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Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949

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1.1: Correspondence , 1912-1914

This series contains correspondence among Armory Show organizers, artists, dealers, collectors, vendors, publicists, and the public concerning the planning, production, and reception of the exhibition in New York, Chicago, and Boston.
Unless otherwise noted, incoming and outgoing correspondence has been interfiled and arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Often only unsigned carbons of outgoing correspondence exists for a listed correspondent. When a correspondent has less than five items in a series, their letters have been placed in general alphabetical files, whose contents are listed under their file heading. Announcements written by AAPS members and sent to multiple recipients have been filed under the heading "Association of American Painters and Sculptors," regardless of the signature.
Correspondence is divided into the following six groups.
  • 1.1.1: Organizers' Letters
  • 1.1.2: Artists and Lenders Correspondence
  • 1.1.3: Insurers, Packers, and Shippers Correspondence
  • 1.1.4: Publicity
  • 1.1.5: Traveling Exhibition
  • 1.1.6: Sales Correspondence
Details of the content and arrangement of each group can be found with their box and folder listing below.
1.1.1: Organizers' Letters, 1912-1913
Organizers' Letters include letters written by Arthur B. Davies and Walt Kuhn. Recipients include Walter Pach, Walt Kuhn, and Vera Kuhn. Letters describe Kuhn's and Davies' travel to Europe to collect works to exhibit, preparations in New York, and the traveling exhibitions in Chicago and Boston. Several letters from Walt Kuhn are illustrated, and a floor plan of a proposed installation in the Armory is among Davies' letters. One postcard to Vera Kuhn from Boston is signed by Maurice and Charles Prendergast and Frederick James Gregg, as well as by Walt Kuhn.
Additional letters from Walt Kuhn to his wife before and after his Armory Show activities can be found in Series 4.2: Walt Kuhn Letters to Family.
Letters are separated by author and arranged chronologically.
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Arthur B. Davies, 1912-1913
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Arthur B. Davies (copies), 1912-1913
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Walt Kuhn to Vera Kuhn, 1912-1913
3 Folders
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Walt Kuhn to Vera Kuhn (copies), 1912-1913
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Walt Kuhn to Walter Pach, 1912-1913
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Walt Kuhn to Walter Pach (copies), 1912-1913
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1.1.2: Artists and Lenders Correspondence, 1912-1913
Artists and Lenders Correspondence includes correspondence between organizers and artists, dealers, collectors, and other potential contributors to the exhibition. Included are letters from Oscar Bluemner, Constantin Brancusi, Robert Delaunay, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Arthur J. Eddy, Erich Heckel, Edvard Munch, Maurice Prendergast, John Quinn, Odilon Redon, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, Leo and Michael Stein, Ambrose Vollard, and Jack B. Yeats, among others.
This group is divided geographically between domestic and European correspondents, and is arranged alphabetically by name. Americans living in Europe at the time of the show are generally filed in the European correspondence. In addition to letters, this series contains occasional translations of letters from French or German, and a handful of lists of works or notes found with correspondence.
Additional correspondence with artists, dealers, and patrons can be found in Armory Show Sales Correspondence (Series 1.1.6).
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Domestic, A-D, 1912-1913
  • Alger, John H.
  • Andrews, J.B.
  • Association of American Painters and Sculptors
  • Barnard, George Gray
  • Beach, Chester
  • Birnbaum, Martin
  • Bjorkman, Olaf
  • Bliss, Lily
  • Bloodgood, M. Seymour
  • Bluemner, Oscar
  • Bush, Mrs. Wendell T.
  • Brewer, Bessie M.
  • Brown, F. William
  • Chaffee, O.N.
  • Cheever, Elizabeth S.
  • Chew, Amos
  • Coates, Miss
  • Currier, Miss (Daughter of J. Frank Currier)
  • Dabo, Mrs. Leon
  • Dabo, Leon
  • Dasburg, Andrew (see Johnson, Grace M.)
  • Davidson, Jo
  • Dodge, Mrs. Edwin Shurill (Mabel)
  • Drake, Alexander W.
  • Dreier, Katherine S.
  • Dreyfous, Florence
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Domestic, E-J, 1912-1913
  • Eddy, Arthur J.
  • Eels, Jean
  • Fairbanks, Mr. (Boston)
  • Field, Hamilton
  • Flint, Annie Austin
  • Freeman, Charles H.
  • Gans, Mrs. Howard
  • Gellatly, John
  • Glintenkamp, Henry I.
  • The Gorham Co.
  • Guinness, Mrs. Arthur
  • Guinness, Mrs. Benjamin S.
  • Hannah, Zoe
  • Hardon, Mrs. Henry W.
  • Harley, Charles R.
  • Hartshorn, Robert
  • Haviland, Paul
  • Horter, E.
  • Johnson, Grace M.
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Domestic, E-J (copies), 1912-1913
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Domestic, Keller, Henry G., 1912-1913
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Domestic, K-R, 1912-1913
  • Kuhn, Walt
  • Loewenstein, Dr. Helen C.
  • Macbeth, William
  • Mather, Frank J. Jr.
  • McGrath, Mrs. F.S.
  • McKinney, Miss E.
  • Meltzer, Charlotte
  • Morgan, Daniel H.
  • Ninkivell, Frank S.
  • Norton, Mrs. Porter
  • Oakman, John
  • Of, George F.
  • Pepper, Charles Hovey
  • Pleuthner, Walter Karl
  • Potter, Louis (see Gorham Co.)
  • Prendergast, Maurice
  • Pruyn, Francis L.
  • Quinn, John
  • Reisinger, Hugo
  • Rumsey, Mrs. Charles Cary
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Domestic, Stieglitz, Alfred, 1912-1913
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Domestic, Stieglitz, Alfred (copies), 1912-1913
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Domestic, S-Y, 1912-1913
  • Schamberg, Morton L.
  • Sears, Mrs. Montgomery
  • Sheeler, Charles R.
  • Spingarn, A.B.
  • Stein, Mrs. (New York)
  • Sumner, John Osborne
  • Tison, Mrs. Alexander
  • Torrey, Frederic C.
  • Walter, Martha
  • Willard, Mary Livingston
  • Williams, Lloyd
  • Young, Arthur
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Europe, Artz and de Bois, (see also Bois, J.H. de), 1912-1913
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Europe, Bernheim Jeune and Cie, 1912-1913
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Europe, Butler, Theodore E., 1912-1913
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Europe, Druet, Emile (Galerie E. Druet), 1912-1913
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Europe, General A-D and illegible, 1912-1913
  • [illegible signature]
  • Archipenko, Alexander
  • Association of American Painters and Sculptors
  • Bernard, Joseph
  • Bois, J.H. de
  • Bourgeois, Stephan
  • Brancusi, Constantin
  • Chabaud, Auguste
  • Chadbourne, Mrs. Emily Crane (see Molitor, M. et Mme.)
  • Delaunay, Robert
  • Dell, Robert ( The Burlington Magazine, The Nation)
  • Dirks, Rudolph
  • Duchamp-Villon, Raymond
  • Dunoyer de Segonzac, André
  • Durand-Ruel and Sons (Paris)
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Europe, General A-D and illegible (copies), 1912-1913
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Europe, M. Flechtheim (Alfred Flechtheim), 1912-1913
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Europe, Hans Goltz (Neue Kunst), 1912-1913
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Europe, General, H-N, 1912-1913
  • Heckel, Erich
  • Howard, Cecil
  • Kirstein, Alfred
  • John, Augustus
  • Kahnweiler, Henry
  • Lehmbruck, Wilhelm
  • Molitor, M. et Mme.
  • Munch, Edvard
  • Nadelman, Eli
  • Neue Seccession Berlin
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Europe, General, H-N (copies), 1912-1913
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Europe, Thannhauser, Heinrich (Moderne Galerie), 1912-1913
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Europe, General, P-Y, 1912-1913
  • Pryde, James
  • Redon, Odilon
  • Reimers, Hermann
  • Roosevelt, A.
  • Rosenberg, Leonce
  • Segal, Arthur
  • Sickert, Walter
  • Stein, Leo
  • Stein, M.
  • Vollard, Ambroise
  • Waldau, Grete
  • Yeats, Jack B.
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1.1.3: Insurers, Packers, and Shippers Correspondence, 1912-1913
Correspondence with Insurers, Packers, and Shippers contains inventories, receipts, and correspondence detailing arrangements for the physical handling and security of works included in the show, and correspondence relating to insurance claims on exhibited works.
Artists' and lenders' correspondence regarding insurance and shipping is filed in Artists and Lenders Correspondence (Series 1.1.2). Extensive correspondence regarding the shipment of works to Chicago and Boston is filed in Traveling Exhibition Correspondence (Series 1.1.5). Additional shipping information can be found in the annotated catalogs filed in Printed Material and Memorabilia (Series 1.5).
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Adams Express Company, 1913
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Austin, Baldwin and Co. (Mr. Fleming), 1913
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Blaiklock Bros. Limited, 1913
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Chenue, J., 1912
Oversized material housed in Box 27
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Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, 1913
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Doll and Richards, Inc., 1913
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Hensel, Bruckmann and Lorbacher, 1913
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Lloyd Anglo-Francais, 1912-1913
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O'Brien Art Galleries (see Adams Express Company)
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Pottier, Ch., 1912-1913
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Frederic B. Thomason, Insurer, 1913
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United States Lloyd's, 1913
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Wetsch (Gebrüder Wetsch, Wetsch's Kunst und Mobiltransport in München), 1912-1913
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General C-W, 1913
  • Collector of Customs, New York City
  • H. Desmidt and Co.
  • Harlem Terminal Storage and Warehouse Company
  • Milch, Mr. D.
  • Quinn, John (see Watson, John)
  • Watson, John
  • Willard, Mr. (New York; see Compagnie Générale Transatlantique)
  • Wilson, Louis
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Packing list of J. Chenue, 1912
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, F32
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1.1.4: Publicity, 1912-1913
The bulk of correspondence concerning the production and promotion of the Armory Show is filed here. Subjects include real estate matters, press coverage, art work reproductions, invitations, publications, merchandise, and fundraising. Correspondence by artists, dealers, and collectors concerning these subjects has been filed in Artists and Lenders Correspondence (Series 1.1.2).
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Beatty, John W. (Carnegie Institute), 1913
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General A-B and illegible, 1913
  • [3 letters with illegible signatures]
  • Abbott, J.B. (Art Association of Montreal)
  • Abendschein, Albert
  • A.C. Rowe and Son
  • Allen, C.L.
  • Alverson Press
  • Angue, D.G. ( Everybody's Magazine)
  • Ashwell, Thomas E. ( Arts and Decoration)
  • Association of American Painters and Sculptors
  • Austin, W.C. (Actors' Fund of America)
  • Bach, Richard J. (Columbia University, School of Architecture)
  • Bain, George Grantham (Daily Illustrated News Service)
  • Bains, William M.
  • Barnard College
  • Bell, E. ( The Outlook)
  • Berg, G.L. (Washington State Art Association)
  • Bidwell, C.B. (Atlanta Art Association)
  • Bied, Louis (see Druet, E.)
  • Blake, W.B. ( The Independent, New York)
  • Brinton, Christian (The Players, New York)
  • Bowerman, George F. (Public Library of the District of Columbia)
  • Budworth, W.S.
  • Burlington Magazine
  • Burrell, Mr. (Department of Agriculture, Canada)
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Churchill, Alfred Vance (Smith College Art Dept.), 1913
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Conley, Col. Louis D. (69th Regiment Infantry N.G.N.Y.), 1912-1913
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Conley, Col. Louis D. (69th Regiment Infantry N.G.N.Y.) (copies), 1912-1913
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Crowninshield, Frank (The Century Co.), 1913
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General C-E, 1913
  • Carruth, Hayden ( Woman's Home Companion)
  • Chase, Otto B.
  • Clark, G.G. (Blackman-Ross Company, Advertising)
  • Cobb, Anna L. (Department of Applied Art, Board of Education, Cleveland, OH)
  • Cohen, Lewis
  • Colgate and Company
  • College of the City of New York
  • Columbia University Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Consolidated Gas Co.
  • Croker National Fire Prevention and Engineering Co.
  • Crowley, Mrs. F.B. (Art Advisory Committee, Des Moines, IA)
  • Curtiss, J.P. (Marconi Wireless Daily Papers)
  • Davidge, Clara
  • Dion, F. L. (E.E. Vreeland, Advertising, Inc.)
  • Douglas, Mr. (F.W. Woolworth)
  • Druet, E. (Photographie D'Oeuvres D'Art)
  • du Bois, Guy Pène (see Ashwell, Thomas E.)
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Holland, R.A. (City Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO), 1913
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Irving, F. (Geo. R. Read and Co., Real Estate), 1913
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General F-I, 1913
  • Fackenthal, F.D. (Columbia University)
  • Falcke, Dr. (see Wenzel, R.A.)
  • Fant, John
  • Flagg, Maurice I. (Minnesota State Art Society)
  • Fox, William Henry (Central Museum, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; see also Hooper, Franklin W.)
  • Gardner, Isabella S.
  • Gaylor, A.C.( Arts and Decoration)
  • Goewey, Ed ( Kansas City Post)
  • Goodale and Hanson
  • Hamilton, Mr. (Holmes Electric Protective Company)
  • Hefter, Hannah Henrietta
  • Henderson, Helen W. ( The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Hermann, Mr. (Verlag Der Sturm)
  • Herzfeld-Phillipson Co., Boston Store
  • Holm, Frits V. ( The Copenhagen)
  • Hooper, Franklin W. (Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences)
  • Howells, John Mead
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Koehler, Robert (Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts and School of Art), 1913
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Lamb, James E., 1913
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Loweree, W.D. (The Whitehead and Hoag Co.), 1912-1913
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General J-L, 1912-1913
  • Johnson, John G.
  • Juley, Peter A.
  • Katz, Miss (Greenhut-Siegel Cooper Co.)
  • Keipp, Mary M.
  • Keyser, P. de (Merick Reynolds Fine Arts)
  • Kneeland, Marjorie (Music School Settlement)
  • Knoedler, Roland
  • Komroff, Manuel (Francisco Ferrer Association)
  • Krone, W.
  • Laker, John W.E.
  • Laurvik, J. Neilson
  • Lenygon, H. (Lynygon and Morant, Inc.)
  • Levy, Florence N. ( American Art Annual; see also Bowerman, George F.)
  • Lublin, Mrs. C. Owen ( Town and Country)
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General M-N, 1912-1913
  • Mahlberg, Paul
  • Major, Lilian D.
  • Morison, David
  • Mosley, Helen E.
  • Myers, John Andrew (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)
  • Nelson, W.H. (The International Studio)
  • New York Armory (see Conley, Col. Louis D.)
  • New York Edison Co.
  • New York Public Library
  • New York Telephone Co.
  • New York University
  • Noël, Rev. Brother (La Salle Academy)
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General O-R, 1912-1913
  • Oppenheimer, Mr.
  • Pardle, William S.
  • Pardo, L. Lara ( Cosmos magazine)
  • Postmaster, Madison Square Garden
  • Poth, Mr. (the Sportsmens Show)
  • President, The White House
  • Preyer, D.C.
  • Putnam, Alice
  • Quinn, John
  • Reid, Miss C.W. (Normal College of the City of NY)
  • Robbins, Leona
  • Roberts, Mary F.
  • Roeder, Miss (R.H. Macy and Co.)
  • Romeike, Henry (Henry Romeike Inc.)
  • Roosevelt, Theodore
  • Rutter, Frank
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Sulzer, William (Governor of New York State), 1913
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General S-T, 1912-1913
  • Sage, Cornelia (Buffalo Fine Arts Academy)
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Saturday Evening Post
  • Schulman, Gabriel
  • Schultheis, Henry (Henry Schultheis Co.)
  • Sloan, Anna M. (The Masses Publishing Co.)
  • Staats Zeitung
  • Stevens, George W. (Toledo Museum of Art)
  • Teachers College
  • Thomson, John (The Free Library of Philadelphia)
  • Titus, A.B. (International Panama-California Exposition)
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General, W-Z, 1913
  • Wager-Smith, Miss Curtis
  • Watt, D.A.
  • Wenzel, R.A. (Imperial German Consulate, New York)
  • Wiegand, Henry H. (Charcoal Club)
  • Willard, Elisa May (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
  • Willis, Mr. (Office of the Fire Commissioner, New York)
  • Ziegler, Francis S. ( The Philadelphia Record)
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1.1.5: Traveling Exhibition, 1912-1914
This series documents the modified exhibitions sent to the Art Institute of Chicago (March 24 to April 16, 1913) and the Copley Society of Boston (April 28 to May 19, 1913). The bulk of correspondence is between Armory Show organizers and officials at the Chicago and Boston venues, including Walt Kuhn, Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, Frederick James Gregg, Elmer MacRae, and John Quinn, William M.R. French, Arthur T. Aldis, N.H. Carpenter, J.F. Coolidge, Holker Abbott, and Desmond Fitzgerald.
Correspondence among exhibit organizers regarding sales made during the traveling exhibition is also filed here. A contract between the AAPS and the Copley Society, referred to in a telegram of March 4, 1913, is filed with that telegram. Correspondence regarding a contract dispute between the AAPS and the Copley Society is also filed in this series. Arrangement is chronological.
Additional correspondence relating to the traveling exhibition can be found in Walt Kuhn's letters to Vera Kuhn in Organizers' Letters (Series 1.1.1).
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Traveling Exhibition, 1912-1914
6 Folders
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1.1.6: Sales Correspondence, 1913
Sales Correspondence contains the bulk of correspondence regarding the sale, payment, and delivery of works bought at the exhibition, as well as inquiries and acknowledgements made by the buyers and artists. This correspondence is most often of a perfunctory nature, listing works and prices or other arrangements.
In addition to correspondence in this series, information about exhibition sales can be found in Traveling Exhibition Correspondence (Series 1.1.5), Armory Show Notes (Series 1.4) and in the marked catalogs in Printed Materials and Memorabilia (Series 1.5).
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Artz and de Bois, 1913
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Druet, Emile (E. Druet Galerie), 1913
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Goltz, Hans (Neue Kunst), 1913
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General, A-K, 1913
  • Archipenko, Alexander
  • Barnes, A.C.
  • Beach, Chester
  • Blanchet, Alexander
  • Boudelle, E.A.
  • Bourgeois, Stephan (see Chapman, Frederic A.)
  • Burroughs, Bryson (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Chabaud, August
  • Chapman, Frederic A. (see also Torrey, Frederic C.)
  • Clark, Stephen C.
  • Coluzzi, Howard
  • Dearden, Frank Jay
  • DeKay, Charles
  • Duchamp-Villon, Raymond
  • Dunoyer de Segonzac, André
  • Flechtheim, Arthur
  • Gliezes, Albert
  • Hannah, Zoe
  • Harsted, R.H.
  • Hays, Lydia D.
  • Henri, Robert
  • Hessel, Joseph
  • Higgins, Eugene
  • Hopper, Edward
  • Jansen, F.M.
  • Kahnweiller, Henry
  • Kretz, Mr.
  • Kapferer, Marcel
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General, L-P, 1913
  • Lee, Arthur
  • Lehmbruck, Wilhelm
  • Lie, Jonas
  • Luks, George
  • Marcus, George
  • McKinney, Ethelyn
  • Morris, Dave H.
  • Oppenheimer, Louis de L.
  • Pach, Walter
  • Pascin, Jules
  • Picabia, Francis
  • Porter, George F.
  • Porter, Harold E.
  • Prendergast, Maurice
  • Pruyn, Francis L.
  • Pryde, James
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Tuttle, William F. (Friends of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago), 1913
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General, Q-Z, 1913
  • Quinn, John
  • Radeke, E.G.
  • Redon, Odilon
  • Robinson, Boardman
  • Russell, Morgan
  • Sheldrick, Richard
  • Sousa Cardoza, Amadeo De
  • Thannhauser, Heinrich
  • Torrey, Frederic C.
  • Uhde, Wilhelm
  • Vollard, Ambroise
  • Yeats, Jack B.
  • Young, Arthur
  • Zak, Eugene
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