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Rudi Blesh papers, circa 1900-1983

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as four series.

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Series 1:Correspondence, 1909-1979
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence from 1946 to 1969 consists primarily of letters to Harriet "Hansi" Janis regarding her and Blesh's book Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques (1967). Other correspondence is with artists Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Sonia Delaunay, Aaron Siskind, and others. The earliest correspondence includes letters from Blesh to his mother and other personal letters.
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General, 1909-1937
1
1
General, 1946-1959
1
2
General, 1960-1961
1
3-5
General, 1964-1979
1
6
General, undated
1
7

Series 2:Writing Projects and Notes, circa 1945-1967
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1

The series contains drafts, notes, and research material that includes photographs, correspondence, and printed material for projects on Alberto Burri, Hans Richter, Kurt Schwitters, Man Ray, Robert Motherwell, Stuart Davis, and the book Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques. Also included are five notebooks and loose notes on art nouveau, modern art, narcissism, Yves Klein, Picasso, and on interviews with Marcel Duchamp and critic Henry McBride.
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Alberto Burri, Research Material, 1959-1960
1
8
Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques, Draft - Introduction, circa 1965
1
9
Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques, Drafts, circa 1965
1
10-12
Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques, Draft - "Cubism", circa 1960
1
13
Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques, Exhibition Lists, 1958-1962
1
14
Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques, Galley, 1967
1
15-17
Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques, Notebook, 1959-1961
1
18
Hans Richter, Research, 1960-1961
1
19
Kurt Schwitters, Research, 1947-1961
1
20
Man Ray, Research, 1945-1961
1
21
"Negro Sculpture," Drafts and Research, circa 1950
1
22
Robert Motherwell, Notebook of Blesh and Harriet Janis, circa 1961
1
23
Robert Motherwell, Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1961
1
24-25
Stuart Davis, Draft, circa 1955
1
26
Stuart Davis, Galley and Research, circa 1955
1
27
Stuart Davis, Image Content, circa 1955
1
28
Stuart Davis, Notebook, circa 1955
1
29
Stuart Davis, Research, circa 1955
1
30
Notebooks, circa 1945-circa 1957
3 notebooks
1
31-33
Notes, circa 1960s
1
34

Series 3:Printed Materials, 1939-1983
0.3 Linear feet
Box 2

Printed material includes magazine and newsletter articles by Blesh, the book De Kooning by Blesh and Harriet Janis, and material regarding Scott Joplin, along with clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and one art reproduction.
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Art Reproduction, circa 1960
2
1
Book, De Kooning by Blesh and Harriet Janis, 1960
2
2
Clippings, 1939-1976
2
3
Envelope and Postage Stamp of Scott Joplin, 1983
2
4
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1941-1966
2
5
Magazine, American Heritage - "Scott Joplin: America's All-Time Ragtime King" by Blesh, 1975
2
6
Music Book, The Ragtime Current: Piano Solos by a Mainstream of Today's Ragtime Composers - Intro by Blesh, 1976
2
7
Newsletter, Article About Scott Joplin by Blesh, 1977
2
8

Series 4:Photographic Materials, circa 1900-circa 1969
0.8 Linear feet
Box 2, OV 3

Photographs and transparencies are of Blesh, his house and furniture designs, travel landscapes, family, works of art, and friends including Harriet "Hansi" Janis, Ethel Baziotes, and Douglas MacAgy. Also found are photographs of artists, including Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko by Henry Elkan, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg by W. Silver, Robert Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock by Hans Namuth.
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Portraits of Blesh, 1923-1962
2
9
Blesh House, circa 1930
2
10
Family, circa 1900-circa 1962
2
11
Friends, circa 1943-circa 1962
2
12
Furniture Designs by Blesh, 1938-1941
2
13
Landscapes from Travel, 1941-1962
2
14
Portraits of Artists, circa 1920-1966
2
15
Portraits of Artists, 1950
3
Photographs of Text and City Scenes, circa 1960
2
16
Works of Art, Color Transparencies, circa 1960
2
17
Works of Art, "Environments", circa 1961
2
18
Works of Art, Photographs, circa 1960-circa 1980
2
19-29

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