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The papers of abstract painter Milton Avery measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1926 to 1982, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1950 to 1982. Almost the entire collection consists of records of the Milton Avery Trust (2.4 linear feet) maintained by Avery's wife Sally, who served as a trustee. The remainder consists of Milton Avery's business and personal correspondence (five folders) including letters from friends and fellow artists, including a few from George Duthuit, Louis Eilshemius, Marsden Hartley, Wallace Putnam, Mark Rothko, and others; scattered writings about Avery, price lists, estate records, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and news clippings.
Milton Avery papers, 1926-1982, bulk 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection was digitized in 2007 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Location of Originals:
Six scrapbooks, sketchbook, Christmas cards, exhibition catalogs, and photographs were returned to Sally Avery after microfilming.
The collection was fully digitized in 2006 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.
Scrapbooks, a sketchbook, Christmas cards, exhibition catalogs, photographs, and correspondence were loaned between 1968 and 1982 for microfilming by Sally Avery. Loaned material is available for viewing on microfilm reels N68-95, N68-115, N69-63, and 2535, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Milton Avery (1885-1965) was a painter in New York, N.Y. Year of birth has always been given as 1893; however, both the federal census report of 1900 and February 18, 1892 election district records for the town of Albion indicate that the actual year of birth was 1885.
Donated 1968, 1969, and 1982 by Mrs. Milton Avery, widow of Milton Avery, except for portions lent for cataloging.
The papers of Milton Avery in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 6,149 images.
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