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Series 4 | A Finding Aid to the Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1979 | Digitized Collection

Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1979

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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.

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