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Leon Kroll papers, circa 1900-1988

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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

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