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The papers of architect Harold E. Leeds measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1940s-circa 2002. The letters found here are primarily from painter Loren MacIver writing from France, during which time Leeds looked after the home belonging to MacIver and her husband, poet Lloyd Frankenberg. While mainly logistical in nature, MacIver does describe aspects of her daily life in France, and her and Frankenberg's friendships with prominent figures including Margaret Barr, Elizabeth Bishop, Pierre Matisse, and James Johnson Sweeney. The photographs in the collection document Leeds' life with partner and documentary filmmaker Wheaton Galentine, and Leeds' work as an architect and interior design professor at Pratt Institute.
Harold Leeds papers, 1940s-circa 2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Harold E. Leeds (1913-2002) was an architect and professor of interior design at Pratt Institute in New York City. During painter Loren MacIver's extended stays in France from 1953-1970, Leeds and his partner, filmmaker Wheaton Galantine (1913-2011) would look after MacIver's home.
The papers were donated in 2014 by Harry Leeds' estate via Barry Skovgaard, executor.
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