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Leon Polk Smith papers, 1938-1997

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1938-1994
11 Folders
Box 1, OV 10

Biographical material includes official affidavits, certificates, passports, expense receipts, and a travel expense notebook. A curriculum vitae, family history, and medical records are also included in the series.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Affidavits, 1940, undated
1
1
Biographical Data, 1956
1
2
Certificates, 1938, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 10
1
3
Medical Records, 1951-1967
1
4
Miscellaneous Receipts, undated, 1958-1973
1
5
Notebook, Expenses, 1968-1972
1
6
Passports, 1939-1986
1
7
Certificates, undated, 1938
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, F3
OV 10

Series 2: Correspondence , 1939-1996
5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-5, 9, OV 10

Correspondence is predominantly in the form of business letters and personal letters received from family and friends. This includes correspondence between Smith and his life companion, Robert Jamieson; art critics Arthur C. Danto, Claudine Humblet, and David Galloway; and artists Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt) and Ray Johnson.
The bulk of the business correspondence relates to Smith's various gallery and museum exhibitions, loans, and sales. Outgoing correspondence, photographs, slides, and instructions on the installation of exhibitions have been chronologically interfiled within the correspondents' files. There is extensive correspondence between Smith and the Brooklyn Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, Di Laurenti Gallery, Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, Galerie Denise Rene, Meyers/Bloom Gallery, Washburn Gallery, and the Wilhelm-Hack Museum. The business subseries also includes correspondence between Smith and his alma mater, East Central University, formerly known as Oklahoma State University.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Slides of artwork filed with Meyers/Bloom Gallery have not been scanned. The series is arranged as 2 subseries:
  • Subseries 2.1: Business, 1943-1996
  • Subseries 2.2: Personal, 1939-1997
2.1: Business
Description Container
A, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
1
8
ACE Gallery (Christmas, Douglas), 1979-1993
1
9
Albright-Knox Gallery, 1968, 1979-1990
1
10
Amarillo Art Center (Kochka, Al), 1984-1988
1
11
American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1979-1991
1
12
Art and Literature, 1964
1
13
Art Museum Association of America (Butera, Virginia), 1984-1988
1
14
B, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
1
15
Bard College, 1984-1985
1
16
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1985-1986
1
17
Brooklyn Museum, undated, 1992
1
18
Brooklyn Museum, 1993
1
19
Brooklyn Museum, 1993
1
20
Brooklyn Museum, 1994
1
21
Brooklyn Museum, 1995
Oversized material housed in Box 9, F2
1
22
Buecker, Robert, 1972-1987
1
23
Burnett Miller Gallery (undated), circa 1984-circa 1990
1
24
Burnett Miller Gallery, 1984-1990
1
25
Butler Institute of American Art, 1988
1
26
C, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
1
27
Carnegie Institute, 1967-1980
1
28
Case Western Reserve University, 1969, undated
1
29
Ciba-Geigy Corporation, 1967-1994
1
30
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966-1975
1
31
Columbia University, Wallach Gallery, 1992-1994
1
32
D, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
1
33
Daniel Goldreyer, Ltd., 1978-1982
1
34
Daniel Goldreyer, Ltd., 1988-1992
1
35
Davis, Philip, 1981-1984
1
36
Davis, Philip, 1985-1988
1
37
DiLaurenti Gallery, 1985-1986
2
1
DiLaurenti Gallery, 1987-1989
2
2
Dord Fitz Gallery, 1969-1988
2
3
E, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
2
4
East Central University, 1984
2
5
East Central University, 1985-1989
2
6
East Central University, 1990-1993
2
7
East Central University, 1994-1997
2
8
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, circa 1987-1993
2
9
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, circa 1987-1993
Oversized material housed in OV 10
2
10
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, 1987
2
11
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, 1987
2
12
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, 1988
2
13
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, 1989-1991
2
14
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, 1992-1993
2
15
Elger, Dietmar, 1980-1981
2
16
F-G, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
2
17
G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., 1986
2
18
Galerie Chalette, 1965-1981
2
19
Galerie Denise Rene, 1971-1976
Oversized material housed in OV 10
2
20
Galerie Denise Rene, 1977-1982
2
21
Galerie Muller, 1964-1976
2
22
Gallery North, 1976-1981, undated
2
23
Gallery of Applied Arts, 1985
2
24
Gallery Paule Anglim, 1970, 1979-1981, 1994
2
25
Gibson, Ann, undated, 1990-1991
2
26
Goethe-Institut (Osaka and Turin), 1987-1992
Oversized material housed in OV 10
2
27
Gorewitz, Rubin, 1981-1990
3
1
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, 1981-1983
Oversized material housed in OV 10
3
2
Guggenheim Museum, 1970-1984
3
3
Guild Hall, 1987-1990
3
4
H, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
5
Heckscher Museum, 1983-1984
3
6
Hoffman, Marianne, 1992
3
7
I, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
8
International Contemporary Art Fair (Robinson, Charles), 1985-1986
3
9
J, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
10
James Lodge and Associates, 1981-1982
3
11
K, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
12
Kunstverein in Hamburg, 1989
Oversized material housed in OV 10
3
13
L, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
14
La Paloma (McPherson, Ronald and Morikawa, Mark), 1988
3
15
M, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
16
Marilyn Pearl Gallery, 1980-1991
3
17
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982-1986
3
18
Meyers/Bloom Gallery (undated), circa 1988-circa 1993
3
19
Meyers/Bloom Gallery, 1988-1990
3
20
Meyers/Bloom Gallery, 1991-1993
3
21
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1991-1992
3
22
Musee de Grenoble, 1988-1990
3
23
Musee National D'Art Moderne, 1976-1977
3
24
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1977-1980
3
25
N, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
26
Nabakowski, Gislind, 1987-1988
3
27
National Galerie Berlin (Grisebach, Lucius), 1982-1987
3
28
Nurnberg Museum, 1986-1989
3
29
O, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
30
Oklahoma City Art Museum, 1983-1990
3
31
P, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
32
Pelham-von Stoffler Gallery, 1977-1978
3
33
Prakapas Gallery, 1986-1993
3
34
R, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
35
R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG (Weiermair, Peter), 1989-1991
3
36
Riley, Orrin H., 1985-1987
3
37
S, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
38
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1967-1973
3
39
Sidney Janis Gallery, 1948-1958
3
40
Siegel Contemporary Art Inc./Ruth Siegel Ltd., 1982-1987
3
41
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (Rebay, Hilla), 1943-1949
3
42
Squatriti, Fausta/La Biennale di Venezia, 1982-1991
3
43
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 1981
3
44
SUNY, College At Old Westbury, 1978-1979
3
45
Susan Caldwell Gallery, 1978-1980
3
46
T, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
3
47
Tallix, 1987-1988
3
48
U, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
1
University of Oklahoma, Museum of Art, 1971-1993
4
2
V, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
3
Virginia Commonwealth University, 1980-1981
4
4
Volair Gallery, 1975-1976
4
5
W, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
6
Washburn Gallery (undated), circa 1980-circa 1985
4
7
Washburn Gallery, 1980-1981
4
8
Washburn Gallery, 1982
4
9
Washburn Gallery, 1983-1985
4
10
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1979-1985, 1964
4
11
Wichita State University, 1975-1983
4
12
Wilhelm-Hack Museum, circa 1988-1995
Oversized material housed in OV 10
4
13
Wilhelm-Hack Museum, 1988
4
14
Wilhelm-Hack Museum, 1989
4
15
Wilhelm-Hack Museum, 1991-1995
4
16
Y, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
17
Yale University Art Gallery, 1979-1985
4
18
Brooklyn Museum, Draft Exhibition Catalog, 1995
Scanned with Box 1, F22
9
2
Edition and Galerie Hoffmann, Exhibition Announcements, circa 1987-1993
Scanned with Box 2, F10
OV 10
Galerie Denise Rene, Artwork Layout, 1976
Scanned with Box 2, F20
OV 10
Goethe-Institut, Color Sample, circa 1987-1992
Scanned with Box 2, F27
OV 10
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Gallery Floor Plan, 1981
Scanned with Box 3, F2
OV 10
Kunstverein in Hamburg, Gallery Floor Plan, 1989
Scanned with Box 3, F13
OV 10
Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Gallery Floor Plan, circa 1988-1995
Scanned with Box 4, F13
OV 10
2.2: Personal
Description Container
A, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
19
B, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
20
Buck, Bob, 1992-1996
4
21
Butera, Virginia, 1984-1995
4
22
C, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
23
Clark, Alma, 1968-1969
4
24
D, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
25
Danto, Arthur C., 1991-1995
4
26
Downe, Edward Jr., 1980-1982, undated
4
27
E, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
28
F, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
29
G, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
30
Galloway, David, 1981-1993
4
31
Gego, 1968-1969
4
32
Glattfelder, Hans, 1991-1995
4
33
H, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
4
34
Highwater, Jamake, 1979-1985
4
35
Humblet, Claudine (undated), circa 1985-circa 1989
4
36
Humblet, Claudine, 1985-1989
4
37
Humblet, Claudine, 1990-1997
5
1
I, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
2
Inaya, Beata, 1969-1984
5
3
J, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
4
K, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
5
Kennedy, Edward M., 1980-1986
5
6
L, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
7
Little, John, 1981-1984
5
8
M, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
9
N, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
10
O, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
11
P, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
12
Parks, Addison, 1982-1996
5
13
Pekarsky, Melvin (undated), circa 1980-circa 1989
5
14
Pekarsky, Melvin, 1980-1982
5
15
Pekarsky, Melvin, 1983-1985
5
16
Pekarsky, Melvin, 1986-1989
5
17
Polk, Mark, 1990-1993
5
18
Polk, Mark, 1994-1996
5
19
R, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
20
Rowe, Harry L., 1939
5
21
S, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
22
Smith, Leon Polk and Jamieson, Robert, 1968-1972
Oversized material housed in OV 10
5
23
Smith, Leon Polk and Jamieson, Robert, 1981-1994
5
24
Smith, Virginia, 1969-1996
5
25
T, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
26
V, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
27
Vavruska, Frank, 1971-1973
5
28
W, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
29
Walls, Michael, 1994-1995, 1979-1984
5
30
Warren, Alice, undated, 1968-1976
5
31
Wooding, Robert, 1987-1995
5
32
Workman, David, 1984-1988
5
33
Y-Z, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-1995
5
34
Unidentified and Illegible, circa 1980-1995
5
35
Smith, Leon Polk, Oversized Letter, circa 1968-1972
Scanned with Box 5, F23
OV 10

Series 3: Interviews , 1950-1995
8 Folders
Boxes 5-6

Interviews consist of six typewritten transcripts of interviews conducted with Smith from 1950 to 1993 by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, D'Arcy Hayman, and William Jeffett, among others, over the course of Smith's professional career. The series also includes a 1995 video interview of museum director Robert T. Buck discussing the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition of Leon Polk Smith for the television program National Arts, and a 1965 interview transcript with gallery owner Lucile Horsley.
This series has been scanned in its entirety. The video interview recording has been digitized for research access and is available at the Archives of American Art offices.
Description Container Select
Creative Art Seminar Symposium on Modern Art, March 1950
5
36
K. Osis Interview of Leon Polk Smith, May-June 1963
5
37
D'Arcy Hayman Interview of Leon Polk Smith, May 1964
5
38
Gerald Moore Interview of Lucile Horsley, March 1965
5
39
William Jeffet Interview of Leon Polk Smith, May 1985
6
1
James Collins Interview of Leon Polk Smith, November 1987
6
2
Brooke Kamin Rapaport Interview of Leon Polk Smith, July 1993
6
3
Michael Baker Interview of Robert T Buck for National Arts, 1995
Video recording
6
4

Series 4: Writings , 1963-1996
13 Folders
Box 6

Writings include sixteen published and unpublished scholarly essays on Smith by Lawrence Alloway, Ted Castle, Arthur C. Danto, Carter Ratcliff, and Joseph R. Wolin, among others. The series also includes notes and a brief artist's statement by Smith regarding the pros and cons of modern art galleries.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
"Constellations", 1989
6
5
Alloway, Lawrence, Four Essays, 1974, 1970, 1981, 1963
6
6
Calas, Nicholas, "Leon Polk Smith, The Pioneer", 1971
6
7
Castle, Ted, "Leon Polk Smith: The Completely Self-Referential Object", 1979
6
8
Danto, Arthur C., "Painting as Sculpture: Leon Polk Smith and Real Space", 1993-1994
6
9
Elger, Dietmar, "Leon Polk Smith - An Introduction", circa 1981
6
10
Parks, Addison, "Leon Polk Smith", 1992, undated
6
11
Ratcliff, Carter, Three Essays, 1971, 1995, 1987
6
12
Seeman, Joan, "Leon Polk Smith", 1978
6
13
Smith, Leon Polk, "Minus Gallery/Plus Gallery", 1965
6
14
Smith, Leon Polk, Notes, circa 1960s-1990s
6
15
Walsh, Grace M., "Leon Polk Smith: A Pioneering Geometric Abstractionist", 1995
6
16
Wolin, Joseph R., "Line Forms Space", 1994
6
17

Series 5: Financial Records , 1979-1990
15 Folders
Box 6

Financial records is comprised of the 1978-1989 federal income tax filings and routine tax preparation and payment receipts for the corporate entity Leon Polk Smith, Inc. Smith's personal filing records from 1987-1989 are also included in this series.
This series has not been scanned.
Description Container Select
Corporate Taxes, 1978-1989 Federal Filing Forms, 1979-1990
6
18
Corporate Taxes, 1978 Preparation, 1979
6
19
Corporate Taxes, 1979 Preparation, 1980
6
20
Corporate Taxes, 1980 Preparation, 1981
6
21
Corporate Taxes, 1981 Preparation, 1982
6
22
Corporate Taxes, 1982 Preparation, 1983
6
23
Corporate Taxes, 1983 Preparation, 1984
6
24
Corporate Taxes, 1984 Preparation, 1985
6
25
Corporate Taxes, 1985 Preparation, 1986
6
26
Corporate Taxes, 1986 Preparation and Past Amounts Due, 1987
6
27
Corporate Taxes, 1987 Preparation and Past Amounts Due, 1988
6
28
Corporate Taxes, 1988 Preparation and Past Amounts Due, 1989
6
29
Corporate Taxes, 1989 Preparation and Past Amounts Due, 1990
6
30
Corporate Taxes, Past Amounts Due, 1991
6
31
Personal Taxes, 1987-1989 Filing Forms, 1988-1990
6
32

Series 6: Printed Material , 1941-1997
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7, 9

Printed material consists of two books, including the Brooklyn Museum's monograph Leon Polk Smith: American Painter, newspaper clippings reviewing Smith's work, and exhibition announcements and catalogs of Smith's museum and gallery shows from 1941 to 1997.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. In most cases, only the cover, title page, and individual relevant pages have been scanned from published materials.
Description Container Select
Book, Design by Paul Zelansky and Mary Fisher, 1984
6
33
Book, Leon Polk Smith: American Painter by The Brooklyn Museum, 1996
6
34
Clippings, Leon Polk Smith (undated), circa 1941-circa 1997
6
35
Clippings, Leon Polk Smith, 1941-1979
6
36
Clippings, Leon Polk Smith, 1980-1997
6
37
Clippings, Smith's Influences, 1972-1991
6
38
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1941-1949
6
39
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1951-1958
6
40
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1962-1964
7
1
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1965-1969
Oversized material housed in Box 9, F1
7
2
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1971-1979
7
3
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1980-1983
7
4
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1984-1985
7
5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1986-1989
7
6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1990-1992
7
7
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1993
7
8
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1994-1997
7
9
Stedelijk Museum Catalog, Vormen van de Kleur, 1967
Scanned with Box 7, F2
9
1

Series 7: Scrapbook , 1930-1940
1 Folder
Box 8

The scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings documenting Smith's years as an educator and artist in Oklahoma in the 1930s and 1940s.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, circa 1930-1940
8
1

Series 8: Photographic Material , 1930-1990
8 Folders
Box 8

Photographic material includes black and white photographs of Smith and his acquaintances circa 1930-1960, and a representative selection of black and white photographs and color slides of Smith's artwork from 1939 to 1960.
Original photographs have been scanned. Photographs and slides of artwork have not been scanned.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Leon Polk Smith with Friends and Family, circa 1930-1960
8
2
Photographs of Leon Polk Smith with Friends and Family, circa 1930-1960
8
3
Photographs of Leon Polk Smith with Friends and Family, circa 1930-1960
8
4
Photographs of Artwork, 1939-1949, circa 1960-1990
8
5
Photographs of Artwork, 1950-1959, circa 1960-1990
8
6
Photographs of Artwork, 1960-1979, circa 1960-1990
8
7
Slides of Artwork, 1937-1969, circa 1960-1990
8
8
Slides of Artwork, 1970-1996, circa 1970-1990
8
9

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.