Whitney Museum Library, Artists' Correspondence and Ephemera

This collection consists of 580 objects from the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The collection brings focus to a specific selection of extraordinary material found in the Whitney’s Library and Archival collections. These letters, notes, personalized announcements and invitations represent a view of the thoughts and conversations between Museum staff and the artists they represented, and provides a window into the changing tastes of the viewing public and art market.

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Curator to Mr. Richard Pousette-Dart. September 16, 1957
Tyepwritten letter from John Baur to Richard Pousette-Dart, dated September 16, 1957.
Curator to Mr. Si Lewen, March 15, 1957
Typewritten letter from Curator, John Baur, to Si Lewen, dated March 15, 1957.
Curator to Mrs. Gerson Keyser, November 27, 1962
Typewritten letter from Curator to Mrs. Gerson (Evelyn) Keyser, dated November 27, 1962.
Cy Twombly to Mr, Armstrong, October 14, 77
Handwritten letter from Cy Twombly to Tom Armstrong, dated October 14, 1977.
Danish Girl - 1939
Handwritten notes about the painting "Danish Girl" 1939
David Hostetler to Mr. Dody [sic]
Handwritten note from David Hostetler to Robert Doty, n.d.
David Weinrib to Jack Gordon
Handwritten letter from David Weinrib to Jack Gordon, n.d.
David Weinrib to Mr. Baur
Handwritten letter from David Weinrib to John Baur, n.d.
Dear Lloyd and Jack, May 5, 1963
Handwritten letter from Charles Burchfield to Lloyd Goodrich and John Baur, dated May 5, 1963.
Dear Louisa and Jack, Dec. 12, 1957
Handwritten letter from Charles Burchfield to Louisa and John Baur, dated December 12, 1957.
Dear Rossi, Feb. 16, 1956
Handwritten letter from Hank (Henry) and Martha Richter, nee Burchfield,to Rosalind Irvine, dated February 16, 1956.
Dear Rossie, Feb. 26, 1956
Handwritten letter from Bertha Burchfield, signed Bertha and Charlie, to Rosalind Irvine, dated February 26, 1956.
Director to Ernest W. Watson, Editor, The American Artist
Typewritten letter from Juliana Force to Ernest Watson, editor of The American Artist, dated September 23, 1942. Thanking him for sending notes by Eugene Speicher.
Director to Guggenheim Foundation, 3/27/62
Typewritten letter from the Director to the Guggenheim Foundation recommending Herbert Ferber for a grant, dated March 27, 1962.
Director to Mr. David Weinrib, December 3, 1969
Typewritten letter from John Baur to David Weinrib regarding a recommendation for a Fulbright fellowship, dated December 3, 1969.
Director to Mr. Leroy Lamis, November 16, 1970
Typewritten letter from the Director, John Baur, to Leroy Lamis, dated November 16, 1970.
Director to Mrs. Bernard Reder
Typewritten letter from John Baur to Gutza Reder, dated June 25, 1970. Requesting a schedule change for the 1971 Reder exhibition from late May - June to February- March dates.
Disaster Plans:California Disaster Plans: New York A project in two parts by Amy Hauft
Announcement for bi-coastal exhibition of works by Amy Hauft.
Don Potts to Robert
Handwritten letter from Don Potts to Robert, undated. Notation that letter was answered July 10, 1969.
Donald Moffett Easy Clean Oct 11 - Nov 8 2008 Opening Oct 10 6-8 pm
Exhibition announcement for Donald Moffett at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24 Street, New York.
Dorothy Varian to Mrs. Force
Handwritten letter from Dorothy Varian to Juliana Force, n.d. Stating her hope that Mrs. Force will come for a visit.
Duane Hanson to Flora, 29 April 80
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Flora Whitney Miller, dated April 29, 1980.
Duane Hanson to Pat
Exhibition postcard from Duane Hanson informing Patterson Sims of the preview and dates of his show, dated January 7, 1981.
Duane Hanson to Pat, 1 May 78
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated May 1, 1978.
Duane Hanson to Pat, 3 Aug 80
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated
Duane Hanson to Pat, April 16, 1980
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated April 16, 1980.
Duane Hanson to Pat, Dec 17, 1979
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated December 17, 1979.
Duane Hanson to Pat, FEB 3.80
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated February 3, 1980.
Duane Hanson to Pat, Nov 15 78
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, November 15, 1978.
Duane Hanson to Patterson
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, n.d.
Duane Hanson to Patterson, 11 June, 1984
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated June 11, 1984.
Duane Hanson to Patterson, Feb 2.81
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated February 2, 1981.
Duane Hanson to Patterson, Jan 19. 1981
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated January 19, 1981.
Duane Hanson to Patterson, March 24, 1980
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated March 24, 1980.
Duane Hanson to Patterson, May 30-84
Handwritten letter from Duane Hanson to Patterson Sims, dated May 30, 1984.
ELIZABETH MURRAY 2 through 27 October 1984 Paula Cooper
Exhibition announcement for Elizabeth Murray. Show to be held October 2 through 27, 1984 at Paula Cooper, 155 Wooster, New York.
Edward Biberman May 6-25, 1963 Aca Gallery 63 E. 67 Street, New York 22, N. Y.
Edward Biberman exhibition announcement including a biography of the artist and an introduction to his work.
Edward Biberman to Mr. Goodrich, May 2, 1963
Handwritten letter from Edward Biberman to Lloyd Goodrich, dated May 2, 1963. Inviting him to attend his exhibition at the Aca Gallery.
Edward Hopper to Mr. More, May 30, 50
Handwritten letter from Edward Hopper to Hermon More, dated May 30, 1950. Stating that he will save a painting for the Whitney Annual.
Edward Hopper to Mrs. Miller, February 26, 1950
Handwritten letter from Edward Hopper to Flora Whitney Miller, dated February 26, 1950. Expressing his appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Miller, her mother and the Whitney for all thay have done for his career.
Elie Nadelman to Mrs. Force
Handwritten letter from Elie Nadelman to Juliana Force, undated.
Emil Ganso to Mrs. Force, Jan. 13
Handwritten letter from Emil Ganso to Juliana Force, dated January 13.
Emily Mason to Jim
Postcard from Emily Mason to Jim Monte, postmarked Kenya, April 17, 1973. Signed Emily and Wolf.
Ernest Fiene to Mrs. Pollak, July 8, 1933
Typewritten letter from Ernest Fiene to Frances Pollak, July 8, 1933.
Ethel Myers to Miss Irvine, Feb. 16, '43
Handwritten letter from Ethel Myers to Rosalind Irvine, dated February 16, 1943.
Eugene Speicher to Juliana Force, May 24th 1934
Handwritten letter from Eugene Speicher to Juliana Force, dated May 24, 1934.
Eugene Speicher to Mrs. Pollak, December 27 1933
Handwritten letter from Eugene Speicher to Frances Pollak, dated December 27, 1933. Charming note congratulating her on the Index and wishing her a happy new year.
Eugene Speicher to My dear Miss McCullah
Handwritten letter from Eugene Speicher to Margaret McKellar, undated.
Eugene Speicher to Saint Juliana, November 27th 1933
Handwritten note from Eugene Speicher to Juliana Force, dated November 27, 1933. Expressing his appreciation for her support of the Friends of Art.
Evelyn Keyser to Mr. Gordon, Nov 20 1962
Handwritten letter from Evelyn Keyser to Jack Gordon, dated November 20, 1962.

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