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Konrad and Florence Ballin Cramer papers, 1897-1968

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1900-1964
2.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, 9

This series consists of Florence Ballin Cramer and Konrad Cramer's correspondence, including outgoing drafts and carbons of letters written by the Cramers. Correspondents include artists, curators, gallery staff, editors, writers, and personal friends and family. Prior to 1911, correspondence is entirely that of Florence Ballin, and the letters of 1911 are dominated by a large volume of letters between Florence Ballin and Konrad Cramer during the months of their courtship, many of which are in German. Also found are letters to Florence's brother Irving Ballin, and letters to and from the Cramer's children, Margot and Aileen. An increasing number of outgoing drafts of letters written by Konrad Cramer are found beginning in the 1950s.
Artists represented here include John Carlson, Birge Harrison, Peggy Bacon, Alexander Brook, Andrew Dasburg, Alfred Stieglitz, Julius Bloch, Grace Mott Johnson, George Franklin, Hermine Kleinert, Holger Cahill, Grace Evans, Emil Ganso, George Grosz, Carl Eric Lindin, Fred Dana Marsh, Henry Lee McFee, Elie Nadelman, Homer Saint-Gaudens, Lee Simonson, Gene Speicher, Carl Sprinchorn, Alfred Stieglitz, and Dorothy Varian. Artwork found in the correspondence includes a hand-painted card from Peggy Bacon and Alexander Brook (1923), a Rube Goldberg cartoon (1937), and an illustrated letter from Konrad to Florence Cramer (1957).
The correspondence files include fragments of letters, especially drafts of outgoing letters, and enclosures such as receipts, photographs, and clippings. These include early photographs of Konrad Cramer in the 1911 letters, and a photograph of Eugene Speicher from 1929. Notes made retrospectively by Florence Ballin Cramer are sometimes found with letters or on accompanying envelopes.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically, with unknown and illegible drafts of letters filed at the end of the series. Additional correspondence can be found in Personal Business Records, and drafts of outgoing letters are found in Notebooks in the Writings series. See also the Christmas Card Album for additional notes and cards.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
A, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
1
4
Albany Institute of History and Art, 1936-1937
1
5
American Federation of Arts, 1935-1947
1
6
Art Students League, 1906
Includes letters from Edwin Blashfield, George Bridgman, Kenyon Cox, Elliott Daingerfield, and Frank du Mond
1
7
B, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from George Barrere and Marion Bullard
1
8
Bacon, Peggy, 1930-1942
1
9
Ballin Family, 1911, 1914
1
10
Ballin, Irving, 1911-1931
1
11
Bartlett, Mabel, 1957-1958
1
12
Brook, Alexander, 1922-1930
1
13
C, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Holger Cahill, Margaret Carlson, and Belle Cramer
1
14
Carlson, John F., 1909-1913
1
15
Carnegie Institute (Saint-Gaudens, Homer), 1911-1937
1
16
College Art Association, 1930-1935
1
17
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1934-1937
1
18
Cramer, A., 1911-1934
1
19
Cramer, Aileen, 1927-1961
1
20
Cramer, Aileen, 1963-1964
1
21
Cramer, Florence Ballin, circa 1900-1961
1
22
Cramer, Florence Ballin, 1911
1
23
Cramer, Florence Ballin, 1911
1
24
Cramer, Florence Ballin, 1912-1918
1
25
Cramer, Florence Ballin, 1920
1
26
Cramer, Florence Ballin, 1921-1929
1
27
Cramer, Florence Ballin, 1934-1961
1
28
Cramer, Konrad, circa 1911-1961
Oversized materials housed in Box 9, Folder 1
1
29
Cramer, Konrad, 1911
1
30
Cramer, Konrad, 1911
1
31
Cramer, Konrad, 1912-1918
1
32
Cramer, Konrad, 1920
1
33
Cramer, Konrad, 1921-1928
Oversized materials housed in Box 9, Folder 1
1
34
Cramer, Konrad, 1936-1961
1
35
Cramer, Konrad, 1962
1
36
Cramer, Konrad, 1962
1
37
Cramer, Konrad, 1962
1
38
Cramer, Margot, 1920-1959
1
39
Cramer, Margot, 1963
1
40
D, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
1
41
Dalton School, 1927
1
42
Dasburg, Andrew, 1909, 1921-1959
1
43
Davenport, John L., 1951-1955
1
44
de Liagre, Alfred and Frieda, 1935-1960
1
45
E, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
1
46
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, 1918-1919
1
47
Eidlitz, Dorothy, 1945-1960
1
48
Evans, Grace, 1924-1956
1
49
F, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Anton Otto Fischer and George Franklin
2
1
Fortress, Karl, 1935-1962
2
2
G, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Rube Goldberg and George Grosz
2
3
Ganso, Emil and Fanny, 1940-1951
2
4
Guggenheim, Jules, 1957-1960
2
5
Guinzburg, Lin, circa 1920s
2
6
Gurewitch, Arno, 1936-1937
2
7
H, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Birge Harrison, Bertram and Gusta Hartman, and Alice Henderson
2
8
Hener, Ruth, 1918
2
9
Hervey, Wilna and Nan Mason, 1931-1956
2
10
I-J, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
2
11
Johnson, Grace Mott, 1910-1947
2
12
K, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Ilonka Karasz, Therese Kessel, Georgina Klitgaard, and Katherine and Sara Kuniyoshi
2
13
Kleinert, Hermine E., 1911-1934
2
14
Kleinert, Hermine E., 1936-1958
2
15
Komroff, Manuel, 1945-1961
2
16
Krom, Alice, 1935-1960
2
17
L, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Lawrence Langner and Carl Eric Lindin
2
18
Lester, Henry and Ruth, 1945-1958
2
19
Lester, Janina, 1940-1958
2
20
M, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Grace Mayer, Austin "Meck" and Marianne mecklem
2
21
Marsh, Fred Dana, 1944-1956
2
22
Marshall, Lenore, 1941-1958
2
23
Mayers, Ballin, 1960
2
24
Mayers, Martha, 1934-1953
2
25
McFee, Aileen, 1917-1941
2
26
McFee, Henry Lee, 1921-1951
2
27
Mearns, Hughes, 1935-1956
2
28
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1921-1941
2
29
N, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
2
30
Nadelman, Elie and Viola, 1916-1949
2
31
Neuman, Janet, 1931-1960
2
32
Neuman, Robert, 1951-1959
2
33
Niggli, G. Morgan and Josephina, 1935-1942
2
34
Nusbaum, Dorette, 1934-1943
2
35
O, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
2
36
Oberndorf, C.P., 1945-1954
2
37
Ottenberg, Reuben, 1934-1959
2
38
P, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Hobson Pittman
2
39
Pachner, Bill, 1945-1959
2
40
Q-R, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Jo Rollo
2
41
Ransohoff, Daniel J., 1943-1945
2
42
Ransohoff, Daniel J., 1946-1949
2
43
Ransohoff, Daniel J., 1950-1953
2
44
Resnick, Nat, 1957-1958
2
45
Rohland, Caroline and Paul, 1932-1960
2
46
Rosett, Blanche, 1948-1960
2
47
S, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Carlota Saint-Gaudens, Barbara Shermund, Adrian and Sophie Siegel, Jean Paul Slusser, Frank Leon Smith, Judson Smith, Carl Sprinchorn, and Alfred Stieglitz
2
48
Schultz, Andi, circa 1920s
2
49
Segal, William C., 1953
2
50
Siegel, Adrian and Sophie, circa 1920s
2
51
Simonson, Lee, 1921-1933
2
52
Speicher, Eugene and Elsie, 1927-1947
2
53
Summers, Dudley, 1950-1955
2
54
T-U, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Howard Trafton
2
55
Uhlenhutt, Edward, 1918-1949
2
56
Uhlenhutt, Edward, 1950-1959
2
57
V, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
Includes letters from Dorothy Varian, Carl Walters, and Hervey White
3
1
van Delden, Gisela, 1911-1960
3
2
W, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
3
3
Whitney Museum, 1932-1944
3
4
Wilson, Dave and Marty, 1952-1960
3
5
Woodstock Artists Association, 1933-1951
3
6
X-Z, Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1961
3
7
Unsigned or Illegible Names, 1900-1957
3
8
Oversized Konrad Cramer materials scanned with Box 1, Folder 29, 34, and 35, 1912-1961
9
1

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