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John McLaughlin papers, 1922-1979, bulk 1936-1976

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1941-circa 1975
8 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material includes military service records from World War II, art fair awards, business cards, selected bibliographies, short biographical profiles, and curriculum vitae.
The material in this series is arranged alphabetically.
Description Container Select
Art Fair Awards, circa 1947-1950
1
1
Assorted Business Cards, circa 1949-circa 1975
1
2
Biographical Profiles, circa 1946-circa 1974
1
3
Curriculum Vitae, circa 1969
1
4
Exhibition Lists, circa 1968
1
5
Military Service Records, 1941-1944
1
6
Military Service Records, 1945-1947, undated
1
7
Selected Bibliographies, circa 1960-circa 1968
1
8

Series 2: Correspondence , 1936-1976
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence consists of personal and professional correspondence between John McLaughlin and friends, colleagues, fellow artists, museums directors, and galleries. Included are correspondence with collectors and galleries about selling Japanese art prints, and letters about organizing and participating in exhibitions, including the 1959 Four Abstract Classicists exhibition. Many of the letters outline McLaughlin's thoughts on his work and aesthetics. Notable correspondents include Eugene Anderson, Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, Jules Langsner, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and others.
The material in this series is arranged in alphabetical order. Drafts of letters written by John McLaughlin to various correspondents only identified by first names only and correspondence with unidentified individuals (due to the names being illegible or missing) are grouped together toward the end of the series.
Description Container Select
A, Miscellaneous, 1947-1972
1
9
Addison Gallery of American Art, 1969
1
10
Anderson, Eugene, 1967-1976
1
11
Andover Alumni Fund, 1969-1974
1
12
Andre Emmerich Gallery, 1972-1976
1
13
Archives of American Art, 1962-1976
1
14
B, Miscellaneous, 1947-1973
1
15
Benjamin, Karl, circa 1957-circa 1960
1
16
Black, Louis W., 1945-1948
1
17
Brutten, Milton, 1969
1
18
C, Miscellaneous, 1947-1973
1
19
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1966-1971
1
20
D, Miscellaneous, 1947-1975
1
21
E, Miscellaneous, 1947-1972
1
22
Elliott, Jim, 1966-1968
1
23
F, Miscellaneous, 1947-1974
1
24
Felix Landau Gallery, 1951-1972
1
25
G-H, Correspondence, 1947-1976
1
26
Hammersley, Frederick, 1960-1967
1
27
Jason Aver Gallery, 1970
1
28
Johnson, Ray, circa 1964-circa 1968
1
29
K, Miscellaneous, circa 1949-circa 1966
1
30
Karpuszko, Kazimir, 1964
1
31
Kessler, Charles, 1959-1960
1
32
L, Miscellaneous, 1947-1969
1
33
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, circa 1973
1
34
Langsner, Jules, 1958-1967
1
35
Long Beach Museum of Art, 1959-1963
1
36
Los Angeles County Museum, 1950-1974
1
37
M, Miscellaneous, 1936-1972
1
38
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1956-1958
1
39
Madlener, Richard A., 1969-1971
1
40
Merlo, Victor, 1948
1
41
Metzgar, Judson D., circa 1942-1948
1
42
Millier, Arthur, 1958-1967
1
43
Milman, George R., 1963
1
44
Museum of Modern Art, 1964-1969
1
45
N, Miscellaneous, 1947-1972
1
46
Nordland, Gerald, 1959-1964
1
47
O, Miscellaneous, 1963-1976
1
48
Oakland Art Museum, 1965
1
49
O'Hara, Eliot, 1954-1963
1
50
P, Miscellaneous, 1947-1974
1
51
Pasadena Art Museum, 1955-1969
1
52
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1947-1969
1
53
Primera Bienal Americana de Artes Graficas, 1971
1
54
R, Miscellaneous, circa 1960-circa 1967
Includes one letter to Ad Reinhardt.
1
55
Reed, Orrel P. , circa 1961-circa 1967
1
56
Ricky, George, 1963-1966
1
57
Richard, Paul, 1971
1
58
S, Miscellaneous, 1946-1974
1
59
San Francisco Art Association, circa 1959-circa 1960
1
60
Shobisha Print Store, 1938-1941
1
61
Sickman, Laurence, 1947
1
62
T, Miscellaneous, 1947-1972
1
63
Tilton, Cecil, 1961-1963
1
64
Tilton, Cecil, 1964-1966
1
65
Toledo Museum of Art, 1947
1
66
U, Miscellaneous, 1957-1970
1
67
University of California - Berkeley, 1966-1967
1
68
University of California - Riverside, 1958-1965
1
69
V-W, Miscellaneous, 1947-1975
1
70
Weeks, H. J. "John", 1965
1
71
Y, Miscellaneous, 1959
1
72
Letter Drafts With First Names Only, A-H, circa 1936-circa 1976
1
73
Letter Drafts With First Name Only, "Jim" , circa 1936-circa 1976
1
74
Letter Drafts With First Names Only, J-P, circa 1936-circa 1976
1
75
Letter Drafts With First Names Only, R-V, circa 1936-circa 1976
1
76
Letter Drafts Without Names, circa 1936-circa 1976
1
77
Unidentified Correspondents, circa 1949-circa 1963
1
78

Series 3: Writings , circa 1936-1976
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Writings include typescript and handwritten drafts of artist statements and lectures, as well as notes and writings on art. Most of the lecture drafts are undated and untitled. Sometimes there are multiple drafts of the same lecture or essay. The bulk of the material in this series is comprised of McLaughlin's writings with writings by others grouped together at the end.
The materials in this series are grouped together by document type, such as artist statements, lectures, and notes. Writings by others are grouped together at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Art Lecture Draft on Cubism, circa 1936-circa1976
1
79
Art Lecture Draft on Neo-Placticism, circa 1936-circa1976
1
80
Art Lecture Draft on Perception, Object and Form, circa 1960
1
81
Art Lecture Draft on Principal-Subject and The Void, circa 1936-circa1976
1
82
Art Lecture Draft titled "The Scientific and Human Lecture", circa 1936-circa1976
1
83
Artist Statements Typescript Drafts, circa 1936-circa1976
1
84
Artist Statements Handwritten Drafts, circa 1936-circa1976
1
85
Exhibition Review Draft, circa 1950
1
86
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1936-circa1976
1
87
Notes and Writings on Art, circa 1936-circa1976
1
88
Notes and Writings on Art, circa 1936-circa1976
1
89
Notes and Writings on Art, circa 1936-circa1976
1
90
Notes and Writings on Art, circa 1936-circa1976
1
91
Writings by Others - Exhibition Introduction by James Harithas, circa 1968
1
92
Writings by Others - Exhibition Reviews by Others, circa 1950-1975
1
93
Writings by Others - "John McLaughlin, Hard Edge and American Painting" by John Coplans, circa 1960-1976
1
94
Writings by Others - Jules Langsner Writing about John McLaughlin, circa 1960-circa 1970
1
95
Writings by Others - "Space Cutting" by Eliot O'Hara, 1961
1
96

Series 4: Tamarind Lithography Fellowship Files , 1958-1970
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

The Tamarind Lithography fellowship files consist of the correspondence between McLaughlin and the Tamarind Workshop regarding the fellowship and includes letters of appointment, assorted printed material such as brochures and press releases, and artist profiles on other recipients of the fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop.
The materials in this series are grouped together by document type, such as artist profiles, correspondence, and printed material. The artist profiles are arranged alphabetically and the rest of the materials are arranged chronologically within each grouping.
Description Container Select
Artist Profiles on Fellowship Recipients, A-K, 1961-1967
1
97
Artist Profiles on Fellowship Recipients, L-Y, 1960-1966
1
98
Correspondence, 1962-1970
1
99
John McLaughlin Fellowship Information, 1962-1963
1
100
Printed Material (Undated), circa 1960-circa 1970
1
101
Printed Material (Undated), circa 1960-circa 1970
1
102
Printed Material, 1958-1965
1
103
Printed Material, 1966-1970
1
104

Series 5: Personal Business Records , circa 1937-1975
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Personal business records include assorted legal and financial papers. Legal material consists of a few estate papers and contracts agreeing to gallery representation. There are sales and inventory records concerning McLaughlin's Japanese prints gallery, The Tokaido, Inc. Also included are art loan agreements, consignment records, and bills and receipts for art shipment expenses.
This series is arranged in alphabetical order by folder title. The materials on The Tokaido, Inc. are grouped together at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Art Consignment Forms, 1952-1971
2
1
Art Gift Agreement, circa 1971
2
2
Art Inventories, circa 1950-1973
2
3
Art Inventories, circa 1963-circa 1973
Inventories include small sketches and notes on color.
2
4
Art Loan Forms, circa 1959-1974
2
5
Art Sales Records, 1959-1974
2
6
Art Shipment Costs, 1961-1974
2
7
Art Shipment Costs for Cart and Crate Delivery, Inc., 1963-1973
2
8
Contract with Andre Emmerich Gallery, 1974
2
9
Florence McLaughlin Legal and Financial Forms, 1950-1975
2
10
Miscellaneous Legal Forms, 1961-1969
2
11
Ruth Eaton Peabody Estate Paper, 1950
2
12
The Tokaido Employment Record, 1938
2
13
The Tokaido Inventory and Sales Records, circa 1937-circa 1940
2
14
The Tokaido Inventory and Sales Records, circa 1937-circa 1940
2
15
The Tokaido Sales, Consignment, and Shipping Forms, 1941-1962
2
16

Series 6: Printed Material , 1932-1979
1.5 Linear feet
Box 2-3, 5

Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs for McLaughlin's group and solo shows, exhibition announcements, magazine and newspaper clippings, brochures, press releases, and miscellaneous materials.
This series is arranged by type of material, then organized chronologically within each grouping.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Announcements, 1940-1959
2
17
Exhibition Announcements, 1960-1969
2
18
Exhibition Announcements, 1970-1976
2
19
Exhibition Announcements (Undated), circa 1940-circa 1976
2
20
Exhibition Catalogs, 1947-1949
2
21
Exhibition Catalogs, 1950-1952
2
22
Exhibition Catalogs, 1953-1956
2
23
Exhibition Catalogs, 1957-1958
2
24
Exhibition Catalogs, 1959-1961
2
25
Exhibition Catalogs, 1962-1963
2
26
Exhibition Catalogs, 1964-1967
2
27
Exhibition Catalogs, 1967-1969
2
28
Exhibition Catalog (Oversized), 1969
5
1
Exhibition Catalogs, 1969-1970
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 1.
2
29
Exhibition Catalogs, 1971-1973
2
30
Exhibition Catalogs, 1974-1975
2
31
Exhibition Catalogs, 1979
2
32
Exhibition Catalogs (Undated), circa 1950-1976
2
33
Journal: The Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, No. 5, 1959
2
34
Magazine Clippings (Oversized), 1950
5
2
Magazine Clippings, 1952-1955
3
1
Magazine Clippings, 1956-1959
3
2
Magazine Clippings (Oversized), 1959
5
3
Magazine Clippings, 1960-1965
3
3
Magazine Clippings (Oversized), 1962-1965
5
4
Magazine Clippings, 1966-1970
3
4
Magazine Clippings (Oversized), 1967
5
5
Museum Bulletins and Event Calendars, 1958-1976
3
5
News Clippings (Oversized), 1943-1952
5
6
News Clippings, 1945-1952
3
6
News Clippings, 1953-1955
3
7
News Clipping (Oversized), 1955
5
7
News Clippings, 1956-1961
3
8
News Clippings (Oversized), 1962
5
8
News Clippings, 1962-1963
3
9
News Clippings, 1964-1967
3
10
News Clippings, 1968-1971
3
11
News Clippings, 1973-1976
3
12
News Clippings (Undated), circa 1950-1976
3
13
Press Releases, 1955-1968
3
14
Science and Health with a Key to the Scriptures, 1932
3
15
Miscellaneous Articles on Botany by Frank Turrell, 1957-1965
3
16
Miscellaneous Brochures, circa 1950-circa 1970
3
17
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1939-1976
3
18

Series 7: Artwork , circa 1948-circa 1976
0.2 Linear feet
Box 4-5, Object 6

Artwork consists of annotated sketches with notes on the colors and dimensions of the paintings they describe, a few preliminary collages and painting designs that might have served as composition models for full-scale paintings, and one painting on board.
The material in this series is arranged in alphebetical order by folder title.
Description Container Select
Annotated Sketches, circa 1950-circa 1974
Includes notes on painting colors and dimensions.
4
1
Annotated Sketches, circa 1950-circa 1974
Includes notes on painting colors and dimensions.
4
2
Annotated Sketches, circa 1950-circa 1974
Includes notes on painting colors and dimensions.
4
3
Oversized Collages, circa 1948-circa 1976
5
9
Oversized Preliminary Collages and Designs, circa 1958-circa 1976
4
4
Painting on Board (#32), 1958
6

Series 8: Photographic Material , 1922-1979
0.3 Linear feet
Box 4

Photographic material includes photographs and negatives, as well as a few slides. There is one album of photographs from a retrospective exhibition of McLaughlin's work at the Pasadena Art Museum. There are some personal photographs and portraits of McLaughlin, but the bulk of the series consists of black & white photographs of his paintings and exhibition installations.
The photographs are arranged by subject with photographs of John McLaughlin at the start of the series.
Description Container Select
John McLaughlin Portraits, circa 1959-circa 1975
4
5
John McLaughlin Snapshots, circa 1955-circa 1976
4
6
John McLaughlin and Others, 1922-circa 1970
4
7
Photograph Album of Retrospective Exhibition at Pasadena Art Museum, 1963
4
8
Dana Point Studio, circa 1974
4
9
Photographs of Artwork, 1948-1962
4
10
Photographs of Artwork, 1965-1966
4
11
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1967-1976
4
12
Photographs of Artwork (Undated), circa 1949-1976
4
13
Photographs of Artwork (Undated), circa 1949-1976
4
14
Photographs of Artwork (Undated), circa 1949-1976
4
15
Installation Photographs - La Jolla Museum Retrospective, 1973
4
16
Installation Photographs - Andre Emmerich Gallery, circa 1974
4
17
Installation Photographs - Andre Emmerich Gallery, 1979
4
18
Installation Photographs - Addison Gallery, circa 1950-circa 1970
4
19
Unidentified Gallery or Studio, circa 1950-circa 1973
4
20
Photographs Used in Journal Vol. 20, No. 4, circa 1950-1973
4
21

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.
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