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John D. Graham papers, 1799-1988, bulk 1890-1961

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Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1932-1988
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

This series contains personal and business correspondence, and consists primarily of letters received by Graham from family members, artists, patrons, art and antique dealers, health practitioners, and other associates. Third-party correspondence and letters written by Graham are found among his family's letters and the letters of Jack Mayer. In general, arrangement is alphabetical by correspondent. Incidental letters and letters from unidentified correspondents are filed at the end of the series in miscellaneous files for business, medical, and personal correspondence.
Significant correspondents include David Burliuk, Stuart Davis, Ultra Violet, Francoise Gilot, R.B. Kitaj, and Marc Tobey. Among Elinor Gibson Graham's letters is third-party correspondence with attorney Paul Arnold regarding Graham's estate, a letter signed Dorothy which may have been written by Dorothy Dehner, and letters from Eila Kokkinen, Constance Wellman, and Charles Shaw. Jack Mayer's correspondence also contains lists of paintings and third-party correspondence with interested patrons. A photograph of Jan Tice is found with a letter from Ron Gorchov, and an illustrated letter is among Tice's letters to Graham.
Miscellaneous business correspondence includes letters regarding Graham's antique business, financial affairs, real estate, publishing, responses to letters Graham wrote to politicians, and scattered receipts for personal items. Also found is a letter from a New York Public Library linguist and a letter form a Harvard architect with advice to Graham about employment. Miscellaneous medical correspondence includes letters from a variety of doctors and healers, including Julie Owen, the British practitioner of a bee sting cure. Miscellaneous personal correspondence is separated by the language in which letters are written; undated letters which may be from Graham's early years are found among the letters in Polish and Russian. Names found in miscellaneous personal correspondence are listed in the folder list.
Additional scattered correspondence is found in Biographical Materials and Personal Business Records.
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American Society for Psychical Research, undated
1
20
Ash, Maxwell, 1959-1960
1
21
Bayley, John B., circa 1959-1960
1
22
Beck, Rosemarie, 1961
1
23
Bennett, J.G. (Institute for the Comparative Study of History, Philosophy, and the Sciences), 1958
1
24
Browislawa, Francryniska, circa 1945-1947
1
25
Buford, Richard, circa 1961
1
26
Burliuk, David, 1960-1961
1
27
Bultman, Fritz, undated
1
28
The Collector's Corner, 1959-1961
1
29
Crowninshield, Frank, circa 1936-1947
1
30
Davies and Son, 1961
1
31
Davis, Stuart, circa 1932
1
32
Ehrenpreis, Bernard, circa 1960
1
33
Gabrielson, Galin and Karen, 1947-1959
1
34
Gilot, Françoise, 1960-1961
1
35
Graham, Elinor Gibson
General, circa 1936-1977
2 Folders
1
36-37
Letters from John Graham, circa 1935-1960
2 Folders
1
38-39
Graham, John David (son), 1961, circa 1956-1957
1
40
Granick, Max, circa 1959-1960
1
41
Grinberg, Leon, 1961
1
42
Gorchov, Ron, circa 1960
1
43
J.J. Klejman, 1959-1961
1
44
Kitaj, R.B., circa 1961
1
45
Korabiewska, Felicja, 1945-1946
1
46
Leyden, Frank, circa 1959-1960
1
47
Leyden, Linda, 1959-1961
5 Folders
1
48-52
Malval, Henry de, circa 1960-1961
1
53
Mayer, Jack (Gallery Mayer), 1959-1961, undated
1
54-56
Meyer, Michel, 1960-1961
1
57
Museum of Primitive Art (Robert Goldwater), 1959
1
58
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 1959-1960
1
59
Press, Lorence, 1957
1
60
Ratton, Charles, 1960
1
61
Rieger, Charles, 1960-1961
1
62
Saling, Victoria, 1960
1
63
Saxer, Walter, 1960
1
64
Skutch, Robert Frank, 1961
1
65
Spink and Son, Ltd., 1961
1
66
Staempfli Gallery (Phillip Bruno and Wilfrid Zogbaum), 1960-1961
1
67
Steinberg, Harris, 1960-1961
1
68
Strate, M.N., 1959
1
69
Tice, Jan, circa 1960
1
70
Thorne, Nicholas (son), circa 1959-1960
1
71
Tobey, Marc, undated
1
72
Ultra Violet (Isabelle Collin du Fresne), circa 1961
1
73
Verdier, Andie, 1961
1
74
Von Wiegand, Charmion, 1960
1
75
Weinberg, Usana, circa 1961
1
76
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1961
1
77
Miscellaneous Business Correspondence, circa 1938-1961
1
78
Miscellaneous Medical Correspondence, 1949-1961
1
79
Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence in English, French, and Spanish, circa 1934-1961
2 Folders
Includes 2 letters from Graham, one a fragment; and letters from Joan Graftmueller, Edwin Walker, Paule Peron, Charles Schante, Harry Dickman, an Abrams (possibly Ruth Abrams), Marguerite Mergin, Mrs. M. Graham, Ilse Pichler, Islmail Loutfi, Coucha, Katie (a nurse in London), Wilfred (possibly Zogbaum), Betsy (possibly Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones), Jean Marie, Blanche (possibly Blanche Battaglia) and several unsigned letters.
1
80-81
Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence in Polish and Russian, 1940-1961, undated
1
82
Miscellaneous Envelopes, circa 1946-1961
1
83

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