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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

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