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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Theodoros Stamos papers, circa 1922-2008

Theodoros Stamos papers, circa 1922-2008

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series:

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Series 1:Biographical Material, circa 1922-2006
0.5 linear feet
Box 1

Biographical materials include birth and death certificates, membership cards, two address books with contact information for artists such as Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, and interview transcripts. There are three versions of the Stamos will, including the final draft in which he left the majority of his estate to his sister, Georgianna Savas. Also included are a VHS video cassette of Stamos' memorial service, memorabilia, and a plaque awarded posthumously by a Greek organization.
DescriptionContainer
Address Books, undated
1
1
Birth Certificate, 1922
1
2
Curriculum Vitae, circa 1950
1
3
Membership and Insurance Cards, 1987-1992
1
4
Interview Transcripts, 1988
1
5
Death Certificate, 1997
1
6
Last Will and Testament, 1982-1996
1
7
Obituary and Memorial Service, 1997
1 videocassette (vhs)
1
8
Award, 2006
1
9

Series 2:Financial Records, 1979-circa 1990's
2 folders
Box 1

This series contains records of art sales made by Louis K. Meisel Gallery. Also found are a check book register and a receipt for canvas.
DescriptionContainer
Photocopies of checks to Theodoros Stamos from Louis K. Meisel Gallery, 1979-1980
1
10
Check Register and Receipt, circa 1990s
1
11

Series 3:Correspondence, circa 1940s-1997
0.5 linear feet
Boxes 1, 5

Correspondence documents business dealings with museums and galleries that represented Stamos. Also found are letters from E. W. Root, director of Black Mountain College and an early collector of Abstract Expressionist art, a collaged Christmas card from Helen Frankenthaler, and personal letters and notes.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, circa 1940s-1997
7 folders
Oversized material housed in box 5
1
12-18
ACA Galleries, 1990-1991
1
19
Camillos Kouros Gallery, 1988-1990
1
20
Galleria D'Arte del Naviglio, 1979
1
21
Gallery Lambert Monet, 1979-1980
1
22
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, 1979-1981
1
23
P.T. Efstathiou Fine Arts, 1992-1996
1
24
Tanger Gallery, 1958
1
25
Gallery Veith Turske, 1979-1986
1
26
Oversized Correspondence, circa 1940s-1997
from box 1, folders 12-18
5

Series 4:Business and Legal Records, 1974-2008
2 folders
Box 1

Business and legal records include the estate and final tax records for Theodoros Stamos as well as petitions and legal documents regarding the disinternment of Mark Rothko from the Stamos burial plot in East Marion, NY.
DescriptionContainer
Theodoros Stamos Estate Records, 1997-1999
1
27
Mark Rothko Estate Records, 1974-2008
1
28

Series 5:Writings, circa 1944-2002
0.2 linear feet
Box 1

This series contains an artist's statement and personal notes including price lists for works of art. Writings about Stamos by others include a chronology of Stamos' life through 1970, a 1960 interview with Lawrence Alloway for Art News and Review, and a documentary film proposal that include Stamos and his work.
DescriptionContainer
By Theodoros Stamos, circa 1944-1980, undated
2 folders
1
29-30
By Other Authors about Theodoros Stamos, 1960-2002
1
31

Series 6:Artwork, circa 1940s-1980
0.3 linear feet
Box 1, OV 6-7

This series contains artwork by Stamos such as line drawings, collages and small paintings. Also included are a handmade card and drawings by other artists, and illustrated rocks attributed to Stamos and gallery owner, Betty Parsons.
DescriptionContainer
Drawings and Paintings by Theodoros Stamos, 1947-1980
1
32
Drawings and Cards by Other Artists, undated, 1950, 1951
1
33
Illustrations on Rocks, undated
1
34
Oversized Sketches and Drawings, circa 1940s
OV 6
Oversized Designs for Posters, 1950s
OV 7

Series 7:Printed Materials, 1945-2007
0.4 linear feet
Box 2, OV 7

This series contains clippings and exhibition announcements in both English and Greek, relating to Stamos and his artwok, and to other Abstract Expressionists. Posthumous announcements were collected by Georgianna Savas and are mostly from shows of his work that she arranged. Some clippings concern the Rothko Estate controversy and the disinternment of Rothko's remains from Stamos' burial plot.
DescriptionContainer
Clippings about Theodoros Stamos, undated, 1947-2008
8 folders
2
1-8
Clippings of Related Artists, 1958-2005
2
9
Exhibition Checklist, 1958
2
10
Exhibition Announcements and Brochures, 1947-2005, undated
8 folders
2
11-18
Reproductions, undated
2
19
Offprints, 1948-1982
2
20
Miscellaneous Printed Items
Relating to Others, 2002, 1945
2
21
Relating to Memorial Service, 1997, 2007
2
22
Oversized Posters, 1966-1978
OV 7
Oversized Lecture Announcements, 1964 April 8 or 1970 April 8
OV 7

Series 8:Photographs, 1943-1999
1 linear foot
Boxes 2-3, 5

This series includes photographs of Stamos, his family, his homes and studios in New York and Greece, and works of art. Most photographs are unattributed, but photographs by Han Namuth, Lloyd Lozes Goff, Steven Trefonides and Diran Deckmejian (a former student at the Art Students League) are found along with a group photograph of the "Irascibles" taken by Nina Leen for Life magazine in 1950. Other photographs document Stamos late in life, his memorial service and grave dedication, and views of posthumous retrospective exhibitions.
DescriptionContainer
Artwork
Theodoros Stamos, A-Z, and unidentified (executed circa 1947-1967), undated
2
23
Theodoros Stamos, undated, 1994-1999
4 folders
2
24-27
Other Artists, undated, 1999
2 folders
Oversized material housed in box 5
2
28
Other Artists, Evelyn Jablow interior with Stamos Painting, circa 1960s
2
29
Events
Theodoros Stamos on Lecture Panel, circa 1960s
oversized material housed in box 5
2
30
ACA Gallery Exhibition Opening, 1993, undated
2
31
Hiro Gallery Exhibition Opening, 1996
2
32
Theodoros Stamos with Friends; Gallery Opening, circa 1990s
2
33
Theodoros Stamos Funeral in Lefkada, Greece, 1997
2
34
Retrospective Opening and Monument Commemoration in Greece, 1997
2
35
Theodoros Stamos Memorial Service, New York City, 1997
2
36
People
Portraits of Theodoros Stamos
Lloyd Lozes Goff, 1947
2
37
Diran Deckmejian, undated
2
38
Hans Namuth, undated
2
39
Steven Trefonides, circa 1960s
oversized material housed in box 5
2
40
Bill Wilson, undated
2
41
Unidentified Photographers, undated
4 folders
Oversized material housed in Box 5
2
42-45
Group Portrait of the "Irascibles" including Stamos by Nina Leen, 1950
oversized material housed in box 5
2
46
Informal Images of Theodoros Stamos, 1943-1978, undated
2
47
Theodoros Stamos with Family and Friends, undated, 1961-1997
2 folders
2
48-49
Theodoros Stamos with Friends at Party, 1992, circa 1960s
2 folders
2
50-51
Friends, Gavin Arthur and Robert Price, undated, 1919
2
52
Friends, Family and Others, undated, 1943
2
53
Colleagues, circa 1990s
2
54
Family and Friends in Greece, 1997
2
55
Places
Construction of the Stamos House in East Marion, New York, 1951
3
1
Theodoros Stamos' Samosa Studio, 1997
3
2
Cemetery; Views of Athens, 1997
3
3
Household Interior with Stamos Painting, undated
3
4
House Under Construction (unidentified location), undated
3
5
Miscellaneous
Images Collected by Theodoros Stamos, undated
oversized material housed in box 5
3
6
Slides
Artwork by Theodoros Stamos, circa 1947-1987, undated
3
7
Transparencies
Artwork by Theodoros Stamos, undated
3
8
Portraits of Theodoros Stamos, undated
3
9
Negatives
Artwork by Theodoros Stamos, undated
black and white
3
10
Artwork by Theodoros Stamos, undated
color
3
11
Monument and Family in Greece, 1997
3
12
Cemetery views, Athens and Memorial Service, 1997
3
13
Oversized Photographs
Artwork, 1999, undated
from box 2, folder 28
5
Events, circa 1960s
from box 2, folder 30
5
People, circa 1960s, undated
from box 2, folders 40, 42-46
5
Images Collected by Stamos, undated
from box 4, folder 6
5
Stamos Monument, 1997 or later
5

Series 9:Georgianna Savas Papers on Theodoros Stamos, 1985-2005
0.3 linear feet
Box 3-4

This series contains Georgianna Savas' papers relating to her brother, Theodoros Stamos. Found are notes and correspondence about the handling of the Stamos estate and correspondence concerning the Stamos retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Greece organized by Savas. There is correspondence relating to the exhumation of the Rothko remains from the Stamos family plot in East Marion, New York and records concerning cleaning and conservation services for Stamos' painting. Condolence cards received by Savas after the death of her brother are also part of this series.
DescriptionContainer
Notebook, undated
3
14
Records, Conservation Receipts, undated, 1985-1988
3
15
Correspondence
Relating to Theodoros Stamos, 1986-2005
3
16
Relating to Theodoros Stamos Exhibition in Greece, 1996-1997
3
17
Condolence Cards, 1997
2 folders
4
1-2
Notes, Stamos Estate, 1999, undated
4
3
Photographs
Foundation for Hellenic Culture Exhibition Opening, 2001
4
4
Stamos Foundation Exhibition Installation, Transportation and Unidentified People, 2001
4
5
Marymount Exhibition Installation and Book Signing, 2005
4
6

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.