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Nell Blaine papers, 1942-1985

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1959-1980
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 5

Found are awards, resumes, artwork by Blaine, and subject files kept by Blaine on her friends. Subject files include printed material, Blaine's notes, and photographs.
Description Container Select
Awards, 1973
1
1
Biographical Sketches and Resumes, 1971-1980
1
2
Family Histories and Genealogy , circa 1970s
1
3
Lithograph, Metal Plate, and Cartoons for a Book by Ruth Anderson, 1961-1979
5
Sketches and Designs for Catalogs, circa 1960s-1970s
1
4
Subject File--on Midi Garth, 1959-1961
1
5
Subject File--on Beatrice Gazzolo, circa 1960s
1
6
Subject File--on Carolyn Harris, 1960s-1970s
1
7
Subject File--on Yaddo Estate, 1970s
1
8

Series 2: Correspondence , 1944-1985
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence is with artists, collectors, critics, family, friends, dealers, journalists, institutions, writers, and others. Notable correspondents include Kit Barker, Arthur Cohen, Irene Fisdell, Peggy Guggenheim, Midi Garth, Beatrice Gazzolo, Carolyn Harris, Galway Kinnell, Larry Rivers, John Von Wicht, Olga von Flotow, and others. Also found are illustrated letters by Lilian Kiesler, Richard leBland, and Nina Talbot.
This series maintains Nell Blaine's original arrangement.
Researchers should note that many of the letters are photocopies.
Description Container Select
Artists and Writers, 1944-1985
1
9-13
Art Institutions, 1963-1985
1
14
Collectors, 1959-1985
1
15-16
Critics and Journalists, 1961-1984
1
17
Family, 1967-1985
1
18
Friends, circa 1940s-1985
1
19-22
Galleries and Dealers, 1955-1984
1
23
General, 1945-1985
1
24-27
General, 1945-1985
2
1-2
Greeting and Holiday Cards, 1980s
2
3
Illustrated Letters, 1981-1983
2
4
Outgoing Letters, from Nell Blaine, 1967-1984
2
5

Series 3: Writings and Notes , 1960s-1980s
4 Folders
Box 2

Scattered notes and writings on art by Nell Blaine are found here. Writings by others include short biographical articles about Blaine.
Description Container Select
Writings by Nell Blaine, 1977
2
6
Lists and Notes, 1972-1980s
2
7-8
Writings by Others, on Nell Blaine, 1960s-1970s
2
9

Series 4: Personal Business Records , 1949-1983
0.5 Linear feet
Box 2

Found are scattered business records including a gallery file and a sales receipt. Proposals for books to include illustrations by Blaine are by Daisy Alden and Robert Wilson.
Files originating from the estate of Howard Griffin include research material on Joseph Cornell by Griffin; letters to Griffin from W. H. Auden, Kit Barker, Jean Garrigue, Clarence John Laughlin, Marianne Moore, Frank O'Hara, Mark Tobey, Clifford Wright (over 100), and others; and etchings by Alvin Ross.
Many of the letters in the Howard Griffin Estate files are photocopies.
Description Container Select
Gallery File--Jane Street Gallery, 1983
2
10
Howard Griffin Estate, 1949-1975
2
11-16
Proposals--Book Illustrations, 1960s-1980
2
17-18
Sales Receipt, 1950s-1970s
2
19

Series 5: Printed Material , 1940s-1980s
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OV 5

Printed material includes a book by Jean Garrigue with a Blaine illustration, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and reproductions of works of art.
Description Container Select
Book--Love's Aspects by Jean Garrigue, 1975
2
20
Clippings, 1950s-1980s
2
21-22
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940s-1980s
2
23-27
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940s-1980s
3
1-2
Reproductions of Works of Art, 1950s-1980s
3
3-4
Reproductions of Works of Art, 1970s
5

Series 6: Photographs , 1942-1980s
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

Found here are portraits and snapshots of Nell Blaine, Blaine with her art, and Blaine's homes, studios, and gardens. Photos of Blaine with friends include individuals such as E. Astor, Patricia H. Cooper, Dilys Evans, Olga von Flotow, Jane Freilicher, Margaret Harmsworth, Carolyn Harris, Mr.and Mrs. Henry Jason, Denise Levertov, Larry Rivers, Constance Smith, Jane Watrous, and Gayle Young. Photographs of works of art may include annotations by Blaine such as titles, sales, dimensions, and buyers.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Nell Blaine, 1942-1980s
3
5
Photographs of Nell Blaine and Friends at Events, 1950s-1970s
3
6-7
Photographs of Howard Griffin, 1950s
3
8
Photographs of Homes and Gardens, 1960s-1980s
3
9
Photographs of Studio, 1950s-1980s
3
10
Photographs of Works of Art, 1940s-1980s
3
11-12
Photographs of Works of Art, 1940s-1980s
4
1-3

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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