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Rackstraw Downes research material concerning Fairfield Porter, 1962-2000, bulk circa 1970s

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series:

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Series 1: Research Material , 1962-2000
0.7 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series contains many photocopies of Porter's writings published as early as 1935. Photocopies of letters from Fairfield Porter are to various recipients including: John MacWhinnie, Robert Dash, David Shapiro, Ron Padgett, Edith Schloss, Frank O'Hara, and Howard Griffin. Downes's correspondence with Fairfield and Anne Porter are the original letters, as are those from Porter to Poppy and Lucien Day.
After the publication was completed, Downes continued to add material. He subsequently compiled the bibliography included in the exhibition catalog, Fairfield Porter: Realist Painter in an Age of Abstraction, published in 1982 by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Description Container Select
Printed Material - Essays by Fairfield Porter (1958-1961) , circa 1970s
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1
Printed Material - Articles about Fairfield Porter, 1970-2000
1
2-4
Printed Material - Essays and Reviews of Art by Fairfield Porter (1935-1974), circa 1970s
1
5-6
Printed Material - Exhibition Catalogs, 1969-1995
1
7
Printed Material - Reviews and Articles , 1969-1999
1
8
Theses and Manuscripts by Anne Devaney, 1999
1
9
Theses and Manuscripts by Ted Leigh, 1973-1977
1
10
Theses and Manuscripts by John T. Spike, 1990
1
11-12
Chronology and Partial Bibliography, 1970
1
13
Bibliography for Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1982
1
14
Excerpts from Fairfield Porter letters (1968-1975), circa 1970s
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15
Letters from Fairfield Porter to Howard Griffin (1977), circa 1970s
1
16
Letters from Fairfield Porter (1961-1975), circa 1970s
1
17
Letters from Fairfield Porter to Frank O'Hara (1955) , 1977
1
18
Letters from Anne Porter to Rackstraw Downes, 1976-1997
1
19
Letters from Fairfield Porter to Rackstraw Downes, 1966-1975
1
20
Letters from Fairfield Porter to Poppy and Lucien Day, 1962-1972
1
21
Letters from Rackstraw Downes to Fairfield Porter, 1966-1975
1
22
Research Notebook, circa 1970s
1
23

Series 2: Files on Fairfield Porter: Art In Its Own Terms, Selected Criticism 1935-1975 , 1973-1992
0.3 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series contains material related to the book's publication and includes permissions, correspondence, some financial records, and the manuscript.
Description Container Select
Introduction and Outline, 1973-1975
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24
Photographs for Publication, circa 1977
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25
Permissions- Original, 1978-1992
1
26
Miscellaneous Fairfield Porter Writings (circa 1940-1973), circa 1977
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27
Financial Reports, Expenses and Reviews, 1978
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28
Correspondence with Taplinger Publishing, 1978
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29
Manuscript, 1978
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30-33

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