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Vaclav Vytlacil papers, 1885-1990

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 10 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1885, 1933-1981
3 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material includes ancestral documents, membership cards and certificates for organizations including the Art Students League and Audubon Artists, and miscellaneous biographical accounts for Vytlacil.
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Birth Certificate for Anna and Death Certificate for Unidentified Relative, 1885
1
1
Membership Cards and Certificates, 1942-1955
1
2
Miscellaneous Biographical Notes for Vytlacil, 1933-1981, undated
1
3

Series 2: Correspondence , 1911-1985
2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 7

Correspondence consists of letters exchanged between Vytlacil and his wife and colleagues including Josef Albers, Worden Day, Hugo Feigl, John Haley, Alfred Jensen, Irving Manoir, Mercedes Matter, Worth Ryder, Ernest Thurn, and Glenn Wessels. There are single letters from Romare Bearden, Joseph Hirshhorn, Miz Hofmann, and Ludwig Sander. The letters primarily discuss art school-related matters and the exhibition and sale of Vytlacil's work.
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Correspondence, undated
1
4-5
Correspondence, 1911
1
6
Correspondence, 1912
1
7-14
Correspondence, 1913
1
15-18
Correspondence, 1916
1
19
Correspondence, 1920-1926
1
20
Correspondence, 1927
Oversized material housed in Box 7
1
21
Correspondence, 1928
1
22
Correspondence, 1929
1
23
Correspondence, 1930
1
24
Correspondence, 1931-1932
1
25
Correspondence, 1933
1
26
Correspondence, 1935
1
27
Correspondence, 1936
1
28-32
Correspondence, 1937
1
33-34
Correspondence, 1938-1939
1
35
Correspondence, 1940
1
36
Correspondence, 1941
1
37
Correspondence, 1942
1
38-40
Correspondence, 1943
1
41-46
Correspondence, 1944
1
47-51
Correspondence, 1945
1
52-57
Correspondence, 1946
1
58
Correspondence, 1947
1
59-60
Correspondence, 1948
1
61-62
Correspondence, 1949
1
63-65
Correspondence, 1950
1
66-69
Correspondence, 1951
1
70-72
Correspondence, 1952
1
73-74
Correspondence, 1953
1
75-76
Correspondence, 1954
1
77-79
Correspondence, 1955
1
80
Correspondence, 1956
1
81
Correspondence, 1957
1
82
Correspondence, 1958
1
83
Correspondence, 1959
1
84
Correspondence, 1960
2
1
Correspondence, 1961-1962
2
2
Correspondence, 1963
2
3
Correspondence, 1964
2
4
Correspondence, 1965
2
5
Correspondence, 1966
2
6-7
Correspondence, 1967
2
8-9
Correspondence, 1968
2
10-12
Correspondence, 1969
2
13
Correspondence, 1970
2
14
Correspondence, 1971
2
15-17
Correspondence, 1972
2
18-22
Correspondence, 1973
2
23-34
Correspondence, 1974
2
35-42
Correspondence, 1975
2
43-51
Correspondence, 1976
2
52-56
Correspondence, 1977
2
57-60
Correspondence, 1978
2
61-62
Correspondence, 1979
2
63-64
Correspondence, 1980
2
65-67
Correspondence, 1981
2
68-69
Correspondence, 1982
2
70
Correspondence, 1983
2
71
Correspondence, 1984-1985
2
72
Oversized Draft of Letter from Vytlacil to His Wife from Box 1, Folder 21, 1927
7

Series 3: Business Records , 1912-1982
11 Folders
Box 3

Business records consist of legal documents primarily concerning Vytlacil's employment as an art instructor and scattered financial records.
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City of New York Teaching Licenses, 1914-1916
3
1
Art Students League Teaching Contracts, 1935-1961
3
2-4
Art Students League Employees' Benefit Plan, 1946
3
5
Dalton School Teaching Contracts, 1937-1954
3
6
Reorganization Documents Concerning Dalton Schools, Inc., 1942-1945
3
7
Record Book of Expenditures, 1912-1916
3
8
Account Book for Summer School in Edgartown, Massachusetts, 1949
3
9
Ledger of Artwork Sold, 1969
3
10
Miscellaneous Records and Receipts, 1931-1982, undated
3
11

Series 4: Notes and Writings , 1928-1978
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 3, 7

This series includes notebooks concerning artist materials, address lists, lists of purchasers of Vytlacil's work, lecture notes, annual reports and minutes of meetings held by various schools in which Vytlacil was an instructor, and miscellaneous notes and typescripts by Vytlacil and others concerning art-related topics.
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Address Books, undated
3
12-13
Address Lists, 1971-1978, undated
3
14
Notebook 1 Concerning Artists' Materials, undated
3
15
Notebook 2 Concerning Artists' Materials, undated
3
16
Notebook 3 Concerning Artists' Materials, undated
3
17
Lists of Purchasers of Vytlacil's Work, 1971-1973, undated
3
18
Lists of Artwork, 1963-1973, undated
3
19
Lists of Artwork Sent to Feigl Gallery, 1946-1953
3
20
List of Artwork Sent to the Montclair Museum, 1975
3
21
Notebook Concerning Exhibitions, 1959-1963
3
22
Lecture Notes for University of California, Berkeley, Summer Sessions, 1928-1929, undated
3
23
Lecture Notes for University of California, Berkeley, Summer Sessions, 1928-1929, undated
3
24-27
Annual Reports for Department of Art, Queens College, 1942-1944
3
28-29
Minutes of Meetings at Queens College, 1942-1945
3
30-33
Lectures Notes from Queens College, 1942-1945
3
34-35
Miscellaneous Notes Concerning Queens College, 1942-1945, undated
3
36-44
List of Students at Dalton School, 1947-1948
3
45
Notebook 1 Concerning Edgartown Summer School, 1947
3
46
Notebook 2 Concerning Edgartown Summer School, 1948
3
47
Notebook 3 Concerning Edgartown Summer School, 1950
3
48
Notebook 4 Concerning Edgartown Summer School, 1954
3
49
Annual Reports for the Art Students League, 1948-1951
3
50
Miscellaneous Class Outlines, undated
3
51-52
Miscellaneous Lecture Notes, undated
3
53-59
Notes on "Dynamic Symmetry,", 1960
3
60
Autobiographical Account, undated
3
61-62
Typescript "Special Events,"?, undated
3
63
Manuscript Concerning Art History Education, undated
3
64
Typescript "The Development of the Creative Process,", undated
3
65
Typescript "The Motif,", undated
3
66
Typescript Concerning Positano, Italy, 1932
3
67
Draft of Book on the Techniques of Painting, 1954
3
68-70
Typescript "Or So I Think" by Frederick Childs, undated
3
71
Typescript "March of Time" by an Unidentified Author, undated
3
72
Typescript "American Geometric Abstraction of the 1930s" by John Gordon, 1962
3
73
Miscellaneous Writings by Students, 1945, undated
3
74
Typescript on Vytlacil by Murray Turnbull , undated
Oversized material housed in Box 7
3
75
Oversized Typescript on Vytlacil by Murray Turnbull from Box 3, Folder 75, undated
7

Series 5: Interviews (Sound Recordings) , 1974, 1984
2 Folders
Box 4

Three audio-cassettes contain interviews with Vytlacil and with his students and associates.
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Untranscribed Audio-Cassette Interview of Vytlacil by Susan Larsen, 1974
4
1
Untranscribed Audio-Cassette Interviews of Vytlacil's Students and Associates, 1984
4
2

Series 6: Artwork , 1921-1952
5 Folders
Boxes 4, 7

Artwork consists of drawings by Vytlacil and others, etchings by Betty Vytlacil, and a color woodcut by Zalmar.
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Miscellaneous Drawings by Vytlacil, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 7
4
3
Drawing and Etchings by Betty Vytlacil, 1921, undated
4
4
Drawing by Majka Vurmova, undated
4
5
Woodcut by Zalmar, 1952
Oversized material housed in Box 7
4
6
Oversized Sheet of Drawings by Vytlacil from Box 4, Folder 3, undated
7
Oversized Color Woodcut by Zalmar from Box 4, Folder 6, 1952
7

Series 7: Scrapbooks , 1927-1979
4 Folders
Boxes 4,7

Scrapbooks 1 and 2 contain clippings, lecture announcements, and exhibition announcements and catalogs. Scrapbooks 3 and 4 contain artwork by students compiled as get-well gifts for Vytlacil.
Description Container Select
Scrapbooks 1-2, 1927-1942, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 7
4
7
Scrapbook 3, 1978
4
8
Scrapbook 4, 1979
4
9
Oversized Scrapbooks 1-2 from Box 4, Folder 7, 1927-1942, undated
7

Series 8: Printed Material , 1912-1990
1.3 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5, 7

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Vytlacil and others, copies of Vytlacil's high school year book, art school brochures, programs, and miscellaneous brochures.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1912-1984, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 7
4
10-44
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1936-1990, undated
4
45-62
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1960-1983
4
63-64
High School Yearbooks, 1912
5
1-2
Calendars of Events, 1947-1968
5
3-5
Programs, 1975
5
6
Miscellaneous Art School Catalogs, 1937-1983, undated
5
7-15
Auction Catalog, 1970
5
16
Booklet "By-Laws of the Board of Education of the City of New York,", 1939
5
17
Miscellaneous Brochures, 1966-1976, undated
5
18-19
Miscellaneous Printed Material and Draft Proof of Magazine Cover by Vytlacil , undated
Oversized material housed in Box 7
5
20
Oversized Clipping, Life Magazine from Box 4, Folders 10-44, 1957
7
Oversized Clipping from Box 4, Folders 10-44, 1972
7
Oversized Draft Proof of Magazine Cover Designed by Vytlacil from Box 5, Folder 20, 1947
7

Series 9: Photographs , 1906-1976
27 Folders
Boxes 6-7

Photographs are of Vytlacil, family members, residences, exhibitions, artwork, and colleagues including Blanche Lazzell, and Irving Manoir with Diego Rivera. There are photographs of Hans Hofmann's Munich art class picturing students Alice Fish, Betty Foster, Edgar Ruprecht, Isabel Ruprecht, and Ernest Thurn, and photographs of miscellaneous outings by Vytlacil's art classes.
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Photographs of Vytlacil, 1906-1973, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 7
6
1-3
Photographs of Family Members, 1927-1934, undated
6
4
Photographs of Miscellaneous Residences, 1929-1935, undated
6
5
Photographs of Travel, 1925-1960
6
6
Photographs of Art Class Outings, 1951-1953
6
7
Photographs of Vytlacil with Colleagues, 1926-1949, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 7
6
8-10
Photographs of an Exhibition Installation, undated
6
11
Photographs of Artwork by Vytlacil, 1948-1976, undated
6
12-26
Photographs of Artwork by Others, undated
6
27
Oversized Photograph of Vytlacil as an Instructor from Box 6, Folders 1-3, 1946
7
Oversized Photograph of Blanche Lazzell and Her House from Box 6, Folders 8-10, undated
7

Series 10: Motion Picture Film , circa 1938-1968
1 Film reel
FC 8

One reel of motion picture film, 8 mm, shows views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty from a boat and a family outing with a child in the park.
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Home movies, circa 1938-1968
1 Film reel
black and white, silent
8 mm
FC 8

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