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Kay Sage papers, 1925 - circa 1985, bulk 1950-1965

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material and Business Records , 1925-1963, circa 1985
(Box 1; 9 folders)

This series includes Sage's visa, birth certificate, passports, resume, an award, and an essay about Sage written by longtime friend and attorney John S. Monagan. Also found is material concerning Sage's death, including her suicide note, letters she wrote expressing her funeral requests, lists of people to notify, obituaries, and correspondence between John S. Monagan and others, including Pierre Matisse, the Executor of her will. This series also contains scattered business and financial documents concerning income tax and various lists written by Sage for expenses, invitations, cards, paintings, and price lists for her artwork.
Description Container Select
Biographical Documents and Award, 1925-1959
1 (hol)
1
Material Regarding Kay Sage's Death, 1960-1963
1 (hol)
3
John S. Monagan Essay on Kay Sage, circa 1985
1 (hol)
4
Passports, 1928, 1938, 1952
1 (hol)
2
Notes & Lists by Kay Sage, 1956-1962
1 (hol)
5
Notebook of Expenses and Christmas Card Lists, 1949-1962
1 (hol)
6
Lists of Paintings, 1954-1960
1 (hol)
7
Financial Material, 1940,1959-1961
1 (hol)
8
Cat Fancier's Association Registration Form, 1956
1 (hol)
9

Series 2: Correspondence , 1945-1963
(Box 1; 5 folders)

This series contains scattered correspondence documenting Sage's career and relationships with friends and family. Correspondence with the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York discusses exhibitions and sales of Sage's work. Correspondence with her attorney John S. Monagan and with the Museum of Modern Art concerns Sage's loans of artwork for exhibitions and later donations of artwork. Other general correspondence includes letters and postcards with family and friends such as Dorothea Tanning, Pierre and Patricia Matisse, Hans and Fridel Richter, and Yves's sister, Emilie Tanguy, as well as correspondence with various museums and galleries concerning exhibitions and/or donations of Sage's work.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically within each folder.
Description Container Select
Correspondence with Catherine Viviano Gallery, 1956-1961
1 (hol)
10
Correspondence with John S. Monagan, 1955-1958
1 (hol)
11
Correspondence with Museum of Modern Art, 1955-1962
1 (hol)
12
General Correspondence, 1945-1958
1 (hol)
13
General Correspondence, 1959-1963
1 (hol)
14

Series 3: Printed Material , circa 1930-1974
(Box 1; 4 folders)

This series contains exhibition catalogs and announcements for exhibitions of work by Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy, a few news clippings which mention Kay Sage, unsent postcards that she collected, and a press release with photocopies of artwork for the 1965 exhibition of the Kay Sage Tanguy Bequest at the Museum of Modern Art.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1956-1965
1 (hol)
15
News Clippings, 1963-1974
1 (hol)
16
Postcards (unsent), circa 1930-1951
1 (hol)
17
Press Release, "Kay Sage Tanguy Bequest Shown at Museum of Modern Art,", 1965
(Partially scanned)
1 (hol)
18

Series 4: Photographs , circa 1950-1965
(Box 1; 4 folders)

This series includes one photograph of Yves and Kay Sage Tanguy and two photographs of their home "Town Farm" in Middlebury, Connecticut. Also found are photographs from the 1965 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of artwork bequested to the museum by Kay Sage and photographs of artwork that was in Kay Sage's home.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Yves and Kay Sage Tanguy, circa 1950
1 (hol)
19
Photographs of Tanguy Home, "Town Farm", circa 1950
1 (hol)
20
Exhibition Photographs, "Recent Acquisitions: The Kay Sage Tanguy Bequest,", 1965
1 (hol)
21
Photographs of Artwork at Tanguy House, 1962
1 (hol)
22

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.