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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Milton Avery papers, 1926-1982, bulk 1950-1982 | Digitized Collection

Milton Avery papers, 1926-1982, bulk 1950-1982

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1964, 1975
1 folder
Box 1

One folder containing a list of Milton Avery anecdotes, excerpts from reviews, a brief biographical note, a certificate from the National Council of Jewish Women, and a brief list of biographical sources.
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Biographical Material, 1964, 1975
1
1

Series 2: Correspondence, 1935-1981
10 folders
Box 1

Correspondence consists of five folders of letters to Milton Avery and correspondence with Sally Avery and the Milton Avery Trust. Letters to Milton Avery consist of letters from people purchasing works of art, including Joseph Hirshhorn, letters from art galleries concerning the exhibition or purchase of artwork, requests for information from researchers or journalists, and several letters of congratulations for the 1960 Whitney Museum of American Art retrospective. Also found are a few letters from friends and fellow artists, including Mark Rothko, Louis Eilshemius, Marsden Hartley, Wallace Putnam, and George Duthuit.
Sally Avery's correspondence, often addressed to the Milton Avery Trust, is primarily business correspondence regarding the handling of her husband's legacy of artwork. Included are letters with individuals, galleries, and museums regarding sales and loans. Other topics include research questions, thanking her for visits, and congratulations for exhibitions. Although most of the correspondence is incoming, there are also scattered copies of outgoing correspondence. A large amount of similar business correspondence is also filed in Series 2: Subject Files.
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Letters to Milton Avery, 19--, 1935-1947
1
2
Letters to Milton Avery, 1950-1959
1
3
Letters to Milton Avery, 1960
1
4
Letters to Milton Avery, 1962-1964
1
5
Sally Avery (Milton Avery Trust) correspondence, 1946-1969
1
6
Sally Avery (Milton Avery Trust) correspondence, 1970-1973
1
7
Sally Avery (Milton Avery Trust) correspondence, 1974-1977
1
8
Sally Avery (Milton Avery Trust) correspondence, 1978
1
9
Sally Avery (Milton Avery Trust) correspondence, 1979
1
10
Sally Avery (Milton Avery Trust) correspondence, 1980-1981
1
11

Series 3: Subject Files, 1950-1981
2.4 linear feet
Box 1-4

Subject files consist of alphabetical business files maintained by Sally Avery for art galleries, museums, collectors, colleges and universities, and other art organizations which exhibited or purchased works by Milton Avery. Files contain a wide variety of documentation, including correspondence between the organization and Sally Avery, loan agreements, exhibition or sales receipts, lists of artworks, price lists, legal documents, and printed material such as news clippings and exhibition announcements. Although most of the files are for sales and loans, some of the files are for art galleries which represented and sold Avery's work, such as the Grace Borgenicht Gallery and Gallery Reese Palley. Also found in this series is a file Sally Avery kept regarding published biographies of Milton Avery. Files are arranged alphabetically by either name or topic and documents are arranged chronologically within each folder.
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Achim Moeller Ltd., 1973
1
12
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1968-1969
1
13
Akron Art Institute, 1980
1
14
Aldis Browne Fine Arts, 1978-1980
1
15
Allentown Art Museum, 1971
1
16
Alpha Gallery, 1969-1979
(4 folders)
1
17-20
American Federation of Arts (Milton Avery Retrospective), 1959-1961
1
21
American Federation of Arts, 1962-1965
1
22
American Embassy, Prague, 1966-1970
1
23
Andre Emmerich Gallery, 1973-1974
1
24
Arkansas Art Center, 1966
1
25
Associated American Artists, 1963-1980
(7 folders)
1
26-32
Association of Contemporary Artists Galleries, 1968-1981
1
33
Barbara Mathes Gallery, 1978-1981
1
34
Bard College, 1970-1971
1
35
Biographies of Milton Avery, 1969-1979
1
36
Bonfoey Company, 1976
1
37
Cape Split Place, Inc., 1978-1979
1
38
Carl Solway Gallery (Flair Gallery), 1968-1971
1
39
Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr College of Art), 1980-1981
1
40
Charles E. Slatkin, Inc. Galleries, 1968-1980
1
41
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1971, 1975
1
42
College of Wooster, 1980
1
43
Comsky Gallery, 1972-1979
(2 folders)
1
44-45
Connecticut Fine Arts, Inc., 1973-1979
1
46
David Gallery, 1971-1978
1
47
David Mirvish Gallery, 1967-1978
(3 folders)
1
48-50
Dayton Art Institute, 1969-1971
1
51
Donald Morris Gallery, 1958-1980
(8 folders)
1
52-59
Edmonton Art Gallery, 1978-1979
1
60
Esther Stuttman Gallery, 1965-1973
1
61
Everson Museum of Art, 1975-1977
1
62
Felix Landau Gallery, 1956-1965
2
1
Fogg Museum, 1972-1974
2
2
Fontana Gallery, 1969-1980
2
3
Forum Gallery, 1980-1981
2
4
Galerie Beyeler, 1971-1976
2
5
Galerie du Jonelle, 1966-1974
2
6
Galerie Internationale, 1960-1961
2
7
Gallery 14, 1960-1967
2
8
Gallery Reese Palley, 1964-1972
(6 folders)
2
9-14
Gimpel Fils, Ltd., 1973-1976
2
15
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, 1951-1977, 1980
(6 folders)
2
16-21
Graphics International Ltd. (Lunn Gallery), 1971-1979
(4 folders)
2
22-25
Greenberg Gallery, 1973-1982
2
26
Guggenheim Museum, 1965, 1977-1978
2
27
Gump's Gallery, 1964-1968
2
28
Harmon Gallery, 1965-1970
2
29
Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, 1977
2
30
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1979-1980
2
31
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 1971-1980
2
32
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1976-1978
2
33
International Exhibition Foundation, 1973-1974
2
34
International Gallery, Inc., 1964-1965
2
35
Jack Fader Collection, 1971-1975
2
36
Jane Haslem Gallery, 1975
2
37
Jarvis Gallery, 1972-1978
2
38
Joan Whitney Payson Gallery of Art, 1977-1979
2
39
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1977
2
40
Katonah Gallery, 1975-1977
2
41
Kay Kaz Gallery, 1965-1969
2
42
Lehigh University, 1980
2
43
Little Gallery (Janet Fleisher), 1973-1974
2
44
Louisiana Gallery, 1968-1981
(3 folders)
2
45-47
MacDowell Gallery, 1972-1974
2
48
Makler Gallery, 1960-1980
(3 folders)
2
49-51
Marianne Friedland Gallery, 1976-1979
2
52
Mattatuck Museum, 1967-1971
2
53
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979-1980
2
54
Metropolitan Opera Association, 1977-1978
2
55
Michael Berger Gallery, 1973-1980
2
56
Michigan State University, 1969, 1973-1974
2
57
Mid-American Arts Alliance, 1973-1974
2
58
Minnesota Museum of Art, 1977-1979
2
59
M. Knodler & Co., 1950-1979
2
60
Mobile Art Gallery, 1964-1969
2
61
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1977
2
62
Museum of Modern Art, 1961-1971, 1973
2
63
New Britain Museum of American Art, 1968
2
64
New York WPA Artists, Inc., 1977
2
65
Noah Goldowsky Inc., 1969-1973
2
66
Paintings & Drawings Ltd., 1964-1977
2
67
Parliament Gallery, 1971
2
68
Pasadena Art Museum, 1971
2
69
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976-1978
2
70
Phillips Collection, 1965, 1977
2
71
Pratt Graphics Center, 1973, 1980-1981
2
72
Princeton University Library, 1977
2
73
Richard Gray Gallery, 1971-1976
3 (hol)
1
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, 1976
3 (hol)
2
Rudolph Gallery, 1959-1970
3 (hol)
3
Sears, Roebuck and Co., 1965
3 (hol)
4
Shore Studio Galleries, 1961
3 (hol)
5
Smithsonian Institution, 1972-1974, 1979
3 (hol)
6
Society of the Four Arts, 1977-1978
3 (hol)
7
Southern Methodist University, Meadows Museum & University Gallery, 1980-1981
3 (hol)
8
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, 1978-1981
3 (hol)
9
Strathcona, 1980
3 (hol)
10
Summit Art Center, 1975-1977
3 (hol)
11
Syracuse University, 1970, 1972-1973
3 (hol)
12
Tanglewood Gallery, 1959-1965
3 (hol)
13
Terry Dintenfass, Inc. (Contemporary Paintings), 1959-1965
3 (hol)
14
Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd., 1973-1979
3 (hol)
15
Thorne Art Gallery (Keene State College), 1970-1973
3 (hol)
16
Tirca Karlis Gallery, 1965-1976
3 (hol)
17
University of California, Irvine, 1970-1971
3 (hol)
18
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979-1980
3 (hol)
19
University of Oregon, 1968-1969
3 (hol)
20
University of Texas at Austin, 1975-1977
3 (hol)
21
Vassar College Art Gallery, 1970-1977
3 (hol)
22
Waddington Galleries, 1962-1972
(5 folders)
3 (hol)
23-27
Waddington Galleries, 1973-1974
(2 folders)
4 (hol)
1-2
Wadsworth Atheneum, 1962-1964
4 (hol)
3
Webb & Parsons Gallery, 1974-1979
4 (hol)
4
Western Electric, Corporate Education Organization, 1979
4 (hol)
5
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1966, 1979-1980
4 (hol)
6
Wichita State University, 1974-1977
4 (hol)
7
William Benton Museum of Art, 1975-1976
4 (hol)
8
William Zierler, Inc., 1968-1976
4 (hol)
9
Woodstock Artists Association, 1977
4 (hol)
10
Woodward Foundation, 1963-1972
4 (hol)
11
Yares Gallery, 1976-1978
4 (hol)
12

Series 4: Writings about Avery, circa 1951-1979
5 folders
Box 4

Writings consist of essays about Milton Avery, including a draft essay by Wolf Kahn for the
Art Journal
, a few poems written by Aaron Cohen describing certain paintings by Avery, and a few notes written by Sally Avery. Also found are a typescript and handwritten draft of a tribute to Avery written by Mark Rothko shortly after Avery's death.
DescriptionContainer
Aaron E. Cohen, Poetry, circa 1951
4 (hol)
13
Wolf Kahn, "Milton Avery's Good Example,", circa 1979
4 (hol)
14
Annette and Louis Kaufman, "Milton Avery: Fauve Portraitist", circa 1960
4 (hol)
15
Mark Rothko, Written Tribute to Avery, circa 1965
4 (hol)
16
Notes by Sally Avery, circa 1970
4 (hol)
17

Series 5: Financial & Legal Records, 1943-1982
6 folders
Box 4

Found here is a photocopy of Milton Avery's Last Will and Testament, a detailed appraisal of nearly 1000 works of art in the Milton Avery estate, price lists, and a small number of loan forms and sales receipts. Also found is one folder of the legal and financial records of the Milton Avery Estate.
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Last Will and Testament, 1962
4 (hol)
18
Estate Appraisal of Artwork, 1965
4 (hol)
19
Price Lists, 1960-1974
(2 folders)
4 (hol)
20-21
Milton Avery Estate Legal and Financial Records, 1962-1972
4 (hol)
22
Artwork Loans and Sales Receipts, 1943-1982
4 (hol)
23

Series 6: Printed Material, 1926, 1962-1977
4 folders
Box 4

Printed Material focuses primarily on Avery's later career and legacy. Included are exhibition announcements and catalogs, news clippings, various brochures, bulletins, and other announcements.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition Announcements, 1966-1973
4 (hol)
24
Exhibition Catalogs, 1926, 1966-1977
4 (hol)
25
News Clippings, 1963-1973
4 (hol)
26
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1962-1974
(Not scanned)
4 (hol)
27

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1970
1 folder
Box 4

This series contains five photographs of an unidentified exhibition of photography that does not include Avery's artwork.
DescriptionContainer
Photographs of an Unidentified Exhibition, circa 1970
(Not scanned)
4 (hol)
28

Make a Request

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