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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984

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Series 1: Jackson Pollock papers and Lee Krasner papers about Jackson Pollock , circa 1914-1984
7.4 Linear feet
Box 1-7, 16, OV 18, FC 19-22

This series contains Jackson Pollock's papers and Lee Krasner's papers about managing Jackson Pollock's artistic legacy. Biographical material includes artist statements and notes, a transcript of an interview with William Wright and the original audio recording, Pollock's birth certificate, and his passport. Correspondence, both personal and professional and spanning 55 years, includes Pollock's and Krasner's correspondence with museums, gallery owners, biographers, students, fans, family, and fellow artists. Correspondents include, among others, Pollock's teacher Thomas Hart Benton and friends Reginald Isaacs, Clyfford Still, Alfonso Ossorio, and Tony Smith. Writings about Pollock include drafts of essays, articles, lectures, and biographies and include essays by Lee Krasner and Clement Greenberg.
James Valliere extensive research files on Pollock for a never-published biography were given to Krasner. The files include scattered research notes, an inventory of Pollock's library, correspondence with Lee Krasner, and Pollock's family and friends, including Charles Pollock, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert Motherwell. There are also transcripts of interviews Valliere conducted with Pollock's friends and colleagues, including James Brooks, Dorothy Dehner, Clement Greenberg, Reuben Kadish, Lee Krasner, Charles Maddox, Mrs. Sanford McCoy, Daniel T. Miller, Robert Miller, and Tony Smith. The original audio reels and duplicate tapes for many of the transcripts are filed here. There are photographs of two of the interview sessions. Audio recordings for which there are no transcripts are filed in series 1.10 Audio and Video Recordings and Film.
Business records primarily concern Lee Krasner's handling of the exhibition and sale of Pollock's artwork after his death. Included are a guest book for the Venice "Bienale", exhibition lists, account statements and inventory lists, lists of owners of his work, appraisal documents, legal documents, receipts, and other miscellaneous records. Printed material consists of book proofs, numerous newspaper and magazine clippings spanning forty years, and as well as exhibition catalogs, announcements, and invitations to solo and group exhibitions. This series also includes two scrapbooks kept by Pollock and Krasner of news clippings and exhibition announcements, and one sketchbook by an unidentified artist.
Numerous rare photographs found in this series include those of Pollock as a child, with his family and friends, with Lee Krasner, and at work in his Long Island studio, some of which were taken by photographers Hans Namuth and Rudy Burckhardt. Also found are photographs of exhibitions of Pollock's artwork. Audio and video recordings and film in this series include the motion picture film "Jackson Pollock: A Reconsideration," VHS copies of same, and several untranscribed reel-to-reel audio recordings of interviews about Pollock with Alfonso Ossorio, Willem De Kooning, Ruth and Tino Nivola, and Burton Rouche conducted by James Valliere during his research. Audio recordings of interviews with transcripts are filed with Valliere's research files in 1.4.
This series is arranged into 10 subseries:
  • 1.1: Biographical Material, circa 1938-1956
  • 1.2: Correspondence, circa 1929-1984
  • 1.3: Writings by Others, 1950-circa 1983
  • 1.4: James Valliere Research Material on Jackson Pollock, 1963-1972
  • 1.5: Business Records, circa 1942-1983
  • 1.6: Printed Material, 1942-1983
  • 1.7: Scrapbooks, 1943-1957
  • 1.8: Artwork by Others, undated
  • 1.9: Photographs, circa 1914-1969
  • 1.10: Audio and Video Recordings and Film, 1964, 1966
This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for photographs of works of art, copy prints and negatives, motion picture film, published books, and a few folders of newsclippings. All of the sound recordings in this series have also been digitized for research access.
1.1: Biographical Material, circa 1938-1956
Biographical material includes eleven folders of biographical statements and various notes by Pollock, as well as identification items such as his birth certificate and passport. Also found is a audio recording and transcript of a 1949 interview of Pollock by his neighbor William Wright.
Description Container
Biographical Statements, circa 1947-1956
1
1
Birth Certificate Copy, 1938
1
2
Notes by Pollock, circa 1949, undated
1
3
Passport, 1955
1
4
Selective Service Form, 1945
1
5
Social Security Card, 1954
1
6
Jackson Pollock Interview by William Wright, 1949
2 Sound tape reels
Duplicates
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript
Original
2 Sound cassettes
Duplicates
1
7-11
1.2: Correspondence, circa 1929-1984
Correspondence prior to 1956 is Jackson Pollock's, and correspondence after 1956 is Lee Krasner's concerning Pollock's artwork and estate. Correspondence is with galleries and museums that exhibited Pollock's work, including several folders concerning exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art. There is fan fan mail, student inquiries, requests for reproductions, and correspondence concerning restoration work. Correspondents of note include Thomas Hart Benton, Tony Smith, Reginald Isaacs, Clyfford Still, and Alfonso Ossorio, gallery owners Betty Parsons, Sidney Janis, and Martha Jackson, and biographers B.H. Friedman, Francis O'Connor, and Bryan Robertson. Also found are condolence letters and flower cards to Lee Krasner after Pollock's death. There is also a 1936 letter to Pollock from David Alfaro Siqueiros and postcards from Helen Frankenthaler and Clement Greenberg.
Description Container
Arts Council of Great Britain, 1977-1978
1
12
Baltimore Museum of Art, 1968
1
13
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1935-1938, undated
1
14
Betty Parsons Gallery, 1949-1953, undated
1
15
Centre George Pompidou, 1977-1984
(2 folders)
1
16-17
Condolence Letters, 1956, (5 folders)
1
18-22
Condolence Flower Cards, 1956
(not scanned)
1
23
Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, 1959
1
24
De Lazlo, Violet, 1941
1
25
Davis, Bill, 1948-1952
1
26
Dickler, Gerald, 1956-1979
(4 folders)
1
27-30
Exhibitions and Artwork Loans, 1950-1984
(2 folders)
1
31-32
Fan Mail to Pollock, 1948-circa 1955
1
33
Fogg Museum of Art, 1964
1
34
Friedman, B. H., 1955-1961, 1968-1980
1
35
Gibbs, David, 1960-1964
1
36
Heller, Ben, 1955-1963, 1982
1
37
Henderson, Joseph, 1967-1971
1
38
Howell, Douglas, 1954-1955, 1965-1968
1
39
Institute of Contemporary Art, 1979-1980
1
40
Isaacs, Reginald, 1949-1955
1
41
Jackson Pollock Catalogue Raisonne, 1971-1981
1
42
Jackson, Martha, 1955
1
43
Janis, Sidney, 1943, 1953-1976
1
44
Kluger, Richard (Simon & Schuster), 1966-1967
1
45
Krasner, Lee (Correspondence with Pollock), 1943, 1956
1
46
Kulicke Frames, Inc., 1958-1968
1
47
Langhorne, Elizabeth, 1976-1980
1
48
Lawsuit filed by Peggy Guggenheim, 1960-1964
1
49
Littlefield, William H., 1967
1
50
Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., 1961-1976
(4 folders)
1
51-54
McCoy, Jason, 1980-1984
1
55
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966, 1980-1983, undated
1
56
Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1976-1978
1
57
Museum of Modern Art, "Jackson Pollock" Exhibition, 1956-1957
1
58
Museum of Modern Art, VI Bienal, Sao Paulo, 1957
1
59
Museum of Modern Art, "Jackson Pollock: 1912-1956" International Exhibition, 1957-1959
1
60
Museum of Modern Art, "New American Painting,", 1958-1959
1
61
Museum of Modern Art, "Documenta II", 1959
1
62
Museum of Modern Art, "Jackson Pollock: Works on Paper", 1967-1968
1
63
Museum of Modern Art, "Jackson Pollock" Exhibition, 1966-1967
2
1
Museum of Modern Art, Miscellaneous, 1949-1983
(2 folders)
2
2-3
Namuth, Hans, 1963-1983
2
4
O'Connor, Francis V., 1957, 1964-1980, undated
2
5
Ossorio, Alfonso, 1950-1955, 1965
2
6
Painting Restoration, 1957-1959, 1966-1976
2
7
Pollock Family, 1929-1980
2
8
Putzel, Howard (Art of this Century), 1942-1945
2
9
Requests for Reproductions and Use of Pollock Images, 1952-1984
(3 folders)
2
10-12
Robertson, Bryan, 1959-1960, 1977
2
13
Rubin, William, 1979-1983
2
14
Smith, Tony, 1953-1954
2
15
Still, Clyfford, 1952-1955
2
16
Student Requests for Information, 1951-1982
2
17
Sweeney, James Johnson, 1943-1944, 1954-1955
2
18
Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1959-1964, 1969
2
19
Wagstaff, Samuel (Wadsworth Athenaeum), 1962
2
20
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1954-1955, 1976-1982
2
21
General Correspondence, 1936-1970, undated
(5 folders)
2
22-26
General Correspondence, 1971-1984, undated
(6 folders)
2
27-32
1.3: Writings by Others, 1950-circa 1983, undated
Found here are essays, articles, lectures, and biographies about Jackson Pollock. There is an original draft of the Bryan Robertson biography of Jackson Pollock, an essay by Clement Greenberg, and an essay written by Lee Krasner after Pollock's death which discusses his career, personal life, and their relationship.
Description Container
Bruno Alfieri, "L'Arte Moderna: A Short Talk on The Pictures of Jackson Pollock,", undated
2
33
Lance Compa, "Jackson Pollock: Art and Cosmos,", undated
2
34
Francine du Plessix and Cleve Gray, "Who Was Jackson Pollock,", undated
2
35
Marilyn G. Foley, "Jackson Pollock: Where the Action Is,", circa 1967
2
36
B.H. Friedman, "Sketches for a Portrait: Jackson Pollock,", 1955
2
37
Robert Goodnough, "Jackson Pollock,", 1951
2
38
Clement Greenberg, "Jackson Pollock,", circa 1957
2
39
Stanley Harrison, "Lavender Mist by Jackson Pollock: A Critique,", circa 1966
2
40
Lee Krasner, "Pollock,", undated
2
41
Rosalind E. Krauss, Untitled Essay, circa 1981
2
42
Krauss/Namuth, Untitled Essay, circa 1977
2
43
London Exhibition Catalog, draft copy, 1961
2
44
John Bernard Myers, Review of Jackson Pollock: The Last Sketchbook, circa 1983
2
45
Francis O'Connor, "Hans Namuth's Photographs of Jackson Pollock as Art Historical Documentation", undated
2
46
Francis O'Connor, "Jackson Pollock and the WPA Federal Art Project: 1935 to 1943,", 1966
2
47
Bryan Robertson, Jackson Pollock, draft copy, 1960
2
48
Alvin Schwartz, Untitled Essay, undated
2
49
Eugene Victor Thaw, Untitled Essay, circa 1980
2
50
Parker Tyler, "Jackson Pollock: The Infinite Labyrinth,", 1950
2
51
Unidentified Author, "Jackson Pollock,", 1957
2
52
1.4: James Valliere Research Material on Jackson Pollock, 1963-1972
James Valliere was a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire who was employed in 1963 by Lee Krasner to begin researching Pollock's early career and compile a general catalog of his work. Valliere never published the results of his research and the materials were kept by Lee Krasner. Found here is correspondence between Valliere and Lee Krasner, as well as Valliere's research correspondence with other family members, and Pollock's friends and colleagues. There is correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pollock, Sanford McCoy (Pollock's brother), Jay Pollock, Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Motherwell, and the Art Students League of New York. Also found are transcripts and audio recordings of interviews conducted by Valliere with those who knew Pollock well, including James Brooks, Reuben Kadish, Tony Smith, Clement Greenberg, and Pollock's sister-in-law Mrs. Sanford (Arloie) McCoy wherein she reads several letters Jackson wrote to his father from New York. Also included in this series are some of Valliere's research notes and photographs of James Brooks, and Pollock's friend Daniel Miller taken during their interviews. Untranscribed audio recordings of interviews are filed in series 1.10: Audio and Video Recordings and Film.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1963-1967
(3 folders)
2
53-55
Notes, 1963-1964, undated
2
56
Photographs of James Brooks, 1965
2
57
Photographs of Daniel T. Miller, 1965
2
58
Preliminary Catalog of Jackson Pollock's Library, 1963
2
59
James Brooks Interview, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
Duplicate
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript
Original
2
60-62
Clement Greenberg Interview Transcript, 1968
2
63
Clement Greenberg Interview, 1968
2 Sound tape reels
Original
3
1-2
Reuben Kadish Interview, Transcript, circa 1965
3
3
Mrs. Sanford McCoy Interview, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript
Original
3
4-5
Daniel T. Miller Interview, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
Duplicate
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript
Original
3
6-8
Tony Smith Interview, Transcript, circa 1965
3
9
Interview with Lee Krasner, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maddox, Dorothy Dehner, and Robert Miller, Transcript, 1972
3
10
Essay, "Jackson Pollock's Progressed Lunation Cycle,", 1972
3
11
1.5: Business Records, circa 1942-1983
Business records document Lee Krasner's handling of Pollock's estate and exhibition of his artwork after his death. Found here are miscellaneous business records, including price lists, lists of items loaned for exhibitions, warehouse and shipping receipts, conservation receipts, and other handwritten notes. There are lists of owners of paintings and exhibitions, a guest book from the Venice "Biennale, and a complete appraisal of 37 Jackson Pollock drawings. There is also a folder of account statements and inventory lists from the Marlborough Gallery. Legal Documents include a deposition by Francis O'Connor regarding his interviews with Pollock's therapist, Dr. Joseph Henderson.
Description Container
Miscellaneous Business Records, 1957-1983, undated
(2 folders; partially scanned)
3
12-13
List of Owners of Paintings, undated
3
14
Exhibition Lists, 1942-1959
3
15
Guest Book, Venice "Biennale,", 1950
3
16
Marlborough Gallery Account with the Pollock Estate, 1969-1975
3
17
Legal Documents, Francis O'Connor Deposition, 1975
3
18
Appraisal of Jackson Pollock Drawings, 1983
3
19
1.6: Printed Material, 1942-1983
Printed materials include books and book proofs, such as a small book in Italian critiquing Pollock's work and proofs for two biographies by Frank O'Hara and Bryan Robertson, magazines with feature articles on Pollock, and numerous newspaper and magazine clippings spanning forty years. Also found are exhibition catalogs, posters, press releases, announcements, and invitations for both Pollock's solo and group exhibitions.
Description Container
Book, Masterpieces of the World (in Japanese), undated
(not scanned)
3
20
Book, Museum of Modern Art New York in Bern (in German), 1978
(not scanned)
3
21
Book, Pollock: un saggio critico di Enrico Crispolti, 1958
(not scanned)
3
22
Book Proof, Betty Parsons Gallery Catalog, 1951
(not scanned)
3
23
Book Proof, Edwin Miller, for the essay "The Radical Vision of Whitman and Pollock,", 1970
(not scanned)
3
24
Book Proof, Museum of Modern Art Jackson Pollock Exhibition Catalog, 1967
(not scanned)
3
25
Book Proof, Frank O'Hara, Jackson Pollock, 1959
(not scanned)
3
26
Book Proof, Bryan Robertson, Jackson Pollock, 1959-1960
(not scanned)
3
27
Book Proofs, unidentified, circa 1964
(not scanned)
3
28
Clippings, 1943-1951, undated
(6 folders)
3
29-34
Clippings, 1952-1960
(7 folders)
4
1-7
Clippings, 1961-1970
(6 folders; Oversized items in Box 16, F1)
4
8-13
Clippings, 1971-1983
(6 folders)
4
14-19
Clippings, Beaubourg Exhibition, 1982
(3 folders; in french)
4
20-22
Clippings, Reviews of Jackson Pollock by Bryan Robertson, 1960-1961
4
23
Clippings, Reviews of Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible by B. H. Friedman, 1972-1973
4
24
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1944-1964, 1974-1983, undated
(2 folders)
4
25-26
Exhibition Catalogs, Solo Exhibitions, 1943-1979
(5 folders)
4
27-31
Exhibition Catalogs, Group Exhibitions, 1942-1949
4
32
Exhibition Catalogs, Group Exhibitions, 1950-1970
(14 folders)
5
1-14
Exhibition Catalogs, Group Exhibitions, 1971-1977
(2 folders)
6
1-2
Exhibition Posters, 1950-1980
(Oversized items in OV 18)
6
3
Magazines, LIFE, 1949, 1959
6
4
Magazines, Miscellaneous, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1976-1977
(2 folders; not scanned)
6
5-6
Press Releases for Pollock Exhibitions, 1976-1981
6
7
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1974-1983, undated
(not scanned)
6
8
Clippings, 1967
(Scanned with Box 4, F8-13)
16 (sol)
1
Exhibition Posters, 1950-1980
(See also Box 6, F3; not scanned)
OV 18
1.7: Scrapbooks, 1943-1957
Two scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, and exhibition announcements. One was created by Pollock and Krasner, and the other was created by Krasner in the years following Pollock's death.
Description Container
Scrapbook, 1943-1949
16 (sol)
2
Scrapbook kept by Lee Krasner, 1956-1957
16 (sol)
3
1.8: Artwork by Others, undated
Found here is one sketchbook containing primarily ink drawings and diagrams by an unidentified artist.
Description Container
Sketchbook by Unidentified Artist, undated
6
9
1.9: Photographs, circa 1914-1969
Found here are extensive photographs of Pollock. There are many photographs of Pollock as a child and teenager and with his family, of Pollock with Lee Krasner in the studio, outdoors, at their home on Long Island, and with family and friends, including photographs from a 1950 Pollock family reunion held at their home. Also found are exhibition photographs, including his 1951 solo exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery, as well as photos of Pollock's studio, and a few other miscellaneous images. Several of the photographs of Pollock in his studio were taken by Herbert Matter, Hans Namuth, and Rudy Burckhardt. Photographs taken by Herbert Matter were previously incorrectly attributed to Wilfrid Zogbaum. Significant figures photographed with Pollock include Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, James Brooks, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. There are also numerous photographs and slides of Pollock's works of art that have not been scanned. Photographs are arranged according to subject and chronologically within each folder.
Description Container
Portraits of Jackson Pollock, 1943-circa 1955, undated
(Oversized items in Box 16, F4)
6
10
Portraits of Jackson Pollock by Hans Namuth, 1950
(Oversized items in Box 16, F5)
6
11
Portraits of Jackson Pollock, Copy Prints and Negatives, 1943-circa 1955
(2 folders; not scanned)
6
12-13
Jackson Pollock in His Studio by Herbert Matter, 1947
(Oversized items in Box 16, F6)
6
14
Jackson Pollock in His Studio by Rudy Burckhardt, 1950
6
15
Jackson Pollock in His Studio by Hans Namuth, 1950
(Oversized items in Box 16, F7)
6
16
Jackson Pollock in His Studio, Copy Prints and Negatives, circa 1947, 1950
(not scanned)
6
17
Jackson Pollock and Family, circa 1914-1930, undated
6
18
Jackson Pollock and Family, Copy Prints and Negatives, circa 1914-1930, undated
(not scanned)
6
19
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, circa 1946-1955
(2 folders; Oversized items in Box 16, F8)
6
20-21
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Copy Prints and Negatives, circa 1946-1955
(not scanned)
6
22
Pollock and Krasner with Friends and Family, 1936-1956
(2 folders)
6
23-24
Pollock and Krasner with Friends and Family, Copy Prints and Negatives, 1936-1956
(not scanned)
6
25
Pollock Family Reunion, 1950
6
26
Pollock Family Reunion, Copy Prints and Negatives, 1950
(not scanned)
6
27
Pollock-Krasner Studio by Maurice Berezov, undated
6
28
Exhibition, Betty Parsons Gallery, 1951
(Oversized items in Box 16, F9-11)
6
29
Exhibition, Betty Parsons Gallery, Copy Prints and Negatives, 1951
(not scanned)
6
30
Exhibition, Bennington College, 1952
6
31
Exhibitions, Sidney Janis Gallery, 1952-1958
6
32
Exhibitions, Unidentified, 1958, undated
6
33
Exhibition, Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1961
(2 folders)
6
34-35
Exhibition, Moderna Museet, circa 1963
6
36
Exhibitions, Marlborough Gallery of Art, 1964, 1969, undated
(2 folders)
6
37-38
Exhibitions, Museum of Modern Art, 1969, undated
6
39
Miscellaneous Photographs, 1942-1948, undated
6
40
Miscellaneous Photographs, Copy Prints and Negatives, 1942-1948, undated
(not scanned)
6
41
Artwork, 1969, undated
(not scanned)
6
42
Slides of Artwork, 1950, undated
(not scanned)
7
1
Color Transparencies of Pollock Artwork Owned by Lee Krasner, undated
(not scanned)
7
2
Stereo Transparencies of Pollock-Krasner Studio, undated
(not scanned)
7
3
Safety Negatives, undated
(not scanned)
7
4
Portraits of Jackson Pollock, 1943-circa 1955, undated
(Scanned with Box 6, F10)
16 (sol)
4
Portraits of Jackson Pollock by Hans Namuth, 1950
(Scanned with Box 6, F11)
16 (sol)
5
Jackson Pollock in His Studio by Herbert Matter, 1947
(Scanned with Box 6, F14)
16 (sol)
6
Jackson Pollock in His Studio by Hans Namuth, 1950
(Scanned with Box 6, F16)
16 (sol)
7
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, circa 1946-1955
(2 folders; Scanned with Box 6, F20-21)
16 (sol)
8
Exhibition, Betty Parsons Gallery, 1951
(Scanned with Box 6, F29)
16 (sol)
9-11
1.10: Audio and Video Recordings and Film, 1964, 1966
This subseries contains a 16 mm film about Pollock, entitled, "Jackson Pollock: A Reconsideration," including a reel of outtakes, produced in 1964 by Channel 13 WNDT, the Educational Broadcasting Corporation. There are also VHS copies of the film. Also found are untranscribed audio recordings of interviews conducted by James Valliere while he was researching Pollock's early career and artwork for a never-published book on Pollock. Interviews are with artists Willem De Kooning and Alfonso Ossorio, and Pollock's friends Burton Rouche. Researchers should also see Series 1.4: James Valliere Research Material on Jackson Pollock for additional recordings of interviews with transcripts.
Description Container
"Jackson Pollock: A Reconsideration,", 1964
1 Film reel
16 mm
FC 19
"Jackson Pollock: A Reconsideration," Outtakes, 1964
3 Film reels
3 reels in 2 film cans
16 mm
1 Film reel
35 mm
FC 20-22
"Jackson Pollock: A Reconsideration" , 1964
1 videocassettes (vhs)
7
5
"Jackson Pollock: A Reconsideration," Outtakes, 1964
1 videocassettes (vhs)
File includes lab records and original envelope found with film
7
6
Willem De Kooning interview with James Valliere, 1966
1 Sound tape reel
7
7
Alfonso Ossorio interview with James Valliere, 1966
2 Sound cassettes
Duplicates
1 Sound tape reel
Duplicate
1 Sound tape reel
Original
7
8-10
Ruth and Tino Nivola interview with James Valliere, 1966
1 Sound tape reel
7
11
Burton Rouche interview with James Valliere, 1966
1 Sound tape reel
7
12

Series 2: Lee Krasner Papers , circa 1927-1984
8.6 Linear feet
Box 7-15, 17

This series consists primarily of papers documenting Lee Krasner's artistic career and personal life during the last twenty years of her life. The bulk of the material dates from 1964 to 1984. Biographical material documents Krasner's family background, education, and career through chronologies, awards, resumes, exhibition lists, bibliographies, address books, and mementoes from Krasner's 1965 trip to England. Professional and personal correspondence is with gallery owners, curators, art historians and critics, students, fans, family, and fellows artists such as Cleve Gray, Alfonso Ossorio, and Philip Johnson.
There are thirteen transcripts of interviews with Krasner conducted by art historians and journalists. The interviews discuss Krasner's life and career, the art scene in New York, and her relationship with Jackson Pollock. Original audio recordings exist for many of the interviews and are filed in 2.10, Audio and Video Recordings. Writings by others consist of draft essays about Krasner and her artwork; writings by Lee Krasner consist of handwritten lecture notes and notes containing reminiscences. Business and financial records consist of loan forms, sales lists, guest lists, exhibition checklists, and other miscellaneous materials. Krasner's papers also include one scrapbook of news clippings and photographs from her 1965 Whitechapel exhibition.
Printed material consists of exhibition materials for Krasner's solo and group shows, event announcements, programs, numerous newspaper and magazine clippings, and faculty materials for her work at the Cooper Union. Numerous photographs include photographs of Krasner with Pollock, family, and friends, and photos of her home and studio. The majority of photographs are professional portraits of Krasner taken throughout her career, including portraits by Hans Namuth. Also found are photographs of Krasner at exhibitions, exhibition installations, and photographs of her artwork. Audio and video recordings include Krasner interviews, recorded radio and television shows, lectures, and a VHS recording of "Pollock a Beaubourg. Transcripts for many of the interviews are filed in Series 2.3.
The Lee Krasner Papers series is arranged into 10 subseries:
  • 2.1: Biographical Material, circa 1927-1983
  • 2.2: Correspondence, circa 1941-1984
  • 2.3: Interview Transcripts, circa 1965-1979
  • 2.4: Writings by Others, circa 1965-1981
  • 2.5: Writings by Lee Krasner, circa 1977-1979
  • 2.6: Business and Financial Records, circa 1957-1983
  • 2.7: Scrapbook, 1965
  • 2.8: Printed Material, circa 1942-1984
  • 2.9: Photographs, circa 1929-1983
  • 2.10: Audio and Video Recordings, circa 1964-1983
The arrangement is based primarily on the original microfilm arrangement.
The Lee Krasner Papers series is arranged into 10 subseries:
  • 2.1: Biographical Material, circa 1927-1983
  • 2.2: Correspondence, circa 1941-1984
  • 2.3: Interview Transcripts, circa 1965-1979
  • 2.4: Writings by Others, circa 1965-1981
  • 2.5: Writings by Lee Krasner, circa 1977-1979
  • 2.6: Business and Financial Records, circa 1957-1983
  • 2.7: Scrapbook, 1965
  • 2.8: Printed Material, circa 1942-1984
  • 2.9: Photographs, circa 1929-1983
  • 2.10: Audio and Video Recordings, circa 1964-1983
The arrangement is based primarily on the original microfilm arrangement.
The bulk of this series has been scanned from microfilm. All of the sound recordings in this series have also been digitized for research access.
2.1: Biographical Material, circa 1927-1983
Found here are Lee Krasner's genealogical notes, school transcripts, certificate of marriage to Jackson Pollock, and Who's Who biographies. Also included are resumes and artist statements, chronologies, exhibition lists, bibliographies, and address books. Awards and certificates include an award medal for the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. There are also mementos such as brochures, receipts, programs, and letters, from her 1965 visit to England for the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition.
Description Container
Biographical Documents, 1927-1967, undated
7
13
Biographical Data and Chronologies, 1964-1983, undated
7
14
Exhibition Lists, 1965-1977
7
15
Bibliographies, 1983, undated
7
16
Award Medals, 1977, 1982
7
17
Award Ceremony Programs, 1977, 1980
7
18
Award Certificates, 1972-1982
(Oversized items in Box 17, F1)
7
19
Address Books, undated
7
20
"Personal Mementos from England Trip", 1965
(2 folders)
7
21-22
Award Certificates, 1982
(Scanned with Box 9, F19)
17 (sol)
1
2.2: Correspondence, circa 1941-1984
Lee Krasner's correspondence spans over forty years, but the bulk of it ranges from 1970 to her death in 1984. Found here is correspondence with galleries and gallery owners that represented her, exhibited her work, or requested her work for potential exhibitions. Krasner was friends with many artists and art professionals and her personal correspondence includes many letters from artists such as Philip Johnson, Ray Eames, Cleve Gray, and Hans Namuth. She also corresponded with art historians and critics, curators, collectors, arts and social organizations, admirers, and family members. Additionally, this series includes fan mail, student inquiries, correspondence with journalists and publishers, requests for her to lecture, and business correspondence on the sale of her work. There are numerous letters and telegrams congratulating Krasner on exhibitions, such as the 1965 Whitechapel retrospective and extensive documentation of her 1958 commission to create a mural for Uris Brothers, Inc.
See Index for List of Notable Correspondents from Series 2.2
Description Container
Correspondence, undated
(2 folders)
8
1-2
Correspondence, 1941-1960
(4 folders)
8
3-6
Correspondence, 1961-1965
(9 folders)
8
7-15
Correspondence, 1966-1970
(7 folders)
8
16-22
Correspondence, 1971-1976
(19 folders)
8
23-41
Correspondence, 1977-1980
(21 folders)
9
1-21
Correspondence, 1981-1984
(20 folders)
9
22-41
2.3: Interview Transcripts, circa 1965-1979,
This subseries contains transcripts of interviews of Lee Krasner conducted by various art historians and journalists. The interviews discuss Krasner's work, the early abstract expressionist movement, her relationship with Jackson Pollock, and the "New York art world". Two of the transcripts are for broadcast interviews, including a 1979 interview with Barbara Novak for WGBH New Television Workshop, Boston. Transcripts are arranged chronologically. Audio recordings for these interviews are filed in Series 2.10.
Description Container
Bruce Glaser Interview, undated
9
42
Barbara Cavaliere Interview, undated
9
43
Miscellaneous Interviews, undated
9
44
Andrew Forge Interview, 1965
9
45
Emily Wasserman Interview, 1968
9
46
Barbara Rose Interview, 1972
9
47
Gaby Rogers Interview, 1977
9
48
Barbaralee Diamonstein Interview, 1978
9
49
Barbara Rose Interview, 1978
10
1
Helen Weinberg Interview, 1978
10
2
Richard Howard Interview, 1978
10
3
Ellen G. Landau Interview, 1979
10
4
Barbara Novak Interview, 1979
10
5
2.4: Writings by Others, circa 1965-1981
This subseries includes draft essays, many with annotations, about Lee Krasner and her artwork. Items are arranged chronologically.
Description Container
Ellen G. Landau, untitled manuscript, undated
10
6
B. H. Friedman, "Lee Krasner,", 1965
10
7
Eleanor Munro, untitled manuscript, circa 1977
10
8
Deborah Daw, "Lee Krasner: On Climbing a Mountain of Porcelain", 1979
10
9
John Myers, "An Imaginary Interview with Lee Krasner", 1981
10
10
2.5: Writings by Lee Krasner, circa 1977-1979
This subseries includes a few lecture notes by Lee Krasner as well as handwritten notes about her life and memories.
Description Container
Personal Notes and Lectures, 1977-1979, undated
10
11
2.6: Business and Financial Records, circa 1957-1983
Scattered business and financial records date primarily from 1967 to 1983 and include exhibition checklists, conservation forms, loan forms, sales and price lists, warehouse and shipping receipts, guest lists, account statements and other handwritten lists and notes. There is documentation from the Robert Miller Gallery, Pace Gallery, the Whitney museum, and the Marlborough gallery.
Description Container
Miscellaneous Business Records, 1957-1983, undated
(9 folders)
10
12-20
Sales and Accounting Statements for Robert Miller Gallery, 1981-1982
10
21
Loan Forms and Checklists from "Lee Krasner Retrospective", 1983
(2 folders)
10
22-23
Financial Records, 1967-1977
10
24
Inventories, Marlborough Gallery, 1975-1976
10
25
Inventories, Pace Gallery, 1975-1981
10
26
Inventories, Robert Miller Gallery, 1982-1983
10
27
Price Lists, 1972, undated
10
28
Mailing Lists, Marlborough Gallery, 1968, 1973
(2 folders)
10
29-30
Mailing Lists, Whitney Museum, 1973
10
31
Mailing Lists, Pace Gallery, 1977
10
32
Mailing Lists, Whitney Museum, 1978
10
33
Mailing Lists, Pace Gallery, 1979, 1981
(2 folders)
10
34-35
Mailing Lists, Robert Miller Gallery, 1981
10
36
Guest Lists, Robert Miller Gallery, 1982
10
37
2.7: Scrapbook, 1965
This scrapbook documents a 1965 exhibition of Krasner's work at Whitechapel Gallery in London. The scrapbook was created by the President of Marlborough Gallery, Pierre Levai, and includes news clippings about the event and photographs of the exhibition installation.
Description Container
Whitechapel Gallery Exhibition Scrapbook, 1965
10
38
2.8: Printed Material, circa 1942-1984
Printed material documents Lee Krasner's career and includes solo and group exhibition catalogs, announcements, press releases, and numerous newspaper and magazine clippings. There are also newsletters, event calendars, annual reports, and documentary film announcements for films about Krasner. Schedules, directories, instructions, and other faculty materials are from Krasner's semester as a faculty member at Cooper Union. Miscellaneous printed material includes primarily programs, brochures, and invitations to events. There is also an "Odds and Ends" folder. Items are arranged by type of material and chronologically within each folder.
Description Container
Exhibition Catalogs, undated
10
39
Exhibition Catalogs, 1942-1963
(3 folders)
10
40-42
Exhibition Catalogs, 1964-1975
(7 folders)
11
1-7
Exhibition Catalogs, 1976-1981
(10 folders)
11
8-17
Exhibition Catalogs, 1982-1984
(4 folders)
12
1-4
Exhibition Announcements, 1949-1984, undated
(4 folders)
12
5-8
Press Releases, 1958-1983, undated
12
9
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1968-1983, undated
(2 folders)
12
10-11
Documentary Film Announcements, 1972-1983
12
12
Essay, "Jackson Pollock Works on Paper", undated
12
13
Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1981-1982, undated
12
14
Essay, "The American Abstract Expressionist Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation", undated
12
15
Newsletters, Events Calendars, and Annual Reports, 1960-1984, undated
(2 folders)
12
16-17
Selected Chronology, undated
12
18
Exhibition info for "Lee Krasner at Martha Jackson", 1958
12
19
Faculty Materials, The Cooper Union, 1976
12
20
The Subject of the Artist, 1978
12
21
Exhibition Materials for "Krasner/Pollock: A Working Relationship", 1981
12
22
25 Artists, 1982
12
23
"Odds & Ends", 1969-1970, undated
12
24
New Clippings, undated
12
25
News Clippings, 1948-1974
(5 folders)
12
26-30
News Clippings, 1975-1979
(4 folders)
12
31-34
News Clippings, 1981-1984
(6 folders)
13
1-6
Magazine Clippings, 1952-1984, undated
(3 folders)
13
7-9
Photographs of Artists in Harper's Bazaar (Reproductions), 1951
(Not scanned)
13
10
Exhibition Poster, 1969
(Not scanned)
17 (sol)
1
2.9: Photographs, circa 1929-1983
Lee Krasner's personal photographs and photographs of her artwork are filed here, including one of her painting in the studio and portraits of her at the WPA pier. The majority of the photographs in this subseries are professional portraits taken of Lee Krasner throughout her career. Some of the portraits depict her home and painting in her studio. Photographers of note are Hans Namuth, Renate Ponsold, and Ray Eames, and one by Irving Penn. All portraits of Krasner are grouped by photographer and arranged chronologically.
Personal and family photographs include photos of Krasner on the beach, circa 1939, and with family and friends. Photographs of Krasner with Jackson Pollock were taken at the beach, with family, and at their home in the Springs. There are also photographs of the two of them outside of their home and in the studio, taken by Wilfred Zogbaum. There are photographs of Lee Krasner at various exhibitions, including her 1973 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Photographs of artwork include photographs of Krasner's work in various medium, such as ink, collage, lithographs, and mosaic, as well as the artwork she did for the WPA. Photographs of artwork have not been scanned.
2.9.1: Personal Photographs, 1938-1982, undated
Description Container
Early Portraits of Lee Krasner, 1938-1940, undated
13
11
Lee Krasner at the WPA Pier, circa 1942
13
12
Lee Krasner Personal and Family Photographs, circa 1939-1964, undated
(2 folders)
13
13-14
Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock, circa 1950, undated
(2 folders)
13
15-16
Portraits of Krasner by Maurice Berezov, circa 1942, 1956, undated
13
17
Portraits of Krasner by Hans Namuth, 1955, 1958, undated
(Oversized items in Box 17, F2)
13
18
Portraits of Krasner by Halley Erskine, 1959
(Oversized items in Box 17, F3)
13
19
Portraits of Krasner by Paul De Vries, circa 1960-1961
(2 folders)
13
20-21
Portraits of Krasner by Hans Namuth, 1962
13
22
Portraits of Krasner by Ray Eames, 1965
13
23
Portraits of Krasner by Bryan Wharton, 1965
13
24
Portraits of Krasner by Bob Miller, 1968
13
25
Portraits of Krasner by Mark Patiky, 1970
(Oversized items in Box 17, F4)
13
26
Portraits of Krasner by John Reed, circa 1970
13
27
Portraits of Krasner by Irving Penn, 1972
(Oversized items in Box 17, F5)
13
28
Portraits of Krasner by Iris Schneider, 1973
13
29
Portraits of Krasner by David Gahr, 1973
13
30
Portraits of Krasner by Ann Chwatsky, circa 1975
13
31
Portraits of Krasner by Marjorie Michael, 1975
13
32
Portraits of Krasner by Ray Eames, 1976
13
33
Portraits of Krasner by Lenore Seroka, circa 1977
13
34
Portraits of Krasner by Renate Ponsold, 1977
13
35
Portraits of Krasner by Jesse Fernandez, circa 1979
13
36
Portraits of Krasner by Ernst Hans, 1981
13
37
Portraits of Krasner by Waintrob-Budd, 1981
(Oversized items in Box 17, F6)
13
38
Portraits of Krasner, Miscellaneous, 1950-1982, undated
(2 folders; Oversized items in Box 17, F7)
13
39-40
Lee Krasner's Home by Ray Eames, 1963
13
41
Lee Krasner's Home by Jesse Fernandez, 1973, 1979, undated
(2 folders)
13
42-43
Exhibition, University of Alabama, 1969
13
44
Exhibition, Whitney Museum, 1973
13
45
Exhibition, Brandeis University, 1975
13
46
Exhibition, "Around Jackson Pollock: East Hampton, the 1950s", 1979
13
47
Exhibition, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1982
13
48
Exhibitions, Miscellaneous, 1974, undated
13
49
Portraits of Krasner by Hans Namuth, 1955, 1958, undated
(Scanned with Box 13, F18)
17 (sol)
2
Portraits of Krasner by Halley Erskine, 1959
(Scanned with Box 13, F19)
17 (sol)
3
Portraits of Krasner by Mark Patiky, 1970
(Scanned with Box 13, F26)
17 (sol)
4
Portraits of Krasner by Irving Penn, 1972
(Scanned with Box 13, F28)
17 (sol)
5
Portraits of Krasner by Waintrob-Budd, 1981
(Scanned with Box 13, F38)
17 (sol)
6
Portraits of Krasner, Miscellaneous, 1950-1982, undated
(Scanned with Box 13, F39-40)
17 (sol)
7
2.9.2: Photographs of Artwork, 1929-1983, undated
(not scanned)
Description Container
Charcoal Drawings, 1937-1939
13
50
Oil on Paper, 1938
13
51
Early Abstractions, 1938-1943
13
52
Artwork for the WPA, circa 1940-1942
13
53
Little Image Paintings, 1946-1950
(2 folders)
14
1-2
Ink Paintings, 1950-1958
14
3
Paintings, 1942-1965, undated
(8 folders; Oversized items in Box 17, F8)
14
4-11
Mosaic Table, 1947
(Oversized items in Box 17, F9)
14
12
Studies for Mosaic Project, 1959
14
13
Collages, 1953-1979
(3 folders)
14
14-16
Lithographs, 1962-1963
14
17
Miscellaneous Artwork by Lee Krasner, 1929-1935, undated
(2 folders)
14
18-19
Unidentified Artwork, undated
14
20
Stable Gallery Collage Exhibition, 1955
(Oversized items in Box 17, F10)
14
21
Howard Wise Gallery Exhibition, 1962
14
22
Marlborough Gallery Exhibition, 1968
14
23
Marlborough Gallery Exhibition, 1969
(2 folders)
14
24-25
University of Alabama Exhibtion, 1969
14
26
Reese Palley Gallery Exhibition, 1969
14
27
Marlborough Gallery Exhibition, 1973
14
28
Whitney Museum Exhibition, 1973
14
29
Janie C. Lee Gallery Exhibition, 1978
14
30
Pace Gallery Exhibition, 1979
14
31
Janie C. Lee Gallery Exhibition, 1981
14
32
Nassau County Museum of Art Exhibition, 1981
14
33
Grey Art Gallery Exhibition, 1981
14
34
Guild Hall Exhibition, 1981
14
35
Pace Gallery Exhibition, 1981
14
36
Tate Gallery Exhibition, 1983
14
37
Unidentified Exhibitions, 1954-1959, 1976, undated
14
38
Drawing by Tony Smith, 1945-1946
14
39
Miscellaneous Proof Sheets, undated
14
40
Negatives, undated
14
41
Color Transparencies, 1938-1972, undated
(3 folders)
15
1-3
Paintings, 1942-1962, undated
(See also Box 14, F4-11)
17 (sol)
8
Mosaic Table, 1947
(See also Box 14, F12)
17 (sol)
9
Stable Gallery Collage Exhibition, 1955
(See also Box 14, F21)
17 (sol)
10
2.10: Audio and Video Recordings, circa 1964-1983
This subseries consists primarily of audio recordings of interviews with Lee Krasner that discuss her career, her relationship with Jackson Pollock, and Pollock's career. The recordings include interviews conducted by John Gruen for the Casper Citron radio show, one for the Martha Dean radio show, and one for the "Today Show". Another interview of note was conducted by fellow artist Mercedes Matter. Transcripts for most of these interviews are filed in Series 2.3.
Also found in this series are two recorded lectures given by Lee Krasner, and two copies VHS video recordings about Pollock and a 1982 exhibition of his work, "Pollock a Beaubourg". Items are arranged chronologically.
Description Container
Lee Krasner Lecture at Nassau County Museum of Art, undated
1 Sound cassette
15
4
Bruce Glaser Interview of Lee Krasner, undated
1 Sound tape reel
Includes letter from Glaser and notes.
15
5
Mercedes Matter Interview of Lee Krasner, undated
1 Sound tape reel
Original
1 sound discs (cd)
Duplicate
CD is access copy.
15
6
John Gruen Interview of Lee Krasner, 1964
2 sound discs (lacquer)
Original
1 Sound tape reel
Duplicate
2 Sound cassettes
Duplicates
15
7-9
Martha Dean Radio Show Interview of Lee Krasner, 1968
1 Sound cassette
Duplicate
1 Sound tape reel
Original
15
10-11
Dolores Holmes Interview of Lee Krasner, 1971
1 Sound tape reel
15
12
NBC "Today Show" Interview of Lee Krasner, 1973
1 Sound tape reel
15
13
Lee Krasner Appearance on the 6PM News, 1973 November
1 Sound tape reel
15
13
Sarah Faunce Interview of Lee Krasner, 1977
1 Sound tape reel
15
14
Lee Krasner lecture at Queens College, 1977 May 23
1 Sound cassette
15
15
Lee Krasner lecture at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery, 1977 November 21
1 Sound cassette
WQXR Radio Interview of Lee Krasner, 1980
1 Sound cassette
15
16
Unidentified Interview with Lee Krasner, undated
1 Sound cassette
Poor sound quality at first; improves around 36 min.
15
17
Unidentified radio interview with Lee Krasner, Robert Indiana, and Paul Jenkins, 1976
1 Sound cassette
15
17
"Pollock a Beaubourg", 1982-1983
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
1 videocassettes (vhs)
15
18-19
John Gruen Interview of Lee Krasner, 1964
2 sound discs (lacquer)
(See also Box 15, F9)
17 (sol)

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