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Will Barnet papers, 1897

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1945-1995
2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Biographical materials consist of appointment and address books, curriculum vitae, a fellowship application, a video recording of an awards ceremony at Long Island University, and 24 interviews, six with transcripts. Interviewers include Karl Fortress, Sylvan Cole, and Kitty Gellhorn, who conducted a 9 part interview over the course of two years. There is also a recording of Will Barnet's children interviewing each other in reportage style. Audio and video recordings are on 6 videocassettes (VHS), 1 videocassette (U-matic), 1 videocassette (Betacam), 9 sound tape reels (1/4 in.), and 15 sound cassettes.
Items are arranged by document type. Interviews are filed in chronological order.
The Hirschl and Adler interview and exhibition opening 8mm motion picture film has been transferred to VHS and digital Betacam for research access.
Description Container Select
Address Books, circa 1950-1955
1
1
Appointment Books, 1968-1977
1
2-3
Awards Ceremony, Long Island University, 1995
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
4
Curriculum Vitae, 1971-1983
1
5
Guggenheim Fellowship Application, 1945
1
6
Interview with Anne and Janet, circa 1950-1975
2 Sound tape reels
Includes transcript.
1
7
Interview with Colette Roberts, circa 1950-1970
1 Sound tape reel
1
8
Interview with Karl Fortress, circa 1950-1970
1 Sound tape reel
1
9
Interview with Unknown Interviewer (panal discussion), circa 1950-1970
1 Sound tape reel
1
10
Interview with Casper Citron, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
1
11
Interview and Exhibition Opening at Hirschl and Adler Gallery, 1966
1 videocassettes (digital betacam)
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1 Film reel
8mm
1
12
Interview with M. Alexenberg, 1968
1
13
Interview with WFLN-AM, "Know Your Art", 1969
2 Sound tape reels
1
14
Interview with Unknown Interviewer (on Birch Wathen), circa 1970s
1 Sound cassette
1
15
Interview with Unknown Interviewer , circa 1970s
1 Sound cassette
1
16
Interview with Natalie Feldman, 1974
1 Sound cassette
1
17
Interview with Unknown Interviewer (on Dick Waddell), 1974
2 Sound cassettes
1
18
Interview with Kitty Gellhorn, #1-4, 1975
1
19-20
Interview with Kitty Gellhorn, #5-6, 1976
2
1
Interview with Kitty Gellhorn, #7-8, 1976
2 Sound cassettes
Includes transcript.
2
2
Interview with Kitty Gellhorn, #9, 1976
1 Sound cassette
Includes transcript.
2
3
Interview with Artscene, 1981
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
2
4
Interview with Channel 13, 1982
1 videocassettes (betamax)
2
5
Interview with Jacquie Saul, 1982
2
6
Interview with Connie Goldman, 1986-1987
2 Sound cassettes
2
7
Interview with Sylvan Cole, circa 1988
1 Sound cassette
2
8
Interview with Cathy Barnett, 1988
2
9
Interview with Annette Scherman, 1988
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
10
Interview with O'Farrell Gallery, 1988
1 Sound cassette
2
11
Interview with Joyce Johnson, 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
12
Interview with Ray Steiner, 1992
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
13
Interview with Unknown Interviewer, 1995
3 Sound cassettes
2
14
Will Barnet's Children Interviewing Each Other, 1968
1 Sound tape reel
2
15

Series 2: Correspondence , 1940-2001
3 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5, OV 12

Correspondence is primarily with Barnet's family, friends, fellow artists, and business associates discussing personal relationships, teaching and lecturing appointments, gallery sales, and exhibitions. Correspondents of note include Cameron Booth, Henry Pearson, Angelo Savelli, Harry Sternberg, Jon Von Wicht, Esther Robles Gallery, and the Waddell Gallery (formerly Grippi and Waddell). There is substantial correspondence from mentored artists Christina Bothwell, George Lloyd, and Ik-Song Jin, and contemporary artist and friend Arnold Singer. The series also includes cards with original artwork sent by Barnet's friends.
All correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, followed by unidentified, illegible, unsigned letters, and fragments.
Description Container Select
A-Az, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
3
1-2
Allentown Art Museum, 1973-1990
3
3
American Federation of Arts, 1956-1983
3
4
Arkansas Arts Centers, 1973-1975
3
5
Arpol Travel Agency, 1970
3
6
Art Students League of New York, 1940-2001
3
7
Ascher, Mary, circa 1950-1961
3
8
ASPCA, 1978-1979
3
9
Associated American Artists, 1971-1982
3
10
B-Bz, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
3
11-13
Baranik, Rudolph and Stevens, May, 1963-1974
3
14
Barnet Family, circa 1950-2000
3
15
Barnet, Will, circa 1950-1990
3
16
Barr, Daisy, 1963-1980
3
17
Billotte, Bill, 1968-1994
3
18
Booth, Cameron, 1949-1980
3
19
Bothwell, Christina, 1980-2001
3
20-21
Boyle, Richard J., 1962-1997
3
22
Brooklyn Museum, 1955-1987
3
23
C-Cz, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
3
24-25
Century Association, 1975-1982
3
26
Cincinnati Art Museum (Boyle, Richard), 1956-1970
3
27
Columbia University (Gellhorn, Walter), 1970-1993
3
28
Committee of Religion and Art in America Inc. (Vatican), 1976
3
29
Cooper Union, 1964-1999
3
30
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1960-1968
3
31
Cornell University, 1966-1980
3
32
D, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1999
3
33
Day, Worden, 1964-1976
3
34
Denyer, Ted, 1967-2000
3
35
E, Miscellaneous, circa 1960-1999
3
36
Eastern Washington State Historical Society, 1963
3
37
Esther Robles Gallery, 1957-1963
3
38
Eyerly, Frank, 1969-1982
3
39
F, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1999
3
40
Faiers, Edward Spencer (Ted), 1955-1978
Includes a thesis with a chapter on Barnet by Constance Wolfe.
3
41
Famous Artists Schools, 1953-1975
3
42
Farrell, James T., 1948-1949
3
43
Fisher, Ethel, 1962-1999
3
44
Ford Foundation, 1959-1974
3
45
Freeman, Mrs. Gaylord, 1980-1981
3
46
G-Gz, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
1-2
Galleria Trastevere, 1959-1961
4
3
Green, Eric, 1995-1999
4
4
Grippi and Waddell Gallery, 1965-1966
4
5
Guggenheim Museum, 1956-1987
4
6
H-Hz, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
7-8
Haass, Terry, 1964-1972
4
9
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1982-1987
4
10
Hirschl and Adler, 1975-1978
4
11
I, Miscellaneous, circa 1965-2000
4
12
Institute of Contemporary Art (Levitt, Janice), 1959-1965
4
13
J, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
14
Jin, Ik-Song, 1990-1997
4
15
K, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
16
Kane, Robert and Eva, circa 1950-1990
4
17
L, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
18
Levitt, Janice, 1957-1962
4
19
Library of Congress, 1982-1987
4
20
Lloyd, George, 1993-1998
4
21
M-Mz, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
22-23
MacDonald, Jock, 1958-1959
4
24
Mary Harriman Gallery, 1963-1964
4
25
Masurovsky, Gregory, 1987-2001
4
26
Mayer, Bena Frank, 1979-1982
4
27
Memphis Academy of Arts, 1967
4
28
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1950-1987
4
29
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1954-1991
4
30
Museum of Modern Art, 1945-2000
4
31
N, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
32
National Academy of Design, 1976-1999
4
33
Neuberger Museum, 1975-1991
4
34
Nevelson, Mike, 1971-1998
4
35
Nicoll, Marion and Jim, 1957-1981
4
36
O, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
37
P, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
38
Pearson, Henry, 1960-1994
4
39
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1950-1990
4
40
Pennsylvania State University, 1964-1966
4
41
Print Club, 1952-1987
4
42
R, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
4
43
Romano, Clare and John, 1968-2001
4
44
S-Sz, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
5
1-3
Savelli, Angelo, 1959-1994
5
4-6
Scoville, Jonathan A., 1969-1976
5
7
Singer, Arnold, 1966-2000
5
8-11
Smithsonian Institution, 1967-1981
5
12
Sternberg, Harry, 1978-2000
5
13
Sullivan, Tom, 1967-1981
5
14
Syracuse University, 1964-1987
5
15
T, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
5
16
Taft, Stan, 1967-1998
5
17
U, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
5
18
U.S. Department of State, 1967-1968
5
19
University of Minnesota (Boyce, William), 1958-1984
5
20
University of Notre Dame, 1963-1967
5
21
V, Miscellaneous, circa 1955-1999
5
22
Vogel, Dorothy and Herb, 1976-1995
5
23
Von Wicht, John, 1946-1972
5
24
Vranesh, George, 1962-1998
5
25
W, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
5
26
Waddell Gallery, 1966-1975
5
27
Wechsler, Elaine, 1989-1999
5
28
White House, 1962-1993
5
29
Whitney Museum, 1940-1993
5
30
Wichita State University, 1971-1975
5
31
Wingate, George, 1979-2001
5
32
Woodward, Hildegard, 1971-1972
5
33
X-Z, Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2000
5
34
Zutrau, Ed, 1959-1963
5
35
Cards, Birthday, circa 1990-2000
5
36
Cards, Original Artwork, circa 1970-1999
Oversized material housed in OV 12.
5
37
Unknown and Illegible, circa 1950-2000
5
38
Oversized Cards, Original Artwork from Box 5, Folder 37, circa 1970-1999
OV 12

Series 3: Writings , 1940-2000
3.1 Linear feet
Boxes 5-9

Writings by Barnet consist of 7 essays, 45 teaching lectures (14 with transcripts), 3 notebooks, and 4 speeches.
Lectures include "Personal Reflection on the Spiritual Aspects in American Art" given at the Vatican, a series of 22 taped lectures given at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts between 1970 and 1973, and a draft notebook of a proposed work on color lithography. Barnet's lecture recordings are on 4 videocassettes (VHS), 18 sound tape reels, and 25 sound cassettes. Only 14 of the 45 lectures have transcripts. Most are found only on original audio and video recordings. Three of the four speeches by Barnet are recorded on 1 VHS videocassette and 2 audio tape reels.
The bulk of writings by others are biographical essays and memoirs of Barnet, including a copy of Peter Barnet's dissertation, Will Barnet: Artist and Teacher, and a copy of Katharine Kuh's essay, "Sitting for Will." This subseries also includes 4 exhibition guest registers and creative fiction by others, including a play and poems. A portion of the writings by others are recorded on 1 videocassette (VHS) and 2 sound cassettes.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries.
  • 3.1 By Will Barnet, 1945-1998
  • 3.2 By Others, 1940-2000
3.1: By Will Barnet, 1945-1998
Description Container
Essay, "Aims in Teaching", circa 1960-1975
5
39
Essay, "Aspects of American Abstract Painting", 1956
5
40
Essay, "Creative Approach to Graphic Arts", circa 1960-1975
5
41
Essay, "Future Directions", circa 1960-1975
5
42
Essay, "My Philosophy of Art", circa 1960-1975
5
43
Essay, "My Self Portrait", circa 1960-1983
5
44
Essay, "Painting Without Illusion", circa 1960-1975
5
45
Essay Drafts, circa 1950-1980
5
46
Lecture, "20th Century: American Contemporary Artists", 1958
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
1
Lecture, "20th Century: Leger and Juan Gris", 1958
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
2
Lecture, "Abstraction in Old Masters", 1963
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
3
Lecture, Art Students League, 1998
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
4
Lecture, Art Survey (slide show), 1969
1 Sound tape reel
6
5
Lecture, "Color as Form", 1958
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
6
Lecture, "Horizontal and Vertical", 1958
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
7
Lecture, "Ingres, Memling, Poussin", 1961
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
8
Lecture, "Ingres, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, and Utamaro", 1957
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
9
Lecture, "My Work", 1958 June 27
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
10
Lecture, "My Work", 1958 August 5
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
6
11
Lecture, "Old Masters and Composition", 1988
1 Sound cassette
6
12
Lecture, On Artistic Practice, 1975
2 Sound cassettes
6
13
Lecture,"On Rembrandt", 1965
1 Sound tape reel
6
14
Lecture,"Personal Reflection on the Spiritual Aspects in American Art", 1976
6
15
Lecture,"Portrait and Abstract Art", 1969
1 Sound tape reel
6
16
Lectures, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, circa 1970-1973
22 Sound cassettes
7
1
Lecture, "Space", 1958 July 3
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
7
2
Lecture, "Space", 1961 February 2
1 Sound tape reel
7
3
Lecture, "Survey of Painting", 1958
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
7
4
Lecture, Truro Congregational Church, 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
7
5
Lecture, "Two Spatial Concepts", 1961
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
7
6
Lecture, "Vermeer", 1958
1 Sound tape reel
Includes transcript.
7
7
Lecture, Woodstock School of Art (slide lecture), 1992
2 videocassettes (vhs)
7
8
Lecture Notes, circa 1950-1975
7
9
Notebook, Art Notes, circa 1950-1970
8
1
Notebook, Color Lithography Book Contents, 1945-1949
8
2
Notebook, Color Lithography Book Cover, 1945-1949
8
3
Notebook, Neuberger Exhibition List, 1958
8
4
Speech, At ASL Dinner Honoring Barnet and Julian Levi, 1979
8
5
Speech, "Aspects of the Modern Portrait", circa 1950-1970
1 Sound tape reel
8
6
Speech, Honoring Lou Zorna, 1996
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
7
Speech, On Art, circa 1950-1970
1 Sound tape reel
8
8
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1960-2000
8
9-10
Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1950-1970
8
11-15
3.2: By Others, 1940-2000
Description Container
Barnet, Peter, Will Barnet: Artist and Teacher, 1974
8
16
Farnesworth Art Museum, Docent Talk, 1996
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
17
Farrell, James T., Writings on Will Barnet, 1940-1949
8
18
Flexner, James, "Will Barnet", 1990
8
19
Frankel, Jack, Providers (play), circa 1990-2000
8
20
Grant, Daniel, On Becoming an Artist (draft), 2000
8
21
Gray, Robert, "Will Barnet... Remembrance of Things Present", circa 1960-1975
8
22
Gursoy, Ahmet, A New Yorker by Choice, 2000
8
23
Kuh, Katharine, "Sitting for Will", 1983
8
24
MacDonald, Michael, "Eighth Street Past", circa 1970-1990
8
25
Morley, Grace, "Abstract Art on the Pacific Coast", circa 1960-1975
8
26
Newsom, Patricia, "Will Barnet", circa 1960-1975
8
27
Rehl, Beatrice, "World in a Frame", 1990
8
28
Savelli, Angelo, Lecture, 1973
1 Sound cassette
8
29
Stillwell, Mary Kathryn, Poems, 1987
8
30
Wolfe, Townsend, Speech at Arkansas Art Center, 1992
1 Sound cassette
8
31
Miscellaneous, cirac 1960-1975
8
32
Exhibition Guest Register, 1968
8
33
Exhibition Guest Register, 1970-1976
9
1-3

Series 4: Personal Business Records , 1950-1981
5 Folders
Box 9

Personal business records include sales and teaching contracts, gift acknowledgements, price lists, and income tax forms that pertain to art sales and income.
Items are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Contracts and Forms, 1950-1975
9
4
Gift Acknowledgements, 1952-1976
9
5
Income Tax, 1966-1975
9
6
Price Lists, circa 1950-1980
9
7-8

Series 5: Printed Material and Publications , 1938-2001
2.3 Linear feet
Boxes 9-11

Printed material and publications include auction catalogs, clippings, audio recordings (2 sound cassettes), video documentaries (15 VHS videocassettes), exhibition announcements and catalogs, newsletters, press releases, programs, and reproductions of artwork. Publications also include two books, including Will Barnet, Prints 1932-1964 and Artist's Cookbook, which includes a recipe from Barnet. Documentaries of note include Artist's Eye and Lasting Impressions, both of which Barnet contributed interviews to, and an audio tour of Stuart Davis' 1992 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Items are arranged by document type.
5.1: Printed Material, 1938-2001
Description Container
Clippings, circa 1930-1980
9
9
Clippings, 1937-1972
9
10-14
Clippings, 1973-1977
9
15-19
Clippings, 1978-1982
9
20-24
Clippings, 1983-2001
9
25-30
Press Releases, 1952-1991
9
31
Program Flyers, 1958-1979
9
32
Reproduction of Artwork, Prints, circa 1950-1980
9
33
Reproductions of Artwork, Publication Reprints, circa 1950-1980
9
34
Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1980
9
35
5.2: Publications, 1938-2001
Description Container
Audio Exhibition Tour, Stuart Davis, 1992
1 Sound cassette
9
36
Audio Talks, Mars Hill Tapes, circa 1980-1989
1 Sound cassette
9
37
Auction Catalog, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976
9
38
Auction Catalog, National Arts Club, 1997
9
39
Book, Artist's Cookbook, 1977
9
40
Book, Will Barnet, Prints 1932-1964, 1965
9
41
Documentary, Artist's Eye, panel discussion, 1997
1 videocassettes (vhs)
9
42
Documentary, Artist's Eye, 1997
4 videocassettes (vhs)
3 VHS cassettes are additional copies
10
1-2
Documentary, Lasting Impressions, 1997
5 videocassettes (vhs)
3 VHS cassettes are additional copies
10
3-4
Documentary, Lasting Impressions, unedited version, 1997
3 videocassettes (vhs)
10
4
Documentary, Joseph Stapleton, circa 1980-1990
1 Videocassette
10
6
Documentary, Roy Neuberger, circa 1980-1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
10
7
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1930-1980
10
8
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1938-1968
10
9-13
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970-1976
10
14-18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1977-1981
11
1-5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1982-1989
11
6-10
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1990-1994
11
11-14
Guide, College Board Collection of Prints by American Artists, 1987
11
15
Journal, Rhthmes et Couleurs, 1960
11
16
Newsletters, 1950-1990
11
17

Series 6: Photographic Materials , 1939-2001
0.5 Linear feet
Box 11, OV 12

Photographic materials document people, artwork, exhibition installations, and works of art. There are early photos of Barnet teaching at the Art League, as well as photos of Barnet in his studio and with friends and family. Views of exhibition installations and events mainly document solo shows, award ceremonies, and Barnet's reception after receiving the National Arts Club's Gold Medal.
Items are arranged by material type.
Description Container Select
Will Barnet with Others, 1939-1969
11
18-21
Will Barnet with Others, 1970-2001
Oversized material housed in OV 12.
11
22-24
Friends and Others, 1943-1970
11
25
Event, National Arts Club Gold Medal Award, 1990
11
26
Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, 1967
11
27
Exhibition, Associated American Artists Retrospective, 1972
11
28-29
Exhibition, Art Student's League, 1973
11
30
Exhibition, Benjamin Galerie, circa 1950-1970
11
31
Exhibition, Grippi Waddell, 1965
11
32
Exhibition, Hirschel and Adler, 1973
11
33
Exhibition, Hirschel and Adler, 1976
11
34
Exhibition, Jane Haslem Gallery, 1977
11
35
Exhibition, Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1952
11
36
Exhibition, Neuberger Museum, circa 1950-1970
11
37
Exhibition, Unidentified, circa 1950-1970
11
38
Photographs of Artwork, Abstracts, 1930s-1960s, circa 1950-1970
11
39
Photographs of Artwork, Figurative, 1930s-1960s, circa 1950-1970
11
40
Photographs of Artwork, Groups and Animals, 1960s-1970s, circa 1960-1970
11
41
Photographs of Artwork, Men, 1960s-1970s, circa 1960-1970
11
42
Photographs of Artwork, Woman and Child, 1960s-1970s, circa 1960-1970
11
43
Photographs of Artwork, Young Girl, 1960s-1970s, circa 1960-1970
11
44
Photographs of Artwork, Young Woman, 1960s-1970s, circa 1960-1970
11
45
Photographs of Artwork, Women, 1960s-1970s, circa 1960-1970
11
46
Photographs of Artwork, Circular Frames, 1970s, circa 1970-1979
11
47
Photographs of Artwork, Woodcuts, circa 1960-1970
11
48
Negatives of Artwork, circa 1960-1990
11
49
Slides of Artwork, circa 1959-1967
11
50
Photographs of Slides and Artwork by Others, circa 1950-1970
11
51
Oversized Photographs from Box 11, Folder 22 and 24, 1970-2001
OV 12

Series 7: Artwork , 1938-1983
3 Folders
Box 11

Artwork consists of ink, pencil, and pen sketches by Will Barnet, and a drawing by Bill Smith.
Items are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Ink and Wash Sketches, circa 1938
11
52
Pencil and Pen Sketches, circa 1950-1983
11
53
Drawing by Bill Smith, circa 1950-1983
11
54

Series 8: Addition to the Will Barnet Papers , 1897, 1929-2016
7.24 Gigabytes

The addition to the Will Barnet papers received in 2016 includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, diaries and daybooks, gallery and exhibition files, project and professional files, printed material, and photographic material. Measuring 19.7 linear feet and 7.24 gigabytes, the addition greatly expands on the original donation, particularly in the diaries and daybooks, which include entries from over five decades. Barnet's long career and professional activities are also well documented in the gallery, exhibition, project, and professional files.
Additional biographical material includes over twenty interview transcripts, address books, mailings lists, mementos from birthdays and Barnet's memorial, and dozens of resumes and chronologies.
Correspondence in the addition is similar in scope to that received in the original donation and is primarily with Barnet's family, friends, fellow artists, and business associates. Birthday, congratulation, and sympathy cards are also included here.
Writings include dozens of artist and biographical statements, essays, lectures, memorials, condolences, notes, speeches, talks, statements, tributes, and writings about other artists, some of which are duplicates or alternate drafts of writings from the original donation.
Forty-four diaries and daybooks capture Barnet's daily agenda, activities, and reflections.
Gallery and exhibition files contain a wide variety of material that relates to Barnet's exhibition activities both in galleries and museums. Material includes correspondence, checklists, price lists, loan and consignment agreements, shipping receipts, announcements, press releases, wall text, and other writings.
Project and professional files include documentation of a wide variety of printing and publishing projects, professional activities, as well as administrative and business activities.
The additional printed material includes announcements and exhibition catalogs, Art Students League publications, clippings, newsletters, periodicals, press releases, programs, publications related to Barnet's teaching activities, published illustrations, and assorted other printed matter.
Additional photographic material is primarily color photographic prints, along with a few negatives and transparencies. One folder includes photographs of Will Barnet with family, friends, and colleagues. Several dozen packets of photographs from the 1990s-2000s were taken as source photographs that Barnet used to create his paintings. Other photographs document Barnet's artwork in the later part of his career.
The series is arranged as 8 subseries.
  • 8.1: Biographical Material, circa 1960-2013
  • 8.2: Correspondence, 1949-2016
  • 8.3: Writings, circa 1940-2011
  • 8.4: Diaries and Daybooks, 1952-2010
  • 8.5: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1942-2014
  • 8.6: Project and Professional Files, 1897, 1952-2013
  • 8.7: Printed Material, 1929-2013
  • 8.8: Photographic Material, circa 1940-2010
8.1: Biographical Material, circa 1960-2013
0.9 Linear feet
Box 13
831.1 Megabytes
ER01-ER02
The addition of biographical material consists of addresses and mailing lists; mementos relating to Barnet's birthdays including signed books and a digital video recording of a dance performance; material relating to two of Barnet's children, over twenty interview transcripts; records and mementos relating to Barnet's memorial; and several resumes, chronologies, and biographical summaries. The folder for Peter Barnet contains exhibition announcements and computer printouts of his artworks.
Description Container
Addresses and Mailing Lists, circa 1985-2012
13
1
Birthday Books, 2005-2011
13
2-4
Birthday Dance Tribute, "Dancing without Illusion", 2011
Includes born digital records, see ER01
13
5
"Dancing without Illusion," Digital Video Recording, 2011
812 Megabytes
1 computer file
ER01
Family, Ona Barnet (daughter), Watercolor, 1989
13
6
Family, Peter Barnet (son), circa 1970-2010
Includes born digital records, see ER02
13
7
Digital Images of Peter Barnet's Artworks, 2010
19.1 Megabytes
50 computer files
ER02
Interviews with Will Barnet, Transcripts
Interview Questions, Natalie Feldman, 1974
13
8
Ann Peacock and Celeste Hotaling, 1977
13
9
New York Newsday, circa 1980
13
10
"Conversation and Reflection on 50 Years of Teaching," Unknown Interviewer, 1981
13
11
Caril Dreyfuss, 1981
13
12
Barbara Flug Colin, 1983
13
13
Unknown Interviewer, "CM", circa 1990
13
14
Lori A. Verderame, 1993
13
15
Matthew Spencer regarding Arshile Gorky, 1994-1995
13
16
Pam Koob, 1999
13
17
Doug Dreishpoon, 2001
13
18
David Finn, 2003
13
19
Michael Pellettieri regarding Robert Blackburn, 2003
13
20
Janet Hays, 2005
13
21
Colin Russell for Art Spirit Foundation, 2005-2006
13
22
Ira Goldberg regarding the Art Students League, 2006
13
23
Steve Fredricks, 2007
13
24
Cassia Cogger, 2009
13
25
Pam Koob regarding the Art Students League, 2009
13
26
James L. McElhinney, 2009
13
27
Jenny Field, 2012
13
28
Gaetano LaRoche, 2012
13
29
Memorial
Attendee Book, 2012
13
30
Printed Material, 2012-2013
13
31
Speeches, 2011-2013
13
32
Resumes, Chronologies, and Biographical Material, circa 1960-2005
13
33-34
8.2: Correspondence, 1949-2016
1.9 Gigabytes
ER03
2.3 Linear feet
Box 13-16
Correspondence in the addition is similar in scope to that received in the original donation (series 2) and is primarily with Barnet's family, friends, fellow artists, and business associates. Additional correspondence with galleries and museums can be found in subseries 8.5: Gallery and Exhibition Files. Correspondents of note include Cameron Booth, Worden Day, Nancy Grossman, Wolf Kahn, William King, Thomas Messer, Gregory Masurovsky, Henry Pearson, Angelo Savelli, Harry Sternberg, May Stevens, John Updike, and June Wayne. There is also correspondence from mentored artists Christina Bothwell, George Lloyd, and Ik-Song Jin, and contemporary artist and friend Arnold Singer. The folder for friend and collector Frank Ribelin contains a digital video recording commemorating the marriage of Ribelin and his wife Kathleen. Birthday, congratulation, and sympathy cards are filed at the end of the series.
Description Container
A, General, 1963-2012
13
35
Barnet, Will (Outgoing), 1958-2012
13
36
Bothwell, Christina, 1994-2012
13
37
B, General, 1949-2012
14
1-2
Boyle, Richard, 1966-2012
14
3
Connelly, Thomas, 2002-2010
14
4
Critics, 1985-2004
14
5
C, General, circa 1973-2012
14
6
Dumm, Thomas, 2009-2011
14
7
D-E, General, 1963-2012
14
8
Fisher, Ethel, 1989-2006
14
9
F, General, 1975-2009
14
10
Grogan, Kevin, 1990-2010
14
11
Grossman, Nancy, 2003-2010
14
12
Guggenheim Museum, 1965-1987
14
13
G, General, 1966-2012
14
14
Haas, Terry, 2002-2011
14
15
Hynes, Frances, 2003-2011
14
16
H-I, General, 1984-2012
14
17
Jin, Ik-Song, 1997-2012
14
18
Johnson, William, 2002-2012
14
19
J, General, 1961-2011
14
20
K, General, 1979-2012
14
21
Levitt, Bino, 1985-1996
14
22
L, General, 1959-2012
14
23
Masurovsky, Gregory, 1989-2012
14
24
M, General, 1984-2012
14
25
Nevelson, Mike, 1989-2010
14
26
Nicoll, Marion, 1960-1963
14
27
N-O, General, 1988-2011
14
28
Pearson, Harry, 1964-2008
14
29
P, General, 1962-2012
14
30
Ribelin, Frank, 1986-2011
Includes born digital records, see ER03
14
31
"Frank and Kathleen," Digital Video Recording, 2009
1.9 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER03
Robb, Carole, 2003-2007
14
32
R, General, 1963-2012
14
33
Savelli, Angelo, 1995-2004
15
1
Semba, Sebastien Tomojii, 1993
15
2
Solum, John, 2004-2005
15
3
S, General, 1985-2012
15
4
T, General, 1985-2008
15
5
Updike, John, 1989-2004
15
6
U-Z, General, 1957-2013
15
7
Birthday Cards and Letters, 1990s-2000s
15
8-9
Birthday Cards and Letters, 100th Birthday, 2011
15
10-13
Congratulations, National Medal of Arts, 2012
15
14-15
Fan Letters and Cards, 2001-2005
15
16
Sympathy Cards and Letters to Elena and Ona Barnet, 2012-2016
15
17
Sympathy Cards and Letters to Elena and Ona Barnet, 2012-2016
16
1-5
Unknown and Illegible, 2000s
16
6
8.3: Writings, circa 1940-2011
1.3 Linear feet
Box 16-17
Additional writings include dozens of artist and biographical statements, essays, lectures, memorials, condolences, notes, speeches, talks, statements, tributes, and writings about other artists. The bulk of writings by others are essays, dissertations, and reviews about Barnet. Some of the writings here are duplicates or alternate drafts of writings from the original donation, found in series 3.
Description Container
Artist and Biographical Statements, circa 1955-1990
16
7
Essays
"Aspects of American Abstract Painting", circa 1960
16
8
"My Self Portrait", 1960s
16
9
"A Personal Reflection of the Spiritual Aspects in American Art", 1976
16
10
"Painting without Illusion", 1950
16
11
"A Philosophy of Painting", circa 1960
16
12
"What I Think about Painting", circa 1950
16
13
Drafts and Fragments, 1960s-1990s
16
14
Published Versions (photocopies), 1940s
16
15
Lectures
Famous Artists School, 1956-1957
16
16
"Matisse", 1951
16
17
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1950s
16
18
Lecture Notes, 1940s-1990s
16
19
Memorials and Condolences, circa 1978-2010
16
20-21
Notes, General, 1940s-1990s
16
22-23
Speeches and Talks, 1970-2006
16
24
"Statement for Tennessee Heritage Mural Brochure", 1987
16
25
Tributes and Writings about Others, 1970-2011
Includes writings about Romare Bearden, Lois Dodd, Milton Resnick and others
16
26
Tributes and Writings about Others, 1970-2011
17
1
Subject, Portraits, circa 1960-1990
17
2
Subject, Prints, circa 1950s-2000s
17
3
Writings by Others, 1950s-2000s
17
4-7
8.4: Diaries and Daybooks, 1952-2010
2.7 Linear feet
Box 17-20
Forty-four diaries and daybooks capture Barnet's daily agenda, activities, and reflections. Some entries provide a succinct agenda with bulleted activities, engagements, and do-to lists, while other entries are more expansive in describing and detailing the day's activities including meetings, dinner parties, travel, and personal encounters.
Description Container
Diary/Daybook, 1952
17
8
Diary/Daybook, 1959
17
8
Diary/Daybook, 1969
17
9
Diary/Daybook, 1971
17
10
Diary/Daybook, 1972
17
11
Diary/Daybook, 1973
17
12
Diary/Daybook, 1974
17
13
Diary/Daybook, 1975
17
14
Diary/Daybook, 1976
17
15
Diary/Daybook, circa 1978
17
16
Diary/Daybook, 1978
17
17
Diary/Daybook, 1979
18
1
Diary/Daybook, 1980
18
2
Diary/Daybook, 1980
18
2
Diary/Daybook, 1981
18
3
Diary/Daybook, 1983
18
4
Diary/Daybook, 1984
18
5
Diary/Daybook, 1985
18
6
Diary/Daybook, 1987
18
7
Diary/Daybook, 1988
18
8
Diary/Daybook, Sarasota Visit, 1988
18
9
Diary/Daybook, 1989
18
10
Diary/Daybook, 1990
18
11
Diary/Daybook, 1991
18
12
Diary/Daybook, 1992
19
1
Diary/Daybook, 1993
19
2
Diary/Daybook, 1994
19
3
Diary/Daybook, 1995
19
4
Diary/Daybook, 1995
19
4
Diary/Daybook, 1996
19
5
Diary/Daybook, 1997
19
5
Diary/Daybook, 1998
19
6
Diary/Daybook, 1999
19
6
Diary/Daybook, 2000
19
7
Diary/Daybook, 2001
19
7
Diary/Daybook, 2002
19
8
Diary/Daybook, 2003
19
8
Diary/Daybook, 2004
19
9
Diary/Daybook, 2005
19
9
Diary/Daybook, 2006
19
10
Diary/Daybook, 2007
19
10
Diary/Daybook, 2008
20
1
Diary/Daybook, 2009
20
1
Diary/Daybook, 2010
20
2
8.5: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1942-2014
4.5 Gigabytes
ER04
5.4 Linear feet
Box 20-25
Gallery and exhibition files contain a wide variety of material that relates to Barnet's exhibition activities both in galleries and museums. Material includes correspondence, checklists, price lists, loan and consignment agreements, shipping receipts, announcements, press releases, wall text, and other writings. Also found here are cards and letters congratulating Barnet on certain exhibitions. Items of correspondence and records also document additional interactions between Barnet and the institution, particularly concerning gifts and donations of works of art. Digital video and audio recordings, included in a scrapbook for Barnet from Gail Stavitsky, curator at the Montclair Art Museum, document student performances of musical compositions inspired by Barnet's artwork. One sound cassette contains a radio broadcast featuring Barnet, who speaks about his exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum.
Description Container
Aaron Galleries, 1989-1991
20
3
Acme Fine Art and Design, 2007
20
4
Alice Bingham Gallery, 1989-1992
20
5
Alice Simsar Gallery, 1988-1989
20
6
Amon Carter Museum, 2005-2012
20
7-8
Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, 1999-2003
20
9
Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 1992
20
10
Arkansas Arts Center, 1989-2012
20
11-13
Arlene Bujese Gallery, 1997-2005
20
14
Art in the Embassies Program, 1962-1968
20
15
Art Students League, 2001-2014
20
16-17
Ashmolean Museum and British Museum, 1992-2011
20
18
Aucocisco Contemporary Fine Art, 2012
20
19
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 1989-1992
20
20
Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2000-2012
20
21
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1989-1999
20
22
Butler Institute of American Art, 1989-1998
20
23
Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), 2010
20
24
Cochran Collection, 1991-2008
20
25
Colby Museum of Art, 2008-2010
20
26
Currier Gallery of Art (Robert M. Doty), 1981-1992
20
27
Digital Sandbox Gallery, 2003-2004
20
28
EBO Gallery, 2009-2013
21
1
Endicott College, 2009-2012
21
2
Erlich Gallery, 2010
21
3
Farnsworth Museum, 1982-2008
21
4-5
Galleria Trastevere, 1960
21
6
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 1995-1998
21
7
Harmon-Meek Gallery, 1980-2013
21
8
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1960-1982
21
9
Hollis Taggart Galleries, circa 2008
21
10
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1961
21
11
Jo Ann Perse Gallery, 1989-1994
21
12
Kennedy Galleries, 1980s
21
13-14
Kornbluth Art Gallery, 1980-2008
21
15
Leiber Museum, 1998-2009
21
16
Lyle Evan Gallery, 1989
21
17
Madeleine Fortunoff Fine Prints, 1997-1998
21
18
Maine Coast Artists, 1993-2006
21
19
Mongel Gallery, 1987-1989
21
20
Margo Feiden Galleries, 1972-2009
21
21
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 1974-2010
21
22
Meridian International Center, 2002
21
23
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977-2010
21
24
Montclair Art Museum, circa 1990-2012
Includes 1 sound cassette in folder 25, Will Barnet on WNYC radio broadcast
21
25-28
Montclair Art Museum, circa 1990-2012
22
1
Montclair Art Museum, Scrapbook Made by Curator Gail Stavitsky, 2011-2014
Includes born digital material, see ER04
22
2
Music Inspired by Will Barnet's Inauguration, Digital Video and Audio Recordings, 2011
4.5 Gigabytes
10 computer files
ER04
Montserrat College of Art, 1992-2005
22
3-4
Morris Museum of Art, 2010-2012
22
5
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1963-2012
22
6
Museum of Modern Art, 1961-2011
22
7
Naples Museum of Art, 1995-2009
22
8
National Academy Museum, The Artist's Eye (1997), 1997-1998
22
9-12
National Academy Museum, Will Barnet at 100 (2011), 2010-2012
22
13-16
National Academy Museum, Will Barnet at 100 (2011), 2010-2012
23
1-4
National Museum of American Art, 1985-2014
23
5
New Britain Museum, 2007-2011
23
6
Neuberger Museum, circa 1970-1995
23
7-8
New York Public Library, 1978-2005
23
9
Ogunquit Museum, 1992-2013
23
10
Palmer Museum, 2003-2008
23
11
Portland Museum of Art, circa 1995-2011
23
12-13
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 2000-2011
23
14
Ringling Museum School of Art and Design, 1979-1989
23
15
Silvermine Guild Arts Center, 1983-1999
23
16
Smith College Museum of Art, 2007-2014
23
17
Smithsonian Institution, 1942-2010
23
18
Sordoni Art Gallery, 2001-2002
23
19
Springfield Art Museum, 2000-2001
23
20
Susan Conway Gallery, 1989-2003
23
21
Susan Teller Gallery, 1990-2012
23
22
Sylvan Cole Gallery, 1971-2007
24
1
Terry Dintenfass Gallery
Selections (1991), 1991-1993
24
2
Five Major Paintings and Related Works on Paper (1994), 1993-1995
24
3
New Paintings (1996), 1996
24
4
General, 1980s-1990s
24
5-6
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1998-2001
24
7-9
Tom Veilleux Gallery, 2005-2007
24
10
Virginia Museum, 1991, 1964
24
11
VisArts Center, 2011
24
12
Waddell Gallery, 1964-1974
24
13
Wenniger Graphics, 1977-1989
24
14
The West Collection, 1982-1990
24
15
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1965-2012
24
16
Wichita Art Museum, 1982-1990
24
17
Williams College Museum of Art, 2008-2009
24
18
Worcester Art Museum, 1993-2007
24
19
Yale University Art Gallery, 1992-2009
24
20
General Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1950s-2000s
25
1-9
8.6: Project and Professional Files, 1952-2013, 1897
29.1 Megabytes
ER05-ER06
3.4 Linear feet
Box 25-28
Project and professional files include documentation of a wide variety of printing and publishing projects, professional activities, as well as a few administrative and business activities. Material relating to book projects and printmaking activities include correspondence, agreements, inventories, writings, and mock-ups. Several files relate to the establishment and administration of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Barnet's professional activities in numerous organizations and institutions including the Academy of Arts and Letters, Art Students League, Century Association, College Art Association, Lotos Club, National Academy, and National Arts Club are documented through correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and other administrative records. Correspondence pertaining to Barnet's participation in panels, lectures, and appearances are also among the professional files. The administrative and business activities documented include copyright, reproduction requests, recommendations, and donations. Information regarding various teaching positions can be found in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Vermont College, and Teaching Files folders. Born digital material includes a book for new members of the Century Association, as well as documents and photographs pertaining to the National Academy Gala. One item, a book about the history of Barnet's birth place, Beverly, Massachusetts, dates from 1897.
Description Container
Academy of Arts and Letters, 1982-2009
Includes material related to Centennial Portfolio Project
25
10
Agreements and Contracts, 1953-1985
25
11
Antiques & Fine Arts, 2007-2010
25
12
Archives of American Art, 1983-2010
25
13
Art Hamptons Fine Art Fair, 2008
25
14
Art Students League, 1952-2014
25
15
Associated American Artists, Print Editions, 1981-1994
25
16
Auctions, 1989-2014
25
17
Awards, 1993-2012
25
18
Ballet, "Women and the Sea: A Tribute to Will Barnet", 2005-2008
25
19
Beverly, Massachusetts, Public Library Barnet Gallery and McKay School, 1958-2012, 1897
26
1-2
Black River Press, Print Edition, 2004
26
3
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, circa 1978-2008
26
4-7
Book-of-the-Month Club, 1983-1986
26
8
Book Projects
Abrams Original Editions, 1977-1985
26
9
"Will Barnet: Artist and Humanist" by Richard Boyle, 2007-2009
26
10
Barnet Portraits, 2009-2012
26
11
"Will Barnet: A Sketchbook, 1932-1934", 1998-2008
26
12
"The Rose Haggadah", 1995-1996
26
13
A Wave by John Ashbery, Illustrated by Will Barnet, 2003-2005
26
14
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2008
26
15
Century Association, 1975-2012
Includes born digital material, see ER05; Includes many letters of recommendation for new members
26
16-20
Voices of the Century, Book by George Newlin, 2010
18.2 Megabytes
3 computer files
ER05
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center, 1983-1989
27
1
Cleveland Museum of Art and The Print Club of Cleveland, 1999-2002
27
2
College Art Association (CAA), 1989-2007
27
3
Copyrights, circa 1980-2002
27
4
Creative Artists Network, 1988-2002
27
5
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2006-2011
27
6
Dahesh Museum of Art, 2005
27
7
Dickinson, Emily related Projects, 1988-2008
27
8
Donations, 1977-2012
27
9
Donations, Henry Pearson Artworks, 1979-1999
27
10
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 1990-2008
27
11
Famous Artists School, 1958-1986
27
12
Four O'clock Forums, circa 1954-1990
27
13
Film Project, Dale Schierholt, 2010
27
14
George Washington University, 1989
27
15
Indian Space Painters, circa 1970-2004
27
16
Judith Rothschild Foundation, 1993-1996
27
17
Kuh, Katherine regarding Barnet's Portrait, 1986-2003
27
18
Library of Congress, 1964-1996
27
19
London Arts Incorporated, Portfolio Project, 1988-1991
27
20
The Lotos Club, 1991-2011
27
21
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 2008-2010
27
22
National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, 1984-2012
Includes born digital material, see ER06
27
23-24
National Academy Gala, 2009
10.9 Megabytes
17 computer files
ER06
National Arts Club, 1984-2011
27
25
New York Artists Equity Association, 1988-2008
27
26
New York Society of Etchers, 2002-2006
28
1
The Old Print Shop, 2008-2013
28
2
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 1986-1994
28
3
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 1989-1999
28
4
Postcards, Published by Pomegranate, 2004-2006
28
5
The Print Club of New York, 1996-2012
28
6
Print Editions, circa 1975-2000
28
7-8
Recommendations, circa 1950-2010
28
9-11
Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, 2004-2012
28
12
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1990-1991
28
13
Teaching Files, General, 1940-2012
28
14
Vatican Conference and Museum, 1975-1988
28
15
Vermont College of Norwich University, Artist-Teacher, 1991-1992
28
16
Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA), 1979-2007
28
17
Vogel Collection, circa 1990-2013
28
18
8.7: Printed Material, 1929-2013
2.6 Linear feet
Box 28-31
Additional printed material includes announcements and exhibition catalogs, Art Students League publications, clippings, newsletters, periodicals, press releases, programs, publications related to Barnet's teaching activities, published illustrations, and assorted other printed matter. The Art Students League publications include course catalogs, calendars, newsletters, and their magazine, The League.
Description Container
Announcements and Exhibition Catalogs, undated, 1930s-1980s
28
19-23
Announcements and Exhibition Catalogs, 1980s-2000s
29
1-9
Art Students League Publications, 1929, 1930s-1990s
29
10-15
Clippings, 1960s, 1949
29
16
Clippings, 1960s-2013
30
1-11
Newsletters and Bulletins, 1970s-2013
30
12-13
Periodicals, 1956, 1949
30
14
Periodicals, 1990s-2013
30
15
Press Releases, circa 1963-2000
31
1
Programs, 1978-2012
31
2
Publications related to Teaching Activities, 1940s-1980s
31
3
Published Illustrations, 1963-2012
31
4
Other Printed Matter, 1950s-2000s
31
5-7
8.8: Photographic Material, circa 1940-2010
1.1 Linear feet
Box 31-33, OV 34
Additional photographic material is primarily color photographic prints, along with a few negatives and transparencies. One folder includes photographs of Will Barnet with family, friends, and colleagues. Here, Barnet is captured in portraits, in his studio, teaching, and in group photographs. Several dozen packets of photographs from the 1990s-2000s were taken as source photographs that Barnet used to create his paintings. In these photographs, family members and friends serve as models, and preliminary stages of drawings and paintings are captured in process. Other photographs document Barnet's artwork in the later part of his career.
Description Container
Will Barnet, Family, and Friends, circa 1960-2010
Oversized photographs housed in OV 34
31
8
Source Photographs of Family, Works in Progress, 1940s, 1990s
31
9
Source Photographs of Family, Works in Progress, 1990s-2000s
31
10-15
Source Photographs of Family, Works in Progress, 2003-2005
31
16
Source Photographs of Family, Works in Progress, 2006-2008
32
1
Photographs of Artwork, 1980s-2000s
32
2-4
Photographs of Artwork, 2000s
33
1
Oversized Photographs of Will Barnet from Box 31, Folder 8
OV 34

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