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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Louis Lozowick to Elke Solomon, December 1, 1972
Handwritten thank you note from Louis Lozowick to Elke Solomon, dated December 1, 1972.
Louis Lozowick to Elke Solomon, January 2, 1973
Handwritten thank you note from Louis Lozowick to Elke Solomon, dated January 2, 1973.
Louis M. Eilshemius to Whitney Museum of American Art, January 8, 1933 [sic 1934]
Handwritten letter to Whitney Museum of American Art from Louis M. Eilshemius, January 8, 1933 [sic 1934], thanking them for invitation to attend the exhibition Self Portraits of Living Artists.
Louise Burchfield to John Baur
Handwritten letter from Louise Burchfield to John Baur, n.d., regarding an upcoming visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Louise Burchfield to John Baur; Jan. 24, 1956
Handwritten letter from Louise Burchfield to John Baur, dated January 24, 1956.
Lysiane Luong and Red Grooms to Tom, September 17th, 1987
Handwritten letter from Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong to Tom Armstrong, dated September 17, 1987. Thanking Armstrong for a wonderful party.
Magnetic Montage by Alice Hutchins, 1990
Magnetic montage by Alice Hutchins, dated 1990. Photgraph by Peter Moore copyright 1969.
Marjorie Kramer to Marcia
Press release and personal letter from Marjorie Kramer to Marcia, n.d.
Mark Di Suvero to Jim Monte
Black and white postcard of sculpture with handwritten message from Mark Di Suvero to Jim Monte
Mark Di Suvero to Jim, Dec. 1973
Handwritten letter from Mark Di Suvero to Jim ?Monte, dated December 1973.
Mark Rothko to Miss Rosalind Irvine, April 9, 1957
Typewritten letter from Mark Rothko to Rosalind Irvine, dated April 9, 1957. Stating that he will not submit a work to the committee.
Martha Richter to John Baur, Nov. 10 - 55
Handwritten letter from Martha Richter, nee Burchfield, to John Baur, dated November 10, 1955.
Martha Richter to Rosalind Irvine, Nov. 10 - 55
Handwritten letter from Martha Richter, nee Burchfield, to Rosalind Irvine, dated November 10, 1955.
Martha Visser't Hooft to John Baur
Handwritten note from Martha Visser't Hooft to John Baur, undated, regarding the failing health of Charles Burchfield.
Mary Alice Mustain to John Baur, April 2, 1956
Handwritten letter from Mary Alice Mustain, nee Burchfield, to John Baur, dated April 2, 1956.
Mary Miss to Patterson, July 21
Handwritten letter from Mary Miss to Patterson Sims, dated July 21, 1982.
Minna Citron to Mr. Bryant
Handwritten letter from Minna Citron to Mr. Bryant, n.d.
Miriam Schapiro Collaboration Series 1994: Mother Russia
Fan-shaped exhibition announcement for Miriam Schapiro Collaboration Series 1994: Mother Russia. 10 September - 15 October 1994.
Mobiles de Calder
Exhibition invitation to Galeries Maeght, Paris, for a show of recent mobiles by Alexander Calder, dated Thursday, November 12. Card in French. Pencil notation 1942 on front.
Morning Star
Pencil sketch by Alexander Calder. On the reverse is a note, author unknown, that says "Drawn by Calder Nov 1976 to illustrate how Morning Star should look."
Morris Graves to Mr. Thomas Armstrong, August 18/83
Handwritten letter from Morris Graves to Tom Armstrong, dated August 18, 1983.
Muriel Newman to Tom, April 5, 1979
Handwritten letter from Muriel Newman to Tom Armstrong, dated April 5, 1979.
My procedure in paintings
Handwritten essay along with letter on last page from Eugene Speicher to Mrs. Watson, dated June 11, 1942.
NEW PAINTINGS BY LARRY RIVERS OPENING TUESDAY, DECEMBER, 5, 1961
Exhibition announcement for new paintings by Larry Rivers at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 149 East 72 Street, New York opening December 5, 1961 and closing December 30, 1961.
NEW PAINTINGS PICKEN
Exhibition brochure for George Picken show, New Paintings, January 30 through February 18, 1967 at the Frank Rehn Gallery, 655 Madison Avenue, New York.
NOGUCHI 75th BIRTHDAY EXHIBITION
Exhibition brochure for two Isamu Noguchi shows, one at the Andre Emmerich Gallery. the other at the Pace Gallery, February - March 1960
Nancy Grossman to Tom, 1974
Handwritten holiday card from Nancy Grossman to Tom Armstrong, dated 1974.
Nancy Neel to Patterson Sims, February 9, 1985
Handwritten thank you note from Nancy Neel to Patterson Sims, dated February 9, 1985.
New Bronze African Queen - Aug. 1968
Color photograph of a bronze sculpture "African Queen" by David Hostetler, August 1968
Niki de Saint Phalle to Sir, July 1, 1979
Typewritten letter from Niki De Saint-Phalle to the Whitney Museum of Art, dated July 1, 1979.
Noriko Yamamoto to Mr. Goodrich, July 21st 1960
Handwritten letter from Noriko Yamamoto to Lloyd Goodrich, July 21, 1960.
Nuptial Ruckus for Lysiane and Red
Printed invitation to a wedding celebration - "Nuptial Ruckus" - for Lysiane and Red Grooms hosted by Barbara Haskell and Tom Armstrong and held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York City, on September 14, 1987.
OFFICIAL 50-FT. JUNIORTARGET
Handmade bulls-eye invitation with portrait in center and hearts in each corner, addressed to Jock Truman, gallery owner to announce show, Target Practice w Dreva, April 13, 1979, 12-3.
OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION OF SCULPTURE BY DAVID HOSTETLER
Invitation for opening of an exhibition of scuplture by David Hostetler at the Edna Hibel Gallery, 175 Newbury Street, Boston on October 8, 1968.
Only two days later he got her to his room.
Paper with drawing on one side and writing on the other, undated.
Oscar Bluemner to Dear Museum, Jan 9-34
Handwritten letter from Oscar Bluemner to the Whitney Museum, dated January 9, 1934.
Oscar Bluemner to Mrs. Juliana Force, Jan 7-33
Handwritten letter from Oscar Bluemner to Juliana Force, dated January 7, 1933. Congratulates and expresses gratitude to the Whitney Museum and Mrs. Force at the importance of establishing their vision in the museum.
Painter of the Urban Scene
Playboy magazine article featuring LeRoy Neiman, appearing in April 1958 issue, Vol. 5, No.4, pages 49-51.
Paintings by Leon Hartl
Exhibition brochure for Paintings by Leon Hartl at the Periodot Gallery, November 15 through December 4, 1954.
Patricia C. F. Mandel to Mr. Lujan Jorge, March 21, 1966
Typewritten letter from Patricia Mandel to Lujan Jorge , dated March 21, 1966.
Paul Cadmus to Mrs. Juliana Force, February 22, 1943.
Handwritten letter from Paul Cadmus to Juliana Force, February 22, 1943. Regarding the inclusion of Cadmus in the list of artists selected by The American Art Research Council.
Paul Frazier to Mr. Baur, Nov. 4, 1953
Letter from Paul Frazier to Juliana Force, November 4, 1953.
Peter Blume to Miss Anita Duquette, April 21, 1977
Handwritten letter from Peter Blume to Anita Duquette, dated April 21, 1977.
Peter Blume to Patterson, April 12, 1977
Handwritten letter from Peter Blume to Patterson Sims, dated April 12, 1977.
Peter Lipman-Wulf to Mr. Gordon, Marh [sic] 17.67
Handwritten letter from Peter Lipman-Wulf to John Gordon, dated March 17, 1967.
Peter Lipman-Wulf to Mr.Gordon, April 11.1968
Handwritten letter from Peter Lipman-Wulf to John Gordon, dated April 11, 1968.
Philip Evergood to Jack, June 3rd 1959.
Letter from Philip Evergood to Jack Baur, June 3, 1959.
Philip Evergood to Jack, June 6, 1959
Letter from Philip Evergood to John Baur, June 6, 1959.
Philip Evergood to Jack, May 28, 1959.
Letter from Philip Evergood to Jack Baer, May 28, 1959.
Philip Evergood to John Baur, July 10, 1958
Letter from Philip Evergood to John Baur, July 10, 1958.

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