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Mary Frank papers, 1884-2017, bulk 1957-1990

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series.

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1943-2001
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence document Frank's personal and professional life, which often overlapped. Materials include mostly incoming letters, deeply personal and professional, from friends, family, and other artists, including three postcards from Anthony Caro. Some of the correspondence contain drawings. Also included are letters Frank received from students she taught in an early 1970s drawing class.
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Correspondence, 1943-2001
1
1-7
Correspondence, drawing class, 1973-1974
1
8

Series 2: Writings , 1936-circa 1990
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Writings include dreams recounted in detail, poems, ideas for artwork, and loose pages from journals, sometimes with sketches. There are also writings by Frank's maternal grandfather, Gregory Weinstein. These materials reflect Frank's personal struggles, thoughts and feelings which are a deep source of inspiration for her work.
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Artwork, circa 1981
1
9
Dreams, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
1
10
Personal, Gregory Weinstein, 1936-1957
1
11
Personal, loose pages from journals, circa 1975-circa 1985
1
12

Series 3: Printed Material , circa 1960-2013
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Printed Material document Frank's career as an artist and her interest in solar cooking. Materials include exhibition catalogs, announcements, and reviews spanning across five decades of Frank's career; two books of poetry illustrated by Mary Frank; one copy of John Cohen's documentary film, "Visions of Mary Frank," released in 2014; a 1977 Brandeis University Creative Arts Award; an Occupy Wall Street button; and clippings, newsletters, and pamphlets related to exhibition reviews and solar cooking.
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Brandeis University Creative Arts Award, 1977
1
13
Books, "Desert Quartet: An Erotic Landscape", 1995
1
14
Books, "Skies in Blossom: The Nature Poetry of Emily Dickinson", 1995
1
15
Clippings, Artwork, 1961-2013
1
16-18
Exhibition Announcements, 1957-2014
1
19
Exhibition Catalogs, 1962-1980
1
20-21
Exhibition Catalogs, 1981-2003
2
1-5
Exhibition and Performance Posters, circa 1966-1988
2
6
Occupy Wall Street Button, circa 2011
2
7
Postcards, circa 1960s-circa1986
2
8
Solar Cookers, 1987-2017
2
9
Visions of Mary Frank documentary, 2013
1 videodiscs (dvd)
2
10

Series 4: Artwork , circa 1930-circa 1990s
0.6 Linear feet
Box 2, 4; OV 5

Artwork documents different stages in Frank's career and includes drawings and sketches in dry point, pencil and watercolor, and three small paintings. Also included are Frank's son, Pablo's, sketchbook and loose drawings, which reflect his artistic lineage, and drawings by her aunt, Sylvia Weinstein.
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Diorama depicting a forest at night with three figures, undated
4
1
Drawings by Pablo, circa 1950s-circa1970s
2
11
Drawings by Pablo, Sketchpad, undated
2
12
Drawings by Sylvia Weinstein, circa 1930s
2
13
Drawings, Dry Points and Stencils from trip to Italy with Red Grooms, circa 1960
2
14
Loose Drawings, circa 1970s-circa1980s
2
15
Oversize Drawings, Original and Copies, circa 1969-circa 1973
5
Paintings, circa 1990s
2
16

Series 6: Photographic Material , 1884-circa 2006
2.4 Linear feet
Box 2-3; OV 6-12

Photographic material document Frank's personal and professional life and how they often intertwined. Included are black and white photographs and a few slides and negatives of Frank's sculpture and paintings; Frank and family members at various stages of her life; and family photographs dating back to 1884 that belonged to her mother, Eleanore Lockspeiser, her aunt, Florence Weinstein, and her paternal grandfather, Gregory Weinstein. Photographs include views of pre-Columbian ruins in Mexico, of Frank's sculpture in outdoor settings, of people and landscapes she gathered as source material, and her travels in Italy with Red Grooms during the early 1960s. Many of the oversize photographs, and some of the smaller ones, were taken by known American photographers, including Robert Frank, Max Kozloff, Joel Meyerowitz, Ralph Gibson, and Edward Steichen. Numerous photographs of Frank's artwork were taken by these and other known photographers throughout her career and are found in the folders related to her artwork and studio. Additional photographers include Nancy Crampton, Ralph Gabriner, Jerry L. Thompson, William Suttle, John Cohen, Barbara Brodick, Suzanne Szasz, Wayne Miller, Leo Holub, Elsa Dorfmar, Paul Kolnik, John Gruen, and Robert Delpire.
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Artwork, color photos, circa 1980s-circa 2000s
2
17
Artwork, Painting and Sculpture, 1975-1990
2
18-21
Artwork, sculpture, circa 1957-1982
2
22-23
Artwork, Studio and Mary Frank in Studio, 1974-1987
2
24
First Opening at Poindexter Gallery, NYC, 1958
2
25
Personal; Artwork, Friends, Nature, Travel, circa 1960s-circa 2003
2
26
Personal, Brazilian Photographer Robert Delpire, circa 1960s
3
1
Personal, Eleanore and Edward, circa 1909-circa 1945
3
2
Personal, Eleanore's Photographs, 1933-1988
3
3
Personal, Family, circa 1933-circa 1982
3
5-8
Personal, Family and Studio, 1933-circa 1985
3
9
Personal, Florence Weinstein's Photographs, 1884-1957
3
10
Personal, Gregory Weinstein's photographs, circa 1909-circa 1985
3
11
Personal, Oversize Photograph taken by Edward Steichen for Andrea, circa 1960s
6
Personal, Oversize Photographs of Mary Frank and Artwork, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
7
Personal, Oversize Photograph of Mary Frank taken by John Gruen, 1996
8
Personal, Oversize Photographs of Mary Frank and Family taken by Joel Meyerowitz, circa 1950s
9
Personal, Oversize Photograph of Mary Frank taken by Leo Holub, 1984
10
Personal, Oversize Photographs of Mary Frank taken by Max Kozloff, circa 1970s
11
Personal, Oversize Photograph of Mary Frank taken by Ralph Gibson, circa 1970s
12
Personal, Photographs Given to Mary Frank, circa 1985
3
12
Personal, Photographs of Family Taken by Robert Frank, circa 1955-circa 1985
3
13
Personal, Photographs of Mary Frank, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
3
14-15
Personal, Photographs of Mary Frank and Nature, circa 1960s-1979, circa 2006
3
16
Personal, Photographs of Mary Frank's Children taken by John Cohen, 1957
3
17
Personal, Photographs of Mary Frank taken by Ralph Gabriner, 1981
3
18
Personal, Ruins in Mexico, circa 1940
3
19
Studio and Artwork, circa 1973-circa 1989
3
20
Studio, Artwork and People, circa 1976-circa 1984
3
21
Studio, Lake Hill, circa 1978
3
22
Studio; Lake Hill clay, bronze, plaster, rocks, circa 1979
3
23
Studio, Photographs taken by Jerry L. Thompson
3
24

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.