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Cole, Sylvan

Collection Creator:
Kainen, Jacob  Search this
Kainen, Ruth Cole.  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1997
Collection Restrictions:
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.
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:
Jacob Kainen papers, 1905-2008, bulk 1940-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacob Kainen papers
Jacob Kainen papers / Series 2: Correspondence/Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dd86c8e7-5c1f-41ca-9f14-9b24b9b6294d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kainjaco-ref92

Cole, Sylvan

Collection Creator:
New York Artists Equity Association  Search this
Container:
Box 15, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1998
Collection 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 audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
New York Artists Equity Association records, 1920-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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New York Artists Equity Association records
New York Artists Equity Association records / Series 9: Membership Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97b478c37-8212-45b8-875d-5e7adbda7622
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-nyarteqa-ref295

Cole, Sylvan (Associated American Artists)

Collection Creator:
Kainen, Jacob  Search this
Kainen, Ruth Cole.  Search this
Container:
Box 34, Folder 60
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1997
Collection Restrictions:
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.
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:
Jacob Kainen papers, 1905-2008, bulk 1940-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacob Kainen papers
Jacob Kainen papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.2: Diary Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98bff0dfd-fb1c-4b57-9fd6-96e244f17620
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kainjaco-ref1522

C

Collection Creator:
Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935-1967
Scope and Contents note:
California State Library

Calow, Richard

Canadé, Eugene

Chadeayne, Bob

Chambers, George

Chappell, Warren

Christ-Janer, Marylon and Ed

Clapp, Eleanor

Clements, Frank Milton

Clohset, Virginia

Cochran, Daisy Dehn

Cole, Sylvan

Condé Nast

Crafts, James

Crowell, Robert

Crowninshield, Frank

Curry, William Lee
Collection Restrictions:
Use of originals requires an appointment.
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:
Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Adolf Dehn papers
Adolf Dehn papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.1: General and Personal Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93749f33f-6cf2-441e-b822-393152c6d77e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-dehnadop-ref42

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Mangravite, Peppino, 1896-  Search this
Extent:
(Boxes 1-2; 1.75 linear ft.; Reels 5878-5880)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918-1977, undated
Scope and Contents note:
Chronological correspondence documents Mangravite's career as a painter and educator and is with employers, dealers, museums, galleries, collectors, clients, arts and educational organizations, publishers, and other artists. The majority of the letters are written in English, but some are composed in French and Italian as well. Although primarily business correspondence, there is also a significant amount of personal correspondence with friends, colleagues, and former students. The letters often cover both business and personal topics, as Mangravite seemed to form close relationships with many of the people at the galleries and schools with which he was associated. Correspondence dated from 1918 to the 1950s is comprised mostly of incoming letters. Starting in the 1950s, the correspondence includes more outgoing correspondence, usually in the forms of onion skin copies and handwritten drafts. Correspondence is arranged chronologically, except two folders of undated letters, which are arranged alphabetically by last name of writer. A list of major correspondents follows.

A large amount of correspondence is between Mangravite and his dealers, the Dudensing Gallery and the Rehn Galleries, and discusses financial agreements, sales, and accounts. There is also correspondence with other galleries and museums where his paintings were exhibited. Mangravite's mural commissions are also discussed in the correspondence. Also found are invitations to participate in exhibitions, notifications of prize awards and artwork sales, invitations to be on juries for art competitions, or miscellaneous requests from fellow artists, fans, collectors, and clients. Significant events documented here include Mangravite's two Guggenheim Fellowships and his trip to Europe in 1955 to interview famous artists.

Mangravite's long teaching career is also documented in this series. Correspondence is found with Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Avon School, Fieldston School of the Ethical Culture Schools, Potomac School, Dana Hall School, and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. Additionally, Mangravite was also a sought-after speaker and his correspondence includes many lecture invitations and requests as well as arrangements for accepted speaking engagements.

Other topics covered in the correspondence concern Mangravite's published or proposed writings, particularly articles and books reviews, most notably for the Saturday Review of Literature and American Magazine of Art. Also, there is some correspondence with publishers regarding book project ideas and manuscripts. Mangravite's membership activities in a variety of artists' organizations, such as the College Art Association, the American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers; the American Artists' Congress, and the American Federation of Arts are well-represented in the correspondence. Of particular interest is Mangravite's response to an artists' rental policy debate during the 1930s, concerning the payment of rental fees for artworks exhibited in shows and galleries.

Major Correspondents

American Artists Congress

American Federation of Arts

American Society of Painters

Arms, John Taylor

Avon School

Barr, Alfred

Barzun, Jacques (Columbia University)

Bear, Donald J.

Benson, Emanuel

Biddle, George

Burchfield, Charles

Canaday, John

Canby, Courtlandt

Chagall, Marc

Clancy, John (Rehn Galleries)

Cole, Sylvan Jr. (Associated American Artists)

College Art Association

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Columbia University

d'Harnoncourt, Rene

Dana Hall School

Davis, Stuart

Dudensing, Richard

Fieldston School of the Ethical Culture Schools

Force, Juliana

Gonzales, Xavier

Harper & Brothers Publishers

Knight, Frederick

Larom, Henry V.

Lockwood, Ward

Magafan, Ethel and Jenne and Edward Chavez

Maldarelli, Oronzio

Manso, Leo

Manzella, David

Moe, Henry Allen

Mumford, Lewis

Pearson, Ralph M. (Design Workshop)

Philips, Duncan

Picken, George

Poor, Henry V.

Potomac School

Preston, Carol (Potomac School)

Rehn, Frank K. M.

Rice, Norman (Art Institute of Chicago)

Rich, Daniel Catton (Art Institute of Chicago)

Robinson, Boardman (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center)

Roosevelt, Willard

Root, Edward W.

Saint-Gaudens, Homer

Sarah Lawrence College

Sculptors and Gravers

Simonson, Lee

Speicher, Gene

Sweet, Frederick A. (Portland Art Museum)

Talbot, William

Thayer, H. Standish

Vander Sluis, George

Watson, Forbes

Watkins, Franklin C.

Weston, Harold

Wilder, Mitchell A. (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center)

Wyatt, Stanley
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
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:
Peppino Mangravite papers, 1918-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mangpepp, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94da1f0cc-77ea-4642-b698-e62f6f2f4156
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-mangpepp-ref14

Oral history interview with Federico Castellon

Interviewee:
Castellón, Federico, 1914-1971  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Associated American Artists  Search this
Columbia University -- Faculty  Search this
Weyhe Gallery  Search this
Ames, Elizabeth  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Dintenfass, Terry, 1920-  Search this
Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997  Search this
Lewenthal, Reeves, 1909-1987  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-  Search this
Extent:
104 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1971 April 7-14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Federico Castellon conducted 1971 April 7-14, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Castellon speaks of his childhood; his early interest in art; contact with Diego Rivera and the Weyhe Gallery in 1933; studying in Madrid and Paris; his involvement with the Spanish military; teaching at Columbia; traveling in Italy and in the Southwestern U.S.; making his first prints; his involvement with the Associated American Artists Gallery; printmaking methods and techniques; his publications; subject matter and surrealism in his work; his working routine; one-man exhibitions; collecting prints; other printmakers; aesthetics. He recalls Diego Rivera, Carl Zigrosser, Elizabeth Ames, Reeves Lowenthal, Sylvan Cole, Terry Dintenfass, Lawrence Fleischman, the Weyhe Gallery, and the Associated American Artists Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Federico Castellon (1914-1971) was a printmaker and painter from Brooklyn, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 16 min.
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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.castel71
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94b83a26b-2cff-409d-83de-1b3f05db7c4c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-castel71
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Oral history interview with Federico Castellon, 1971 April 7-14

Interviewee:
Castellón, Federico, 1914-1971  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Ames, Elizabeth  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Dintenfass, Terry  Search this
Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur)  Search this
Lewenthal, Reeves  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Zigrosser, Carl  Search this
Columbia University  Search this
Associated American Artists  Search this
Weyhe Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5452
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212075
AAA_collcode_castel71
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212075
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Sylvan Cole, 2000 June-October

Interviewee:
Cole, Sylvan, 1918-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Barnet, Will  Search this
Drewes, Werner  Search this
Florsheim, Richard A.  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Hockney, David  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Johnson, Una E.  Search this
Kainen, Jacob  Search this
Levine, Jack  Search this
Lewenthal, Reeves  Search this
Lieberman, William Slattery  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Associated American Artists  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Prints -- Marketing  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11629
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)224056
AAA_collcode_cole00
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_224056
Online Media:

Peter Pollack papers, 1939-1979

Creator:
Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978  Search this
Subject:
Abrams, Harry N.  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Brassaï  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
De Diego, Julio  Search this
Florsheim, Richard A.  Search this
Gernsheim, Helmut  Search this
Halsman, Philippe  Search this
Harissiadis, Dimitrios  Search this
Karsh , Yousuf  Search this
Mayer, Grace M.  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Federal Art Project (Ill.)  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
South Side Community Art Center  Search this
Topic:
Photography  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8941
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211127
AAA_collcode_pollpete
Theme:
African American
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211127

Sylvan Cole Gallery Records and Sylvan Cole Papers, 1935

Creator:
Sylvan Cole Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Florsheim, Richard A.  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Associated American Artists  Search this
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Law and art -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11168
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248998
AAA_collcode_colesylv
Theme:
Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_248998
Online Media:

Sylvan Cole Gallery Records and Sylvan Cole Papers

Creator:
Sylvan Cole Gallery  Search this
Names:
Associated American Artists  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Florsheim, Richard A., 1916-1979  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Extent:
29.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1935, 1959-2004
Summary:
The Sylvan Cole Gallery records and Sylvan Cole papers measure 29.4 linear feet and date from 1935 to 2004, with the bulk of the records dating from 1959 to 2003. The records shed light on the gallery's operations through administrative records, artist files, exhibition and event files, institution and museum files, gallery and dealer files, client and collector files, financial records, and appraisal and legal records. The collection also includes papers of Sylvan Cole, including material generated during his career as president and director of Associated American Artists Gallery; an appraiser of fine-art prints; and an authority on twentieth-century American prints. Some personal material is present as well.
Scope and Contents:
The Sylvan Cole Gallery records and Sylvan Cole papers measure 29.4 linear feeet and date from 1959 to 2004, with one item, A Modern Pilgrim's Print Book, from 1935. The records shed light on the gallery's operations through administrative records, artist files, exhibition and event files, institution and museum files, gallery and dealer files, client and collector files, financial records, and appraisal and legal records. The collection also includes papers of Sylvan Cole, including material generated during his career as president and director of Associated American Artists Gallery; an appraiser of fine-art prints; and an authority on twentieth-century American prints. Some personal material is present as well.

Gallery administrative records consist of correspondence files, organization and membership records, daily planners, files on art conservation and restoration, and an essay by Sylvan Cole titled "Some Observations" about buyers in the commercial print industry. Artist files shed light on the gallery's dealings with artists Raphael Soyer, Martha Bloom, Stuart Davis, Clare Leighton, Ben Shahn, and others through correspondence, biographical summaries and resumes, clippings, price lists, exhibition catalogs and announcements, financial papers, and scattered photos.

Exhibition and event files consist of price lists, announcements, catalogs, press releases, newspaper clippings, and more related to solo and group exhibitions held at Sylvan Cole Gallery and elsewhere that involved either artwork from the Cole Gallery or Sylvan Cole himself. The series also includes materials from art auctions and fairs.

Both institution and museum files as well as gallery and dealer files contain correspondence, printed material, shipping records, exhibition announcements and catalogs, consignment records, invoices, inventories, price lists, and some appraisal records. Galleries and dealer files shed light on the book companies, galleries, and print-dealers that Sylvan Cole and his gallery conducted business with. Client and collector files consist of correspondence, sales records, receipts and invoices, inventories, price lists, and some appraisal records.

Financial records are comprised of sales and consignment records, remittances, paid bills, receipts, and invoices. The collection's appraisal and legal records consist of material documenting laws in New York and at the federal level relevant to fine-art prints and multiples; one file containing the Sylvan Cole Gallery's incorporation records; and records of appraisals performed by Sylvan Cole.

The papers of Sylvan Cole shed light on his career as president and director of Associated American Artists Gallery, a well-known appraiser and authority of fine-art prints, and art lecturer. The papers include correspondence, memos, price lists, and other administrative records from AAAG. Of particular note in this series are letters between Sylvan Cole and lithographer, painter, and sculptor Richard Florsheim as well as material related to the Richard Florsheim Art Fund. Some family and biographical material, membership records, photographs, and clippings are also present.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as nine series.

Series 1: Sylvan Cole Gallery Administrative Records, 1970-2003 (Box 1-3; 2.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1965-2003 (Box 3-8; 4.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition and Event Files, 1964-2003 (Box 8-11 ; 3.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Institution and Museum Files, 1976-2004 (Box 12-14; 2.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Gallery and Dealer Files, 1973-2004 (Box 14-18; 3.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Client and Collector Files, 1966-2003 (Box 18-20; 2.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Financial Records,1982-2003 (Box 21-24; 3.6 linear feet)

Series 8: Legal and Appraisal Records, 1967-2003 (Box 24-26, 30-32; 3.2 linear feet)

Series 9: Sylvan Cole Jr. Papers, 1935, 1959-2003 (Box 26-29; 2.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
The Sylvan Cole Gallery was founded in 1984 in New York City by Sylvan Cole (1918-2005). The gallery specialized in twentieth-century fine art prints, including lithographs, etchings, screenprints, and woodcuts by European and American artists. Cole started the gallery after his career as the director of the Associated American Artists Gallery (AAAG), an organization that helped transform the commercial print industry in the United States. The Sylvan Cole Gallery exhibited the work of number of artists including Stanley William Hayter, Raphael Soyer, Martha Bloom, Grant Wood, Stuart Davis, and John Taylor Arms. In addition to the individual artists exhibited, the Sylvan Cole Gallery also held group shows of U.S. and European prints; and exhibited at art fairs held in New York, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Sylvan Cole, commonly referred to as Sylvan Cole Jr., was born in Manhattan in 1918 to Sylvan Cole Sr. and Ballin Cole. (His family's name was Cohn at the time of his birth.) "Junior" graduated from Cornell University in 1939 and then worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. while getting his master's at Rutgers University. He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Shortly after returning from the war, Cole began working at AAAG, ultimately serving as its director and president from 1958 to 1983. While at AAAG, Cole appraised artwork, curated exhibitions, and purchased and sold many prints on behalf of the gallery. He developed a lasting relationship with painter, lithographer, and sculptor Richard Florsheim, and after Florsheim's death in 1979, Cole became involved with the Richard Florsheim Art Fund. Cole was well-known as a primary authority on fine-art prints of the twentieth century when he established his gallery in 1984. Cole wrote about and publicly discussed twentieth-century prints over the next few decades, performed appraisals, and worked with the government and Internal Revenue Service from the 1980s to 1990s on laws and court cases involving prints. He helped establish the International Fine Print Dealers Association and was involved in several other organizations including the Fire Island Fine Arts Project, Friends of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and Appraisers Association of America.

Sylvan Cole's first marriage was with Vivian Vanderpool, and they had three children: Robert, James, and Nancy. Cole's second wife, Lilyan, died in 1988; he then married Mary Myers Cole, who passed away in 2008.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Sylvan Cole conducted by Avis Berman, 2000 June-October.
Provenance:
The Sylvan Cole Gallery records and Sylvan Cole Papers were donated by Sylvan Cole in 2003.
Restrictions:
Sylvan Cole files that pertain to his role as an IRS expert witness from 1985 to 1991 are access restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information. 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:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Law and art -- United States  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Citation:
Sylvan Cole Gallery Records and Sylvan Cole Papers, 1935-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.colesylv
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Sylvan Cole Gallery Records and Sylvan Cole Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9657e80c6-6de7-4e6d-acb1-117e23b102f7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-colesylv

Oral history interview with Sylvan Cole

Interviewee:
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis  Search this
Names:
Associated American Artists  Search this
Barnet, Will, 1911-2012  Search this
Drewes, Werner, 1899-1985  Search this
Florsheim, Richard A., 1916-1979  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Hockney, David  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Johnson, Una E.  Search this
Kainen, Jacob  Search this
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010  Search this
Lewenthal, Reeves, 1909-1987  Search this
Lieberman, William Slattery, 1924-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Extent:
83 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2000 June-October
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Sylvan Cole conducted 2000 June-October, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art.
The interviews took place over five sessions in New York, New York. Cole discusses the history of Associated American Artists, the gallery for whom he began working in 1946, and its marketing techniques, customer base, and personalities, such as its founder, Reeves Lewenthal. He also traces his own development as a dealer in prints after he left AAA and recalls many artists and other figures in the art world, including Will Barnet, Werner Drewes, Richard Florsheim, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, Una Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Jack Levine, William S. Lieberman, Robert Motherwell, and Raphael Soyer.
Biographical / Historical:
Sylvan Cole (1918-2005) was an art dealer and writer of New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 6 min.
Sound quality is fair; beginning and endings of tapes tend to be garbled and low.
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 administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- Marketing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cole00
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw926720f24-6e33-49a1-843c-f73c0aeeaec8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cole00
Online Media:

Peter Pollack papers

Creator:
Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Ill.)  Search this
South Side Community Art Center  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Abrams, Harry N.  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Brassaï, 1899-  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold), 1856-1933  Search this
De Diego, Julio, 1900-  Search this
Florsheim, Richard A., 1916-1979  Search this
Gernsheim, Helmut, 1913-  Search this
Halsman, Philippe  Search this
Harissiadis, Dimitrios  Search this
Karsh , Yousuf, 1908-2002  Search this
Mayer, Grace M.  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
Extent:
6.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1939-1979
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; photographs; writings and lecture notes; and printed material; and a scrapbook.
Circa 300 personal letters, 1945-1970, to Pollack from painter Richard Florsheim.
Files of correspondence and clippings pertaining to Pollack's career as a curator and photography historian. Most of the files concern Pollack's book "The Picture History of Photography." Other files concern Pollack's work on publications for Harry N. Abrams, Inc., the Worcester Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Also included are writings and lecture notes; a few letters and clippings from scrapbooks; and miscellany. Correspondents include: Ansel Adams, Gyuia Halasz Brassai, Sylvan Cole, Julio De Diego, Helmut Gernsheim, Philippe Halsman, Dimitrios Harissiadis, Yousuf Karsh, Grace M. Mayer, and Beaumont Newhall.
Personal correspondence, 1954-1976, with Richard Florsheim discussing various career choices and projects, exhibition openings, Florsheim's art dealers, and book projects Florsheim was involved in; project files, 1948-1962, regarding Pollack's position as the New York City-based Public Relations Consultant for the Archives of American Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Guggenheim, and other institutions. Included are letters, news releases, catalogs, announcements and some photographs and clippings of such projects as the International Biennial of Prints and the AAA European art tour trip.
Also included is a scrapbook, 1939-1943, concerning exhibitions and activities of the South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, sponsored by the Illinois Art Project of the WPA-FAP and supervised by Pollack, 1938-1942. The center's purpose was to advance African American art and artists. Included are by-laws; letters from Alain Locke, and Richmond Barthe; photographs of Pollack, Jules Carlen, Horace Pippin, Eldzier Cortor, Canada Lee, Julio de Diego, Jesus Torres, and Eleanor Roosevelt at the dedication of the center, 1941; a typescript of a lecture by Daniel Catton Rich "The Art Museum and the Community Art Center," delivered at the Museum Director's conference, Detroit Institute of Arts, May 1940, newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs and other printed material.
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Pollack (1909-1978) was a photographer, curator, historian, and writer in New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Material on reels 822 and 4886-4887 donated 1974-1977 by Pollack, except for the scrapbook which was donated by Jane de Hart, an art historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who received it from Pollack for her research on African American artists and WPA projects. Material on reels 2385-2390 was lent for microfilming in 1981 by Creilly Pollack, Pollack's widow.
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:
Museum curators  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Photography  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Function:
Art centers -- Illinois
Identifier:
AAA.pollpete
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99d50daff-d847-4481-a7ea-0b7d7bdeea24
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pollpete

James A. McNeill Whistler : an exhibition of lithographs, November 6 - December 2, 1972 Associated American Artists, New York

Author:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Associated American Artists  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1972
Call number:
NE2312.W45 A4 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_853067

Edgar Chahine, 1874-1947 : a comprehensive exhibition of his graphic oeuvre

Author:
Associated American Artists  Search this
Chahine, Edgar 1874-1947  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Subject:
Chahine, Edgar 1874-1947  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
Call number:
NE2049.5.C47 A4 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641922

Benton

Title:
Thomas Hart Benton, the complete lithographs
Author:
Benton, Thomas Hart 1889-1975  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Associated American Artists  Search this
Subject:
Benton, Thomas Hart 1889-1975  Search this
Physical description:
[6] p. : ill. ; 16 x 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
[1979]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_666424

Amerikanische graphik, 1913-1953 / Sylvan Cole, Serge Sabarsky

Author:
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Sabarsky, Serge  Search this
BAWAG Fondation Wien  Search this
Museum Moderner Kunst Passau  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
NE508 .C68 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_475758

Grant Wood : the lithographs : a catalogue raisonné / by Sylvan Cole, Jr. ; edited by Susan Teller

Author:
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Wood, Grant 1891-1942  Search this
Teller, Susan  Search this
Associated American Artists  Search this
Subject:
Wood, Grant 1891-1942 Catalogues raisonnés  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 15 x 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
Call number:
N40.1.W87y C6
N40.1.W87yC6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_341673

Raphael Soyer; fifty years of printmaking, 1917-1967 / edited by Sylvan Cole, Jr. ; with a foreword by Jacob Kainen

Author:
Soyer, Raphael 1899-1987  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 257 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
Call number:
N40.1.S73y C6 1978
N40.1.S73yC6 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_353895

The graphic work of Joseph Hirsch, compiled and edited by Sylvan Cole, Jr

Author:
Hirsch, Joseph 1910-1981  Search this
Cole, Sylvan  Search this
Physical description:
[11] p., 66 plates, port. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
Call number:
N40.1.H657y C6
N40.1.H657yC6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_216367

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