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Clement Greenberg papers, 1928-1995

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Greenberg (Clement) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Clement Greenberg Papers document the life of America's most influential art critic from the age of nineteen until his death. They reveal, in extraordinary depth and detail, his personal and intellectual development, and the intertwining of the two. Greenberg's letters to Harold Lazarus, together with his Journals (sealed), tell the inner story of the critic's outward success: his artistic and literary ambitions, his family relationships, his attraction and resistance to women, his obsession with Partisan Review colleagues, his friendship with Pollock and other artists, and his fascination with aesthetics. Numerous manuscripts, often handwritten and in several drafts, reveal Greenberg's writing process and the evolution of his ideas from the late 1920s until the year before his death. The compilation of clippings spanning several decades portray the shifting public view of Greenberg, while photographs and tapes preserve a visual and audio record of him lecturing and otherwise interacting in the art world.

Missing from these papers is a collection of Greenberg correspondence with art world figures held at the Archives of American Art.

Various media comprise the Papers, including manuscripts, personal journals and diaries, clippings, photographs, slides, videotapes, audiotapes, and film.

Additions to the collection have been placed at the end.

Arrangement note

The Papers are arranged in 8 series: Series I: Correspondence, 1928-1994; Series II: Personal, 1928-1994; Series III: Manuscripts, 1928-1993; Series IV: Work files: clippings and manuscripts, 1939-1994; Series V: Writings by others: clippings and manuscripts, 1950-1994; Series VI: Photographs and Art Images, 1943-1992; Series VII: Printed Matter, 1966-1992; Series VIII: Videotapes, Audiotapes and Film, 1970-1995; Series IX. Additions to Collection, ca. 1933-1993.




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