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Paul Burlin papers, 1915-1974

Burlin, Paul, 1886-1969



Collection Information

Size: 6.2 Linear feet, (on 8 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, writings, sketches, sketchbooks, printed material, financial material, photographs and interviews.
REELS 1543-1547: Correspondence with Stuart Davis, Stanley and Elise Kunitz, Hans Hofmann, Sam Jaffe, and others; letters from many major 20th century artists about a 1948 forum at the Museum of Modern Art; writings by and about Burlin, including some by Leo Stein and Stanley Kunitz; sketchbooks and sketches; address books; notebooks with sketches, exhibition and auction catalogs; lists of paintings; clippings; and miscellaneous printed materials.
REEL 1603: Ca. 700 photographs, including: photos of Burlin's work; personal photographs and snapshots of Burlin; Burlin with his family, friends, and students; and Burlin in his studio.
REEL 3948: Biographical material; correspondence; a manuscript by Burlin, "Where Will Amateurism in Art Lead Us?", 1960; business records, including contracts and wills; a sketch of the floorplan of a house; clippings; and exhibition announcements.
REEL 2787: Four speeches by Burlin: "Woodstock Art Conference Speech," "Society in Modern Art," "Talk at Baton Rouge, March 14, 1947, and Lafayette, March 15, 1949," and "Culture as a Hobby" (September 21, 1954, Union College convocation address, Schenectady, N.Y.).
UNMICROFILMED: Reel to reel tapes of an undated radio interview of Burlin and Louis Pomerantz, an interview conducted by Karl Fortess, July 14, 1967, (duplicate cassette tape in Karl Fortess collection), and other interviews of Burlin, 1965 and 1966. Also unfilmed are slides of Burlin's work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Landscape, mural, and figure painter; New York, N.Y. Spent much time in the Southwest, particularly New Mexico.


Materials on reels 1543-1547 and 1603 and interviews donated 1974-1975 by Margaret T. Burlin, Burlin's widow. Materials on reels 2787 donated 1974 by Irving Sandler, Burlin's interviewer for AAA. Materials on reel 3948 donated 1984 by Syracuse University.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1543-1547, 1603, 2787, and 3948 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Microfilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of untranscribed tapes requires an appointment.

How to Cite This Collection

Paul Burlin papers, 1915-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.