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Sam Francis papers, 1916-2010 (bulk 1950-1994)

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Francis (Sam) Papers
Series I. Correspondence, 1937-2008 20.43 Linear Feet (49 boxes)
Contains correspondence with Artists and friends, family, museums, and gallery owners.
Arrangement
This series is arranged in five subseries.Correspondence was divided into subseries by the Sam Francis estate, and that arrangement has been largely retained. Additional correspondence files are in Series III. Lapis Press, and Series IV. Business files.
Series I.A. Artists and friends, 1949-2003 3.75 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Correspondence with friends and colleagues, some of whom were also collectors, or business associates, and range in content from the professional to the intimate. Files at the end of the subseries contains correspondence pertaining to the end of Francis' life.
Arrangement
Files have been kept as they were arranged by Sam Francis, in alphabetical order, with certain individual artists given separate folders. The repository has called out additional names in folders under each letter, but in no case have all correspondents been listed.
box folder
1 1 A, 1972-1993
Including Karl Appel and Chuck Arnoldi.
1 2-3 B, 1970-1996
Including Kurt Blum, John Bennett, Robert Buck, Larry Bell, and J.B. Blunk.
1 4 Barundun, Silvio, 1962-1991
C, 1975-1997
box folder
1 5 Correspondence
Including William Copley, Ry Cooder, Dan Cytron, Alexandra Christoph, and Helga and Roy Curry.
box folder
213 2 Jane Braswell Crawford photographs, undated
Connor, Bruce, 1969-1987
box folder
1 6-7 Correspondence, 1969-1987
box folder
213 1 Photographs, 1986
1 8 D, 1969-1991
Including Jay DeFeo.
1 9 E, 1961-1986
Including Bill Elliott.
box folder
2 1-2 F, 1965-1994
Including Gordon Onslow-Ford, Gilda Franz, Betty Freeman, Sidney Felsen and Bernard Forrest.
2 3 Francken, Ruth, 1969-1979
2 4-5 G, 1957-1993
Including Joe Goode and Bernard Giovagnoli.
2 6-10 Doc Groupp, 1961-1972
box folder
3 1-2 H, 1970-1994
Including Al Held.
Hiltermann, B.H.R., 2002-2003
box folder
3 3-4 Correspondence
box folder
213 3 Photographs
3 5 Hosiasson, Philippe, 1961-1964
3 6 Hulten, Pontus, 1963-1997
I, 1970-1994
box folder
4 1 Correspondence
Including Daria Iacone, and Toshi Ichiyanagi.
box folder
213 4 Iacone photographs
4 2-3 Idemitsu, Tako, 1959-1085
4 4 Isozaki, Arata, 1964-1993
box folder
5 1 J, 1957-1991
5 2 Jaffee, Shirley, 1964-1972
Jensen, Alfred, 1958-1964
box folder
5 3 Correspondence
box folder
213 5 Photographs
5 4 K, 1976-1994
Including James Kirsch and Lilly Keller.
Kogelnik, Kiki, 1965-1987
box folder
5 5 Correspondence
box folder
213 6 Photographs
box folder
5 6 L, 1964-1992
Including Jules Langsner, and Murray Lerner.
5 7 Leslie, Alfred, 1961-1987
5 8 M, 1956-1994
Including Yves Michaud, Michio Matsumoto, Lee and Luchita Mullican, and Dorothy Miller.
5 9 Martin, Fred, 1949-1959
box folder
6 1 Meyer, Franz, 1950-1967
Mitchell, Joan, circa 1980
box folder
6 2 Correspondence
box folder
213 7 Photographs
box folder
6 3 N, 1971-1994
Including Hans Namuth and Sybille Nova.
6 4 O, 1984-1992
Including Sadao Ogawa.
P, 1968-1994
box folder
6 5 Correspondence
box folder
213 8 Jeff Perkins photographs, undated
box folder
6 6 R, 1980-1991
Including Pierre Rouge, and James Rosenquist.
S, 1979-1994
box folder
6 7-8 Correspondence
Including Janna Stern, Terry Schoenhaven, Clifford Still, Peter Selz, and Pierre Schneider.
box folder
213 9 Photographs, various
box folder
6 9 Saegessar, Marguerite, 1989-1993
6 10 Saint Phalle, Niki de 1987
6 11 Sweeney, James Johnson, 1967-1990
6 12 T, 1964-1993
Including Dorothea Tanning, Michel Tapie, Shuzo Takiguchi, and Garner Tullis.
Tanaka, Atsuko, 1988-1999
box folder
7 1 Correspondence
box folder
213 10 Photographs
Ting, Walasse, 1958-1999
box folder
7 2-5 Correspondence
box folder
213 11 Photographs
box folder
7 6 V, 1981-1994
Including Eleonora Vallanti, and DeWain Valentine.
7 7 Van Der Post, Laurens, 1991-1993
Von Huene, Stephan, 1981-1987
box folder
7 7 Correspondence
box folder
213 12 Photographs
W, 1972-1994
No Subnote Content
box folder
7 9 Correspondence
Including Marcia and Frederick Weisman, Elfie Weinstock, Michael Whitney, and Larry Weiss.
box folder
213 13 Michael Whitney photographs
box folder
7 10 Wagner, George, 1989-1994
box folder
8 1 X,Y,Z, 1979-1984
8 2-4 Yoshiaki, Tono and Usami, 1953-1990
8 5-6 Unidentified, 1954-1989
8 7 Assorted acquaintances, 1964-1991
8 8 Postcards, 1962-1992
box folder
9 1-4 Cards (birthday, Christmas, and assorted), circa 1970 - circa 1994
9 5-6 Cards from Litho Shop employees, 1980-1995
9 7 Faxes for Sam when sick, 1993
9 8 Condolence letters, 1994
box folder
196* 2 Collage letter (author unidentified), undated
flatfile
55** Thank you card from MOCA on large piece of foam core, 1993
Series I.B. Family, 1937-1995 1.66 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Correspondence between Sam Francis and his father, stepmother, siblings, daughter, wives, and other relatives. Courtship letters from Francis to Vera Miller, who would become his first wife, offer a portrait of the artist as a young man. Divorce papers, income tax returns, and other official documents have been removed from these files and are restricted until 2086.
Arrangement
Arranged in rough chronological order. Manuscripts accompanying the correspondence have been filed with family papers in Series II. Personal.
box folder
10 1-4 Sam Francis to Vera Miller (first wife), 1937-1978
box folder
196* 8 Poem for Vera Miller, undated
box folder
11 1 Virginia Francis (stepmother), 1942-1991
11 2-4 Duplicates of correspondence between Virginia Francis, Sam Francis (senior), and Sam Francis, 1950-1964
box folder
12 1 Muriel Goodwin (second wife), 1955-1995
12 2 Teruko Yokoi (third wife), 1961-1966
12 3-4 Masako Idemitsu (fourth wife), 1964-1993
Margaret Smith (fifth wife), 1985-1993
box folder
12 5 Correspondence
box folder
213 14-15 Photographs
box folder
13 1 Assorted relatives, 1965-1993
13 2 George Francis (brother), 1968-1994
13 3 Nancy Frances Moser (sister), 1973-1990
13 4-5 Kayo Francis (daughter), 1971-1994
Series I.C. Museums, 1960-2008 9.17 Linear Feet (22 boxes)
Correspondence regarding museum exhibitions or acquisitions of Francis' work. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, with which Francis had a long relationship, occupies several boxes. Also amply represented are the Bundestag, Bonn, and the Jeu de Paume, Paris. Along with object lists and exhibition proposals, these files sometimes contain installation diagrams, loan agreements, and checklists.
Arrangement
Arranged in alphabetical order by the museum name.
box folder
14 1-7 A, circa 1960- circa 1998
B, 1963-1996
box folder
15 1-10 Correspondence
box folder
213 16 Brooklyn Museum photographs
box
16-17 Bundestag, Bonn, 1991-1994
box folder
18 1-22 C-G, 1961-2008
H-K, 1969-2003
box folder
19 1-13 Correspondence
box folder
213 17 Hiroshima Museum photographs
box folder
20 1-6 Jeu de Paume, Paris, 1995-1996
L, 1967-2000
box folder
21 1-9 Correspondence
box folder
213 18 LACMA photographs
213 19 Louisiana photographs
box folder
22 1-7 M, 1976-2002
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1980-2001
box
23-28 Correspondence
box folder
213 20 Photographs
box folder
29 1-13 N-O, 1963-2003
P-R, 1964-1997
box folder
30 1-8 Correspondence
box folder
213 21 Rahn photographs
S, 1964-1996
box
31-32 Correspondence
box folder
213 22-23 Photographs, various
box folder
33 1-4 T, 1972-1992
box folder
34 1-4 U-V, 1970-1995
W-Z, 1970-2003
box folder
35 1-5 Correspondence
box folder
213 24 Photographs, various
box folder
35 6 Photocopies of selected museum correspondence, 1956-2002
Series I.D. Galleries, 1954-2005 5.42 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
Correspondence with Sam Francis' various dealers around the world, and with galleries that had reason to contact him, generally regarding sales. There are especially large multiple files from Martha Jackson Gallery (New York), Kornfeld Gallery (Bern), Delaive Gallery (Amsterdam), and Nanteshi Gallery (Tokyo). In addition to letters, some of the files contain inventory lists, sales receipts, invoices, and other documents that are also found in Series IV. Business files.
Arrangement
Arranged in alphbetical order by the name of the gallery, or by the last name of the gallerist, depending on how the gallery is commonly known.
box folder
36 1-14 A, 1970-2004
box folder
37 1-17 A-B, 1960-2001
box folder
38 1-19 C-E, 1961-2004
box folder
39 1-12 E-F, 1969-2005
box folder
40 1-22 G-I, 1969-2004
box folder
41 1-16 J-Ko, 1954-1997
box
42-43 Kornfeld Gallery, 1959-2002
box folder
43 4-7 Ko-Ku, 1988-2004
box folder
44 1-15 L-M, 1963-2002
box folder
45 1-9 M-N, 1980-2000
box folder
46 1-17 N-R, 1972-2004
box folder
47 1-18 S, 1970-2003
box folder
48 1-19 T-Z, 1960-2001
box folder
213 25-32 Photographs, circa 1960-2000
Including images from ACE, Delaive, Gray, Kornfeld, Minami, Proarta, Samuels, and Wirtz.
Series I.E. Collectors, 1960-2005 0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Letters from collectors of Sam Francis' work, including Robert Chen, Joseph Hirshhorn, Edwin Janss, and John Rouge.
Arrangement
Organized in alphabetical order by the collector's last name.
box folder
49 1-24 A-Z, 1960-2005
49 25 Requests for Sam Francis' signature, 1970-1990


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