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Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1988

Contents and Arrangement

The Louise Nevelson papers are arranged into ten series:

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Series 3: Subject Files , 1955-1971, 1977-1978
(Box 3; 0.7 linear feet)

Series consists of files of clippings, newsletters, correspondence, notes, announcements, programs, receipts, loan agreements and receipts, and other material, organized according to subject (name of organization or person, place, activity, format). Files relate to Nevelson's activities with various professional and arts-related organizations (such as Artists Equity Association); her participation in various workshops, panels, and conferences (including Meet the Artists course at New York University and the Tamarind Lithography Workshop); the exhibition of her work in other countries, and in museums and galleries, such as The Museum of Modern Art and Wadsworth Atheneum; the handling of certain business matters (including dealings with the gallery owner, Daniel Cordier, restoration of the Nevelson sculpture owned by Nelson Rockefeller that was damaged by fire, and various photograph orders), usually conducted by Nevelson's assistant, Tom Kendall, on her behalf. Files of biographical information and notes also relate to some of Nevelson's activities in publicizing her art work.
It is not clear whether the subject organization of the files originates with Nevelson (or one her associates) or with Archives staff. The existing organization has for the most part been maintained. Files are arranged alphabetically. Related material can be found amongst the business records and printed material. While most of this material has been scanned, duplicates and some printed material has not.
Description Container Select
Amarillo (Texas), 1962, 1964
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
1
American Abstract Artists, 1959-1962
3
2
The Art Gallery (Directories), 1958-1962
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
3
Art Students League, 1955-1960, 1971
3
4
Artists Equity Association, 1957-1967
(5 folders; not scanned in entirety)
3
5-9
Arts Festival (Williamsport, Pennsylvania), 1968-1970
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
10
Auctions, 1958, 1961
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
11
Bills, Orders, and Receipts, 1962-1963
3
12
Biographical Information (Publicity), 1959-1960
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
13
Brooklyn Museum, undated
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
14
The Club, 1958-1959
3
15
Conference on World Affairs, 1964
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
16
Corber Designs, 1952
3
17
Cordier, Daniel, 1960-1962
3
18
Eilshemius, 1960-1961
3
19
Exhibitions, Caracas (Venezuela), 1961
3
20
Exhibitions, Germany, 1961-1962
(2 folders)
3
21-22
Exhibitions, Argentina, 1962-1963
3
23
Exhibitions, Los Angeles, 1962
3
24
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, 1961-1963
3
25
Four O'Clock Forums, 1953-1955
3
26
Galerie Jeanne Bucher, 1969
3
27
Galleries, Various, 1962-1963
3
28
Great Neck Public Schools, 1958
3
29
Miscellaneous, 1959-1964
(3 folders)
3
30-32
Museum of Modern Art, 1959, 1962-1963
3
33
National Association of Women Artists, 1959-1965
3
34
Nevelson, Mike, 1961
3
35
New York Society of Women Artists, undated
3
36
New York State Art Teachers Association, 1958
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
37
New York University, 1958, 1961
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
38
Notes on (Nevelson) Art Work and Bibliography, 1960-1961
(2 folders)
3
39-40
Notes, Memos, and Correspondence (Tom Kendall), 1960-1961
3
41
Photograph Orders, 1959-1961
3
42
Princeton University Conference, 1977-1978
3
43
Queens College, 1958-1961
3
44
Reviews, circa 1965
3
45
Riverside Museum, 1956-1957
3
46
Rockefeller Sculpture, 1961
3
47
Scotsdale (Arizona), 1972
3
48
Sculptor's Guild, 1956-1961
3
49
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1963
(Not scanned in entirety)
3
50
Titles, undated
3
51
Wadsworth Atheneum, 1962
3
52

Series 4: Business Records , 1946-1954, 1958-1962
(Boxes 3-5; 1.8 linear feet)

Series consists of files stemming from Nevelson's business dealings with the Martha Jackson Gallery (her primary representative from 1958 to 1962) and other business matters, usually carried out by her assistant, Tom Kendall, on her behalf. Files include consignment receipts, statements, memos, correspondence, notes, inventories, disposition cards, notebooks, lists, and dummy pages for a Nevelson book (compiled from the text of an interview by Tal Streeter and photographs of Nevelson) that was never completed. Also included are scattered note cards and drawings kept by Nevelson, documenting certain early works and their disposition.
The bulk of the files seem to relate to the large project of inventorying Nevelson's art work, including black wood constructions, white works, bronzes, etchings, and drawings, which was most likely carried out by Nevelson's assistant and gallery staff sometime in the early-1960s. Some inventories provide basic information about art works (including title, dates, dimensions, and so on). More detailed inventories, along with the lists, disposition cards, and notebooks which seem to have been used in compiling them, provide further information about the previous and/or current location, ownership, and disposition of art works. Some photographs and sketches of art work can be found on the disposition cards. Other files relate to the pricing, sale, and exhibition of Nevelson's art work.
Files are arranged by format in rough chronological order. Related material can be found amongst the subject files. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Note Cards on Disposition of Certain Works (kept by Nevelson), 1946-1950
3
53
Drawings of Terra Cotta Sculptures, 1948-1954
3
54
Martha Jackson Gallery, 1958-1962
(4 folders)
3
55-58
Inventory of Works, 1958-1960
3
59
Nevelson Inventory (Inventory of Nevelson Works in Martha Jackson Gallery), 1958-1960
(3 folders)
3
60-62
Detailed Inventory of Works, 1960s
(2 folders)
3
63-64
Detailed Inventory of Works, Lists and Disposition Cards, 1960s
(9 folders)
4
1-9
Disposition Cards, 1960s
(12 folders)
4
10-21
Disposition Cards, 1960s
(2 folders)
5
1-2
Notebook, 1959-1960
(7 folders)
5
3-9
Notebook, Etchings and Drawings, 1959-1961
(2 folders)
5
10-11
Notebook, Location or Ownership of Nevelson Sculptures as known to Tom Kendall, 1961
5
12
Work File of Tom Kendall, 1959-1961
(3 folders)
5
13-15
Unfinished Nevelson Book, 1960
(2 folders)
5
16-17
Prices, 1960-1961
(2 folders)
5
18-19
Miscellaneous, 1961-1962
5
20
Itemized List for Martha Jackson Gallery Re: Extra Work on Bronze Sculptures, 1962
5
21
Exhibition List and Notes, 1960s
5
22
Lists, undated
5
23
Blank Consignment Receipts (Martha Jackson Gallery), undated
(Not scanned)
5
24

Series 5: Writings , 1936-1970s
(Box 5; 0.1 linear feet)

Series consists of writings by Nevelson, which shed light on different aspects of her creativity and on her ideas about art in general and her work in particular. Included are a journal of sorts in which she recorded her dreams for a two-month time period (from April 21 to June 21) in 1936; various poems and fragments of writings; various writings on art, including titled pieces, such as "The Birth of Painting (Picture Happy)" and "The Winged City," drafts of speeches on the artist Rose Newman-Wolinska and on sculpture, an article on sculpture for the Christian Science Monitor; statements which seem to have been written for The Whitney Review (1961-1962); and salutes to others, including a poem for Dorothy Dehner which appeared in an exhibition catalog for one of her shows and the draft of a short piece (possibly a speech) in honor of Merce Cunningham.
Writings are arranged in rough chronological order. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Dream Journal, 1936
5
25
Poems and Fragments, 1950s-1973
(3 folders)
5
26-28
Writings on Art, 1953-1957
5
29
Artist Statements, circa 1961
5
30
Salutes to Others, 1970s
5
31

Series 6: Scrapbooks , 1935-1970
(Boxes 5, 18-19, OV 22-27; 1.3 linear feet)

Series consists of scrapbooks kept by Nevelson (or by someone on her behalf), documenting her early career roughly spanning from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. Also included are a scrapbook of sorts on Mike Nevelson, as well as various scrapbooks compiled by others and then presented to Nevelson as a memento of a particular event involving the artist, such as being awarded the Distinguished Service Award from State University College at Buffalo and an exhibition at the Galerie Jeanne Bucher in Paris.
A lot of the material is duplicated in the different scrapbooks kept by Nevelson. Much of the same and related material can be found amongst printed material.
Scrapbooks are arranged in rough chronological order. Many were removed from their original bindings at some previous time. Loose clippings and photographs of art work that were originally in scrapbooks, and were likewise removed at some previous time, are arranged in files at the end of the series. More detailed descriptions for certain scrapbooks are provided below. The bulk of this series has been scanned, except for duplicates, photographs of works of art, and some newsclippings. In some cases, only the cover and title pages have been scanned for published items.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, Loose Items and Pages, 1918, 1935-1955
(See Box 18)
Includes Nevelson's high school diploma, a drawing of Nevelson by William Zorach, drawings by Nevelson (reproductions of old masters, which she signed "Berliawsky"), and scrapbook pages of clippings and exhibition catalogs. Note attached reads "Scrapbook, original collation. Acquisition date April 1966."
5
32
Scrapbook, 1935-1952
(See Box 18)
Includes clippings (one is an article by Nevelson about her work at the Flatbush Boy's Club, the rest are mostly reviews and listings of exhibitions); announcements and catalogs for various exhibitions (including, notably, her first solo show at the Nierendorf Gallery); and a program and clippings on Mike Nevelson's performance in the play, Our Town.
5
33
Scrapbook, Loose Pages, 1936-1966 (bulk 1952-1956)
(See OV 22-26)
Includes primarily clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs from the time period 1952-1956 (much of this material is duplicated in this and other scrapbooks), as well as an exhibition catalog for the American Artists Congress show in 1936, an educational bulletin (listing a class taught by Nevelson in 1938-1939), a book of poems (in Spanish) by Alfredo Chaco, and correspondence and clippings relating to an honorary degree received in 1966.
5
34
Scrapbook, Loose Items and Pages, 1941-1944, 1952, circa 1960s
(See OV 27)
Includes, along with the more typical clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, photographs (stats?) of models posing in front of Nevelson art work (presumably taken sometime during the 1960s), extensive clippings on Joe Milone and his shoeshine box (discovered by Nevelson in 1942 and exhibited that same year at MOMA), and proofs of the artist photograph (where Nevelson is made up to look like a witch) which appeared in Life magazine sometime in the 1950s.
5
35
Scrapbook, Loose Clippings on Mike Nevelson, 1953-1956
(See Box 19)
5
36
Scrapbook, Distinguised Service Award from State University College at Buffalo, 1968-1969
5
37
Scrapbook, Exhibition at Galerie Jeanne Bucher, 1969
5
38
Scrapbook Pages (compiled by Zachary Gitlin), 1969-1970
(See Box 19)
5
39
Loose Clippings Originally in Scrapbooks, 1936-1958
(5 folders; not scanned)
5
40-44
Loose Photographs of Art Work Originally in Scrapbooks, circa 1940s-1950s
(8 folders; not scanned)
5
45-52
Oversize, Scrapbook, Loose Items and Pages, 1918, 1935-1955
(See Box 5, F32)
18 (sol)
Oversize, Scrapbook, 1935-1952
(See Box 5, F33)
18 (sol)
Oversize, Scrapbook, Loose Pages, 1936-1966 (bulk 1952-1956)
(See Box 5, F34)
OV 22-26
Oversize, Scrapbook, Loose Items and Pages, 1941-1944, 1952, circa 1960s
(See Box 5, F35)
OV 27
Oversize, Scrapbook, Loose Clippings on Mike Nevelson, 1953-1956
(See Box 5, F36)
19 (sol)
Oversize, Scrapbook Pages (compiled by Zachary Gitlin), 1969-1970
(See Box 5, F39)
19 (sol)

Series 7: Books and Printed Material , 1916, 1930s-1979
(Boxes 6-13, 19, OV 28; 8 linear feet)

Series consists of books and printed material collected by Nevelson and/or her assistants, documenting her various professional and artistic achievements throughout her career, her critical and commercial success, and her role as a personality and minor celebrity in the mass media late in her career. Books include ones given as gifts to Nevelson by friends or admirers and ones about or featuring segments on Nevelson. Printed material includes clippings from magazines and newspapers of reviews, articles, and routine listings of Nevelson's exhibits, as well as some publications featuring the same; exhibition catalogs, announcements, and invitations for Nevelson's group and solo shows, as well as some for the shows of others; and press releases, newsletters, bulletins, announcements, calendars of events, catalogs, programs and other printed material relating or referring to Nevelson or merely featuring her name in print. The extent of this material is suggestive of Nevelson's concern and effort to document and keep a record of her accomplishments.
Printed material is arranged in rough chronological order according to type. Some material is arranged in files according to subject at the end of the series. Books, clippings, and other voluminous amounts of printed materials were not scanned. Nevelson's exhibition catalogs were scanned.
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Books, 1961-1977
(11 books; not scanned)
Titles include:
  • Antologia del possible, Gastone Novelli (1962)
  • Art and Sexual Politics: Women's Liberation, Women Artists, and Art History, eds. Thomas B. Hess and Elizabeth C. Baker (1973)
  • Icons and Images of the Sixties, Nicolas Calas and Elena Calas (1971)
  • Louise Nevelson, Arnold B. Glimcher (1972)
  • Nevelson, Colette Roberts (1964)
  • New Directions 17, ed. J. Laughlin (1961)
  • Open Secrets: Ninety-four Women in Touch with Our Time, Barbaralee Diamonstein (1972)
  • The Paper Snake, Ray Johnson (1965)
  • Provacative Parallels: Naive Early Americans/International Sophisticates, Jean Lipman (1975)
  • Ultime tendenze nell'arte d'oggi, Gillo Dorfles (1961)
  • Ventures in Research: Lectures by the Faculty of C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, ed. Richard R. Griffith (1977)
6
1
Clippings
(Not scanned)
Clippings, 1930s
6
2
Clippings, 1940s
(2 folders)
6
3-4
Clippings, 1950
6
5
Clippings, 1952
6
6
Clippings, 1953
6
7
Clippings, 1954
6
8
Clippings, 1955
6
9
Clippings, 1956
6
10
Clippings, 1957
(2 folders)
6
11-12
Clippings, 1958
(2 folders)
6
13-14
Clippings, 1959
(3 folders)
6
15-17
Clippings, 1960
(3 folders)
6
18-20
Clippings, 1961
(4 folders)
6
21-24
Clippings, 1962
(3 folders)
6
25-27
Clippings, 1963
(3 folders)
6
28-30
Clippings, 1964
(3 folders)
6
31-33
Clippings, 1965
(4 folders)
7
1-4
Clippings, 1966
(3 folders)
7
5-7
Clippings, 1967
(4 folders)
7
8-11
Clippings, 1968
(3 folders)
7
12-14
Clippings, 1969
(3 folders)
7
15-17
Clippings, 1970
(2 folders)
7
18-19
Clippings, 1971
(3 folders)
7
20-22
Clippings, 1972
(3 folders)
7
23-25
Clippings, 1973
(3 folders)
7
26-28
Clippings, 1974
(5 folders)
7
29-33
Clippings, 1975
(3 folders)
7
34-36
Clippings, 1976
(6 folders)
7
37-42
Clippings, 1977
(7 folders)
8
1-7
Clippings, 1978
(4 folders)
8
8-11
Clippings, 1979
8
12
Clippings, undated
(6 folders)
8
13-18
Publications
(Not scanned)
Publications, 1935
8
19
Publications, 1957
8
20
Publications, 1958
8
21
Publications, 1959
8
22
Publications, 1960
8
23
Publications, 1961
8
24
Publications, 1962
8
25
Publications, 1963
8
26
Publications, 1964
8
27
Publications, 1967
(3 folders)
8
28-30
Publications, 1969
9
1
Publications, 1970
9
2
Publications, 1971
9
3
Publications, 1972
9
4
Publications, 1973
(3 folders)
9
5-7
Publications, 1974
(3 folders)
9
8-10
Publications, 1975
(3 folders)
9
11-13
Publications, 1976
9
14
Publications, 1977
9
15
Publications, 1978
(2 folders)
9
16-17
Publications, undated
9
18
Exhibition Catalogs
Exhibition Catalogs, 1940s
9
19
Exhibition Catalogs, 1952
9
20
Exhibition Catalogs, 1953
9
21
Exhibition Catalogs, 1955
9
22
Exhibition Catalogs, 1956
9
23
Exhibition Catalogs, 1957
9
24
Exhibition Catalogs, 1958
10
1
Exhibition Catalogs, 1959
(3 folders)
10
2-4
Exhibition Catalogs, 1960
(3 folders)
10
5-7
Exhibition Catalogs, 1961
(2 folders)
10
8-9
Exhibition Catalogs, 1962
10
10
Exhibition Catalogs, 1963
10
11
Exhibition Catalogs, 1964
(See also Box 19)
10
12
Exhibition Catalogs, 1965
10
13
Exhibition Catalogs, 1966
10
14
Exhibition Catalogs, 1967
(2 folders)
10
15-16
Exhibition Catalogs, 1968
10
17
Exhibition Catalogs, 1969
(2 folders)
10
18-19
Exhibition Catalogs, 1970
10
20
Exhibition Catalogs, 1971
(3 folders)
10
21-23
Exhibition Catalogs, 1972
(2 folders)
10
24-25
Exhibition Catalogs, 1973
(2 folders)
11
1-2
Exhibition Catalogs, 1974
(4 folders)
11
3-6
Exhibition Catalogs, 1975
(4 folders)
11
7-10
Exhibition Catalogs, 1976
(See also Box 19)
11
11
Exhibition Catalogs, 1977
(2 folders)
11
12-13
Exhibition Catalogs, 1978
11
14
Exhibition Catalogs, 1979
11
15
Exhibition Catalogs, undated
11
16
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1940s
11
17
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1950s
11
18
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1960s
(5 folders)
11
19-23
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1970s
(3 folders)
12
1-3
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, undated
12
4
Press Releases, 1944-1977
(2 folders; not scanned)
12
5-6
Newsletters and Bulletins, 1947-1979
(6 folders; see also Box 19; not scanned)
12
7-12
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements for Others, 1951-1970
(2 folders; not scanned)
12
13-14
Exhibition Announcements, Posters, 1954-1977
(4 folders; see also OV 28; not scanned)
12
15-18
Course Catalogs for Adult Program, Great Neck Public Schools, 1955-1959
(2 folders; not scanned)
12
19-20
Announcements and Calendars of Events, 1958-1978
(2 folders; not scanned)
12
21-22
Auction Catalogs, 1961-1979
(2 folders; not scanned)
12
23-24
Transcript of Panel Discussion Featuring Nevelson, 1961
(Not scanned)
12
25
Prospectuses, 1962
(Not scanned)
12
26
Programs, 1963-1978
(5 folders; see also Box 19; not scanned)
12
27-31
Gallery and Exhibition Guides, 1964-1977
(Not scanned)
12
32
Reports, 1964-1977
(Not scanned)
12
33
Invitations, 1965-1979
(3 folders; not scanned)
13
1-3
Lists, 1967-1977
(Not scanned)
13
4
Sample of Nevelson's Portfolio of Original Serigraphs, circa 1968
(Not scanned)
13
5
Art Catalogs, 1969-1978
(2 folders; not scanned)
13
6-7
Skowhegan Award Dinner Programs, 1971-1979
(2 folders; not scanned)
13
8-9
Agendas, 1973, 1977
(Not scanned)
13
10
Clippings, Personal, 1975-1977, undated
(Not scanned)
13
11
Book Catalog, 1978-1979
(Not scanned)
13
12
Greeting Cards, Post Cards, and Drawing Pad Featuring Nevelson's Work, undated
(Not scanned)
13
13
Photocopied Reproductions of Nevelson Art Work, undated
(Not scanned)
13
14
Miscellaneous Printed Material Referring to Nevelson, 1959-1979, undated
(3 folders; not scanned)
13
15-17
Miscellaneous, 1916, 1957-circa 1973, undated
(Not scanned)
13
18
By Subject
(Not scanned)
New York Society of Ceramic Arts Exhibition, 1952
13
19
Grand Central Moderns, 1957-1963
13
20
Mike Nevelson, 1961-1978
(3 folders)
13
21-23
Venice Biennale, 1962
13
24
Artists Equity Convention, 1964
13
25
New York Council on the Arts, 1969
13
26
"Plu Kifekler,", 1969
13
27
Pace Gallery, 1970s
13
28
Arnold Scaasi Collections, 1971
13
29
Walker Art Center Exhibition, 1973
13
30
Public Arts Council, 1974, 1978
13
31
Sarah Scaife Gallery (Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute), 1974
(See also Box 19)
13
32
Rockefeller Sculpture, 1976-1978
13
33
Art in Architecture Program, 1977-1979
13
34
Embarcadero Center, 1977
13
35
Art and Community Institute Advisory Board, 1978
13
36
Little Italy Restoration Association, 1978
13
37
New York Feminist Art Institute, 1979
13
38
Oversize, Exhibition Catalogs, 1964
(See Box 10, F12)
19 (sol)
Oversize, Exhibition Catalogs, 1976
(See Box 11, F11)
19 (sol)
Oversize, Newsletters and Bulletins, 1947-1979
(Not scanned)
19 (sol)
Oversize, Programs, 1963-1978
(Not scanned)
19 (sol)
Oversize, By Subject, Sarah Scaife Gallery (Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute), 1974
(Not scanned)
19 (sol)
Oversize, Exhibition Announcements, Posters, 1954-1977
(Not scanned)
OV 28

Series 8: Art Work , 1905-1929
(Boxes 13, 20; 0.3 linear feet)

Series consists of some of Nevelson's early art work. Included are drawings she made as a child and adolescent; watercolor copies of Old Master paintings (including a slightly changed version of the Mona Lisa), watercolor landscapes, and drawings of period furniture created while she was taking art classes in high school; and various watercolors created while she was studying art in the 1920s. Art work found here documents Nevelson's artistic tendencies as a youth and her early development as an artist, and provides an interesting contrast to the later work for which she became famous. Also included are four printing plates mounted on wood blocks, presumably used in making relief prints of certain Nevelson sculptures.
Art work is arranged in chronological order according to type. This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for printing plates.
Description Container Select
Childhood Drawings, 1905-1916
13
39
Watercolors and Drawings, Old Masters, 1916
(See also Box 20)
13
40
Watercolors, Landscapes, 1916-1918
13
41
Drawings, Period Furniture, 1918
Includes negatives and copy prints made by AAA for some.
13
42
Watercolors, Miscellaneous, 1922-1929
Includes a 1922 watercolor on board that may or may not be a self-portrait.
13
43
Watercolors, Still Life of Eggs in a Bowl, 1926
13
44
Watercolors, Flowers, 1929?
13
45
Drawings, [Scenes of Europe?], undated
13
46
Printing Plates, undated
(Not scanned)
13
47
Oversize, Watercolors and Drawings, Old Masters, 1916
(See Box 13, F40)
20 (sol)

Series 9: Photographs , circa 1903-1979
(Boxes 14-15, 20, OV 29; 2.3 linear feet)

Series consists of photographs of Nevelson, her family, and her art work.
The Photographs series is arranged into five subseries:
  • 9.1: Family and Personal, circa 1903-1930s
  • 9.2: Artist, circa 1955-1979
  • 9.3: Exhibitions and Installations, 1959-1979
  • 9.4: Art Work, 1940s-1970s
  • 9.5: Slides, 1950s-1970s
This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for negatives, photographs of art work, and slides.
9.1: Family and Personal, circa 1903-1930s
Subseries consists of photographs of the Berliawsky family, including what seems to be a portrait of Nevelson's grandparents and their sons presumably dating from the late 1800s, a portrait of her father, Isaac Berliawsky circa 1903-1904, a portrait of the Berliawsky family after their arrival in America (including Nevelson and her siblings) circa 1907, and a portrait of Nevelson's sister, Anita Berliawsky, as a young woman; Nevelson's class and team photographs, including class photographs from 1913 and 1918 (the year in which she graduated) and a photograph of Nevelson on the basketball team; portraits of Nevelson as a young girl; photographs of the Nevelson family, including a portrait of her husband, Charles, a photograph of Nevelson with her husband and his brothers, and photographs of Nevelson with her husband and son; photographs of her son, Mike, as a baby and young man; and photographs of Nevelson in New York circa 1922, in Munich circa 1931, on board a ship to Paris in 1932, and sometime during the 1930s, before she became known as an artist.
Most files contain copy prints and negatives of the photographs made by AAA. Files are arranged in chronological order.
Description Container
Berliawsky Family, circa 1903-1907, and undated
14
1
Class and Team Photographs, 1913-1919
14
2
Portraits of Louise Nevelson as a Young Girl, circa 1915-1920
14
3
Nevelson Family, 1920s
14
4
Mike Nevelson, 1920s-1930s
14
5
Louise Nevelson, circa 1922-1930s
(See also Box 20)
14
6
Oversize, Louise Nevelson, circa 1922-1930s
(See Box 14, F6)
20 (sol)
9.2: Artist, circa 1955-1979, undated
Subseries consists of photographs of Nevelson once she had become known, and began to be honored, as an artist. The majority are either portraits of the artist or photographs of the artist at work, at home, and in different settings taken by various individuals. Most notable among these are the portraits of Nevelson and photographs of her house and studio on Thirtieth Street taken by Jeremiah Russell and the photographs of Nevelson at home and in her studio, at work with her assistant Diana Mackown, and with her art work taken by Ugo Mulas, the Italian photographer known for documenting the life and work of artists. Others, including the portraits taken by Renate Ponsold and Jack Mitchell, may have been used in various art works and/or exhibitions; still others, such as the photographs taken by Basil Langton, may have been intended for publication. Also found are photographs of Nevelson at various exhibitions and openings (including the opening of her show at Studio Marconi in Milan, Italy), at various social gatherings (including a reception at her brother's hotel, the Thorndike Hotel, where she was photographed with Andrew Wyeth), and receiving various awards and honors (including honorary degrees from Columbia University and Smith College, and the first Women's Caucus for Art Award). Also included are photographs from the artist, Robert Indiana, featuring himself in front of his and Nevelson's sculptures, and at gatherings with Nevelson, and some photographs that were featured in Look magazine.
Description Container
Portrait by Jeremiah Russell, circa 1955
(See also Box 20 and OV 29)
14
7
Photographs of Louise Nevelson's House and Studio on Thirtieth Street by Jeremiah Russell, circa 1955
14
8
Photographs of Louise Nevelson (negatives without prints), 1950s
(Not scanned)
14
9
Photographs of Louise Nevelson, 1964-1975, undated
(3 folders; see also Box 20 and OV 29)
14
10-12
Photographs of Louise Nevelson by Ugo Mulas, circa 1965
(3 folders; see also Box 20)
14
13-15
Photographs of Louise Nevelson at Various Exhibitions and Openings, 1960s-1970s
(4 folders)
14
16-19
Portraits, 1960s-1970s
(See also Box 20)
Includes ones by Marie Cosindas, Jack Mitchell, and others.
14
20
Photographs of Louise Nevelson at Various Gatherings, 1969-1970s
(2 folders)
14
21-22
Photographs from Robert Indiana, 1971, 1973
(3 folders)
14
23-25
Photographs of Louise Nevelson Receiving Various Awards and Honors, 1970s
(2 folders)
14
26-27
Portraits, Self-Portrait, and Art Work Photograph by Arnie Zane, 1974
14
28
Portraits by Renate Ponsold, 1979
14
29
Photographs of Louise Nevelson by Basil Langton, undated
14
30
Photographs of Louise Nevelson for Look Magazine, undated
14
31
Miscellaneous Photographs (relating to but not featuring Nevelson), undated
14
32
Oversize, Photographs of Louise Nevelson, 1964-1975, undated
(See Box 14, F10-12)
20 (sol)
Oversize, Photographs of Louise Nevelson by Ugo Mulas, circa 1965
(See Box 14, F13-15)
20 (sol)
Oversize, Portraits, 1960s-1970s
(See Box 14, F20)
20 (sol)
Oversize, Portrait by Jeremiah Russell, circa 1955
(See Box 14, F7)
OV 29
Oversize, Photographs of Louise Nevelson, 1964-1975, undated
(See Box 14, F10-12)
OV 29
9.3: Exhibitions and Installations, 1959-1979
Subseries consists of photographs of Nevelson's art work in various exhibitions and on display in various locations. Included are photographs of an exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery (October-November, 1959) and of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1979, as well as of a Nevelson work on display at the Tate Gallery; and a photograph album of her one-man show at the Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan in 1975. Other photographs include ones of Nevelson's work displayed in the Thorndike Hotel (owned by her brother) and the Queens College library; and ones of Nevelson's outdoor (metal) sculptures installed at Wichita State University, Yale University, and in Italy, as well as ones of a Nevelson wood sculpture in an outdoor setting (not necessarily an outdoor sculpture).
Files are arranged in chronological order.
Description Container
Exhibition at Martha Jackson Gallery, 1959
14
33
Nevelson Work in the Tate Gallery, 1965
14
34
Various and Unidentified Exhibitions, 1960s
14
35
Indoor Installations and Displays, circa 1960s-1970s
14
36
Outdoor Installation and Displays, 1970s
(See also Box 20)
14
37
Photograph Album, Exhibition at Minami Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), 1975
(See Box 20)
14
38
Retrospective at the Whitney Museum, 1979
14
39
Oversize, Outdoor Installations and Displays, circa 1970s
(See Box 14, F37)
20 (sol)
Oversize, Photograph Album, Exhibition at Minami Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), 1975
(See Box 14, F38)
20 (sol)
9.4: Art Work, 1940s-1970s
Subseries consists of photographs of Nevelson's art work (primarily works in terra cotta, tattistone, and wood, as well as some drawings and paintings). Also included are scattered photographs of paintings by Louis Eilshemius (amongst the ones taken by John Schiff and Jeremiah Russell) and Ralph Rosenborg that Nevelson owned. At least some of the photographs by Schiff seem to have been created for the Nierendorf Gallery; photographs by Russell were likely created for Nevelson; photographs by Buckley Semley, Oliver Baker, and Rudy Burckhardt seem to have been created for the Martha Jackson Gallery (some of these, especially the ones by Semley, may have been used in the inventory of Nevelson's art work carried out by her assistants and gallery staff). Photographs of Nevelson's art work are typically undated, most lack any identifying information, and many are duplicates. Numbers on the verso of some seem to correspond to the art work pictured, however there is no further information about what exactly the number is meant to reference or signify.
Photographs are arranged in files according to photographer. Photographs of various works, art work by Ralph Rosenborg, and unidentified art work are arranged in separate files at the end of the series. Even though most photographs are undated, dates provided represent the decade in which the photographs were most likely created. Files are arranged in rough chronological order.
Description Container
Photographs by John Schiff, 1940s
(3 folders; not scanned)
14
40-42
Photographs by Jeremiah Russell, 1950s
(8 folders; not scanned)
14
43-50
Photographs by Jeremiah Russell, Negatives, 1950s
(3 folders; not scanned)
14
51-53
Photographs by Jeremiah Russell, Negatives, 1950s
(4 folders; not scanned)
15
1-4
Photographs by Buckley Semley, 1950s
(7 folders; not scanned)
15
5-11
Photographs by Oliver Baker, late 1950s
(2 folders; not scanned)
15
12-13
Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, late 1950s
(4 folders; not scanned)
15
14-17
Photographs by Tom Kendall, late 1950s
(Not scanned)
15
18
Various Nevelson Works of Art, 1950s-1970s
(2 folders; not scanned)
15
19-20
Various Nevelson Works of Art (negatives), undated
(Not scanned)
15
21
Works of Art by Ralph Rosenborg, undated
(Not scanned)
15
22
Unidentified Art Work, undated
(Not scanned)
15
23
9.5: Slides, 1950s-1970s
Subseries consists of glass slides and transparencies of Nevelson and her art work. The photographs on these slides typically do not duplicate those found amongst the artist and art work photographs above. Included are glass slides of photographs taken by Dorothy Dehner, primarily documenting the works of art in the rooms, studio, and garden of Nevelson's house on Thirtieth Street. Dehner's photographs also feature Nevelson at work and posed in front of certain works, outside views of the house, and the Eilshemius paintings and pre-Columbian sculptures owned by Nevelson. Dehner took the photographs on successive trips to Nevelson's house. The slides appear to be numbered in various sequences, perhaps corresponding to each trip. However, at this point, all the slides have been mixed together and it is difficult to reconstruct any meaningful order from the numbers.
Also included are various slides of Nevelson and her art work dating from the 1950s; slides of art work dating from circa 1961, three of which seem to have been used by Tom Kendall in a lecture; slides of Nevelson and her assistant in front of her house, and ones of Nevelson alone in her house and studio dating from the mid-1960s; slides featuring Nevelson posing in front of her art work, at home and in her studio, in her neighborhood, and at a foundry, and slides featuring different views of various outdoor installations of her metal sculptures, all of which date from the 1970s; and glass slides of Nevelson art work, along with some negatives.
Slides are undated; however the dates provided represent the decade in which they were most likely created. Slides are arranged according to type and photographer or subject of photograph.
Description Container
Glass Slides of Photographs by Dorothy Dehner, circa 1956
(See also Box 16; not scanned)
15
24
Slides of Artist and Art Work Photographs, 1950s
(Not scanned)
15
25
Slides of Art Work Photographs, circa 1961
(Not scanned)
15
26
Slides of Artist Photographs, 1964
(Not scanned)
15
27
Slides of Artist and Installation Photographs, 1970s
(Not scanned)
15
28
Miscellaneous Glass Slides of Art Work Photographs, undated
(2 folders; see also Box 16; not scanned)
15
29-30
Copy Prints and Negatives Made by AAA, undated
(2 folders; not scanned)
15
31-32
Glass Slides of Photographs by Dorothy Dehner, circa 1956
(See Box 15, F24; not scanned)
16 (hol)
Miscellaneous Glass Slides of Art Work Photographs, undated
(Not scanned)
16 (hol)

Series 10: Unprocessed Addition , circa 1942-1982
17.6 Linear feet
Boxes 30-49

The unprocessed addition includes personal and business correspondence, financial records, photographs of Nevelson and her works of art, writings by Nevelson, video recordings, and printed material.
Description Container Select
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
30
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
31
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
32
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
33
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
34
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
35
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
36
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
37
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
38
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
39
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
40
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
41
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
42
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
43
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
44
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
45
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
46
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
47
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
48
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1942-1982
49

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