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The collection includes correspondence between Benn and his wife Velida de Benn and letters from Oscar Bluemner, Max Weber, Joseph Stella, and other artists. Also found are biographical materials, sketches, sketchbooks, diaries, scrapbooks, personal business records, clippings, photographs, exhibition catalogs, art journals, and auction catalogs. Some of the printed material is quite rare.
Ben Benn papers, 1905-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Painter; New York, N.Y. Born Ben Rosenberg in Russia, 1884; d. 1983.
Donated 1998 by Benn's nephew, Peter Rosenberg.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001