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Lawrence Alloway papers, 1891-2003, undated

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Alloway (Lawrence) papers
Series I. Correspondence, 1938-2000, undated 5.83 Linear Feet
The collection's highlight is the correspondence between Alloway and Sleigh. Married until 1954 to Michael Greenwood, Sleigh received Alloway's passionate letters in which he attempted to seduce her to leave her husband with detailed discussions of her paintings and art history. Many Alloway letters include drawings portraying himself as a human lion named Dandylion. There are also occasional clippings and abundant poems. Sleigh replied in kind, if less extensively. From the years of their long marriage, there is one box of letters between the couple and artists or other friends, and one of professional correspondence, mainly with publishers.
box
1-7, 72-74 Lawrence Alloway and Sylvia Sleigh correspondence, 1948-1995, undated
Selected Lawrence Alloway correspondence with Sylvia Sleigh

box folder
72 1 Sleigh to Alloway December 1947
box
1, 72 Alloway to Sleigh 1948
box folder
1 1 February 3 items
1 2 March 7 items
1 3 April 4 items
box folder
72 14 April
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
1 4 May 8 items
box folder
72 15 May
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
1 5 June 13 items
1 6 July 14 items
1 7 August 10 items
1 8 September 20 items
1 9 October 26 items
1 10 November 16 items
1 11 December 23 items
box
72 Sleigh to Alloway, 1948
72 2 January
board folder
72 3 February
box folder
72 4 March
72 5 April
72 6 May
72 7 June
72 8 July
72 9 August
72 10 September
72 11 October
72 12 November
72 13 December
box
2, 72 Alloway to Sleigh 1949
box folder
2 1 January 15 items
2 2 February 14 items
2 3 March 15 items
box folder
72 27 March
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
2 4 April 3 items
box folder
72 28 April
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
2 5 May 16 items
2 6 July 3 items
box folder
72 29 July
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
2 7 August 4 items
2 8 September 9 items
2 9 October 3 items
2 10 November 6 items
2 11 December 11 items
box
72 Sleigh to Alloway, 1949
72 16 January
72 17 February
72 18 March
72 19 April
72 20 May
72 21 July
72 22 August
72 23 September
72 24 October
72 25 November
72 26 December
box
3, 72 Alloway to Sleigh 1950
box folder
3 1 January 6 items
3 2 February 8 items
3 3 March 9 items
3 4 May 6 items
box folder
72 37 May
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
3 5 June 5 items
3 6 July 10 items
3 7 August 6 items
3 8 September 14 items
3 9 October 7 items
box folder
72 38 October
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
3 10 November 14 items
3 11 December 7 items
box
3, 72 Sleigh to Alloway 1950
box folder
72 30 January
72 31 February
72 32 March
72 33 April
box folder
3 12 May 7 items
3 13 June 3 items
3 14 July 9 items
3 15 August 6 items
3 16 September 12 items
3 17 October 8 items
box folder
72 35 October
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
3 18 November 10 items
box folder
72 36 November
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
3 19 December 6 items
box folder
72 33 undated
box
4 Alloway to Sleigh 1951
4 1 January 1 item
4 2 February 6 items
4 3 March 6 items
box folder
73 1 March
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
4 4 April 13 items
4 5 May 4 items
4 6 June 2 items
4 7 July 5 items
4 8 August 12 items
box folder
73 2 August
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
4 9 September 11 items
box folder
73 3 September
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
4 10 October 13 items
box folder
73 4 October
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
4 11 November 2 items
box folder
73 5 November
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
4 12 December 4 items
box folder
73 6 December
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
4 13 undated 4 items
4 Sleigh to Alloway 1951
4 14 February 6 items
4 15 March 14 items
4 16 April 10 items
4 17 May 3 items
4 18 June 1 item
4 19 July 5 items
4 20 August 13 items
4 21 September 10 items
4 22 October 15 items
4 23 November 19 items
4 24 December 9 items
box folder
5 1-12 Alloway to Sleigh 1952
5 1 January 5 items
box folder
73 10 January
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 2 February 19 items
5 3 March 9 items
5 4 April 4 items
box folder
73 11 April
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 5 May 2 items
box folder
73 12 May
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 6 June 2 items
box folder
73 13 June
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 7 July 6 items
5 8 August 10 items
box folder
73 14 August
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 9 September 12 items
5 10 October 14 items
5 11 November 9 items
box folder
73 15 November
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 12 December 12 items
5 13-25 Sleigh to Alloway 1952
5 13 January 12 items
5 14 February 15 items
5 15 March 12 items
5 16 April 10 items
board folder
73 7 April
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 17 May 10 items
5 18 June 8 items
box folder
73 8 June
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 19 July 14 items
box folder
73 9 July
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
5 20 August 4 items
5 21 September 12 items
5 22 October 11 items
5 23 November 10 items
5 24 December 12 items
5 25 undated 3 items
box folder
6 1-12 Alloway to Sleigh 1953
6 1 January 5 items
6 2 February 14 items
board folder
73 26 February
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
6 3 March 1 item
box folder
73 27 March
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
6 4 April 8 items
6 5 May 13 items
6 6 June 13 items
6 7 July 11 items
6 8 August 11 items
6 9 September 10 items
6 10 October 11 items
6 11 November 14 items
6 12 December 10 items
6 13-14 Sleigh to Alloway 1953
6 13 January 1 item
box
73 January
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
6 14 February 14 items
box folder
73 16 February
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
73 17 March
73 18 May
73 19 June
73 20 July
73 21 August
73 22 September
73 23 October
73 24 November
73 25 December
box folder
7 1-4 Alloway to Sleigh 1954
7 1 January 1 item
7 2 February 10 items
7 3 March 2 items
7 4 May 4 items
box
73 Sleigh to Alloway, 1954
73 28 January
73 29 February
73 30 March
73 31 October
73 32 November
box folder
7 6 Alloway to Sleigh 1956 13 items
7 7-9 Alloway to Sleigh 1958
7 7 April 5 items
7 8 May 18 items
7 9 June-July 7 items
7 10 Alloway to Sleigh, 1960
box folder
73 22 Sleigh to Alloway, 1960
box folder
7 10-18 Alloway to Sleigh 1962-1978
7 11 1962 7 items
7 12 1963 16 items
7 13 1964 3 items
7 14 1965 2 items
7 15 1966 7 items
7 16 1967 2 items
7 17 1972 2 items
7 18 1978 1 item
7 19 Photocopies of selected materials from Alloway/Sleigh correspondence 1949-1995 43 pages
undated
box folder
73 34 Envelopes
box folder
74 1 Dandylion drawings from Alloway to Sleigh
74 2-5 Birthday cards and Valentines from Alloway to Sleigh
box folder
8 1-55 Correspondence between Alloway/Sleigh and artists, friends, and family, 1951-1989, undated
8 1-2 1951
8 1 Marjorie Wood to Sleigh 1 item.
box folder
69 1 Color photographs
box folder
8 2 Pettiver & Pearkes, Solicitors, to Sleigh 2 items
Forwarding Certificate of marriage between Sleigh and Greenwood.
box folder
74 6 Postcards to Alloway and Sleigh, 1952-1961
box folder
8 3-4 1954
8 3 Marjorie Wood to Sleigh 1 item
8 4 A___? to Sleigh 1 item
box folder
7 5 Michael Greenwood to Sleigh and Alloway 2 items
box folder
8 5 Do ___? To Sleigh 1955 1 item
8 6 Photocopies of Alloway/Dubuffet correspondence 1961-1967 22 items.
8 7 Wallace Fowlie 1962 2 items
8 8-12 1963
8 8 E. Zutrau 1 item
8 9 Martha Jackson 1 item
8 10 Alex Lieberman 1 item
8 11 Cards 2 items
8 12 Telegrams and a card on occasion of Sleigh's opening 7 items
8 13-16 1964
8 13 Muriel ___?, with snapshot of Sylvia as a girl 1 item
8 14 Wayne Thiebaud 1 item
8 15 Barnett Newman 1 item
8 16 Ray Johnson 6 items
Including collages, mail art, snapshot, announcements.
8 17-19 1965
8 17 Parke-Bernet Galleries 1 item
A clipping of a cartoon labeled "aspace_for Sylvia"aspace_
8 18 Ray Johnson 1 item
Including 3 pieces on paper
8 19 Carla ____? 1 item
box folder
73 35 Guggenheim
box folder
8 20 Francine Prose 1965-1985 3 items
8 21-26 1966
8 21 S. Castro-Cid 1 item
8 22 Jean Dubuffet 1 item
8 23 Otto Piene 1 item
8 24 Mrs. Paul Feeley 1 item
With Paul Feeley's obituary
8 25 Joseph Cornell 1 item
8 26 Enid Irving 1 item
8 27-28 1968
8 28 Robert Seaver 1 item
Enclosing letter from student.
8 27 Ray Johnson 1 item
box folder
73 36 from Alloway to his mother
box folder
8 29-35 1969
8 29 Ray Johnson 3 items
Including 5 pieces on paper
8 30 John Russell 1 item
8 32 Betsy Marden 1 item
8 33 Daisy Ungu 1 item
8 34 Rose Veal 1 item
8 35 Eleanor Antin 5 items
box folder
73 37 Unidentified correspondents (2)
Allan Robinson, 1969, undated
box folder
69 1 Color snapshots, undated 8 items
box folder
8 31 Letters, 1969 7 items
8 36 Alloway to his mother 1969-1973 4 items
8 37-38 1970
8 37 Ray Johnson 5 items
With approximately 20 pieces on paper.
box folder
73 38 Unidentified
box folder
8 38 Do ___? and Sibley ____? 1970-1973 17 items
box folder
74 7 Postcards to Alloway and Sleigh, 1970-1979
box folder
8 39 1971
8 39 Ray Johnson 4 items
Including approx. 20 pieces on paper
8 40 1972
box folder
73 39 Unidentified
box folder
8 40 Park Nelson, Dennes, Redfern & Co. 1972-1977
Regarding sale of Sleigh's mother's house in England.
8 41-42 1973
8 41 Ray Johnson 4 items
Including 12 pieces on paper.
8 42 George and Gilbert 8 items
Greeting cards.
box folder
73 40 Unidentified
1974
box folder
73 41 A. Rattner
73 41 Unidentified
73 42 Bob Lostutter, 1975
73 43 Marjorie Strider, 1976
box folder
8 43 1977
8 43 Ray Johnson 4 items
Including 15 pieces on paper.
8 44 1978
8 44 Diana Kurz
box folder
80 1 Jo Hanson
With color photo.
box folder
73 44 Diane Churchill, 1979
1980
box folder
73 45 Unidentified
board folder
74 8 Postcards to Alloway and Sleigh
box folder
8 45 1981
8 45 Marion Levine 1 item
8 46-50 1982
8 46 May Stevens 2 items
8 47 Ann Sutherland Harris 1 item
8 48 Piet Heckelbeck 1 item
box folder
73 46 Udo Kulterman
box folder
8 49 Catherine Stimpson 1 item
8 50 Unidentified 3 items
box folder
73 46 Unidentified
ADD1 Material received in 2012 from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
box folder
8 50 1984
box folder
73 47 Frances Hynes
box folder
8 51 Paul Posano 1 item
With 8 clippings.
box folder
73 47 Linda Weintraub
1985
box folder
73 48 Lois Cheeger-Ralph
73 48 Rhea Sanders
box folder
8 52 1986
box folder
73 49 Emily Barnett
box folder
8 52 Christmas cards 1986-1989 13 items
box folder
80 2 Emily Barnett, 1987
With color photo.
box folder
73 50 Unidentified, 1989
box folder
8 53-55 undated
8 53 Suzy Gablik 3 items
8 54 Unidentified 4 items
8 55 Ephemera found in letters 8 items
box folder
74 9 Valentine cards
board folder
74 10 Assorted cards
box folder
73 51 Eva Kaplan
73 51 Caroline Parker
73 51 Lana VanderDee
box folder
9 1-20 Professional correspondence 1938-2000
9 1 Victor Steibel, Ltd. 1938 1 item
Offer letter to Sleigh from a dressmaker to work as a showroom apprentice.
9 2 Port of London Authority 1950 1 item
Permitting Sleigh to sketch from the bank of the Surrey Canal.
9 3 Alloway correspondence with publishers and others 1960-1969 circa 30 pages
Regarding book projects, contracts, and royalties, including letters explaining his conflict with Messer and how he came to write a book about the Venice Biennale.
9 4 Venice Biennial book correspondence 1968-1970 18 pages
9 5 Alloway correspondence with publishers and others 1969-1975 circa 30 pages
Regarding books projects, contracts, royalties, as well as contemporaneous curatorial projects or lectures.
9 6 Letters regarding Alloway's writing 1969-1989 circa 40 pages
Praise and congratulations.
9 7 Women in the Arts, 1973 1 page
Rejection letter to Sleigh regarding exhibition.
9 8 NEA 1973-1975 8 pages
Applications and related materials.
9 9 Correspondence with publishers 1975-1979 15 pages
Including magazine and book editors.
9 10 Franklin Furnace 1976 circa 20 pages
Letter requesting Alloway's support; assorted brochures.
9 11 Alloway to Jack Burnham 1977 1 page
Defending himself against accusations in a New Art Examiner piece.
9 12 Men of letters exhibition 1979 5 pages
9 13 Gayle Davis 1979-1980 13 pages
Regarding women's co-ops.
9 14 Correspondence with publishers 1980-1984 circa 20 pages
9 15 Professional correspondence 1981-1989 circa 40 pages
Regarding speaking engagements, permission to cite Alloway writings, advice.
box folder
73 52 William Pencharz, 1981
box folder
9 16 Donald Kuspit 1983 5 pages
Letters regarding Kuspit's criticism series for UMI.
9 17 Correspondence with publishers 1985-1989 circa 40 pages
Including editors of journals, anthologies and books.
9 18 Correspondence with publishers 1990-1991 circa 20 pages
9 19 The Sixties Art Scene in London 1993 circa 20 pages
Letter and material sent to Sleigh regarding this show, for which she lent material.
9 20 Correspondence with Sleigh 1999-2000 circa 20 pages
Regarding exhibitions related to Alloway that occurred after his death.


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