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Rosalie Berkowitz papers relating to Forrest Bess (reel 3752), 1947-1981

Berkowitz, Rosalie Dalsheimer, 1906-1990

Collector, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence between Forrest Bess and Rosalie Berkowitz.
REEL 3458: 12 letters from Forrest Bess; a catalogue from a show of Berkowitz's work in 1947 held in Bess' San Antonio studio; a photograph of a cabin designed by Bess; a snapshot of his work; and a letter from Berkowitz to Bess.
REEL 3752: Twenty-nine letters to Sidney and Rosalie Berkowitz, Bess' friends, from Bess, concerning his work and theories; a 1950 letter to Bess from Lucy Milton of Willard Gallery concerning the painting, "Black Seascape"; a 1950 letter to Betty Parsons from Bess concerning canvases for the Guggenheim; a 1953 letter to Bess from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center concerning slides of Bess' work; an essay, "Finally, A Bit of Prophecy"; 3 slides of works of art; and a slide of a small wooden building.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y.


Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Material on reel 3458 lent for microfilming 1984 by Harry Berkowitz, son of Berkowitz; material on reel 3752 donated 1985 by Rosalie Berkowitz.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 3458: Originals returned to Harry Berkowitz after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3458 & 3752 available for use only Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Rosalie Berkowitz papers relating to Forrest Bess (reel 3752), 1947-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.