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Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1988

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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)

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