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Morris Louis and Morris Louis Estate papers, circa 1910s-2007, bulk 1965-2000

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Series 1: Morris Louis Papers , circa 1910s-1998, bulk 1950-1962
2.9 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Within the Morris Louis papers (circa 3 linear feet) are scattered biographical materials, including chronologies and resumes, for Morris Louis and Marcella Brenner. Correspondence is with family friends, artists, and galleries, the bulk of which consists of photocopies. Of note are letters from Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Leonard Bocour, Kenneth Noland, and Anne Truitt. Among the correspondence are condolence cards and guest book pages of a Louis exhibition at Andre Emmerich Gallery in 1961 with notable signatures. Business records include lists of artwork, receipts for art supplies, and scattered tax records.
Six notebooks belonging to Morris Louis contain notes about house measurements, student attendance and payments, studio rental payments, addresses, travel expenses, and a short list of paintings with dimensions and numbers assigned by Louis. One notebook of Marcella Brenner's contains notes about expenses, addresses, and miscellany. Printed materials include exhibition catalogs and announcements, brochures, and clippings. There is one canvas sample and one embossing stamp. Photographs are of Morris Louis, Marcella Brenner, and the Bernstein family.
This series is arranged as 7 subseries.
  • 1.1 Biographical Material, 1964-1966
  • 1.2 Correspondence, 1941-1998
  • 1.3 Business Records, 1948-1963
  • 1.4 Notebooks, circa 1947-1962
  • 1.5 Printed Material, 1937-1962
  • 1.6 Artifacts, circa 1950s
  • 1.7 Photographs, 1910s-1962
1.1: Biographical Material, 1964-1966
Biographical materials include chronology drafts, resumes, a "'dialogue' with Dr. Ira Lewis" written by Louis, a handwritten recipe card, and a resume and biographical notes for Marcella Brenner.
Description Container
Morris Louis Dialogue with Dr. Ira Lewis, undated
1
1
Morris Louis Recipe Card, undated
1
2
Biographical Accounts About Morris Louis, 1964-1966
1
3
Biographical Materials for Marcella Brenner, 1964
1
4
1.2: Correspondence, 1941-1998, bulk 1957-1970
Correspondence consists of letters to and from family, artists, and galleries. Many of the letters prior to 1962 are photocopies and thermofax copies of originals not included in the collection. Correspondence after 1962 is with galleries and artists (and others) primarily concerning artwork and exhibitions.
Of note are letters from art critic Clement Greenberg and artists Helen Frankenthaler, Anne Truitt, Kenneth Noland, and others. Also included in correspondence are the guest book pages from a Morris Louis show at the Andre Emmerich Gallery in October 1961, with signatures of Clement Greenberg, Leonard Bocour, David Smith, Frank Stella, Paul Jenkins, Kenneth Noland, Philip Pearlstein, Alfred Leslie, Michael Fried, and others.
Description Container
Bernstein Family, 1941-1980
1
5
General Correspondence, 1941-1998
1
6-26
Condolence Cards to Marcella Brenner, 1962
1
27
1.3: Personal Business Records, 1948-1963
Personal business records consist of lists of artwork, receipts for household and art supplies, and scattered banking and tax records.
Description Container
Lists of Art Works, 1960-1962
1
28
Receipts, Automobile, 1957-1963
1
29-31
Receipts, Bocour Paint, 1957-1962
1
32-37
Receipts, Chevy Chase Paint and Hardware Co., 1955-1962
1
38-43
Receipts, Dyer Brothers, Inc., 1951-1952
1
44
Receipts, Educational Institutions, 1953-1958
1
45
Receipts, Fezande and Sperrle, Inc., 1951-1960
1
46
Receipts, George F. Muth Co., circa 1951
1
47
Receipts, Headstone Purchase, 1963
1
48
Receipts, Health Care, 1955-1962
1
49
Receipts, Household Expenses, 1952-1962
1
50-64
Receipts, James McCutcheon & Co., circa 1952-circa 1953
1
65
Receipts, John Boyle & Co., Inc., 1953-1962
1
66-72
Receipts, John Boyle & Co., Inc., 1953-1962
2
1-2
Receipts, McIntire Hardware, circa 1954
2
3
Receipts, Miscellaneous, 1951-1960
2
4-5
Receipts, Rohm & Haas Company, 1955-1961
2
6-14
Receipts, Safeway, circa 1950s
2
15
Receipts, Shipment of Artwork, 1951-1960
2
16
Receipts, Stockett-Fiske Co., 1951
2
17
Receipts, Studio Rent, 1956-1958
2
18
Receipts, Travel Expenses, 1951-1962
2
19
Receipts, Wick Byron-Brown, Inc., 1951-1952
2
20
Banking Records, 1952-1962
2
21-51
Income Tax Records, 1951-1962
2
52-55
Personal Property Tax Returns, 1952-1954
2
56
Federal Tax Returns, Morris & Marcella, 1948-1961
2
57
1.4: Notebooks, circa 1947-1962
There are six notebooks by Morris Louis and one belonging to Marcella Brenner. Notebook #1 contains various room measurements within an unnamed house with references to fixture costs. Notebooks #2-4 are daybooks containing records of payments and attendance of art students, studio rental payments, and some student addresses and phone numbers. Notebook #5 contains addresses as well as a short list of paintings with dimensions and numbers assigned by Louis. Notebook #6 includes New York travel expense lists and New York important addresses. Notebook #7 contains Marcella Brenner's notes about an education conference expenses and other miscellaneous notes and addresses.
Description Container
Notebook 1, circa 1947-circa 1962
3
1
Notebook 2, 1956
3
2
Notebook 3, 1957
3
3
Notebook 4, 1957-1958
3
4
Notebook 5 and Address Book, 1959-1962
3
5
Notebook 6, 1961
3
6
Notebook 7 (Marcella Brenner), 1961-1962
3
7
1.5: Printed Material, 1937-1962
Printed material includes brochures, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and exhibition events and announcements.
Description Container
Brochures, 1950-1960
3
8
Clippings, 1950-1963
3
9-17
Exhibition Catalogs, 1948-1952
3
18
Exhibition Catalogs: "Morris Louis, April 1959", 1959
3
19
Exhibition Catalogs, 1960-1961
3
20
Exhibition Catalogs: Galerie Lawrence, 1962
3
21
Exhibition Catalogs: "Art Since 1950", 1962
3
22
Exhibition Events & Announcements, 1937-1961
3
23-26
1.6: Artifacts, circa 1950s
Artifacts include a canvas sample inscribed with "No. 26 Dawn," and an embossing stamp "for drawings" of Morris Louis.
Description Container
Canvas Sample, circa 1950s
3
27
Embossing Stamp, circa 1950s
3
28
1.7: Photographs, 1910s-1962
Photographs include those of the Bernstein family, of Morris Louis, and of Morris Louis with Marcella Brenner. There are also metal printing plates of 4 Morris Louis photographs and copy prints, reproductions, and duplicates.
Description Container
Bernstein Family Photographs, 1910s-1951
3
29
Morris Louis Photographs, 1942-1960
3
30-32
Morris Louis Photographs, Negatives, circa 1950s
3
33
Metal Plates of Morris Louis Photograph, circa 1956
3
34-35
Morris Louis & Marcella Brenner Photographs, 1947-1962
3
36
Morris Louis Photographs, Reproductions, circa 1943-1960
3
37

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