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Meyer P. and Vivian O. Potamkin papers, [ca. 1950-2002]

Potamkin, Meyer P., 1909-2001

Collector, Businessperson, Philanthropist


Collection Information

Size: 9.4 Linear feet

Summary: Correspondence; files on works of art; photographs; writings; printed material; audio-visual material; and miscellany regarding the Potmakin's collection of 19th and 20th century American art.
Included are appraisals; correspondence; published writings about the Potamkins; published catalogs of the Potamkin collection; letters from museum professionals and visitors to the collection; photographs of Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin and their home; files concerning works of art in the Potamkin collection containing correspondence, invoices, reproductions, loan agreements and requests; certificates of insurance, exhibition proposals, and conservation records; files on objects sold from the Potmakin collection; files concerning gifts to museums and outgoing loans; ten binders contaning cataloging data and photographs of works in the Potmakin collection (6 arranged by artist, 1 prints, 1 decorative arts, 1 folk art, and 1 American Indian); letters from author Christine Weston, Eugene Prendergast (wife of Charles Prendergast), Helen Sloan (wife of John Sloan), actors Jeffrey Hayden and Eva Marie Saint, screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz, Violette de Mazia (director of education, Barnes Foundation), and others; and a 19990 videorecording, 27 minutes, Collector's love story: conversatioon with Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin produced for WHHY Television, 1990.

Biographical/Historical Note

Meyer P. (1909-2001) and Vivian O. (1915-2002) Potamkin were art collectors in Philadelphia, Pa.


Donated 2006 by Marshall Potamkin and Marcy Lasky.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Meyer P. and Vivian O. Potamkin papers, [ca. 1950-2002]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.