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Milton Wolf Brown papers, 1908-1998

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 11 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1932-1998
0.3 linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material in this series includes academic and employment records for Milton Brown and his wife Blanche, biographical statements, files for grants, fellowships, and other study opportunities, and travel documents. Also found are scattered financial records, including documentation of the Brown's Art Nouveau collection and royalty statements for his books. Additionally, this series contains files kept by Brown documenting his military service, and a transcript of an interview of Brown conducted by Sally A. Duncan.
Folders are arranged alphabetically. Items within each folder are arranged chronologically.
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Academic Records and Curriculum Vitae, Blanche Levine Brown, circa 1938, 1996
1
1
Academic Records, Milton Wolf Brown, circa 1932-1949
1
2
Bibliography, 1990s
1
3
Biographical Statements, circa 1955-1978, 1990
1
4
Burglary Documentation, 1976
1
5
Courtauld Institute Scholarship, 1934
1
6
Employment Records, 1935-1984
1
7
Fogg Museum Fellowship, 1940
1
8
Financial Records, "Art Nouveau Purchases,", 1970-1972
1
9
Financial Records, General, 1941-1981
1
10
Grant Applications, 1958
1
11
List of "Russian Friends,", undated
1
12
Memorial Service Program, 1998
1
13
Military Service, 1943-1946
(2 folders)
1
14-15
Miscellaneous Biographical Documents, 1976-1984, undated
1
16
President's Medal, City University of New York, 1984
1
17
Royalty Statements, 1955-1986
1
18
Summer Study Abroad in Belgium, 1937
1
19
Transcript, Interview of Milton Wolf Brown by Sally A. Duncan, 1997
1
20
Travel Documents, 1959-1960
1
21

Series 2: Correspondence, 1908, 1934-1998
1.8 linear feet
Box 1-3

This series contains Milton Brown's correspondence with family, his wife Blanche, friends, colleagues, students, museums, universities, publishers, and art organizations. Found here are two folders of letters Brown wrote to his family while studying in Europe, including his impressions of Germany and Russia. Also found are files of his correspondence with publishers, including Harry N. Abrams and Princeton University Press, and one file of correspondence with his friend, artist Jozef Pielage.
The bulk of this series consists of Brown professional correspondence documenting his career as an art historian, writer and educator. Letters discuss his work on exhibitions, teaching, book projects, and lectures, and should be consulted in conjunction with Series 4: Writings, Series 6: Exhibition Files, and Series 8: Teaching files, which also contain related correspondence. Notable correspondents include artists and art historians such as Russell Lynes (1958, 1964, 1966, 1976, 1981, 1988, 1989), John Rewald (1988), Stanley Meltzoff (1968, 1971, 1981, 1982), Raphael Soyer (1972), Louis Lozowick (1943, 1963, 1967, 1969, undated), Joseph Hirshhorn (1963, 1966), Stephen Bourgeois (1963), Philip Evergood (1963), Maurice Becker (1962), Erwin Panofsky (1937, 1957, 1958), Paul Sachs (1939-1941, 1943, 1944, 1955), Everett Shinn (1944), and Meyer Schapiro (1935).
Folders of select correspondence with family, Pielage, and publishers is filed according to Brown's original arrangement followed by general correspondence which is arranged chronologically.
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Letters to Family, 1934, 1937
(2 folders)
1
22-23
Letters to Jozef and Betty Pielage, circa 1943-1977
1
24
Elihu Vedder Letter given to Milton Brown by Ad Reinhardt, 1908, undated
1
25
Correspondence with Publishers
Chanticleer Press, 1954-1955
1
26
G. K. Hall & Co., 1980-1990
1
27
Harry N. Abrams, 1964-1984
(2 folders)
1
28-29
Princeton University Press, 1949-1987
(2 folders)
1
30-31
Draft Outgoing Letters, undated
1
32
General Correspondence, 1935-1971
(20 folders)
1
33-52
General Correspondence, 1972-1998
(22 folders)
2
1-22
Undated Correspondence, circa 1940s-1990s
(3 folders)
2
23-25
Christmas Cards, circa 1960s-1970s
(3 folders)
2
26-28
Christmas Cards, circa 1960s-1970s
3
1

Series 3: Travel Journals, 1941-1996
1.6 linear feet
Box 3-4

This series contains travel journals documenting Milton and Blanche Brown's trips throughout the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. Most of these very detailed accounts were written by Blanche Brown.
Journals are arranged chronologically. Folder headings are taken from titles written inside of each journal.
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Cross Country Trip, 1941
3
2
New England, 1947
3
3
London to Paris, 1948
3
4
England, 1953
3
5
New England, 1955
3
6
Mexico, 1957
3
7
Spain, 1958
3
8
Europe, 1959-1960
(6 volumes in 3 folders)
3
9-11
Europe, 1964
3
12
England and Italy, 1968
3
13
London and Italy, 1970
3
14
Israel and Greece, 1971
3
15
Sailing with Pete Phillipps, Maine, Paris, Burgundy, Edinburgh, Ireland, 1977
3
16
Arts of Russia, 1979
3
17
China, Hong Kong, and Japan, 1980
3
18
England, Wales, and Scotland, 1981
3
19
Israel, 1982
3
20
Israel, Greece, Malta, and Italy, 1982
4
1
New York State, 1983
4
2
Romania, Sardinia, and Rome, 1984
4
3
Greek and Aegean Islands, 1985
4
4
Portugal and Spain, 1988
4
5
Milan, Turin, and Paris, 1989-1990
4
6
Tunisia, 1990
4
7
Venice, 1992
4
8
Morocco and Madrid, 1993
4
9
Switzerland, 1994
4
10
Miami, 1996
4
11

Series 4: Writings, circa 1929-1990s
8.7 linear feet
Boxes 4-13, 25

Within the writings series are notebooks from the period that Brown was a student and while traveling in Europe in 1959 and 1960. Book project files include draft writings as well as related correspondence, research material, notes, photographs and other material. Also found are files for lectures written by Brown; essays, articles, and scripts written for various publications; general research notes and student writings; and writings by others sent to Brown for review and feedback.
The series is arranged as 7 subseries:
4.1: Notebooks, circa 1930-1977
4.2: Book Projects, circa 1940-1987
4.3: Lectures, circa 1950-1991
4.4: Writings for Publication, 1943-1994
4.5: General Research Notes and Writings, circa 1940s-1990s
4.6: Student Writings and Notes, circa 1929-1939
4.7: Writings by Others, circa 1930s-1991
4.1:Notebooks, circa 1930-1977
This subseries contains Milton Brown's notebooks, primarily from the period that he was in graduate school during the 1930s. Included are nine notebooks for specific art history courses he took while at NYU. Other notebooks found here include notes on art. Notebooks from 1959 and 1960 contain notes taken while Brown and his wife were traveling in Europe. Also found are three engagement calendars.
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"French Painting 17th and 18th Century: Panofsky,", circa 1930s
4
12
"French Romanesque Sculpture: Schapiro,", circa 1930s
4
13
"Greek Sculpture: Lehmann-Hartleben,", circa 1930s
4
14
"Italian Renaissance Painting: Offner,", circa 1930s
4
15
"Medieval Architecture: Schapiro,", circa 1930s
4
16
"Medieval Art: Morey,", circa 1930s
4
17
"Med. Mss.: Schapiro,", circa 1930s
4
18
"Michelangelo Seminar: Panofsky,", circa 1930s
4
19
"Modern Painting: Schapiro,", circa 1930s
4
20
Notebook, 1930
5
1
Notebooks, circa 1930s
(7 folders)
5
2-8
"Art Nouveau Notes: Europe,", 1959-1960
5
9
Notebooks, circa 1960
(2 folders)
5
10-11
Notebook, undated
5
12
Engagement Calendars, 1974, 1976, 1977
(3 folders)
5
13-15
4.2:Book Projects, circa 1940-1987
This subseries contains records of Milton Brown's book projects. Files for each project may consist of correspondence, draft versions, notes, research material, lists, photographs, and publicity and reviews. Correspondence found here discusses details for Brown's books and his research inquiries, and researchers should note that additional correspondence regarding these books may be found in Series 2: Correspondence. Among the correspondence regarding
American Painting, From the Armory Show to the Depression
are letters from Georgio O'Keeffe, Max Weber, Louis Lozowick, Charles Burchfield, Charles Sheeler, Andrew Dasburg, and William Gropper. Brown's book
American Art to 1900
(1977) became part of the larger publication
American Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Decorative Arts, and Photography
so records for both books are filed together. Titles of works are arranged alphabetically and individual files are also arranged alphabetically.
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American Art : Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Decorative Arts, Photography
(1979)
Correspondence, 1967-1975
5
16
Correspondence, with Theresa Brakeley, 1970-1974
5
17
Draft 1, 1974
(2 folders)
5
18-19
Draft 2, undated
(3 of 5 folders)
5
20-22
Draft 2, undated
(2 of 5 folders)
6
1-2
Draft 3, undated
(5 folders)
6
3-7
Draft 4, undated
(3 folders)
6
8-10
Draft Fragments, undated
(3 folders)
6
11-13
List of Illustrations, circa 1969-1970s
6
14
Notes and Research Material, circa 1969-1974
6
15
Publicity and Reviews, 1977-1979
(2 folders)
6
16-17
"Review of Manuscript,", 1974
6
18
American Painting, 1913-1929: An Abridgment
, 1952
6
19
American Painting, From the Armory Show to the Depression
(1955)
Artwork Files, A-B, 1952-1953
6
20
Artwork Files, C-Z, 1952-1953
(8 folders)
7
1-8
Bibliography, circa 1940s
7
9
Correspondence, 1941, 1952-1956, 1973
(5 folders)
7
10-14
Draft Manuscript, circa 1940s
(2 folders)
7
15-16
Footnotes, circa 1940s
7
17
Guggenheim Fellowship Application, 1942
7
18
Lists of Reproductions, circa 1940s
7
19
Material for First Draft, circa 1940s
7
20
Outlines, circa 1940s
7
21
Notes, Armory Exhibition, circa 1940s
7
22
Notes, Art Magazines, circa 1940s
7
23
Notes, Ash Can School, circa 1940s
7
24
Notes, Biographical, circa 1940s
7
25
Notes, Camera Work, circa 1940s
7
26
Notes, Development of Taste, circa 1940s
7
27
Notes, Exhibitions, circa 1940s
7
28
Notes, General Background, circa 1940s
7
29
Notes, Miscellaneous, circa 1940s
7
30
Notes, Private Collections, circa 1941
7
31
Notes, Pseudo-Scientific Theories, circa 1940s
7
32
Notes, Stieglitz Group, circa 1940s
7
33
Notes, The Twenties, circa 1940s
7
34
Notes, War and Art, circa 1940s
7
35
Photographs and Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1940s
7
36
Public Collections Lists, circa 1940-1941
(2 folders)
7
37-38
Publicity and Reviews, 1955-1973
7
39
Encyclopedia of Painting
, Draft Entries, circa 1979
(2 folders)
8
1-2
Encyclopedia of Painting
, Notes, circa 1979
(5 folders)
8
3-7
One Hundred Masterpieces of American Painting from Public Collections in Washington, D.C.
(1983)
Corrected Proofs, circa 1980
(2 folders)
8
8-9
Correspondence, 1981-1985
8
10
Draft Captions, circa 1982
(2 folders)
8
11-12
Miscellaneous Project Documents, circa 1982-1984
8
13
Publicity and Reviews, 1983-1984
8
14
The Story of the Armory Show
(1963, 1988 2nd ed.)
"Alphabetical Listing of Works Included in the New York 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art,", circa 1963
8
15
Articles about the Armory Show (Photocopies), 1963-1984
8
16
Contracts, 1962, 1988
8
17
Correspondence, 1962-1965
8
18
Correspondence with Hirshhorn Foundation, 1961-1962
8
19
Correspondence regarding Second Edition, 1985-1991
(2 folders)
8
20-21
Draft 1, circa 1963
(2 folders)
8
22-23
Draft 2, circa 1963
9
1
List of Reproductions, circa 1960
9
2
Notes, Artists by Room, circa 1960
9
3
Notes, Attendance, circa 1960
9
4
Notes, Expenses and Payments, circa 1960
9
5
Notes, Grafton Galleries, circa 1960
9
6
Notes, J. Myers Papers, undated
9
7
Notes, Lenders, circa 1960
9
8
Notes, McRae Papers, 1953, circa 1960
9
9
Notes, Miscellaneous, circa 1960-1963
9
10
Notes, Number of Works, circa 1960
9
11
Notes, Pach Material, circa 1960
9
12
Notes, Press, circa 1960
9
13
Notes, Prints, circa 1960
9
14
Notes, Schools, circa 1960
9
15
Notes, Sonderbund Exhibition, circa 1960
9
16
Notes, Walt Kuhn Papers, undated
(2 folders)
9
17-18
Payments to Assistants, 1963
9
19
Photographs, circa 1960s-1980s
9
20
"Preface to the Second Edition,", circa 1987
9
21
Publicity, circa 1963, 1987
9
22
Research Material (Photocopies), circa 1960
9
23
4.3:Lectures, circa 1950-1991
This subseries contains lecture files maintained by Milton Brown, which may include draft versions of his lectures, slide lists, related correspondence, and event announcements and programs. Also found are memorial addresses for colleagues written by Brown. Researchers should note that Brown often gave different versions of the same lectures at various museums, symposiums, universities, and art organizations. Common topics of his lectures included the Armory Show, the "Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art," and "The Eight and the Ashcan School," and "Social Activism." Files are arranged alphabetically by lecture location.
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Memorial Addresses, circa 1973-1991
9
24
"The Armory Show" (Multiple Versions), circa 1963-1988
(2 folders)
9
25-26
"The Eight and the Ashcan School" (Multiple Versions), undated
9
27
"The History of Photography as Art History,", 1969
9
28
"The Emergence of the Machine Image" (Multiple Versions), undated
9
29
"Social Activism,", circa 1982
9
30
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, "Art As Activist: Jacob Lawrence and Social Realism,", 1985-1986
9
31
American Historical Association, "The Little Renaissance,", 1952
9
32
American Association of Appraisers, "The Armory Show,", 1988
9
33
Archives of American Art, "The Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art,", 1977
9
34
Brooklyn College, "Paradoxes,", undated
9
35
Brooklyn Museum, "The Eight and the Ashcan School,", 1977-1978
9
36
Brooklyn Museum, "First Wave of Modernism,", 1957
9
37
Brooklyn Museum, "Lewis Hine,", 1977
9
38
Brooklyn Museum, "20th Century Painting,", 1961-1962
9
39
Burchfield Art Center, "Charles Burchfield and American Realism,", 1986
9
40
College Art Association, "Early Collections of Modern Art in the U.S.,", 1950
9
41
College Art Association, "Marxism in the USA,", circa late-1980s
9
42
City University of New York, "The Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art in the Early 20th Century,", 1984-1985
9
43
Cleveland Museum of Art, "The Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art,", 1983
9
44
Corcoran Gallery of Art, "The Story of the Armory Show,", 1985
9
45
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, "Modernism in America: The First Wave,", 1981-1982
9
46
Edinburgh International Festival, "The Modern Spirit,", 1977
9
47
Grand Rapids Art Museum, "The Armory Show,", 1966
9
48
Greenwich Library, "The Armory Show Revisited: The Role of Cos Cob,", 1979-1980
9
49
Greystone, "Colonial Architecture,", undated
9
50
Grinnell College, "The Question of Jewish Painting in 20th Century American Art,", 1977
9
51
Henry Luce Foundation Symposium, Keynote Address, 1985-1986
9
52
Hirshhorn Museum, "The Eight and The Ashcan School,", 1975
9
53
Hirshhorn Museum, "Post Offices, Train Stations, and Public Places: Art of the 30s,", 1981-1982
9
54
Institute of Fine Arts, "Art Nouveau,", 1965
10
1
Institute of Fine Arts, Walter Cook Tribute, 1962
10
2
IFA Student Club, "On Teaching,", undated
10
3
IFA Student Club, "Vermeer,", undated
10
4
International Communication Association, "Introduction to Painting in the United States,", 1980
10
5
Jewish Museum, "The Emergence of the Jewish Artist in the U.S. in the 20th Century,", 1975
10
6
Long Island University, "The Early Hartley: The Armory Show,", 1977
10
7
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Eight Group,", 1966
10
8
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Abbeys and Churches of England,", undated
10
9
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "As They Once Were: MMA Paintings and Their Complements,", undated
10
10
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection: From the Depression to the End of World War II,", 1985
10
11
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Mexico,", 1958
10
12
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Paul Strand,", 1973
10
13
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "West Pilgrimage Route,", 1956
10
14
Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences, "The Eight and the Ashcan School,", 1979-1980
10
15
Montclair Art Museum, Lecture on the Soyers, 1988
10
16
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, "The Eight and the Ashcan School,", 1979-1980
10
17
National Gallery of Art, "The Armory show of 1913,", 1971
10
18
National Gallery of Art, "Art and Social Activism in the Thirties,", 1989-1990
10
19
National Gallery of Art, "Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art of the Early 20th Century,", 1989
10
20
North Carolina Museum of Art, "Social Activism in the Art of the 1930s,", 1985-1987
10
21
North Shore Community Arts Center, "The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection: From the Depression to the End of World War II,", 1973
10
22
Oklahoma Art Center, "Charles Burchfield and American Realism,", 1984
10
23
Provincetown Playhouse, "The Armory Show,", 1986-1987
10
24
Ringling Museum of Art, "Contemporary American Art,", 1956
10
25
Rhode Island School of Design, "Dynamic Symmetry,", 1961
10
26
Rutgers University and Whitney Museum, "From Sloan to Hopper: Positivism into Alienation,", 1979-1982
10
27
Southern Illinois University, "The Influence of the Armory Show on the Art of the Twenties,", 1969
10
28
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, "Social Activism in American Art of the 1930s,", 1989-1990
10
29
University of Delaware, "American Modernism and the Machine Age,", 1975
10
30
University of Delaware, Symposium Keynote, 1987
10
31
University of Texas at Arlington, "Art and Diplomacy: Problems of International Exhibitions,", 1979-1980
10
32
Whitney Museum, "Art of the 30s: Social Protest,", 1968
10
33
Williams College, "Prendergast Redux,", 1990
10
34
Yale University, "Cultural Issues in American Painting Since 1913,", undated
10
35
4.4:Writings for Publication, 1943-1994
Found here are Milton Brown's writings for publication, including exhibition catalog essays, essays for art publications, entries for encyclopedias, and journal and magazine articles. Folders may include draft writings, copies of the published version, notes, and related correspondence. Of note are Brown's draft scripts and related material for his work on the BBC program "100 Great Paintings."
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Catalog Essay, "Duncan Phillips: Adventure in Art,", 1980-1982
10
36
Catalog Essay, "Ed Wiener, Craftsman/Artist,", undated
10
37
Catalog Essay, "Jozef Pilage,", 1976
10
38
Catalog Essay, "Lois Dodd,", 1979
10
39
Catalog Essay, "Moses and Ida Soyer Collection,", 1971
10
40
Catalog Essay, "Robert Gwathmey,", 1984-1985
10
41
Catalog Essay, "Walter Quirt,", undated
10
42
Catalog Essay, "Walter Rosenblum,", 1975
10
43
Essay,
New York Observed
, 1991-1994
10
44
Essay,
Social Art in America: 1930-1945
, 1980-1981
10
45
Essays,
World Book Encyclopedia
circa 1958
10
46
Foreword,
New York WPA Artists
, 1983
10
47
Introduction for
Jack Levine
, 1986-1990
(2 folders)
10
48-49
Scripts, "100 Great Paintings,", 1978-1985
(3 folders)
10
50-52
Text for "Paul Strand, Wall Street, New York, 1915,", 1983
10
53
"American Art,"
The International Illustrated Encyclopedia of Art
, 1962-1963
10
54
"Armory Show,"
S. I. G. N. A. L. E.
, 1988-1989, 1991
10
55
"The Armory Show and Its Aftermath," 1915,
The Cultural Moment
, 1988-1991
10
56
"Cubist-Realism: An American Style,"
Marsyas 3
, 1943
11
1
"An Explosion of Creativity: Jews in American Art in the 20th Century,"
Painting a Place in America
, 1990-1992
11
2
"I Remember MOMA,"
Art News
, 1979
11
3
"Marxist Approach to Art,"
Critics Group
, 1937
11
4
"Paul Strand,"
Photography Year Book
, 1962
11
5
"Paul Strand: The Three Roads,"
Paul Strand: Essays on His Life and Work
, 1988-1991
11
6
"Raphael Soyer (1899-1987),"
Jewish Currents
, 1988-1989
11
7
"Reading Lists,"
Art News
, 1953
11
8
"Realism in the United States Between the Two Wars,"
Les Realismes entre Revolution et Reaction
, 1919-1939, 1981
11
9
"The 75th Anniversary of the Armory Show,"
Archives of American Art Journal
, 1987
11
10
"The Tastemongers,"
Challenge
, 1957
11
11
4.5:General Research Notes and Writings, circa 1940s-1990s
Found here are various address lists, loose notes, primarily on the subject of art history, and a series of notecards. The notecards have been kept in Milton Brown's original file arrangement. The purpose of these notecards is not indicated, but they may have been used for one or more of his book projects. Also found here are five computer floppy disks which are unlabeled.
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Address Lists, circa 1990s
11
12
Notes, 1947, undated
(4 folders)
11
13-16
Notecards, undated
(2 folders)
11
17-18
Notecards, undated
25
1
Computer Disks (Unlabeled), undated
(5 1/4-inch floppy disks; 5 disks)
11
19
4.6:Student Writings and Notes, circa 1929-1939
This subseries contains Milton Brown's notes and writing assignments from high school, New York University, and Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum course. Also found is one file of class notes belonging to his wife, Blanche Brown.
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Class Assignments, circa 1933-1939
(7 folders)
11
20-26
Class Notes and Syllabi, circa 1934-1937
(6 folders)
11
27-32
High School Papers, circa 1929
11
33
Short Stories, 1932, undated
11
34
Blanche Brown, Class Notes, 1935
11
35
4.7:Writings by Others, circa 1930s-1991
Writings by others include draft essays, book chapters, and articles sent to Milton Brown from his colleagues. Many of these writings have a cover letter written to Brown from the author requesting his review and feedback. Also found here are course outlines and handouts written by notable art history professors such as Erwin Panofsky, Walter Friedlander, and Walter Cook.
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Deirdre Barber, 1979
11
36
Nancy Boas, 1986
11
37
Ruth Bowman, 1976
11
38
Blanche Brown, undated
12
1
Stephen Brown, undated
12
2
Michael Corris, 1985-1986
12
3
Tom DeHaven, 1986-1988
12
4
James Marston Fitch, 1970
12
5
Cissy Grossman, 1991
12
6
Andrew Hemingway, 1990
12
7
Carl Holty, 1963
12
8
J. B. J., 1987-1989
12
9
Jim M. Jordan, 1979
12
10
Jules Kabat, 1984-1985
12
11
Ben Maddow, 1990
12
12
Mark Bendor, 1981
12
13
Francis V. O'Connor, 1968
12
14
Hilla Rebay, undated
12
15
Ad Reinhardt, undated
12
16
Jack Rennert, 1984
12
17
Naomi Rosenblum, circa 1980
12
18
Aline Saarinen, 1960
12
19
Dimitri Sarabanov, undated
12
20
Meyer Schapiro, 1931-1949
12
21
David Shapiro, circa 1970s
(2 folders)
12
22-23
Elaine Shefer, circa 1988-1989
12
24
Elinor Sprague, 1980
12
25
Marion Summers, undated
12
26
Unknown Author, "HS Music Program,", 1949-1950
12
27
Writings by Unknown Authors, undated
12
28
College Course Outlines and Handouts
Walter Cook, circa 1930s
12
29
Walter Friedlander, circa 1930s
(2 folders)
12
30-31
Erwin Panofsky, circa 1930s
(2 folders)
12
32-33
Jakob Rosenberg, 1938-1939
(1 of 2 folders)
12
34
Jakob Rosenberg, 1938-1939
(2 of 2 folders)
13
1
William Sawitzky, circa 1930s
13
2

Series 5: Prendergast Catalogue Raisonne Project, circa 1952-1990
1.8 linear feet
Boxes 13-14, 25

This series contains Milton Brown's Prendergast Catalogue Raisonne Project files. Brown was appointed senior fellow for the project at Williams College from 1983 to 1987. Found here are project documents such as correspondence, draft essays by Brown and others, notes, outlines, bibliographies, budgets, and reports. Also found are research files on Prendergast compiled for the project including notes from twenty separate meetings with Mrs. Prendergast, as well as genealogical documents, auction lists, photocopies of exhibition catalogs and other printed material.
Folders are arranged alphabetically.
DescriptionContainer
"Alphabetical Listing of Works,", 1986
13
3
American Art Research Council Files on Prendergast (Photocopies), circa 1940s
13
4
Auction Lists, circa 1983
13
5
Bibliographic Research Material, circa 1980s
13
6
Correspondence, 1983-1990
(5 folders)
13
7-11
Data Entry Documentation, circa 1984
13
12
Dissertation,
Maurice Prendergast: The Sources and Development of His Style
by Hedley H. Rhys, 1952
13
13
Draft Essays, circa 1986-1989
(2 folders)
13
14-15
Drafts of Catalogue Raisonne Front Matter, 1989
13
16
Essay, "Maurice B. Prendergast,", circa 1980s
(2 folders)
13
17-18
Exhibition Catalog,
Maurice Prendergast: 1959-1924
(Photocopy), 1960
13
19
Galley Proofs for Prendergast Essay, 1989
13
20
Genealogical Research, 1985-1986
13
21
Miscellaneous Project Documents, 1983-1986
13
22
Notes, 1980s
13
23
Outline, 1980s
13
24
"Prendergast Addresses,", 1987
13
25
"Prendergast Bibliography" Note Cards, circa 1980s
25
2-4
"Prendergast Lectures: Charles Sheeler,", 1987
13
26
"Prendergast Systematic Catalog General Bibliography and Exhibition Listing,", 1985
13
27
Printed Material about Massachusetts (Photocopies), undated
13
28
Printed Material about Charles and Maurice Prendergast (Photocopies), 1893-1980s
(5 folders)
14
1-5
Project Budget, 1983
14
6
Project Reports, 1984-1985
14
7
Records of Meetings with Mrs. Prendergast, 1983-1984
14
8
Samples of Catalogue Raisonne (Photocopies), 1959-1981
14
9
"Work of Maurice and Charles Prendergast in the Hanging Collection of Mrs. Charles Prendergast,", circa 1983
14
10

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1962-circa 1997
2 linear feet
Boxes 14-16, 28

This series contains files maintained by Milton Brown documenting his work as curator or contributor to various exhibitions. Included are sets of files for three major exhibitions for which Brown was a curator: the Jacob Lawrence Exhibition at the Whitney Museum, "The Modern Spirit: American Painting and Photography, 1908-1935," for the Arts Council of Great Britain, and "Paintings from the United States from the Museums of Washington" for the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico. Files for these exhibitions include correspondence, draft writings for the catalog, reports and planning documents, lists of works, research material, and publicity and reviews. Also found are records of the exhibition of Milton Brown's landscape watercolors and records of artwork loaned for exhibition from the Brown's private art collection.
Additional files in this series document Brown's work on other exhibitions including the 50th Anniversary of the Armory Show. Found here are three interviews regarding the 1963 exhibition including an interview of Milton Brown and Marcel Duchamp conducted by Martha Deane in 1963 for the Martha Deane Show, which aired on WOR, New York, N.Y.; an interview of Brown conducted by Duncan MacDonald for his show, "Observation Point" on Station WNYC, New York, N.Y., April 10, 1963; and an interview of Duchamp conducted in 1963 by Milton Brown for Channel 13, New York, N.Y.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibitions of Milton Brown's Artwork, circa 1996-1997
(4 folders)
14
11-14
Artwork Loaned from Milton Brown's Private Collection, 1969-1982
14
15
"American Painting 1970-1980," Toledo Museum of Art, 1983-1984
14
16
"Armory Show: 50th Anniversary Exhibition," Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 1962-1963
(4 folders)
14
17-20
"Armory Show" Interview of Milton Brown by Duncan McDonald, 1963
(1 sound cassette; 1 duplicate sound disk; 1 transcript)
28
1
"Armory Show" Interview of Milton Brown and Marcel Duchamp by Martha Deane, 1963
(1 sound cassette; 1 duplicate sound cassette; 1 transcript)
28
2
"Armory Show" Interview of Marcel Duchamp by Milton Brown, 1963
(1 sound cassette; 1 transcript)
28
3
"Art in the Armory," Lexington Avenue Armory, 1987-1988
14
21
"Henry Bernstein: Paintings, Drawings, and Mural Studies," Arnold Klein Gallery, 1982, 1986-1987
14
22
Jacob Lawrence Exhibition, Whitney Museum
Catalog Materials, circa 1973
14
23
Chronology, circa 1973
14
24
Correspondence with Jacob Lawrence, 1971-1973
14
25
Correspondence, 1972-1974
14
26
Lists of Works and Lenders, circa 1973
14
27
Material from C. Alan, circa 1970
14
28
Notes, "Social Realism and Jacob Lawrence,", circa 1970s
14
29
Publicity and Reviews, 1974
14
30
Research Material, circa 1973
(2 folders)
14
31-32
"The Modern Spirit: American Painting 1908-1935," Hayward Gallery
Bibliography, circa 1976-1977
14
33
Biographies of Artists, circa 1977
(2 folders)
14
34-35
Catalog Drafts, circa 1977
(2 folders)
14
36-37
Correspondence, 1975-1977
(4 folders)
15
1-4
Lists of Artwork, 1976-1977
(3 folders)
15
5-7
Lists of Photographs, 1976-1977
15
8
Loan Forms, 1976-1977
15
9
Postcards from Exhibition, 1977
15
10
Reports from Assistant, 1976-1977
15
11
Reviews, 1977
15
12
"Never Separate from the Heart: Philip Evergood 1901-1973," Bucknell University, 1985-1987
15
13
"The New Spirit: Artist Organizers of the Armory Show," Hirshhorn Museum, 1987-1988
15
14
"The New York Painter, A Century of Teaching: Morse to Hoffman," Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, 1967
(2 folders)
15
15-16
"Paintings from the United States from the Museums of Washington," Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico
Artist Files, circa 1980
(5 folders)
15
17-21
Catalog Drafts, 1980
(2 folders)
15
22-23
Correspondence, 1980-1981
15
24
Expenses, 1980-1981
15
25
Floor Plans, 1980
15
26
Planning Documents, 1980-1981
(2 folders)
15
27-28
Photographs, 1980-1981
16
1
Publicity and Reviews, 1980-1981
16
2

Series 7: Research Files, circa 1930s-1986
3 linear feet
Boxes 16-19

This series contains files maintained by Milton and Blanche Brown documenting their research on various topics in art history and architecture. These files do not appear to be associated with specific projects and may have been maintained for regular use for lectures, teaching, and writing projects. Files may include notes written by both Milton and Blanche, printed material from museums, articles and book excerpts (including a large amount of photocopied material), as well as bibliographies and lists. Also found here is a set of files on architecture, primarily containing photocopies of material from various publications. These files appear to have been created around 1979 for an unspecified project. Researchers should note that all of the the folder subject headings in this series are those given by Blanche or Milton Brown and there may be multiple folders where the subjects overlap or have similar headings. For example, there is a file called "Painting, American, Taste" and another called "Patronage and Taste," and the contents of these files may overlap and should both be consulted.
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. A group of files on architecture are arranged alphabetically under the heading "Architecture Subject Files."
DescriptionContainer
American Art Collections Lists, 1931, 1986
(2 folders)
16
3-4
American Art, General, undated
16
5
American Artists Who Studied in Munich, 1973
16
6
American Literature and Art, circa 1950-1959
(2 folders)
16
7-8
Architecture, undated
(4 folders)
16
9-12
Architecture Subject Files
Marcel Breuer, circa 1979
16
13
Daniel Burnham, circa 1979
16
14
Carrere and Hastings, circa 1979
16
15
City Planning, Suburbs, New Towns, Zoning, circa 1979
16
16
Ralph Cram (and His Firms), circa 1979
16
17
Design, Furniture, etc., circa 1979
16
18
"Flavor of the Decade" Articles, circa 1979
16
19
Buckminster Fuller, circa 1979
16
20
Cass Gilbert, circa 1979
16
21
Irving Gill, circa 1979
16
22
Bruce Goff, circa 1979
16
23
Bertram Goodhue, circa 1979
16
24
Greene and Greene, circa 1979
16
25
Walter Gropius, circa 1979
16
26
Hardy, Holzman, Pfeiffer, circa 1979
16
27
Raymond Hood, circa 1979
16
28
George Howe and William Lescaze, circa 1979
16
29
Philip Johnson, circa 1979
16
30
Albert Kahn, circa 1979
16
31
Louis Kahn, circa 1979
16
32
Bernard Maybeck, circa 1979
16
33
McKim, Mead, and White, circa 1979
16
34
Richard Meier, circa 1979
16
35
Mies van der Rohe, circa 1979
16
36
Miscellaneous, circa 1979
16
37
Richard Neutra, circa 1979
16
38
New Building Types: Shopping Center, Airport, Factory, circa 1979
16
39
New York, undated
16
40
I.M. Pei, circa 1979
16
41
Prairie School, circa 1979
16
42
Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, circa 1979
16
43
Paul Rudolph, circa 1979
16
44
Eero and Eliel Saarinen, circa 1979
16
45
Rudolph Schindler, circa 1979
16
46
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, circa 1979
16
47
Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, circa 1979
16
48
Edward Durrell Stone, circa 1979
16
49
Louis Sullivan, circa 1979
16
50
Robert Venturi, circa 1979
16
51
Frank Lloyd Wright, circa 1979
16
52
Henry Wright, circa 1979
16
53
Armor, undated
16
54
Art and Archaeology, 1963
16
55
Art Nouveau, circa 1964-1978
16
56
Art History Theory, 1980s
16
57
Bergson, Henri, circa 1980s
16
58
Bibliographies, circa 1930s-1980s
16
59
Bingham (George Caleb), undated
16
60
Biographies of Artists, undated
(2 of 4 folders)
16
61-62
Biographies of Artists, undated
(2 of 4 folders)
17
1-2
Botticelli, circa 1955-1957
17
3
Byzantine Greece, 1963, undated
17
4
Chateaux, Cathedrals, and Caves, 1963
17
5
Contemporary Art, undated
17
6
Copley, 1956, undated
17
7
Costume, 1942, undated
17
8
Denmark, 1960, undated
17
9
Excursions from Paris, undated
17
10
Fifteenth Century, undated
17
11
Florence, undated
(3 folders)
17
12-14
France, undated
17
15
French Colonial, undated
17
16
Gagnini, Antonello, circa 1968
17
17
Gardens and Parks, 1965
17
18
Greek Revival Architecture, undated
17
19
History, Background, undated
17
20
Istanbul, undated
17
21
Italian Architecture, undated
17
22
Italian Renaissance Painting, undated
17
23
Italy, circa 1953
17
24
Lalique, undated
17
25
Languedoc and Provence, 1957-1963
17
26
London, undated
17
27
Madrid, 1962, undated
17
28
Medieval, circa 1940s
17
29-31
Medieval Iconography, undated
17
32
Mexico, undated
17
33
Modernists, undated
17
34
Modern Sculpture, undated
17
35
Murals, Section of Fine Arts, undated
17
36
New York, undated
(2 folders)
17
37-38
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture, undated
17
39
Paintings, 1952-1960, undated
(2 folders)
17
40-41
Painting, American, 1789-1850, undated
18
1
Painting, American, 1850-1900, undated
18
2
Painting, American, 1900s, circa 1952-1956
(3 folders)
18
3-5
Painting, American, Colonial, undated
18
6
Painting, American, General, circa 1951-1958
18
7
Painting, American, Taste, undated
18
8
Painting, American, Twentieth Century, Modernism from 1913, undated
(2 folders)
18
9-10
Painting, Fifteenth Century, Italy, 1944, undated
(2 folders)
18
11-12
Painting, Fifteenth Century, Italy, Florence, undated
18
13
Painting, Fifteenth Century, North, circa 1944-1957
18
14
Paris, 1963, undated
18
15
Patronage and Taste, undated
18
16
Railroad Stations, undated
18
17
Revisionism in Art History, circa 1987
18
18
Rome, circa 1951-1986
(2 folders)
18
19-20
Rome, Excursions, undated
18
21
Science, undated
18
22
Sculpture, undated
18
23
Sculpture, American, undated
(3 folders)
18
24-26
Sicily, circa 1957-1964
18
27
Sixteenth Century, undated
18
28
Social (Revolutionary) Art, circa 1940s, undated
18
29
Spain, circa 1948-1964
(3 folders)
18
30-32
Spanish Colonial, undated
18
33
Spanish Painting, undated
18
34
Straus Collection, undated
18
35
Structuralism and Semiotics, circa 1950s-1980s
(3 folders)
18
36-38
Twentieth Century American Architecture, undated
18
39
U. S. S. R., undated
18
40
Venice, undated
18
41
Western Artists, undated
18
42
Whistler, undated
19
1
Yugoslavia, 1965
19
2

Series 8: Teaching Files, circa 1946-1993
2 linear feet
Boxes 19-21

This series contains Milton Brown's teaching files for his work at several academic institutions. Included are course materials such as lecture notes, syllabi, and class lists as well as other related records such as scattered correspondence, examinations, and faculty memos and reports from his tenure at the City University of New York and Brooklyn College. Additional files document his teaching positions at Hebrew University and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. This series also includes files of recommendation requests from students and writings by students.
Folders are arranged alphabetically.
DescriptionContainer
Brooklyn College, Course Materials, 1959, undated
19
3
Brooklyn College, Miscellaneous Records, circa 1960-1970
19
4
City University of New York
Art Nouveau Workshop, 1986
19
5
Iconography of Modern Art, undated
19
6
Miscellaneous Records, 1972-1988
(2 folders)
19
7-8
Ph.D. Program in Art History Expansion, 1988-1989
19
9
Photorealism Seminar, 1985
19
10
Realism in American Painting, 1984
19
11
Seminar: Art Nouveau, circa 1973, 1989
(2 folders)
19
12-13
Symposium in Honor of Professor Milton W. Brown, 1979
19
14
Course Materials, "Design 1.1 and 1.2,", circa 1955
19
15
Examinations, 1946-1966
19
16
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1980-1985
(2 folders)
19
17-18
Institute of Fine Arts, Seminar: First Wave of Modernism, 1981-1982
19
19
Miscellaneous Lecture Materials, circa 1940s-1970s
19
20
National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 1987-1990
(3 folders)
19
21-23
New York University, American Studies Examinations, 1990-1993
19
24
Reading List, "Aspects of Precisionism and Realism in the United States,", undated
19
25
Recommendation Requests, circa 1970s-1990s
(5 folders)
19
26-30
Selection Committee, Goodson Symposium on American Art, 1979-1980
20
1
Slide Lists, 1954, undated
20
2
Teaching Material from Other Academic Institutions, circa 1945-1980s
20
3
Writings by Students, 1952-1993
(19 folders)
20
4-22
Writings by Students, 1952-1993
21
1

Series 9: Organization Files, 1959-1995
1.3 linear feet
Boxes 21-22

This series includes files maintained by Milton Brown for organizations in which he participated. For most of these organizations he either served as a member or project advisor. Of note are his participation as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Archives of American Art and his service on various committees for the Century Association and the College Art Association. Files may include correspondence, reports, planning documents, agendas, meeting minutes, and conference and event materials.
DescriptionContainer
Adirondack Mountain Club, 1979
21
2
Archives of American Art
Advisory Committee, 1968-1974, 1992
21
3
Board of Trustees, 1988-circa 1986
21
4
Correspondence, 1962-1996
21
5
Printed Material, circa 1962-1988
21
6
Reports, 1968-1972
21
7
Search Committee, 1989-1990
21
8
ArtsAmerica, Inc., 1987-1991
21
9
Bollingen Foundation, 1959-1960
21
10
Century Association
Committee on House Art, 1981-1985
(2 folders)
21
11-12
Correspondence, 1978, 1982-1992
21
13
Exhibition Committee, 1983-1988
21
14
Nominations, 1979-1981
(2 folders)
21
15-16
Printed Material, circa 1973-1977
21
17
College Art Association, 1950-1978
(5 folders)
21
18-22
College Art Association, Committee on Graduate Education in Art History, 1973
21
23
District 1199 Cultural Center, Inc., 1979
21
24
Dunlap Society, 1979-1982
21
25
Friends of the Catalogue Raisonne, 1985-1987
21
26
Henry Street Settlement, 1963
21
27
Italian Encyclopedia Institute, 1986-1989
21
28
James Marston Fitch Charitable Trust, 1988-1990
21
29
Library of American Art, undated
21
30
Long Island University, Trustee Awards for Scholarly Achievement, 1987-1989
21
31
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Deaccessioning Controversy, 1972-1973
21
32
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center Controversy, 1977
21
33
National Museum of American Art, Professional Appraisal and Evaluation Committee, 1988-1990
21
34
Odessa Films, 1991-1992
21
35
Phi Beta Kappa, 1986-1988
(2 folders)
21
36-37
Program for Art on Film, 1986
21
38
Smithsonian Council, 1976-1985
(3 of 5 folders)
21
39-41
Smithsonian Council, 1976-1985
(2 of 5 folders)
22
1-2
Society of Architectural Historians, 1952, 1971, 1983
(3 folders)
22
3-5
Victorian Society, 1970-1977
22
6

Series 10: Printed Material, 1925-1990s
3.2 linear feet
Boxes 22-24, 26, 27

Printed material consists primarily of exhibition announcements and invitations sent to Milton Brown, journals and newsletters from various art organizations, and magazine articles collected by Brown during his career as an art historian. Also found are brochures, conference programs, catalogs, press releases, and news clippings mostly related to Brown's professional activities.
Files are arranged alphabetically by type of printed material.
DescriptionContainer
Advertisement Brochures, undated
22
7
Appointment Calendar (No written entries), 1977
22
8
Catalogs, "Mason Fine Prints,", 1974-1978
22
9
Conference Programs, 1952-1987
22
10
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, circa 1960s-1990s
(10 folders)
22
11-20
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, circa 1960s-1990s
(13 folders)
23
1-13
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1940-1983
23
14
Guide, National Gallery of Art, undated
23
15
Journal,
Index of Twentieth Century Artists
, 1933-1937
(3 folders)
23
16-18
Journal,
The Pragmatist in Art
, 1964-1978
24
1
Journal,
Reality
, 1953-1954
24
2
Magazines, 1958, 1925-1977
(2 folders)
24
3-4
Magazine Articles, Clippings and Reprints, 1932-1990s, undated
(11 folders)
24
5-15
"Manipulart,", 1966
24
16
Material regarding Jack Levine Film, 1985-1986
24
17
Newsletters,
ARC Directions
, 1967, circa 1970
24
18
Newsletters,
A. H. A. A.
, 1979-1984
24
19
Newsletters,
CAA
, 1976-1983
24
20
Newsletters,
Federal Art Patronage Notes
, 1975-1981
24
21
Newsletters, Graduate School News Report, 1981-1984
24
22
Newsletters,
Historic Landmarks News
, 1970-1972
24
23
Newsletters,
IFA Alumni Newsletter
, 1966-1990
24
24
Newsletters,
MOMA Members Newsletter
, 1968-1970
24
25
Newsletters,
The Victorian Society in America
, 1967-1986
(2 folders)
26
1-2
Newsletters, Miscellaneous, 1940-1994
(2 folders)
26
3-4
Newspaper Clippings, 1935-1991, undated
(2 folders)
26
5-6
Press Releases, 1960s-1980s
26
7
Travel Brochures, circa 1960s-1990
26
8
Travel Brochures, circa 1960s-1990
27
1
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1960s-1980s
(2 folders)
27
2-3

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1956-1990s
0.2 linear feet
Boxes 25, 27

This series contains scattered photographs, including 9 photographs of Milton Brown, photographs of artist Jan Cox, and publicity photographs of the actress Maureen Stapleton. Also found are photographs of works of art, including several of works by Jacob Lawrence. Researchers should note that additional photographs may be found within Series 4.2: Book Projects and Series 6: Exhibition Files.
DescriptionContainer
Milton Wolf Brown, circa 1960s-1990s
25
5
Milton Wolf Brown, circa 1960s-1990s
27
4
Jan Cox, circa 1970s-1980s
27
5
Maureen Stapleton, circa 1976
27
6
San Francisco, circa 1960s
27
7
Unidentified Snapshots, circa 1990s
27
8
Artwork by Lois Dodd, 1969-1979
27
9
Artwork by Arthur Dove (Transparencies), undated
27
10
Artwork by Jacob Lawrence, circa 1974
27
11
Artwork by Jacob Lawrence, "Struggle Series,", circa 1956
27
12
Artwork, Miscellaneous, 1976, undated
27
13
Artwork, Miscellaneous Slides and Transparencies, undated
27
14

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