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John Button letter to Gerald Langston Fabian

Creator:
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1959 July 15
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12117
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Archives of American Art
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John Button letter to Gerald Langston Fabian

Creator:
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Subject:
Button, John  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
29 June 1960
Topic:
Preliminary sketches  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12118
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John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982
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Archives of American Art
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John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982

Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Subject:
Button, John  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8164
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210335
AAA_collcode_fabigera
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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John Button papers, 1964-2004

Creator:
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Subject:
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
O'Hara, Frank  Search this
Davis, Bette  Search this
Ansen, Alan  Search this
Cohan, Zara  Search this
Fondren, Hal  Search this
Orlovsky, Peter  Search this
Freilicher, Jane  Search this
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Schuyler, James  Search this
LeSueur, Joe  Search this
Burton, Scott  Search this
Weaver, Helen  Search this
Porter, Katherine Anne  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15869
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)294986
AAA_collcode_buttjohn
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_294986

John Button Letters to Gerald L. Fabian

Collection Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet (2 Boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1982
Scope and Contents:
Letters included in this collection discuss Button's activities, friends, opinions of other artists, and work. Some letters are fragmentary. Included within the correspondence are scattered photographs, sketches, poems, and printed material. The printed material that appears at the end of the collection consists primarily of clippings, some with annotations, and may have once been enclosed in the letters.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fabigera, Series 1
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Archives of American Art
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Letter Fragments

Collection Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3-8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9-29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1977
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1-13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978-1982
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959-1962
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Button papers

Creator:
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Names:
Ansen, Alan  Search this
Burton, Scott, 1939-1989  Search this
Cohan, Zara  Search this
Davis, Bette, 1908-1989  Search this
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Fondren, Hal  Search this
Freilicher, Jane, 1924-  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926- -- Photographs  Search this
LeSueur, Joe  Search this
O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966  Search this
Orlovsky, Peter, 1933-2010  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980  Search this
Schuyler, James  Search this
Weaver, Helen  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1964-2004
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, writings, photographs, and printed material regarding painter John Button.
Correspondence includes two letters from Fairfield Porter,1974, three letters from Button to Zara Cohan, 1964, and copies of personal and professional letters from Button to businesses, organizations, and friends regarding his artwork, political beliefs, and personal issues, and photocopies of a postcard and six letters from Fairfield Porter. Writings include a typescript poem by Frank O'Hara, a poem by Helen Weaver, a copy of a poem attributed to James Schuyler about Button, and copies of two poems by Katherine Porter.
Photographs are of Button, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Ansen, Peter Orlovsky, Bette Davis, Gerald. L. Fabian, Maxine Groffsky, Harry Matthews, Scott Burton, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, Hal Fondren, Joe LeSueur, Frank O'Hara, and three photographs of the mural created by John Button and Mario Dubsky at the Gay Activist Alliacne Firehouse, 99 Wooster Street, New York, 1971-1974. Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs, announcements, reviews, publications by Button and others, among them a book of poems, "If I Dream I Have You, I Have You," written by Richard Howard and illustrated by Button, 1997.
Biographical / Historical:
John Button (1930-1982) was a painter in San Francisco, Calif. and New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donated 2010 by Alvin Novak, longtime friend of Button's, and by John Button via Jaap van Liere, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.buttjohn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian

Creator:
Fabian, Gerald Langston  Search this
Names:
Button, John, 1929-1982  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1982
Summary:
The John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1950 to 1982. The collection consists primarily of correspondence from painter John Button to Gerald Fabian. Also included are letters from Fabian to Button, as well as printed material.
Scope and Contents:
The John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1950 to 1982. The collection consists primarily of correspondence from painter John Button to Gerald Fabian. Also included are letters from Fabian to Button, as well as printed material.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Series 1: John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982, (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
John Button (1929-1982) was an American artist well known for his paintings of city-scapes and associated with New York School artists like Fairfield Porter, Jane Freilicher, and Alex Katz. Born in San Francisco, California, Button attended the University of California, Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts. In the early 1950s he moved to New York. He taught at the School of Visual Arts from 1965 until 1982. Button's work was included in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is held in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and many others.

Gerald Langston Fabian (1924-2012) was a poet, actor, educator, and activist. He grew up in Montana, served in the Pacific with the Navy during World War II, and lived most of his life in San Francisco, California. He was a friend of painter, John Button.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the John Button papers, 1964-2004.
Provenance:
The John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian were donated to the Archives of American Art by Gerald L. Fabian in 1990.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Citation:
John Button letters to Gerald L. Fabian, 1950-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fabigera
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