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Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton, 1950-1978

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Primoff, Morris W., 1899-1986  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Benton, Rita P.  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.01 Linear feet
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series. Series 1: Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton, 1950-1978 (Folder 1; 20 items)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton measures 0.01 linear feet and date from 1950 to 1978. The papers primarily consist of correspondence between attorney Morris W. Primoff (1899-1986) and New York-based painter and muralist Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975). Correspondence includes letters, 1950-1965, between Benton and Morris W. Primoff of Primoff & Primoff, Counselors at Law. Letters concern the "Lewis family" gift of Benton's painting "Island Farm" to Morris W. Primoff; a Benton exhibition at the Gerst Gallery in New York; tax laws concnerning unsold works of art in artists' estates; a proposed book on Benton by Crown Publishers, Inc.; and Benton's expedition up the Missouri River following the trail of Lewis and Clark. Also included are a letter from Benton's wife Rita to Polly and Murray (Morris) Primoff thanking them for attending Benton's exhibition opening in New Britain, 1954; and a letter from Polly Burroughs concerning a book on Benton, 1978. Printed material includes the catalog "Thomas Hart Benton: A Giant in American Art"(1962) and newspaper clippings.
Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton, 1950-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Primoff's outgoing letters are photocopies.
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Biography Note:
Morris W. Primoff (1899-1986) was a New York attorney. Thomas H. Benton (1889-1975) was a painter, mural painter based in New York, N.Y.
Language Note:
English .
The Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2006 by Barbara and L. Robert Primoff, daughter-in-law and son of Morris W. Primoff.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art