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Lily Harmon papers, 1930-1996

Creator:
Harmon, Lily, 1912-1998
Subject:
Algren, Nelson
Ashton, Dore
Avery, Sally Michel
Barr, Alfred H.
Bruno, Phillip A.
Copley, Alfred L. (Alfred Lewin)
Dehner, Dorothy
Drew, Bettina
Driggs, Elsie B.
Hertzberg, Benjamin
Hutton, Leonard
Isaacs, Lewis
Kahn, Max
Knotts, Howard
Kuh, Katharine
Lamm, Johanna Neumann
Manacher, Frances
Neumann, Albrecht
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)
Neumann, Peter
Nierendorf, Karl
Odets, Clifford
Rothbaum, Nolbert
Sapanel, Margarete
Schmid, Elsa
Schultz, Margarete
Solman, Joseph
Stieglitz, Alfred
Stix, Hugh
Vogel, Ilse Margret
Warburg, Edward M. M.
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
6.0 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary:
Primarily research files and notes, subject files, interview tapes and transcripts, correspondence, writings, and other materials compiled by Harmon for a never-published biography of art dealer J.B. Neumann, titled The Art Lover. Found are photocopies of J.B. Neuman's correspondence with Karl Nierendorf, Clifford Odets, Elsa Schmid, and Alfred Stieglitz; photocopies and other materials from the J.B. Neumann Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Center, including photocopies of the magazine published by Neumann titled Art Lover Library, 1930-1957 (volume 1, 1930 is original bound volume), copyprints and photocopies of photographs of Neumann, his family, and of other subjects; interview transcripts and audio tapes with numerous artists conducted in the mid-1980s; research notes and files; and subject files on numerous artists (all photocopies).
Harmon's personal papers include resumes; copies of letters from friends, family, dealers and others; photographs of Harmon's paintings; writings, including poems, excerpts from diaries, autobiographical essays, and her autobiography FREEHAND; photocopies of various mss. drafts of Harmon's biography of Neumann, The Art Lover, and related writings by Harmon, including The Art Dealer and the Playwright, and Synopsis of Art Lover, ca. 1987-1990 ; a transcript of an interview of Harmon conducted by Karl Fortress, 1967; magazine and newspaper clippings; exhibition announcements and catalogs; and miscellany.
Interviewees include: Dore Ashton, Sally Avery, Alfred Barr, Phillip Bruno, Al Copley, Dorothy Dehner, Bettina Drew (about Nelson Algren), Elsie Driggs (also found is a video interview and transcript of Driggs by Merryman Gatch, n.d.), Ben Hertzberg, Leonard Hutton, Lewis Isaacs, Max Kahn, Katharine Kuh, Johanna Neumann Lamm, Frances Manacher, Peter Neumann, Albrecht Neumann, Nolbert Rothbaum, Margarete Schultz, Joseph Solman, Margarete Sapanel, Hugh Stix, Ilse Vogel with Howard Knotts, and Edward M.M. Warburg.
Citation:
Lily Harmon papers, 1930-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Painter and sculptor; New York City. Harmon worked for the influential art dealer J.B. Neumann, and spent several years preparing a biography of him which was never published. As an artist, she lived in Europe in the early part of the century, and worked on WPA art projects in the 1930s.
Provenance:
Donated 1983 and 1998 by Lily Harmon.
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Diaries
Interviews
Painters
Photographs
Sculptors
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Women artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7659
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209822
AAA_collcode_harmlily
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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