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Richard Lippold papers, 1940s-1977

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as five series.

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Series 1:Correspondence, 1945-1977
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1

Files consist of business and general correspondence with museums and galleries, architects, clients, and others involved with Lippold's artwork and public commissions. Personal correspondence is with friends and other artists discussing various professional and non-professional topics. Notable correspondents include: Josef Albers, William Baziotes, Naum Gabo, Morris Graves, Walter Gropius, Mark Rothko, Eero Saarinen, and Mark Tobey. Also present is one folder that contains correspondence, salary information, and certificates from Lippold's time as professor at Hunter College.
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Business, 1957-1976, undated
1
1-2
General, 1948-1977, undated
1
3-8
Personal, 1953-1970s
1
9-10
Graves, Morris, 1945-1966
1
11
Hunter College, 1952-1960
1
12
Museum of Modern Art, 1959-1962
1
13
Rothschild, 1957-1960
1
14

Series 2:Writing Files, 1940s-1970s
10 Folders
Box 1

Drafts and transcripts of speeches on art, society, and sculpture given by Lippold; personal writings and notes; statements on his own art and the art of other artists including Mark Rothko, Ray Johnson, and Clyfford Still; and teaching materials such as drafts of syllabi, course schedules, and lectures. Some folders include some correspondence and printed material as well.
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"Sculpture in Space," Arts Club of Chicago, 1953
1
15
"Praise, Praise, Praise," Hunter College Honors Convocation, 1958
1
16
Comments at the M.I.T. Panel on the Future of the Arts, Transcript, 1961
1
17
"Nearer to Thee," CBS-TV News, Script, 1969
1
18
Presentation of Award of Merit of the Academy of Arts and Letters to Clyfford Still, 1972
1
19
"Illusion as Structure", undated
1
20
Articles and Speeches, Drafts, 1940s-1960s
1
21
Drafts and Notes, 1940s-1960s
1
22
Teaching Materials and Writings, 1945-1968
1
23
"Richard Lippold," by Sylvia Plapinger, 1959
1
24

Series 3:Project Files, 1950-1972
13 Folders
Box 1

Files related to public commissions may contain correspondence, status reports, work schedules, financial information, sketches and preliminary drawings, agreements, as well as some writings about the project. Also present are publicity releases, correspondence, addresses, invitations, and itineraries related to Lippold's participation in a cultural exchange program to Germany in 1954; and project correspondence regarding Gyorgy Kepes' Vision + Value (1965-1966), for which Lippold contributed remarks on sculpture and structure.
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Harvard University Commons Building, Massachusetts, "World Tree" (1950), 1950-1958
1
25
Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Sun" (1953-1956), 1951-1963
1
26
Inland Steel Company, Chicago, "Radiant I" (1958), 1957-1960
1
27
City Investing Company, New York, "Expanding Universe" (1959), 1958-1962
1
28
Four Seasons Restaurant, New York, 1959
1
29
Portsmouth Priory, Rhode Island, "The Trinity" (1960), 1958-1962
1
30
PanAm Building, New York, "Flight" (1963), 1960-1963
1
31
Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, "Gemeni II" (1966), 1965-1966
1
32
St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, California, "Baldacchino" (1967), 1966-1971
1
33
North Carolina National Bank, "Homage to North Carolina" (1970), 1969-1972
1
34
Papers, circa 1961-1962
1
35
German Cultural Exchange Program, 1954
1
36
Vision + Value (1965-1966) edited by Gyorgy Kepes, Project Correspondence, 1962
1
37

Series 4:Printed Material, 1943-1973
6 Folders
Box 1

Materials include articles written by Lippold for newspapers and journals; seven issues of the publication, "Dance Observer," for which Lippold served among its editors and contributors; exhibition catalogs and announcements for several of Lippold's solo shows; an exhibition brochure for Maude Gatewood at the Willard Gallery and includes text written by Lippold; and one folder containing published material that featured images of Lippold's work.
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Articles by Lippold, 1943-1960
1
38
Articles by Lippold; "Dancy Observer", 1945-1954
1
39
Articles on Lippold, 1949, 1956
1
40
Exhibition Material, Lippold, 1948-1962
1
41
Exhibition Material, Other Artists; Writings by Lippold, 1972-1973
1
42
Reproductions, Bibliography, 1962-1964
1
43

Series 5:Motion Picture Film, circa 1960s
0.3 Linear feet
FC 2-4

Footage includes the dedication of Lippold's "Orpheus and Apollo" at the Lincoln Center in 1962; a documentary made about Lippold's sculpture, "The Sun," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and scenes of Lippold's "World Tree" at Harvard University.
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Dedication of "Orpheus and Apollo", 1962
1 Film reel
16 mm
FC 2
"The Sun and Richard Lippold", 1966
1 Film reel
16mm
FC 3
"World Tree" at Harvard, undated
1 Film reel
16mm
FC 4

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