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Leonard Bocour papers and business records, 1933-1993

Leonard Bocour papers and business records, 1933-1993

Bocour, Leonard, 1910-1993


Collection Information

Size: 11.8 linear ft.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art collector, paint manufacturer; New York, N.Y.; d. 1993.


Donated by Mrs. Leonard Bocour, 1994.

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Scope and Contents

Found within the papers are biographical material; miscellaneous correspondence with artists and colleagues; diaries, daily calendars, notes and writings; personal business records and the business records of Bocour Artist Colors, Inc.; transcripts of interviews with Bocour; and printed material.

Miscellaneous correspondence is primarily with artists and colleagues, including Helen Frankenthaler, Chaim Gross, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Jack Levine, Morris Louis, David Oxtoby, and Philip Pearlstein and discuss exhibitions and other art-related topics. Also found are 32 diaries and 9 annotated calendars containing brief notes about daily activities; personal business records regarding personal finances, donations, and lectures; business records for Bocour Artist Colors, Inc., including contracts, business correspondence, financial documentation, and printed material; notes and writings including address books and writings by Bocour and others; transcripts of interviews with Bocour that discuss his early career; and printed material including clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, booklets, and brochures.

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