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Jimmy Ernst papers, 1802-2010, bulk 1930-2005

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1:Biographical Material, circa 1931-2005
2 Linear feet

This series consists of awards Jimmy Ernst received during his career; life documents such as resumes, identification cards, and timelines of artwork; papers related to both Jimmy and Max Ernst's estate and will; interviews; and biographical videos made regarding the artistic legacy of Jimmy and Max. Also present is a file related to Jimmy Ernst's involvement with the State Department's Education and Cultural Exchange Program in West Germany and the U.S.S.R.
Awards, 1964-1967
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1
Brandeis University, 1957-1974
1
2-3
Brandeis Speech, undated
1 Sound tape reel
1
4
Brandeis Panel Discussion, 1957
1
5
National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1983-1984
1
6
Addresses and Contacts, undated
1
7
German Addresses, Notes, and Ephemera, circa 1962-1963
1
8
School Records, 1931-1938
1
9
Immigration Papers, 1937-1945
1
10
Passports, circa 1940-1977
1
11
German Bank Account, 1948, 1971
1
12
Resume and Chronology, circa 1955-1984
1
13
Timeline of Work and Life, undated
1
14
Collections, Exhibitions, Chronology, circa 2000
3 floppy discs
1
15
State Department Education and Cultural Exchange Program, 1960-1966
1
16
Artist-In-Residence, 1964-1966
1
17
Jimmy Ernst Artists' Alliance, 1985-1994
1
18
Last Memorabilia, 1984
1
19
Artists for Amnesty, 1990
1
20
Max Ernst, 1927-1988
1
21-22
Dorthea Tanning Divorce Certificate, 1943
1
23
Max Ernst's Will and Estate, 1940, 1975
1
24
Jimmy Ernst on Max's Will, circa 1976
1
25
Sedona, Arizona Property, 1960-1963
1
26
Louise Strauss, 1939-1961, 1985
1
27
Eric Ernst, 1992-1995
1
28
Max and Jimmy Ernst, undated
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
29
Ernst Master; Sheed and Vonnegut Footage, undated
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
30
Radio Interview, circa 1955
1 Sound tape reel
1
31
Casper Citron Show, 1963
1 Sound tape reel
1
32
Casper Citron Show; Jimmy Ernst with Irving Sandler on Soviet Union, 1963
1 Sound tape reel
2
1
Interview, 1976 July 14
1 Sound tape reel
2
2
Interview Transcript, undated
2
3
CBS: "Four Generations of Painters Named Ernst", 1985 September 15
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
4
An Afternoon with the New York School Artists, 1992 November 8
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
5
Jimmy Ernst in His Own Words, Franco Marinai, 1999
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
6
Dada's Son, Dallas, Amy, and Eric Transcript, 2004
2
7-8
Amy Ernst; Dallas Ernst; Eric Ernst; Doug; ACA Gallery, 2004
3 Sound cassettes
2
9
Da:Dada's Son: Jimmy and Max Ernst, 2005
1 videocassettes (vhs)
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Miscellaneous Memorabilia, circa 1802-1973
2
11
Unknown Artist, Showed Work , 1938
1 Sound tape reel
2
12
"This is Real Baloney", Napkin, undated
2
13
Gospel; On Freedom, undated
1 Sound tape reel
2
14
Holiday; Holty, undated
1 Sound tape reel
2
15
Unidentified, undated
1 Sound tape reel
2
16
Unidentified, undated
1 Sound tape reel
2
17

Series 2:Correspondence, 1941-1998
1.5 Linear feet

The correspondents in this series include members of the Ernst family in both the United States and Germany, friends, gallery and museum representatives, artists, and organizations. The letters are arranged beginning with family correspondents, followed alphabetically by name and topic.
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Dallas and Jimmy Ernst, circa 1959-1975
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18
Dallas and Jimmy Ernst, Russia and Europe, 1961-1963
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19
Dallas and Jimmy Ernst, Russia and Europe, 1961-1963
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1
Amy Ernst, 1970
3
2
Eric Ernst, 1979
3
3
Max and Dorothea Tanning Ernst, circa 1947-1985
3
4-5
Letters of Condolence for Max Ernst's Passing, 1976
3
6
German Relatives, circa 1960-1985
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7-9
Ahlander, Leslie, "Sea of Grass", 1983-1984
3
10
Ajay, Abe, 1963-1976
3
11
Aurthur, Robert (Bob), circa 1970
3
12
A, Last Name, 1955-1975
3
13
Artist Equity Association, 1950-1952
3
14
A, Organizations, 1972-1976
3
15
Burchard, John, 1955-1961
3
16
B, Last Name, 1942-1984
3
17
B, Organizations, 1955, 1976
3
18
Carrington, Lenora, 1976, 1996
3
19
Caruthers, Osgood, 1965-1969
3
20
C, Last Name, 1963-1984
3
21
"Comments and Defenses", 1971-1973
3
22
Commissions and Included Works, 1958-1967
3
23
D-F, Last Name, 1964-1982
3
24
Ernst House Tours, 1970-1981
3
25
Event Invitations, 1965-1980
3
26
Guggenheim, Peggy, circa 1972-1980
3
27
G, Last Name, circa 1954-1979
3
28
G, Organizations, 1974, 1982
3
29
Get Well Cards, 1977
3
30-31
Hoie, Helen, 1974-1983
3
33
H, Last Name, 1947-1983
3
33
I-J, Last Name, 1962-1981
3
34
K, Last Name, 1941-1983
3
35
L, Last Name, 1954-1975
3
36
L, Organizations, 1967
3
37
M-N, Last Name, circa 1957-1984
3
38
M-N, Organizations, 1955-1983
3
39
Nixon, Richard, 1968
3
40
Parker-Fairbanks, Dixie, 1980-1983
3
41
Pozzatti, Rudy, circa 1961-1982
3
42
O-P, Last Name, circa 1970-1984
3
43
Pach Brothers Photographers, 1983
3
44
Photographers, 1979-1983
3
45
Political Issues, 1950-1972
3
46
Portrait of Max Ernst and Marie-Berthe Aurenche, 1980, 1985
3
47
Postcards Never Mailed, 1941
3
48
Reinhardt, Ad, regarding Abe Ajay, 1963
3
49
R, Last Name, 1950-1982
3
50
Russian Poets, 1963-1984
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1
Sweeney, James Johnson, 1960-1973
4
2
S, Last Name, 1952-1983
4
3
T-V, Last Name, 1966-1983
4
4
T-W, Organizations, 1951-1983
4
5
White, David, 1979-1987
4
6
Wilder, Joseph, 1979-1981
4
7
W, Last Name, 1954-1984
4
8
First Name Only, 1959-1983
4
9
Dallas Ernst, General, 1979-1997
4
10
Dallas Ernst, Publishers, 1997-1998
4
11
Dallas Ernst, Russian, 1994-1998
4
12
Fragment, undated
4
13

Series 3:Writings, circa 1954-2005
0.8 Linear feet

This series consists of Ernst's writings on a variety of topics including the community of artists, writers, and others who lived in East Hampton, New York during the 20th century; art culture in the U.S. and abroad; tributes to Jackson Pollack and others; philosophy; and writings on the topic of his father. There are also writings authored by Jimmy Ernst's wife, Edith Dallas Bauman Brody Ernst. Her writing files include diary excerpts regarding Jimmy Ernst's estate and artwork after his death, her reaction to Max's funeral, and her efforts to publish a book on Jimmy Ernst in the late 1990s. Also present are essays, M.A. theses, and student reviews covering Jimmy Ernst's life and work.
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Archival Writing File, undated
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14
East Hampton, Thoughts, undated
4
15
Ernst, Max, Art, circa 1971
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16
Ernst, Max, Exhibition at Guggenheim, circa 1975
4
17
Ernst, Max, Notes on Paris, Death, and Cremation, 1976
4
18
Essays, undated
4
19
Holty, Carl, Memorial, 1973
4
20
Kiesler's Funeral; Ice Age Cometh, 1965
4
21
Russian Artists Letter, Notes and Drafts, circa 1961
4
22
Newspapers, Writings submitted, 1971-1978
4
23
Poems, undated
4
24
Unesco and Freedom of Expression, 1964
4
25
Drafts and Notes, circa 1954-1983, undated
4
26-30
Unidentified, English Translation, undated
4
31
Dallas Ernst, Impressions from Max's Funeral, 1976
4
32
Dallas Ernst, Diary, Legal and Estate, circa 1988-2005
4
33
Dallas Ernst Book, Hudson Hills , 1996-2000
4
34
Dallas Ernst Book, 1997
4
35
Dallas Ernst Book, Notes, undated
4
36
Willis, Maggie, On Ernst's Show at Laurel Gallery, circa 1948
4
37
Professor Iglehart's Students' Review of Ernst's Show at Grace Borgenicht Gallery, 1951
4
38
Gabe Porto Thesis on Jimmy Ernst, circa 1960
4
39
Getlein, Frank, "Black on Black" Review, 1966
4
40
Waldberg, Patrick, Paris Show Catalog Text, circa 1972
4
41
Scordo, Harry, "A Homage to Jimmy Ernst" (M.A. Thesis), 1978-1981, 1999
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42-43
Waldman, Diane, Ernst Essay, circa 1985
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44
Rubinstein, Meyer Raphael, "Jimmy Ernst: A Reevaluation", 1992
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Vonnegut, Kurt, Tribute to Jimmy Ernst, circa 2000
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Krempel, Ulrich, "I Think Differently Than You: Jimmy Ernst's Way to the Autonomous Image", undated
4
48
Jimmy Ernst Book and Other Writings, undated
4
49

Series 4:A Not So Still-Life (1984), circa 1920-1995
2 Linear feet

This series consists of papers related to Jimmy Ernst's book, A Not So Still-Life (1984). Included are correspondence with editors, publishing companies, and readers of the book; notes and anecdotal writings; photographs used in the book or during the writing process; clippings from reviews and publicity; two interviews with Ernst regarding the book; and drafts of the book. After Ernst's death, Dallas handled the book's foreign publications.
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Notes and Research Material, 1943-1967, circa 1978-1982
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1-5
Anecdotes, undated
5
6-7
Peggy and Max, undated
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8
"Rewrite, Original" (pg. 1-323), undated
5
9-10
Miscellaneous Pages, undated
5
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Draft (pg. 1-323), undated
5
14-15
"First Draft" (pg. 1-101), undated
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Draft (pg.1-Epilogue), undated
5
17-19
"A Cage of Nightmares," Draft, undated
5
20
Correspondence, Edits, circa 1982-1983
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1
Changes Made, undated
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2
Miscellaneous Rejects, undated
6
3
Editorial Notes, undated
6
4
Adjustments Made After Copy-Editing, 1983
6
5
Photographs, undated
6
6-13
Photograph Reproduction Copyrights, 1974, 1982-1983
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14
C-Print Edition, 1983
6
15
Book Copy, 1984
6
16
Notes on Book After Completion, 1984
6
17
Notes, Found in Ernst's Pocket at Death, 1984
6
18
Reviews and Publicity, 1983-1985
6
19-20
WBEZ Interview with Sandra Greer, 1984
1 videocassettes (betacam)
6
21
Interview, 1984
1 Sound cassette
6
22
Pushcart Publishing, 1991-1995
6
23
Kiepenheurer & Witsch (German Publishers), 1983-1994
6
24-25
French Publication, 1985-1991
6
26
Correspondence, General, 1970-1994
6
27
Book Signing Photographs, 1984
6
28

Series 5:Exhibitions, circa 1951-2000
1 Linear foot

This series consists of papers, printed material, and a video documenting the solo and group exhibitions that Ernst's artwork has been featured in the United States and Europe. Included are planning documents, insurance and shipping lists, correspondence, photographs, condition reports, and ephemera.
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9th Street Show (1951), undated
1 videocassettes (vhs)
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1
Borgenicht Gallery, 1954-1980
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2
"The Art of Jimmy Ernst" (1963-1964), 1957-1980
7
3
"Abstract Expressionism, Abstract-Expressionism" (1964), 1964-1965
7
4
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1978-1979
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5
"Jimmy Ernst: A Survey, 1942-1983" (1985), 1984-1985
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6-7
St. Peter's Church Exhibition, 1985-1986
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"Jimmy Ernst" (1986), 1986
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9
"Selected Works by Centurion Jimmy Ernst, 1979-1984" (1986), 1986
7
10
"Visions of Inner Space: Gestural Painting in Modern American Art" (1987-1988), 1987-1988
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"Jimmy Ernst and the Forgotten Mural" (1988), 1987-1988
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12-13
"The Irascribles" (1988), 1950-1988
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14
"Jimmy Ernst: A Connecticut Artist" (1988), 1988
7
15
"Surrealism Between the Old and New World" (1989), 1989-1990
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"Assignment: Rescue, The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee" (1994-1995), 1988-1995
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"Jimmy Ernst: Trials of Silence, Works 1942-1983" (1994), 1992-1994
7
19
"A Legacy of Excellence: The Brooklyn College Art Department" (1995), 1995
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20
"A Tribute to the Grace Borgenicht Gallery" (1997), 1997
7
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"Jimmy Ernst: The Sea of Grass Series and Beyond" (1998), 1990-1998
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"Jimmy Ernst: I am an American Painter" (1999), 1999-2000
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Series 6:Teaching and Lectures, 1948-1983
0.5 Linear feet

Jimmy Ernst was an educator and lecturer in addition to his career as an artist. He was a professor in the Design Department, Brooklyn College from 1951 to 1977; presented lectures on art in the United States and Europe; and and gave commencement speeches to the graduates of Silvermine College of Art in 1969 and Long Island University in 1982. Documentation includes correspondence, three videos, some ephemera, notes, and drafts of speeches.
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Brooklyn College, 1956-1983
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Brooklyn College, Naming of Museum, 1986-1991
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Teaching Art, 1966-1976
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4
Lectures and Speeches, Correspondence, 1948-1983
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5
Commencement Speech, Silvermine College of Art, 1969
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6
Lecture at Guggenheim, "Max Ernst: A Retrospective", 1975
8
7
Long Island University, Commencement Speech and Doctorate, 1982-1983
8
8
Talk at The Club (Philip Pavia), undated
8
9
Speech, Filmed by William Meek, undated
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
10
Art Talks from Jimmy Ernst; Pollock Film, undated
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
11
Lecture Notes, Germany, circa 1963
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12
Lecture Notes, Russia, circa 1963
8
13
Lecture Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
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Series 7:Personal Business Records, 1953-1993
13 Folders

Included are papers related to Ernst's financial, legal, and business affairs. The files are primarily composed of correspondence with the galleries who sold and showed Ernst's artwork. Other papers include tax and legal documents, price lists, agreements, and inventories. Also included in this series is a file containing correspondence between Max and Dorothea Ernst, Dallas Ernst, and a foundry regarding the reproduction of sculptures created by Max.
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Grace Borgenicht Gallery, 1953-1965
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17
Acknowledgements for Services and Art, 1954-1965
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18
Receipts, 1957-1979
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19
Continental National Bank Mural Agreement, 1958
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20
Tax Deductions, circa 1965
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21
New York Graphic Society, 1970-1978
8
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Yarnes Gallery, 1975-1986
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Phoenix Gallery, 1981-1982
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Corbino Gallery, 1987-1991
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25
Vered Gallery, circa 1989
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Berry Hill Gallery, 1990-1991
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27
Harmon Meek Gallery, 1992-1993
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1
Max Ernst Sculptures, Casting Bills, 1967-1982
9
2

Series 8:Printed Material, circa 1940-2010
7.5 Linear feet

This series consists of artist cards, clippings, bulletins, newsletters, poems, books, periodicals, and exhibition ephemera. The topics include writings on Ernst's art, career, and family; published material authored by Ernst; exhibition books, catalogs, and announcements; research and miscellaneous material; and a catalog from an exhibition curated by Ernst's daughter, Amy, in 1995.
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Artist's Cards, undated
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3
Clippings, Ernst, circa 1944-2006, undated
9
4-16
Clippings, Scrapbook, circa 1940-1069
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1
Clippings, Foreign, circa 1950-1999
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Clippings, Francine du Plessix Gray Interview, 1968
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Clippings, Obituaries and Tributes, 1984
9
19
Clippings, Tribute to Jimmy Ernst, CBS's "Sunday Morning", 1985
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Clippings, Miscellaneous, circa 1940-1994
9
21
Exhibition and Event Announcements, 1940-1969
9
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Exhibition and Event Announcements, circa 1970-2009, undated
10
1-6
Exhibition and Collection Catalogs, circa 1940-1959
10
7-17
Exhibition and Collection Catalogs, circa 1950-1969
11
1-16
Exhibition and Collection Catalogs, circa 1960-1979
12
1-17
Exhibition and Collection Catalogs, circa 1970-1989
13
1-15
Exhibition and Collection Catalogs, circa 1990-2010, undated
14
1-6
Exhibition Catalog, Kunst Markt, 1967
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2
Exhibition Catalog, "Artists as Citizens," Curated by Amy Ernst, 1995
14
7
Museum Bulletins, circa 1950-1994
14
8-10
Periodicals , circa 1950-1979
14
11-19
Periodicals, circa 1970-2006
15
1-9
Poems, Louise Simpson, 1986-1990
15
10
Published Books, Biographical Sketches, 1959-1984
15
11
Century Club Yearbooks, 1981-1982
15
12
Artists in Photographs, by Arthur Mones, 1981
15
13
25 Artists, Hans Namuth, 1982
15
14
Saratoga Artists, Calendar, 1984
15
15
The Artist's World in Pictures, 1988
15
16
Jimmy Ernst: I Am an American Painter, 1999
15
17
Book Covers; Jazz Records; Reproductions and Originals, circa 1950-1969
17
3
Reproduction of Artwork, Job Fair Poster, circa 1970
15
18
Published Ernst Writings, College Art Journal, 1955, 1965
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1
Ernst, Jackson Pollock Tribute, 1956
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2
Ernst, Miscellaneous Published Writings, circa 1955-1988
16
3
Max Ernst, Exhibitions and Clippings, circa 1932-2000
16
4

Series 9:Photographs, circa 1890-2010
0.5 Linear feet

Included are photographs and slides of Ernst, his family and their friends, Jimmy and Max Ernst's artwork, Ernst's studio and other properties as well as images from exhibitions, trips, and events.
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Jimmy Ernst Photographs, circa 1938-1983
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5-7
Joan Wilson Photographs of Ernst, 1961-1963
16
8
Arnold Newman Photographs of Ernst, circa 1965-1985
16
9
John Reed Photographs of Ernst, circa 1979-1982
16
10
Rita Katz Photographs of Ernst, 1981
16
11
Ann Sager Photographs of Ernst, 1983
16
12
Last Pictures of Jimmy Ernst, 1984
16
13
Sudhalter, Adrian, "Tristan Tzara's Dadaglobe", circa 1921-2010
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14
Ernst Family, circa 1938-2000
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15-18
Eleanor Lust, circa 1943-1945
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19
Family and Friends, circa 1980-1984
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Friends and Events, circa 1970-1984
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21-22
American Academy of Arts and Letters Induction Ceremony, 1983
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23
Jimmy Ernst Studios, circa 1960-1984
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24-25
Artwork, circa 1950-1984
16
26-27
Jazz Music; Covers, circa 1940-1955
16
28
Artwork from Collections, circa 1950-1983
16
29
Artwork, Max and Jimmy Ernst, circa 1920-1996
16
30
Displayed Art, 1949-1984
16
31
Harmon-Meek Installation, 1991
16
32
Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1890-1980
16
33

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.