-1987
5
19
Ledger Book, 1950-1951
5
20
Litton Educational Publishing, Inc., Van Norstrand Reinhold Co., 1968-1978
5
21-23
Mobilia Gallery, 1996-2003
5
24
Shipping Invoices, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 1962-1968
5
25
Museum of Modern Art, 1964-1970
5
26
New York Apartment, 1983-1986
5
27
Price Lists, circa 1964-1997
5
28-36
Registered Mail Receipts, 1979-2002
5
37
Sales Records, circa 1974
5
38
Santa Fe East, 1987-1988
6
1
Customs and Shipping Invoices, Schenker's International Forwarders, Inc., 1970-1971
6
2
Smithsonian Institution, 1979-1993
6
3
Statements, 1942
6
4
Miscellaneous, 1956-1999
6
5

Series 5: Printed Material , circa 1932-2000
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 6, 16, OV 18

Printed materials consist primarily of exhbition announcements and press releases. There are also news clippings and magazine articles related to Brynner's jewelry. There are also news clippings related to Yul Brynner. Some exhibition announcements are located in oversized box 16.
Description Container Select
Articles, 1965-1997
6
6
Aurum, 1984
6
7
Concert Programs, 1985-2000
6
8-10
Diamond International, 1983-1990
6
11
Exhibition Announcements, 1955-2000
6
12-20
Exhibition Announcements, 1963-1994
16
1
Magazine and Newsletter Articles, circa 1956-1990
6
21
News Clippings, English, circa 1951-1963
6
22
News Clippings, French, 1962, 1985
6
23
News Clippings, Russian, 1933-2000
6
24-25
News Clippings, Yul Brynner, circa 1966
6
26
Russian , circa 1932
6
27
Studio Sign and Information, undated
16
2
Miscellaneous, circa 1937
6
28
Miscellaneous, 1957, 1981
18

Series 6: Artwork , circa 1949-1998
1 Linear foot
Boxes 6-7, 17

Artwork primarily consists of sketches and sketchbooks of jewelry designs and sculture designs.
Description Container Select
Greeting Cards, circa 1975
6
29
Illustrations by Helena Winkelman, 1998
6
30
Sketches, undated
6
31-35
Sketches, undated
7
1-5
Sketches, circa 1971
17
1-2
Sketch of Brynner by Merry Renk, 1988
17
3
Sketchbooks, undated
7
6-13
Sketchbook, circa 1949-1964
17
4

Series 7: Scrapbooks , 1948-1997
1.4 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8, 16

Scrapbooks include various materials such as newspaper clippings, photographs, and exhibition announcements.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, 1985-1992
7
14-15
Scrapbook 2, 1948-1959
7
16
Scrapbook 3, 1960-1972
7
17-18
Scrapbook 4, 1973-1980
8
1-2
Scrapbook 5, 1980-1984
8
3
Scrapbook 6, 1950-1982
8
4
Scrapbook 7, 1959-1997
8
5
Scrapbook 8, 1949-1982
8
6-7
Scrapbook 9, 1960-1985
8
8
Scrapbook 10, circa 1959
8
9-11
Scrapbook 11, 1950-1963
16
3

Series 8: Photographs , circa 1914-2002
5.2 Linear feet
Boxes 8-13, 17

Photographic material includes personal photographs, photographs of jewelry, negatives of both personal photographs and photographs of jewelry, and slides of jewelry. Personal photographs include photographs of family members during her childhood, photographs with Yul Brynner, and photographs of family and friends.
Brynner's personal photographs are followed by photographs of jewelry, negatives, and slides. Slides in Box 13 were sorted and stored in individual slide boxes within the larger box.
Description Container Select
Irena Brynner, circa 1940-1980
8
12
Irena Brynner at Work, circa 1950-1980
8
13-19
Irena Brynner at Work, 1967
17
5
Personal Photographs, circa 1914-2002
8
20-23
Personal Photographs, circa 1914-2002
9
1-12
Museum Class, 1969
9
13
Vera Brynner, circa 1950-1960
9
14
Yul Brynner, circa 1955-1985
9
15
Sammy Davis Jr., 1967
17
6
Brynner Home in Sakaki, Japan, circa 1937
9
16
Brynner Home in Dairen, China, circa 1940
9
17
Personal Photograph Albums, 1967-2000
9
18
Concerts, 1990-2002
9
19-20
Photograph Album, Concerts, 1991
10
1
Mstislav Rostropovich, circa 1969
10
2
Gallery Exhibition, circa 1960-1981
10
3-4
Pieces for Church, 1960-1981
10
5-6
Paintings, circa 1940-1990
10
7
Sculpture, circa 1955-2000
10
8-12
Photograph Album, Jewelry, circa 1980-1990
10
13
Jewelry, Bracelets, circa 1950-2000
10
14-15
Jewelry, Earrings, circa 1950-2000
10
16-18
Jewelry, Necklaces, circa 1950-2000
10
19-23
Jewelry, Pins and Cufflinks, circa 1950-2000
11
1-4
Jewelry, Rings, circa 1950-2000
11
5-9
Jewelry, Sculpture, circa 1950-2000
11
10
Jewelry, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
11
11-16
Jewelry, Miscellaneous, 1967
17
7
Copies of Jewelry Sent for Publishing, circa 1987
11
17
Negatives of Personal Photographs, undated
11
18
Negatives of Yul Brynner Modeling Jewelry, undated
11
19
Negatives of Jewelry, undated
11
20-28
Personal Slides, 1967-1980
11
29
Personal Slides, 1967-1980
12
1
Slides of Jewelry, circa 1950-2000
12
2-12
Miscellaneous Slides, 1960-2002
12
13-15
Slides, Rings, 1950-1979
13
1-2
Slides, Rings, Bracelets, Hairpieces, Earrings, 1950-1979
13
3
Slides, Earrings Necklaces, Earrings, Rings, Pins, 1950-1992
13
4
Slides, Pins, Sculptures, Necklaces, 1950-1979
13
5
Slides, Necklaces, 1950-1979
13
6
Slides, Necklaces, Russian Jewelry not by Brynner, Miscellaneous Jewelry and Sculptures, bulk circa 1970
13
7
Slides, Miscellaneous Jewelry and Sculptures, undated
13
8-11
Slides, Miscellaneous Jewelry and Sculpture, "Hands at Work," "Louise's Slides", undated
13
12
Slides, "Louise's Slides," Historical Museum Stockholm, Flowers, Tall Sails, Miscellaneous of Brynner with Family and Friends, undated
13
13

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.