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Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1967, bulk 1920-1967

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1862-1967
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence is primarily in the form of incoming letters to Birnbaum, with drafts or copies of some of Birnbaum's outgoing letters. Correspondence is with family members, friends and colleagues, including artists, clients, galleries, museums, scholars, writers, and publishers.
Found is significant correspondence with artists including Cecilia Beaux, Orland Campbell, Louise Dillingham, William Hunt Diedrich, Herbert Haseltine, Jan Hoowij, Malvina Hoffman, Leonebel Jacobs, Lois Mailou Jones, Rockwell Kent, Lenard Kester, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Maxfield Parrish, Janet Scudder, Carl Sprinchorn, Maurice Sterne, Albert Sterner, and Carl N. Werntz. Correspondence with Edward Bruce discusses Bruce's painting, and his relationships with Birnbaum and Scott & Fowles concerning the development of his private collection. Letters from John Singer Sargent relate to Sargent's own work and his interests in acquiring works of art by others. Letters from Maxfield Parrish provide details about the artist's life and work in Windsor, Vermont.
Also found is correspondence with noted art collectors including Edmund Davis and his brother Reginald Davis, Henry P. McIlhenny, Grenville Lindall Winthrop, and Edith Wetmore. Material relating to Winthrop includes drafts of many of Birnbaum's letters to Winthrop, telegrams regarding sales, price lists, and correspondence with Harvard University's Fogg Museum, all of which document Birnbaum's crucial role in the development of the Winthrop collection and Winthrop's ultimately transformative gift to the Fogg Museum. Correspondence with Harvard University and Kate Winthrop Morse also relates to the Fogg's interest in Morse's sister, sculptor Emily Winthrop Miles.
2 folders of letters document directly Birnbaum's relationship with Scott and Fowles, primarily with Stevenson Scott, from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Correspondence with writers, publishers, and others illustrate Birnbaum's important literary and social connections and friendships and includes letters from Upton Sinclair relating primarily to collaborations prior to the publication of The Last Romantic; correspondence with Vantage Press, Inc., regarding the publication of Angkor and the Mandarin Road (1952); letters from Edmund Dulac and W. B. Yeats regarding the serial publication of The Hawk's Well to be illustrated by Dulac; letters from Fenella Lovell, a model renowned for being the subject of a 1910 portrait by Gwen John; a folder of letters from Virginia Gerson who invited Birnbaum to many of her salons; and one letter each from from Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Thornton Wilder.
Letters from James St. O'Toole contain appraisals of artwork provided to Birnbaum. Letters from James Parmalee relate to Gari Melchers and their involvement in the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art Commission. Correspondence with Metropolitan Museum of Art includes correspondence with Gisela Marie Augusta Richter, during her time as assistant curator for the Museum.
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Allston, R. W. , circa 1920s
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7
American Museum of Natural History, 1936-1952
1
8
Arkell, Bartlett, 1935
1
9
A, First Names Only, 1925-1965
1
10
A, General, circa 1920s-1960s
1
11
Beaux, Cecilia, circa 1930s-circa 1942
1
12
Bellows, George S., 1932
1
13
Berg, Sven, 1933-1950
1
14
Blythe, Florence W., circa 1940s
1
15
Bosworth, Welles, 1938-1954
1
16
Braxton, Henry, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
1
17
Bruce, Edward and Peggy, circa 1924-circa 1943
1
18
Bruckman, Lodewijk Karel "Loki", circa 1949-1956
1
19
Bufano, Beniamino, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
1
20
B, First Names Only, 1933-1955
1
21
B, General, 1862-1967
Includes letter from Pearl S. Buck and Bryson Burroughs
1
22
Campbell, Orland, 1946-1956
1
23
Carnegie Institute, 1921-1940
1
24
Cavalieri, Lina, circa 1930s-1958
1
25
Choate, Mabel, 1937-1939
1
26
City College of New York, 1945-1965
1
27
Clark, Stephen Carlton, 1928-1931
1
28
Cochran, Thomas, circa 1929-circa 1931
1
29
Coedes, George, 1935-1936
1
30
Cole, Ernest and Laurie, circa 1940s
1
31
Coomber & Dickin, 1936-1937
1
32
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 1954-1958
1
33
Cortissoz, Royal, 1935-1943
1
34
Coykendall, Frederick, 1922-1931
1
35
C, First Names Only, 1934-1951
1
36
C, General, 1911-1963
Includes 1 letter each from Alexander Stirling Calder and Robert Winthrop Chanler
1
37
Dana, Richard, circa 1929
1
38
Danforth, Helen, circa 1931-circa 1955
1
39
Davies, Turner & Co. Ltd., 1930
1
40
Davis, Edmund and Mary, 1911-1940
1
41
Davis, Reginald, circa 1920s
1
42
De Bearn, Princesse G., 1943
1
43
Delano, William Adams, 1942-1946
1
44
Despiau, Charles, circa 1929-circa 1930
1
45
Diedrich, William Hunt, 1918-1919
1
46
Dillingham, Louise, circa 1940s
1
47
Dubaut, Pierre, circa 1930s
1
48
Dulac, Edmund, 1916-1950
Includes l10/26/16 letter from W. B. Yeats
1
49
Dumas, J. B. , circa 1926-1933
1
50
Dupay, Evelyne, circa 1930s
1
51
D, First Names Only, circa 1940s
1
52
D, General, 1919-1964
Includes 1 letter from Charles H. Davis
1
53
Earl, Maud, 1912-1927
1
54
E, First Names Only, 1942-1958
1
55
E, General, 1935-1947
includes 1 letter from Paula Eliasoph
1
56
Family Correspondence, 1905-1958
1
57
Fernandez, Luis, circa 1930s
1
58
Fiske, Marie Garland, 1940
1
59
Fitzgerald, Desmond (World Review), 1950
1
60
Fortuny, Mariano, 1934-1937
1
61
F, First Names Only, 1925-1941
1
62
F, General, 1933-1965
1
63
Garvan, F. P., 1931
1
64
Georges Bernheim et Cie, 1929-1930
1
65
Gerson, Virginia, circa 1918-circa 1950
1
66
Goff, Charles W. , 1941-1942
1
67
Gross, Magnus, 1934-1945
1
68
G, First Names Only, circa 1930s-1960
1
69
G, General, circa 1919-1961
1
70
Halford, Amy, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
1
71
Hardy, John P., 1933-1944
1
72
Harroy, Jean-Paul, 1938-1962
1
73
Harvard University, Fogg Museum of Art, circa 1935-1952
1
74
Haseltine, Herbert and Madeleine, circa 1929-1961
1
75
Haveirs, Stephen, circa 1915-circa 1927
1
76
Hitchens, Robert, circa 1901
1
77
Hoffman, Malvina, circa 1938-circa 1944
1
78
Horn, Karl, 1933-1970
1
79
Hoowij, Jan, circa 1950-circa 1964
1
80
Hubbard, Helen F., circa 1940s
1
81
H, First Names Only, circa 1920s-circa 1950s
1
82
H, General, circa 1919-1966
1
83
I, First Names Only, 1937-1945
1
84
I, General, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
1
85
Jacobs, Leonebel, circa 1930s-circa 1960s
1
86
James, William, 1943-1946
1
87
Javits, Eric and Joan, circa 1940s
1
88
Jennings, Walter and J. B., 1931-1942
1
89
John, Augustus, 1917-1923
1
90
Jones, Lois Mailou, circa 1938-1951
Includes 2 cards by Jones
1
91
J, First Names Only, 1944-1963
1
92
J, General, 1940-1961
1
93
Kent, Rockwell, 1921
1
94
Kester, Lenard, 1940s-1950
1
95
K, General, 1915-1965
1
96
Lawlor, Lily, circa 1935
1
97
Levine, Lester, 1930-1943
1
98
Lovell, Fenella, 1913-1936
1
99
L, First Names Only, circa 1926-circa 1951
1
100
L, General, 1925-1950
1
101
Macbeth Gallery, 1934-1937
1
102
Manos, Aspasia, circa 1940s
1
103
Manship, Paul, circa 1921-1961
1
104
Maraini, Antonio/Venice Biennale, 1932-1934
1
105
Marbury, Elisabeth, 1905
1
106
Marx, Claus Roger, circa 1940s
1
107
Maynard, Rosa, circa 1930s
1
108
Mazanako, Nico, 1930s
1
109
McIlhenny, Henry P., 1934-1951
1
110
Meeks, Everett Victor, 1925-1935
1
111
Melchers, Gari and Corinne, 1930s
1
112
Metcalf, Houghton P, circa 1940s
1
113
Metcalf, N., circa 1940s
1
114
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1928-1965
1
115
Miles, Emily Winthrop, 1944-1952
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1
Morosini, La Contessa, circa 1920s
2
2
Morse, Kate, 1944-1965
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3
Mowbray-Clarke, Mary, 1958
2
4
M, First Names Only , circa 1920-circa 1960
2
5
M, General, 1926-1965
Includes letter from Edna St. Vincent Millay.
2
6
N, General, 1933-1965
2
7
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1937-1954
2
8
O'Toole, James St., 1959-1966
2
9
O, General, 1949-1965
2
10
Parmalee, James, 1927-1930
2
11
Parrish, Maxfield, circa 1918-circa 1929
2
12
Parsons, Harold Woodbury, circa 1930s-1961
2
13
Pascin, Jules, circa 1930s
2
14
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1944-1965
2
15
Potterton, Alfred B., 1930-1941
2
16
P, General, 1916-1965
Includes 2 letters from Mary Sargent Potter and 1 letter from Dorothy Parker regarding Birnbaum's donation to the Anti-Nazi League
2
17
Quinn, John, 1917
2
18
Radicke, Eliza G., circa 1927-circa 1930
2
19
Rice, Dorothy F., circa 1953
2
20
Ricketts, Charles S., circa 1920s
2
21
Robinson, Edward G., circa 1945
2
22
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, circa 1935-circa 1950
2
23
Rockefeller, Abby, John D., and Martha B., circa 1927-1951
2
24
Rogers, Helen Russell, circa 1928
2
25
Rothenstein, William, 1917-1927
2
26
Rothenstein, John, circa 1930s
2
27
R, General, 1913-1954
Includes 1 letter from Emanuel Romano and 2 letters from Albert Daniel Rutherston.
2
28
Sargent, John Singer and Emily, circa 1920s
Includes letter illustrated by Sargent
2
29
Scialtiel, Marguerite, circa 1930-1950
2
30
Scott, Stevenson/Scott & Fowles, circa 1924-1945
2
31-32
Scudder, Janet, 1918-1930
2
33
Sinclair, Upton, circa 1938-1951
2
34
Sprinchorn, Carl, 1942-1943
2
35
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1940
2
36
Sterne, Maurice, circa 1911-1955
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37-38
Sterner, Albert and Flora, 1931-circa 1943
2
39
Straub, George F., circa 1941-1956
2
40
Swope, Robert W. , 1940
2
41
S, First Names Only, circa 1960s
2
42
S, General, circa 1911-circa 1957
2
43-44
Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1942-1943
2
45
T, First Names Only, 1925-1938
2
46
T, General, circa 1922-circa 1943
Includes I letter each from Augustus Tack and Scofield Thayer
2
47
U, General, 1941-1965
2
48
Van Saake, George, 1943
2
49
Vantage Press, Inc., 1952-1958
2
50
Vicaji, Dorothy Elaine, circa 1930s
2
51
V, First Names Only, circa 1927-1941
2
52
V, General, circa 1930-1956
2
53
Walker, R. A., 1953-1955
2
54
Watts, M. S. , 1928-1934
2
55
Weeks, Donald, 1963
2
56
Weil, André, 1935-1938
2
57
Weil, Elsie, 1935-1936
2
58
Werntz, Carl N. and Milicent, circa 1930s-circa 1940s
2
59
Wetmore, Edith, circa 1940s
2
60
Wilder, Gerrit and Lillian Kimball, 1927-1935
2
61
Wilson, Stanley, 1947-1951
2
62
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, circa 1920s-circa 1940s
2
63
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1927-1944
2
64-66
W, First Names Only, 1928-1949
2
67
W, General, 1927-1960
Includes 1 letter from Thornton Wilder
2
68
Young, Mahonri M., circa 1942
2
69
Y, General, 1929-1963
2
70
Ziegler, Jerome Martin and Belle, circa 1932-1956
2
71
Ziegler, Jerome Martin, Jr. and Pat, circa 1936-circa 1951
2
72
Ziegler, Lester, circa 1937-1938
2
73
Zoumpoulakis, T., 1930-1938
2
74
Z, General, circa 1940s
2
75
Illegible and Unidentified, circa 1895-circa 1964
2
76-77

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