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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
1
1
Arthur B. Davies (copies), 1912-1913
1
2
Walt Kuhn to Vera Kuhn, 1912-1913
3 folders
1
3-5
Walt Kuhn to Vera Kuhn (copies), 1912-1913
1
6
Walt Kuhn to Walter Pach, 1912-1913
1
7
Walt Kuhn to Walter Pach (copies), 1912-1913
1
8
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
1
9
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.
1
10
Domestic, E-J (copies), 1912-1913
1
11
Domestic, Keller, Henry G., 1912-1913
1
12
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
1
13
Domestic, Stieglitz, Alfred, 1912-1913
1
14
Domestic, Stieglitz, Alfred (copies), 1912-1913
1
15
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
1
16
Europe, Artz and de Bois, (see also Bois, J.H. de), 1912-1913
1
17
Europe, Bernheim Jeune and Cie, 1912-1913
1
18
Europe, Butler, Theodore E., 1912-1913
1
19
Europe, Druet, Emile (Galerie E. Druet), 1912-1913
1
20
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)
1
21
Europe, General A-D and illegible (copies), 1912-1913
1
22
Europe, M. Flechtheim (Alfred Flechtheim), 1912-1913
1
23
Europe, Hans Goltz (Neue Kunst), 1912-1913
1
24
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
1
25
Europe, General, H-N (copies), 1912-1913
1
26
Europe, Thannhauser, Heinrich (Moderne Galerie), 1912-1913
1
27
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.
1
28
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
1
29
Austin, Baldwin and Co. (Mr. Fleming), 1913
1
30
Blaiklock Bros. Limited, 1913
1
31
Chenue, J., 1912
Oversized material housed in Box 27
1
32
Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, 1913
1
33
Doll and Richards, Inc., 1913
1
34
Hensel, Bruckmann and Lorbacher, 1913
1
35
Lloyd Anglo-Francais, 1912-1913
1
36
O'Brien Art Galleries (see Adams Express Company)
1
Pottier, Ch., 1912-1913
1
37
Frederic B. Thomason, Insurer, 1913
1
38
United States Lloyd's, 1913
1
39
Wetsch (Gebrüder Wetsch, Wetsch's Kunst und Mobiltransport in München), 1912-1913
1
40
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
1
41
Packing list of J. Chenue, 1912
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, F32
27
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
1
42
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)
1
43
Churchill, Alfred Vance (Smith College Art Dept.), 1913
1
44
Conley, Col. Louis D. (69th Regiment Infantry N.G.N.Y.), 1912-1913
1
45
Conley, Col. Louis D. (69th Regiment Infantry N.G.N.Y.) (copies), 1912-1913
1
46
Crowninshield, Frank (The Century Co.), 1913
1
47
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.)
1
48
Holland, R.A. (City Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO), 1913
1
49
Irving, F. (Geo. R. Read and Co., Real Estate), 1913
1
50
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
1
51
Koehler, Robert (Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts and School of Art), 1913
1
52
Lamb, James E., 1913
1
53
Loweree, W.D. (The Whitehead and Hoag Co.), 1912-1913
1
54
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
)
1
55
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)
1
56
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
1
57
Sulzer, William (Governor of New York State), 1913
1
58
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)
1
59
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
)
1
60
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
1
61-66
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
1
67
Druet, Emile (E. Druet Galerie), 1913
1
68
Goltz, Hans (Neue Kunst), 1913
1
69
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
1
70
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
1
71
Tuttle, William F. (Friends of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago), 1913
1
72
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
1
73

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