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Walter Pach papers, 1857-1980

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1883-1980
2.1 Linear feet
Box 1-3, FC 23

This series contains family correspondence and extensive professional letters from noted artists and art world figures including critics, writers, collectors, museums and other art institutions. Scattered letters from Pach can also be found here.
This series is arranged as two subseries.
  • 2.1: Family Correspondence, 1883-1980
  • 2.2. General Correspondence, 1903-1969
This series has been scanned in entirety with the exception of the film reel in 2.1. Use of archival audiovisual recording with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
2.1: Family Correspondence, 1883-1980
Found here are letters from Magda to Walter Pach and to his parents from Pach's son Raymond, who spent many years abroad pursuing an operatic career. Included are letters written when Raymond Pach was stationed in Europe at the end of World War II. Raymond Pach's correspondence also includes a 1945 letter from Jacques Villon and snapshots of the Pach family.
Correspondence with Pach's brother, Alfred Pach, and nephew, also named Alfred, includes letters relating to the family businesses of Pach Brothers Photographers, and The Print Galleries.
Correspondence of Pach's parents, Frances Wise and Gotthelf, include letters to Pach and other family members, and letters from Pach's school which provide insight into the mind and abilities of the school-age Pach.
Nikifora Pach's correspondence includes several letters to Pach and drafts of letters to various people written after Pach's death, some of which related to arrangements for events, including an exhibition and a lecture. Also found here is 1 film reel relating to "Youth Center 1" at the Hellenic Eastern Orthodox Church of New York.
Description Container
Frohberg Family, 1933-1938, 1951-1958
1
10
Pach, Alfred Sr. and Pach Alfred Jr. (Pach Brothers), 1911-1958
1
11
Pach, Frances Wise and Gotthelf, 1894-1922
1
12
Pach, Magda, 1921-1950
1
13
Pach, Nikifora, 1953-1980
1
14
Pach, Nikifora, "Youth Center 1:Board of Trustees," Hellenic Eastern Orthodox Church of New York, circa 1941
1 film reel
Original label on reel reads: "Youth Center 1: Board of Trustees; Koukouzis @ Nasis; Mrs. Paritsi's Class; Nature Club in color; Arts and Crafts. God bless the old days" Also reads: "[Hellenic Eastern Orthodox Church of New York]"; "[Pach's widow Nikifora]"
16 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 23.
1
15
Pach, Raymond, circa 1920-1940
1
16
Pach, Raymond and Ruth, 1944-1950
1
17
Pach, Raymond and Ruth, 1951
1
18
Pach, Raymond and Ruth, 1952-1953
1
19
Pach, Raymond and Ruth, 1954 January-July
1
20
Pach, Raymond and Ruth, 1954 August-1955
1
21
Pach, Raymond and Ruth, 1956-1957
1
22
Miscellaneous, 1883-1897
1
23
1 Motion Picture Film Reel from Box 1, Folder 15
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 15
FC 23
2.2: General Correspondence, 1903-1969
This series documents Pach's relationships with artists, writers, collectors, museums and other noted art-world figures throughout his life. Early letters record Pach's role in the 1913 Armory Show and the fate of various artists during World War I. Among artists who corresponded with Pach are Arthur B. Davies, Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Maurice Prendergast, Diego Rivera, Morton Livingston Schamberg, John Sloan, and Alfred Stieglitz. There are also circa 100 letters from Pach's lifelong friend, Jacques Villon and letters from Thomas Eakins's widow Susan.
Pach's role in the development of the art collections of Walter Arensberg and John Quinn is documented in letters from Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Raoul Dufy, Jean Le Roy, Georges Roualt, and Frederic C. Torrey. Also of note are letters from Bryson Burroughs, curator of painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Letters from art historians, critics and writers such as Bernard Berenson, Van Wyck Brooks, Elie Faure and Leo Stein document their responses to Pach's writings on art, and provide insight into the flow of avant-garde ideas from Europe and their reception abroad. These letters also provide documentation of the European and American art markets in the early twentieth century by referencing responses to, and sales of, work by individual artists.
Description Container
American Council of Learned Societies, 1944-1946
1
24
Archives of American Art, 1957-1958
1
25
A, General, 1914-1963
1
26
Berenson, Bermard, 1921-1955
1
27-28
Bing, Al and Florence, 1930-1932, circa 1917
1
29
Brancusi, Constantin, 1913-1917
1
30
Brooks, Eleanor and Van Wyck, circa 1928-1959
1
31
Burdett Frost, Arthur, 1912-1924
1
32
Burroughs, Bryson, 1930-1932
1
33
B, General: Ba-Be, 1905-1965
1
34
B, General: Bo-By, 1912-1963
1
35
Charlot, Jean, circa 1922-circa 1925
1
36
C, Miscellaneous: Ca-Cl, 1907-1945
Letter from Rufus Clement includes photos of Pach and others at an exhibition, probably Atlanta University, circa 1945
1
37
C, Miscellaneous: Co-Cr, 1917-1957
1
38
Davies, Arthur B., 1909-1913
1
39
Duchamp, Marcel, circa 1915-1943
1
40-41
Duchamp-Villon, Raymond and Yvonne, 1957, circa 1913-1921
1
42-44
Dufy, Raoul, 1915-1916
1
45
D, General: Da-De, 1905-1963
1
46
D, General: D'H-Du, 1915-1961
1
47
Eakins, Susan Macdowell, 1926-1933
2
1
E, General, 1947-1960
Includes sympathy letter on Magda Pach's death from Ralph and Fanny Ellison
2
2
Faure, Elie, circa 1912-1920
2
3
Faure, Elie, 1921-1923
2
4
Faure, Elie, 1924-1925
2
5
Faure, Elie, 1926-1929
2
6
Faure, Elie, 1930-1937
2
7
F, General, 1912-1961
2
8
Guggenheimer, Ida E., circa 1930-1937
2
9
G, General, 1916-1962
2
10
Harper's Magazine, 1932-1945, 1965
2
11
Hassam, Childe, 1917-1932
2
12
H, General, 1913-1956
2
13
I, General, 1911-1958
2
14
J, General, 1912-1962
2
15
Kane, L. L. and Sybil Kent, 1917-1922
2
16
Kent, H. W., 1938-1948
2
17
Kipnis, Lasar, 1942
2
18
K, General, 1925-1949
2
19
La Follette, Suzanne (Clara), circa 1921-1927
Includes letter from Alfred Stieglitz to Mr. Huebach
2
20
Le Roy, Jean, circa 1913-circa 1918
2
21
Le Roy, Madame, 1916-1918
2
22
Lipchitz, Jacques, circa 1946-1955
2
23
Lipman, Jean, 1942-1943
2
24
Lombard, Louis, 1938, 1912-1917
2
25
L, General: La-Le, circa 1911-1959
2
26
L, General: Li-Ly, circa 1905-1958
2
27
Matisse, Henri, 1951, 1912-1924
2
28
Mercereau, Alexandre, circa 1914-1915
Includes photo of Mercereau
2
29
Moe, Henry Allen, 1942-1949
2
30
Mumford, Lewis, 1957, 1923-1930
2
31
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1961-1963
Includes corresondence with Nikifora Pach regarding the Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition.
2
32-33
"Museum of the New World", 1945-1946
Correspondence with various publishers regarding Pach's manuscript
2
34
M, General: Ma, 1919-1969
Includes letters (one is illustrated) from Xavier Martinez
2
35
M, General: Me-Mi, 1920-1959
2
36
M, General: Mo-Mu, 1906-1962
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37
N, General, 1924-1962
2
38
Of, George, circa 1914-1954
2
39
Ogihara, Moriye, circa 1907-1908
2
40
Orozco, José Clemente, circa 1923-1928
2
41
O, General, 1924-1962
2
42
Pantheon Books Inc., 1947-1951
2
43
Perlman, Bennard B., 1962
2
44
Pochapin, M. M. (Art Movement Inc.), 1942
2
45
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1909-1922
2
46
P, General, 1931-1964
2
47
Redon, Camille and Odilon, circa 1913-1922
2
48
Rivera, Diego and Lupe de Rivera, 1922-1942
2
49
Rockefeller Foundation, 1944-1947
2
50
Roualt, Georges, circa 1915-1916
2
51
R, General: Ra-Ri, 1908-1958
2
52
R, General: Ro-Ry, 1904-1968
2
53
Schamberg, Morton Livingston, 1908-1918
2
54
Severini, Gino, 1916-1932
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55
Sloan, John and Helen, circa 1920-1943, 1962
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56
Smyth, E. D., 1911-1934
2
57
Socard, Maurice and Mary, 1909-1950
2
58
Stein, Leo, circa 1914-1932
2
59
Strasser, Arthur and Edna (Riegelman, Strasser, Schwartz & Spiegelberg), circa 1930-1958
Includes legal records, some relating to a visa for Nikifora Pach and the estate of Magda Pach
2
60
Strasser, John, 1942-1943
2
61
S, General: Sa-Se, circa 1942-1968
2
62
S, General: Sh-Sm, 1910-1953
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63
S, General: Sp-Su, circa 1912-1949
2
64
Torrey, Frederick C., 1918-1919
2
65
Tucker, Allen, 1931-1950
2
66
T, General, circa 1911-1952
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1
Ureña, Pedro Henriquez, 1922-1942
3
2
U, General, 1918, 1943-1951
3
3
Van der Laan, Annie and Piet, circa 1907-1921
3
4
Verne, Henri (Ministere de L'Instructions Publique et des Beaux-Arts), 1931-1932
3
5
Villon, Jacques and Gaby, circa 1913-1919
3
6
Villon, Jacques and Gaby, 1920-1929
3
7-9
Villon, Jacques and Gaby, 1932-1940
3
10-12
Villon, Jacques and Gaby, 1944-1950
3
13-14
Villon, Jacques and Gaby, 1951-1958
3
15-16
V, General, 1903-1944
3
17
Wheeler, Clifton A., 1910-1935
3
18
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1962-1969
3
19
Wilmot, Ruth A., circa 1911-1917, 1941
3
20
World's Fair, 1939-1940
3
21
W, General, circa 1905-1963
3
22
Y, General, 1929-1958
3
23
Empty Envelopes, 1908-1922
3
24
First Names Only, circa 1912-1957
3
25
Illegible/Unsigned, circa 1917-1958
3
26

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