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Jean Crotti papers, 1913-1973, bulk 1913-1961

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1954-1955
(Box 1; 3 folders)

Biographical material consists of autobiographical notes and an autobiographical manuscript Ma Vie.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Autobiographical Notes, 1954-1955
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1
Autobiographical Notes, 1954-1955
1
2
Autobiographical Manuscript Ma Vie, undated
1
3

Series 2: Correspondence , 1916-1961
(Box 1; 43 folders)

Correspondence is with family members and colleagues, including his brother André, wife Suzanne Duchamp, brother-in-law Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, Albert Gleizes, Georges Herbiet a.k.a. "Christian", Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia (includes a photograph of Picabia), and Jacques Villon.
There are eleven folders of correspondence with Marcel Duchamp, mostly letters written by Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Suzanne Duchamp, and other family members. A 1918 letter from Duchamp to Crotti is illustrated by Duchamp. Three folders of letters from Georges Herbiet a.k.a. "Christian" include references to Francis Picabia and Germaine Everling and discussions of art criticism and Picabia's role in avant-garde art movements. Herbiet also describes a new painting procedure that he claims to have invented using a product that is impervious to acids, water, oil, or alcohol.
Also among the correspondence is one letter to Pablo Picasso discussing a design with spheres and a sketch, and single letters from Raoul Dufy, Walter Pach, actor Pierre Renoir, and Henri Matisse. The letter from Matisse discusses the design of a palette.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Letters from Georges Herbiet a.k.a. "Christian" to Jean Crotti, 1922
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4
Letters from Georges Herbiet a.k.a. "Christian" to Jean Crotti, 1928
1
5
Letters from Georges Herbiet a.k.a. "Christian" to Jean Crotti, 1928-1929
1
6
Letters from Jean Cocteau to Jean Crotti, 1953-1959
1
7
Letters from Jean Crotti to André, Marie, and Lysbeth Crotti, 1940-1957, undated
1
8
Letters from Jean Crotti to André, Marie, and Lysbeth Crotti, 1940-1957, undated
1
9
Letters from Jean Crotti to André, Marie, and Lysbeth Crotti, 1940-1957, undated
1
10
Letters from Jean Crotti to André, Marie, and Lysbeth Crotti, 1940-1957, undated
1
11
Letter from Jean Crotti to Marcel Duchamp, 1953
1
12
Letters from Jean Crotti to Suzanne Duchamp, 1943
1
13
Letter from Jean Crotti to Pablo Picasso, 1957
1
14
Letters from Jean Crotti to Miscellaneous Colleagues, 1936-1957, undated
1
15
Letters from Pierre De Massot to Jean Crotti, 1922
1
16
Letters from Roland Dorgeles to Jean Crotti, undated
1
17
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, undated
1
18
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, undated
1
19
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1916
1
20
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1918
Includes an illustrated letter from Duchamp
1
21
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1930
1
22
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1944-1949
1
23
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1950
1
24
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1952-1954
1
25
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1955-1957
1
26
Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Jean Crotti, Yvonne Crotti, and Suzanne Duchamp, 1958-1961
1
27
Letter from Raoul Dufy to Jean Crotti, 1938
1
28
Letters from Waldemar George to Jean Crotti, 1925-1958, undated
1
29
Letters from Albert Gleizes to Jean Crotti, 1938, undated
1
30
Letters from Henri Matisse to Jean Crotti, 1923-1936
1
31
Letter from Walter Pach to Jean Crotti, 1931
1
32
Letters from Clément Pansaers to Jean Crotti, 1921-1922
1
33
Letters from Francis Picabia to Jan Crotti, undated
1
34
Letters from Francis Picabia to Jan Crotti, 1922-1928
1
35
Letter from Pierre Renoir to Jean Crotti, 1923
1
36
Letters from André Salmon to Jean Crotti, 1922-1925, undated
1
37
Letters from Paul Signac to Jean Crotti, 1923, undated
1
38
Letters from L. Stoppelaére Jean Crotti, 1922, undated
1
39
Letters from Jean Villern (?) to Jean Crotti, 1929
1
40
Letters from Jacques Villon to Jean Crotti and Suzanne Duchamp, 1918-1950, undated
1
41
Letters from Jacques Villon to Jean Crotti and Suzanne Duchamp, 1951-1961
1
42
Letters from Miscellaneous Correspondents to Jean Crotti, 1917-1923, undated
1
43
Letters from Miscellaneous Correspondents to Jean Crotti, 1936
1
44
Letters from Miscellaneous Correspondents to Jean Crotti, 1937-1939
1
45
Letters from Miscellaneous Correspondents to Jean Crotti, 1945-1955
1
46

Series 3: Notes and Writings , 1924-1958
(Box 1; 27 folders)

Notes and writings include poems, a script, and miscellaneous writings by Crotti concerning his art theories. Miscellaneous writings by others are primarily about Crotti.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Lists of Art Work, 1950, undated
1
47
Miscellaneous Notes, 1937-1950, undated
1
48
Poems by Jean Crotti, 1936, undated
1
49
Script Porte Sans Issue, undated
1
50
Notebook and Writings Concerning Tabu, undated
1
51
Notebook and Writings Concerning Tabu, undated
1
52
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, undated
1
53
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, undated
1
54
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, undated
1
55
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, undated
1
56
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, undated
1
57
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, circa 1936-1939
1
58
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, 1943
1
59
Miscellaneous Writings by Jean Crotti, 1945-1957
1
60
Manuscript about Jean Crotti by Jean Bouret; Typescript about Jean Crotti by Jean Cassou, undated
1
61
Typescript about Jean Crotti by Raymond Cogniat, 1936
1
62
Writings about Jean Crotti by Waldemar George, undated
1
63
Writings about Jean Crotti by Georges-Armand Masson; Typescripts about Jean Crotti by Jean-Daniel Maublanc, 1936-1943, undated
1
64
Typescript "Rapport de la Commission des Fêtes de la Société des Amateurs d'Art" by René Idzkowski, 1937
1
65
Manuscripts about Jean Crotti by Claude Méran, 1924, undated
1
66
Typescript about Jean Crotti by Armand Nakache, undated
1
67
Typescript about Jean Crotti by Amédée Ozenfant, 1947
1
68
Writings about Jean Crotti by André Salmon, undated
1
69
Typescript about Jean Crotti by Michel Seuphor, undated
1
70
Writings about Jean Crotti by Miscellaneous Authors, undated
1
71
Writings about Jean Crotti by Miscellaneous Authors, 1928-1936
1
72
Writings about Jean Crotti by Miscellaneous Authors, 1957-1958
1
73

Series 4: Art Work , 1913-1925
(Box 1, 3; 12 folders)

Art work consists of drawings by Crotti and others including a portrait of Crotti by Francis Picabia, and drawings by paul Guillaume. Also included is an etching plate created by Crotti.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Items not digitized include the etching plate and a folder of photographs of works of art loaned by Crotti to the Archives of American Art for microfilming.
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Drawings by Jean Crotti, 1913, undated
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74
Drawings by Jean Crotti, 1913, undated
1
75
Drawings by Jean Crotti, 1913, undated
1
76
Drawings by Jean Crotti, 1913, undated
Oversized Material also housed in Box 3
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77
Drawings by Jean Crotti, 1913, undated
1
78
Drawings by Jean Crotti, 1913, undated
1
79
Drawings by Jean Crotti, 1913, undated
1
80
Etching Plate by Jean Crotti, undated
1
81
Drawing of Jean Crotti by Henri Coudour, undated
1
82
Drawing by Paul Guillaume, 1923
1
83
Drawing of Jean Crotti by Francis Picabia, 1925
1
84
Three Oversized Drawings by Jean Crotti, undated
3
1

Series 5: Scrapbook , 1931-1935
(Box 1; 1 folder)

The scrapbook contains clippings, a letter from Paul Guillaume and a letter to Elizabeth Crotti from a friend describing a 1932 Jean Crotti exhibition in the Balzac Galleries in New York City, and a typescript by Gino Severini.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Scrapbook, 1931-1935
1
85

Series 6: Printed Material , 1921-1973
(Box 1-3; 0.5 linear feet)

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Crotti and others, reproductions of art work, and books about Crotti.
This series has been partially scanned. Items not scanned include a folder of reproductions of works of art by Crotti. Also, published books and catalogs of which only the covers and title pages are scanned.
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Clippings, 1925
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86
Clippings, 1928
1
87
Clippings, 1928
1
88
Clippings, 1928
1
89
Clippings, 1929-1931
1
90
Clippings, 1936
1
91
Clippings, 1937
1
92
Clippings, 1938
1
93
Clippings, 1939
1
94
Clippings, 1939
1
95
Clippings, 1942
1
96
Clippings, 1942
1
97
Clippings, 1942
1
98
Clippings, 1943
1
99
Clippings, 1943
1
100
Clippings, 1944
1
101
Clippings, 1945
1
102
Clippings, 1945
1
103
Clippings, 1946
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 2
1
104
Clippings, 1946
1
105
Clippings, 1947
1
106
Clippings, 1948
1
107
Clippings, 1949
1
108
Clippings, 1950
1
109
Clippings, 1950
1
110
Clippings, 1954-1955
1
111
Clippings, 1956-1957
1
112
Clippings, 1958-1959
1
113
Clippings, 1961-1970
1
114
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
1
115
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
1
116
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1921
1
117
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1930
1
118
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1936
1
119
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1937
1
120
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1937
1
121
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1938-1939
1
122
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1942-1943
1
123
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1945-1946
1
124
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1955
1
125
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1956
1
126
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1957-1959
1
127
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1965
2
1
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970
2
2
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1973
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 2
2
3
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1952-1962
2
4
Reproductions of Art Work, undated
2
5
Book Jean Crotti by Waldemar George, 1930
2
6
Book Jean Crotti et la Primauté du Spirituel by Waldemar George, 1959
2
7
Miscellaneous Printed Material, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 2
2
8
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1937-1956
2
9
An Oversized Clipping, 1946
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, Folder 104
3
2
An Oversized Exhibition Announcement Poster, 1973
Oversized material Scanned with Box 2, Folder 3
3
2
An Oversized Galley Proof Sheet of Illustrations about French Aviation, undated
Oversized material scanned with Box 2, Folder 8
3
2

Series 7: Photographs , 1920-1957
(Box 2; 25 folders)

Photographs are of Crotti, his family, friends, and colleagues including Bertrande Blancpain, Georges Braque examining a gemmail art work, Suzanne Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Mary Reynolds, composer Edgard Var?¨se, and Jacques Villon. There are also photographs of art work by Crotti and by Suzanne Duchamp.
This bulk of this series has been scanned. Photographs of works of art have not been scanned.
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Photographs of Jean Crotti, 1922-1957, undated
2
10
Photographs of Jean Crotti, 1922-1957, undated
2
11
Photographs of Jean Crotti, 1922-1957, undated
2
12
Photographs of Jean Crotti, 1922-1957, undated
2
13
Photographs of Suzanne Duchamp, 1933-1948, undated
2
14
Photographs of Jean Crotti with Friends and Colleagues, 1920-1955, undated
2
15
Photographs of Jean Crotti on Bateau Moineau, 1956
2
16
Photographs of Jean Crotti with Georges Braque, Examining a Gemmail Art Work, 1956
2
17
Photographs of Jean Crotti and Suzanne Duchamp with Pablo Picasso and Bertrande Blancpain, 1956
2
18
Photographs of Jean Crotti with Pablo Picasso at Palais du Festival in Cannes, 1957
2
19
Photographs of an Unidentified Exhibition Installation, undated
2
20
Photographs of Salon des Independants Exhibition Installation, 1953
2
21
Photographs of Art Work by Jean Crotti, undated
2
22-30
Photographs of Art Work by Suzanne Duchamp, undated
2
31-32
Photograph of Art Work by Camille Pisarro, undated
2
33
Photograph of Lake Michigan, undated
2
34

Series 8: Sound Recordings , 1955
(Box 3; 1 folder)

Sound recordings include two phonograph records of interviews with Jean Crotti, including topics "Assignment Switzerland" and "Assignment World." A third phonograph record is an instantaneous recording of correspondence between Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blancpain and Crotti.
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Phonograph Recordings of Interviews with Jean Crotti and recorded correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blancpain, 1955, undated
3 sound discs (lacquer)
3

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