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Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton, 1950-1978

Primoff, Morris W., 1899-1986



Collection Information

Size: 20 Items

Summary: Correspondence and printed material concerning Thomas Hart Benton.
Correspondence includes letters, 1950-1965, between Benton and Morris W. Primoff, of Primoff & Primoff, Counselors at Law. Letters concern the "Lewis family" gift of Benton's painting "Island Farm" to Morris W. Primoff; a Benton exhibition at the Gerst Gallery in New York; tax laws concnerning unsold works of art in artists' estates; a proposed book on Benton by Crown Publishers, Inc.; and Benton's expedition up the Missouri River following the trail of Lewis and Clark. Also included are a letter from Benton's wife Rita to Polly and Murray (Morris) Primoff thanking them for attending Benton's exhibition opening in New Britain, 1954; and a letter from Polly Burroughs concerning a book on Benton, 1978. Printed material includes the catalog "Thomas Hart Benton: A Giant in American Art", 1962, and newspaper clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Primoff: Attorney; New York, N.Y.; b. 1899; d. 1986; Benton: Painter, mural painter; New York, N.Y.; b. 1889; d. 1975.


Donated 2006 Barbara and L. Robert Primoff, daughter-in-law and son of Morris W. Primoff.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Primoff's outgoing letters are photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton, 1950-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.