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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Philip Evergood to John Baur, July 4, 1954.
Letter from Philip Evergood to John Baur, July 4, 1954.
Philip Evergood to John Baur, May 19 1959
Letter from Philip Evergood to John Baur, May 19, 1959.
Philip Evergood to Lloyd, Jan 9, 1958
Letter from Philip Evergood to Lloyd Goodrich, January 9, 1958.
Philip Evergood to Lloyd, Nov 19, 1959
Letter from Philip Evergood to Lloyd Goodrich, November 19, 1959.
Philip Evergood to Mrs. Force, February 18, 1943
Letter written by Philip Evergood to Juliana Force, dated February 18, 1943. Evergood confirming that he is compiling a complete and detailed list of his works for the American Art Research Council.
Philip Evergood to Mrs. Force, June 5, 1950
Letter to Hermon More from Philip Evergood, June 5, 1950.
Philip Johnson to Tom
Handwritten letter from Philip Johnson to Tom ?Armstrong, n.d., probably 1988
Philip Pearlstein to Mr. Baur, May 27, 1958
Handwritten note from Philip Pearlstein to John Baur, dated May 27, 1958. Updating Goodrich on his work and thanking him for a letter of recommendation he had supplied for a Fulbright scholarship application.
Pop Hart to Juliana Force, May 24 1933
Handwritten letter from Pop Hart to Juliana Force, dated May 24, 1933. Accepting invitation and expressing pleasure to be included in the first Whitney Biennial Exhibit. Mentions his 65th birthday and his desire to have a one man show.
R. Pousette-Dart Forms in Brass and Watercolors December 3 - 28, 1946
Exhibition announcement for Pousette-Dart show Forms in Brass and Watercolors at the Willard Gallery, 32 East 57 Street, New York, from December 3 - 28, 1946.
RECENT PAINTINGS Frankenthaler Opening Tues., Feb. 12
Exhibition flyer for Helen Frankenthaler show at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery, 24 East 67 Street, New York. Opening Tuesday, February 12 and closing March 2, 1957.
ROBERT MORRIS 9 March - 6 April 1991
Exhibition brochure for a Robert Morris show, March 9 through April 6, 1991. Presented by Leo Castelli and Larry Gagosian, 65 Thompson Street, New York and Sonnabend, 420 West Broadway, New York.
ROBERT MOTHERWELL MAJOR PAINTINGS & COLLAGES
Oversized exhibition postcard announcement for Robert Motherwell show Major Paintings & Collages at ACE L.A., 811 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles, held through August 23, 1975.
ROBERT MOTHERWELL RECENT PRINTS
Promotional brochure advertising a limited edition of ten original graphics by Robert Motherwell created at Tyler Workshop Ltd. from November, 1974, to October, 1975.
ROBERT MOTHERWELL Selected Prints and Collages February 1 - February 26, 1975
Exhibition postcard announcement for Robert Motherwell show Selected Prints and Collages at the Harcus Krakow Rosen Sonnabend Gallery, 7 Newbury Street, Boston on February 1 through February 26, 1975.
ROBERT MOTHERWELL THE ALPHABET SERIE
Unusual announcement for Robert Motherwell, The Alphabet Serie, monoprints produced by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., 1986. In Swedish.
ROBERT MOTHERWELL: WORKS ON PAPER
Exhibition postcard for Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper show, at the Picture Gallery, University of California, Riverside, January 13 through February 5, 1963. Postcard addressed to Lloyd Goodrich.
Rackstraw Downes to Patterson, June 14, 1984
Handwritten letter from Rackstraw Downes to Patterson Sims, dated June 14, 1984.
Raphael Soyer to Lloyd, Dec 31, 1966
Handwritten letter from Raphael Soyer to Lloyd Goodrich, dated December 31, 1966.
Raphael Soyer to Mr. Baur
Handwritten letter from Raphael Soyer to John Baur, undated. Discussing the possibility of publishing a book about his work.
Recent Paintings and Reliefs Leon Polk Smith 1963
Exhibition announcement for Recent Paintings and Reliefs by Leon Polk Smith. The show was held March 12 - 30, 1963 at the Stable Gallery, 33 East 79 Street, New York.
Recollections of the Whitney, Stuart Davis radio broadcast, WNYC. American Art Festival, 1953.
Recollections of the Whitney, Stuart Davis radio broadcast, WNYC. American Art Festival, 1953.
Recommendation for Guggenheim Award by Mr. Gordon, December 15, 1964
Typewritten recommendation by John Gordon for David Weinrib for a Guggenheim Award, dated December 15, 1964.
Reginald Marsh to Edith
Handwritten letter from Reginald Marsh to Edith, n.d.
Retrospective I. RICE PEREIRA March 18th thru April 4th 1964
Exhibition brochure for a retrospective of I. Rice Pereira works, at Galerie Internationale, 1095 Madison Avenue, New York, from March 18 through April 4, 1964. Handwritten note from Pereira on front cover.
Richard Diebenkorn to Barbara, 11.24.76
Handwritten letter from Richard Diebenkorn to Barbara Haskell, dated November 24, 1976.
Richard Diebenkorn to Barbara, 8.17.77
Handwritten letter from Richard Diebenkorn to Barbara Haskell, August 17, 1977.
Richard Lippold to Tom, Sept. 1, 1977
Handwritten letter from Richard Lippold to Tom Armstrong, September 1, 1977.
Richard Merkin to Steve
Typewritten letter from Richard Merkin to Stephen Weil, postmarked February 12, 1968.
Richard Pousette-Dart 1958 Paintings Opening Mon., Feb. 17 through March 8
Exhibition announcement for Richard Pousette-Dart 1958 show Paintings. Held at the Betty Parsons Gallery, 15 East 57 Street, New York, opening Monday, February 17 through March 8. Notations in pen on reverse.
Richard Pousette-Dart to Jack
Handwritten letter from Richard Pousette-Dart to John Baur, undated. Notation at bottom in pencil, received July 1963.
Richard Pousette-Dart to Miss Rosalind Irvine, Jan. 20 1955
Handwritten letter from Richard Pousette-Dart to Rosalind Irvine, dated January 20, 1955.
Richard Pousette-Dart to Mr. Baur
Handwritten letter from Richard Pousette-Dart to John Baur, undated.
Richard Pousette-Dart to Mr. I . H. Baur September 12 1957
Handwritten letter from Richard Pousette-Dart to John Baur, dated September 12, 1957.
Richard, Hartley, Ginny and Nancy Neel to Tom, February 8, 1985
Handwritten thank you note from Richard, Hartley, Ginny and Nancy Neel to Tom Armstrong, dated February 8, 1985.
Riichard Pousette-Dart Watercolors Jan. 15 to Feb. 3, 1951 Betty Parsons Gallery
Exhibition announcement for Richard Pousette-Dart show Watercolors at the Betty Parsons Gallery, 15 East 57 Street, New York, on January 15 - February 3, 1951.
Robert Frank to Mr. Doty, Feb.4.74.
Handwritten letter from Robert Frank to Robert Doty, dated February 4, 1974.
Robert Frank to Mr. Doty, Jan.22.74.
Handwritten letter from Robert Frank to Robert Doty, dated January 22, 1974.
Robert Goodnough to Elizabeth Dunbar
Handwritten letter on photocopy from Robert Goodnough to Elizabeth Dunbar
Robert Greene to Richard
Handwritten note from Robert Greene to Richard, n.d.
Robert Indiana to Mr. John Gordon, 11 January 1968
Typewritten letter from Robert Indiana to John Gordon, dated January 11, 1968. Thanking him for exhibition passes and a "splendid hanging" as well as discussing status of various works.
Robert Irwin to Tom Armstrong
Postcard from Robert Irwin to Tom Armstrong, postmarked March 1976.
Robert Motherwell Recent Collages & Drawings Selected Prints: 1961-1975
Exhibition announcement for Robert Motherwell show Recent Collages & Drawings, Selected Prints 1961-1975 at the John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Avenue, San Francisco from May 21 through June 28. In pencil the year is notated as 1975.
Robert Motherwell Spanish Prison
Exhibition flyer for the show Art of the Forties representing works by many artists. Held at the Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, May 12, 1968.
Robert Motherwell to Baur, 13 Dec 1954
Handwritten letter from Robert Motherwell to John Baur, dated December 13, 1954.
Robert Motherwell to Mr. Bauer [sic], 24 Feb 1955
Handwritten letter from Robert Motherwell to John Baur, dated February 24, 1955.
Robert Motherwell to Mr. More, 4 June 1950
Handwritten letter from Robert Motherwell to Hermon more, dated June 4, 1950.
Rockwell Kent to Becky,October ? 1920
Handwritten note and drawing from Rockwell Kent to Becky, dated October ?, 1920.
Rockwell Kent to Charles, December 4, 1949
Typewritten letter from Rockwell Kent to Charles Simon, dated December 4, 1949.
Rockwell Kent to Charles, February 12, 1969
Typewritten letter from Rockwell Kent to Charles Simon, dated February 12, 1969. Discusses selling a painting to Simon, the proceeds of which have allowed him to buy back, from Dodd Mead, the type plates from his book.

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