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James E. B. Breslin research archive on Mark Rothko, 1900-1994 (bulk 1940-1990)

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Title: James E. B. Breslin research archive on Mark Rothko
Dates: 1900-1994 (bulk 1940-1990)
Number: 2003.M.23
Creator/Collector: Breslin, James E. B., 1935-
Extent: 18.7 Linear Feet (32 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
Abstract: Archive assembled by James Breslin, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, as he researched and wrote Mark Rothko: a biography. The Russian-born American painter's life and work are the central subjects of the collection, situated in broad historical and artistic contexts with particular emphasis on Abstract Expressionism and the New York art world from the 1920s through the 1960s. Materials include interview recordings and transcripts, correspondence, financial and legal documents, photographs, clippings, assorted printed materials, and extensive notes.
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Language: Collection material is in English
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
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1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
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URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
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Author: Laurel McPhee and Andra Darlington.

Biographical/Historical Note

James E. B. Breslin was born December 12, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1957 and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1959. In 1964 Breslin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and in the same year joined the English faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.

Breslin's scholarly interests lay in avant-garde American poetry and art of the twentieth century, particularly in relation to Modernism. In 1970 he published his first book, William Carlos Williams: an American artist, followed in 1984 by his study of post-World War II poetry entitled From modern to contemporary. His third major book, Mark Rothko: a biography, published in 1993 after nearly eight years of research, was praised by Hilton Kramer in the New York times book review as "a biographical classic" and "the best life of an American painter that has yet been written," December 26, 1993.

Following the publication of his Rothko biography, Breslin was appointed chair of the Art Practice Department at UC Berkeley. He was completing an introduction to a catalog of Squeak Carnwath paintings with his second wife, Ramsay Bell Breslin, and researching a biography of jazz great John Coltrane when he suffered a fatal heart attack in 1996.


Scope and Content of Collection

Assembled by James Breslin as he researched and wrote Mark Rothko: a biography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), the collection addresses the same subjects as the book, but in greater depth and detail. With files relating to Rothko's early childhood in Dvinsk, Russia, his family's emigration to Portland, Oregon, his education, his troubled personal life, the development of his career, his artistic process, and his suicide, the collection comprises a rich compilation of materials on the life and work of a key figure in twentieth-century painting. Like Breslin's book, the collection situates Rothko and his work within broad historical and artistic contexts, emphasizing abstract expressionism and the New York art world from the 1920s through the 1960s. Among the individuals featured prominently in the collection are artists Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Adolph Gottlieb, Milton Avery, and Max Weber, and critics Dore Ashton and Katharine Kuh.

Included in the collection are audio recordings and many transcripts of Breslin's interviews with approximately 100 of Rothko's surviving family, friends, fellow artists, collectors, dealers, curators, and critics, including ten audiotapes of interviews with Motherwell. Much of the collection was photocopied from the personal papers of Rothko's friends, family and associates, and archives at museums, galleries and historical societies. Photocopied materials include correspondence with Mark Rothko, pages from his notebooks, vital, legal, financial, and medical records, documents regarding the commission, exhibition, and sale of artwork, and assorted documents related to the lawsuit brought by his daughter against Marlborough Galleries and the executors of Rothko's estate following his death. Photographic materials include slides, prints, negatives, and transparencies, predominantly reproductions of Rothko's paintings, but also personal photographs reproduced from other collections, photographs of the landscapes and landmarks of Rothko's childhood, and exterior views of his studios in New York City. Also included are critical and art historical articles and theses, Breslin's original correspondence and extensive handwritten notes documenting his research process, and materials related to the publication of his book. The dates provided for photocopied materials and other reproductions correspond to the original documents. Undated items produced by Breslin, including his notes, are dated within the years of his research, circa 1983 to 1992.

Arrangement note

The archive is arranged in six series: ; ; ; ; ; .
Series I. Research files on individuals, 1913-1994
Series II. Research files on institutions and organizations, 1922-1992
Series III. Topical research files, 1903-1991
Series IV. Photographs and reproductions, 1900-1994
Series V. Book publication files, 1989-1993
Series VI. Audio recordings of interviews, 1985-1990


Restrictions

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of unreformatted audiotapes and the Theodoros Stamos file, Box 32, which will remain sealed until 2076.

Publication Rights

Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.


Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Ashton, Dore
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
Kuh, Katharine
Motherwell, Robert
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980
Weber, Max, 1881-1961

Subjects - Topics

Abstract expressionism -- United States
Art, Modern -- 20th century
Artists -- Interviews
New York school of art

Subjects - Places

Daugavpils (Latvia) -- History -- 20th century
New York (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
Portland (Or.) -- History -- 20th century

Genres and Forms of Material

Audiocassettes
Color transparencies
Correspondence
Interviews
Photographic prints
Photographs, Original
Slides (photographs)

Contributors

Breslin, James E. B., 1935-
Motherwell, Robert
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970

Administrative Information

Preferred citation

James E. B. Breslin Research Archive on Mark Rothko, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2003.M.23

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2003m23

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Ramsay Bell Breslin, James Breslin's widow, in 2003.

Processing History

Ramsay Bell Breslin numbered the folders and wrote an extensive inventory in preparation for the Getty Research Institute's acquisition of the archive. Laurel McPhee began processing and arranging the collection and writing the finding aid in November-December 2003 and Andra Darlington completed the work in December 2005-April 2006. James Breslin's original order was maintained in the alphabetical arrangement of files on individuals and institutions, and in the topical arrangement of other files; new topics were assigned and documents interfiled as necessary. Original file folders were retained only if Breslin had written notes on them.


Container List

Series I. Research files on individuals, 1913-1994 11 box(es)
Research files on individuals who were subjects or sources for James Breslin's research. Materials include transcripts of 69 of Breslin's interviews, photocopied and original correspondence, printed materials, clippings, photographs, and extensive notes. Following initial lists of names and contact information, files are arranged alphabetically with unidentified individuals at the end.
box
1, 22 Contact information, circa 1983-1992
box folder
1 1 Lists 80 items
Lists of names with contact information.
box
22 Index cards 1 index card file
A black plastic index card file containing 52 index cards and a business card with names and contact information.
box folder
1 2 Interview list, circa 1983-1992 18 Leaves
A list of 159 people Breslin interviewed or intended to interview and several pages of related notes.
1 3 Abish, Cecile, 1988 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Cecile Abish on May 20, 1988, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
1 4 Abramowitz, Minna, 1987 1 leaf
Handwritten notes from Breslin's telephone interview with Minna Abramowitz on July 3, 1987.
1 5 Adelson, Howard, 1988 2 Leaves
Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Howard Adelson on October 11, 1988.
1 6 Admiral, Virginia, undated 1 item
Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Virginia Admiral regarding the exhibition Americans in Venice.
1 7 Ahearn, Jonathan, 1986 6 items
Three-part transcript of Breslin's interview with Jonathan Ahearn on November 3, 1986, followed by handwritten notes and Breslin's original file folder with notes on front and back. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
1 8 Alford, Emily and Newell, 1988 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Emily and Newell Alford on May 16, 1988. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
box
1, 23* Allen, Sonia, 1943-1975
box folder
1 9 Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1943-circa 1946 4 items
Photocopies of four letters from Mark Rothko to his sister, née Sonia Rothkowitz.
1 10 Interview, 1975 4 items
Two photocopied transcripts of Ruth Cloudman's interview with Rothko's sister, Sonia Allen, on April 17, 1975, followed by 7 leaves of handwritten notes. Includes original file folder with notes on front.
box folder
23* 1 Oversize article, 1970 1 item
Photocopied article about Sonia Allen's memories of her childhood with Mark Rothko.
1 11 Anfam, David, 1979-1990 11 items
Includes correspondence between James Breslin and David Anfam (1989-1990), photocopied letters between Anfam and Robert Neuhaus (1979), a photocopied article by Anfam, "Mark Rothko at the Tate Gallery," Art International (1987), Breslin's handwritten notes, and the original file folder with notes on front.
1 12 Antonioni, Michelangelo, 1962 2 items
Photocopied letter from Michelangelo Antonioni to Mark Rothko, in Italian with English translation.
1 13 Ashton, Dore, 1956-1986 7 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Dore Ashton on February 25, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a photocopied letter from Ashton to Mark Rothko (1957), two photocopied journal entries (1964, 1969), and photocopied articles by Ashton about Rothko (1956-1957, 1977). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
1 14-15 Avery, Milton, 1952-1982
1 14 Breslin's notes and writings, circa 1983-1992 6 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Milton Avery and his scrapbook, a photocopied page of excerpted statements by Avery about his work, two photocopied drafts of chapter four of Breslin's book on Rothko, "Starting out in the Depression," and his original file folder with notes on front.
1 15 Printed material, 1952-1982 7 items
Photocopied articles about Avery, including two copies of Mark Rothko's commemorative essay on Avery, delivered as a memorial address at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and published in Milton Avery Paintings and Drawings, 1939-1964 (1966), and a handwritten draft of the essay.
1 16 Avery, Sally, 1977-1987 8 items
Includes a letter from Sally Avery to Breslin (1987), two photocopied letters from Avery to Clair Zamoiski (1977-1978), James Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Avery on January 19, 1986, and his notes on interviews with Avery by Adelyn Dohme Breeskin (1969), Karl Fortell (1976), and Tom Wolf (1982).
1 17 Bachman, Gerd, 1965 1 item
Letter from Gerd Bachman to Mark Rothko.
1 18 Bartos, Armond, 1988 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Armond Bartos on May 17, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
1 19 Baumbach, Harold, 1987 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Harold Baumbach on June 28, 1987, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
1 20 Baumgarten, Robert L., Mrs., 1967 1 item
Photocopied letter from Mrs Robert L. Baumgarten to Rothko. See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
1 21 Baziotes, Ethel, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Ethel Baziotes on February 17, 1986, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
1 22 Baziotes, William, 1944-1945 2 items
Photocopied letters from Robert Motherwell to William Baziotes.
1 23 Belsey, Joseph, 1987 5 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Joseph Belsey on December 17, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
1 24 Ben-Zion, 1986 5 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Ben-Zion on January 6, 1986, and on "The Ten." See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
1 25 Benhaim, Hermine, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes from the Hermine Benhaim Papers, specifically on a Henry Putzel essay.
1 26 Benjamin, Gershon, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes.
1 27 Berman, Henry, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Henry Berman on February 14, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
1 28 Blinken, Donald, 1962-1986 4 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Donald Blinken on January 28, 1986, two photocopied articles (1962, 1982), and notes on Blinken. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview. See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
1 29 Blot, Jacques, undated 1 item
Photocopied letter from Jacques Blot to Mark Rothko (date illegible).
1 30 Bluhm, Norman, circa 1987 1 item
Letter from Norman Bluhm to James Breslin.
box folder
2 1 Bodin, Paul, 1987 2 Leaves
Typed and handwritten notes from Breslin's telephone interview with Paul Bodin on July 2, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview with Bodin on January 28, 1986.
2 2 Bogat, Regina, 1986-1992 4 items
Two letters (1990, 1992) to James Breslin from Regina Bogat, widow of Alfred Jensen (also known by her married name, Regina Bogat Jensen), accompanied by photocopied reminiscences by Al Jensen of his conversations with Mark Rothko. Also includes Breslin's notes from his interview with Bogat on February 5, 1986. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
2 3 Bolotowsky, Ilya, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Ilya Bolotowsky on March 24, 1968.
2 4 Bourgeois, Louise, 1986 3 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Louise Bourgeois on January 5, 1986, followed by five leaves of handwritten notes and the original file folder with notes on front.
2 5 Bowker, Albert, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Albert Bowker.
2 6 Brach, Paul, 1986 1 leaf
Breslin's very brief notes from his telephone conversation with Paul Brach on January 17, 1986.
2 7 Braddon, Bernard, 1986 1 leaf
Breslin's typewritten notes from his interview with Bernard Braddon on January 23, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 8 Braddon, Bernard, and Sidney Schectman, 1938, circa 1983-1992 2 items
Photocopied transcript of a 1938 radio interview with Bernard Braddon and Sidney Schectman, directors of Mercury Galleries, New York, and Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Braddon and Schectman on October 9, 1981. See also Series II: Mercury Galleries.
2 9 Breslin, Paul, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on the Paul Breslin papers.
2 10 Briggs, Ernest, 1956-1962, circa 1983-1992 6 items
Includes four photocopied letters from Clyfford Still to Ernest Briggs regarding exhibitions, reviews, and sales of Briggs's work (1956-1962), and Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Barbara Schikler's interviews with Earnest Briggs in July and October, 1982.
2 11 Brooks, James, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's very brief notes on Dorothy Seckler's 1965 interview with James Brooks.
2 12 Brown, Milton, 1987 3 items
Transcript of Breslin's July 1, 1987 interview with Milton Brown, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes and the original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
box
2, 23* Browne, Lewis, 1921-1986
box folder
2 13 Lewis Browne collection, 1921-1928, 1989 13 items
Includes six photocopied letters from Lewis Browne to his parents (1921-1928), two letters from the Lilly Library, Indiana University, regarding the Lewis Browne collection (1986-1989), photocopied articles related to Browne's Graphic Bible and his legal dispute with Rothko following the book's publication (1928), one leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes, and the original file folder with notes on front and back.
box folder
23* 2 Oversize articles, 1929 2 items
Photocopied articles about Browne's legal dispute with Rothko.
2 14 Browne, Silvia, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Silvia Browne on September 20, 1986, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 15 Bultman, Jeanne [Joan], 1986 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Jeanne Bultman on January 13, 1986. The interviewee is identified as Jeanne on the transcript, but as Joan Bultman in Breslin's book, p. 682. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
box
2, 23* Calcagno, Lawrence, 1956, circa 1983-1992
box folder
2 16 Notes, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes.
box folder
23* 3 Oversize letter from Mark Rothko, 1956 1 item
Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Lawrence Calcagno.
box folder
2 17 Calden, Morris, 1982-1986 4 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes from interviews with Morris Calden on February 14 and 28, 1986, photocopied notes from Morris Calden's meeting with Bonnie Clearwater and Barbara Shikler on June 30, 1982, and Breslin's original file folder with notes on the front. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's Feb 14, 1986, interview.
2 18 Carone, Nicholas, 1987-1988 4 items
Includes a typewritten transcript of Breslin's interview with Nicholas Carone on May 16, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes and a letter from Carone to Breslin (1987). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 19 Carson, Edith, circa 1983-1992 4 items
Breslin's handwritten notes, including notes on Walter Hopps's interview with Edith Carson on October 19, 1972, and a photocopied article by William Cobb, "From utopian isolation to radical activism," Arkansas historical quarterly, special issue on Commonwealth College, 1925-1935.
2 20 Carson, George, 1986 4 items
Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with George Carson on June 2, 1986, and correspondence between Carson and Breslin. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 21 Castelli, Leo, 1980 1 item
Photocopied article about Leo Castelli by Calvin Tomkins, "A good eye and a good ear," New Yorker, May 26, 1980.
2 22 Cavallon, Georgio, 1987 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Georgio Cavallon on January 24, 1987, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
2 23 Climo, George and Shirley, 1986 3 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Shirley and George Climo on October 15, 1986, and two letters from the Climos to Breslin. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 24 Corbett, Edward, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on correspondence in the Edward Corbett papers.
2 25 Crowe, Tom, 1967 1 item
Photocopied letter from Tom Crowe to Mark Rothko requesting the artist's signature.
2 26 Culeshman, N., Mrs., circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Mrs. N. Culeshman, possibly Rothko's first cousin.
2 27 Dach, Irene, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Irene Dach.
2 28 Dehner, Dorothy, 1986-1987 3 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Dorothy Dehner on January 18, 1986, a letter granting Breslin access to the Dorothy Dehner collections at the Archives of American Art (1987), and three leaves of handwritten notes on Dehner's conversation with Garnett McCoy and Rosalind Krauss in December 1966. See Series VI for an audio recording of the Breslin interview.
2 29 De Kooning, Elaine, 1957-1976 4 items
Includes a photocopied transcript of an interview with Elaine de Kooning on March 28, 1976, five leaves of Breslin's handwritten notes on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with De Kooning on August 27, 1981, a photocopied article by De Kooning, "Two Americans in action: Franz Kline, Mark Rothko," ARTnews Annual, XXVII, 1959, and a photocopied letter to the editor by Rothko, ARTnews, v. 56, no. 8, December 1957.
2 30 De Kooning, Willem, 1972-1990 3 items
Two photocopied articles about Willem de Kooning (1979, circa 1990) and an interview with Harold Rosenberg, ARTnews, September 1972.
2 31 Deming, Vita, 1986 1 item
Two-part transcript of Breslin's interview with Vita Deming on February 3, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 32 Dienes, Ben, 1987 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Ben Dienes on January 9, 1987, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 33 Dillenberger, Jane, 1968 1 item
Photocopied letter from Jane Dillenberger to Mark Rothko.
2 34 Director, Aaron and Harry, 1985 5 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Harry and Aaron Director on July 2, 1985. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
2 35 Dirk, Nathaniel, 1936, 1989 3 items
Includes two copies of the exhibition checklist for Nathaniel Dirk's watercolor exhibition at the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, MA, 1989, and a photocopy of Dirk's biography in Who's who in American art (1936-1937).
2 36 Dorshy, Morris, 1987 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with Morris Dorshy on January 24, 1987.
2 37 Dzubas, Friedel, 1965 1 item
Photocopy of an interview with Friedel Dzubas by Max Kozloff, published in Artforum, September 1965.
box folder
3 1 Eisenstein, Judith, 1985-1986 3 items
Includes two leaves of handwritten notes from James Breslin's telephone interview with Judith Eisenstein on January 29, 1986, and photocopied transcripts of Eisenstein's meeting with Minna Brownstone on January 14, 1985.
3 2 Emery, Vica, 1988 3 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Vica Emery on October 12, 1988.
3 3 Ernst, Jimmy, 1978, circa 1983-1992 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings' interview with Jimmy Ernst on September 30, 1974, and a photocopied letter from Clair Zamoiski to Ernst (1978).
3 4 Evergood, Philip, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on the Philip Evergood papers.
3 5 Eversole, Finley, 1963 1 item
Photocopied letter from Finley Eversole to Mark Rothko.
box
3, 23* Feldman, Morton, 1972-1973
box folder
3 6 Articles 1973 3 items
Photocopied articles relating to Morton Feldman (1973), and one leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes.
box folder
23* 4 Oversize article 1972 1 item
Photocopied article relating to Morton Feldman (1972).
box folder
3 7-8 Ferber, Herbert, 1952-1987
3 7 Interviews, 1987 8 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Herbert Ferber on January 27, 1987, and handwritten notes on interviews with Ferber by Irving Sandler (1968) and Phyllis Tuchman (1981). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
3 8 Correspondence and articles, 1952-1984 18 items
Photocopies of Herbert Ferber correspondence, including eleven letters from Mark Rothko (1952-1968) and one from Robert Motherwell (1968), two articles by or about Ferber (1984), and Breslin's original file folder with notes on front and back. See also Lee Seldes file for transcribed correspondence between Ferber and Rothko.
3 9 Folger, William S., 1947 1 item
Photocopied letter from William S. Folger to Mark Rothko inquiring about a watercolor exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art.
box folder
23* 5 Frankenthaler, Helen, 1989 1 item
Oversize article by Deborah Solomon, "Artful survivor: Helen Frankenthaler stays loyal to abstract expressionism," New York times magazine, May 14, 1989.
box folder
3 10 Fuerstein, Saul, 1983 1 leaf
Photocopied notes from Barbara Shikler's interview with Saul Fuerstein on November 2, 1983.
3 11 Gage, Arthur, 1986 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Arthur Gage in November 1986, and three leaves of genealogical information about the Weinstein family. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
3 12 Genauer, Emily, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on the Emily Genauer papers.
3 13 Gewirtz, Marilyn, 1989 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with Marilyn Gewirtz on April 13, 1989.
3 14 Gitertz, Morris, 1978 1 item
Photocopy of a letter from Morris Gitertz to Diane Waldman regarding Gitertz's Yale connections to Mark Rothko, Lewis Browne, Aaron Director, and the Saturday evening pest (1978).
3 15 Glimcher, Arnold B., 1969-1986 3 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Arnold Glimcher on January 29, 1986, and photocopied letters from Glimcher to Mark Rothko (1969) and Breslin (1986). See also Series II: Pace Gallery. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
3 16 Goldberg, Michael, 1987 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Michael Goldberg on January 27, 1987.
3 17 Goldman, Emma, 1913-1915, 1985 5 items
Includes a letter from Candace Falk to James Breslin (1985) about the Emma Goldman papers at the University of California, Berkeley, and photocopied materials regarding Goldman's talks in Portland in 1913 and 1915, some of which Mark Rothko attended.
3 18 Goldreyer, Daniel, 1986 9 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Daniel Goldreyer on February 19, 1986.
3 19 Goodrich, Lloyd, 1986 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Lloyd Goodrich on January 14, 1986. See also Series II: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
3 20 Gordon, Max, 1971-1985 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Max Gordon on August 9, 1985, and a photocopied article, "Night clubs," New Yorker, October 1971.
3 21 Gorky, Arshile, 1980 1 item
Photocopied transcript of a conversation between Arshile Gorky and Mark Rothko, from Karlen Moordian, The many worlds of Arshile Gorky (Chicago: Gilgamesh Press Ltd., 1980).
3 22-23 Gottlieb, Adolph, 1948-1980
3 22 Interviews and papers, 1962-1963, circa 1983-1992 8 items
Includes a photocopied partial transcription of an interview with Adolph Gottlieb by Martin Friedman (1962), notes on interviews with Gottlieb by Irving Sandler (1962), Dorothy Seckler (1967), and Dore Ashton (1972), a photocopied interview by David Sylvester, Living arts magazine, June 1963, and Breslin's handwritten notes on the Gottlieb papers.
3 23 Printed materials, 1948-1980 6 items
Photocopied articles by and about Adolph Gottlieb (1954-1980) and the text of a talk given by Gottlieb (1948).
3 24 Gottlieb, Esther, circa 1983-1992 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with Esther Gottlieb (1981) and regarding a conversation with Esther Gottlieb and Sanford Hirsh (1987).
3 25 Gottlieb, Harry, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on the Harry Gottlieb papers.
3 26 Goreff, Carl and Leo, 1978-1990 3 items
Two photocopied letters to Diane Waldman regarding Mark Rothko (1978) and Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone interview with Carl Goreff on January 12, 1990.
3 27 Graham, John, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes regarding John Graham.
3 28 Green, Wilder, 1988 4 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Wilder Green on May 17, 1988, followed by handwritten and photocopied notes on an uncited interview with Green. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
3 29 Greenberg, Clement, 1955, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Clement Greenberg on February 3, 1986, and a photocopied article by Greenberg, "American-type painting," Partisan review, 1955. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
3 30 Grokest, Albert, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Dr. Albert Grokest on January 24, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
3 31 Guston, Philip, 1978-1979 2 items
Photocopied lecture (1978) and "Notes to Musa in Woodstock," 1979, by Philip Guston.
3 32 Haftmann, Werner, 1971, undated 2 items
Photocopied recollections of Mark Rothko by Werner Haftmann and a published essay, "Ontmoeting met Mark Rothko" (1971).
3 33 Hare, David, circa 1940, 1986 2 items
Photocopy of Peggy Guggenheim's interview with David Hare (circa 1940), and a transcript of Breslin's interview with Hare on January 9, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
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3, 20 Hays, Hoffman R. and Juliette, 1977-1987, undated
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3 34 Letter and interviews, 1977-1987 4 items
Includes a photocopied letter from Hoffman R. Hays to Clair Zamoiski with a list of Mark Rothko paintings in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Hays (1977), five leaves of Breslin's notes on Dore Ashton's interview with Juliette Hays on July 2, 1982, a list of interview questions (1987), and a transcript of Breslin's interview with Juliette Hays on January 28, 1987. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
box folder
20 1 Color photographs, undated 6 items
Six Polaroid photographs of four Mark Rothko paintings in the Hays collection.
box folder
3 35 Hayter, Stanley William, 1986 1 item
Article by Martica Sawin, "Stanley William Hayter at 84," Arts magazine, January 1986.
3 36 Held, Al, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cumming's interviews with Al Held in 1975 and 1976.
3 37-38 Heller, Ben, 1960-1987
See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
3 37 Interviews and articles, 1960-1987 5 items
Includes two copies of a transcript of Breslin's interview with Ben Heller on January 27, 1987, Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings' interview with Heller (1973), and two photocopied articles about Heller as a collector (1960-1961). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
3 38 Letter to Gustav Harrow, 1974 2 items
Photocopied letter from Ben Heller to Gustav Harrow, Assistant Attorney General, New York, N.Y., regarding Heller's relationship to Mark Rothko and his art (1974); includes a price list of Rothko paintings acquired by Heller from 1955 to 1969.
3 39 Hill, Clinton, circa 1955, 1986 3 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Clinton Hill on January 28, 1986, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes and a photocopied invitation from the Zabriskie Gallery (circa 1955). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
3 40 Hios, Theo, 1986 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Theo Hios on February 7, 1986.
3 41 Hirschfeld, Al, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Al Hirschfeld on January 4, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
3 42 Hopkins, Budd, 1986, undated 3 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Budd Hopkins on January 22, 1986, a photocopied article by Budd Hopkins, "Budd Hopkins on Budd Hopkins," Art in America, and a copy of his curriculum vitae. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
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4 1 Israel, Murray, 1988 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Murray Israel on May 20, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
4 2 Irey, William, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on William Irey's recollections of Mark Rothko as a teacher (1983).
4 3 James, Martin, 1988 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Martin James on May 16, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
4 4 Janis, Sidney, 1960-1973, circa 1983-1992 6 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Avis Berman's interview with Sidney Janis on October 15, 1981, and three photocopied articles related to Sidney Janis (1960-1973).
4 5 Jensen, Alfred, 1953-circa 1956, circa 1983-1992 4 items
Two photocopied fragments of Alfred Jensen's typed journal (1953-circa 1956), followed by handwritten notes and a brief photocopied essay, "Cedar Street Bar." See also Bogat, Regina.
4 6 Johns, Jasper, 1993-1994 2 items
Letters to James Breslin from Jasper Johns (1994) and Sarah Taggart (1993) declining an invitation to work with Breslin on a biography of Johns.
4 7 Johnson, Buffie, 1978-1986 5 items
Includes two copies of a transcript of Breslin's interview with Buffie Johnson on January 20, 1986, Breslin's handwritten notes on interviews with Johnson by Barbara Schikler (1982) and Paul Cummings (1977), and a photocopied letter from Johnson to Clair Zamoiski (1978). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
4 8 Johnson, Phillip, 1987 3 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from a telephone conversation with Phillip Johnson on July 6, 1987.
4 9 Kainen, Jacob, 1971, circa 1983-1992 4 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Jacob Kainen on August 10, 1982, and on the Jacob Kainen papers, as well as a photocopied article (1971).
4 10 Kaminstein, Barbara, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Barbara Kaminstein.
4 11 Kashdin, Gladys, 1965, circa 1983-1992 4 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Gladys Kashdin's interview with Adolph Gottlieb on April 28, 1965, followed by handwritten notes and photocopies of Kashdin's notes from her interview with Mark Rothko on May 4, 1965.
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4, 23* Kaufman, Louis and Annette, 1951-1986
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4 12 Interview notes and articles, 1975-1986 6 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Louis and Annette Kaufman on November 3, 1986, his notes from the Louis Kaufman papers and on Ruth Cloudman's interview with Louis Kaufman on February 15, 1985. Also includes photocopied articles (1975-1986). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
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23* 6 Oversize article, 1951 1 item
Photocopied excerpt about the New York City Opera's production of "The dybbuk and the devil to pay" (1951).
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4 13 Kingsley, April, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on April Kingsley.
4 14 Klein, Milton and Lilian, 1987 6 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Milton and Lilian Klein on April 9, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
4 15 Konzal, Joseph, 1983 1 item
Photocopied transcript of Barbara Shikler's telephone conversation with Joseph Konzal on October 24, 1983.
4 16 Kootz, Samuel, 1942, circa 1983-1992 2 items
Breslin's notes on Dorothy Seckler's interview with Samuel Kootz, April 13, 1964, and photocopied announcements for an exhibition of paintings selected by Kootz, held at Macy Galleries, New York, 1942.
4 17 Kufeld, Jack, 1986 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Jack Kufeld on October 5, 1981, and more notes on Kufeld from 1986.
4 18-20 Kuh, Katherine, 1954-1986
See also Series II. Art Institute of Chicago.
4 18 Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1954-1955 44 items
Two photocopies each of 18 letters between Katharine Kuh and Mark Rothko (1954-1955), and four letters between Petronel Lukens and Rothko (1954), most regarding an exhibition of Rothko's work at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1954.
4 19 Interviews, 1986-1987 4 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Katharine Kuh on February 14, 1986, a photocopy of a published interview with Kuh by Avis Berman (1987), and Breslin's handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
4 20 Printed materials, 1954-1971 3 items
Includes photocopied articles (1954, 1971) and an exhibition statement by Katharine Kuh.
4 21 Kunitz, Stanley, 1986, undated 6 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Kunitz on February 7, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a poem by Stanley Kunitz called "The testing tree," and Breslin's handwritten notes on interviews with Kunitz by Cynthia J. McCabe (undated) and Avis Berman (1983). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
4 22 Lambert, Phyllis, 1987 3 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with Phyllis Lambert on May 15, 1987, and an exchange of letters between them (1987).
4 23 Langbaum, Robert, 1987 1 item
Letter from Robert Langbaum to James Breslin (1987).
4 24 Leontief, Wassily, 1986 2 items
Transcript from Breslin's interview with Wassily Leontief on February 13, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
4 25 Leopold, Richard William, undated 1 item
Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Richard Leopold.
4 26 Levi, Julian, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes about the Julian Levi papers.
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4, 23* Levine, Anne Marie, 1980-1986
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4 27 Interview and poems, 1981-1986 5 items
Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Anne Marie Levine on January 17, 1986, and photocopied poems by Levine (1981-1985).
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23* 7 Oversize poem, 1980 1 item
Photocopied poem by Anne Marie Levine, "Euphorbia" (1980).
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4 28 Levine, Morton H., 1973, undated 3 items
Photocopied letter from Morton H. Levine to District Director of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (1973), Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Levine's slide inventory of Mark Rothko paintings, and a photocopied one-page essay about Rothko by Levine (undated).
4 29 Lidov, Arthur, 1988 2 items
Transcript from Breslin's interview with Arthur Lidov on May 15, 1988, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
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4, 23* Liss, Joseph, 1941-1987
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4 30-31 1941-1987, undated
Includes a photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Joseph Liss (1941), two copies of a letter from Liss to Clair Zamoiski (1977), a letter from Liss to Breslin (1987), Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Dore Ashton's interview with Liss on August 10, 1982, photocopies of a published interview by Liss with Willem de Kooning regarding Mark Rothko, ARTnews, January 1979, and a synopsis of Liss's incomplete book about De Kooning (circa 1987).
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23* 8 Oversize articles, 1976-1982 4 items
Multiple photocopies of articles by Joseph Liss published in the East Hampton star, "A portrait by Rothko," September 2, 1976, and "Abstraction at Louse Point," February 25, 1982.
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4, 23* Lloyd, Frank, 1963-1988
See also Series II: Marlborough Galleries.
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4 32 1988, undated 3 items
A photocopied biography of Lloyd issued by Marlborough Gallery (undated), Breslin's brief handwritten notes on his telephone conversation with Frank Lloyd on October 13, 1988, and on Katharine Kuh's article, "The fine art of dealing," Saturday review, v. 46, December 1963.
4 33-34 Articles, 1963-1975 4 items
Photocopies of articles about Frank Lloyd and New York art dealers in general, Marlborough Galleries, and the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death (1963-1975).
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23* 9 Oversize articles, 1973-1977 3 items
Photocopied articles about Frank Lloyd, Marlborough Galleries, and the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death (1973-1977).
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5 1 Lukashok, Martin, 1986 4 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Martin Lukashok on January 20, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
5 2 Maimin, Gesel, 1991 2 items
Two letters from Maimin Gesel to James Breslin regarding the town of Dvinsk.
5 3 Malamud, Bernard, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Bernard Malamud on February 19, 1986, followed by one page of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
5 4 Margolis, David, 1986-1989 4 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with David Margolis on April 28, 1989, handwritten interview questions, a catalog for a 1986 David Margolis exhibition at the Hudson Gallery, New York, and handwritten general notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
5 5 Martin, Fred, 1985 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Fred Martin on July 3, 1985, followed by one page of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
5 6 McKee, David, 1988 4 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on David McKee.
5 7 McKinney, Donald, 1988, undated 4 items
Includes transcripts of Breslin's interview with Donald McKinney on May 19, 1988, followed by handwritten notes, and a photocopied fragment of an essay by McKinney. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
5 8 Mead, Allen W., 1986-1988 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Dr. Allen W. Mead on February 17, 1986, and a letter from Dr. Mead to Breslin (1988). See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
5 9 Meals, Moselle, 1961 1 item
Photocopied letter from Moselle Meals to Mark Rothko.
5 10 Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1976-1978, circa 1983-1992 4 items
Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Dorothy Miller on May 4, 1981, a photocopied letter from Miller to Clair Zamoiski (1978), and two photocopies of an article by John Gruen, "Dorothy Miller in the company of modern art," ARTnews November 1976.
5 11 Miller, Ruth, 1967-1988 2 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Ruth Miller on October 11, 1988, followed by handwritten notes, and two photocopied letters from Mark Rothko to Miller (1967, 1969). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
5 12 Misson, Alain, undated 1 item
Photocopied letter from Alain Misson to Mark Rothko.
5 13 Moran, Ruth H., 1990-1992 2 items
Letter from Ruth H. Moran to James Breslin (1990), business card enclosed, and Breslin's handwritten notes from a telephone interview with Moran on April 15, 1992.
5 14 Morrow, Barbara Price and Robert, circa 1983-1992 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes, probably from an interview with Barbara Price Morrow and Robert Morrow. Original file folder included with a quotation written on the front, "paintings are skins that are shed and hung on a wall."
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5, 23* Motherwell, Robert, 1944-1991,
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5 15 Interviews, 1962-1987 7 items
Includes two lengthy transcripts of Breslin's interviews with Robert Motherwell on June 30 and July 4, 1987, followed by extensive handwritten notes, photocopies of published interviews with Motherwell by David Sylvester (1962), Max Kozloff (1965), Barbaralee Diamonstein (1977), and Terence Maloon (1978), as well as handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Motherwell (1971). See Series VI for a recording of the Breslin interviews.
5 16 Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1946-1958 8 items
Photocopies of six handwritten letters from Mark Rothko to Robert and Helen Motherwell. Includes original file folder with notes on front.
5 17 Correspondence, 1986-1990 7 items
Includes letters between Robert Motherwell and James Breslin (1986-1990), as well as a photocopied letter from Motherwell to David Hopkins (1987) and one to Motherwell from Robert T. Buck of the Brooklyn Museum (1987). Includes original file folder with notes on front and back.
5 18-19 Writings by Robert Motherwell, 1944-1970
Photocopied essays by Robert Motherwell, including three called "On Rothko" (1967-1970).
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5, 23* Writings about Robert Motherwell, 1950-1991, undated
Assorted photocopied articles and clippings related to Robert Motherwell, including an essay by James Breslin, "Robert Motherwell: 'From WASPism to modernism.'"
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5 20-21 Articles, 1950-1991, undated
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23* 10 Oversize articles, 1985-1991 2 items
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5 22 Notes, circa 1983-1992 10 items
Breslin's handwritten notes on Robert Motherwell, including notes on his interviews.
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5, 20 Photograph, 1952
Black and white photograph (8 x 10 in.) by Lee Sievan of Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, taken at an art conference in Woodstock, NY, 1952, followed by a half leaf of handwritten notes. The negative has been moved to Box 20.
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5 23 Photograph and notes, 2 items
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20 2 Negative, 1 item
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5 24 Nachumi, Annette, 1989 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Annette Nachumi on May 2, 1989. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
5 25 Naimark, Max, 1977, circa 1983-1992, undated 3 items
Includes a photocopied letter from Max Naimark to Clair Zamoiski (1977), an incomplete account of Mark Rothko's high school experience as recalled by Naimark, and Breslin's handwritten notes.
5 26 Namath, Hans, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on photographs by Hans Namath of Mark Rothko in his 69th Street studio.
5 27 Nevelson, Louise, 1984 2 items
One leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes and a photocopied page from Natalie S. Bober, "Breaking the tradition: the story of Louise Nevelson," Athenaeum, 1984.
5 28 Newhouse, S. I., Jr., 1968 1 item
Photocopied letter from S. I. Newhouse, Jr., to Mark Rothko.
5 29 Newman, Annalee, 1987-1989 3 items
Includes correspondence between James Breslin and Annalee Newman (1987-1989) and Breslin's handwritten notes.
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6 1-4 Newman, Barnett, 1943-1980
6 1 Correspondence, 1945-1950 16 items
Photocopies and transcribed correspondence in the Newman papers between the Rothkos and the Newmans.
6 2 Interviews, 1972-1980 2 items
Photocopied transcripts of David Sylvester's interview with Barnett Newman (1972) and Pat Gilmour's interview with Alan Bowness, Director of the Tate Gallery (1980).
6 3 Writings, 1943-1979 4 items
Photocopies of published writings by Barnett Newman (1943-1979).
6 4 Printed materials and notes, 1978-1979 5 items
Photocopied printed material regarding Barnett Newman (1978-1979), including a summary of the Newman vs. Reinhardt case, followed by Breslin's handwritten notes.
6 5 Newman, Sonia, 1986 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Sonia Newman on May 8, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 6 Northrup, Richard and Barbara, 1986-1987 4 items
A letter from Barbara B. Northrup to James Breslin (1987) and a transcript and notes from Breslin's interview with Richard and Barbara Northrup and Shirley and George Climo on October 15, 1986. Includes original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interviews.
6 7 O'Gorman, Ned, 1986 3 items
A transcript of Breslin's interview with Ned O'Gorman on February 27, 1986, followed by two leaves of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 8 Okun, George and Blanche, 1986 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with George Okun, Blanche Okun, and Sophie Tracy on February 11, 1986, and one handwritten page of interview questions. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 9 Panicalli, Carla, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Carla Panicalli on February 13, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 10 Panza di Biumo, Giuseppe, 1960-1970 38 items
Photocopies of Giuseppe Panza di Biumo's correspondence, primarily with Mark Rothko (1960-1969), including letters and printed materials regarding his purchase of Rothko paintings and murals. Also includes a photocopied article by Tommaso Trini, "At home with art: the villa of Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo," 1970.
6 11 Parker, Ray, 1986 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Ray Parker on January 25, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 12 Parsons, Betty, circa 1983-1992 6 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Gerald Silk's interview with Betty Parsons on June 11, 1981, and on letters to Parsons in the Lee Seldes files. See also Series II: Betty Parsons Gallery.
6 13 Pusey, Nathan, 1986 1 item
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Nathan Pasey on February 24, 1986.
6 14 Phillips, Gerald, 1986 4 Leaves
Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Gerald Phillips on January 27, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 15 Poe, Barbara, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Barbara Poe on November 7, 1987, followed by a page of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 16-17 Pomeroy, Ralph, 1971-1986
Includes handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Ralph Pomeroy on February 24, 1986, and photocopied transcripts of interviews by Donald McKinney with Pomeroy, Rita Reinhardt, Theodoros Stamos, John de Menil, and Simone Swan (1971), and of a conversation "Regarding Rothko" between Ralph Pomeroy, Donald McKinney, Clinton Wilder, and Bernard Reis (1971).
6 18 Porter, David, circa 1983-1992, undated 7 items
Photocopied documents from the David Porter papers and Breslin's handwritten notes.
6 19 Pottish, Morris, 1987 4 items
Includes transcripts of Breslin's interviews with Morris Pottish on June 29 and 30, 1987, followed by handwritten notes, and a letter from Breslin to Pottish. See Series VI for an audio recording of the June 29 interview.
6 20 Prensky, Frieda, 1985-1986 2 items
Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Frieda Prensky on February 2, 1986, and a photocopied letter from Barbara Shikler to Bonnie [Clearwater?] (1985). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
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6, 23* Putnam, Wallace, 1974, undated
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6 21 Interview circa 1983-1992, undated 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Wallace Putnam on July 13, 1982, and photocopied pages from Manhattan manners.
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23* 11 Oversize article 1974 1 item
Photocopied article by Wallace Putnam, "Mark Rothko told me," Arts magazine, April 1974.
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6 22 Putzel, Howard, 1945, undated 3 items
Photocopied articles about Howard Putzel and the 67 Gallery, New York, including a New York times letter to the editor by Mark Rothko, July 8, 1945.
6 23 Rabin, Kenneth, 1985-1986 3 items
Letters from Kenneth Rabin to James Breslin (1985-1986) and lengthy handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Rabin on August 12, 1985. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
6 24 Rabin, Milton, 1985-1991 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Milton Rabin on June 21, 1985, and a letter from Rabin to Breslin (1991).
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6, 23* Reinhardt, Ad, 1946-1991
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6 25 Postcards and articles, 1954-1991 4 items
Photocopied postcards from Ad Reinhardt to Mark Rothko (1965-1966) and photocopied and clipped articles by or about Reinhardt (1954-1991).
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23* 12 Oversize cartoon, 1946 1 item
Photocopied cartoon by Ad Reinhardt, "How to look at modern art," PM, June 1946.
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6 26 Reinhardt, Rita, 1953-1993 10 items
Includes Breslin's assorted typewritten and handwritten notes regarding Rita Reinhardt (1993), a certified copy of Ad Reinhardt and Rita Solomon's marriage license (1953), and a photocopied letter from Donald McKinney to Rita Reinhardt (1969). For Rita Reinhardt's deposition for the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death, see Series III B. Legal files.
6 27-30 Reis, Bernard, 1931-1974
6 27 Correspondence, 1951-1974 8 items
Photocopied letters to and from Bernard Reis (1951-1974), mostly regarding his art collection.
6 28 Interviews and autobiographical statements, 1971, circa 1983-1992, undated 4 items
Includes a transcript of an interview with Bernard Reis by Donald McKinney (1971), Breslin's notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Reis (1976), and two autobiographical statements by Reis (undated). See Series VI for an audio recording of Cummings's interview from the Archives of American Art.
6 29 Legal and financial documents, 1958-1974 9 items
Includes photocopied documents regarding the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death and Bernard Reis's transactions with Marlborough Galleries. See Series III B. Legal files for more documents pertaining to the trial.
6 30 Articles and notes, 1931-1951, circa 1983-1992 7 items
Two photocopied articles, one by Bernard Reis (1931) and one about him (1951), and Breslin's handwritten notes on the Bernard Reis papers.
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7 1 Reis, Rebecca, 1964-1986 5 items
Includes a transcription of Breslin's interview with Rebecca Reis on November 8, 1986, Breslin's lengthy notes on William McNaught's interview with her on March 24, 1980, and two photocopied articles on Reis's cookbook, The unharried hostess (1964). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
7 2 Reiter, Phil and Dorothy, 1986 9 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Dorothy and Phil Reiter on June 25, 1986.
7 3 Rice, Dan and Jackie, 1983-1986, undated 4 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Jackie and Dan Rice on February 21, 1986, a photocopy of Arnold Glimcher's published interview with Dan Rice, "The 1958-1959 murals: second series," and photocopied notes from an interview with Rice in November 1983. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
7 4 Root, E.W., 1953 1 item
Photocopied article, "One man's collection," Art digest, March 1953.
7 5 Rosen, Jim, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on Jim Rosen with brief references to Leonard Bocour and John Kruchenick.
7 6 Rosenberg, Harold, 1952-1977 2 items
Photocopied article by Harold Rosenberg, "The American action painters," ARTnews, December 1952, and a transcript of a 1977 interview with Rosenberg regarding Mark Rothko.
7 7 Rostin, Norman, 1987 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Norman Rostin on January 24, 1987.
7 8 Roth, Albert, circa 1983-1992 5 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Albert Roth.
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7, 20 Roth, Julian, circa 1983-1992 3 items
Includes handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Julian and Dorothy Roth on September 11, 1986, and a letter from Julian Roth to Breslin (undated), and an accompanying Polaroid photograph of a Rothko watercolor owned by Roth. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
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7 9 Papers, 5 items
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20 3 Photograph, 1 item
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7 10 Roth, Moise, 1985-1987 3 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Moishe Roth on June 27, 1985, and a letter from Milt and Joy Rabin to James Breslin recounting a conversation with Roth (1987). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
7 11 Roth, Richard, 1986 5 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Richard Roth on November 7, 1986. See Series IV for photographs from the Richard Roth collection; Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
7 12 Rothko, Christopher, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Christopher Rothko on February 6, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
7 13-14 Rothko, Kate, 1977-1987
7 13 Interviews, 1986-1987 5 items
Transcripts and notes from Breslin's interviews with Kate Rothko in 1986 and 1987. See Series VI for recordings of the interviews.
7 14 Article and notes, 1977-1985 6 items
Includes a photocopy of an article by Paul Gardner, "The ordeal of Kate Rothko: the war isn't over in Marlborough country," New York, February 1977, and Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Ilya Prizel and Kate Rothko. See Series III B. Legal files for documents pertaining to the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death.
7 15-17 Rothko, Mary Alice (Mell), 1939-1970
7 15 Papers, 1945-1970 9 items
Includes two photocopied pages from Mary Alice Beistle's high school yearbook, two photocopies of Beistle's certificate of marriage to Mark Rothko (1945), photocopied documents regarding their separation (1969), and three photocopied letters (1970).
7 16-17 Illustrations 1937-1942
7 16 Just Puggy, 1937 1 item
Photocopy of Aldarilla S. Beistle's book Just Puggy (New York: David McKay Company, 1939), illustrated by Mary Alice Beistle.
7 17 Open daily, 1942 1 item
Photocopy of Aldarilla S. Beistle's book Open daily (New York: David McKay Company, 1942), illustrated by Mary Alice Beistle.
7 18 Rothkowitz, Kate, 1944-1948 2 items
Includes a letter from Mark Rothko to his mother, Kate Rothkowitz (1944), and a copy of her obituary in the Oregonian, October 13, 1948.
7 19 Rubin, William, 1986 8 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on William Rubin.
7 20 Ruddick, Bruce and Dorothy, circa 1983-1992 6 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Bruce and Dorothy Ruddick.
7 21 Russell, George C., Mrs., 1961 1 item
Photocopied letter from Mrs. George C. Russell to Mark Rothko (1961).
7 22-24 Sachar, Edith, 1932-1944
7 22 Correspondence, 1932-1937, undated 8 items
Photocopied letters from Edith Sachar to Mark Rothko.
7 23 Papers, 1932-1942 6 items
Includes a photocopy of Edith Sachar and Mark Rothko's marriage certificate (1932), notes on Edith and Mark Rothko's marriage, and a copy of an advertisement for Edith Sachar's jewelery (1942).
7 24 Divorce, 1944 10 items
Photocopied legal documents pertaining to Edith Sachar Rothkowitz's divorce from Mark Rothko.
7 25 Sachar, Howard, 1986 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Howard Sachar in November 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
7 26 Sachar, William, 1987 10 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with William Sachar on March 4, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
7 27 Schanker, Louis, 1977, circa 1983-1992 3 items
Transcript and Breslin's handwritten notes on Harlan Phillip's interview with Louis Schanker on December 17, 1977, as well as Breslin's notes from the Louis Schanker papers.
7 28 Scharf, William and Sally, 1986, undated 3 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with William and Sally Scharf on January 8, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, and a photocopied transcript of an undated interview with Sally Scharf. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
7 29 Schiller, Fredrich von, undated 1 item
One photocopied page of an essay regarding Fredrich von Schiller and art criticism.
7 30 Schoenfeld, Betty, 1990-1992 2 items
A letter from Betty Schoenfeld to James Breslin (1990) and Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone interview with her on April 16, 1992.
7 31 Schrag, Carl, 1986 11 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Carl Schrag on January 20, 1986.
7 32 Schueler, Jon, 1952, 1986 3 items
A two-part transcript of Breslin's interview with Jon Schueler on January 31, 1986, and a photocopied letter from Schueler to Clyfford Still (1952). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
7 33 Schwabacher, Ethel, 1954-1960 4 items
Photocopied pages from Ethel Schwabacher's notebook (1954-1956) and two photocopied drafts of an essay on Mark Rothko (1960).
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8 1-2 Scull, Robert C. and Ethel, 1960-1987 12 items
Includes photocopied articles regarding Robert and Ethel Scull and their art collection, the auction of part of their art collection in 1973, and their divorce and subsequent lawsuit, followed by Breslin's handwritten notes.
8 3-4 Seitz, William, 1952-1953, undated
8 3 Interview and correspondence, 1952-1953 5 items
Includes a photocopied transcript of William Seitz's interview with Mark Rothko on January 22, 1952, an inventory of the William Seitz papers at the Archives of American Art, and photocopied letters between Seitz and Rothko (1953).
8 4 William Seitz papers, undated 92 Leaves
Photocopied materials from the William Seitz papers at the Archives of American Art, primarily Seitz's extensive notes on Mark Rothko.
8 5-6 Seldes, Lee, 1974-1978, undated 6 items
Includes photocopied materials by and about Lee Seldes: articles (1974-1978), an excerpt from Seldes's book The legacy of Mark Rothko (1978), a fragment of a typescript draft about Mark Rothko, and notebook pages from the Lee Seldes files with transcribed correspondence between Mark Rothko and Herbert Ferber (1952-1959), among others.
8 7 Selz, Peter, 1961-1986 6 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Peter Selz on September 11, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a photocopied article by Selz, "Mark Rothko," Museum of Modern Art, 1961, photocopied text of an exhibition catalog, Mark Rothko: a retrospective exhibition (London, 1961), and a photocopied letter from Selz to Rothko (illegible date). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
8 8 Seuphor, Michel, undated 3 items
Three photocopied drafts of a letter from Mark Rothko to Michel Seuphor.
8 9 Sievan, Maurice and Lily, 1974-1986 6 items
Includes invitations to Maurice Sievan exhibitions (1983, 1986), a signed exhibition catalog from a Sievan retrospective (1974), Breslin's handwritten notes on Irving Sandler's interview with Sievan in 1963, and a transcript of Breslin's interview with Lily Sievan on February 3, 1986. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
8 10 Shapiro, David, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes.
8 11 Sills, Thomas, 1986 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Thomas Sills on January 30, 1986.
8 12 Siskind, Aaron, circa 1983-1992 9 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from Barbara Shickler's interviews with Aaron Siskind in 1982.
8 13 Smith, David, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from the David Smith papers, including a transcription of a letter from Mark Rothko to Smith (circa 1960).
8 14 Smith, Jane, 1986 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Jane Smith on January 7, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
8 15 Smith, Tony, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Tony Smith on August 22, 1978.
8 16 Soffer, Sasson, 1989 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Sasson Soffer on May 1, 1989.
8 17 Solman, Joseph, 1977-1986, undated 6 items
Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Joseph Solman on January 15, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a photocopied letter from Solman to Clair Zamoiski (1977), a photocopied essay by Solmon, "The Easel Division of the WPA Federal Arts Project," Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Joseph Solman on 1981 May 6, 1981, and a catalog from the exhibition Joseph Solman: Work of the Thirties, 1983. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
8 18 Soloman, Gus, 1985-1987 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Justice Gus Soloman at the Federal Courthouse, Portland, on June 24, 1985, and a letter from Mary Jo Peters, Secretary to Judge Soloman, to James Breslin regarding Gordon Soule (1987).
8 19 Soyer, Rebecca, 1987 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Rebecca Soyer on January 22, 1987, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
8 20 Spalding, Joy, 1946-1989, undated 4 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Joy Spalding on June 26, 1985, two letters from Spalding to Breslin regarding the Rothko family's time in Portland, Oregon (1987, 1989), and photocopied excerpts from correspondence between Spalding and Mark Rothko (1946-1968).
8 21-22 Spohn, Clay, 1946-1973
8 21 Correspondence, 1946-1966 11 items
Photocopies of six letters and a telegram from Mark Rothko to Clay Spohn (1946-1958) and four letters from Clyfford Still to Spohn (1948-1966).
8 22 Papers, 1967-1973, circa 1983-1992, undated 5 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Clay Spohn on January 9, 1976, followed by handwritten notes, photocopied questions that Spohn intended to ask Mark Rothko, and photocopies of two lengthy letters from Spohn to Mary Fuller McChesney (1967, 1973).
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8, 32 Stamos, Theodoros, 1983-1990, undated
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8 23 Article and notes, 1983, circa 1983-1992 3 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on interviews with Theodoros Stamos by John Jones and Brace Hooton (1965), Karl Fortnell (1967), and Irving Sandler (1968), and a copied article, "TV film on Rothko case protested," New York times, April 30, 1983
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32 1 Interview, 1990 3 items
SEALED: Transcript of Breslin's interview with Theodoros Stamos on February 10, 1990, and his list of interview questions. Includes original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview (also sealed until 2076).
This box will remain sealed until 2076.
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8 24 Steindecker, Oliver, 1986 4 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Oliver Steindecker on February 20, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, as well as notes on interviews with Steindecker in 1983 and 1985. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
8 25 Sterne, Hedda, 1986 2 items
Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Hedda Sterne on January 22, 1986, and on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with Sterne in 1981.
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9 1-4 Still, Clyfford, 1941-1986
9 1 Correspondence, 1941-1957 17 items
Photocopied letters from Clyfford Still to Mark Rothko (1948-1950), Sidney [Janis] (1955), Alfonso [Ossario?] (1953-1957), and to and from Robert Neuhaus (1941-1945).
9 2-3 Articles, 1976-1986 9 items
Photocopied articles regarding Clyfford Still, abstract expressionism, and Mark Rothko (1976-1986).
9 4 Notes, circa 1983-1992 6 items
Assorted notes and letters from Breslin's research on Clyfford Still.
9 5 Sugarman, George, 1986 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with George Sugarman on January 26, 1986.
9 6 Sykes, Claire and Gerald, 1986-1988, undated 5 items
Three letters from Claire Sykes to James Breslin (1986-1988), and a photocopied portion of a manuscript by Gerald Sykes with a character based on Mark Rothko.
9 7 Tampkin, Alex and Sloan, 1987 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone interview with Alex and Sloan Tampkin on July 5, 1987.
9 8 Thomas, Yvonne, 1990 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Yvonne Thomas on February 11, 1990. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
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9, 23* Till, Elizabeth, 1970-1985
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9 9 Interview and article, 1978-1985 3 items
Photocopied article by Elizabeth Till, "Mark Rothko at the Guggenheim," Northwest magazine, December 1978, and Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Elizabeth Till on 1985 June 19, 1985. Includes the original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
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23* 13 Oversize article, 1970 1 item
Photocopied article by Elizabeth Till, "A study in retrospect," Northwest magazine, March 1970.
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9 10 Todd, David, 1986 2 items
Transcript of Breslin's interview with David Todd on January 9, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
9 11 Tomlin, Bradley Walker, 1949, circa 1983-1992 3 items
Two photocopied letters from Bradley Walker Tomlin to Barnett Neuman (1949) and Breslin's handwritten notes.
9 12 Toninelli, Romeo, 1961 1 item
Photocopied letter from Romeo Toninelli to Mark Rothko.
9 13 Tracy, Sophie, 1969-1986 9 items
Includes original and photocopied letters from Sophie Tracy to James Breslin (1986), photocopies of Tracy's correspondence with Mark Rothko (1969) and Babs Kaminstein (1970), a photocopied essay by Tracy, "Hommage á Mark Rothko" (1976), and seven pages of a draft of Breslin's book.
9 14 Trief, Celina, 1988 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Celina Trief on October 12, 1988. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
9 15 Trivigno, Pat, 1990 5 Leaves
Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Pat Trivigno on November 10, 1990.
9 16 Tworkov, Jack, circa 1983-1992 3 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Gerald Silk's interview with Jack Tworkov on March 3, 1975.
9 17 Van den Berghe, 1962 1 item
Photocopied letter from Mr. Van den Berghe to Mark Rothko.
9 18 Van Os, H. W., 1970-1990 2 items
Letter from H.W. van Os to James Breslin (1990) and a photocopied essay by van Os about Mark Rothko, "In memoriam," Museumjournal, 1970.
9 19 Vicente, Esteban, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with Esteban Vicente on April 6, 1982.
9 20 Wade, Jane, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on Jane Wade.
9 21 Ward, Lynn, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes from the Lynn Ward papers.
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9, 23* Warhol, Andy, 1993
Articles about Andy Warhol, the art market, and lawsuits involving the Warhol estate.
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9 22 Articles 3 items
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23* 14 Oversize article 1 item
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9 23-24 Weber, Max, circa 1920-1983
9 23 Interview and notes, circa 1920, circa 1983-1992 5 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Carol S. Gruber's 1958 interview with Max Weber, two photocopies of "Max Weber's criticizms [sic]" for his students in the class of 1920-1921, and Breslin's original file folder with notes on front.
9 24 Articles, 1925-1983 6 items
Photocopied articles and fragments relating to Max Weber.
9 25 Weinstein, Edward and Sydney, 1921, 1978-1986 15 items
Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Barbara Shikler's interview with Edward Weinstein on June 14, 1983, on Breslin's telephone interview with Sydney Weinstein on May 6, 1986, and on the Weinstein surname, as well as a photocopied letter from Ed Weinstein to Clair Zamoiski (1978) and photocopied pages from the New Haven directory (1921).
9 26 Whitney, Simon N., 1978 1 item
Photocopied letter from Simon N. Whitney to Clair Zamoiski.
9 27 Wilke, Ulfert, circa 1983-1992 2 items
39 leaves of Breslin's original and photocopied notes from the Ulfert Wilke papers and the original file folder with notes on front.
9 28 Wilkes, Paul, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Wilkes.
9 29 Wolfe, Robert Jay, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
Breslin's handwritten notes on the Robert Jay Wolfe papers.
9 30 Wright, Frederick, undated 1 item
Handwritten transcript of a 1953 letter among the John Bauer papers from Mark Rothko to Frederick Wright.
9 31 Yamin, Alice, 1965-1966 3 items
Photocopied letters to Alice Yamin from Mark Rothko (1965) and Barnett Newman (1966), and one leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes on Yamin.
9 32 Younter, Ira, 1982 1 item
Photocopied letter from Ira Younter to [William] McNaught (1982).
9 33-34 Zecil [?], 1924, undated 24 items
Photocopied letters from Zecil [?] to Mark Rothko (1924, undated) and photocopied poems (undated).
9 35 Zogbaum, Betsy, 1986 1 item
Transcript of Breslin's interview with Betsy Zogbaum on January 15, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
9 36 Individuals: Unidentified, 1961-1984 8 items
Includes photocopied correspondence: a letter to the Rothkos signed "Helen" (1961), an unsigned letter to "Sylvester," three letter fragments (undated), and two telegrams to Rothko (1962), as well as a letter to James Breslin (1984).
Series II. Research files on institutions and organizations, 1922-1992 3 box(es)
Files on institutions and organizations such as museums, galleries, universities, foundations, and historical societies that were subjects or sources for James Breslin's research. Materials include photocopied and original correspondence, exhibition publications, contracts, records of art sales and loans, clippings, and extensive notes. Files are arranged alphabetically.
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10 1 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, 1968-1977 4 items
Photocopied letter from Hortense Zera to Clair Zamoiski (1977) with enclosures regarding the Institute's 1968 Ceremonial and a photocopied article, "Institute of Arts presents awards," New York times, May 29, 1968.
10 2 American Artists' Congress, 1952-1986 6 items
Photocopied printed materials (1952-1986) and James Breslin's handwritten notes related to the American Artists' Congress, including an essay by Max Weber, "The artist, his audience, and outlook," in Artists against war and fascism: papers of the first American Artists' Congress (1986).
10 3 American Federation of Arts, New York, 1967 4 items
Photocopied correspondence between Mark Rothko and Roy Meyer, Director of the American Federation of Arts, documenting his 1967 gift of Painting no. 6, Two Openings in Black over Wine, 1958.
10 4 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1985-1990 25 items
Includes signed permission forms, some photocopied, from 19 individuals allowing James Breslin access to restricted materials at the Archives of American Art.
10 5 Art Gallery of Toronto, 1962 2 items
Photocopied letters from Ella McLaren to Mark Rothko regarding the Art Gallery of Toronto's acquisition of No. 1, White and Red.
10 6 Art Institute of Chicago, 1958 1 item
Photocopied letter (1958) from Katharine Kuh to Mark Rothko regarding the loan and exhibition of an early Rothko painting. See also Katharine Kuh's files in Series I.
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10, 23* Art of this Century (Gallery), New York, 1942-1987
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10 7 1942-circa 1946, undated 12 items
Includes a checklist from an exhibition of Mark Rothko paintings at Art of This Century (circa 1946), a photocopied draft of "A note about the artist" for a Rothko exhibition catalog, a photocopied chronology of exhibitions at the gallery, as well as photocopied articles and reviews (1942-1945, undated).
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23* 15 Oversize articles, 1942-1947, 1987 5 items
Clipped and copied articles and reviews (1942-1947).
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10 8 Art Students League of New York, 1924, 1967-1986 9 items
Includes a letter from Lawrence Campbell to James Breslin (1986), photocopied records from a class Mark Rothko took in 1924-1925, photocopied excerpts about the school, and Breslin's handwritten notes.
10 9 Artists' Union of New York, 1971-1978 4 items
Includes a photocopied article (1978) and copied fragments of Gerald Monroe's dissertation (1971) about the Artists' Union of New York, as well as James Breslin's handwritten notes.
10 10-14 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1947-1979, circa 1983-1992
10 10 Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1947-1954 5 items
Includes photocopied letters and a telegram from Mark Rothko to Betty Parsons (1947-1954).
10 11 Financial records, 1949-1952 11 items
Includes photocopied inventories and price lists for Rothko works, as well as records of sales and loans and copies of checks (1949-1952).
10 12 Printed material, 1947-1979 6 items
Includes a checklist from a 1947 Mark Rothko exhibition and photocopied reviews and articles.
10 13-14 Notes, circa 1983-1992
James Breslin's handwritten notes.
10 15 Biennale de Venezia, 1958, undated 2 items
Exhibition catalog for the United States Pavilion at the XXIX Biennale, Venezia, in 1958, and a photocopied list of Mark Rothko works included in the Biennale from 1938 to 1970.
10 16 Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1965 2 items
Photocopied article announcing Brandeis University's 1965 Creative Arts Award winners, including Mark Rothko, and a photocopied letter to Rothko.
10 17 Brooklyn College, 1951-1954 12 items
Includes photocopied correspondence with Mark Rothko regarding his appointment in 1951 to the faculty of the Department of Design, Brooklyn College, and his termination in 1954, referred to in James Breslin's notes as his "tenure drama." Also includes descriptions of classes taught by Rothko, photocopied from the course catalog, and Breslin's handwritten notes.
10 18 Brooklyn Jewish Center Academy, 1934-1987, undated 11 items
Includes photocopied excerpts about the academy transcribed from Mark Rothko's folios and sketchbooks, assorted photocopied materials relating to the school (1934-1987), a list of students who attended in the 1930s and 1940s, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
10 19 Celanese Corporation of America, Newark, NJ, 1957 1 item
Photocopied letter from the Celanese Corporation of America to Mark Rothko.
10 20 Cleveland Museum of Art, 1962-1966 2 items
Photocopied loan receipt and letter from Edward B. Henning to Mark Rothko regarding his intention to acquire a painting for the museum (1962-1966).
10 21 Columbia University, New York, 1968 2 items
Photocopied letters inviting Mark Rothko to speak at Columbia University as part of the "Focus on the Contemporary" lecture series.
10 22 Congress of Racial Equality, New York, 1961 1 item
Photocopied letter acknowledging Mark Rothko's contribution of $2,000.
10 23 Congregation Shaare Zedek, New York, 1947, 1987 3 items
Letter from Rabbi Joseph Beirach to James Breslin indicating his shul's lack of information about Mark Rothko (1987), followed by a photocopied directory page (1947) and handwritten notes.
10 24 Contemporary Arts Association and Museum, Houston, TX, 1957 3 items
Photocopied correspondence between Mark Rothko and Dr. Jermayne MacAgy of the Contemporary Arts Museum regarding the shipment of several Rothko paintings, and damage to one of them.
10 25 Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York, 1933-1939 5 items
Includes a brief photocopied review of Mark Rothko's work exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Gallery (1933), a checklist for a Maurice Sievan exhibition in 1939, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
10 26 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., undated 1 item
Photocopied letter from Hermann Williams of the Corcoran Gallery of Art to Mark Rothko.
10 27 Educational Alliance Art School, New York, 1989 1 item
Letter from Mike Rubin to James Breslin regarding Breslin's request for information about Mark Rothko's early art education.
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10, 23* Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, New York City, 1939-circa 1976
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10 28-29 Papers, 1939-circa 1976
Photocopied press releases, exhibition statements, letters, and meeting minutes from the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1939-1954), including a letter from Adolph Gottleib and Mark Rothko to Edward Alden Jewell after the critic confessed "befuddlement" in response to the third annual exhibition of the Federation (1939), and letters to Alfred Barr and James Soby regarding the Museum of Modern Art's policies toward American art (1944). Also includes a catalog from the 35th annual exhibition of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1976-1978) and photocopies of assorted articles and other printed materials (1939-1943).
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23* 16 Oversize articles, 1940-1942 3 items
Photocopied articles relating to the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1940-1942).
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10 30-31 Notes, circa 1983-1992 61 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes.
10 32 Finch College Museum of Art, New York, 1970 1 item
Photocopied letter from Mrs. John Varian to Mary Alice Rothko requesting permission to exhibit photographs of Mark Rothko at work.
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11 1 Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1963-1967 2 items
Photocopied letters from John Coolidge regarding Rothko paintings and the Harvard murals.
11 2 Ford Foundation, New York, 1958 1 item
Photocopied letter from W. McNeil Lowry requesting nominations for the Ford Foundation's Program in Humanities and the Arts.
11 3 Fratelli Fabbri Editori, Milan, 1970 2 items
Photocopied letters to Mary Alice Rothko requesting permission to reproduce a work by Mark Rothko.
11 4 Galerie de France, Paris, 1960 1 item
Photocopied letter from Myriam Prevot to Mark Rothko requesting an exhibition of his work.
11 5 Galerie Lawrence, Paris, 1962 2 items
Photocopied letters from Lawrence Rubin to Mark Rothko regarding an exhibition.
11 6 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, circa 1962 1 item
Photocopied letter from Palma Bucarelli to Mark Rothko regarding the installation of a Rothko exhibition.
11 7 Gimpel Fils, London, 1962 1 item
Photocopied letter from Charles Gimpel to Mark Rothko.
11 8 Greater Atlanta Arts Council, 1967 1 item
Photocopied letter from Joseph S. Perrin inviting Mark Rothko to participate in an Arts Congress.
11 9 Harpers Magazine, New York, 1970 1 item
Photocopied letter to Mell Rothko regarding a forthcoming article about Mark Rothko.
11 10 Hawthorne Memorial Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 1950 1 item
Photocopied exhibition checklist for a special group exhibition organized by Clement Greenberg at the Hawthorne Memorial Gallery, 1950.
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23* 17 Houston Museum of Fine Arts, 1979 1 item
Photocopied review of the Mark Rothko retrospective exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1979.
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11 11 International Exhibition and Sale of Contemporary Art for Human Rights and Racial Equality, London, 1962 1 item
Photocopied letter from L. John Collins inviting Mark Rothko to participate in the exhibition.
11 12 International Jewish Migration Agency, 1986 1 item
Letter from Eva Gamm to James Breslin regarding his request for information on the Rothkowitz family.
11 13 Internationales Kunstzentrum, Erlenbach am Main, 1962 3 items
Photocopied letters from Heiner Ruths to Mark Rothko.
11 14 Kunsthalle Basel, 1964 3 items
Photocopied letter from A. Rüdlinger to Mark Rothko regarding an exhibition.
11 15 Life Magazine, New York, 1958 3 items
Photocopied fragment of a letter to Mark Rothko regarding a "major essay" intended to present the "Big Five of contemporary American art," including Rothko.
11 16 Mark Rothko Foundation, 1969, circa 1983-1992 6 items
Includes two photocopies of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Mark Rothko Foundation and James and Ramsay Breslin's handwritten inventory and notes on the paintings in the Mark Rothko Foundation collection.
11 17-19 Marlborough Galleries, 1963-1974
The originals of many of the photocopied documents were created for the trial following Mark Rothko's death. See also Series I files for Frank Lloyd and Bernard Reis, and Series III B. Legal files.
11 17 Organization, 1970-1974 4 items
Includes a photocopied organizational chart and a breakdown of staff per gallery.
11 18 Mark Rothko agreements, 1963-1970 8 items
Includes copies of contracts, payment schedules and correspondence.
11 19 Mark Rothko exhibitions and sales, 1966-1971 6 items
Includes a photocopied list of Mark Rothko exhibitions organized by Marlborough Galleries and copied lists of works sold, as well as photocopied correspondence.
11 20 McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1961 1 item
Photocopied letter from Bernard S. Myers, Editor in Chief, to Mark Rothko.
11 21 Mercury Galleries, New York, 1938-1939 6 items
Original and photocopied exhibition checklists (1938-1939) and photocopied announcements and reviews for an exhibition of "The Ten" at Mercury Gallery, circa 1938. See also Series I files for Bernard Braddon and Sidney Schectmann.
11 22-23 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1942-1990
11 22 1942, 1986-1990 6 items
Includes two copies of an article by A. Hyatt Mayor, "The artists for victory," the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, November 1942, and information regarding the museum's Assyrian winged bull sculptures, including three black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.).
11 23 The "Irascibles," 1950-1952, 1988 6 items
Includes photocopied articles about the 18 "irascible" painters who protested the exhibition American Painting Today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950, a photocopied draft of a letter from some of the same artists, including Mark Rothko, protesting a watercolor exhibition in 1952, and a catalog for the exhibition The Irascibles held at the CDS Gallery, New York, 1988.
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11, 23* Montross Gallery, New York, 1933-1937
Photocopied reviews of exhibitions including Mark Rothko's work at the Montross Gallery.
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11 24 Review, 1933 1 item
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23* 18 Oversize review, 1937 1 item
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11 25 Mortimer Brandt Gallery, New York, 1946 2 items
Photocopied review of a Mark Rothko exhibition at the Mortimer Brandt Gallery in 1946 and one page of James Breslin's handwritten notes.
11 26 Municipal Art Committee, New York, circa 1935, 1972 2 items
Photocopied exhibition announcement (circa 1935) and "A memoir of the New York City Municipal Art Galleries, 1936-1939" by Marchal E. Landgren in The New Deal art projects (1972).
11 27 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1962 2 items
Photocopied letters from François Mathey to Mark Rothko.
11 28 Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, 1962 1 item
Photocopied letter from Dr. Werner Hofmann to Mark Rothko about a possible loan.
11 29 Museum of Art, Portland, OR, 1933, circa 1983-1992 9 items
Color picture postcards of Portland, photocopied museum Bulletin articles about an exhibition of Mark Rothko work (1933), and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
11 30-32 Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1938-1978
11 30 Rothko files, 1962-1974 4 items
Includes a photocopied list of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in which Mark Rothko's work was included (1974) and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
11 31-32 Printed material, 1938-1978
Photocopied articles and an essay, including several related to the Mark Rothko retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, 1961, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
11 33 National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Clifton, NJ, 1970 1 items
Photocopied letter from William Horton asking Mary Alice Rothko regarding Mark Rothko's entry in the biographical encyclopedia.
11 34 National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1983-1992 6 items
Includes James Breslin's handwritten notes on the Mark Rothko Foundation warehouse collection and the National Gallery of Art, a faxed request from Breslin to Charles Ritchie to view a list of items (1992), and catalog copy for the painting Orange and Tan, 1954 (circa 1983).
11 35 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 1964 2 items
Photocopied letters from Ralph T. Coe to Mark Rothko regarding the acquisition of a Rothko painting by the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art.
11 36 New School of Design, New York, 1924 1 item
Photocopy of a directory entry for the New School of Design.
11 37 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1950s, 1986-1987 18 items
Includes pamphlets for the New York State Park System, Lake George in particular, and four black and white reproductions (8 x 10 in.) of 1950s photographs of Hearthstone State Park .
11 38 Oregon Historical Society, Portland, circa 1983-1992 3 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes.
11 39 Pace Gallery, New York, 1979-1990 6 items
Photocopied reviews of Mark Rothko exhibitions at Pace Gallery in 1979 and 1990, and James Breslin's handwritten and typed notes, mostly on the 1990 exhibition. See also Series I. Glimcher, Arnold B.
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12 1 Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 1964 2 items
Photocopies of three drafts of a letter from Mark Rothko to Mr. Hogan at Parke-Bernet Galleries.
12 2 Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 1968-1985 7 items
Includes a photocopied letter from Marjorie Phillips to Mark Rothko (1968), two photocopied articles about the Phillips Collection (1970, 1985), a brochure for a 1983 exhibition of highlights from the Phillips Collection at Garfinckel's, Washington, D.C., and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
12 3 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1958 7 items
Includes two photocopies of a lecture given by Mark Rothko at the Pratt Institute in 1958, photocopied notes taken during the lecture [by Dore Ashton?], articles about the lecture, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
12 4 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1955 1 item
Photocopied invitation to three exhibitions, including Paintings by Mark Rothko.
12 5 San Francisco Art Institute, 1947-1977 Approximately 10 items
Information regarding Mark Rothko's connection with the San Francisco Art Institute, then the California School of Fine Art, including photocopied pages from a course catalog listing classes taught by Rothko (1947-1949), and a photocopied letter from Roy Scott to Clair Zamoiski (1977).
12 6 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1962-1986 4 items
Includes a letter to James Breslin (1986) and a photocopied letter to Mark Rothko from George D. Culler, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Art, regarding the museum's exchange of an early Rothko painting for a more recent one (1962).
12 7 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1984 1 item
Photocopied letter from Kelly Cretti to Bonnie Clearwater.
12 8 Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 1955-1962 4 items
Photocopied articles regarding exhibitions of Mark Rothko works at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1955 and 1958, a photocopied letter from Ella McLaren at the Art Gallery of Toronto requesting rights information about a Rothko work (1962), and handwritten notes.
12 9-10 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1954-1990
12 9 Correspondence 1954-circa 1966 7 items
Includes photocopied correspondence with Mark Rothko and a photocopied loan receipt.
12 10 1978-1990, undated 7 items
Includes photocopied reviews of the Mark Rothko retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 1978-1979, letters from Elizabeth Childs to James Breslin (1989-1990), one accompanied by a black and white photograph of an untitled Rothko painting, circa 1941, owned by the museum (8 x 10 in.), and handwritten notes.
12 11 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1961-1962 2 items
Photocopied letter fragment to Mark Rothko from the Stedelijk Museum (1961) and a photocopied letter to Rothko from Dutch artists W. Couzijn and G. Lataster requesting a donation to the museum (1962).
12 12 Subjects of the Artist school, New York, 1977-1989 2 items
Photocopied article about the Subjects of the Artist school by Barbara Cavaliere, "Against a newer Laocoon," Arts, 1977, and a letter from James Breslin to Cavaliere (1989).
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12, 23* Tate Gallery, London, 1966-1987
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12 13 Correspondence, 1966-1970 25 items
Includes photocopied correspondence, most between Mark Rothko and Norman Reid regarding Rothko's gift to the Tate Gallery (1966-1970), as well as some correspondence with Bernard Reis (1966-1967).
12 14 Printed material, 1967-1987 7 items
Photocopied pages from the Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's collection (1981), photocopied articles relating to Mark Rothko's gift to the Tate Gallery (1967-1987), including a personal account by Norman Reid (1970), and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
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23* 19 Oversize review, 1987 1 item
Review by Tim Hilton of an exhibition of Mark Rothko works at the Tate Gallery.
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12 15 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1977 2 item
Photocopied letter from Pat Trivigno to Clair Zamoiski regarding Mark Rothko's time at Tulane University as a Visiting Artist in 1957.
12 16 U.S. Department of Justice, 1988-1989 4 items
Correspondence regarding James Breslin's Freedom of Information Act requests.
12 17 U.S. Department of State, probably 1962 1 item
Photocopied invitation from Secretary of State Dean Rusk to Mark Rothko to attend a reception in honor of the French Minister of Cultural Affairs.
12 18 University of California, Berkeley, 1967 3 items
Includes a photocopied press release announcing Mark Rothko's appointment as Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.
12 19 University of Colorado, Boulder, 1977 1 item
Photocopied letter from Linda Abbott to Clair Zamoiski regarding several weeks Mark Rothko spent at the university in 1955.
12 20 Urasenke Chanoyu Center, New York, 1991 3 items
Informational pamphlets published by the Urasenke Chanoyu Center, located in the carriage house on East 69th Street that once served as Mark Rothko's studio.
12 21 Viking Press, New York, 1967 1 items
Photocopied letter to Mark Rothko requesting permission to reproduce an image.
12 22 The White House, Washington, D.C., 1965-1977 4 items
Includes a photocopied letter from Betty C. Monkman to Clair Zamoiski regarding the 1965 White House Festival of the Arts (1977), a photocopied press release for the festival, and a review from the Washington post, June 13, 1965.
12 23 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1961 6 items
Includes photocopied correspondence and printed materials related to an exhibition of Mark Rothko paintings at Whitechapel Art Gallery (1961) including a photocopy of Rothko's installation instructions and transcribed reviews.
12 24 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1952-1987 14 items
Includes a catalog for an exhibition of highlights from the Whitney Museum's permanent collection (1986), photocopied correspondence including several drafts of a letter from Mark Rothko to Lloyd Goodrich (1952), an essay by Joseph Liss entitled "Portrait by Rothko," and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
12 25 Who's Who in America, Chicago, 1946 1 item
Photocopied letter to Mark Rothko.
12 26 Woodstock Artists Association, undated 1 item
Photocopied fragment of a letter to Mark Rothko.
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12, 20 Works Progress Administration, 1937-1989
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12 27 Correspondence, documents, and notes, 1937-1989 16 items
Includes photocopied documents from the General Services Administration, including a letter to Mark Rothko (1937), photocopied printed materials from the National Archives, correspondence between James Breslin and the National Archives (1986-1989), Breslin's notes on an interview with Ira Smolin in 1989, and other extensive handwritten notes.
12 28 Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Public Buildings Service, 1958 1 item
Printed inventory from the National Archives includes information concerning federal art activities.
12 29 Articles and reproductions, 1985-1988 4 items
Includes photocopied articles (1985) and photocopied reproductions of paintings Mark Rothko executed for the Works Progress Administration.
12 30 Photographs, 1989 3 items
Three black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.) of artworks submitted for the Social Security Competition, accompanied by photographic service orders. Corresponding negatives have been removed to Box 20.
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20 4 Negatives, 1989 3 items
Three black and white negatives (8 x 10 in.) of artworks submitted for the Social Security Competition.
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12, 23* Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1922-1986
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12 31 Correspondence 1961-1986 8 items
Photocopied correspondence (1961-1986), including a letter to Lee Seldes with Mark Rothko's grades (1975), and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
12 32 Printed materials and notes, 1922-1923, circa 1983-1992 7 items
Photocopied printed material, including pages from the Catalogue of Yale College, 1922-1923, and articles from the Saturday evening pest, 1923, as well as James Breslin's extensive handwritten notes on Yale and Mark Rothko.
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23* 20 Oversize article 1969 1 item
Copy of an article about the Yale graduation ceremony during which Mark Rothko received an honorary degree (1969).
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12 33 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes on the YIVO archives.
Series III. Topical research files, 1903-1991 7.2 Linear Feet 7 boxes, 1 flat file folder
Topical research files include notes, clippings, printed materials, and some correspondence organized into two subseries: A. Broad topics; B. Topics related to Mark Rothko. Both subseries are arranged alphabetically by topic, with James Breslin's miscellaneous notes and notebooks at the end of subseries B.
Series III A. Broad topics, 1925-1991 1 box(es)
Contains notes, clippings, and printed materials related to 21 broad topics, arranged alphabetically.
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13 1-3 Abstract expressionism, 1956-1984
Notes, photocopied articles and other printed material concerning abstract expressionism, the New York School, and color field painting, including a portion of Francis M. Celentano's 1957 MA thesis, "The origins and development of abstract expressionism in the U.S.," New York University, and Selden Rodman's published interview with Mark Rothko (1957).
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13, 24* Art market, 1940-1978
Notes and photocopied articles related to the art market in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
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13 4 Art market in the 1940s, 1940-1978 8 items
13 5 Art market in the 1950s, 1950 1 item
13 6 Art market in the 1960s, 1966-1967 3 items
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24* 1 Oversize articles, 1942-1956 6 items
Includes oversize photocopied articles about the art market in the 1940s and 1950s.
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13 7 Artists and the marketplace, 1985-1988 3 items
Photocopied essays by Barbara Rosenblum (1985), Daniel Burn (1987), and Roger Lipsey (1988).
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13, 24* Biographical writing, circa 1983-1992
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13 8 circa 1983-1992 3 items
Includes James Breslin's handwritten notes and a photocopied draft of an essay by Breslin on the process of writing literary biography in general and Rothko's biography in particular.
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24* 2 Oversize article, 1987 1 item
Article by Justin Kaplan about biographical writing.
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13 9 Children's art, circa 1941, circa 1983-1992, undated 3 items
Photocopied notes and an outline by Mark Rothko on children's art and "traditional art" (circa 1941), a photocopied essay by Rothko on children and creativity, and James Breslin's handwritten notes on Wilhelm Viola's book, Child art and Franz Cizek (1936).
13 10 Collectors and collecting, 1971-1988 3 items
Photocopied articles and an essay fragment about art collectors and collecting in the United States. See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
13 11 Creativity, 1967, undated 2 items
Photocopied draft of an essay by Mark Rothko on the creative impulse (undated) and a photocopied essay by William G. Niederland, "Clinical aspects of creativity," from American imago (1967).
13 12 Cubism, circa 1983-1992 1 leaf
James Breslin's handwritten notes on Mark Rothko's views of cubism.
13 13 Death, 1944-1976 6 items
Photocopied articles and excerpts on death, the death of a parent, and suicide, including two essays on Syliva Plath's suicide and one on Leo Tolstoy's death. See also Series III B: Mark Rothko's death.
13 14-16 Depression, 1974 1 item
Photocopied book: Nathan S. Kline, From sad to glad: Kline on depression (New York: Putnam, 1974).
13 17 East Hampton, N.Y., 1976 2 items
Photocopied pages from Artists and East Hampton and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
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13, 24* Genealogical research, 1983-1986
Information about conducting genealogical research.
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13 18 Pamphlets and notes, 1983-1986 6 items
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24* 3 Oversize article 1984 1 item
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13 19 Jewish artists, 1925-1986 5 items
Clippings and photocopied articles and essays on the subject of Jewish artists in general.
13 20 Michelangelo's Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence, 1934-1974 3 items
Photocopied articles and an essay.
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14 1 Nietzsche and art, circa 1983-1992, undated 4 items
Includes a photocopied draft of an essay by Mark Rothko about The birth of tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche, an excerpt from The birth of tragedy, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
14 2 Pop art, 1962-1963 8 items
Photocopied articles.
14 3 Romanticism, 1955 1 item
Photocopied article by Lorenz Eitner, "The open window and the storm-tossed boat," Art bulletin, 1955.
14 4 Surrealism, 1946-1968 3 items
One page of James Breslin's handwritten notes, a photocopied article about Dada and surrealism (1968), and photocopied pages from an article profiling surrealists in the Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, 1946.
14 5-9 Travel, 1988-1991, circa 1983-1992
14 5 Latvia, 1988-1991
14 5 Papers, 1988-1991 9 items
Includes a packet of color picture postcards of the Daugava River, James Breslin's correspondence regarding travel arrangements to Latvia.
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31 Audio recordings, 1988-1991 2 sound cassettes
C124-125: audio recordings of Breslin reading his notes from his trip to Daugavpils, Latvia.
Use copies available.
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14 6 London, 1988 3 items
Includes lists of names and a car rental brochure.
14 7 Los Angeles, circa 1983-1992 2 items
Lists of names and contact information.
14 8 New York, circa 1983-1992 6 items
Includes a guide to New York City research resources and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
14 9 Miscellaneous, circa 1983-1992 5 Leaves
Notes and lists of names in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Portland, New Haven, and Washington, D.C.
Series III B. Topics related to Mark Rothko, 1903-1991 7 boxes, 1 flat file folder
Contains notes, clippings, and printed materials on topics related to Mark Rothko. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
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14, 22 Addresses, circa 1983-1992
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14 10 Addresses, circa 1983-1992 15 Leaves
Photocopied notecards with Mark Rothko's addresses between 1924 and 1970.
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22 Addresses, circa 1983-1992 46 items
46 notecards with Mark Rothko's addresses between 1924 and 1970, filed in a white plastic index card file.
22 Art exhibitions, circa 1983-1992 80 items
80 index cards, each with the title, date and location of one or two Mark Rothko exhibitions, filed in a white plastic index card file.
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14 11-27 Art historical scholarship and criticism: articles and essays, 1947-1991
Photocopied articles and essays about Mark Rothko and his work, arranged alphabetically by author with five brief pieces photocopied from Tiger's eye at the end.
14 11 Butor, Michel, 1962 1 item
"The mosques of New York, or, the art of Mark Rothko," in New-world writings (New York, 1962).
14 12 Byrnes, James, 1974 1 item
"Remembering Mark," in Mark Rothko: ten major works (Newport Beach, 1974).
14 13 Causey, Andrew, 1972 1 item
"Rothko through his paintings," Studio international (April 1972).
14 14 Cernuschi, Claude, 1986 1 item
"Mark Rothko's mature paintings" Arts magazine (May 1986).
14 15 Clearwater, Bonnie, 1985 1 item
"How Rothko looked at Rothko" Art news, 84 (November 1985).
14 16 Crehan, Hubert, 1954 1 item
"Rothko's wall of light" (1954)
14 17 Dunlop, Ian, 1979 1 item
"Edvard Munch, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko: the search for the sublime," Arts magazine (February 1979).
14 18 Edwards, Roy, 1971-1978 2 items
Two copies of "Working with Rothko," New American review, 12 (1971), and an essay draft, "Mark Rothko" (1978).
14 19 Hess, Thomas B., 1970 1 item
"Rothko: a Venetian souvenir," Art news (November 1970).
14 20 Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1982 1 item
"About Rothko," Arts quarterly (December 1982).
14 21 Kozloff, Max, 1965-1970 2 items
"The problem of color-light in Rothko," Artforum (September 1965) and "Mark Rothko (1903-1970)" (circa 1970).
14 22 Kutner, Janet, 1975 1 item
"Brice Marden, David Novros, Mark Rothko: the urge to communicate through non-imagistic painting," Arts magazine (September 1975).
14 23 O'Doherty, Brian, 1970-1988 2 items
"Rothko," Art international (October 20, 1970), and an essay on Mark Rothko from American masters (1988).
14 24 Polcari, Stephen, 1979-1991 2 items
"The intellectual roots of abstract expressionism: Mark Rothko," Arts magazine (September 1979) and "Mark Rothko: 'In my beginning is my end,'" in Abstract expressionism and the modern experience (Cambridge, 1991).
14 25 Schjeldahl, Peter, 1979 1 item
"Rothko and belief," Art in America (March/April 1979).
14 26 Vallier, Dora, 1963 1 item
14 27 Tiger's eye, 1947-1948 5 items
14 28-30 Art historical scholarship: theses, 1971-1974, undated
Photocopied theses written about Mark Rothko and his work.
14 28 Baumgarten, Earlene, 1971 1 item
Thesis (MA): "Mark Rothko: the fullness of his 'empty canvases'" (1971).
14 29 Porter, Robert Fulton, 1974 1 item
Thesis (Ph.D.): "A critique of criticism: the mature paintings of Mark Rothko" (1974).
14 30 Unidentified "chronology thesis," undated 1 item
96 photocopied leaves of a thesis by an unidentified author, referred to in James Breslin's notes as the "chron thesis."
14 31-33 Art themes, 1945-1982, circa 1983-1992
Photocopied articles and James Breslin's notes on specific themes in Mark Rothko's artwork.
14 31 Crucifixion, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
14 32 Gender, 1982, circa 1983-1992 5 items
14 33 Myths, 1945, circa 1983-1992 2 items
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15-16, 24* Artworks, 1946-1990, undated
Mostly photocopied printed material on specific artworks and groups of works, as well as notes, reproductions, and clippings. Arranged in chonological order by artwork.
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15 1 Drawings, circa 1939, circa 1983-1992 2 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes on two drawings.
15 2 The Omen of the Eagle, 1942, circa 1983-1992 2 items
James Breslin's handwritten notes.
15 3 Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea, 1944, circa 1983-1992 7 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes.
15 4 Watercolors, 1946, 1946-1987 5 items
A letter (1987) to James Breslin from Deborah Wyth, archivist at the Brooklyn Museum, regarding the painting Vessels of Magic, and photocopied printed material regarding both Vessels of Magic and Sacrifice.
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15, 24* Mark Rothko's art in 1949, 1949-1983
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15 5 Notes and article, 1949 3 items
James Breslin's handwritten notes and a photocopied article by Douglas MacAgy (1949).
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24* 4 Oversize article, 1983 1 item
Article by Thomas Albright, "The critical year for Rothko," Review, March 13, 1983.
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15 6 Painting no. 10, 1950, circa 1983-1992 6 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes.
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15, 24* Seagram murals, 1958-1959, 1958-1990
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15 7 Correspondence, 1958-1990 4 items
Includes a photocopied letter from Sidney Janis to Phyllis Lambert at the House of Seagram confirming Mark Rothko's agreement with Seagram to execute approximately 500 to 600 square feet of paintings (1958) and a copy of the purchase order, as well as letters regarding the murals to James Breslin from the Museum of Modern Art (1990) and the Tate Gallery (1990), with a floor plan of the Four Seasons restaurant among the enclosures.
15 8-9 Articles, 1958-1989 8 items
Photocopied articles about the Seagram Building, the Four Seasons restaurant, the architecture of Philip Johnson, Mark Rothko's withdrawal from his agreement with Seagram, and the subsequent acquisition by the Tate Gallery of several paintings originally commissioned for the Four Seasons.
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24* 5 Oversize articles, 1954-1959 5 items
Photocopied articles about the Seagram Building and the Four Seasons restaurant.
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15 10 Four Seasons, 1984-1989 17 items
Publicity material for the Four Seasons restaurant, including photocopied articles, reviews, and a booklet commemorating "one hundred seasons."
15 11 Notes, circa 1983-1992 30 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten and typed notes.
15 12-13 Painting no. 207, 1961, 1965-1988
15 12 1965-1987 3 items
Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Mell Rothko (1965) regarding Painting no. 207 (Red Over Dark Blue on Dark Gray) and a draft of an essay by James Breslin with comments by Jenny Franchot (1987).
15 13 Student papers, 1988 9 items
Photocopied essays by Breslin's undergraduate students, primarily on the topic of Painting no. 207.
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15, 24* Harvard murals, 1962, 1962-1990
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15 14 Correspondence and notes, 1962-1990 12 items
Photocopied letters from the Fogg Museum archives (1962-1977), including one from Mark Rothko to Nathan Pusey, president of Harvard University (1962), letters from the Fogg Museum to James Breslin (1989-1990), Breslin's extensive handwritten notes, and photocopied notes from the Fogg registrar (1979?).
15 15 Printed material, 1965-1988, undated 6 items
Reviews and articles regarding an exhibition of the Harvard murals at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum in 1988, and two photocopied essays, one by Dore Ashton (1965) and one by Dana Cranmer (undated).
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24* 6 Oversize article, 1985 1 item
Article by Eileen Garred, "Selection of Mark Rothko works given to Fogg," Harvard University gazette, April 26, 1985.
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15, 24* Rothko Chapel, Houston, 1964-1967, 1965-1991, circa 1983-1992
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15 16 Contracts and letters, 1965-1971 7 items
Includes photocopied letters between Bernard Reis and the Menil Foundation (1971), and one from Dominique de Menil to Rothko (1964), as well as photocopied contracts between Mark Rothko and the University of St. Thomas (1965) and the Institute of Religion (1969).
15 17-18 Articles, 1971-1989
Assorted clipped and photocopied articles on the de Menil family and the artwork in the Rothko Chapel.
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24* 7 Oversize articles, 1984-1986 2 items
One clipped and one copied article about Dominique de Menil, her collection and her family.
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15 19 Publicity, 1971-circa 1991 4 items
Statements, brochures, and flyers relating to the Rothko Chapel.
15 20-21 Notes, circa 1983-1992 12 items
Approximately 90 leaves of James Breslin's notes and two original file folders.
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16, 24* Black paintings, 1969-1970, 1971-1985, circa 1983-1992
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16 1 Article, 1971, circa 1983-1992 2 items
Photocopied article (1971) and James Breslin's notes.
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24* 8 Oversize article, 1985 1 item
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16 2 Paintings, 1930s-1970, circa 1983-1992 61 Leaves
James Breslin's notes on various paintings by Mark Rothko.
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16, 24* Works of art on paper, 1930s-1970, 1985
Articles about exhibitions of Mark Rothko's works of art on paper at the National Gallery of Art, 1984, the Guggenheim Museum, 1985, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1986, as well as James Breslin's handwritten notes.
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16 3 Article and notes, 1985 2 items
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24* 9 Oversize articles, 1984-1986 3 items
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16, 24* Childhood and early education, 1903-1991
Includes notes and printed materials related to Mark Rothko's childhood and early education in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia), and Portland, Oregon.
16, 24* Russia and Latvia, 1944-1970, circa 1983-1992
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16 4 Printed materials, 1903-1971 9 items
Photocopied printed materials, including an article and excerpts from books, among them a chapter from The Jews in Latvia (1971).
16 5-6 Dvinsk: the rise and decline of a town, 1944 3 items
Includes two photocopies of a book by Yudel Flior, translated from the Yiddish by Bernard Sachs.
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24* 10 Oversize Latvian newspapers, 1990-1991 3 items
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16 7 Michashek, Russia, undated 2 items
A photocopied poem about a town near Dvinsk.
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1** Maps, undated 8 items
Oversize photocopied maps of Latvia, some annotated by James Breslin.
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16 8 Education in Russia, 1976, circa 1983-1992, undated 5 items
Includes a photocopied article, notes, and two photocopied chapters from Zvi Halevy, Jewish schools under czarism and communism (1976).
16 9 Notebooks, circa 1983-1992 3 items
Two notebooks and photocopied pages from a train schedule: "Poland/U.S.S.R."
16 10 Notes, circa 1983-1992 26 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes.
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16, 24* Portland, Oregon, 1944-1970
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16 11 Printed material, 1913-1980 11 items
Includes photocopied articles and pages from Portland city directories (1912-1944).
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24* 11 Oversize Portland newspaper, 1976 1 item
Scribe: a record of Jewish life, May 1976.
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16 12-13 Notes, circa 1983-1992 11 items
Approximately 67 leaves of James Breslin's notes and an original file folder with notes on front.
16 14 Portland Public School District, Failing School, 1914 2 items
Copy of a census form for Mark Rothko and a class roster with his name on it.
16 15 Portland Public School District, Shattuck School, 1913-1917 8 items
Includes copies of census and registration forms (1915-1917), class rosters, annual reports on Portland public schools (1913-1917), and James Breslin's notes.
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16, 24* Portland Public School District, Lincoln High School, 1917-1921
Includes copies of Mark Rothko's student record with the grades cut out, class rosters, student registration forms, annual reports on Portland public schools, pages from the Cardinal, a Lincoln High School publication with contributions by Mark Rothko, an article about the admission of three students to Yale University, Rothko among them, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
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16 16 Records, 1917-1921 7 items
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24* 11 Oversize materials, 1917-1921 4 items
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17 1 Citizenship, 1924-1938, 1987 8 items
Includes photocopies of naturalization and citizenship documents for Mark Rothko.
17 2 Mark Rothko collectors, 1957-1968 19 items
Photocopied letters from the following collectors to Mark Rothko: Ben Heller, Felice Massie, Carlin Burden, Mrs. Robert L. Baumgarten, Charles Carpenter, Barbara Guest, Becky and Julius W. Allen, Morton Kligerman, Donald Blinken, and Edgar F. Berman.
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17, 24* Death, 1970 5 items
Articles about Mark Rothko published soon after his suicide.
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17 3 1970, circa 1983-1992 5 items
Includes an essay draft by James Breslin, "Mark Rothko, Suicide and the Problems of Biography" (undated).
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24* 12 Oversize articles, 1970 2 items
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17 4-8 Financial files, 1959-1972
17 4-5 Financial statements, 1961-1967 7 items
Includes photocopied statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth for Mark and Mell Rothko, and James Breslin's handwritten notes and calculations regarding Mark Rothko's financial state in the 1960s.
17 6 Sales, 1959-1972 26 items
Photocopies of assorted invoices and lists of Mark Rothko works sold and James Breslin's handwritten notes relating to sales of Rothko's work. Purchasing and selling parties include: Franz Meyer, Ben Heller, Lawrence Rubin, Marlborough Galleries, Sidney Janis Gallery, Mrs. Harry L. Bradley, New London Gallery, Mrs. M. Lane, Alistair MacAlpine, William S. Rubin, Whitney Museum, and Beyeler Gallery.
17 7 Taxes, 1963-1968 5 items
Photocopied state and federal tax returns for Mark and Mary Alice Rothko (1963, 1965-1966, 1968).
17 8 Social security, 1968 1 item
Photocopied letter from Bernard Reis to Charles S. Ferber at the Social Security Administration, New York, NY.
17 9-11 Health, 1968-1969, circa 1983-1992
17 9 Medical bills, 1968-1969 10 items
Photocopies of Mark Rothko's medical bills, primarily from Dr. Albert W. Grokoest (Grokest in James Breslin's book), but also including emergency room bills.
17 10 Heart condition, circa 1983-1992 5 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes concerning Mark Rothko's heart condition.
17 11 Psychological state, circa 1983-1992 33 Leaves
James Breslin's handwritten notes on Mark Rothko's psychological state, including notes on the subject of shame.
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24* 13 Immigration, 1912-1913, circa 1983-1992 4 items
Copies of ship manifests of "alien passengers" for United States immigration and one page of James Breslin's notes.
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17 12-15 Legal files, 1968-1978
17 12 Last will and testament, 1968 1 item
Photocopy of Mark Rothko's will.
17 13 Mark Rothko estate collection inventory, circa 1983-1992, undated 5 items
Includes photocopied inventories of the artworks owned by the Mark Rothko estate at the time of Rothko's death and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
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17, 24* Trial of Mark Rothko estate executors and Frank Lloyd, 1970-1978
Notes, documents, and articles relating to the trial following Mark Rothko's death: Kate Rothko versus the executors of the Mark Rothko estate (Bernard Reis, Theodoros Stamos, and Morton Levine) and Frank Lloyd, owner of Marlborough Galleries, New York. See also the individuals' files in Series I and the Marlborough Galleries and Rothko Foundation files in Series II.
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17 14-15 Documents, 1970-1978 9 items
Includes photocopies of Rita Reinhardt's deposition and excerpts from the affidavits of Kate Rothko and Gustave Harrow.
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24* 14 Oversize letter from Stanley Kunitz, 1978 1 item
Photocopy of Stanley Kunitz's letter to the editor published in the New York times, June 25, 1978.
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17 16-19 Mark Rothko's notes and writing fragments, 1954-circa 1990, undated
17 16 Teaching notebook [?], 1954 14 Leaves
Photocopy of Mark Rothko's notebook with a list of names and grades and what appear to be lecture notes.
17 17 Scribble book, undated 6 items
Includes a photocopy of Mark Rothko's "scribble book" (34 leaves) and two typed transcriptions (24 leaves), as well as James Breslin's handwritten notes.
17 18 Hebrew notebook, undated 3 items
Two photocopies of Mark Rothko's Hebrew notebook (28 and 31 leaves) and a typed English translation (8 leaves).
17 19 Notes and writing fragments, undated 24 Leaves
16 leaves of photocopied handwritten notes by Mark Rothko and eight leaves of typed writing fragments and drafts, some with titles: "What and how I can say," "Private and public," "Space I" and "Space II."
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18 1-6 James Breslin's notebooks and general notes, circa 1983-1992
18 1 Notebooks, 2 items
Two notebooks filled with James Breslin's notes about Mark Rothko and his artwork.
18 2 Notebooks, 2 items
Two mostly blank notebooks, one with 18 pages of James Breslin's notes about Mark Rothko and his artwork, the other with 12 pages of notes.
18 3 Notebook, 1 item
A mostly blank notebook with seven pages of James Breslin's notes about Mark Rothko and his artwork.
18 4-6 General notes, 94 Leaves
James Breslin's general notes relating to Mark Rothko and his artwork.
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22 Miscellaneous notes, 1 index card file
A blue plastic index card file containing cards with James Breslin's miscellaneous notes. The first 62 cards are written on; more than 100 are blank.
Series IV. Photographs and reproductions, 1900-1994 3 box(es)
Reproductions of Rothko's artwork in photographs, slides, transparencies, negatives, picture postcards, and photocopies, and personal photographs and negatives of Mark Rothko, his family and friends. Most are reproduced from originals in other repositories, which are often noted on the image verso. See Series VI for signed permission forms granting James Breslin publication rights to many of the images.
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21 Slides, undated 257 slides
A binder with 257 slides, mostly color. Approximately 215 slides are of Mark Rothko's work from circa 1929 to 1970; the rest are of Rothko and associates, and of works by other artists, including Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns.
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19-20 Photographs used in Mark Rothko: a biography, 1903-1991, undated
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19 1 Black and white figures 1-5, 1903, undated 6 items
19 2 Black and white figures 7-8, 17-20, 1928-1930s, 1991, undated 6 items
19 3 Black and white figures 21-26, 1930s, undated 6 items
19 4 Black and white figures 38, 42, 50-52, 1950s, 1969, undated 5 items
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20 5 Color photographs, 1936, 1991, undated 6 items
Figures 6, 9, 44, and seven copies of plate 1.
20 6 Negative for figure 23, undated 1 item
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19-20 Personal photographs, 1900-1958, undated
Photographs of Mark Rothko, his family and friends, as well as locations that relate to his life.
19-20 Photographs from the George Carson collection, undated
Includes photographs of several artworks in the George Carson collection in addition to personal photographs.
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19 5 Black and white photographs, undated 14 items
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20 7 Color photographs, undated 7 items
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19 6 Photographs from the Richard Roth collection, 1923 3 items
19 7 Photographs of Mark Rothko and Maurice Sievan, 1958 2 items
Black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.) by Lee Sievan.
19 8 Photographs from the Oregon Historical Society, circa 1900-1941 13 items
Black and white photographs of Portland, Oregon.
19 9 Miscellaneous photographs, undated 5 items
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20 8-11 Miscellaneous negatives, undated 24 items
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19 10 Photocopies from the Bernard Reis papers, undated 12 items
Photocopies of photographs of Mark Rothko, Bernard Reis, Rebecca Reis, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Theodoros Stamos.
19 11-20 Reproductions of artworks, 1980-1994, undated
19 11-16 Reproductions from the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., undated
19 11-15 Black and white photographs, undated 29 items
Black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.) of Mark Rothko artworks, including drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings.
19 16 Photocopies, undated 8 items
Photocopied sketches by Mark Rothko.
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20 12 Color transparency of the Rothko room at the Tate Gallery, undated 2 items
20 13 Color transparency of White and Greens in Blue, 1957, undated 2 items
20 14 Photographs of an unidentified painting, 1958, 1994 5 items
Four color photographs of a painting owned by Barry M. Ragone, who attributes it to Mark Rothko, 1958, in a letter to James Breslin (1994).
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19 17 Reproductions of subway paintings, undated 2 items
Reproductions, probably clipped from a book, of two of Mark Rothko's subway paintings, circa 1938.
19 18 Picture postcard reproductions, 1980-1986 7 items
Color picture postcards of paintings executed by Mark Rothko between 1953 and 1968.
19 19 Photocopied reproductions, undated 8 items
Photocopied reproductions of Mark Rothko paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.
19 20 Slide catalogs, 1988 15 items
Slide catalogs from various art institutions.
Series V. Book publication files, 1989-1993 8 folder(s)
Contains documents related to the publication of Breslin's book by the University of Chicago Press.
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18 7-9 University of Chicago Press, 1989-1993
18 7 Correspondence, 1989-1993 12 items
Correspondence between James Breslin and senior editor Karen Wilson, her assistant, Candace Rossin, and others at the University of Chicago Press.
18 8 Editorial notes, 1992 4 items
Includes two critiques of drafts of James Breslin's book and photocopied pages of a draft with handwritten corrections.
18 9 Publicity, 1993 3 items
Includes James Breslin's completed "marketing questionnaire" and two drafts of his publicity statement.
18 10-13 Permissions, 1989-1993
18 10 Permissions for quotations, 1992-1993 5 items
Signed permission forms allowing James Breslin to use quotations from Katharine Kuh, Dore Ashton, Ralph Pomeroy, and Arnold Glimcher.
18 11-12 Permissions for image reproductions, 1989-1993 22 items
Permission forms allowing James Breslin to publish reproductions from numerous sources, invoices for the cost of reproduction, and a letter from James Breslin to Candace Rossin with an itemized list and accompanying photocopies of the illustrations for which he was having difficulty obtaining prints and permissions.
18 13 Permissions from Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1993 4 items
Includes copies of agreements between the University of Chicago Press and Mark Rothko's children granting permission for reproduction of photographs from their collection in James Breslin's book, and the reproduction fee invoice.
18 14 Figures, undated
Photocopies of the following figures for James Breslin's book: 1-7, 11-12, 17-52.
Series VI. Audio recordings of interviews, 1985-1990 7 box(es)
Audio recordings of James Breslin's interviews with approximately 105 of Rothko's surviving family, friends, fellow artists, collectors, dealers, curators, and critics. Arranged alphabetically.
Originally recorded on 119 audio cassettes, including eighteen cassettes of interviews with Robert Motherwell (1987-1988). For transcriptions of 69 Breslin interviews, and notes on many more, see Series I: Research files on individuals.
Access to audio cassettes is restricted; reformatted copies may be made available for use by qualified researchers.
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25 Abish, Cecile, 1988
25 C1: May 20, 1988
1 sound cassette.
25 Ahearn, Jonathan, 1986
25 C2-4: Nov 3, 1986
3 sound cassettes.
25 Alford, Emily and Newell, 1988
25 C5: May 17, 1988
1 sound cassette. Side A.
25 Ashton, Dore, 1986
Ashton, Dore (digitized version available on-site only): 1986

25 C6: Feb 25, 1986
1 sound cassette.
25 Baumbach, Harold, 1987
25 C7: Jun 28, 1987
1 sound cassette.
25 Baziotes, Ethel, 1986
25 C8: Feb 17, 1986
1 sound cassette.
25 Belsey, Joseph, 1987
25 C9: Dec 17, 1987
1 sound cassette.
25 Ben-Zion, 1986
25 C10: 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
25 Berman, Henry [Howard], 1986
Berman, Henry [Howard] (digitized version available on-site only)

Recorded on two cassettes, one side of each. The interviewee is identified as Henry Berman on both cassette labels, but he is referred to as Howard Berman in James Breslin's book, p. 682.
25 C11: Feb 14, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
25 C12: Feb 14, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
Morris Calden is also recorded on side A.
25 Blinken, Donald, 1986
Recorded on two cassettes, side B of each.
25 C13: Jan 28, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Paul Bodin is also recorded on side B.
25 C14: Jan 29, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Arnold Glimcher is also recorded on side B.
25 Bodin, Paul, 1986
25 C13: Jan 28, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Donald Blinken is also recorded on side B.
25 Bogat, Regina, 1986
25 C15-16: Feb 5, 1986
2 sound cassettes.
25 Bourgeois, Louise, 1986
25 C17: Jan 1, 1986
1 sound cassette.
25 Braddon, Bernard, 1986
25 C18: Jan 23, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
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25-26 Brown, Milton, 1987
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25 C19: Jul 1, 1987
1 sound cassette.
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26 C20: Jul 1, 1987
1 sound cassette.
C20 is missing. See cassette C123 for audio recordings of unidentified interviewees.
26 Browne, Sylvia, circa 1985-1990
26 C21-22: circa 1985-1990
2 sound cassettes.
26 Bultman, Joan (Jeanne), 1986
The interviewee is identified as Jeanne Bultman on the cassette label and as Joan Bultman on the case and in James Breslin's book, p. 682.
26 C23: Jan 13, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
26 Calden, Morris, 1986
Calden, Morris (digitized version available on-site only)

Recorded on two cassettes, Side B of C12 and both sides of C24.
26 C12: Feb 14, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Henry Berman is also recorded on side A.
26 C24: Feb 14, 1986
1 sound cassette.
Katharine Kuh is also recorded on side B.
26 Carrone, Nicholas, 1988
26 C25: May 16, 1988
1 sound cassette.
26 Carson, George, 1986
26 C26-27: Jun 2, 1986
2 sound cassettes.
26 Cavallon, Georgio, 1987
26 C28: Jul 4, 1987
1 sound cassette. Side A.
Rebecca Sayer is also recorded on Side A.
26 C71: Jan 24, 1987
1 sound cassette. Side B.
26 Climo, Shirley and George, circa 1985-1990
26 C29: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
26 Dehner, Dorothy, 1986
26 C30: Jan 18, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
26 Deming, Vita, 1986
Recorded on two cassettes, side B of each.
26 C31: Feb 3, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
26 C32: Feb 3, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Lily Sievan is also recorded on side B.
26 Dienes, Ben, 1987
26 C33: Jan 19, 1987
1 sound cassette.
26 Director, Aaron, 1985
26 C34: Jul 2, 1985
1 sound cassette.
26 Ferber, Herbert, 1987
26 C35: Jan 27, 1987
1 sound cassette.
26 Gage, Arthur, 1986
26 C36: Nov 8, 1986
1 sound cassette.
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25 Glimcher, Arnold, 1986
25 C14: Jan 29, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Donald Blinken is also recorded on side B.
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26 Goodrich, Lloyd, 1986
26 C23: Nov 14, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
26 Green, Wilder, 1988
Green, Wilder (digitized version available on-site only): 1988

Recorded on two cassettes, side A of each.
26 C37-38: May 17, 1988
2 sound cassettes. Side A.
26 Greenberg, Clement, 1986
26 C32: Feb 3, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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27 Grokest, Albert, 1986
Recorded on two cassettes, both sides of one and side B of the other.
27 C39: Jan 24, 1986
1 sound cassette.
27 C40: Jan 24, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
27 Hare, David, 1986
27 C41: Jan 9, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
27 Hays, Juliette, 1987
27 C42: Jan 28, 1987
1 sound cassette.
27 Heller, Ben, 1987
27 C43: Jan 21, 1987
1 sound cassette.
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25 Hill, Clinton, 1986
25 C13: Jan 28, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
Paul Bodin is also recorded on side A.
25 Hirschfeld, Al, 1986
25 C14: Jan 4, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
25 Hopkins, Budd, 1986
25 C18: Jan 22, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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27 Israel, Murray, 1988
27 C44: May 5, 1988
1 sound cassette.
27 James, Martin, 1988
27 C45: May 16, 1988
1 sound cassette.
27 Johnson, Buffie, 1986
27 C46: Jan 20, 1986
1 sound cassette.
27 Kaufman, Louis and Annette, 1986
27 C47-48: Nov 3, 1986
2 sound cassettes.
27 Klein, Milton and Lilian, 1987
27 C49: Apr 9, 1987
1 sound cassette.
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26-27 Kuh, Katharine, 1986
Kuh, Katharine (digitized version available on-site only): 1986 February 14

Recorded on two cassettes, side B of one and both sides of the other.
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26 C24: Feb 14, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
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27 C50: Feb 14, 1986
1 sound cassette.
27 Kunitz, Stanley, 1986
27 C51: Feb 7, 1986
1 sound cassette.
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25 Leontief, Wassily, 1986
Leontief, Wassily (digital version available on-site only)

25 C11: Feb 13, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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31 Lidov, Arthur, 1988
31 C120-121: May 14-15, 1988
2 sound cassettes.
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25 Lukashok, Martin, 1986
25 C10: Jan 20, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
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27 Malamud, Bernard, 1986
27 C52: Feb 19, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
27 Margolis, David, 1989
Recorded on two cassettes, both sides of one and side A of the other.
27 C53: Apr 28, 1989
1 sound cassette.
27 C54: Apr 28, 1989
1 sound cassette. Side A.
27 Martin, Fred, 1985
27 C55: Jul 3, 1985
1 sound cassette.
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26-27 McKinney, Donald, 1988
Recorded on four cassettes, one side each.
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26 C37-38: May 19, 1988
C37-38

2 sound cassettes. Side B.
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27 C56-57: May 19, 1988
2 sound cassettes. Side A.
27 Meade, [Alan], 1986
27 C52: Feb 17, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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28 Miller, Berthe, circa 1985-1990
28 C70: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
Robert Motherwell is also recorded on Side A.
28 Miller, Ruth, 1988
28 C58: Oct 11, 1988
1 sound cassette.
28 Motherwell, Robert, 1987-1988
Recorded on eighteen cassettes, of which eight are duplicate recordings.
28 C59-60: Jun 30, 1987
2 sound cassettes.
Recorded on two cassettes, C59 and C61; C60 and C62 are copies of C59 and C61, respectively, and were not digitized. Morris Pottish is also recorded on C59 side A.
28 C61-62: Jun 30, 1987
2 sound cassettes.
Recorded on two cassettes, C59 and C61; C60 and C62 are copies of C59 and C61, respectively, and were not digitized.
28 C63-69: Jul 4, 1987
7 sound cassettes.
The following pairs of cassettes are duplicate recordings: C63 and C64, C66 and C67, C68 and C69.
28 C70: Jul 4, 1987
1 sound cassette. Side A.
Side A duplicates most of C65A. Berthe Miller is also recorded on Side A.
28 C71: Jul 4, 1987
1 sound cassette. Side A.
The second half of Side A partially duplicates C65A. Rebecca Sayer and Georgio Cavallon are also recorded on Side A.
28 C72-74: May 14, 1988
3 sound cassettes.
C72 and C73 have duplicate recordings.
28 C75: May 14, 1988
1 sound cassette. Side A.
Both sides are mostly blank, with approximately ten minutes recorded on Side A.
28 C76: May 14, 1988
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Rebecca Reis is also recorded on most of Side B.
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29 Nachumi, Annette, 1989
29 C77: May 2, 1989
1 sound cassette.
Use copy available.
29 Newman, Sonia, circa 1985-1990
29 C78: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
29 Northrup, Richard and Barbara, circa 1985-1990
29 C79: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
29 O'Gorman, Ned, 1986
29 C80-81: Feb 27, 1986
2 sound cassettes.
29 Okun, George, 1986
Interviewed with Sophie Tracy and recorded on two cassettes, side B of one and both sides of the other.
29 C82: Feb 11, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
29 C83: Feb 11, 1986
1 sound cassette.
29 Panicali, Carla, 1986
29 C84: Feb 13, 1986
1 sound cassette.
Use copy available.
29 Parker, Ray, 1986
Recorded on three cassettes.
29 C85-86: Jan 25, 1986
2 sound cassettes.
29 C87: Jan 25, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
29 Phillips, Gerald, 1986
29 C87: Jan 27, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
29 Poe, Barbara, 1986
29 C88: Nov 7, 1986
1 sound cassette.
29 Pomeranz, Ruth, 1986
29 C89: Jan 29, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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28 Pottish, Morris,
Pottish, Morris (digitized version available on-site only)

Recorded on two cassettes, side A of each.
28 C59-60: Jun 29, 1986
2 sound cassettes. Side A.
Recorded on Side A of C59; C60 is a copy of C59 and was not digitized. Robert Motherwell is also recorded on side A of both cassettes.
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29 Prensky, Frieda, 1986
29 C82: Feb 6, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
29 Rabin, Kenneth, circa 1985-1990
29 C90-91: circa 1985-1990
2 sound cassettes.
29 Rabin, Milton and Joy, 1985
29 C92: Jun 21, 1985
1 sound cassette.
29 Reis, Bernard, circa 1985-1990
29 C93-94: circa 1985-1990
2 sound cassettes.
Label: "Bernard Reis – archives." The original interview must have been conducted prior to Reis's death in 1978.
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28-30 Reis, Rebecca, 1986
Recorded on three cassettes.
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28 C76: Nov 8, 1986
1 sound cassette.
Robert Motherwell is also recorded on Side B for approximately two minutes.
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29 C95: Nov 8, 1986
1 sound cassette.
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30 C96: Nov 8, 1986
1 sound cassette.
30 Rice, Jackie and Dan, 1986
Recorded on three cassettes.
30 C97: Feb 21, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
30 C98-99: Feb 21, 1986
2 sound cassettes.
30 Roth, Julian and Dorothy, 1986
30 C100: Sep 16, 1986
1 sound cassette.
30 Roth, Moise, 1985
30 C101: Jun 27, 1985
1 sound cassette.
30 Roth, Richard and Johnny, 1986
30 C102: Nov 7, 1986
1 sound cassette.
30 Rothko, Christopher, 1986
Rothko, Christopher (digitized version available on-site only): 1986

30 C103: Feb 6, 1986
1 sound cassette.
30 Rothko, Kate, 1986-1987
Rothko, Kate (digitized version available on-site only): 1986-1987

Recorded on four cassettes.
30 C104-106: Feb 25, 1986
3 sound cassettes.
30 C107: Mar 31, 1987
1 sound cassette.
30 Sachar, Howard, circa 1985-1990
30 C108-109: circa 1985-1990
2 sound cassettes.
30 Sachar, Willie, circa 1985-1990
30 C110-111: circa 1985-1990
2 sound cassettes.
30 Sayer, Rebecca, circa 1985-1990
30 C112: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette. Side A.
Georgio Cavallon is also recorded on Side A.
30 Scharf, William and Sally, 1987
30 C112: Jul 1, 1987
1 sound cassette.
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29-30 Schueler, Jon, 1986
Recorded on two cassettes, one side of each.
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29 C89: Jan 31, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
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30 C113: Jan 31, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
30 Selz, Peter, 1986
30 C114: Sep 11, 1986
1 sound cassette.
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26 Sievan, Lily, 1986
26 C32: Feb 3, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side B.
Vita Deming is also recorded on side B.
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30 Solman, Joseph, 1986
30 C113: Jan 15, 1986
1 sound cassette.
Jon Schueler is also recorded on side B.
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26 Soyer, Rebecca, 1987
26 C28: Jan 22, 1987
1 sound cassette. Side A.
Georgio Cavallon is also recorded on side A.
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31 Stamos, Theodoros, 1990
31 C122: Feb 10, 1990
SEALED: 1 sound cassette.
This tape will remail sealed until 2076.
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30 Steindecker, Oliver, 1986
30 C97: Feb 20, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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31 Thomas, Yvonne, 1990
31 C115: Feb 11, 1990
1 sound cassette.
31 Till, Elizabeth, circa 1985-1990
31 C116: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
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27 Todd, David, 1986
27 C41: Jan 9, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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29 Tracy, Sophie, 1986
Interviewed with George Okun.
29 C83: Feb 11, 1986
1 sound cassette.
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31 Trief, Celina, 1988
31 C117: Oct 12, 1988
1 sound cassette.
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26 Zogbaum, Betsy, 1986
26 C30: Jan 15, 1986
1 sound cassette. Side A.
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31 TAV 728A, circa 1985-1990
31 C118: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
The following names were crossed out on the cassette labels and replaced with "TAV 728A": side A. Elizabeth Zogbaum; side B. Martin James.
31 TAV 728A, circa 1985-1990
31 C118: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
The following names were crossed out on the cassette labels and replaced with "TAV 728A": side A. Elizabeth Zogbaum; side B. Martin James.
31 Unidentified, circa 1985-1990
31 C123: circa 1985-1990
1 sound cassette.
The name "Morris Calden" is crossed out on the cassette label. "K. Kuh" is written on the label, but the three voices recorded on the tape are male, not Katharine Kuh's. Perhaps one is Milton Brown, in which case this cassette may be the missing number C20.