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Reuben Kadish papers, 1851-1995, bulk 1913-1995

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into ten series, based on type of material. Although acquired as a gift before the rest of the collection was loaned to the Archives of American Art in 1998, eight photographs are described in Series 9: Photographs, with those included in the 1998 loan.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1938-1992
3 Folders
Box 1

This series includes nineteen résumés, and various identification documents such as a copy of Kadish's birth certificate, a driver's license, a social security card, a war correspondent special pass, and a passport.
Biographical materials are on reel 5655.
Description Container Select
Résumés, 1978-1990
1
1-2
Personal papers, 1938-1992
1
3

Series 2: Letters , 1934-1995, undated
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Letters found here are from friends and colleagues including Herman Cherry, Philip Guston, Hilaire Hiler, Jules Langsner, Urban Neininger, Charles Pollock, and Jackson Pollock. One letter from the Leonard Stark family contains a small photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe. Some of the folders contain letters from a single correspondent, and some contain a range of correspondents, all of whom are not listed in the folder title.
The letters are arranged alphabetically by name of sender.
Letters are on reels 5655-5657.
Description Container Select
Unidentified correspondents, 1936-1990, undated
1
4
Correspondents identified by first name only, 1962-1995, undated
1
5-9
Advanced Design, 1989
1
10
Agee, Jon and Carol, 1982-1991, undated
1
11
Albert, Calvin - Archaeometry
1
12
Archives of American Art, 1976-1991
1
13
Archives of the New York School - Artists for CORE
1
14
Artists for SEDF (Scholarship, Education and Defense Fund for Racial Equality, Inc.), 1967-1968
1
15
Arts Commission of San Francisco, 1988
1
16
Aruz, Joanna, 1972-1986
1
17
Ashford, undated
1
18
Ashton, Dore and Matti, undated
1
19
Atasoy, Sumer, 1970-1972, undated
1
20
Auerbach - Axe, Martin
1
21
B., F. - Barnes Foundation
1
22
Barnett: David Barnett Gallery, 1971-1973
1
23
Barnoya, Miguel Benedict - Beeblitz, Patricia
1
24
Benson, Elaine M. (Benson Gallery) - Biddle, George
1
25
Bigman, Stephanie - Bohen, Barbara
1
26
Borgenicht: Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Inc., 1977-1993
1
27
Bourne, Robert B., 1989-1992
1
28
Braczyk, Robert - Braunstein, V.
1
29
Briggs, Eta and A., 1962-1969, undated
1
30
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Buto, Gian
1
31
Cadwalader, Stephen, 1984-1991
1
32
Canizaro, James T. - CDS Gallery
1
33
Cherry, Herman (see also Series 3: Writings), 1958-1992
1
34-38
Chui, Kam Wah - Click, Ashley
1
39
Cohn, Susanne, 1986-1991
1
40
Committee of Artists for Greek Relief - Contreras, Belisario
1
41
Cooper Union, 1962-1991
1
42
Copley, Al L. - Crawford
1
43
Davis, Bruce - Dehner, Dorothy
1
44
Democratic National Committee - Duback, Charles
1
45
Dugmore, Edward and Eadie, 1959-1992, undated
1
46
Einstein: G. W. Einstein Co., Inc., 1991-1992
1
47
Elston Fine Arts - Engelman, Martin
1
48
Erim, Kenan, 1964-1971
1
49
Fanshel, Florence - Frumkin: Allan Frumkin Gallery, Inc.
1
50
Galerie de Seine - Gerard, C. H. Coster
1
51
German, Mrs. Ulker, 1970-1972
1
52
Gerstenblith, Patty, 1972-1973
1
53
Goerits, Mathias - Graham Gallery, Ltd.
1
54
Graham, Lanier (Australian National Gallery), 1984-1990
1
55
Greenfield-Sanders, Timothy - Greyhound Travel Services, Inc.
1
56
Guggenheim Gallery, 1986-1987
1
57
Guston, Philip, 1936-1976, undated
1
58-60
Hackman, William - Harris, George
1
61
Hauptmann, H. (Freie Universitat Berlin) - Hesse, Brian
1
62
Hiler, Hilaire, 1941-1965
1
63
Hios, Theo - Hurlburt, Larry
1
64
Independent Curators, Inc., 1988-[1990]
1
65
Irwin, Lani, and Alan Feltus, 1974-1986
1
66
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, 1988-1990
1
67
Jackman - Johnson, Daniel LaRue
1
68
Johnson: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1987
1
69
Johnson, Una E. - Jorgensen, Henry and Elizabeth
1
70
Kadish, Barbara, 1963-1974, undated
1
71
Kadish, Dan, 1964-1973
1
72
Kadish, David, 1990
1
73
Kadish, Frank and Lorain, 1983-1991
2
1
Kadish, Jonathan - Kadish, Julian
2
2
Kadish, Kennan, 1970-1990
2
3
Kadish, Morris [Moishe] and Ruth (see also Kadish, Reuben), 1973-1998
2
4-6
Kadish, Philip, 1990, undated
2
7
Kadish, Reuben, 1967-1992, undated
2
8-16
Kaufman, B. John - Kettenbach, Friedel
2
17
Klayman, Toby Judith - Kroeplin, Jim
2
18
Kupferman, Lawrence, 1943-1944
2
19
L., Howard - Landmark Gallery, Inc.
2
20
Langsner, Jules, 1937-1963, undated
2
21-24
Lebt?, Bill, 1967
2
25
Lee, Jenny (see also Kadish, Reuben), 1985-1992, undated
2
26-32
Leggist?, Gihuan - Lesher, Derek
2
33
Levine, Marsha, 1973-1986, undated
(12 letters)
2
34
Life magazine - Lukela?, Bob
2
35
Lynch, Bill, 1991, undated
2
36
Magnes: Judah L. Magnes Museum - Mallary, R.
2
37
Mandel, Johanna and Aaron, 1974-1991
2
38
Manhattanville College - Manning
2
39
Marciano, Shirley, 1964-1970
2
40
Marcus, Joel - Martin, Fletcher
2
41
Masini, Donna, and William Pitt Root, 1987-1991
2
42
Mason, William and Melanie - Matlin, David and Gail
2
43
Mayer, Musa (Ingie) (see also Kadish, Reuben), 1987-1989
2
44
McCoy, Sande (nee Pollock), 1935-1986, undated
2
45
McDermott, Paul M. - McHale, Rachel
2
46
McLaughlin, Janie, 1967-1968
2
47
Menil Collection - Metropolitan Museum of Art
2
48
Mexican Muralists in the United States: Their Work and Influence (NEH research project), 1980-1982
2
49
Michigan State University - Mirski, Boris
2
50
Montgomery family, 1973-1986
2
51
Moore, Lucile and Jim Al - Mythic Arts Africa
2
52
National Academy of Design - National Geographic Society
2
53
National Museum of American Art, 1986-1990
2
54
National Social Welfare Assembly, Inc. - NBC News
2
55
Neininger, Urban and Jean, 1937-1989, undated
2
56
Nemanic, Todd - Newark Public School of Fine and Industrial Art
2
57
Newbill, Al, 1976-1987
2
58
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1989
2
59
New Jersey State Museum, 1976-1991
2
60
New York Civil Liberties Union, 1972
2
61
New York Studio School, 1971-1977
2
62
New York University - North Jersey Cultural Council
2
63
O'Connell, Hilda (see also Kadish, Barbara), 1963-1990, undated
2
64
Odate, Gerlinde - Oord, A. and B.
2
65
Oregon: University of Oregon, 1973-1976
2
66
Pace, Stephen, 1976-1987
3
1
Panero, Lorenza (Laurie), 1989-1991
3
2
Parsons School of Design, 1991
3
3
Pekarsky, Mel, 1992
3
4
Perrone, Francis S., M.D. - Phillips, Bill and Helen
3
5
Pollock, Charles and Sylvia, 1972-1990, undated
3
6
Pollock, Jackson, 1944-1947
3
7
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 1988-1992
3
8
Polyn, Winifred - Pound, Brandy
3
9
Preston, Joanna, 1969-1989
3
10
Printmaking Workshop, 1976-1980
3
11
Pritchard, Norman - Pye, Elizabeth
3
12
Queens College, 1969
3
13
Racz, David - Rapee, George and Jody, 1992
3
14
Reddy, Krishna, 1974-1980
3
15
Reim, Johannes and Lois Borgenicht, 1987
3
16
Renfro, Claudia, 1988-1992, undated
3
17
Resika, Paul - Ringwood Manor Association of Arts
3
18
Ripton, June and James, 1984-1986
3
19
Rodriguez, Melinda and Nickolas (see also Kadish, Reuben), 1989-1991
3
20
Roecker and Gnazzo - Rubinson, Karen S.
3
21
Sacartoff, Elizabeth - Schwartz, Jan and Hank
3
22
Schwebel, Ivan, 1961-1991
3
23
Sears, Arthur Wellington (Pete) - Selby, Sally and James
3
24
Shaltiel, J. - Smith, Benjamin B.
3
25
Sokoloff, Beryl, 1944-1992
3
26
South Bank Show - Stanzl, Gouter
3
27
Stark, Leonard, 1937-1966, undated
3
28-38
Stewart, Jack - Szeto, Nam
3
39
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc. - Toombs, Amisano & Wells
3
40
Tully, Judd, 1985-1992, undated
3
41
Umbreit, William and Cindy - Unver, Huseyin
3
42
Vergette, Helen - Vulliemoz, Yvonne
3
43
Waxman, Wendy - Wibroe-Sanders, Suzi
3
44
Williams, Govaine - Works Progress Administration, California
3
45
Wu, Nancy, 1987
3
46
Zogbaum, Wilfrid, 1960-1962
3
47
Duplicate Letters
3
48-49

Series 3: Personal Business Records , 1952-1995
37 Folders
Boxes 3-4

Personal business records consist of legal documents and financial records. The legal documents include estate papers for both Ida and Reuben Kadish, leases and rent agreements, miscellaneous documents concerning the New Jersey farm, and miscellaneous contracts. Financial records include income tax records, banking records, applications for grants, consignment and sales records, and receipts for medical care, utilities, art supplies and art-related services.
Personal business records are on reels 5657-5658.
3.1: Legal documents, 1953-1994
Leases and rental agreements include an undated floorplan of the 229 East 9th Street building. Miscellaneous contracts include a 1989 contract with the Graham Gallery in New York and a 1961 timber sale contract.
Description Container
Ida Kadish estate papers, 1963-1964
3
50
Reuben Kadish estate papers, 1961-1994
3
51
Leases and rent agreements, 1953-1976
3
52-53
Miscellaneous documents concerning the N.J. farm, 1975-1990
3
54-60
Miscellaneous contracts, 1961, 1989
3
61
Affidavit concerning sculpture by Jackson Pollock, 1964-1965
3
62
Life insurance policies, 1970-1971
3
63
3.2: Financial records, 1952-1995
Description Container
Income tax records, 1962-1992
4
1-3
Banking records, 1961-1995
4
4-5
Medical receipts, 1974-1979
4
6
Receipts concerning automobiles, 1952-1987
4
7
Receipts for utilities, 1962-1992
4
8
Receipts for hardware and art supplies, and framing services, 1965-1995
4
9
Receipts for the casting of artwork, 1957-1991
4
10-15
Applications for grants and awards, 1970-1986
4
16-17
Consignment and sales records, 1961-1993
4
18-23

Series 4: Exhibition File , 1989-1991
1 Folder
Box 4

This exhibition file contains letters, loan agreement forms, an exhibition announcement, and a clipping relating to the 1990 exhibition Reuben Kadish: Works from 1930 to the Present.
Exhibition files are on reel 5658.
Description Container Select
Reuben Kadish: Works from 1930 to the Present, New Jersey State Museum, 1989-1991
4
24

Series 5: Notes , 1851-1853, 1937-1992, undated
35 Folders
Boxes 4-5

Notes consist of four address books, two gallery visitor registers, engagement calendars, and six notebooks containing miscellaneous names, telephone numbers, reminder notes, and medical information. There are also unbound notes on mural painting, printmaking, sculpture, and other art-related topics, and handwritten translations by William H. Thomson of thirty classic texts by Homer (Homer's Odyssey, Horace (Satires of Horace), and Demosthenes (Orations of Demosthenes), 1851-1853. Only the illustrated covers of the texts have been microfilmed.
Notes are on reels 5658-5659.
Description Container Select
Address books, 1985-1990, undated
4
25-27
Miscellaneous notes concerning addresses, 1985, undated
4
28-30
Visitors' registers, 1985-1986, 1986
4
31-32
Engagement calendars, 1963, 1967, 1988-1989, 1991-1992
4
33-35
Notebooks, 1985-1989, undated
4
36-38
Notebooks, 1989-1992, undated
5
1-3
Notes on artwork, art history, undated
5
4
Notes on artwork, printmaking, undated
5
5
Notes on artwork, mural painting, 1937-1938, undated
5
6
Notes on artwork, ceramics and glazes, 1945-1957
5
7
Notes on artwork, sculpture, 1966-1970
5
8
Notes on artwork, miscellaneous (including supply list for War Artist Unit, 1943), 1943-1983, undated
5
9-10
Notes on artwork, concerning Cooper Union, 1974-1985
5
11
Notes concerning medical matters (including 3 electrocardiograms), 1964-1983
5
12
Handwritten translations by William H. Thomson, 1851-1853
5
13-20
Miscellaneous notes, undated
5
21

Series 6: Writings , 1975-1992
14 Folders
Box 5

Writings consist of an autobiographical manuscript by Kadish, and typescripts concerning Kadish and other art-related topics by other authors including Dore Ashton, Herman Cherry, Howard Conant, and Judd Tully.
Writings are on reel 5659.
6.1: Writings by Kadish, 1975-1992
Description Container
Autobiographical manuscript, [1992]
5
22-23
6.2: Writings by Others, 1963-1992, undated
Description Container
Typescript "Reuben Kadish, Man of Substance" by Dore Ashton, 1992
5
24
Typescript "Reuben Kadish" by Jean Libman Block, undated
5
25
Typescript "Katsushika Hokusai: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji" by Natalie Chereskin, 1977
5
26
Typescript "Six Artists" by Herman Cherry, 1983
5
27
Poems by R. Cherry, 1991-1992
5
28
Transcript of a speech "The Pursuit of Excellence" by Howard Conant, 1963
5
29
Typescript "New Light on Pollock's Prints of 1943" by Lanier Graham, 1988
5
30
Typescript ["Albert Vanderburg"] by Edward Meneeley, [1966]
5
31
Typescript "Action in Writing" by Shiryu Kiyoshi Morita, undated
5
32
Typescript "A Description of the Murals in Anderson Hall and the Science Building [at San Francisco State College]" by Fern Sargent, undated
5
33
Typescript [Reuben Kadish] by Judd Tully, 1985
5
34
Miscellaneous poems by unidentified authors, 1975, undated
5
35
Typescript "Self-Expressivity on Social Responsibility - A Contemporary American Artist, Reuben Kadish" by unidentified author, undated
5
36

Series 7: Artwork , 1981-1992, undated
8 Folders
Boxes 5, 10

Artwork consists of a hundred sketches and seventeen watercolors by Kadish, and artwork by others including an undated drawing for DIG (Archeology) by Barbara Kadish, and undated woven fabric designs mounted on cardboard.
Artwork is on reel 5659.
Description Container Select
Artwork by Kadish, sketches, 1981, undated
5
37-40
Artwork by Kadish, watercolors, 1992
5
41
Artwork by others (see also sol 10), undated
5
42
Artwork by others, woven fabric designs mounted on cardboard (2), undated
5
43

Series 8: Printed Material , 1934-1993, undated
76 Folders
Boxes 5-7

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Kadish and others, reproductions of artwork, press releases, programs, miscellaneous catalogs for art schools and supplies, travel brochures, and picture postcards. Programs include a baseball program autographed by Darryl Strawberry, and programs for the Temple University Aegean Symposium 3, Christopher Mallory Wilmarth's funeral service, and Elaine De Kooning's memorial service.
Printed materials are on reels 5659-5660.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1934-1946, 1960-1993, undated
5
44-64
Clippings (duplicates)
6
65-66
Clippings (duplicates), 1934-1946, 1960-1993, undated
6
1-4
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for Kadish, 1937-1993, undated
6
5-25
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for others, 1960-1989, undated
6
26-34
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for others, 1990-1992
7
1-5
Reproductions of artwork by Kadish, undated
7
6
Reproductions of artwork by others, undated
7
7
Press releases, undated
7
8
Programs, 1978-1990
7
9
Program, Dodgers baseball program autographed by Darryl Strawberry, 1991
7
10
Catalogs for the loan of artworks, 1960-1988
7
11
Catalogs for schools, 1957-1971
7
12
Catalogs for art supplies, undated
7
13
Catalogs for miscellaneous equipment, undated
7
14
Miscellaneous catalogs, 1983, undated
7
15
Travel brochures for the U.S., 1989, undated
7
16
Travel brochures for other countries, undated
7
17
Picture postcards, undated
7
18
Miscellaneous printed material, 1968, undated
7
19

Series 9: Photographs , 1913-1992, undated
2 Linear feet
Boxes 7-10

This series includes eight photographs donated to the Archives of American Art by Kadish in 1984 dating from 1934-1965. One photograph is of Kadish, Philip Guston (whose name was changed from Philip Goldstein in 1935), Jules Langsner, and Alfaro Siqueiros working on a mural in Morelia, Mexico. Another photograph shows Kadish and Guston posed with their mural for the Library of the City of Hope, Duarte, California. Other photographs are of friends including Mrs. Fletcher Martin, and of the wedding of Kadish's son, Dan, to Guston's daughter, Musa.
Other photographs included in the collection are of Kadish, his family, friends, and colleagues. Photographs of Kadish with friends and colleagues include Jules Langsner, David Alfaro Siqueiros, nine photographs of Philip Guston, two photographs of Jackson Pollock, and three photographs of Willem De Kooning. There are also photographs of Kadish's studio, farm, gallery installations, and artwork, including several WPA murals.
Miscellaneous photographs of Kadish with family include one photograph with Leonard Stark. Family wedding photographs include four photographs of Philip Guston. Travel photographs include views of Siam, India, ancient stone monuments in Great Britain, and Barbara Hepworth's studio in Cornwall. Photographs of miscellaneous murals by Kadish include a photograph of a mural destroyed by Los Angeles police raid by "Red" Hynes, and two photographs of a mural, possibly by Luis Arenal.
Forty-four transparencies of miscellaneous sculpture by Kadish, 1976-1992, have not been microfilmed. See also sol 10 for photographs of Kadish and his family, friends, and studio.
Photographs are on reel 5660.
Description Container Select
Kadish, 1913-1987
7
20-24
Kadish with family, miscellaneous, 1913-1990
7
25
Kadish with family, wedding of Dan Kadish and Musa Guston, 1962
7
26
Kadish with family, Ruth and Morris [Moishe] Kadish's trip to Chile (see also sol 10), undated
7
27
Kadish with friends and colleagues (see also sol 10), 1933-1982, undated
7
28-34
Studio (see also sol 10), 1983, undated
7
35
Farm, 1955, undated
7
36
Four unidentified gallery installations, undated
7
37-40
Artwork by Kadish, works on paper, undated
7
41
Artwork by Kadish, work on Siquieros mural Triumph of Good Over Evil at University in Morelia, Mexico, (including photographs of Siquieros, Kadish, Philip Goldstein (Guston), and Jules Langsner), 1933
7
42
Artwork by Kadish, work on Siquieros mural Triumph of Good Over Evil at University in Morelia, Mexico, (including photographs of Siquieros, Kadish, Philip Goldstein (Guston), and Jules Langsner), 1933
7
43
Artwork by Kadish, WPA mural Physical Growth of Man at the City of Hope TB Sanitarium, Duarte, California, by Kadish and Philip Goldstein (Guston), circa 1936
7
44-45
Artwork by Kadish, WPA mural A Dissertation on Alchemy at the San Francisco State College Science Hall, executed between Dec, 1936 and Aug, 1937, assisted by Urban Neininger, undated
7
46-48
Artwork by Kadish, miscellaneous murals, 1930-1934, undated
8
1
Artwork by Kadish, miscellaneous sculpture, undated
8
2
Artwork by Kadish, transparencies, 1976-1992
8
3
Artwork by others, monoprints by Scott Carpenter, undated
8
4
Artwork by others, miscellaneous, undated
8
5
Travel photographs, 1991-1992, undated
8
6-7
Duplicate photographs
8
8-11
Miscellaneous photographs, undated
8
12-13
Miscellaneous negatives, [1970s]
8
14
Miscellaneous negatives, [1970s], undated
9
1-2

Series 10: Artifacts , undated
1 Folder
Box 9

Artifacts consist of tw cross sections of vertebrae.
Description Container Select
Bones: 2 sections of vertebrae, undated
9
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.