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

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2.2: Art Records and Inventories , 1960-1992

Art inventory files and cards contain extensive details about Louis' artwork and often include photographs and transparencies, as well as written descriptions. The files contain documentation of the movement of artwork, whether showing in an exhibition, donated to a museum or gallery, or sold through auction or to a private collector. There are also notations about artwork donations made my Marcella Brenner before her death. Additionally, several estate inventories and lists of museums where pieces were located are filed here.
Inventory cards were maintained according to their original order. The cards sometimes include several numerical references, including original Morris Louis numbers (referred to as ML #), Santini numbers (of the Santini Brothers Warehouse), and "DU" numbers. It is not clear what "DU" stands for. Some cards have a color tab attached, while others have minimal description containing perhaps only a title and date. At the time of the Louis' death, numerous unidentified paintings were stored in rolls, and, thus, a numbering system was assigned posthumously. These numbers are most likely the DU numbers.
Inventory files are arranged in numerical order according to "DU" number, though notations within files may refer to additional filing numbers. Inventory files are connected to inventory notecards, though some files exist where notecards are absent. Some files contain photocopies of relevant inventory notecard, as well.
In both inventory cards and inventory files, systems were used over the course of 30 years, which accounts for varying numbers assigned, descriptions, and notations in multiple handwritings.
One inventory file is dedicated to researching the whereabouts of a missing painting identified as 5-71 "a large veil on a triple-fold stretcher."
Description Container Select
Inventory Notecards, 1960-1992
7
14-25
Inventory Notecards, 1987-1992
8
1-3
Inventory Files, Nos. [1]-[18], 1960-1992
8
4
Inventory Files, Nos. [19]-[35], 1960-1992
8
5
Inventory Files, Nos. [36]-[50], 1960-1992
8
6
Inventory Files, Nos. [51]-[65], 1960-1992
8
7
Inventory Files, Nos. [66]-[77], 1960-1992
8
8
Inventory Files, Nos. [78]-[92], 1960-1992
8
9
Inventory Files, Nos. [93]-[1-05], 1960-1992
8
10
Inventory Files, Nos. [1-06]-[1-16], 1960-1992
8
11
Inventory Files, Nos. [1-17]-[1-29], 1960-1992
8
12
Inventory Files, Nos. [1-30]-[1-43], 1960-1992
8
13
Inventory Files, Nos. [1-45]-[1-55], 1960-1992
8
14
Inventory Files, Nos. [1-56]-[1-72], 1960-1992
8
15
Inventory Files, Nos. [1-73]-[1-89], 1960-1992
8
16
Inventory Files, Nos. [1-90]-[2-06], 1960-1992
8
17
Inventory Files, Nos. [2-07]-[2-22], 1960-1992
9
1
Inventory Files, Nos. [2-23]-[2-35], 1960-1992
9
2
Inventory Files, Nos. [2-36]-[2-47], 1960-1992
9
3
Inventory Files, Nos. [2-48]-[2-58], 1960-1992
9
4
Inventory Files, Nos. [2-59]-[2-74], 1960-1992
9
5
Inventory Files, Nos. [2-76]-[2-86], 1960-1992
9
6
Inventory Files, Nos. [2-87]-[2-99], 1960-1992
9
7
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-00]-[3-12], 1960-1992
9
8
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-13]-[3-23], 1960-1992
9
9
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-24]-[3-36], 1960-1992
9
10
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-37]-[3-51], 1960-1992
9
11
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-52]-[3-66], 1960-1992
9
12
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-67]-[3-81], 1960-1992
9
13
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-82]-[3-92], 1960-1992
9
14
Inventory Files, Nos. [3-93]-[4-10], 1960-1992
9
15
Inventory Files, Nos. [4-11]-[4-28], 1960-1992
10
1
Inventory Files, Nos. [4-29]-[4-43], 1960-1992
10
2
Inventory Files, Nos. [4-44]-[4-56], 1960-1992
10
3
Inventory Files, Nos. [4-57]-[4-70], 1960-1992
10
4
Inventory Files, Nos. [4-71]-[4-90], 1960-1992
10
5
Inventory Files, Nos. [4-92]-[5-06], 1960-1992
10
6
Inventory Files, Nos. [5-07]-[5-26], 1960-1992
10
7
Inventory Files, Nos. [5-27]-[5-39], 1960-1992
10
8
Inventory Files, Nos. [5-40]-[5-69], 1960-1992
10
9
Inventory Files, Nos. [5-71] Missing Painting, 1960-1992
10
10
Inventory Files, Nos. [5-72]-[5-81], 1960-1992
10
11
Inventory Files, Titles Only, A-Z, 1960-1992
10
12
Estate Inventory Lists, 1985-1987
10
13
International Museums, Inventory List, circa 1986
10
14
National & International Museums, Visual Inventory, circa 1986
10
15
Estate Inventory of Morris Louis Drawings, 1988
10
16
Estate Inventory of Morris Louis Drawings, 1988
11
1-3

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