The Jacob Kainen papers are arranged into 11 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1938-2001 (Boxes 1, 32; 0.8 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence/Subject Files, 1936-2003 (Boxes 1-12, 32-33; 11.8 linear feet) Series 3: Writings, circa 1920s-2002 (Boxes 12-13, 33; 1.6 linear feet) Series 4: Diaries, circa 1952-2002 (Boxes 13-18, 33-38; 10.0 linear feet) Series 5: Calendars, 1953-2008 (Boxes 18-20, 38; 1.7 linear feet) Series 6: Transcripts, circa 1975-1994 (Boxes 20-21, 38; 1.4 linear feet) Series 7: Inventories, 1927-2001 (Boxes 21-22; 1.0 linear feet) Series 8: Printed Material, 1938-2003 (Box 22, 38, OV 31; 0.6 linear feet) Series 9: Photographs, 1905-2000 (Boxes 22-25, 38, OV 31; 3.3 linear feet) Series 10: Works of Art by Others, 1942-2000 (Boxes 25-26, OV 31; 1.2 linear foot) Series 11: Scrapbooks, 1936-1998 (Boxes 27-30, 38; 1.3 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of painter, printmaker, and curator Jacob Kainen measure 33.3 linear feet and date from 1905 to 2009, with the bulk of the material from 1940-2001. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence/subject files including personal correspondence to and from friends and family members and professional correspondence and records concerning Kainen's activities as an artist, curator, teacher, and art collector. The collection also contains biographical material, writings, diaries, calendars, inventories, interview transcripts, printed material, photographs, works of art by other artists, and nine scrapbooks.
Jacob Kainen papers, 1905-2009, bulk 1940-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection and material lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels 565, 2147-2149, 2200 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Found among the holdings of the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Jacob Kainen conducted by Avis Berman in 1982 for the Archives' "Mark Rothko and His Times" oral history project. Also found are microfilm copies of Bertha Kainen's correspondence with Avis Berman regarding Berman's essay about Jacob Kainen. The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels 565, 2147-2149, and 2200) including correspondence, writings by Kainen, and papers relating to the Smithsonian Institution Loyalty Board's investigation of Jacob Kainen from 1942-1954. Most, but not all, of the loaned materials were included in later gifts. Loaned materials not donated at a later date remain with the lender and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Jacob Kainen (1909-2001) was a painter, printmaker, and curator who worked primarily in Washington, D.C.
Jacob and Ruth Kainen first lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming from 1973-1981, the bulk of which was included in the later gifts. Papers were then donated in multiple accretions between 1981-2007 by Jacob and Ruth Kainen, and in 2009 from the estate of Ruth Kainen via executor Teresa Covacevich Grana. Also in 2003, eight photographs of Jacob and Ruth Kainen were transferred from the National Portrait Gallery to the Archives of American Art.
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