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Morgan Russell papers, 1891-1977

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series according to record type and reflecting the lender's arrangement. With the exception of Series 1: Correspondence, all series are arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1909-1964
(Reels 4524-4527)

This series contains letters from many prominent individuals who played a significant role in Russell's artistic development, including Mabel Alvarez, Robert Henri, Walter Huston, Michel Kikoine, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Leo Stein, Igor Stravinsky, and Getrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
The series begins with correspondence with named correspondents. Named files are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. This is followed by miscellaneous correspondence, arranged chronologically.
Postcards have generally been separated from the miscellaneous correspondence and filmed separately in order to maintain the lender's arrangement, although some postcards are interfiled with the named and miscellaneous correspondence. These are indicated by an asterisk.
Description Container Select
Apollinaire, Guillame, January 29, 1910, September 20, 1913
4524
3-8
Binion Family: Letters to Georges Binion from Mme. Binion chez Mme. Ratier, 1914
(includes letters to Denyse Binion: February 14, 1938, March 2, 1938, July 2, 1938 and a letter to Subry Binion from Prof. Berber, October 3, 1940)
4524
9-270
Cendrars, Blaise, undated, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1926
4524
271-343
Conlon, Barnett D. undated, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921
4524
344-572
Head, R. Chalfonte, undated (20 letters), July 12, 1928, December 28, 1928, August 27, 1929, March 20, 1930
4524
573-722
Henri, Robert, May 2, 1910, June 21, 1925, March 6, 1926
4524
723-735
Kikoine, Michel, undated (8 letters), October 13, 1923*, April 10*, 16, 1929, December 23, 1929
(includes a 1925 exhibition catalog)
4524
736-775
Lee, Arthur, undated (1 letter), August 1913, August 6, 1914
4524
776-800
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, undated, 1916
(1 undated letter fragment, plus one letter to Russell from Willard Huntington Wright concerning Stanton Macdonald-Wright)
4524
801-813
Rider, Charles Joseph, undated, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932
4524
814-866
Russell, Morgan
(miscellaneous drafts of letters: 3 undated letters, January 12, 1922, February 13, 1943; letter to Francois Mauriac, September 16, 1936)
4524
867-888
Shore, Viola Brothers, undated, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1937, 1938
4524
889-1027
Shore, Viola Brothers (letters from Russell), undated, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947
4524
889-1027
Shore, Wilma, undated, 1930, 1931, 1935
(includes photographs)
4524
1028-1081
Stein, Leo, undated, 1910, 1911, 1923, 1928, 1934, 1945
(includes 3 undated letters to Stein from Russell)
4525
3-75
Stein, Nina (wife of Leo Stein), undated, 1920, 1923, 1928, 1929, 1935, 1940
4525
76-158
Suzanne, circa 1936-1937
4525
159-429
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt
(September 19, 1915, January 7, 1916 signed by Whitney's secretary, plus a draft of an undated letter to Whitney from Russell)
4525
430-436
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1909-1936
4525
437-1162
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1937-1959
4526
1-450
Miscellaneous Correspondence, undated
4526
451-951
Correspondence, Postcards, 1910-1945
4527
1-391

Series 2: Biographical Material , 1925-1941
(Reel 4527)

This series includes address books, a passport, a French driver's license, art society membership cards and museum entry cards. The material primarily reflects Russell's activities in Europe.
Description Container Select
Biographical Material, 1925-1941
  • 2 address books, undated
  • Passport, 1933-1935
  • French museum entry cards, undated and 1926
  • Italian museum entry cards, 1934-1935
  • 50 centavos Paraguaian coin on a ring
  • French driver's license, 1925
  • 2 tickets to Le Salon des Tuileries, 1929-1930
  • 2 membership cards for the Societe des Artistes Independants, 1939-1941
4527
392-612

Series 3: Business Records , 1911-1946
(Reel 4527)

This series consists of receipts and invoices for art supplies, musical and mechanical instruments, and medical services.
Description Container Select
Receipts and Invoices, 1911-1946
4527
613-830

Series 4: Writings , 1931-1953
(Reel 4527)

This series consist of transcripts of lectures given by Russell and two essays written about him.
Description Container Select
Writings
  • "Pastwards" by Russell, 1931
  • The first talk given by Russell to the Art Students League, Los Angeles, California, July 16, 1931
  • Conference given by Russell at the Museum of the Palace of the Legion of Honor of San Francisco, November 6, 1931, and at the California Art Club, Los Angeles, California, January 1932
  • Lecture given by Russell at Stendahl Art Galleries, Los Angeles, California, January 16, 1932
  • "Ancient and Renaissance Rome: Impressions of a Painter," December 1935
  • "Sur Deux; Tableaux dans la 'Casa Buonarotti a Florence'," 1935-1936
  • 2 essays about Russell, 1953
4527
831-972

Series 5: Notes and Sketches , 1891-1977
(Reels 4528-4538)

The unbound notes and sketches and illustrated notebooks found here contain information concerning color theory, music, and synchromism. Included is a sketch of Stravinsky.
Description Container Select
Unbound Notes and Sketches, 1891-1977
Notes on Color Theory
4528
3-56
Notes on Music
4528
57-1074
Notes on Music
4529
1-152
Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches
4529
153-1282
Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches
4530
1-1201
Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches
4531
1-1257
Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches
4532
1-1209
Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches
4533
1-1025
Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches
4534
1-750
Notebooks, 1909-1939
4534
751-1349
Notebooks, 1909-1939
4535
1-658
Notebooks, 1909-1939
4536
1-1117
Notebooks, 1909-1939
4537
1-818
Notebooks, undated
4537
819-1186
Notebooks, undated
4538
1-730

Series 6: Printed Material , 1908-1963
(Reels 4539-4541)

This series contains a few exhibition announcements and catalogs, and also includes programs, printed travel souvenirs, music catalogs, clippings, book catalogs, calling cards, and miscellaneous printed material such as unused picture postcards. Music catalogs include a handwritten poem by Jean Cocteau.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1909-1923
4539
1-293
Programs, 1908-1930
4539
294-377
Printed Travel Souvenirs, 1928-1934
  • Maps of Bologna, Milan, Naples, Rome and Provincia d'Novara
  • Guide books
  • Passenger list, 1932
  • Souvenir menus, 1928-1932
  • Tickets to Italian museums, 1933-1934
4539
378-462
Music Catalogs, 1923-1939
4539
463-711
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1921-1933
  • Campioni Dello Sport
  • Vie D'Alexandre (in Latin)
  • La Revue de L'Epoque magazine, 1921
  • Les Cahiers De L'Artistes, 1931
  • The Argus, 1927
  • The California Artist, 1932
  • Catalog of the Chouinard School of Art, 1932-1933
4539
711-790
Clippings, 1908-1963
4540
1-821
Clippings, 1908-1963
4541
1-44
Clipping Fragments
4541
480-766
Clipping Fragments
4541
783-988
Book Catalogs, undated
4541
45-86
Blank Picture Postcards of European Views of Works of Art
4541
87-401
Calling Cards
(Calling cards from: S. Aprile; Ben Zimra; W. J. Bernard; Jean Binion; Denyse Bouquillon; Albert Brunswig; Marguerite Carson; Mr. and Mrs. J. Gamble Cavallier; Mme. Jean Chapman; Mary Lou Couperot; Louis Courvoisier; Guthrie Dahl; Anton De Bersaques; Rene De Brot; Helene De Masi; Alexander De Noreuil; Mme. Lanthiez De Polignac; Princesse Edmond DeVegh; Helen Dracopoli; John Fontenelle; R. Francesconi; Emilie Gray; Richard Lemoyne Gray; Russell Merle Harper; R. G. Kirk; Alexander Landowski; Paul Lund; Andrew Boardo Matthews; Amory Miklosy; Ade Norregaard; Mogens Kai Patel; Jean Plechaty; Ladislav Poland; Reginald Rigal; Rene Sarfatti; Margherita G Stark; M. G. Tooby; Harold R. M. Traversari; Ester Danesi Uglietti; Enrico V. Usslar)
4541
402-479
Notes
4541
767-782

Series 7: Photographs , 1908-1948
(Reel 4542)

Ths photographs found in this series are of Russell, his wife Suzanne, his friends, and his art work. Also included here is a 1917 photograph of Getrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
Description Container Select
Photos of Morgan Russell, 1908-1938
4542
1-24
Photos of Morgan Russell, 1908-1938
4542
83-93
Photos of Morgan Russell, 1908-1938
4542
168
Photos of Morgan Russell, 1908-1938
4542
174-175
Photos of Morgan Russell, 1908-1938
4542
205-207
Photos of Morgan Russell, 1908-1938
4542
293-294
Photo of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1917
4542
135
Photos of Wilma and Violet Brothers Shore, 1930
4542
129-134
Photos of Ruth Katz, one of Russell's Students
4542
155-162
Photo of Vivi, undated
4542
169-170
Photo of Walt Whitman, undated
4542
136
Photo of Ms. Gentille Lucette Monde, March 3, 1948
4542
163-166
Photos of Works of Art
4542
25-82
Photos of Works of Art
4542
94-128
Photos of Works of Art
4542
137-162
Photos of Works of Art
4542
167
Photos of Works of Art
4542
171-173
Photos of Works of Art
4542
176-204
Photos of Works of Art
4542
208-292
Photos of Works of Art
4542
295-318
Photos of Works of Art, Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, Paris, Autumn 1915
4542
291-292

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