The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Two letters, 1943, to Edward Alden Jewell, art editor of the New York Times, written in response to a published editorial in which Rothko attempts to explain modern art; handwritten notes and notebook with entries about art and the creative process; and 8 undated sketches. Microfilm title: Carson family papers.
Mark Rothko papers, [undated] and 1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 3135 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Original letters, notes and notebooks in the National Gallery Library; original sketches are in the National Gallery curatorial department.
These Rothko papers were in the possession of George Carson, husband of Rothko's ex-wife Edith Carson. Carson turned the papers over to the Mark Rothko Foundation, and gave the Archives of American Art permission to microfilm them.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001