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Peppino Mangravite papers, 1918-1982

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1918-1977, undated
(Boxes 1-2; 1.75 linear ft.; Reels 5878-5880)

Chronological correspondence documents Mangravite's career as a painter and educator and is with employers, dealers, museums, galleries, collectors, clients, arts and educational organizations, publishers, and other artists. The majority of the letters are written in English, but some are composed in French and Italian as well. Although primarily business correspondence, there is also a significant amount of personal correspondence with friends, colleagues, and former students. The letters often cover both business and personal topics, as Mangravite seemed to form close relationships with many of the people at the galleries and schools with which he was associated. Correspondence dated from 1918 to the 1950s is comprised mostly of incoming letters. Starting in the 1950s, the correspondence includes more outgoing correspondence, usually in the forms of onion skin copies and handwritten drafts. Correspondence is arranged chronologically, except two folders of undated letters, which are arranged alphabetically by last name of writer. A list of major correspondents follows.
A large amount of correspondence is between Mangravite and his dealers, the Dudensing Gallery and the Rehn Galleries, and discusses financial agreements, sales, and accounts. There is also correspondence with other galleries and museums where his paintings were exhibited. Mangravite's mural commissions are also discussed in the correspondence. Also found are invitations to participate in exhibitions, notifications of prize awards and artwork sales, invitations to be on juries for art competitions, or miscellaneous requests from fellow artists, fans, collectors, and clients. Significant events documented here include Mangravite's two Guggenheim Fellowships and his trip to Europe in 1955 to interview famous artists.
Mangravite's long teaching career is also documented in this series. Correspondence is found with Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Avon School, Fieldston School of the Ethical Culture Schools, Potomac School, Dana Hall School, and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. Additionally, Mangravite was also a sought-after speaker and his correspondence includes many lecture invitations and requests as well as arrangements for accepted speaking engagements.
Other topics covered in the correspondence concern Mangravite's published or proposed writings, particularly articles and books reviews, most notably for the Saturday Review of Literature and American Magazine of Art. Also, there is some correspondence with publishers regarding book project ideas and manuscripts. Mangravite's membership activities in a variety of artists' organizations, such as the College Art Association, the American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers; the American Artists' Congress, and the American Federation of Arts are well-represented in the correspondence. Of particular interest is Mangravite's response to an artists' rental policy debate during the 1930s, concerning the payment of rental fees for artworks exhibited in shows and galleries.
Major Correspondents
  • American Artists Congress
  • American Federation of Arts
  • American Society of Painters
  • Arms, John Taylor
  • Avon School
  • Barr, Alfred
  • Barzun, Jacques (Columbia University)
  • Bear, Donald J.
  • Benson, Emanuel
  • Biddle, George
  • Burchfield, Charles
  • Canaday, John
  • Canby, Courtlandt
  • Chagall, Marc
  • Clancy, John (Rehn Galleries)
  • Cole, Sylvan Jr. (Associated American Artists)
  • College Art Association
  • Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
  • Columbia University
  • d'Harnoncourt, Rene
  • Dana Hall School
  • Davis, Stuart
  • Dudensing, Richard
  • Fieldston School of the Ethical Culture Schools
  • Force, Juliana
  • Gonzales, Xavier
  • Harper & Brothers Publishers
  • Knight, Frederick
  • Larom, Henry V.
  • Lockwood, Ward
  • Magafan, Ethel and Jenne and Edward Chavez
  • Maldarelli, Oronzio
  • Manso, Leo
  • Manzella, David
  • Moe, Henry Allen
  • Mumford, Lewis
  • Pearson, Ralph M. (Design Workshop)
  • Philips, Duncan
  • Picken, George
  • Poor, Henry V.
  • Potomac School
  • Preston, Carol (Potomac School)
  • Rehn, Frank K. M.
  • Rice, Norman (Art Institute of Chicago)
  • Rich, Daniel Catton (Art Institute of Chicago)
  • Robinson, Boardman (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center)
  • Roosevelt, Willard
  • Root, Edward W.
  • Saint-Gaudens, Homer
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Sculptors and Gravers
  • Simonson, Lee
  • Speicher, Gene
  • Sweet, Frederick A. (Portland Art Museum)
  • Talbot, William
  • Thayer, H. Standish
  • Vander Sluis, George
  • Watson, Forbes
  • Watkins, Franklin C.
  • Weston, Harold
  • Wilder, Mitchell A. (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center)
  • Wyatt, Stanley
Correspondence is on reels 5878-5880.
Description Container Select
Chronological Correspondence, 1918-1951
1
1-29
Chronological and Undated Correspondence, 1952-1977, undated
2
1-24

Series 2: Subject Files , 1940-1960, undated
(Box 2; 0.25 linear ft.; Reels 5880-5881)

Subject files, arranged alphabetically, represent committees, organizations, and conferences in which Mangravite participated as a committee member or speaker. They contain printed matter, minutes, and notes. The file for the American Art Research Council contains painting registration forms completed by Mangravite. The file of printed matter concerning art courses in France and Italy probably was assembled for his daughter, Denise, who studied in Rome during the summer of 1955. Of particular interest is the file titled "Committee for the Study of the Practice of Art Courses, sponsored by College Art Association," which investigated how art was being taught and reported on its findings. Because the members of the committee - George Biddle, Jean Charlot, Bartlett H. Hayes, J. Ward Lockwood, Peppino Mangravite (chairman), Daniel Catton Rich, Boardman Robinson, Edward W. Root, and Franklin C. Watkins - were unable to gather as a body, the work of the committee, including preparation and editing of its final report, was conducted by correspondence.
Subject files are on reels 5880-5881.
Description Container Select
American Academy in Rome, 1947-1948
2
25
American Art Research Council, 1943
2
26
American Federation of Arts, 1940-1942
2
27
Art Courses in France and Italy, 1955, undated
2
28
Art In Education Conference, Columbia University, 1952
2
29
Columbia University Bicentennial Celebration, Conference on the Arts, 1954
2
30
Committee for Distributing Robert D. Kaufmann's Paintings, 1959-1960
2
31
Committee for the Study of the Practice of Art Courses, sponsored by College Art Association, 1943-1944, undated
2
32-33

Series 3: Interviews with Artists , 1955, 1972
(Boxes 3, 8; 0.65 linear ft.; Reel 5881)

During the summer of 1955, sponsored by Columbia University, and with the assistance of the United States Information Agency, Mangravite traveled to England, France, and Italy, where he met with artists and scholars, and art department heads of several European universities to discuss Columbia University's plans for a new Art Center. He interviewed Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Giorgio De Chirico, Marino Marini, Henry Moore, Giorgio Morandi, Georges Rouault, and Graham Sutherland. Original audio recordings (7" reel to reel audio tapes) of all interviews except Giorgio Morandi are found here, along with excerpts of Mangravite's conversations with Braque, Chagall, De Chirico, Marini, and Morandi copied for radio broadcast (three 33-1/3 rpm lp recordings). Transcripts of all interviews are included, though there is no English translation of Rouault's interview. Each artist was also photographed with Mangravite on the day of his interview, except for Henry Moore who is represented by a single photograph taken circa 1955. The photographs are filed in this series.
In 1972, Mangravite recorded an interview with Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, and the two artists were photographed together on that occasion. No transcript of the recording is among the Mangravite papers.
Photographs of other artists are filed with Series 7: Photographs, and a manuscript "Language of the Hand and Eye: Artists on Art, Life, and Education," by Mangravite, based on his interviews with European artists, can be found with Series 4: Writings, Notes, and Lectures.
Interviews with artists are on reel 5881.
Description Container Select
"Columbia University's Proposal to Mr. Theodore Streibert, Director of the United States Information Agency, on Professor Peppino Mangravite's Mission Abroad,", 1955
3
1
Notes, 1955
3
2
"Professor Peppino Mangravite Reports to Dr. Grayson Kirk, President of Columbia University, on his interviews with artists and scholars in England, France and Italy, May, June, July and August, 1955,", 1955
3
3
Transcripts
"Conversation with Georges Braque" (in French, with English translation and notes), June 19, 1955
3
4
"Conversation with Marc Chagall" (in French, with English translation and edited copy), June 26, 1955
3
5
"Conversation with Giorgio De Chirico" (in Italian, with English translation), July 9, 1955
3
6
"Conversation with Marino Marini" (English translation), July 12, 1955
3
7
"Conversation with Henry Moore" (with list of questions), June 7, 1955
3
8
"Conversation with Giorgio Morandi" (in Italian, with English translation), July 13, 1955
3
9
"Conversation with Georges Rouault" (in French, with list of questions), June 14, 1955
3
10
"Conversation with Graham Sutherland,", June 6, 1955
3
11
Sound Recordings
Braque, Georges, June 19, 1955
1 sound tape reel
1 sound discs (lacquer)
(see: Box 8)
3
12
Chagall, Marc, June 26, 1955
1 sound tape reel
3
13
De Chirico, Giorgio, July 9, 1955
1 sound tape reel
3
14
Marini, Marino, July 12, 1955
1 sound tape reel
3
15
Moore, Henry, June 7, 1955
1 sound tape reel
3
16
Rouault, Georges, June 14, 1955
1 sound tape reel
1 sound discs (lacquer)
(see: Box 8)
3
17
Sutherland, Graham, June 6, 1955
1 sound tape reel
3
18
"Rufino Tamayo and Peppino Mangravite, Conversation in Tamayo's Studio, Mexico City,", Febraury 24, 1972
1 sound tape reel
3
19
DeChirico, Giorgio; Morandi, Giorgio; and Marini, Marino, 1955
1 sound discs (lacquer)
(see: box 8)
3
20
Photographs
Braque, Georges, June 19, 1955
3
21
Braque, Georges, June 19, 1955
(duplicates)
3
22
Braque, Georges and Mangravite, June 19, 1955
3
23
Braque, Georges and Mangravite, June 19, 1955
(duplicates)
3
24
Braque, Georges, Mangravite, and Darthea Speyer, June 19, 1955
3
25
Braque, Georges, Mangravite, and Darthea Speyer, June 19, 1955
(duplicates)
3
26
Chagall, Marc, June 26, 1955
3
27
Chagall, Marc and Mangravite, June 26, 1955
3
28
DeChirico, Giorgio and Mangravite, July 9, 1955
3
29
Marini, Marino and Mangravite, July 12, 1955
3
30
Moore, Henry, 1955
3
31
Morandi, Giorgio, July 13, 1955
3
32
Morandi, Giogrio and Mangravite, July 13, 1955
3
33
Rouault, Georges and Mangravite, June 14, 1955
3
34
Sutherland, Graham and Mangravite, June 6, 1955
3
35
Tamayo, Rufino and Mangravite, February 24, 1972
3
36
3 Sound Discs from Box 3
8
1

Series 4: Writings, Notes, and Lectures , 1928-1962, undated
(Box 3; 0.35 linear ft.; Reel 5881)

Writings, notes, and lectures are on reel 5881.
Description Container Select
Articles and Papers By Mangravite
"Dante Through Three Artists' Eyes,", circa 1965
(research notes)
3
37
"The Idea and the Problem,", undated
3
38
"Language of the Hand and Eye: Artists on Art, Life, and Education,", undated
3
39-40
"Mind and Sense Question,", undated
3
41
"Relation of Creative Design to an Education in the Humanities," published in College Art Journal, Spring 1952
(French translation)
3
42
Miscellaneous Writings By Mangravite
Book Reviews, undated
3
43
Unidentified Fragments, undated
3
44
Lesson Plan, undated
3
45
Notes and Lists, undated
3
46
"Objectives in Teaching Art in the Fieldston School,", 1935
3
47
Plan to Help the War Effort, Museums, American Art and Artists, circa 1942-1945
3
48
Report on Art School of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, circa 1938
3
49
Talks/Lectures By Mangravite
"The American Painter and His Environment,", undated
3
50
"The Artist's Point of View on Art Education," Private School Association of Boston, 1936
3
51
"Directions and Misdirections in American Art,", undated
(lecture notes)
3
52
"From the Painter's Point of View," Mangravite's contribution to "Freedom of Expression for Artists," a panel discussion sponsored by American Federation of Arts, 1947
3
53
"The Future of Painting," on ABC Television's "Horizons" (transcript, schedule, publicity), 1951
3
54
Lecture Notes, circa 1948-1950, undated
(2 untitled lectures)
3
55
Talk at the Potomac School, undated
3
56
Writings By Others
"Claude Monet's Painting of a Branch of the Seine near Giverny in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," by Myron David Brenner, 1962
(student paper)
3
57
"Drawing," by Rico Lebrun, undated
3
58
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
3
59
Poems by J.B.L. Godwin, Ann S. V. Mann, and W. A. Weiss, 1928-1955
3
60
Review of Mangravite Exhibition at Chappell House by Donald J. Bear, undated
3
61

Series 5: Miscellaneous Records , 1926-1974, undated
(Boxes 4, 8, FC 9; 10 folders; Reel 5881)

Miscellaneous records consist of art work, scattered biographical information and financial records, and two sound recordings. Art work consists of a small number of sketches by Mangravite and greeting cards with original prints by John [illegible], Clare Romano and John Ross, and an ink drawing by M.S. Additional sound recordings are found in Series 3: Interviews with Artists.
Miscellaneous records are on reel 5881.
Description Container Select
Art Work
Sketches by Mangravite, 1942-1950s, undated
4
1
Greeting Cards with Original Art Work, 1953, undated
4
2
Biographical Information, 1926-1974, undated
4
3
Financial Records
Gallery Statements and Accounts (Dudensing and Rehn), 1928-1972, undated
4
4
Receipts for Art Deliveries, 1938-1965
4
5
Receipts for Payments to Mangravite, 1935-1951, undated
4
6
Receipts, Miscellaneous, 1932-1974, undated
4
7
Fine Arts Insurance Policy; Fine Arts Schedule, 1965-1968, undated
4
8
Lease for Office at 2 East 23rd Street, New York City, Dec. 15, 1938-Jan. 31, 1939
4
9
Audio/Visual Records
"Education in Art," WNYC radio broadcast of Peppino Mangravite and George Picken, 1953 October 11
1 sound discs (lacquer)
8
1
"At the Art Studio of the Potomac School, P. Mangravite", 1954
1 film reel
color, silent
16 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 9
8
2
1 Motion Picture Film Reel from Box 8
FC 9

Series 6: Printed Matter , 1918-1982, and undated
(Box 4-6; 2.65 linear ft.; Reels 5881-5882)

Printed matter is on reels 5881-5882.
Description Container Select
Articles About/Mentioning Mangravite, 1932-1974, undated
4
10
Articles By Mangravite, 1926-1965
4
11-12
Articles on Miscellaneous Art-Related Topics, 1940-1978, undated
4
13
Exhibition Announcements, 1928-1975, undated
4
14-15
Exhibition Catalogs for Mangravite Exhibitions, 1921-1939
4
16-29
Exhibition Catalogs for Mangravite Exhibitions, 1940-1982, undated
5
1-23
Exhibition Catalogs for Mangravite on Jury, 1941-1964, undated
5
24
Exhibition Catalogs for Other Artists' Exhibitions, 1952-1977, undated
6
1-2
Announcements of Mangravite Lectures, Conference Participation, etc., 1936-1969, undated
6
3
Printed Materials for Events and Organizations Sponsored/Endorsed by Mangravite, 1933-1948, undated
6
4
Miscellaneous Items, Art-Related, 1935-1959, undated
6
5
Miscellaneous Items, Not Art-Related, 1933-1967, undated
6
6
Miscellaneous Items Mentioning Mangravite, 1923-1953, undated
6
7
Prospectuses for Exhibitions Juried by Mangravite, 1953
6
8
Prospectuses for Miscellaneous Exhibitions, 1939-1968
6
9
School Catalogs and Brochures for Courses Taught by Mangravite, 1919-1969, undated
6
10

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1926-circa 1970, and undated
(Boxes 7-8; 0.6 linear ft.; Reel 5882)

Photographs are on reel 5882.
Description Container Select
Mangravite, circa 1970s
7
1
Mangravite with Neapolitan Newspaper Critics, 1945
7
2
Mangravite with Other Artists, circa 1936-1950s, undated
7
3
Mangravite with Others (unidentified), undated
7
4
Mangravite with Students, circa 1926-1942
7
5
Other Artists (Alfo Basaldella and Robert Laurent), 1955
7
6
Mr. and Mrs. Laurance Roberts [of the American Academy in Rome], 1955
7
7
Students, circa 1926
7
8
Murals By Mangravite
Club in Colorado Springs, circa 1937-1938
7
9
Columbia University Men's Faculty Club (with key to figures and symbols), undated
7
10
Governor's Mansion, Virgin Islands, undated
7
11