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Nell Blaine papers, 1930-1985

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Blaine, Nell Blair Walden, 1922-1996
Barker, Kit
Goff, Eleanor
O'Hara, Frank
Smith, Constance
Laughlin, Clarence John
Cooper, Patricia
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh),
Griffin, Howard
Levertov, Denise
Watrous, Jane
Young, Gayle
Guggenheim, Peggy
Ross, Alvin
Garrigue, Jean
Flotow, Olga von
Jason, Harry
Rivers, Larry
Klonsky, Milton
Garth, Midi
Cornell, Joseph
Wright, Clifford
Gazzolo, Beatrice
Freilicher, Jane
Astor, E.
Evans, Dilys
Moore, Marianne
Kinnell, Galway
Von Wicht, John
Harmsworth, Margaret
Kresch, Albert
Tobey, Mark
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Physical Description:
2.7 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Biographical material, correspondence, business records, writings, art works, and printed material. Also included are papers of Blaine's friend, Howard Griffin.
REEL D311: Correspondence; clippings, exhibition catalogs, and printed materials; two scrapbooks; and photographs of Blaine and her work.
Among the photographs are: 8 of Blaine's studio, 1943-1961; 5 of Blaine, one each with E. Astor, Dilys Evans, Olga von Flotow, Margaret Harmsworth, Midi Garth and Denise Levertov; 2 of Larry Rivers, one with Blaine, 1950; 2 of Blaine, one with art collectors Mr.and Mrs. Henry Jason and the New York City ballet dancer, Gayle Young, 1959, the other with Constance Smith, Patricia H. Cooper, Jane Freilicher, Jane Watrous, Milton Klonsky, Albert Kresch. In addition there is a photograph of the dancer Eleanor Goff modeling a costume designed by Blaine, 1946.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence with friends, dealers, collectors, writers, institutions and others,including Kit Barker, Peggy Guggenheim, Midi Garth, Carolyn Harris, Galway Kinnell, Larry Rivers, John Von Wicht, Beatrice Gazzolo and others; correspondence regarding the publication of Breakthrough by Daisy Aldan and Nell Blaine; a book, Love Aspects, by Howard Griffin, illustrated by Blaine and photographs of Blaine, her studio, Howard Griffin, and friends and relatives.
Howard Griffin material includes research material on Joseph Cornell byGriffin, and letters to Griffin from W. H. Auden, Kit Barker, Jean Garrigue, Clarence John Laughlin, Marianne Moore, Frank O'Hara, Mark Tobey, Clifford Wright (over 100), and others. The collection also includes etchings by Alvin Ross.
Nell Blaine papers, 1930-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reel D311 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reel D311 (scrapbooks only): Originals returned to Blaine after microfilming.
Biography Note:
Painter; New York, N.Y., Died 1996. Blaine's early work was abstract, later evolving to figurative. She was a close friend of poet and art writer Howard Griffin, and illustrated a limited edition of his Four Poems.
Scrapbooks on reel D311 lent for microfilming 1967; remainder donated 1980 and 1985 by Blaine. The Howard Griffin papers included in the collection were received by Blaine as executrix of Griffin's estate.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Artists' studios
Painting, Abstract
Figure painting
Women painters
Record number:
Lives of American Artists
Audio - Visual
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Archives of American Art
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