Biographical material (1945-1965), letters (1917-1979), notes (1950-1970), writings (1944-1970), business records (1927-1977), art works (1932-1964), subject files (1952-1955), scrapbook (1927-1939), printed material (1923-1977), and photographs (1922-1968) documenting Botkin's career and his friendship with George and Ira Gershwin and other entertainment and artistic figures.
Among the correspondents and subjects of photographs or letters are: George and Ira Gershwin, their sister Frances Godowsky, Botkin's brother Benjamin, Botkin's daughter Toinette Botkin Laurent, and grandson Alexander Laurent, composer Harold Arlen, Fanny Brice and her son William Brice, artists Chaim Gross, Saburo Hasegawa, Hans Hofmann, Karl Knaths, Paul Manship, Paul Mocsanyi, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Pablo Picasso, Wallace Putnam, Abrahmam Rattner, Hugo Robus, Arnold Schoenberg, Jack Shadbolt, John Von Wicht, and Abraham Walkowitz. Also included are photographs of Botkin's studio, night picnic in Provincetown attended by many artists; and material relating to American Abstract Artists, New School Art Center, Provincetown Art Association, and the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. [See Finding Aid for information on location of items on the microfilm].
UNMICROFILMED: 3 untranscribed interviews of Botkin, 1 done for the "Today" show, NBC, June 4, 1965; 1 for Colette Roberts "Meet the Artist" Program, undated, and 1 by an unidentified interviewer. Also included is an untranscribed monologue, Oct. 11, 1970.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y. and Provincetown, Mass. Born in Boston and attended art schools there from 1913-1917. From 1917-1920, he attended the Art Students League and was employed as an illustrator for prominent magazines until 1929. Traveling abroad between 1926 and 1933, he attained his first one-man show in 1927 at the Billiet Galleries in Paris. Through his cousin, composer George Gershwin, Botkin became acquainted with people active in the performing arts, such as Harold Arlen, Fanny Brice, Harry Kurnitz, and Bert Lahr. Botkin was also involved in the American Abstract Artists, Artists Equity Association, Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, and Gallery 256 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Henry Botkin papers also at Syracuse University.
Donated 1969-1982 by Henry Botkin and by his son Glenn and his assistant Rene Barilleaux. Many items were returned to Botkin after microfilming.
Patrons must use microfilm copy. Use of untranscribed tapes requires an appointment at the Washington, D.C. office.
The scattered records of the Provincetown, Massachusetts cooperative art gallery Gallery 256 measure 0.2 linear feet and date from its founding in 1953 to its closing in 1955. Included are: a list of addresses of members Will Barnet, Henry A. Botkin, Byron Browne, Peter Busa, Kenneth Campbell, Victor Candell, Eve Clendenin, Lawrence Kupferman, Leo Manso, Seong Moy, Louise Nevelson, Therese Schwartz, Myron S. Stout, John Von Wicht and Hale Woodruff; a statement regarding the legal status of "group 256" as a voluntary association and its relationship to "gallery 256"; an account book of members' expenses, dues and commissions, 1954; a ledger of sales and attendance; a bank checkbook and deposit slip, 1954-1955; 4 cancelled checks; 2 invoices, 1955; 2 financial statements of receipts and disbursements, 1954; an attendance book containing names and addresses; and a file on Louise Nevelson containing a magazine clipping, and an exhibition announcement, both of 1954, and 1 photograph of each of the following sculptures: "The Figure that Walked on the Mt. Tops," "Figure from the Great Beyond," "Portrait of a Friend," and "Ancient Cat Form."
Biographical / Historical:
Gallery 256 (est. 1953-closed 1955) was a cooperative art gallery in Provincetown, Mass.
The donor, Myron Stout, was the secretary of Gallery 256.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.