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Leon Kroll papers, circa 1900-1988

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1906-1977
(Boxes 1, 7; 0.4 linear feet)

Biographical materials include autobiographical essays and chronologies compiled and updated by Kroll. The essays list schools he attended, prizes and honors, museums he is represented in, organization affiliations, etc. Also found are lists of paints and supplies found on his palette and lists of artwork and prices. Award certificates document the numerous honors he received from the National Academy of Design during his time as a student and during his early career. There are two interview transcripts, including one interview done for Columbia University in which he discusses his childhood and education in detail. This series also contains a file Kroll kept on the Committee on Government and Art which includes meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, and press releases, and other miscellaneous documents and records.
Items within each folder are arranged in chronological order. The bulk of this series has been scanned; business and calling cards have not been scanned. Also not scanned is the 2019 addition.
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Biographical Summaries and Chronologies, circa 1932-1956
1
1
Biographical Summaries and Chronologies, circa 1930s-1940s
7
1
Biography from "The Index of Twentieth Century Artists,", 1934
1
2
Who's Who Biographies, 1948-1969
1
3
The National Register of Prominent Americans and International Notables, 1976-1977
7
2
"Palette used at the present time by Leon Kroll" (List of items on palette), circa 1930s
1
4
Lists of Artwork and Price Lists, circa 1940s-1965
1
3
Lists of Artwork and Price Lists, circa 1930s-1960s
7
4
Photographic Inventory, circa 1940-1969
7
5
Award Certificates, 1906-1908, 1927
1
6
Interview Transcript by Columbia University, 1956
1
7
Interview Transcript by Columbia University, Microfilm and Printed Transcript, circa 1975
7
5
Radio Interview Transcript, 1936
1
8
Committee on Government and Art Documents, 1950-1956
1
9
Visa Applications, 1938
1
10
Eulogy for Cornelius Kroll, 1967
1
11
Diagram of Kroll Property, circa 1960s
1
12
Map of Folly Point, Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1947
1
13
Studio Materials Specifications, circa 1920s-1950s
7
6
Signature Crest, circa 1930s-1950s
7
7
Business and Calling Cards, circa 1930s-1960s
(Not scanned)
1
14
Business and Calling Cards, circa 1930s-1960s
7
8

Series 2: Correspondence , 1905-1988
(Boxes 1-4, 7; 3.8 linear feet)

Correspondence is the largest series within the collection and contains both Kroll's personal and professional correspondence. There is correspondence with many fellow New York and European artists, including members of the social realist and ashcan schools of painting and artists he met on his travels and participation in national and international art organizations and committees. There is also correspondence with students and publishers, requests for Kroll to teach, lecture, or write articles, and business correspondence regarding exhibitions, sales, donations, and commissions. A small amount of correspondence is in French.
Artists that Kroll corresponded with include John Taylor Arms, Gifford Beal, George Bellows, Edwin Blashfield, George Biddle, Isabel Bishop, Marc Chagall, Arthur Covey, Randall Davey, Sonia Delaunay, Edwin Dickinson, Barry Faulkner, Ernest Fiene, Joseph Floch, William Glackens, Ellen Day Hale, Samuel Halpert, Robert Henri, Joseph Hirsch, Robert and Edward Hopper, Berthe Koch, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Richard Lahey, Paul Manship, Ezio Martinelli, William McKillop, Gari Melchers, Hobart Nichols, Henry Schnakenberg, John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, Eugene Speicher, Maurice Sterne, Stuyvesant Van Veen, Hutton Webster, Esther Williams, Hamilton Wolf, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others.
Kroll also corresponded with many art historians and critics, curators, and gallery owners, such as Arthur Byne, Alfred Churchill, Frank Rehn, and Louis Stern, and several art patrons and collectors such as J. S. Carpenter, Etta Cone, Aldus Higgins, Julius Lempert, and Carl Weeks.
A large amount of the correspondence found here is Leon Kroll's professional correspondence with arts organizations, clubs, and committees in which he participated. These include the American Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers; Artists Equity Association; Municipal Art Committee of New York; National Academy of Design; and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and many others. These files may contain copies of letters between other members, press releases, printed material, meeting minutes, or memos Kroll sent to members. Also found is correspondence with arts administrators regarding federal government art projects and funding, including Edward Bruce, Forbes Watson, and Edward Rowan.
A significant amount of family correspondence, particularly from Leon Kroll to his sister Tess Pergament and mother Harriet Kroll are found in the 2019 additions.
In general, letters are filed alphabetically by person or corporate name. Names with five or more letters are filed in their own folders, and the remainder of correspondence is filed in miscellaneous files. Selected correspondents whose names do not appear in headings are indicated in a note following the folder heading. Some correspondence with individuals may also be filed according to the name of the organization with which they were associated. Where they exist, Kroll's outgoing letters are interfiled with incoming letters.
This series has been scanned in its entirety except for the 2019 addition.
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Abels, Alexander, 1939-1956
1
15
ACA Gallery, 1965-1968
1
16
Adler, Elmer, 1936-1944
1
17
Albert, Louis, 1949-1967
1
18
Allied Publications, Inc., 1966
1
19
American Academy in Rome, 1936-1952
1
20
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1932-1964
1
21
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1962
7
9
American Artist, 1939-1948
1
22
American Artists' Congress, 1936-1940
1
23
American Artists Group, 1938-1963
1
24
American Artists Professional League, 1933-1934
1
25
American Federation of Arts, 1923-1965
1
26
American-French War Relief, Inc., 1941-1942
1
27
American Magazine of Art, 1957
1
28
American Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers, 1920-1939
(2 folders)
1
29-30
American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, 1936
7
10
Amherst College, 1939-1969
1
31
Amherst College, 1969
7
11
John Taylor Arms, 1935-1953
1
32
Art Association of Newport, 1934-1944
1
33
Art Institute of Chicago, 1919-1961
1
34
Art Students League of New York, 1934-1965
1
35
Artists Equity Association, 1947-1961, 1971
(2 folders)
1
36-37
Artists for Victory, 1942-1944
1
38
Associated American Artists, 1938-1941
1
39
Aa-An, 1930-1970
1
40
Ar-Av, 1928-1971
1
41
Baltimore Museum of Art, 1929-1938
1
42
Banta, R. E. (Dick), 1952, circa 1960s
1
43
Beal, Gifford and Maud, 1938-1957
1
44
Bellows, George and Emma, 1913-1928
1
45
Bellows, George and Emma, circa 1920s
7
12
Bender, Albert, 1938-1940
1
46
Benepe, Robert S., 1932-1943
1
47
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1968
7
13
Bicket, Kay, 1955, 1957, circa 1950s
1
48
Biddle, George, 1933-1968
1
49
Bishop, Isabel, 1942-1971
1
50
Blow, Richard (Dick) and Katherine, 1956-1959, circa 1960s
1
51
Bocour, 1936-1963
1
52
Borden Publishing Co., 1962-1963
1
53
Borie, Charles, 1936-1937
1
54
Boston Art Club, 1930-1932
1
55
Bowers, Nancy Fredson, 1979-1980
7
14
Briarcliff Junior College, 1935-1956
1
56
Bruce, Edward (Ned) and Peggy, 1928-1960s
(2 folders)
1
57-58
Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1924-1938
1
59
Bushell, Adolph and Carole, 1963-1968
1
60
Byne, Arthur and Mildred, 1930-1938
1
61
Ba-Bi, 1930-1973
(Includes letters from Peggy Bacon, Hugo Ballin, Maurice Becker, and Thomas Hart Benton)
1
62
Bl-Bo, 1927-1967
(Includes letters from Edwin Blashfield and Louis Bouche)
1
63
Br-By, 1919, 1932-1972
(Includes letters from Alex Brook and Charles Burchfield)
1
64
Capricorn Galleries, circa 1968-1969
7
15
Carnegie Institute (Homer Saint-Gaudens), 1925-1969
(2 folders)
1
65-66
Carpenter, J. S. (Sandy) and Florence (See also Des Moines Association of Fine Arts), 1924-1941
(2 folders)
1
67-68
Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company, 1930-1935
1
69
Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company, 1935-1938
1
70
Chemical Bank and Trust Company, 1936-1941
1
71
Childe Hassam Fund, 1959-1965
1
72
Churchill, Alfred, 1933-1938
1
73
City of Chicago, 1944
1
74
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1925-1948
1
75
Cohen, M. H., 1925-1935
1
76
Colby College, 1963-1964
1
77
College Art Association, 1931-1952
2
1
College of William and Mary, 1936
2
2
Columbia University, 1938-1972
2
3
Condolence Letters, 1974
7
16
Cone, Etta, 1930-1948
2
4
Cone, Sydney and Isabel, 1946-1968
2
5
Constance, Jane, 1939-1958
2
6
Corcoran Gallery of Art (C. Powell Minnigerode), 1930-1947
2
7
Covey, Arthur and Lois, 1925-1937
2
8
Crisp, Arthur, 1956-1971
2
9
Ca-Ce, 1925-1972
2
10
Ch-Cl, 1925-1972
(Includes letters from Marc Chagall)
2
11
Co-Cy, 1924-1970
(Includes letters from Alphaeus Cole)
2
12
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1938, 1956-1957
2
13
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1956
7
17
Davey, Randall, 1915-1955
2
14
Davidson, Lloyd, 1948-1953
2
15
Dayton Art Institute, 1924-1943, 1964
2
16
Delano, William A., 1938-1953
2
17
Denver Museum of Art, 1971
7
18
Department of Justice, 1937-1955
2
18
Depauw University, 1959
2
19
Des Moines Association of Fine Arts (See also Carpenter, J. S. and Florence), 1925-1932
2
20
Detroit Institute of Art, 1919-1937
2
21
Domec, Claude and M., 1929-circa 1940s
2
22
Dyson, Katherine (Kitty), 1961-1965
2
23
Da-De, 1916-1966
(Includes letters from Andrew Dasburg, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Julius Delbos)
2
24
Di-Dy, 1931-1965
(Includes letters from Edwin Dickinson, Olin Dows, and Marcel Duchamp)
2
25
Edward Bruce Fund, 1936-1938
2
26
Edward Macdowell Association, Inc., 1937-1943, 1966
2
27
Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarships, 1939
7
19
Ellis, Rhoda Winter, 1956-1960
2
28
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1944-1946
2
29
Erdmann, Hayden Davidson, 1947-1970
2
30
E, 1919-1973
(Includes letters from Philip Evergood)
2
31
Family Correspondence, circa 1978-1988
7
20
Faulkner, Barry, 1951-1966
2
32
Fiene, Ernest, 1952-1965
2
33
Finch College, 1935-1969
2
34
Fine Arts Foundation, 1933-1934
2
35
Fine Arts Gallery, City of San Diego, 1935-1971
2
36
Fitchburg Art Museum, 1930, 1957-1966
2
37
Floch, Joseph, 1909-1910, circa 1950s-1960
2
38
Ford Foundation, 1958-1959
2
39
Four Arts Aid Association, 1945-1953
2
40
Fa-Fi, 1934-1965
2
41
Fl-Fr, 1925-1966
(Includes letters from John Folinsbee and Juliana Force)
2
42
Gaston, Godfrey O. , 1976
7
21
Gatterdam, Pascal M., 1947-1958
2
43
Giles, Howard, 1923-1925, 1941
2
44
Glackens, Ira, 1954-1967
2
45
Glackens, William and Edith, 1927-1940s
2
46
Golden Gate International Exposition, 1938-1940
2
47
Gonzalez, Xavier, 1959-1963
2
48
Grand Central Art Galleries, 1932-1960
2
49
Grand Central Art Galleries, 1959
7
22
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1968
7
23
Guggenheimer, Richard, 1936-1948
2
50
Guillaume, Jules, 1925-1940, 1945
2
51
Ga-Go, 1934-1963
(Includes letters from Grace Gemberling and Lloyd Goodrich)
2
52
Gr-Gz, 1930-1969
(Includes letters from Marion Greenwood, Chaim Gross, and Bob Gwathmey)
2
53
Hale, Ellen Day, 1930-1935
2
54
Halpert, Samuel, 1916-1930
2
55
Harrison, Preston, 1916-1937
2
56
Hartford, Huntington, 1952, 1966
2
57
Henri, Robert and Marjorie, 1923-1929
2
58
Hessel, Grace (Mrs. Sidney), 1929-1930s
2
59
Higgins, Aldus and May, 1933-1948
2
60
Hirsch, Joseph, 1947-1962
2
61
Hirsch, Joseph, 1970
7
24
Hopkinson, Charles, 1947-1950s
2
62
Horton, Henrietta, 1934-1935, circa 1930s
2
63
Huntley, Grace, 1935, 1937
7
25
Ha, 1935-1969
(Includes letters from Lilian W. Hale)
2
64
He-Hy, 1931-1972
(Includes letters from Edward Hopper)
2
65
International Association of Plastic Arts, 1954-1967
2
66
Ismay, Diane, circa 1955-1967
2
67
John Herron Art Institute, 1936-1954
2
68
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1931-1938
2
69
Joseph Paolillo Gallery, 1963-1965
2
70
I-J, 1931-1960
(Includes letters from Sidney Janis and Edward Alden Jewell)
2
71
Kander, Allen and Mrs., 1956-1964
3
1
Kander, Allen and Mrs. , 1958
7
26
Koch, Berthe (Jane), 1933-1961
(2 folders)
3
2-3
Kogan, Nathan, 1952-1969
3
4
Kroll, Cornelius (Neil) and Grace, 1925-1972
3
5
Kroll, Henrietta (Mother), circa 1932-1937
7
27
Kroll, Lenore, 1944
3
6
Kroll, Marie-Claude, 1940s-1968
3
7
Kroll, Philip and Gwen, 1939-1957
3
8
Kroll, Viette, circa 1930s-1940s
3
9
Kupfer, Frank, 1945
3
10
K, 1925-1968
(Includes letters from James Kerr and Yasuo Kuniyoshi)
3
11
Lahey, Richard, 1929-1952
3
12
Langsam, Walter and Julia, 1920-1972
3
13
Lawall, Willa, 1979
7
28
Lelarge, Henri, 1928
3
14
Lewis, Mary, 1936-1937, circa 1930s-1940s
3
15
Lempert, Julius, 1923-1957
3
16
Library of Congress, 1922, 1941, 1949
3
17
Life Magazine, 1938-1948
3
18
Lyke, Dr. Hyatt, 1931-1930s
3
19
La-Le, 1916-1966
3
20
Li-Ly, 1931-1965
(Includes letters from Jonas Lie, Georg Lober, and George Luks)
3
21
Maine Coast Artists, 1969-1970
3
22
Maison Nationale De Retraite Des Peintres, Sculpteurs Et Graveurs, 1950-1961
3
23
Manship, Paul and Elizabeth, 1931-1963
3
24
Martinelli, Ezio, 1934-1958
3
25
Maryland Institute of Art, 1923-1946
3
26
Matthias, Blanche, circa 1950s-1967
3
27
McKillop, William and Madge, 1924-1938
3
28
Mechau, Frank, 1932-1948
3
29
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925-1963
3
30
Milch Galleries, 1925-1962
3
31
Mills College, 1937-1938
3
32
Milwaukee Art Institute, 1934-1948
3
33
Modarelli, James E., 1964-1965
3
34
Montclair Art Museum, 1927-1969
3
35
Morgan, Charles, 1961-1967
3
36
Municipal Art Committee, New York, 1933-1939
3
37
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1962-1963
3
38
Murphy, Joseph H. (Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, New York), 1962
7
29
Museum of Modern Art, 1937-1961
3
39
Ma, 1923-1967
3
40
Mc-Mi, 1920-1972
(Includes letters from Henry McFee (with photograph), Gari Melchers, and Carl Milles)
3
41
Mo-My, 1920-1972
(Includes letters from Marianne Moore, and Jerome and Ethel Myers)
3
42
National Academy of Design, 1925-1971
(4 folders)
3
43-46
National Arts Club, 1930-1971
3
47
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, 1943-1947
3
48
National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1930-1972
3
49
National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1966
7
30
Nebraska Art Association, 1930-1933
3
50
New York World's Fair, Inc., 1936-1939, 1964
3
51
Nichols, Hobart, 1934-1937
3
52
Nichols, June, 1969-1972
3
53
Norton Gallery and School of Art, 1945-1948
3
54
Norton, R. H., 1930-1947
3
55
Office of War Information, 1942
3
56
Organ, Violet, circa 1930s
3
57
N-O, 1932-1970
(Includes letters from Elias Newman and Ivan Olinsky)
3
58
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1927-1958
3
59
Pennsylvania Museum of Art, 1925-1935
3
60
Pepsi-Cola's Annual Art Exhibition, 1946-1948
3
61
Pergament, Tess (Mrs. Bruno - Sister), circa 1922-1948
7
31
P. Jackson Higgs, Inc., 1933-1936
3
62
Pregel, Boris, 1945-1961
3
63
Pa-Pe, 1929-1966
3
64
Ph-Pu, 1925-1972
(Includes letters from Robert Philipp and Gregorio Prestopino)
3
65
Ramsy, Lee, circa 1960s
3
66
Raphaelson, Samson and Dorshka, 1929-1965
3
67
Rehn, Frank K. M., 1924-1936
4
1
Retail Fine Arts Trade (Art Dealers Code), 1933-1934
4
2
Rhode Island School of Design, 1932-1961
4
3
Robert C. Vose Galleries, 1925-1947
4
4
Rockefeller, Nelson A., 1960, 1962, 1967
4
5
Rowan, Edward, 1935-1944
4
6
Q, Ra-Ri, 1925-1967
(Includes a letter from Diego Rivera)
4
7
Ro-Ru, 1923-1965
(Includes letters from Lucien Rollin)
4
8
Sackett and Wilhelms, 1938-1939
4
9
San Antonio Art League, 1960
4
10
Sapiro, Aaron, 1932-1933
4
11
Schnakenberg, Henry, 1936-1939, circa 1930s
4
12
Seide, Charles, 1938-1971
4
13
Seidman and Fisher, 1971-1972
4
14
Smith, Catherine, 1933-1935
4
15
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1955-1959
4
16
Speicher, Eugene, 1915-circa 1954
4
17
Springville High School Art Association, 1937-1965
4
18
State University of Iowa, 1932-1936
4
19
Stern, Louis, 1932-1950
4
20
Sterne, Maurice and Vera, 1930-1960
4
21
Steuben Glass, 1940-1963
4
22
Stone, Harlan F., 1937-1942
4
23
Strachan, Rose (Mrs. Frank), 1944-1946, circa 1940s
4
24
Studio Publications, Inc., 1937-1938
4
25
Sa-Sf, 1932-1972
4
26
Sh-So, 1933-1973
(Includes letters from Nan Sheets, John Sloan, and Raphael Soyer)
4
27
Sp-Sw, 1927-1970
(Includes letters from Leo Stein)
4
28
Taylor, Francis and Pamela, 1937-1951
4
29
Taylor, Francis and Pamela, circa 1930s
7
32
Toledo Museum of Art, 1932-1942
4
30
Train, Arthur, circa 1930s
7
33
Treasury Department, Procurement Division, 1933-1938
4
31
T, 1924-1965
4
32
United Seamen's Service, 1943-1945
4
33
University of Illinois, 1935-1951
4
34
University of New Mexico, 1962-1964
4
35
University of Notre Dame, 1960-1961
4
36
University of Texas, Austin, Michener Collection, 1971
7
34
Van Veen, Stuyvesant, 1937-1940s
4
37
U-V, 1930-1972
(Includes letters from Theodore Van Soelen)
4
38
Watson, Forbes, 1931-1947
4
39
Weber, Max, 1922-1923, 1955
4
40
Webster, Hutton, 1931-1946
4
41
Weeks, Carl, 1925-1941
4
42
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1931-1963
4
43
William Macbeth, Inc., 1931-1936
4
44
Williams, Esther, 1938-1944
4
45
Wolf, Hamilton, 1938-1942
4
46
Worcester Art Museum, 1937-1942, 1957
4
47
Worcester War Memorial Murals, 1934-1944
(3 folders)
4
48-50
Works Progress Administration, 1936-1938
4
51
W. S. Budworth and Son, 1924-1939
4
52
Wyeth, Andrew, 1946-1959
4
53
Wa-We, 1930-1969
(Includes letters from Maynard Walker and Harry Watrous)
4
54
Wh-Wu, 1932-1971
(Includes letters from Frank Lloyd Wright)
4
55
Yaddo, 1932-1935
4
56
Zilboorg, Gregory, 1942-1947
4
57
X-Z, 1927-1966
(Includes letters from Mahonri Young and William Zorach)
4
58
Unidentified, First Names Only, A-E, 1933-1972
4
59
Unidentified, First Names Only, F-L, 1908-1970
4
60
Unidentified, First Names Only, M-Z, 1940-1972
4
61
Unidentified, First Names Only, 1940-1965
7
35
Unidentified, Illegible Names and Letter Fragments, 1905-1966
4
62
Unidentified, Undated Illegible Names and Letter Fragments, circa 1925-1972
4
63
Unidentified, Letter Fragments and Drafts, circa 1968-1972
7
36

Series 3: Writings and Notes , circa 1920s-1972
(Boxes 4-5, 7; 0.5 linear feet)

Writings and notes include draft essays, lectures, speeches, notes, lists, recommendations, annotated address book and an engagement calendar. Subjects of writings include art technique, art history, Kroll's art, and the work of other artists. Lectures and speeches were generally given at art organizations such as the American Federation of Arts, or at art schools and universities. Additional writings include drafts of recommendations of artists for grants, memberships, or appointment to committees. Lists of people consist of drafts of invitation lists, member lists, and mailing lists. Scattered writings by others include an essay by Julia E. Langsam describing her experience as an artist's model for Kroll and additional writings about Kroll by unknown authors.
Writings are arranged in rough chronological order. This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for the 2019 additions, of which a large portion is duplicate material.
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Annotated Typescripts, "Painting the Nude,", 1963
4
64
Autobiographical Writings, circa 1930s-1940s
4
65
Artist Recommendations, circa 1940s
4
66
Lectures at Finch School, 1935-1936
4
67
Lectures at Finch School, 1935-1936
7
37
Speech at Worcester Art Museum, 1937
4
68
Speech at Worcester Art Museum, 1937
7
38
Speech at American Federation of Arts, 1937
5
1
Speech at American Federation of Arts, 1937
7
39
Article for United Seamen's Service, 1945
7
40
Speech at Cooper Union, 1947
5
2
Lecture, "A Painter's Point of View,", 1954
5
3
Lecture, "A Painter's Point of View", 1954
7
41
Lecture, "Mural Paintings for Shriver Hall,", circa 1956
5
4
Lecture at Witte Museum,San Antonio, 1960
7
42
Lecture, "The Eight,", 1962
5
5
Lecture, "The Eight", 1962
7
43
Commemorative Tribute to Barry Faulkner, circa 1960s
7
44
Lectures and Speeches, 1932-1967
(2 folders)
5
6-7
Undated Lectures and Speeches, circa 1930s-1960s
(2 folders)
5
8-9
Undated Lectures and Speeches, circa 1930s-1960s
7
46
Miscellaneous Writings and Notes, 1932-1972
5
10
Miscellaneous Writings and Notes, circa 1930s-1960s
7
47
Undated Miscellaneous Writings and Notes, circa 1930s-1960s
(4 folders)
5
11-14
Lists of People, circa 1938-1968
5
15
Engagement Calendar, 1946
5
16
Address Book, circa 1920s-1940s
5
17
Loose Addresses, circa 1930s-1960s
5
18
Julia E. Langsam, "Sitter Looks At Artist,", 1965
5
19
Writings by Others about Leon Kroll, circa 1930s, 1965
5
20
Writings by Others, Miscellaneous, circa 1938-1957
5
21
Essay, "Toward a Renewal of Classicism" (Author Unknown), circa 1960s
7
45

Series 4: Legal and Financial Records , circa 1914-1985
(Boxes 5, 7; 1.0 linear feet)

Found here are contracts for Kroll's mural commissions for the U.S. Justice Department, the Worcester War Memorial, and the Shriver Murals at Johns Hopkins University, and teaching contracts, including contracts for the Art Students League. Additional legal documents include copyright registrations for a few of Kroll's paintings, the last will and testament for his sister Lenore Landsberger, and various leases and exhibition contracts. The 2019 addition includes documentation from the Leon Kroll Estate including posthumous artwork sales.
Financial documents include numerous loan forms and sales receipts for Kroll's artwork, including ones from Downtown Gallery and the Carnegie Institute. Other bills and receipts primarily deal with framing or shipping. There is also an appraisal of paintings and etchings belonging to Florence Carpenter, an art collector and a patron of Kroll's work. Ledgers record monthly financial transactions such as art consignments, cash receipts, and cash disbursements. There is also a ledger documenting transactions for Kroll's mural commissions for the Justice Department and the Worcester War Memorial.
Items are arranged chronologically within each folder. Portions of this series have been scanned; tax documents, stock market records, insurance documents, and notes of expenses have not been scanned. Also not scanned is the 2019 addition.
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Contracts for Mural Commissions, 1935-1941
5
22
Contract for Shriver Hall Murals, Johns Hopkins University, 1954
7
48
Teaching Agreements, 1934-1946
5
23
Copyright Registrations, 1942-1944
5
24
Estate of Leon Kroll (Cardozo and Cardozo), circa 1976-1980
7
49-50
Estate of Leon Kroll, Artwork Management (Cardozo and Cardozo), circa 1979-1980
7
51
Last Will and Testament of Lenore Landsberger (Kroll), 1966
5
25
Miscellaneous Legal Documents, 1921-1924, 1964-1974
5
26
Artwork Loan Forms and Receipts
ACA Galleries, 1964-1968
5
27
ACA Galleries, circa 1961-1970
7
52
Bernard Danenberg Galleries, 1969-1975
7
53
Carnegie Institute, 1931-1945
5
28
Downtown Gallery, 1929-1934
5
29
Milch Galleries, 1932-1948
5
30
Milch Galleries, 1947-1963
7
54
Miscellaneous, 1921-1972
5
31
Miscellaneous Artwork Loan Forms and Receipts, circa 1930-1961
7
55
Receipts, Julius Lowy Frame and Restoration Co., 1937-1938, 1968-1970
5
32
Miscellaneous Bills and Receipts, 1926-1974
5
33
Tax Documents, 1925-1954, 1967
(Not scanned)
5
34
Stock Market Records, 1921-1962
(Not scanned)
5
35
Insurance Documents, 1926, 1969
(Not scanned)
5
36
Appraisal of Leon Kroll Estate by Laurence Casper, circa 1974
7
56
Appraisal, Artwork belonging to Florence L. Carpenter Estate, circa 1940s
5
37
Ledger for Mural Commissions, 1935-1941
5
38
Ledger, 1935-1938, 1943, 1951
5
39
Ledger, 1937-1938
5
40
Ledger, 1945-1949
5
41
Ledger, 1951-1952, 1967
5
42
Ledger, 1953-1955
5
43
Ledger, 1954-1955
5
44
Ledger, 1956-1958
5
45
Ledger, 1963-1966
6
1
Ledger, circa 1950-1974
7
57
Ledger (Photocopy), circa 1914-1933
7
58
Ledger, Inventory at Beverly Storage Warehouse, circa 1970s-1985
7
59
Notes and Lists of Expenses, 1945, 1947, 1958, 1964
(Not scanned)
6
2

Series 5: Printed Material , circa 1920s-1987
(Boxes 5-6, 8-9; 0.7 linear feet)

Scattered printed materials about Kroll's career include news clippings; exhibition announcements and catalogs; postcards; invitations; brochures; published writings and reviews; and material documenting Kroll's work on murals for the Worcester War Memorial, including a catalog for an exhibition of the murals, brochures, and a map of the War Memorial auditorium. Various bulletins, news letters, and reports found here are from art organizations and the federal government.
Material in each folder is arranged in chronological order. The bulk of this series has been scanned; postcards and reproductions of artwork have not been scanned. The 2019 addition has not been scanned.
Description Container Select
News Clippings, 1924-1968
(6 folders)
6
3-8
News Clippings, circa 1930s
8
1
Undated News Clippings, circa 1920s-1960s
6
9
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1927-1972
6
10
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1958-1987
8
2
American Artist (June, 1942), 1942
8
3
Address to John Reed Club Art Class Hound and Horn (Apr.-June 1933), 1933
8
4
The Veterans Exhibit at the Fine Arts GalleriesThe League (Apr. 1944), 1944
8
5
Worcester War Memorial Printed Material, 1941
6
11
Bulletins, Newsletters, and Reports, 1929-1970
6
12
Blank Postcards, circa 1920s
(Not scanned)
6
13
Reproductions of Artworks, circa 1940s
(Not scanned)
6
14
Reproductions of Artworks, circa 1960s
8
6
Reproductions of Artworks, circa 1940s
9
1
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1942-1980
8
7
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1929-1966
6
15

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1900-1979
(Boxes 6, 8-10; 1.7 linear feet)

Photographs are of Kroll, of Kroll working in his studio, of Kroll serving for juried exhibitions, of Kroll with other artists, and of Kroll's homes. Three photographs of Kroll in his studio and working on murals are by Paul Hansen and Jane Rogers. Artists depicted in images with Kroll include John Taylor Arms, Gordon Grant, Raphael Soyer, and John Sloan, and fellow exhibition jury members Isabel Bishop, Reginald Marsh, Eugene Speicher, Paul Sample, and Homer Saint-Gaudens. Also found are three photographs of Kroll's colleague and friend, Edward Bruce, and a few photographs of unidentified people, possibly family members.
Photographs of exhibitions include those at the Art Institute of Chicago, Depauw University, and the Carnegie Institute. Photographs of artwork include paintings and drawings by Kroll and of his mural commissions, including drawings and details of the Worcester war memorial mural.
The 2019 additions include many negatives and a set of 28 glass plate negatives, largely images of Kroll's paintings.
Folders in this series are arranged according to subject matter and photographs within each folder are arranged in rough chronological order. This series is partially scanned. Photographs of artwork and duplicate photographs have not been scanned. The 2019 addition has not been scanned.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Leon Kroll, circa 1930s-1960s
(2 folders)
6
16-17
Photographs of Leon Kroll and Studio, circa 1910-1960s
8
8
Album, Kroll Family Photographs, circa 1910-1962
8
9
Photographs of Edward Bruce, circa 1940s
6
18
Photographs of Unidentified People, 1940s
6
19
Photographs of Leon Kroll Homes, circa 1930-1950
6
20
Slides, Kroll Family Home, Folly Cove, MA, circa 1979
8
10
Photograph of "Whistler House,", circa 1930s
6
21
Photographs of Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, circa 1920s
6
22
Slides, Exhibition at Depauw University, circa 1959
(Not scanned)
6
23
Photographs of Exhibitions, circa 1935-1957
6
24
Photographs of Artwork, Portraits of Kroll Family, circa 1920s-1950s
8
11
Photographs of Artwork, Self Portraits, circa 1910-1960
8
12
Photographs of Artwork, Worcester Murals, 1938-1941
(Not scanned)
6
25
Photographs of Artwork, The Conversation (Repainted), 1938, 1945
8
13
Photographs of Artwork, Mosaic Normandy America Cemetery Omaha Beach, circa 1950s
8
14
Photographs of Artwork, Shriver Hall Murals, Johns Hopkins University, circa 1950s
8
15
Photographs of Artwork, Paintings, circa 1910-1960s
8
16-19
Photographs of Artwork, Paintings, circa 1910-1960
9
2-5
Photographs of Artwork, Drawings, circa 1910-1960
8
20-21
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1900s-1960s
(5 folders; not scanned)
6
26-30
Negatives, Images of Artwork, circa 1910-1950
8
22
Glass Plate Negatives, Images of Artwork, circa 1920s
10
Photographs of Artwork by Others, circa 1920s-1940s
(Not scanned)
6
31

Series 7: Artwork , circa 1910-1950s
(Boxes 6, 8; 0.4 linear feet)

Ten sketchbooks and three folders of loose drawings done by Kroll are found here. Drawings are of figures, nudes, portraits, animals, and landscapes. The sketches are done in pencil, colored pencil, and pen and ink. The earliest sketchbook, from spring, 1911, includes typed notes regarding each of the 36 drawings. Some sketchbooks also include other handwritten notations.
Sketchbooks are arranged in rough chronological order. This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for the 2019 addition.
Description Container Select
Loose Drawings, circa 1930s-1940s
(2 folders)
6
32-33
Loose Drawings, circa 1930s-1950s
8
23
Sketchbook, 1911
6
34
Sketchbook, circa late 1920s
6
35
Sketchbook, circa 1931
6
36
Sketchbooks, circa 1930s-1940s
(4 volumes in 2 folders)
6
37-38
Sketchbook, 1946
6
39
Sketchbook, circa 1940s-1950s
6
40
Sketchbook, circa 1910-1920
8
24

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