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

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Breslin (James E. B.) Research Archive on Mark Rothko
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.


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