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Theodore F. Wolff papers, 1920-2013, bulk 1977-2013

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1982-2013
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series contains biographical data, curriculum vitae, and awards, including a plaque from Manufacturers Hanover Trust to Wolff for Distinguished Newspaper Art Criticism. Included is a handmade card to Theodore F. Wolff from his colleagues, presumably given to him upon the publication of his book, The Many Masks of Modern Art.
The files are arranged by subject.
Description Container Select
Biographical Data, circa 1983-2013
1
1
Curriculum Vitae, circa 2005, undated
1
2
Awards, 1982-1990
1
3
Congratulatory Card, 1989
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1951-2011, 1920
0.75 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series includes Theodore F. Wolff's correspondence with artists, editors, publishers, museums, and galleries. Subjects relate to Wolff's book projects, reviews, and other writings as well as his activities as an appraiser and fine arts consultant. Outgoing letters, mostly carbon copies, are to friends and family members and are of a personal nature. Types of correspondence include holiday cards, postcards and letters. Some of the letters are annotated and a small portion are illustrated by Wolff.
Found is correspondence with his editors at The Christian Science Monitor Henrietta Buckmaster and Allan Bunce, printmakers, Norman and June Kraeft, and the writer, Tom Wolfe. The signficant portion of correspondence is with artists, including Richard Diebenkorn, Alexander Hogue,Ynez Johnston, Armin Landeck, Melissa Miller, Peter Milton, Robert Natkin, Theodoros Stamos, Clyfford Still, Athena Tachna, Stow Wengenroth, Jerome Witkin. Of interest, is Wolff's correspondence with Morris Graves and his partner, Robert Yarber. Graves's letters discuss his paintings, exhibitions, Wolff's writings as well as his thoughts on a variety of topics, aging, nature, technology, with allusions to Mayan, Chinese, and Hindu culture. Also found is a file of holograph letters from John Wilde.
In general, letters are filed alphabetically by person or corporate name. Names with five or more letters are filed in their own folders. Wolff's outgoing letters are filed together in the first eleven folders.
Description Container Select
Outgoing Letters (Carbon Copies), 1976-1993, 1920
(Includes a letter from John Taylor Arms)
1
5-15
Incoming Letters
A-C, 1990s-1999
1
16
D-F, 1977-2008
(Includes single letters from Enrico Donati and Helen Frankenthaler)
1
17
G-I, 1980s-2011
1
18
J-L, 1978-1998
(Includes a letter from Morton Kaish)
1
19
M-N, 1983-1994
1
20
O-P, 1951, 1993-1994
(Includes a letter from Gordon Onslow-Ford)
1
21
R-S, 1968-1999
(Includes single letters from Norman Rockwell, John C. Swingdler, Victor Vasarely, and Robert Vickery)
1
22
T, 1981-1996
1
23
W, Z, 1975-2010
(Includes single letters from Marian Willard and Betsy Wyeth)
1
24
Graves, Morris, 1981-1999
1
25-26
Graves, Morris - Letters for a Book Proposal , circa 1932-circa 1997
1
27
Wilde, John, 1994-1998
1
28
First Names, 1983-1997, undated
1
29
Loose Envelopes, 1976-1996
1
30

Series 3: Interviews , circa 1990-2002
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 2

This series includes three interviews with Theodore Wolff and a panel discussion with Wolff and other artists, including Kim Emerson, Robert Erwin, and James Hubbell. Interviews with Enrico Donati and James Turrell were presumably used for source reference for Wolff's writings. Recordings are on five sound cassettes and three videocassettes.
Interviews are arranged in chronological order.
Description Container Select
Interview with James Turrell, circa 1990
2 sound cassettes
2
1
Discussion with Theodore F. Wolff and Other Artists (1992 April 26), 1992
1 sound cassette
2
2
Theodore F. Wolff Interview with Dan Erwine (1992 April 27), 1992
1 sound cassette
2
3
Interview with Enrico Donati, "Politics of Culture" (1998 October 20), 1998
1 sound cassette
2
4
Interview - "Degas with Theodore F. Wolff", 1998
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
5
Interview with Theodore F. Wolff on "UO Today", 2002
2 videocassettes (vhs)
2
6

Series 4: Writings, Talks, and Lectures , circa 1977-2005
2.8 Linear Feet
Boxes 2-4

This series consists of photocopies and tearsheets of art columns that appeared in The Christian Science Monitor. Found are drafts and a set of tearsheets of articles numbered by Wolff for use in his book The Many Masks of Modern Art. Interspersed among the writings are clippings, letters, and lists. Two notebook binders, maintained by Wolff list the artists and topics that he wrote for The Monitor. Talks, lectures, and discussions on artists and art education are recorded on seven videocassettes and six sound cassettes.
Writings are arranged by format and thereafter in chronological order.
Description Container Select
Binder 1: Subject List of Articles and Reviews, circa 1977-circa 1990
2
7
Binder 2: Subject List of Articles and Reviews, circa 1977-circa 1990
2
8
Articles and Reviews , 1977-1981
2
9-14
Articles and Reviews , 1982-1990
3
1-10
Articles and Reviews in the International Edition of The Christian Science Monitor, 1982-1983
3
11
Drafts, The Many Masks of Modern Art, 1980-1983
3
12
Articles Used for The Many Masks of Modern Art
Tearsheets #1-#70, 1980-1982
3
13-14
Tearsheets #134-#216, 1983-1984
3
15-16
Tearsheets #72-#154, 1985
3
17
Tearsheets #217-#247, 1986-1988
3
18
One Set of Articles Used for The Many Masks of Modern Art , 1980-1986
3
19
Book, The Many Masks of Modern Art, 1989
3
20
Draft, Discipline-Based Art Education: Becoming Students of Art (1985 November), 1985
3
21
Wolff Talks on Willem de Kooning and "The Chicago Fifth Art Fair Exposition" (1984 May 18), 1984
2 sound cassettes
3
22
Lecture, Tamarind Institute of Lithography, 1984
1 sound cassette
3
23
Talk, "What is Unique About 20th Century Art" (1989 October 26), 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
24
Talk, "Refigured Painting" (1989 March 9), 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
1
Theodore F. Wolff Talks to Visual Arts Teachers Association (1989 October 26), 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
2
Threadevents Symposium, "Quilts and Art" (1991 January 23), 1991
2 sound cassettes
4
3
Will Barnet and Theodore F. Wolff Talk at the National Academy of Design, 1993
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
4
Talk at the Farnsworth Museum (1995 July 19), 1995
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
5
Lecture, "John Wilde: Master of Facts and Fancy" (1999 November 14), 1999
1 sound cassette
4
6
Theodore F. Wolff Discusses "Morris Graves: Longing and Reconciliation, Mystic Painters of the Northwest" (2002 April 11) , 2002
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
7
Talk, "The Creative Journey of Morris Graves: Clues from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Collection" (2005 April 8) , 2005
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
8

Series 5: Subject Files , 1964-2004, circa 1940
1.8 Linear Feet
Boxes 4-6

Subject files document Wolff's professional interests, his writing projects, presentations, and talks. Letters, notes, annotated typescripts, tearsheets, agreements, press releases, printed material, clippings of reviews, exhibition catalogs, announcements, brochures, and photographs of artwork are found in varying combinations.
Television interviews or documentaries on Joseph Solman, Enrico Donati, Esteban Vicente and a panel conference with Theodore F. Wolff at the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association are recorded on four videocassettes.
Files are arranged in alphabetical order.
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"The Art of Joseph Solman", 1992
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
9
Aspell, Peter, circa 1980
4
10
Barnet, Will, 1994-2000
4
11
Birmelin, Robert, 1986, 1988
4
12
Bloom, Hyman, 1990
4
13
Book Proposal, Twentieth Century American Printmaking, 1990s
4
14
Brosen, Frederick, 1983-2000
4
15
Curry, John Steuart, 1993-1998
4
16
Documentary, "The Art & Vision of James Hubbell", 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
17
Donati, Enrico, 1982-2004
4
18
Eastern Influences on Watercolor Painting, 1985, undated
4
19
"Esteban Vicente at 90", 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
1
Exhibition Cards, 1997
5
2
Frumkin/Adams Gallery, 1989-1990
5
3
"The Genius of Art" , circa 1980
5
4
Goya, 1989
5
5
Graves, Morris, 1982-2000
5
6-10
Graves, Morris and Mark Tobey, 1993-1994
5
11
The Henry Art Gallery, 1989
5
12
Jessup, Robert, 2000
5
13
Kaish, Morton, 1993-1996
5
14
Kiefer, Anselm, 1988
5
15
Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1983-1997
5
16
Landscape, 1984-1999
5
17
Laumier Park, circa 1980
5
18
Maury, Richard - Sherry French Gallery, 1986-1989
5
19
Mabe, Manabu, 1987, 1983
5
20
MAFA Conference (2001 June), 2001
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
21
Maine, 1991-2001
5
22
Mangravite, Peppino, 1982
5
23
Milton, Peter, 1984
5
24
The Monitor and the Arts, 1986-1990
5
25
Natkin, Robert, 1981-2004
5
26
"The New York School: Four Decades"- Guggenheim Museum, 1982
5
27
Peltenberg-Brechneff, Christian, 1983
5
28
Print Show, 1988-1990
5
29
"Quality" - Jean Lipman, 1987-1990
5
30
Quijada, Robert, 1983-1987
5
31
Rickey, George, 1964-1997
5
32
Santa Fe, 1988
5
33
Speech in Boston - "Letter to a Reader Requesting a Precise Definition of Art" , circa 1980
5
34
"Spiritual Values in Contemporary Art", 1989
5
35
Springville Museum of Art, 1990s
5
36
Stamos, Theodoros, 1985-1990
5
37
Tamarind Speech, "Print Connoisseurship in the Post-Modern Era", circa 1980-1990
5
38
Tremain, Joyce, 1985-1997
5
39
Turrell, James, 1981-1987
5
40
Valpariso, 1990
5
41
Warhol, Andy, 1990
6
1
Weber, Idelle, 1982-1987
6
2
Welz, Rebecca, 1991-2000
6
3
Whitmore, Coby, 1986-1988
6
4
Whitaker, Frederic, circa 1940-2004
6
5
Wilde, John, 1984-2004
6
6-7
Witkin, Jerome, 1987-2003
6
8
Wyeth, Andrew , 1997-1998
6
9

Series 6: Printed Material , 1956-2006
2.2 Linear Feet
Boxes 6-8

Found are books, exhibition catalogs, brochures, and journals that include Theodore F. Wolff's published reviews and essays on art and artists as well as his texts on the role of criticism in art education. Interspersed among the pages of the books are letters, clippings, and scattered printed material. A catalog of a Salvador Dalí exhibition is inscribed by the artist to Wolff.
Files are arranged alphabetically by type of printed material.
Description Container Select
Book, Enrico Donati: The Most Recent Work, 1984
6
10
Book, Occluded Front: James Turrell, 1985
6
11
Book, A Home Forum Reader, 1989
6
12
Book, Morris Graves: Flower Paintings, 1994
Oversized material housed in Box 8.
6
13
Book, Joseph Solman, 1995
6
14
Book, Enrico Donati: Surrealism & Beyond, 1996
6
15
Book, Art Criticism and Education, 1997
6
16
Book, Joyce Tremain, 1997
Oversized material housed in Box 8.
6
17
Book, John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West, 1998
6
18-19
Book, Wondrous Strange: The Wyeth Tradition, 1998
7
1
Book, Wildeworld: The Art of John Wilde, 1999
7
2
Book, Richard Kidwell Miller, 2004
7
3
Book, The Watercolors of James Hubbell: Meditations on Nature and Life, 2005
7
4
Exhibition Brochures, 1987-2005
7
5
Exhibition Catalog, "Salvador Dalí" (1956 December 4-1957 January 5), 1956
7
6
Exhibition Catalogs, 1983-2003
7
7-14
Journals, 1976-2001
7
15
Monograph, Drawings by Joseph Solman, 1925-1991, circa 1993
7
16
Proceedings of an Interdisciplinary Symposium, Discipline in Art Education, 1986
7
17
Oversized Book, Morris Graves: Flower Paintings, 1994
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 13.
8
Oversized Book, Joyce Tremain, 1997
Oversized material from Box 6, Folder 17.
8

Series 7: Artwork , 1942-1948
1 folder
Box 7

Found here are seventeen sketches by Theodore F. Wolff, including several self-portraits.
Description Container Select
Sketches, 1942-1948
7
18

Series 8: Photographs , circa 1980-circa 2011
0.25 Linear Feet
Box 7

Included are portrait shots of Theodore F. Wolff, as well as photos of Wolff at an installation exhibition, in a classroom, and in his studio. Found are group photographs including two photographs of Wolff with Ida Kohlmeyer at an unidentified venue. There is a photograph of Wolff on an art critics' tour of Amsterdam. Most of the individuals are unidentified.
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Theodore F. Wolff, circa 1980-circa 2011
7
19
Theodore F. Wolff with Others, circa 1980
7
20

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