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Lawrence Alloway papers, 1935-2003

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Alloway (Lawrence) papers
Series I. Correspondence 1938-2000 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.
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1-7, 72-74 Lawrence Alloway and Sylvia Sleigh Correspondence 1948-1995
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 Feb 3 items
1 2 Mar 7 items
1 3 Apr 4 items
box folder
72 14 Apr- ADD1
box folder
1 4 May 8 items
box folder
72 15 May-ADD1
box folder
1 5 Jun 13 items
1 6 Jul 14 items
1 7 Aug 10 items
1 8 Sep 20 items
1 9 Oct 26 items
1 10 Nov 16 items
1 11 Dec 23 items
box
72 Sleigh to Alloway, 1948
72 2 Jan
board folder
72 3 Feb
box folder
72 4 Mar
72 5 Apr
72 6 May
72 7 Jun
72 8 Jul
72 9 Aug
72 10 Sep
72 11 Oct
72 12 Nov
72 13 Dec
box
2, 72 Alloway to Sleigh 1949
box folder
2 1 Jan 15 items
2 2 Feb 14 items
2 3 Mar 15 items
box folder
72 27 Mar-ADD1
box folder
2 4 Apr 3 items
box folder
72 28 Apr-ADD1
box folder
2 5 May 16 items
2 6 Jul 3 items
box folder
72 29 Jul-ADD1
box folder
2 7 Aug 4 items
2 8 Sep 9 items
2 9 Oct 3 items
2 10 Nov 6 items
2 11 Dec 11 items
box
72 Sleigh to Alloway, 1949
72 16 Jan
72 17 Feb
72 18 Mar
72 19 Apr
72 20 May
72 21 Jul
72 22 Aug
72 23 Sep
72 24 Oct
72 25 Nov
72 26 Dec
box
3, 72 Alloway to Sleigh 1950
box folder
3 1 Jan 6 items
3 2 Feb 8 items
3 3 Mar 9 items
3 4 May 6 items
box folder
72 37 May-ADD1
box folder
3 5 Jun 5 items
3 6 Jul 10 items
3 7 Aug 6 items
3 8 Sep 14 items
3 9 Oct 7 items
box folder
72 38 Oct-ADD1
box folder
3 10 Nov 14 items
3 11 Dec 7 items
box
3, 72 Sleigh to Alloway 1950
box folder
72 30 Jan
72 31 Feb
72 32 Mar
72 33 Apr
box folder
3 12 May 7 items
3 13 Jun 3 items
3 14 Jul 9 items
3 15 Aug 6 items
3 16 Sep 12 items
3 17 Oct 8 items
box folder
72 35 Oct-ADD1
box folder
3 18 Nov 10 items
box folder
72 36 Nov-ADD1
box folder
3 19 Dec 6 items
box folder
72 33 Undated (1950)
box
4 Alloway to Sleigh 1951
4 1 Jan 1 item
4 2 Feb 6 items
4 3 Mar 6 items
box folder
73 1 Mar-ADD1
box folder
4 4 Apr 13 items
4 5 May 4 items
4 6 Jun 2 items
4 7 Jul 5 items
4 8 Aug 12 items
box folder
73 2 Aug-ADD1
box folder
4 9 Sep 11 items
box folder
73 3 Sep-ADD1
box folder
4 10 Oct 13 items
box folder
73 4 Oct-ADD1
4 11 Nov 2 items
box folder
73 5 Nov-ADD1
box folder
4 12 Dec 4 items
box folder
73 6 Dec-ADD1
box folder
4 13 Undated 4 items
4 Sleigh to Alloway 1951
4 14 Feb 6 items
4 15 Mar 14 items
4 16 Apr 10 items
4 17 May 3 items
4 18 Jun 1 item
4 19 Jul 5 items
4 20 Aug 13 items
4 21 Sep 10 items
4 22 Oct 15 items
4 23 Nov 19 items
4 24 Dec 9 items
box folder
5 1-12 Alloway to Sleigh 1952
5 1 Jan 5 items
box folder
73 10 Jan-ADD1
box folder
5 2 Feb 19 items
5 3 Mar 9 items
5 4 Apr 4 items
box folder
73 11 Apr-ADD1
box folder
5 5 May 2 items
box folder
73 12 May-ADD1
box folder
5 6 Jun 2 items
box folder
73 13 Jun-ADD1
box folder
5 7 Jul 6 items
5 8 Aug 10 items
box folder
73 14 Aug-ADD1
box folder
5 9 Sep 12 items
5 10 Oct 14 items
5 11 Nov 9 items
box folder
73 15 Nov-ADD1
box folder
5 12 Dec 12 items
5 13-25 Sleigh to Alloway 1952
5 13 Jan 12 items
5 14 Feb 15 items
5 15 Mar 12 items
5 16 Apr 10 items
board folder
73 7 Apr-ADD1
box folder
5 17 May 10 items
5 18 Jun 8 items
box folder
73 8 Jun-ADD1
box folder
5 19 Jul 14 items
box folder
73 9 Jul-ADD1
box folder
5 20 Aug 4 items
5 21 Sep 12 items
5 22 Oct 11 items
5 23 Nov 10 items
5 24 Dec 12 items
5 25 n.d. 3 items
box folder
6 1-12 Alloway to Sleigh 1953
6 1 Jan 5 items
6 2 Feb 14 items
board folder
73 26 Feb-ADD1
box folder
6 3 Mar 1 item
box folder
73 27 Mar-ADD1
box folder
6 4 Apr 8 items
6 5 May 13 items
6 6 Jun 13 items
6 7 Jul 11 items
6 8 Aug 11 items
6 9 Sep 10 items
6 10 Oct 11 items
6 11 Nov 14 items
6 12 Dec 10 items
6 13-14 Sleigh to Alloway 1953
6 13 Jan 1 item
box
73 JAN-ADD1
box folder
6 14 Feb 14 items
box folder
73 16 Feb-ADD1
73 17 Mar
73 18 May
73 19 Jun
73 20 Jul
73 21 Aug
73 22 Sep
73 23 Oct
73 24 Nov
73 25 Dec
box folder
7 1-4 Alloway to Sleigh 1954
7 1 Jan 1 item
7 2 Feb 10 items
7 3 Mar 2 items
7 4 May 4 items
7 5 Michael Greenwood to Sleigh and Alloway 1954 2 items
7 6 Alloway to Sleigh 1956 13 items
box
73 Sleigh to Alloway, 1954
73 28 Jan
73 29 Feb
73 30 Mar
73 31 Oct
73 32 Nov
box folder
7 7-9 Alloway to Sleigh 1958
7 7 Apr 5 items
7 8 May 18 items
7 9 Jun-Jul 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
box folder
73 34 Envelopes
box folder
74 1 Dandylion drawings from Alloway to Sleigh, undated
74 2-5 Birthday cards and Valentines from Alloway to Sleigh, undated
box folder
8 1-55 Correspondence between Alloway/Sleigh and artists, friends, and family 1951-1989
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 1952-1961: Postcards to Alloway and Sleigh
box folder
8 3-4 1954
8 3 Marjorie Wood to Sleigh 1 item
8 4 A___? to Sleigh 1 item
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 "for Sylvia"
8 18 Ray Johnson 1 item
Including 3 pieces on paper
8 19 Carla ____? 1 item
8 20 Francine Prose 1965-1985 3 items
box folder
73 35 Guggenheim
box folder
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 31 Allan Robinson 7 items
box folder
69 1 Color snapshots undated 8 items
box folder
8 32 Betsy Marden 1 item
8 33 Daisy Ungu 1 item
8 34 Rose Veal 1 item
8 35 Eleanor Antin 5 items
8 36 Alloway to his mother 1969-1973 4 items
box folder
73 37 Unidentified correspondents (2)
box folder
8 37-38 1970
8 37 Ray Johnson 5 items
With approximately 20 pieces on paper.
8 38 Do ___? and Sibley ____? 1970-1973 17 items
box folder
73 38 Unidentified
box folder
74 7 Postcards to Alloway and Sleigh, 1970-1979
box folder
8 39 1971
8 39 Ray Johnson 1971 4 items
Including approx. 20 pieces on paper
8 40 1972
8 40 Park Nelson, Dennes, Redfern & Co. 1972-1977
Regarding sale of Sleigh's mother's house in England.
box folder
73 39 Unidentified
box folder
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 1975: Bob Lostutter
73 43 1976: Marjorie Strider
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 1979: Diane Churchill
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
box folder
8 50 1984
box folder
73 47 Frances Hynes
box folder
8 51 Paul Posano 1984 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
8 52 Christmas cards 1986-1989 13 items
box folder
73 49 Emily Barnett
box folder
80 2 1987: Emily Barnett
With color photo.
box folder
73 50 1989: Unidentified
73 51 Eva Kaplan
73 51 Caroline Parker
73 51 Lana VanderDee
box folder
8 53-55 Undated
8 53 Suzy Gablik undated 3 items
8 54 Unidentified undated 4 items
8 55 Ephemera found in letters 8 items
box folder
74 9 Valentine cards
board folder
74 10 Assorted cards
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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