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Raymond Saroff papers, 1953-2009

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in 2 series:

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Series 1: Raymond Saroff papers concerning Claes Oldenburg , 1953-2009
0.5 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series documents Saroff's interest in Claes Oldenburg. Of note is Saroff's film Claes Oldenburg's Ray Gun Theater - 1962" . In 1962, ten "Happenings" conceived by Oldenburg known as "Ray Gun Theater" were presented in New York City at a store on East Second Street. Each evening-long event was filmed by Saroff, who then edited the film to approximately two hours before releasing it commercially. Correspondence concerns gifts and loans from Saroff's art collection. Financial records consist of sales receipts including one for his purchase of Leg. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, clippings, and miscellaneous items. Photographs and a transparency are of Oldenburg's work in several media.
Description Container Select
Letters, 1969-2009
1
1
Financial Records - Sales Receipts (A-Z by Gallery), 1953-1985
1
2
Claes Oldenburg's "Ray Gun Theater - 1962" by Raymond Saroff (1962), 1995
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
3
Printed Material
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1960-1995
1
4-7
Clippings, 1960-1995
1
8
Press Kit, 1995
1
9
Miscellaneous Items, 1964-1995
1
10
Photographs of Artwork by Oldenburg, 1960s-1970s
includes 1 color transparency
1
11

Series 2: Addition to the Raymond Saroff papers , 1960-2009
0.7 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence pertains to sales and loans from Saroff's Oldenburg art collection as well as from the folk art collection developed and owned by Saroff and Howard Rose. Among the writings are Rose's published and unpublished manuscripts on American folk art. Financial records include a collection inventory with provenance, attribution, and price information. Also found are receipts from galleries and auction houses documenting loans and sales. Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs. Photographs are of artwork.
Description Container Select
Correspondence about Claes Oldenburg Collection, 1983-1985, 1962
1
12
Correspondence about Sales and Loans, 1989-1995, 1962
1
13
Writings by Howard Rose on American Folk Art, 1982-1990
1
14
Inventories of the Saroff and Rose Folk Art Collection, 1983-1995
1
15
Financial Records - Receipts for Sales, Deliveries, Consignments, 1984-1995
1
16
Printed Material
Clippings, 1988-1992
1
17
Announcements, Invitations and Press Releases, 1963-1999
1
18
Exhibition Catalogs, 1965-1995
1
19
Film Catalogs, 1963-1988
1
20
Film Catalogs, 1963-1988
2
1
Periodical, 1967, 1967
2
2
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1960-2000
includes slides and color transparencies
2
3

Make a Request

  • 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.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.