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William and Ethel Baziotes papers, circa 1900-1992, bulk 1935-1980

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1933-1982
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes biographical material on William Baziotes such as a bibliography, a sound cassette of an interview with Harry Baziotes discussing William Baziotes, a list of sales records and a ledger, a sketchbook, membership cards, teaching files from Hunter College, and other miscellaneous material. Also found is a memorial exhibition file that contains clippings, correspondence, announcements, list of artworks, and photographs. One folder regarding Ethel Baziotes contains a few certificates and her college diploma.
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Bibliography, circa 1969
1
1
Hunter College Teaching Files, 1955-1962
1
2-4
Interview with Harry Baziotes regarding William Baziotes, 1982
1 sound cassette
1
5
Membership Cards, 1937, 1956-1960
1
6
Obituaries, 1963
1
7
Sales Records and Ledger, 1953-1956
1
8
Sketchbook, 1960-1961
1
9
William Baziotes Memorial Exhibition at the Guggenheim, 1964-1965
1
10
Ethel Baziotes Certificates and Diploma, 1933-1936
1
11
Murray Hantman Resume, circa 1979
1
12

Series 2: Correspondence , 1936-1988
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence mostly consists of letters to William Baziotes, with a limited number of outgoing letters. Letters to Baziotes are from Lawrence Alloway, Alfred Barr, Andre Breton, Clement Greenberg, Peggy Guggenheim, David Hare, Jean Helion, Maria and Robert Motherwell, Charles Peterson, Jackson Pollock, and others. Other notable correspondents in this series include John Canaday, John (Giovanni) Castano, Gerome Kamrowski, Gordon Onslow-Ford, Gertrud Schumm, Ethel Schwabacher, and Byron Vazakas. It should be noted that there are usually only one or two letters from most of the correspondents. There are also numerous letters from the Samuel M. Kootz Gallery regarding the sales of his artwork.
Especially noteworthy are William Baziotes's letters to his brother Christos. Baziotes encourages Christos and another brother Harry in their art, and discusses employment on the WPA Easel Project, the New York art scene, teaching at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and at New York University, his relationships with Paul Bodin, Clement Greenberg, Samuel Kootz, Francis Lee, Joan Miro, and Robert Motherwell.
Also included in this series are condolence letters to Ethel Baziotes upon the death of her husband. There are letters to Ethel from friends and artists, as well as museums and galleries regarding retrospective exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Newport Harbor Museum.
Letters to William Baziotes are at the beginning of the series, followed by letters from William Baziotes, letters to William and Ethel Baziotes, condolence letters to Ethel Baziotes, and finally letters to Ethel Baziotes. The letters are mostly arranged chronologically within each grouping.
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Letters to William Baziotes from Various Correspondents, 1940-1963
1
13-18
Letters to William Baziotes from Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, 1952-1959
Includes 3 letters from William Baziotes
1
19-20
Letters to William Baziotes from Work Projects Administration, 1940-1941
1
21
Letters from William Baziotes to Christos Baziotes - Undated, circa 1936-circa 1950
1
22
Letters from William Baziotes to Christos Baziotes, 1936-1950
1
23-29
Envelopes for William Baziotes Letters to Christos Baziotes, 1937-1956
1
30-32
Letters from William Baziotes to Ethel Baziotes, 1940-1941
1
33
Letters from William Baziotes to the Museum of Modern Art, 1949-1955
1
34
Letters to William and Ethel Baziotes - Undated, circa 1950-circa 1963
1
35
Letters to William and Ethel Baziotes, 1940-1963
1
36-37
Condolence Letters to Ethel Baziotes, 1963
1
38-39
Envelopes for Condolence Letters, 1963
1
40
Letters to Ethel Baziotes - Undated, circa 1960-circa 1988
1
41
Letters to Ethel Baziotes, 1960-1975
1
42-51
Letters to Ethel Baziotes, 1975-1988
2
1-7
Envelopes for Letters to Ethel Baziotes, 1962-1972
2
8

Series 3: Writings , circa 1950-1992
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Writings include William Baziotes's notes on various subjects, a list of book titles which interested him, and a transcript for a speech. Writings by others include essays about William Baziotes and other subjects. There is one folder of writings by Ethel Baziotes, mostly about her husband. The writings in this series are by William Baziotes unless otherwise noted.
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List of Book Titles, circa 1950-circa 1963
2
9
Notebook of Book Titles, circa 1950-circa 1960
2
10
Notes on Boxing, 1965
2
11
Notes on "Favorite Quotations", circa 1950-circa 1960
2
12
Notes on Various Subjects, circa 1950-circa 1960
2
13
Typescript of Untitled Speech for Television Program, circa 1957
2
14
Writings by Others
Essay on William Baziotes by Clyfford Still, circa 1970-circa 1980
2
15
Essay on William Baziotes by David Hare, 1964
2
16
Essay on William Baziotes by Donald Paneth, circa 1961
2
17
"William Baziotes: A Denial of His Classification as a Surrealist" by Alice R. Ray, 1964
2
18
Essays by Ethel Schwabacher on Her Artwork, 1971-1972
2
19
Essay on Hans Namuth by Jerome Kamrowski, circa 1950-circa 1970
2
20
Symphony Poem by Jozef Dylewski, 1965
2
21
Writings by Ethel Baziotes, circa 1950-circa 1992
2
22

Series 4: Printed Material , 1944-1992
4.1 Linear feet
Boxes 2-7, 9

Printed materials consist of clippings, announcements, magazines, and many exhibition catalogs, mostly on group exhibitions which included artwork by William Baziotes. Most of the material in this series is either about William Baziotes, includes an article about him, or at least mentions his artwork and includes an image. Material that is not about Baziotes is usually noted in the folder title.
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Auction Catalogs, 1965-1992
2
23
Clippings - Undated, circa 1945-circa 1988
2
24
Clippings, 1945-1988
2
25-32
Clippings and Magazine Articles, 1948-1971
2
33-34
Clippings on Seventeen Contemporary American Painters, 1958-1959
2
35
Clippings on Peggy Guggenheim, 1979-1987
2
36
Clippings on Others, 1968-1986
2
37
Exhibition Announcements, circa 1946-1988
2
38
Exhibition Catalogs for One Man Shows, 1947-1987
2
39-41
Exhibition Catalogs for Group Shows, 1944-1950
2
42-47
Exhibition Catalogs for Group Shows, 1951-1958
3
1-18
Exhibition Catalogs for Group Shows, 1958-1976
4
1-14
Exhibition Catalogs for Group Shows, 1977-1983
4
15-22
Exhibition Catalogs for Group Shows, 1984-1987
5
1-5
Exhibition Catalogs for Group Shows, 1987-1992
5
6-9
Oversized Exhibition Catalogs, 1976, 1987
9
1
Exhibition Catalogs for Group Shows - Undated, circa 1950-circa 1992
5
10-11
Exhibition Catalogs for Other Artists, 1969-1986
5
12-15
Magazines, 1944-1958
5
16-19
Magazines, 1959-1969
6
1-4
Magazine Articles, 1974-1991
6
5-9
Magazine Articles - Undated, circa 1945-circa 1991
6
10
Magazine Articles on Other Artists, 1971-1988
6
11
Press Releases and Reports, 1947-1989
6
12
Sheet Music for Piano Waltz Dedicated to Ethel Baziotes, 1978
6
13
Transcripts of Radio Programs that Mention William Baziotes, circa 1971
6
14
Memorial Service Programs for Alfred Barr and Rene d'Harnoncourt, 1968-1981
6
15
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1944-1988
7
1-2

Series 5: Photographs , circa 1900-1979, bulk 1940-circa 1963
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 7-9

Photographs are of William Baziotes, Ethel Baziotes, family and friends, his residence, and his artwork. There are a few photographs of Meir Bernstein, Sam Kootz, Paul Bodin, Michel Licht, Maria Motherwell, Pablo and Maya Picasso, Orlando Zulueta, Rudi Blesh, Nathan Halper, Harriet Janis, Ethel Schwabacher, Maurice Sievan, Clyfford Still, and others. The bulk of the material in the series consists of photographs, but there are also a few slides and negatives.
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William Baziotes, circa 1912-circa 1960
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3
Oversized William Baziotes Photographs, circa 1947-circa 1957
9
2
William and Ethel Baziotes, 1946-circa 1955
7
4
William and Ethel Baziotes with Jane and Sam Kootz, 1954-1957
7
5
Ethel Baziotes, circa 1920-1973
7
6
Ethel Baziotes Grandparents, circa 1900
7
7
Baziotes Family, circa 1918-circa 1934
7
8
Christos Baziotes, 1948, circa 1972
7
9
Friends of William and Ethel Baziotes, circa 1935-circa 1979
7
10-12
Oversized Photographs of William Baziotes, Family, and Friends, 1943-1971, circa 1918
9
3
Baziotes Residence, circa 1971-1974
7
13
Baziotes Residence - Slides, circa 1967
7
14
William Baziotes Grave, circa 1973
7
15
Meier Bernstein's Studio, circa 1976
7
16
Crystal Murals at Crystal Restaurant in Reading, Pennsylvania, 1941-1942
7
17
Paintings by William Baziotes, circa 1940-circa 1960
8
1-3
Drawings by William Baziotes, circa 1934-circa 1962
8
4-6
"Kirkegaard" Painting by Maurice Sievan, 1968
8
7

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