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John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1848-1999

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Series 10: Estate Papers , circa 1946-1999
(Boxes 7-9 and rolled document; 2.3 linear feet)

This series contains papers created and gathered by Kathleen Curry and other family members after John Steuart Curry's death 1946. Types of materials include writings, published articles, correspondence, inventories of artwork and papers, and various business records kept by Kathleen Curry. Also found are alphabetical files dating roughly 1983 to 1999, which contain correspondence, clippings, catalogs, receipts, photographs, and other records related to museums, galleries, and other parties who dealt with the estate.
Articles about Curry include writings by family, friends, and scholars, both published and unpublished. Among the family writings are several articles written by Curry siblings, and notes written by R. Eugene Curry which refer to the papers themselves, especially to letters in Family Correspondence. Other articles include journal publications and writings related to exhibitions. Journal articles are accompanied by critical responses written to their authors from Kathleen Curry.
Chronological files of correspondence contain letters primarily from 1946 through 1980, although some later correspondence is found here. Alphabetical files contain most of the correspondence and other documents of the estate from about 1983 to 1999. Both the chronological correspondence and alphabetical files document publications, exhibitions, appearances, sales, disposition of papers, Curry-related events, and financial matters, with scattered personal correspondence. The estate's relationships with galleries representing Curry's artwork are heavily documented in this series. These include Associated American Artists, Robert Graham Galleries, and Kennedy Galleries in the chronological correspondence, and Mongerson Wunderlich, and Vivian Kiechel Fine Art in the alphabetical files. Correspondence between Kathleen Curry and many of her husband's colleagues is found, primarily in the chronological correspondence, including Thomas Hart Benton (1946), Thomas Craven, George Macy, Laurence Schmeckebier, Bob Hodgell, Don Anderson, Lloyd Garrison, Burton Cumming, William McCloy, and Maynard Walker. Letters between Laurence Schmeckebier and various family members (1981-1984), written for research on a revised edition of his biography of Curry (not published) includes letters with reminiscences of Curry's early life. A placard created to commemorate Curry's mural in the Law Library of the University of Wisconsin is found with a letter from Lloyd Garrison of 1948.
Inventories include lists of artwork, slides, papers, and reproductions. Most of the signed inventories were created by either Kathleen Curry or galleries representing Curry's artwork. Many are unsigned and unidentified.
Additional papers dated after Curry's death can be found in Print Materials, Personal Business Records, and Photographs. Additional information about Curry's family can be found in Biographical Materials and Family Correspondence.
Description Container Select
Articles about Curry, circa 1946-1993
(3 folders)
(includes manuscript and published articles by Stephen C. Behrendt, Patricia S. Leddy, William McCloy, and John F. Helm, Jr., as well as Kathleen Curry's responses to articles)
7
4-6
Articles about Curry, Writings by Family Members, circa 1940, 1972-1988
(3 folders)
(includes articles by Margaret Curry Fike, Margery Curry Yeakley, Ellen Curry Schuster, and notes and essays by R. Eugene Curry)
7
7-9
Articles about Curry, Photocopies of Articles Gathered by Family Members (1936-1981), undated
(not scanned)
7
10
Copyright Permissions, circa 1959-1997
(3 folders)
7
11-13
Correspondence
Condolence Letters, 1946
(7 folders)
7
14-20
General Correspondence, 1946-1950
(7 folders; see also rolled document)
7
21-27
General Correspondence, circa 1951-1959
(14 folders)
7
28-41
General Correspondence, 1960-1969
(10 folders)
7
42-51
General Correspondence, 1970-1979
(6 folders)
8
1-6
General Correspondence, circa 1981-1998
8
7
Undated Correspondence, Kathleen Curry, circa 1946-1998
8
8
Undated Correspondence, Miscellaneous Authors, circa 1946-1977
8
9
Greeting Cards, circa 1946-1985
8
10
Legal Correspondence, 1946, circa 1976-1989
(Lloyd Garrision, Kathleen Curry, John Silberman)
8
11
Inventories
Artwork in the Home of Kathleen Curry, West Newbury, CT, circa 1946-1952
8
12
Artwork Owned by Family Members, undated
8
13
Kennedy Galleries, circa 1975-1984
8
14
Mongerson Wunderlich, 1997
8
15
Miscellaneous Inventories and Lists, circa 1947-1988
8
16
John Steuart Curry Papers in the Posession of Kathleen Curry, circa 1971
8
17
Slide Collection and Photographs of Artwork, undated
8
18
Index to Reproductions of Artwork, 1951
8
19
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1952-1992
(Not scanned)
8
20
Personal Finances, Kathleen Curry, circa 1948-1974
(Not scanned)
8
21
Royalty Statements, 1951-1974
(not scanned)
8
22
Shipping Receipts and Loan Agreements, 1949-1973, 1991
(not scanned)
8
23
Alphabetical Files (not scanned)
100th Birthday Celebration (Kansas), 1997
8
24
Archives of american Art and Other Smithsonian Offices, circa 1966-1998
(4 folders)
8
25-28
Beach Museum, Kansas State University, circa 1996-1997
8
29
Czestochowski, Joseph, 1981-1986
8
30
Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, 1990
8
31
Elvehjem Museum, University of Wisconsin Madison, circa 1984-1999
(3 folders)
8
32-34
John Steuart Curry Art Guild (Oskaloosa, Kansas), 1992-1994
8
35
John Steuart Curry Boyhood Home and Memorial (Oskaloose, Kansas), circa 1987-1998
8
36
Kansas Publicity, circa 1986=1997
8
37
Kansas State Historical Society, 1993, 1998
8
38
Lambert, Don, circa 1992-1999
8
39
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, circa 1992-1998
(4 folders)
(includes material related to exhibition "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West")
8
40-43
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997-1999
8
44
Mongerson Wunderlich, 1983-1990
(3 of 10 folders)
8
45-47
Mongerson Wunderlich, 1991-1998
(7 of 10 folders)
9
1-7
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 1996-1999
(2 folders)
(includes slides of exhibition "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West")
9
8-9
Sotheby's, 1996-1997
9
10
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas (Lawrence), 1983-1997
9
11
Westport Arts Council Award (Connecticut), 1994
9
12
Westport Weston Arts Council Exhibition, circa 1983-1984
(2 folders)
9
13-14
Westport Fresco Restoration, 1996-1998
9
15
Whitehead, Fred, University of Kansas Medical Center, 1985
9
16
Vivian Kiechel Fine Art (Lincoln, Nebraska), 1997-1999
9
17
Oversized Enclosure from Estate Correspondence (rolled Documentfrom Box 7, folder 25; not scanned)
16

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