The Louise Nevelson papers are arranged into nine series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1918-1975 (Boxes 1, 17, OV 21; 0.8 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-1979 (Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear feet) Series 3: Subject Files, 1955-1971, 1977-1978 (Box 3; 0.7 linear feet) Series 4: Business Records, 1946-1954, 1958-1962 (Boxes 3-5; 1.8 linear feet) Series 5: Writings, 1936-1970s (Box 5; 0.1 linear feet) Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1935-1970 (Boxes 5, 18-19, OV 22-27; 1.3 linear feet) Series 7: Printed Material, 1916, 1930s-1979 (Boxes 6-13, 19, OV 28; 8 linear feet) Series 8: Art Work, 1905-1929 (Boxes 13, 20; 0.3 linear feet) Series 9: Photographs, circa 1903-1979 (Boxes 14-15, 20, OV 29; 2.3 linear feet)
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The papers of Louise Nevelson measure approximately 16.8 linear feet and date from circa 1903 to 1979. The collection documents aspects of the life and work of the sculptor, focusing especially on her later career. Papers include correspondence, personal business records, writings, scrapbooks, early art work, photographs, interviews, awards and honorary degrees, books, and an extensive amount of printed material.
Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.. Only the covers and title pages of widely available exhibition catalogs have been scanned. Additional items typically not scanned include photographs of artwork, slides, clippings, publications, and other printed material.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Other resources relating to Louise Nevelson in the Archives include oral history interviews with Nevelson conducted by Dorothy Seckler, June 1964-January 14, 1964, and Arnold Glimcher, January 30, 1972.
Other material relating to Louise Nevelson, which was collected by her brother Nathan Berliawsky and her son Mike Nevelson, can be found at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Me.
Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y. She was born in Kiev, Russia.
Donated by Louise Nevelson, 1966-1979.
The papers of Louise Nevelson in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2006. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 8,058 images.
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