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Milton Wolf Brown papers, 1908-1998

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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
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25
Notes, Camera Work, circa 1940s
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26
Notes, Development of Taste, circa 1940s
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27
Notes, Exhibitions, circa 1940s
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28
Notes, General Background, circa 1940s
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29
Notes, Miscellaneous, circa 1940s
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30
Notes, Private Collections, circa 1941
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31
Notes, Pseudo-Scientific Theories, circa 1940s
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32
Notes, Stieglitz Group, circa 1940s
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33
Notes, The Twenties, circa 1940s
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34
Notes, War and Art, circa 1940s
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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)
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1-2
Encyclopedia of Painting, Notes, circa 1979
(5 folders)
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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
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10
Draft Captions, circa 1982
(2 folders)
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11-12
Miscellaneous Project Documents, circa 1982-1984
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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
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15
Articles about the Armory Show (Photocopies), 1963-1984
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16
Contracts, 1962, 1988
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17
Correspondence, 1962-1965
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18
Correspondence with Hirshhorn Foundation, 1961-1962
8
19
Correspondence regarding Second Edition, 1985-1991
(2 folders)
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20-21
Draft 1, circa 1963
(2 folders)
8
22-23
Draft 2, circa 1963
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1
List of Reproductions, circa 1960
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2
Notes, Artists by Room, circa 1960
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3
Notes, Attendance, circa 1960
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4
Notes, Expenses and Payments, circa 1960
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5
Notes, Grafton Galleries, circa 1960
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6
Notes, J. Myers Papers, undated
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7
Notes, Lenders, circa 1960
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8
Notes, McRae Papers, 1953, circa 1960
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9
Notes, Miscellaneous, circa 1960-1963
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10
Notes, Number of Works, circa 1960
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11
Notes, Pach Material, circa 1960
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12
Notes, Press, circa 1960
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13
Notes, Prints, circa 1960
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14
Notes, Schools, circa 1960
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15
Notes, Sonderbund Exhibition, circa 1960
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16
Notes, Walt Kuhn Papers, undated
(2 folders)
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17-18
Payments to Assistants, 1963
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19
Photographs, circa 1960s-1980s
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20
"Preface to the Second Edition,", circa 1987
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21
Publicity, circa 1963, 1987
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22
Research Material (Photocopies), circa 1960
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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
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24
"The Armory Show" (Multiple Versions), circa 1963-1988
(2 folders)
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25-26
"The Eight and the Ashcan School" (Multiple Versions), undated
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27
"The History of Photography as Art History,", 1969
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28
"The Emergence of the Machine Image" (Multiple Versions), undated
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29
"Social Activism,", circa 1982
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30
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, "Art As Activist: Jacob Lawrence and Social Realism,", 1985-1986
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31
American Historical Association, "The Little Renaissance,", 1952
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32
American Association of Appraisers, "The Armory Show,", 1988
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33
Archives of American Art, "The Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art,", 1977
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34
Brooklyn College, "Paradoxes,", undated
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35
Brooklyn Museum, "The Eight and the Ashcan School,", 1977-1978
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36
Brooklyn Museum, "First Wave of Modernism,", 1957
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37
Brooklyn Museum, "Lewis Hine,", 1977
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38
Brooklyn Museum, "20th Century Painting,", 1961-1962
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39
Burchfield Art Center, "Charles Burchfield and American Realism,", 1986
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40
College Art Association, "Early Collections of Modern Art in the U.S.,", 1950
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41
College Art Association, "Marxism in the USA,", circa late-1980s
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42
City University of New York, "The Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art in the Early 20th Century,", 1984-1985
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43
Cleveland Museum of Art, "The Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art,", 1983
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44
Corcoran Gallery of Art, "The Story of the Armory Show,", 1985
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45
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, "Modernism in America: The First Wave,", 1981-1982
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46
Edinburgh International Festival, "The Modern Spirit,", 1977
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47
Grand Rapids Art Museum, "The Armory Show,", 1966
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48
Greenwich Library, "The Armory Show Revisited: The Role of Cos Cob,", 1979-1980
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49
Greystone, "Colonial Architecture,", undated
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50
Grinnell College, "The Question of Jewish Painting in 20th Century American Art,", 1977
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51
Henry Luce Foundation Symposium, Keynote Address, 1985-1986
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52
Hirshhorn Museum, "The Eight and The Ashcan School,", 1975
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53
Hirshhorn Museum, "Post Offices, Train Stations, and Public Places: Art of the 30s,", 1981-1982
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54
Institute of Fine Arts, "Art Nouveau,", 1965
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1
Institute of Fine Arts, Walter Cook Tribute, 1962
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2
IFA Student Club, "On Teaching,", undated
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3
IFA Student Club, "Vermeer,", undated
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4
International Communication Association, "Introduction to Painting in the United States,", 1980
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5
Jewish Museum, "The Emergence of the Jewish Artist in the U.S. in the 20th Century,", 1975
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6
Long Island University, "The Early Hartley: The Armory Show,", 1977
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7
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Eight Group,", 1966
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8
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Abbeys and Churches of England,", undated
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9
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "As They Once Were: MMA Paintings and Their Complements,", undated
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10
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection: From the Depression to the End of World War II,", 1985
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11
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Mexico,", 1958
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12
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Paul Strand,", 1973
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13
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "West Pilgrimage Route,", 1956
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14
Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences, "The Eight and the Ashcan School,", 1979-1980
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15
Montclair Art Museum, Lecture on the Soyers, 1988
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16
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, "The Eight and the Ashcan School,", 1979-1980
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17
National Gallery of Art, "The Armory show of 1913,", 1971
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18
National Gallery of Art, "Art and Social Activism in the Thirties,", 1989-1990
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19
National Gallery of Art, "Emergence of the Machine Image in American Art of the Early 20th Century,", 1989
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20
North Carolina Museum of Art, "Social Activism in the Art of the 1930s,", 1985-1987
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21
North Shore Community Arts Center, "The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection: From the Depression to the End of World War II,", 1973
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22
Oklahoma Art Center, "Charles Burchfield and American Realism,", 1984
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23
Provincetown Playhouse, "The Armory Show,", 1986-1987
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24
Ringling Museum of Art, "Contemporary American Art,", 1956
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25
Rhode Island School of Design, "Dynamic Symmetry,", 1961
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26
Rutgers University and Whitney Museum, "From Sloan to Hopper: Positivism into Alienation,", 1979-1982
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27
Southern Illinois University, "The Influence of the Armory Show on the Art of the Twenties,", 1969
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28
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, "Social Activism in American Art of the 1930s,", 1989-1990
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29
University of Delaware, "American Modernism and the Machine Age,", 1975
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30
University of Delaware, Symposium Keynote, 1987
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31
University of Texas at Arlington, "Art and Diplomacy: Problems of International Exhibitions,", 1979-1980
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32
Whitney Museum, "Art of the 30s: Social Protest,", 1968
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33
Williams College, "Prendergast Redux,", 1990
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34
Yale University, "Cultural Issues in American Painting Since 1913,", undated
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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
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36
Catalog Essay, "Ed Wiener, Craftsman/Artist,", undated
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37
Catalog Essay, "Jozef Pilage,", 1976
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38
Catalog Essay, "Lois Dodd,", 1979
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39
Catalog Essay, "Moses and Ida Soyer Collection,", 1971
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40
Catalog Essay, "Robert Gwathmey,", 1984-1985
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Catalog Essay, "Walter Quirt,", undated
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Catalog Essay, "Walter Rosenblum,", 1975
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43
Essay, New York Observed, 1991-1994
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44
Essay, Social Art in America: 1930-1945, 1980-1981
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45
Essays, World Book Encyclopedia
circa 1958
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46
Foreword, New York WPA Artists, 1983
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47
Introduction for Jack Levine, 1986-1990
(2 folders)
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48-49
Scripts, "100 Great Paintings,", 1978-1985
(3 folders)
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50-52
Text for "Paul Strand, Wall Street, New York, 1915,", 1983
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53
"American Art," The International Illustrated Encyclopedia of Art, 1962-1963
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54
"Armory Show," S. I. G. N. A. L. E., 1988-1989, 1991
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55
"The Armory Show and Its Aftermath," 1915, The Cultural Moment, 1988-1991
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56
"Cubist-Realism: An American Style," Marsyas 3, 1943
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1
"An Explosion of Creativity: Jews in American Art in the 20th Century," Painting a Place in America, 1990-1992
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2
"I Remember MOMA," Art News, 1979
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3
"Marxist Approach to Art," Critics Group, 1937
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4
"Paul Strand," Photography Year Book, 1962
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5
"Paul Strand: The Three Roads," Paul Strand: Essays on His Life and Work, 1988-1991
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6
"Raphael Soyer (1899-1987)," Jewish Currents, 1988-1989
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7
"Reading Lists," Art News, 1953
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8
"Realism in the United States Between the Two Wars," Les Realismes entre Revolution et Reaction, 1919-1939, 1981
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9
"The 75th Anniversary of the Armory Show," Archives of American Art Journal, 1987
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"The Tastemongers," Challenge, 1957
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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
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12
Notes, 1947, undated
(4 folders)
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13-16
Notecards, undated
(2 folders)
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17-18
Notecards, undated
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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)
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20-26
Class Notes and Syllabi, circa 1934-1937
(6 folders)
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27-32
High School Papers, circa 1929
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33
Short Stories, 1932, undated
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34
Blanche Brown, Class Notes, 1935
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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
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36
Nancy Boas, 1986
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37
Ruth Bowman, 1976
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38
Blanche Brown, undated
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1
Stephen Brown, undated
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2
Michael Corris, 1985-1986
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3
Tom DeHaven, 1986-1988
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4
James Marston Fitch, 1970
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5
Cissy Grossman, 1991
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6
Andrew Hemingway, 1990
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7
Carl Holty, 1963
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8
J. B. J., 1987-1989
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9
Jim M. Jordan, 1979
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10
Jules Kabat, 1984-1985
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11
Ben Maddow, 1990
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12
Mark Bendor, 1981
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13
Francis V. O'Connor, 1968
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14
Hilla Rebay, undated
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15
Ad Reinhardt, undated
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Jack Rennert, 1984
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Naomi Rosenblum, circa 1980
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18
Aline Saarinen, 1960
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19
Dimitri Sarabanov, undated
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20
Meyer Schapiro, 1931-1949
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21
David Shapiro, circa 1970s
(2 folders)
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22-23
Elaine Shefer, circa 1988-1989
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24
Elinor Sprague, 1980
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25
Marion Summers, undated
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26
Unknown Author, "HS Music Program,", 1949-1950
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Writings by Unknown Authors, undated
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28
College Course Outlines and Handouts
Walter Cook, circa 1930s
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29
Walter Friedlander, circa 1930s
(2 folders)
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30-31
Erwin Panofsky, circa 1930s
(2 folders)
12
32-33
Jakob Rosenberg, 1938-1939
(1 of 2 folders)
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34
Jakob Rosenberg, 1938-1939
(2 of 2 folders)
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1
William Sawitzky, circa 1930s
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2

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