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Lawrence Alloway papers, 1891-2003, undated

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Alloway (Lawrence) papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lawrence Alloway Papers span the critic's entire career, including his earliest reviews, notes, and writings in 1940s England. In Series I. his assiduous correspondence with Sylvia Sleigh from the early 1950s portrays the workings of his mind and the development of his ideas in the period just before his relocation to America. It also conveys his impetuous personality and devotion to the person who remained his closest companion for the rest of his life. Other correspondence is relatively scant, though there are a number of letters from the artist Ray Johnson, and a photocopied set of correspondence between Alloway and Jean Dubuffet. Series II. Work files reflect the topics to which he repeatedly returned, such as Abstract Expressionism, Conceptual Art, Pop Art, museum politics, realism, women's art, Betty Parsons, and also artists who interested him, such as Audrey Flack, Rosemary Mayer, Robert Smithson, Vito Acconci, Allan Kaprow and Barnett Newman. These files comprise clippings, brochures, notes, and writings, while Series VI. Photographs and slides of art, comprise a visual record of these interests. Series V. Personal contains photographs of Alloway in his professional life and at home with Sleigh. Poetry by Alloway is included in letters to Sleigh and in Series II.B. Writings.

Box 41, Financial and medical papers, is restricted pending further consideration by Alloway's estate.

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Arrangement note

Arranged in nine series: Series I. Correspondence, 1938-2000 Series II. Work files, 1935-1995 Series III. Professional organizations, 1958-1959 Series IV. Teaching files, 1960-1981 Series V. Personal, 1942-1990 Series VI. Writings by others, 1947-2003 Series VII. Photographs and slides of art, circa 1950- circa 1980 Series VIII. Audio visual, undated Series IX. Posters, 1964-1981

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