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Thomas Hess papers, 1939-1978

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1945-1977
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 15

Biographical material includes an Army Instrument Pilot's certificate, a datebook containing brief notes interspersed with appointments with artists, architectural plans for Hess' property, family investment information, invoices for freelance work, an agreement with publisher George Braziller Inc., an agreement for the loan of Woman by Willem de Kooning to the Museum of Modern Art, a will for Paul Stamm, and resumes.
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Certificate, Army Instrument Pilot , 1945
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1
Datebook , 1976
1
2
Estate, Architectural Plans , 1961
Oversized material housed in OV 15
1
3
Financial, Hess Family Investments , 1972
1
4
Financial, Invoices , 1971-1973
1
5
Legal, Agreement Draft with George Braziller Inc. , 1959
1
6
Legal, Loan Agreement with Museum of Modern Art , circa 1961
1
7
Legal, Last Will and Testament for Paul Stamm , 1963
1
8
Resumes , 1975-1977
1
9
Oversized Estate, Architectural Plans from Box 1, Folder 3, 1961
OV 15

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1945-1978
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2, OV 11

Correspondence is with members of Hess' family including his wife and children, and general correspondence with numerous artists and colleagues.
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Family , circa 1950s
1
10
General , undated
1
11-13
General, circa 1945-1946
1
14
General, 1945-1949
1
15
General, 1950-1957
1
16
General, 1958-1959
1
17
General, 1960-1968
Oversized material housed in OV 11
1
18-27
General, 1968-1969
2
1-2
General, 1970-1978
2
3-14
Oversized material from General, 1960-1968 from Box 1, Folders 18-27, 1963-1964
OV 11

Series 3: Writings and Notes , circa 1940-1978
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-5, OV 12

This series consists mainly of manuscripts and drafts written by Hess for Art News, Le Monde, Vogue, New York magazine, and other publications. Other writings by Hess include his senior essay "Poussin and Classicism"; class notes on art history, architecture, and chemistry; notes on the artist Ingres; notecards on Italian artists; notes taken during his travels abroad; and two notebooks. The first notebook is from Hess' time at Yale and includes his notes on literature and plays along with doodles. The second notebook contains notes written in English and French on readings about art. A play titled "The Red Robins" by Kenneth Koch is also in this series.
Hess' manuscripts and drafts are arranged chronologically beginning with undated material. Titlles, when known, are supplied in the folder notes.
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By Hess
Manuscript Fragments , undated
2
15-16
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Under the Spreading Plastic Tree," "Homage to Albers," "History of World Art," "Seurat to Matisse: Drawings in France," Cleve Gray, museum architecture
2
17
By Hess
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Dealers, "Quatrième Journée," Irving Penn, "Mensche-the Artist and Mr. Big," Willem de Kooning, Hans Hartung, Frantisic Kupka, Nadelman, Betty Parsons, Balthus, Italian exhibits at Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Franz Kline
3
1
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"We're in the Monet," Monet, Eight Contemporaries exhibition, Anti-Reductionists, Patterns of Collecting exhibition, "Inside Jasper Johns," Twentieth-Century American Drawing exhibition, Dalí, Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Beaux-Arts architecture
3
2
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Andrew Wyeth, Michael Heizer, various exhibitions, Social Realists, "Let Us Make Man in Our Image, After Our Likeness," "In the Palace of Plastics," "A Private Life for General Ideas," "Public Works in Private Art," "Sketch for a Portrait of the Art Historian Among Artists," "Rules of the Game, Part 2: Marden and Rockburne," "The Great Paper Chase," "Sitting Pretty," "What's a Polish Constructivist?," "Collecting at the Met, I: The Poetics of Greed," "Connections at the Met," "Five Bywaymen."
Oversized writing on photography in painting housed in OV 12
3
3
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Beyond Objects," "Walter de Maria: The Clockwork Earthroom," "Stella Bella," "Heizer, Martin: Fresh Air Friends," "Wyeth's Way," "Venice Ascending," "The Fifteen Million Dollar Understanding," "How the West was Shot," "Revolutionary Revivals," "Connecticut Cross-Country," "The Academic Brigades"
3
4
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"New York Painting: An Incomplete Microcosm," "Hey, Ed Logue, Don't Do That to F.D.R.," "Doge Days at the Met," "Andre Masson, Unlucky Prophet," "Grooms, Goya, and the Grotesque," "Hocus-Pocus and Other Illusions," "Eclecticism at the Barricades," "My MoMA Done Tole Me," "Abstract and Hemi-Demi-Semi Abstract," "The Architectural Braque," "Pot au Feu," "Cezanne, a Triumph"
3
5
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Al Held, Yves Tanguy, "To-Do Champ," "Due Cause and Community Do's," "Erotics and Eccentrics," "The Germans Are Coming! The Germans Are Coming!," "The Germans Are Here!," Posada, Lawrence, and the Mediums of Poverty"
3
6
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Abstractionist Who Came in From the Cold," "Grosvenor, Shivvering Timbers," "New York is a Jade Mountain," "Come Back to the Raft Ag'n Winslow Homer Honey," "The Pygmalion File," "Those Endearing Young (Well, er, Middle-Aged) Charms," "Nolo Me Tangere," "Radical Kitsch," "The Whited Bellybutton," Tapestries
3
7
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Matisse: Hesitant Hedonist," "The Cigarbox of Napoleon III," "That's All Folks," "Look Proud, We're Number Two," Pompidou Center, "The Day the Turnstyles Stopped," DiSuvero, "Four Pictures by De Kooning at Canberra," "Unvarnished Truths," "In the Good Old Guggenheim"
3
8
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Seals, Swords, Boxes, Invisible, Exquisite, Deadly," "Dumb is Beautiful," Jasper Johns/Josef Albers, Reuben Nakian, Elaine De Kooning
3
9
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Art Comics and Satires of Ad Reinhardt"
3
10
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Art Comics and Satires of Ad Reinhardt"
3
11
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Art Comics and Satires of Ad Reinhardt"
3
12
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Stature of Barnett Newman, An American View"
3
13
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Barnett Newman
3
14
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Barnett Newman
3
15
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Tony Smith and the Philosophical Polygon," "The Intellectual Nightingale," Review of "Encounters: The Life of Jacques Lipschitz," Alfred Barr, modern American painting, Met deaccessioning policy, "How Paris Discovered America," "Gold Hoards of Golden Hordes," Whitney Exhibit: 200 Years of American Sculpture , "The Impressionist Epoch, Part I," "Through the Whitney with Socrates, Crito, and Company," newton Harrison, Tworkov
3
16
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"The Horses of Momoyama," Norman Bluhm, sculpture, "Some Things They Never Told You About the 1940s, 50s, and 60s," review of "The Grand Acquisitors" by John Hess, collective goals in art, survivability of an artist, book reviews: art treasures of the Met, book review: Paul Klee by Giedion-Welcker, arts program of Longview Foundation, Parisian view of art, various views of modern art, "Blood, Sweat, and Smears," "The Miracle on Union Square," Max Ernst
3
17
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Rudy Burckhardt's New York Underground," "The Convertible Oyster," "Still-Life with Death and Sex," falling out between Newman and Reinhardt, "Opening at the Frick," vaginal imagery, review of "French Painting, 1774-1830: The Age of Revolution," Anthony Caro, review of "Three Centuries of the American Nude," museum treatment of artists
3
18
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Manuscripts on De Kooning (7 manuscripts total in 3 folders)
3
19
Oversized Manuscript and Draft on Photography in Painting from Box 3, Folder 3, undated
OV 12
By Hess
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Manuscripts on De Kooning (7 manuscripts total in 3 folders)
4
1
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Manuscripts on De Kooning (7 manuscripts total in 3 folders)
4
2
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Barnett Newman, artists' demonstration at the Met, Cubists, "Contrastes de Contextes," "La Guerre a New York--Retour aux Moyens Ages," "Pasta Contre MoMA," "Is Cubist Modern?"
4
3
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Abstract Painting: Background and An American Phase"
4
4
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
"Abstract Painting: Background and An American Phase"
4
5
Manuscripts and Drafts , undated
Isamu Noguchi
4
6
Manuscripts and Drafts , circa 1945
Exhibition reviews for Waldo Peirce and Juliet Thompson
4
7
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1957-1961
"The Cigarbox of Napoleon III," lecture at University of wisconsin, Madison
4
8
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1962-1968
Franz Kline, De Kooning "The Poet in the Studio"
4
9
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1969-1972
De Kooning, "L'Acrylique Lyrique," "C'est L'Heur du Peau-Rouge," "Vers une Iconographie et pour l'Art Abstrait," "The Return of Heavy Paint," "From Cellers and Sellers," "The Discreet Charm of Jean Dubuffet," "Soho Trio: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed," "L'Art-Frisson"
4
10
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1973
"Gertrude's Ghost: Reinstallations at the Modern Museum, II," "Empty-Center Painting," for "Politics and Current Art Panel," "Polypolyptychality," "Saul Steinberg va. The Mickey Mouse Mugger," "Hodler: The Epic of a Detour," "Meetings at the Met," "Up Against the Wall, Pop," "Private Faces in Public Places," "Olitski Without Flattery," "Sincerely Yours, Ellsworth Kelly"
4
11
Manuscripts and Drafts , 1973
"Pavia and Held," "Akhenaten: Some Pyramidiocies," "Kazimir Malevich: Dialectical Immateriality"
4
12
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1974
Comparison of art crowd with "Upstairs/Downstairs," "News from Tiny Town Terra," "Muhammad Ali vs. the Whitney Museum," "Behind the Taboo Curtain," "On the Sunny Side," "A Verray Parfit Gentil Exhibition," "Up Against the Wall, Pop," "The Condemned Playgrounds of Robert Smithson"
4
13
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1975
"Reflections In and On Degas," Richard Avedon, "Why Can't Photographers Learn to Speak?," "Barbarian Gold," "Ideology Italian Style," "The Abominable Birdman," Charles Egan exhibit, "A Taxonomy of Abstract Expressionism"
4
14
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1976
"Thaw and Thanatopsis," "Millet and the Sensuous Peasant," "MoMA and the Towering Limbo," Philip Guston, "Wild About the Fauves," "Carl Andre Has the Floor," "Smith Al Fresco"
4
15
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1976
"To the Mannerist Born," "Brooklyn Heights," "A Descent into the Mall Storm," "Pepsi Generation of Vipers," "Venice and Friuli, Art and Life," "Paradise, Made in USA," "Design Neglect," "Other Sides of Paradise," "The Story of O," "Warhol and De Niro: Modesty is the Best Policy," "Drawing Einstein on the Beach," "Nature Woman," "Greuze: Up from the Celler and Out on the Shelf"
4
16
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1977
"Swiss on Wry," "Adolph Gottlieb, Old Man of the Sea," "Dan Flavin at the Gates of Light," "Ensor, the Masked Marvel," "Sol Lewitt and the Blizzard of Cubes," "Nancy Graves, the Joys of Flying," David Budd, "He Tried to Become a Camera," "Ceremonies of Measurement," "Communicating Degas," "Across the River and into P.S. 1," "Boxing Day"
4
17
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1977
"Blue Nymphs and White Water," "David's Plot," "Replenishing Rauschenberg," "Kenneth Noland: Hesitant Prophet," "Up Close with Richard and Philip and Nancy and Klaus," "Breakthrough with Tanks," "A Tip from the Bookmakers," "Bookmakers on the Parnassus," "Americans in Paris," "Rubens: Blood, Milk and Tears," "For Each Man Kilns the Thing He Loves," "Wayne Thiebaud: Eternal Mayonnaise," "Vollard's Deal"
4
18
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1977
"The Light That Lies in Women's Eyes," "At the Whitney: Women Under Wraps," "Arshile Gorky Flies Again," "How to Cut into Color, or the Last Miracles of Henri Matisse," "Alex Katz's Sign of the Times," "Drawn and Quartered," "Women's Work," "The Big Picture," "Walter de Maria, or the Emperor's New Cat Box," "Jasper Johns: Oh, Say Can You See?," "Larry Rivers Strikes Again," "Balthus: Seen and Scene," "The Mess in Albany," "Cezanne, a Triumph," Balthus, "The Greek Connection," "The Designing Iceberg," "Nakian and Bladen, on the Streets"
4
19
Manuscripts and Drafts, 1978
"Where Have All the Isms Gone?," De Kooning, "The Flying Hollander of East Hampton, L.I.," Saul Steinberg, Barnett Newman
4
20
Manuscripts and Drafts, Proofs , 1970s
4
21
By Hess
Senior Essay, "Poussin and Classicism" , circa 1942
5
1
Notes, Notebook from Yale , 1940
5
2
Notes, Class Notes , undated, circa 1940
5
3-4
Notes, Notebooks, Notes on Readings About Art , circa 1970, undated
5
5-6
Notes, Comments on Ingres , circa 1960s
5
7
Notes, Note Cards on Italian Artists , undated
5
8
Notes, Travel , undated
5
9
Notes, General , circa 1970s
5
10-12
By Others, "The Red Robins," Play by Kenneth Koch , undated
5
13

Series 4: Artist/Subject Files , circa 1946-1978
4.5 Linear feet
Boxes 5-9, OVs 13, 15-16

The bulk of the material in the artist and subject files consist of photographs, but printed material, writings, and other records are also found. Many of the photographs are labeled or marked, possibly for use in publications. Photographs are of artwork, artists, and colleagues of Hess. Hess is depicted alongside many of the artists including Salvador Dalí. The material on Ray Johnson features flyers and copies of collages created for advertisements. The file for Isamu Noguchi includes plans and research photographs for an unrealized project to build a park in New York. Willem de Kooning's files are extensive and include biographical information, bibliographies, correspondence, interview transcripts, lists of artwork, notes, a manuscript about de Kooning by George Dickerson, printed materials, photographs, and two sound tape reels of a conversation between Hess, de Kooning, and Harold Rosenberg recorded by Betty Wolff.
The contents of the general files are listed and arranged alphabetically.
Sound recordings have been digitized for research access.
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Abrams, Ruth , 1959-1977
5
14
Albers, Joseph , circa 1961
5
15
Andre, Carl , 1977
5
16
Artist's Club Meeting , 1956
5
17
A, General , circa 1960s
Ruth Abrams, Afro, Fabbri Agenore, Peter Agostini, Giuseppe Ajmone, Josef Albers, Pierre Alechinsky, Charles Alston, John Altoon, Alva, Emilio Ambasz, John Anderson, Lennart Anderson, Carl Andre, Oliver Andrews, Pietro Anigoni, Karel Appel, Araceli, Alexander Archipenko, Rocco Armento, Kenneth Armitage, Francis Arnal, Jean (Hans) Arp, Artists' Club Meeting on May 25, 1956, Roy Ascott, Darrel Austin, Edward Avedisian, Milton Avery, Ay-O
5
18
B, General , circa 1960s
Folder 19: Alice Baber, Francis Bacon, Balthus, Hadi Bara, John Barber, Walter Barker, Will Barnet, Jennifer Bartlett, Jose Bartoli, Leonard Baskin, Mark Baum, Harold Baumbach, William Baziotes, Robert Beauchamp, Julian Beck, Rosemarie Beck, Max Beckmann, Leland Bell, Lynda Benglis, Billy Al Bengston, Harry Bertoia, Forrest Bess, Joseph Beuys, Janice Biala, Albert Bierstadt, Umberto Bignardi; Folder 20: Julius Bissier, Ronald Bladen, Nell Blaine, Sandra Blon, Hyman Bloom, Norman Bluhm, Robert Frederick Blum, Peter Blume, Abraham Blustein, Jeanne Boardman, Seymour Boardman, Boccioni, Ilya Bolotowsky, Dusti Bonge, Pierre Bonnard, Lee Bontecou, Cameron Booth, Paul Emile Borduas, Bosco, Louis Bouche, Tom Boutis, Paul Brach, Bennett Bradbury; Folder 21: Warren Brandt, Sheila Branigan, Georges Braque, John Bratby, Rodolphe Bresdin, Ernest Briggs, Gandy Brodie, Charles Brody, Tily Brody, James Brooks, Morris Brose, Joan Brown, William T. Brown, Daniel Brustlein, Fritz Bultman, Rudolph Burckhardt, Paul Burlin, Reg Butler
5
19-21
C, General , circa 1960s
Folder 22: German Cabrera, Lawrence Calcagno, Alexander Calder, William Calfee, Theri Camargo, Gretna Campbell, Kenneth Campbell, Campigli, Raphael Canogar, Arthur B. Carles, Nicolas Carone, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Norman Carter, Edmond Casarella, Jorge Castillo, Giorgio Cavallon, Cesar, Lynn Chadwick, Bernard Chaet, David Chapin, Chapoual, Herman Cherry, Alfredo Chighine, Eduardo Chillida, Chryssa, Jean Clad; Folder 23: James Clark, Joe Clark, Lygia Clark, Carrol Cloar, William Clutz, Adele Cohen, Jean Cohen, Thomas Cole, Carlos Colombino, Kirby Congdon, William Congdon, Bruce Connor, Robert Conover, Al Copley, John Singleton Copley, Edward Corbett, Corneille, June Corwine, Cousins, Rollin McNeil Crampton, Hubert Crehan, Roberto Crippa, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Merce Cunningham, Don Cyr
5
22-23
De Kooning, Willem , circa 1950-circa 1970
Includes bibliographies, biographical information, and correspondence with Hess and others regarding De Kooning artwork.
5
24-26
De Kooning, Willem , 1964, 1991
2 Sound tape reels
Conversation between Hess, de Kooning, and Harold Rosenberg recorded by Betty Wolff on March 2, 1964.
6
1
De Kooning, Willem , circa 1950-circa 1970
Includes interview transcripts, lists of artwork, manuscript draft of "Willem de Kooning" by George Dickerson, notes, printed materials, and photographs of de Kooning, his studio, and works of art.
Oversized material housed in OVs 13, 16
6
2-19
De Kooning, Willem , circa 1960s
Includes photographs and transparencies of works of art.
7
1-7
De Kooning, Elaine , circa 1960-1977
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8
Dubuffet, Jean , circa 1972
7
9
D, General , circa 1960s
Folder 10: Salvador Dalí, Damian, Nassos Daphnis, Maria Helena Vierra da Silva, Don David, Gene Davis, Stuart Davis Luciano Da Vita, Lucien Day, DeChirico, George Deem, Nanno DeGroot, De Kermadec, Delacroix, Jacques Delahaye, Francesco del Cairo, Roberto de Lamonica, Walter de Maria, Agnes Denes, Robert De Niro; Folder 11: Andre Derain, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Nicolas de Stael, Roel d'Haese, Edwin Dickinson, Richard Diebenkorn, Marjorie di Lascia, Burgoyne Diller, Jim Dine, Lois Dodd, William Dole, Enrico Donati, Thomas Doughty, William F. Draper, Sherman Drexler, Charles Steven DuBack, Bernard Dufour, Dufy, Edward Dugmore, D'Vorzon, Friedebald Dzubas, Friedel Dzubas
7
10-11
E, General , circa 1960s
Thomas Eakins, Matta Echaurren, Arthur Elias, Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York, Max Ernst, (Akyavash) Erol, Maurice Esteve, Merlyn Evans, Philip Evergood
7
12
Frankenthaler, Helen , circa 1960s
7
13
F, General , circa 1960s
Paul Feeley, Lyonel Feininger, Apelles Fenosa, Herbert Ferber, John Ferran, Pedro Figari, Perle Fine, Joseph A. Fiore, Giosetta Fioroni, Stanley Fisher, Audrey Flack, Chaim Fleischman, Samson Flexor, Foldes, Jean Follett, Peter Forakis, Raquel Forner, Miles Forst, Sam Francis, Antonio Frasconi, Stan Freborg, William Freed, Ann Freilich, Jane Freilicher, Jared French, Elias Friedensohn, Arnold Friedman, Carole Friedman, Sideo Fromboluti, Stuart Homer Frost, Buckminster Fuller
7
14
Galleries , circa 1960s
Brata, Camino Gallery, March Gallery, Metropolitan, Tanager Gallery
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15-16
Gendell, Milton , 1957-1978
7
17
Gilbert and George , 1970-1971
7
18
Giulio Bolaffi Editore , 1972-1974
7
19
Gottlieb, Adolph , circa 1960s
7
20
G, General , circa 1960s
Folder 21: Joseph Gans, Mario Garcia, Franco Garelli, Eve Garrison, Lee Gatch, Walter Gaudnek, Vladimir Nickolayevich Gavrilov, Sonia Gechtoff, Joann Gedney, Bing S. Gee, Thomas George, Ilse Getz, Alberto Giacometti, Stefan Gierowski, Gilbert and George, Bruce Gilchrist, William Giles, James Gill, Giovanella; Folder 22: Santomaso Giuseppe, William Glackens, Fritz Glarner, Joseph Glasco, Judith Godwin, Elias Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Peter Golfinopoulos, Leon Golub, Julio Gonzalez, Sam Goodman, Robert Goodnough, Ron Gorchov, Sidney Gordin, Arshile Gorsky; Folder 23: John D. Graham, Marcelo Grassmann, Enrique Grau, Balcomb Greene, Gertrude Greene, Stephen Greene, John Grillo, Joan Gris, George Grosz, Bruno Groth, Giuseppe Guerreschi, O. Louis Guglielmi, Philip Guston, Jose Lewis Gutierrez
7
21-23
Hoffman, Hans , circa 1960s
7
24
H, General , circa 1960s
Folder 25: Richard Haas, Dimitri Hadzi, Raoul Hague, Hajdu, Theodore Halkin, Hamao Hamada, Richard Hamilton, David Hare, Paul Harris, Newton Harrison, James McDougal Hart, Grace Hartigan, Leon Hartl, Hans Hartung, James Harvey, Julius Hatofsky, Stanley William Hayter, Sally Hazelet, Zoltan Hecht, Charles Heidinreich, Al Held, Dorothy Heller; Folder 26: Jon Henry, Caspar Henselmann, Auguste Herbin, Patrick Heron, Clinton Hill, Fannie Hillsmith, Roger Hilton, Wolfgang Hollegha, Carl Holty, Winslow Homer, Budd Hopkins, Philippe Hosiasson, Charles Howard, John Hultberg, Ralph Humphrey
7
25-26
I, General , circa 1960s
Angelo Ippolito, Richard Ireland
7
27
Johns, Jasper , circa 1976
7
28
J, General , circa 1960s
Ward Jackson, David Jacobs, Joan Jacobs, Joseph Jakob, Maria Jarema, Paul Jenkins, Francis Jennings, Alfred Jenson, Dale Joe, Ban Johnson, Eastman Johnson, Lester Johnson, Philip C. Johnson, Ray Johnson, E. Powis Jones, Asger Jorn
7
29
Kline, Franz, circa 1958
8
1
K, General , circa 1960s
Folder 2: John Kacere, Reuben Kadish, Joseph Kagle, Wolf Kahn, Herbert Kallem, Vassily Kandinsky, Mitsuo Kano, Howard Kanovitz, Kansas City Art Museum and School of Design, Morris Kantor, Tadeusz Kantor, Allan Kaprow, Alex Katz, Robert Kaupelis, Stanley Kearl, James J. Kearns, Ellsworth Kelly, james Kelly, Zolton Kemeny, Moldakhmet Syzdykovich Kenbayev, John Frederick Kensett, Gyorgy Kepes, Kerkam, William Kienbusch, Frederick Kiesler, Bronislav Kievzkowski, Kenneth Kilstrom, William King, Alida Walsh Kiphe, Lyman Kipp, Paul Klee; Folder 3: Vera Klement, Ruth Kligman, Karl Knaths, Robert Knipschild, Lester Knorr, John Franklin Koenig, henry Koerner, Edmond Kohn, Gabriel Kohn, Maurice Koranievsky, Albert Kotin, Lee Krasner, George Kratina, Stanton Kreider, Irving Kriesberg, Terry Krumm, Nicolas and John Krushenick, Walter Kuhlmann, Tadeusz Kulisiewez, Frank Kupka, Yayoi Kusama, Tadaki Kuwayama
8
2-3
L, General , circa 1960s
Folder 4: Gaston Lachaise, Robert La Hotan, Paul Lancaster, Bernard Langlais, Andre Lanskoy, Fay Lansner, Peter Lanyon, Larianov, Ibram Lassaw, Henri Laurens, Sebastien LeClerc, Le Corbusier, Christos Lefakis, Fernand Leger, William R. Leigh, Selma Leone, Leonid, William E. Lescaze, Alfred Leslie (OV 13), John Levee, Mon Levinson, Israel Levitan, Hilda Levy, John Chapman Lewis, Landes Lewitin, Yuen-Chia Li, Alexander Liberman, Jean Liberte; Folder 5: Roy Lichtenstein, Linda Lindeberg, Richard Lindner, Jacques Lipchitz, Richard Lippold, John Little, El Lizzitzky, Frank Lobdell, Michael Loew, Vincent Longo, Abo khalil Lotfy, Morris Louis, Jack Lowe, Morton Lucks, Evert Lundquist, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (murals), Boris Lurie, Jere Lykins.
Oversized material on Leslie, Alfred housed in OV 13
8
4-5
Milles, Carl , circa 1958
8
6
M, General , circa 1960s
Folder 7: John McAndrew, Douglas McClellan, Helene McKinsey, William McLean, George McNeil, Harold McWhinnie, Mafai, Magritte, Robert Mallary, Man Ray, Irving Manoir, Leo Manso, Conrad Marca-Relli, Andre Marchand, Marcia Marcus, Brice Marden, Andre Marfaing, Boris Margo, John Marin, Marino Marini, Marisol (Escobar), Knox Martin, Alice Trumbull, Emily Mason; Folder 8: John Mason, Andre Masson, Georges Mathieu, Andrew Matlin, Joan Matthews, Henri Matisse, Walter Meigs, Salvatore S. Meo, Hedy Mergenthaler, Knut Merrild, Messagier, Lucjan Mianowski, Leo Micherson, Sam Middleton, Manolo Millares, Renee Miller, Joan Mitchell, Guido Molinari, Piet Mondrian, E. Montenegro, Henry Moore; Folder 9: Gustave Moreau, Alberto Moretti, Ennio Morlotti, Carl Morris, George L.K. Morris, Kyle Morris, George Morrison, Antoine Mortier, Edward Moses, Alvin Most, Robert Motherwell, Fateh El Moudaress, Luis Moyano, Jan Muller, Henry Mundy, Forrest Myers
8
7-9
Newman, Barnett , 1955-1972
8
10
Noguchi, Isamu , circa 1946
Oversized material housed in OVs 15-16
8
11
N, General , circa 1960s
Elie Nadelman, Emiko Nakano, Reuben Nakian, Abraham Naton, E.W. Nay, Reginald Neal, Alice Neel, Jack Nelson, J.B. Neumann, Louise Nevelson, Mike Nevelson, Newell, Roy Newell, New York School, Henry Niese, Constantino Nivolo, Emil Nolde, Anne Norwich
8
12
O, General , circa 1960s
Toshio Odate, Ciru Oduber, Pablo O'Higgins, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Ivan Olinsky, Jules Olitski, Earle Olsen, John Opper, Elsie Orfuss, Jose Clemente Orozco, George Ortman, Osborne, Alfonso Ossorio
8
13
P, General , circa 1960s
Folder 14: Stephen Pace, "Painting Prophecy": Personal Statements by Artists, K.C.S. Paniker, Raymond Parker, Berry Parsons, Felix Pasilis, Paslof, Patricia Passloff, Philip Pavia, Philip Pearlstein, Alicia Penalba, Irving Penn, Donald Perlis, Bart Perry, Roland Peterson, Ordan Petlevski, Zoran Petrovic, Shirley Young Pettibone, Bernard Pfriem, Gifford Phillips; Folder 15: Jean Piaubert, Pablo Picasso, Consagra Pietro, Edouard Pignon, Arthur Luis Piza, Plantier, Jackson Pollock, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Fairfield Porter, Richard Pousette-Dart, Prexler, John Purpura, Wallace Putnam
8
14-15
Q, General , circa 1960s
Harvey Quaytmans, Alberto Quintanilla, Ghermandi Quinto
8
16
Reinhardt, Ad , circa 1960-1977
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17
Reva , circa 1957
8
18
Rothko, Mark and Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. , circa 1957
8
19
R, General , circa 1960s
Folder 20: Leo Rabkin, Carlo Ramous, Abraham Rattner, Robert Rauschenberg, Odilon Redon, Wallace Reiss, Seymour Remenick, Milton Resnick, Jeanne Reynal, Augustin Theodule Ribot, Dan Rice, William Trost Richards, Robert Richenburg, Germaine Richier, George Rickey; Folder 21: Jean Paul Riopelle, Enrique Galdos Rivas, Larry Rivers, Dolona Roberts, Priscilla Roberts, Dorothea Rockburne, Raymond Rocklin, Umberto Romano, Samuel Romin, William Ronald, Alfredo Ruiz Rosas, Herman Rose, Ralph Rosenborg, Aaron Rosenman, James Rosenquist, Frank Roth, Anna Fell Rothstein, Shirley Rousseau-Murphy, Richards Ruben, Alfred Russell, James S. Russell, Morgan Russell
8
20-21
S, General , circa 1960s
Folder 22: Kay Sage, Attilio Salemme, Samartino, Gerald Samuels, Ludwig Sander, Joop Sanders, Luis Sanguino, Giuseppe Santomaso, Sao Paulo-Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo-VI Bienal, Antonio Saura, Tetsuro Sawada, David Sawin, Emilio Scanavino, Miriam (Mimi) Schapiro, William Scharf, Egon Schiele, Edith Schloss, Max Schnitzler, Nicolas Schoeffner, Charles Schucker, Jon Schueler, Bernard Schultoe, Emil Schumacher, James Schuyler, Ethel Schwabacher, Daniel Schwartz, Kurt Schwitters, William Scott; Folder 23: George Segal, Jason Seley, Charles Seliger, Giacoma Serpotta, Michael Seuphor, Gino Severini, Ben Shahn, Charles G. Shaw, Charles Sheeler, Han Shon-Ning, Thomas Sills, Walt Silver, Burt Silverman, Marilyn Silverstone, Sal Sirugo, Skaling, Sklavo, Walter Skrivseth, W. Slewinski, David Slivka; Folder 24: Kenneth Slote, Clifford Smith, David Smith, Hassell Smith, Leon Polk Smith, Tony Smith, Waldeman Smolrek, Walter Snelgrove, Hyde Solomon, Juan Soriano, Pierre Soulages, Giorgio Spaventa, Ray Spillenger, Max Spoerri, Francois Stahly, Theodoros Stamos, Richard P. Stankiewicz, Joe Stefanelli, Saul Steinberg, Frank Stella, Joseph Stella, John Stephan, Lewis M. Stern, Clyfford Still, Edward D. Stone, Frank Stout, K.G. Subramanyan, Sugai, George Sugarman, James Suzuki
8
22-24
T, General , circa 1960s
Anne Tabachnick, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Tazuko Tanaka, Tancredi, Yves Tanguy, Antonio Tapies, Frederic Taubes, Jane Teller, Pierre Terbois, Tomioka Tessai, Yvonne Thomas, Robert Tieman, Joe Tilson, Walasse Ting, Jean Tinguely, Murray Tinkelman, Mark Tobey, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Irwin Touster, Harold Town, Ernest Trova, Allen Tucker, Seymour Tubis, Richard Tum Suden, Giulio Turcato, William Turnbull, Stanley Twardowicz, Twiggs, Cy Twombly, Jack Tworkov
8
25
U, General , circa 1960s
Albert And Reva Urban, Tony Urquhart
9
1
V, General , circa 1960s
Olavi Valavuori, Tom Valentine, Mies Van Der Rohe, H.M. Van der Spoel, Theo Van Doesburg, Giuliano Vangi, Jan Van Heel, Bram Van Velde, Nicolas Vasilieff, Gene Vass, Frank Vavruska, Emilio Vedova, Juan Ventayol, Anita Ventura, Esteban Vicente, Juan Vilacases, Jacques Villon, Alfredo Volpi, John Von Wicht, Charmion Von Wiegand, Peter Voulkos
9
2
W, General , circa 1960s
Jaap Wagemaker, Andy Warhol, Jo Warner, Robert M. Watts, Idele Weber, Max Weber, Hugh Weiss, Livingston Welch, Tom Wesselmann, Pennerton West, Cliff Westermann, Robert Wiegand, William Wiley, Evelyn Williams, Bryan Wilson, Jane Wilson, Fritz Winter, Joseph Winter, Anatol Wladyslaw, Emerson Woelffer, Philip Wofford, Sidney Wolfson, Wolfgang Schulze Wols, Conrad Woods, Stanley Woodward, Fritz Wotruba, Zao Wou-Ki, Frank Lloyd Wright
9
3
Xceron, Jean , circa 1960s
9
4
Y, General , circa 1960s
Noriko Yamamoto, Phyllis Yampolsky, Manoucher Yektai, David Young, Tom Young, Jack Youngerman, Adja Yunkers
9
5
Z, General , circa 1960s
Athos Zacharias, Alfredo Zalce, Wilfred Zogbaum
9
6
Miscellaneous , undated
Includes African art, ancient art, European (old masters), tapestries, European (19th century), Japanese art, medieval art, Nepalese, Paraguay (missionary Baroque), Armenian church sculpture, Scythian art, Soviet art, and other subjects.
9
7-10
Oversized De Kooning, Willem Photographs from Box 6, Folders 2-19, undated
OV 13
Oversized De Kooning, Willem Photographs from Box 6, Folders 2-19, undated
OV 16
Oversized L-General - Leslie, Alfred from Box 8, Folders 4-5, circa 1963
OV 13
Oversized Noguchi, Isamu from Box 8, Folder 11, circa 1966
OV 15
Oversized Noguchi, Isamu from Box 8, Folder 11, circa 1966
OV 16

Series 5: Printed Materials , 1943-1978
0.5 Linear feet
Box 9, OV 11

Printed materials include a "Students for Stevenson" printed scarf, brochures and flyers, clippings that feature articles on or by Hess and others, magazines and newspapers, press releases announcing art exhibitions, and travel memorabilia.
Description Container Select
Artifact, Printed Scarf , circa 1950s
9
11
Brochures and Flyers , 1945-1975
9
12
Clippings , 1945-1978, undated
9
14-15
Magazines , 1943-1968
9
16
Memorabilia , circa 1960-1970s
9
17
Newspapers , 1962
Oversized material housed in OV 11
9
18
Press Releases , undated, 1958-1978
9
19
Oversized Newspapers from Box 9, Folder 18, 1955
OV 11

Series 6: Photographic Materials , 1949-circa 1960s
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 9-10, OV 14

Professional photographs and snapshots of Hess, passport photos of Hess and his wife Audrey, and snapshots of other family members are in this series. Other photographs are of Larry Rivers, Ad Reinhardt, and others; works of art; Hess' travels to Europe; and views of a house and grounds. Two sets of slides are of architecture, outdoor scenes, and snapshots of people taken during Hess' travels. Additional slides, transparencies, and negatives are also found throughout the series.
Description Container Select
Hess , circa 1960s
9
20
Hess and Audrey Hess, Passport Photos , 1949
9
21
Family , circa 1960s
9
22
Artists and Others , circa 1960s
Oversized material housed in OV 14
9
23
Works of Art , circa 1960s
Oversized material housed in OV 14
9
24-27
Travel , circa 1960s
9
28
House Interior and Exterior Views , circa 1960s
9
29
Travel , circa 1960s
1 Slide box
10
1
Travel and Works of Art , circa 1960s
1 Slide box
10
2
Oversized Artists and Others, and Works of Art from Box 9, Folders 23-27, undated
OV 14

Series 7: Artwork , 1939-1978
0.4 Linear feet
Box 10, OV 11

Artwork includes drawings in mixed media, paintings, and a painted collage by Hess, as well as, paintings, cartoons, and holiday cards made by Hess and his children. Artwork by others includes a notebook of drawings accompanied by writings by an unidentified artist, a couple of paintings, and a signed collage from Audrey and Lawrence Campbell. The cartoons may be the work of Ad Reinhardt.
Description Container Select
By Hess, Drawings, Paintings, and Collage , 1939-1977
Oversized material housed in OV 11
10
3-4
By Hess and Family , circa 1950-circa 1970
10
5
By Others, Drawings , circa 1960s
Oversized material housed in OV 11
10
6
By Others, Cartoons , undated
10
7
By Others, Notebook , undated
10
8
By Others, Paintings , 1967-1978
10
9
By Others, Collage , undated
10
10
Oversized Artwork by Hess and By Others, Drawings from Box 10, Folders 3-5, 7, circa 1960s
OV 11

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