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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw973671637-415f-4305-840d-48aa8935030f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref10

Printed Material, Clippings

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970-1997
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93d731280-a38f-4509-bb59-9316f4bcacd5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref11

Printed Material, Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1995
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98ef5b622-f8de-4a38-b5a9-a009da4957a2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref12

Printed Material, Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1995
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e20eddb4-33be-4096-90c1-f90f2f67c9fe
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref13

Typescript, Nell Blaine's Journal (1967)

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1997
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9241e8dff-5a7e-4592-9c80-33063ae0a969
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref14

Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet (Box 1-2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-2010
Scope and Contents:
Found are letters written by Nell Blaine to her friend Robert Wilson dating from 1962 to 1997. Some letters are written on the back of exhibition announcements and also include holiday cards. Also found is a letter from Wilson to the Archives of American Art in 2010. Other scattered records include business records from Blaine's purchases from Wilson's bookstore; two photographs of Blaine's studio; printed material including clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs; and a typescript of Blaine's 1967 journal.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.blainell2, Series 1
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e37b9b53-80e6-4172-9edb-0eadf9e2defa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref3

Business Records

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1982
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93af44ef0-9ab7-4af4-8110-57cd930d2a11
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref4

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1969
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97a1f12af-2269-4eba-9c7d-30163291efb4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref5

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970-1979
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99543965c-e00d-4b6c-95d0-32f0fbe58d24
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref6

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980-1989
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9535adce9-cab9-4aeb-abe7-5ff90410018b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref7

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990-1997, 2010
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96788e6f9-7075-40f8-a21c-6c9288b009a7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref8

Correspondence, Envelopes

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970-circa 1997
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson / Series 1: Nell Blaine Letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93c31ece7-931e-414e-8174-fcedc903f832
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell2-ref9

Eleanor Munro papers

Creator:
Munro, Eleanor, 1928-  Search this
Names:
Antin, Eleanor  Search this
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
Chase-Riboud, Barbara  Search this
Frank, Mary, 1933-  Search this
Lin, Maya Ying  Search this
Mitchell, Joan, 1926-1992  Search this
Pepper, Beverly  Search this
Stone, Sylvia, 1928-  Search this
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Extent:
36.7 Linear feet
0.001 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Diaries
Sound recordings
Photographs
Transcripts
Date:
circa 1880-2011
bulk 1950-2011
Summary:
The papers of writer and art critic Eleanor Munro measure 36.7 linear feet and 0.001 GB and date from circa 1880-2011, bulk 1950-2011. The collection documents Munro's life, career, and research on women artists, through biographical and family material, correspondence, writing projects, diaries, dream journals and notebooks, subject and research files, printed and digital material, and photographic material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of writer and art critic Eleanor Munro measure 36.7 linear feet and 0.001 GB and date from circa 1880-2011, bulk 1950-2011. The collection documents Munro's life, career, and research on women artists, through biographical and family material, correspondence, writing projects, diaries, dream journals and notebooks, subject and research files, printed and digital material, and photographic material.

Correspondence is both personal and professional in nature and is with family, friends, colleagues, agents, editors, and others regarding speaking engagements, writings, and other professional projects.

Writing projects make up a significant portion of the collection (10 linear feet) and include non-fiction works as well as fiction and poetry. Files contain drafts, notes, manuscripts, research, correspondence, contracts and agreements, royalty statements, and other business records for articles, books, reviews, talks, lectures, and other writing projects.

Diaries comprise twenty-six volumes of frequent entries that chronicle thoughts and feelings relating to Munro's personal and professional life. Dream journals and notebooks total 210 volumes plus additional loose pages and capture thoughts, reflections, and fragments of remembered dreams.

Subject and research files compiled and organized by Eleanor Munro make up the most substantial portion of the collection (20.6 linear feet) and reflect a wide variety of research interests, work projects, activities, and topics of interest. Types of material in this series are varied and include notes, drafts, printed and digital material, correspondence, proposals, interview transcripts, bibliographies, annotated articles, slides, photographs, original artworks, manuscripts by others, and four sound recordings. Many files relate to Munro's interest in women artists and serve as research for Originals: American Women Artists (1979). Interview transcripts are with women artists Eleanor Antin, Nell Blaine, Lee Bontecou, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Mary Frank, Maya Lin, Joan Mitchell, Beverly Pepper, Sylvia Stone, Alma Thomas, and others.

The remainder of the collection is comprised of biographical and family material, printed material, and photographic material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical and Family Material, circa 1880s-2008 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-circa 2000s (0.7 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 3: Writings Projects, 1921-circa 2000s (10 linear feet; Box 2-12)

Series 4: Diaries, Dream Journals, and Notebooks, circa 1939-2011 (3.8 linear feet; Box 12-15)

Series 5: Subject and Research Files, circa 1950s-2000s (20.6 linear feet; Box 15-36, OV 38-40, 0.001 GB; ER01)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1959-circa 2000s (0.6 linear feet; Box 36)

Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1980s-1990s (0.6 linear feet; Box 36-37)
Biographical / Historical:
Eleanor Munro (1928- ) is a writer and art critic working in New York City and Truro, Massachusetts. She is best known for her groundbreaking work Originals: American Women Artists (1979), one of the first books to argue for the importance of women artists who were generally ignored by the art world. Munro was active in feminist art circles in New York.

Munro's father, Thomas Munro, was an art educator and modernist intellectual. Her mother, Lucile Nadler, was a pianist. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, after her father accepted a joint appointment at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Western Reserve University. Munro graduated from Smith College majoring in art history and earned a master's degree in comparative literature from Columbia. She was married to Alfred Frankfurter, editor of ArtNews, from 1955 until his death in 1965. Munro remarried to the writer E. J. Kahn until his death in 1994.

While working on Originals, Munro interviewed forty women artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Jennifer Bartlett, Helen Frankenthaler, and Louise Nevelson. Her thesis sought to highlight the relationship between biography and the content of an artist's work. The book serves as an illustration of Munro's idea that the "narrative memory" these artists had constructed for themselves was an important "generative source" of their creativity. Women artists continued to be a prominent interest of Munro's throughout her life.

Munro is also the author of On Glory Roads: a Pilgrim's Book about Pilgrimage (1987), Memoir of a Modernist's Daughter (1988), and other books. In 1988, Munro received the Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature.
Provenance:
Donated by Eleanor Munro's son, David T. M. Frankfurter, in 2015.
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.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Ohio  Search this
Authors -- Ohio  Search this
Topic:
Dreams  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Diaries
Sound recordings
Photographs
Transcripts
Citation:
Eleanor Munro papers, circa 1880-2011, bulk 1950-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.munrelea
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Eleanor Munro papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a4625a86-8f36-41fa-844c-c186f93ab239
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-munrelea
Online Media:

Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson

Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Names:
Phoenix Book Shop  Search this
Wilson, Robert A.  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Date:
1962-2010
Summary:
The letters from artist Nell Blaine and her friend New York bookseller Robert A. Wilson measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1962 to 2010. Additional material includes scattered business records, photographs, printed material, and a typescript of Blaine's journal.
Scope and Contents:
The letters from artist Nell Blaine and her friend New York bookseller Robert A. Wilson measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1962 to 2010. Additional material includes scattered business records, photographs, printed material, and a typescript of Blaine's journal.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Nell Blaine (1922-1996) was a painter, printmaker, and illustrator active in New York City, New York.

Robert A. Wilson (1922-2016) was a bookseller and owner of Phoenix Book Shop in New York City, New York.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Nell Blaine Papers, 1942-1985, and an oral history interviews with Blaine conducted 1967 June 15, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1997 by Robert A. Wilson.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Citation:
Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1962-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.blainell2
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Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99c724114-733f-49ce-9b1b-62e19ba771bd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blainell2
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Larry Rivers

Interviewee:
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Extent:
15 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1968 November 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Larry Rivers conducted 1968 November 2, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Rivers speaks of his background and early interests in music and art; his U.S. Army experience; studying with Hans Hofmann; development of his artistic ability; Edwin Denby and his films; the future of his work. He recalls Robert Rauschenberg and Nell Blaine.
Biographical / Historical:
Larry Rivers (1925-2002) was a painter from Southampton, N.Y.)
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 51 min.
Sound quality is poor.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rivers68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dd8866ae-35b7-47a6-a115-3454bd3f4abd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rivers68
Online Media:

Nell Blaine: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Blaine, Nell 1922-1996  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF000300
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_137094

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Blaine, Nell 1922-1996  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1953
Image number:
JUL J0096547
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_96548

Oral history interview with Nell Blaine

Interviewee:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Names:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Jane Street Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bell, Leland  Search this
Day, Worden, 1916-1986  Search this
Freilicher, Jack  Search this
Freilicher, Jane, 1924-2014  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Kahn, Wolf, 1927-2020  Search this
Kresch, Albert  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Ross, Alvin, 1920-1975  Search this
Solomon, Hyde, 1911-  Search this
Extent:
37 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1967 June 15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Nell Blaine conducted 1967 June 15, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Blaine speaks of her family background; her competitive spirit; commercial art; becoming a "disciple" of Hans Hofmann; Hofmann as a teacher; the influence of Arp, Helion, Leger and Mondrian; the American Abstract Artists group; the Jane Street Gallery; jazz musicians; painting in Paris, Italy, Mexico, Greece, England, and elsewhere; her paralysis caused by polio; design work with Alvin H. Ross; her interest in color and light; landscape and figurative paintings; and the contemporary art scene. She recalls Leland Bell, Worden Day, Jane and Jack Freilicher, Wolf Kahn, Albert Kresch, Larry Rivers, Hyde Solomon, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Nell Blaine (1922-1996) was a painter in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Occupation:
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.blaine67
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90dab60cd-70c6-4a88-a98b-da4794a49583
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blaine67
Online Media:

Nell Blaine papers

Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Names:
Griffin, Howard, 1915-1975  Search this
Harris, Carolyn, 1937-  Search this
Extent:
2.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1942-1985
Summary:
The papers of painter Nell Blaine measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1985. Found are biographical material, scattered artwork, correspondence, writings, business records, printed material, and photographs. Also included are papers relating to the estate of Blaine's friend, Howard Griffin.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Nell Blaine measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1985. Found are biographical material, scattered artwork, correspondence, writings, business records, printed material, and photographs. Also included are papers relating to the estate of Blaine's friend, Howard Griffin.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1959-1980 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV5)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1944-1985 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1960s-1980s (4 folders; Box 2)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1949-1983 (0.5 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1940s-1980s (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 2-3, OV5)

Series 6: Photographs, 1942-1980s (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)
Biographical / Historical:
Nell Blaine (1922-1996) was a painter and illustrator from Richmond, Virginia, and was active in New York City.

Blaine was born in 1922 with severe visual impairments. She received corrective surgery as a child and quickly found a desire to draw and paint what she was finally able to see. Her art education began at the Richmond School of Art and later moved to New York City where she studied under Hans Hoffmann and joined the American Abstract Artists.

In the 1950s, Blaine moved to Paris where she lived with close friends including Larry Rivers. Blaine's early work was abstract, and later evolved to figurative and landscape painting--likely inspired by the 19th century painters of Europe. She was a close friend of poet and art writer Howard Griffin, and illustrated a limited edition of his Four Poems.

Nell Blaine died in 1996 in New York City. She was survived by her partner of thirty years, artist Carolyn Harris.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an interview of Nell Blaine conducted 1967 June 15, by Dorothy Seckler, and the Nell Blaine letters to Robert A. Wilson, 1963-1995.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of scrapbooks lent for microfilming on reel D311. Loaned materials were returned to the donor and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Nell Blaine lent a portion of her papers for microfilming on reel D311. She later donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in 1980 and 1985. The Howard Griffin papers included in the collection were received by Blaine as executrix of Griffin's estate.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Citation:
Nell Blaine papers, 1942-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.blainell
See more items in:
Nell Blaine papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93f378bff-2465-43a6-a48b-3458d786cce4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blainell
Online Media:

Galleries and Dealers

Collection Creator:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1984
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Nell Blaine papers, 1942-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Nell Blaine papers
Nell Blaine papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90f9be03b-bef0-405c-9974-347659f994eb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blainell-ref24

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