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More Information | A Finding Aid to the John Bernard Myers papers, [circa 1940s]-1987, (bulk 1970-1987)

John Bernard Myers papers, [circa 1940s]-1987, (bulk 1970-1987)

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A Finding Aid to the John Bernard Myers Papers,
circa 1940s-1987
bulk 1970-1987
, in the Archives of American Art
Finding aid prepared by Catherine S. Gaines
Scope and Content Note
The John Bernard Myers papers, which measure 2.0 linear feet, date from circa 1940s to 1987, bulk 1970-1987, and document his work as a writer, editor, and gallery director.
Personal and professional correspondence consist mainly of incoming letters from colleagues, friends, and admirers. Among the correspondence is business and fan mail concerning
Tracking the Marvelous
, letters from writer and English professor Guy Davenport, and invitations to speak and teach. Also included are letters to
The New York Times
Art In America
complaining about critic John Canaday's behavior and comments during a visit to the Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
Myers' published and unpublished writings are the collection's most significant series. These consist of manuscripts for his autobiography,
Tracking the Marvelous
, published in 1984 ;
Forward and Backward: A Chronicle
, circa 1976, about Mark Rothko's suicide and the subsequent lawsuit brought by his daughter against Marlborough Galleries (a revised version was published later as part three of Myers' autobiography); and
Knowing What I Like
, 1985, an unpublished collection of his own essays and criticism compiled and edited by Myers. Among his other writings are articles, essays, and reviews. Also included are his diariess dated 1969 and 1974-1983. Entries record daily activities and reactions to his experiences, news of friends, and reflections on his life and relationships. Excerpts from much earlier diaries (not part of the John Bernard Myers Papers) are quoted extensively in
Tracking the Marvelous
Printed Matter consists of writings by Myers -
Tracking the Marvelous: A Life in the New York Art World
; a selection of articles, essays, and criticism published mainly in art periodicals; and exhibition catalogs. Also included are a few articles about Myers and issues of publications he edited. Other printed matter consists of clippings on art subjects, exhibition catalogs, and miscellaneous publications.
Miscellaneous items are artwork, biographical information, minutes and memoranda of the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and transcripts of interviews conducted by and with Myers. Also included are records of the Southampton Artists' Theatre Festival, produced by John Bernard Myers, consisting of director's notes and notes and music for "Gertrude Stein's 'First Reader.'"
Photographs are of Myers and unidentified friends, interior views of his home in Brewster, N.Y. and one of the back yard. Also included are many photographs of puppets.
The collection was a gift of the Estate of Ricky Dale Horton, 1990.
Related Material
Other material relating to John Bernard Myers in the Archives of American Art includes an interview with Myers conducted by Barbara Rose, circa 1969.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2001.