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Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Liebes, Dorothy  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 52
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
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.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Dorothy Liebes papers, circa 1850-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Dorothy Liebes papers
Dorothy Liebes papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.2: General Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e2c24bb8-42ed-4453-b806-01feefddcea5
EDAN-URL:
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1969: Twelve Afro-American Artists (1969), Lee Nordness Gallery

Collection Creator:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 46
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969
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 copies 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:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alma Thomas papers
Alma Thomas papers / Series 4: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw934762497-b7d5-4974-8514-e26d20e32595
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-thomalma-ref802

Lee Nordness Galleries

Container:
Box 5, Folder 52
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959-1973
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 copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw974dd7731-9b5c-44e0-8da1-403b754fa5de
EDAN-URL:
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Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Terry Dintenfass, Inc.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the 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:
Terry Dintenfass, Inc. records, 1947-1987, bulk 1961-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Terry Dintenfass, Inc. records
Terry Dintenfass, Inc. records / Series 3: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cde193c1-c305-4c0b-9945-e3d44b04ca8a
EDAN-URL:
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Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1969, 1977, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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:
L. Brent Kington papers, 1944-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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L. Brent Kington papers
L. Brent Kington papers / Series 2: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9037288eb-7700-44c7-a2e2-1a388312f0fe
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kinglbre-ref43

Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968-1969
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers 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:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Freda Koblick papers
Freda Koblick papers / Series 3: Personal Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9faf86c24-fe2c-47f5-8245-81c80bc817fa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-koblfred-ref93

Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Kottler, Howard, 1930-1989  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1972
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. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Howard Kottler papers, 1907-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Howard Kottler papers
Howard Kottler papers / Series 5: Professional Activity Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bc997be2-93dc-47cd-94bd-70d847b1163f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kotthowa-ref134

Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968-1971
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 and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Arline M. Fisch retains copyright for the manuscript for the 2nd edition of her book Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Sculptors, and Textile Artists (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c. 1975) and notes for the first edition.
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:
Arline M. Fisch papers, 1931-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Arline M. Fisch papers
Arline M. Fisch papers / Series 4: Gallery Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bbf470fd-ddb3-4374-a3e7-dc8edd717974
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-fiscarli-ref40

Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Text [31027000853693]
Date:
1968-1972
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.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Irena Brynner papers, circa 1914-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irena Brynner papers
Irena Brynner papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b3eb0be5-6b7d-4b3e-b8bb-1ce1c6b08648
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ead_component:sova-aaa-bryniren-ref55

Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Wilde, John, 1919-2006  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. One box of letters from Walter Hamady is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. The Walter Hamady letters microfilmed on 2539a, 4710a, and 5661 are also ACCESS RESTRICTED.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
John Wilde Papers, 1935-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Wilde papers
John Wilde papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9508df56c-276c-4585-80df-e615e8c5b2ae
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ead_component:sova-aaa-wildjohn-ref97

Lee Nordness Galleries

Collection Creator:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1977
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. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Margret Craver Withers papers
Margret Craver Withers papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.2: Alphabetical Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e823ffeb-0312-4242-b4b3-5ce59e07200d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-withmarg-ref63

Lee Nordness Galleries, 1975-1977

Container:
Box 1 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 282, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts, Records
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Records
Records / Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, 1967-1978. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY SUBJECT. / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Subject Files

Collection Creator:
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Extent:
(box 1-3; 1.6 linear ft.)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1956-2005, undated
Scope and Contents note:
This series provides subject access to records concerning specific aspects of Kington's career. As in Series 1, the majority of the records found here are correspondence and researchers should note that supplementary material relating to any of these subjects may be found in Series 1.

Three folders of material relating to Kintgon's education at Cranbrook Academy of Art contain photographs of artwork by Kington including images of a commission for the Detroit auto show, furniture designs, silverware, and jewelry. Of particular note are several color sketches of jewelry designs done by Kington during his time at Cranbrook.

The series documents Kington's involvement with various professional organizations such as the American Craft Council (ACC), and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). ACC records include information regarding annual award ceremonies and symposiums, and various awards bestowed on Kington by the organization. SNAG records including minutes of the forming executive committee meetings and information about the founding of the society and annual conferences.

Kington's career as an educator is also documented here through records of arrangements for his conference presentations, his activities as a juror and a visiting artist at various institutions and craft schools, and his administrative and faculty duties as a professor at Southern Illinois University. The folder concerning the Penland School of Crafts, in which Kington participated in 1971, includes Kington's answers to a questionnaire which provide insight into his attitudes towards such opportunities to work alongside other artists.

Letters to Kington from SIU alumni, such as Elizabeth Y. Akamatsu, Phillip Baldwin, Jan Brooks, Harlan W. Butt, Stephen Miller, Noellyn Popos, Rachelle Thiewes and Claudia Widdis, can also be found in this series in addition to postcards from Phillip Baldwin, Robert Ebendorf, Glen Gardner, Paula Garrett, Mary Lee Hu, Arthur Johns, Liza Littlefield, Kris Patzlaff, Sarah Perkins, Mary Ann and Sam Scherr, Jim Wallace and others.

Consignments and sales of Kington's work at galleries such as J.J. Klejman, and The Sculptors Gallery, as well as his relationships with Lee Nordness Galleries, Gilman Galleries, and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery during the 1960s, are also documented here. Records relating to Lee Nordness Galleries concern the gallery's interest in Kington's works as Nordness expanded his interest in contemporary American objects by "master craftsmen." This material also deals briefly with Kington's representation in the Objects USA crafts exhibition which opened at the Smithsonian Institution in 1969. Records relating to the Theo Portnoy Gallery document Kington's exhibition, The Weathervane: A Kinetic Form (1978), as well as other consignments and sales through the gallery from 1977 to 1981.

The series also includes a résumé, with a career summary and an artist statement. A folder of material on the Second International Seminar on Craft Art and Religion includes three photographs of Kington and other attendees.
Arrangement note:
Files are arranged alphabetically by subject using the basic arrangement supplied by Kington. In some cases, files have been further broken down and subject headings have been adapted for clarification and ease of access.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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:
L. Brent Kington papers, 1944-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kinglbre, Series 2
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L. Brent Kington papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ce2cc7d0-a13d-4f6f-8ce6-36384ef1971a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kinglbre-ref18

Gallery Files

Collection Creator:
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet (Boxes 2-3)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968-2010
Scope and Contents:
Gallery files consist of correspondence, invoices, sales records, price lists, sketches of jewelry, consignment agreements, and other documents for Fisch's works managed by Atrium, Electrum Gallery, Lee Nordness Galleries, and galleries in Germany and Switzerland.
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 and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Arline M. Fisch retains copyright for the manuscript for the 2nd edition of her book Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Sculptors, and Textile Artists (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c. 1975) and notes for the first edition.
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:
Arline M. Fisch papers, 1931-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fiscarli, Series 4
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Arline M. Fisch papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dd2e421f-39d6-4265-a793-7133d6097cc6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-fiscarli-ref4

Chronological General Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1910-1998
Scope and Contents note:
This subseries contains both personal and professional correspondence from the early years of Wood's career as an actress and artist until the end of her life. Included in this series are letters to and from friends, family, clients, other artists, gallery owners, museums, and editors. An an avid writer, Wood maintained lifelong relationships through her letters. Correspondents include John Estenza, Anna Bing Arnold, Ruth Maitland, Ruth Dayan, Reginald Pole, Anais Nin, Dorothy Liebes, Rue McClanahan, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood, Rupert Pole, Esther Rosencrantz, Michael Weightman-Smith, and Geesche Ninke. Wood also formed many personal and professional relationships with individuals she met during her three trips to India in 1961, 1966, and 1971. Among these correspondents are Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, N. Suri Ram, P. K. Vyas, Srimali Rukmini Devi, and N. Kumar Das.

Several art museums are represented in this subseries, including DeYoung Memorial Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Pasadena Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

See Appendix for a list of correspondents from Series 2.1.
Arrangement note:
Material is arranged chronologically by date. Undated letters can be found at the end of the subseries, arranged by last name of correspondent. Note that Wood's correspondence with the galleries is found in Series 3: Personal Business Records. Additional correspondence with publishers is found in Series 4: Notes and Writings.
Appendix: Correspondents in Series 2.1.:
Agrawal, Satyendra Narayan: 1966

America House: 1943-1944, 1952-1953, 1956-1957, 1962-1967, 1969

Archipenko, Gela: 1938

Armitage, Merle: 1933, 1957-1958

Arnold, Anna Bing: 1973, 1981-1983, 1987-1988

Bleazby, Leah: 1946-1948, 1951-1952

Bailey, Clayton: 1931

Bok, Ecke: 1986-1987, 1989-1990

Bryan, Robert: 1969, 1972, 1978, 1991

Cabaniss, Adelaide: 1947-1951

Case, Francis: 1943

Chattopadhyay, Kamaladevi: 1961-1973, 1975

Clark, Iris: 1988-1990

Clark, Susan: 1991

Colino, Jose: 1986-1989, 1991

Corle, Helen Freeman: 1951, 1955

Cummins, Harry: 1985

d'Harnoncourt, Anne: 1987

Das, N. Kumar: 1966-1968

Dayan, Ruth: 1971, 1976, 1978-1985, 1987, 1992

Devi, Srimali Rukmini: 1961, 1965, 1967-1968, 1977

DeYoung Memorial Museum: 1952-1954

Dillingham, Rich: 1987-1989

Dove, Tom and Marge: 1972-1973, 1977, 1981, 1983-1985, 1987-1988

Duchamp, Teeny: 1968, 1976

Erazo, Victor: 1984-1985

Estenza, John: 1950

Feinberg, Lillian and Len: 1985-1987, 1989

Gandhi, Indira: 1983

Gateff, Elisabeth: 1977, 1980, 1982-1983, 1985-1986, 1988, 1991-1992

Gibson, Marga: 1959

Hall, Denise: 1978

Hammond, Vera: 1945, 1986

Hapgood, Benie: 1976-1977, 1982, 1986-1987, 1992

Hapgood, Elizabeth Reynolds: 1923, 1930-1932, 1935-1942, 1944, 1947-1948, 1950-1973

Harlan, Loren Clyde and Hermine (Wood's aunt): 1930, 1938-1947

Hathaway, Michael: 1980, 1988-1989, 1991

Hinkhouse, F. M.: 1957-1960

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 1977

Hoag, Paul Sterling: 1983

Hoag, Steve: 1944-1948, 1951

Hooper, Peter Lawrence: 1976-1977

Huckaby, Grover: 1945, 1947, 1951

Huglin, Henry: 1964-1965, 1977

Huyler, Steven: 1978-1982, 1985, 1987, 1989-1991

Jesch, Klement: 1985-1992

Jones, Barbara: 1977

Kaplan, Connie: 1989

Kaye, Caren: 1988-1991

Lee Nordness Galleries: 1968-1969, 1972, 1977

Liebes, Dorothy: 1941, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1961-1963, 1971

Logan, Robert and Mabel: 1939, 1952, 1954

Look, Heartie Anne: 1958-1960

Lukens, Glen: 1935-1936, 1938

McClanahan, Rue: 1980, 1985

McCloskey, Helen Hooper: 1979-1985

Maitland, Ruth: 1938, 1945

Martin, Olavee: 1989-1990

Morrow, Margo: 1935, 1937-1939, 1946

Murchie, Guy: 1980-1982, 1984-1986, 1988

Murphy, Bob and Ginny: 1965, 1981-1985, 1991

Natzler, Otto and Gertrude: 1983

Ninke, Geesche: 1985, 1987-1990, 1992

Nin, Anais: 1971, 1974-1975

Noyes, Frank: 1950-1952

Palmer, Herbert: 1973-1974

Padadena Art Museum: 1952, 1957

Patch, Margaret: 1971

Peterson, Susan: 1989

Phoenix Art Museum: 1960, 1967, 1973

Pole, Reginald: 1950, 1952, 1970-1971

Pole, Rupert: 1977

Ragan, Nell: 1971-1972

Rajagopal, D.: 1938, 1951, 1975, 1985

Rajagopal, Roselind: 1936-1937, 1940, 1955, 1972-1974, 1977

Reynolds, Wallace: 1937-1938

Rhodes, Lillyan and Daniel: 1983, 1986, 1989

Rosencranz, Esther: 1935-1948, 1950

San Francisco Museum of Art: 1953, 1956-1958, 1971

Santa Barbara Museum of Art: 1950, 1954, 1958, 1967-1968, 1972

Sasaki, George: 1981, 1983, 1989, 1992-1993

Skiles, Bob: 1951-1952, 1982

Sipprell, Texana: 1947, 1958-1960

Stern Evelyn: 1977, 1992

Story, Ala: 1965, 1967

Takaezu, Toshiko: 1988

Taylor, June: 1949-1951, 1952-1953, 1958

Tibbitt, Laurence: 1926

Tomlin, Lily: 1984, 1987

Vyas, P. K.: 1962-1965, 1967-1968

Wallace, Marlene: 1977, 1989

Warrington, A. P. and Betty: 1929-1930, 1932-1934, 1939

Wash, Connie: 1961

Watson, Steven: 1988-1989

Webb, Aileen: 1947, 1950-1951, 1965, 1967-1968

Webster, Win: 1990, 1992

Weidemann, William: 1945, 1947

Weightman-Smith, Michael (Michael O'Shaughnessy): 1930, 1933-1934, 1936-1948, 1950, 1956, 1982

Wilkie, Margo: 1980, 1986-1986, 1989, 1991-1992

Wood, Carrara R. (Wood's mother): 1930-1936

Wright, Lloyd: 1947, 1969

Zook, Edgar: 1926, 1936-1943, 1947, 1967
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.
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:
Beatrice Wood papers, 1906-1998, bulk 1930-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.woodbeat, Subseries 2.1
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Beatrice Wood papers
Beatrice Wood papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90f6da702-9494-4690-bec3-5c947875c15c
EDAN-URL:
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Julian E. Levi

Collection Creator:
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin), 1900-1982  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1914-1981
Scope and Contents note:
Julian E. Levi's correspondence concerns professional and personal matters. It consists primarily of incoming letters (a few of which are addressed to his wife, Jean Laurent Levi) with a small number of drafts and carbon copies of letters written by Levi. There are a number of illustrated letters and greeting cards (primarily Christmas cards) with original artwork by Levi and others. Among his correspondents are museums and galleries including: Alan Gallery, Carnegie Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Downtown Gallery and Edith Halpert, Guild Hall, National Academy of Design, Lee Nordness Gallery, Frank K. M. Rehn Inc., Whitney Museum of American Art and Juliana Force; the art schools where he taught: Art Students' League, New School for Social Research, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; art organizations such as: the American Academy in Rome, American Artists' Congress, An American Group, Inc., National Institute of Arts and Letters, and United American Artists; and friends and colleagues including: Leonard Baskin, George Biddle, Marc Blitzstein, Peter and Ebie Blume, Louis Bouché, Robert Coates, Ralston Crawford, Stuart and Roselle Davis, Marcel Duchamp, Philip Evergood, Alfred Frankenstein, C. Hartley Grattan, Hilaire Hiler, Joseph Hirsch, Leon Kelly, Patricia Kelly, Yasuo and Sara Kuniyoshi, Anthony Lauck, Jacob Lawrence, Dolores Milmoe, Arthur Moss, Gregorio Prestopino, Walter Quirt , Abraham Rattner, Man Ray, Ione Robinson, Francis Speight, Hervé Télémaque, Franklin C. and Ida Watkins, Max Weber, and Russell Wright.

Approximately 60 letters Levi wrote to his family from Paris circa 1927, survive. They comment on the activities of Franklin Watkins, Marc Blitzstein, and Hilaire Hiler; his own paintings and commissions, particularly for the nightclub, Chez Mister Finney; and his associations with other artists and writers including Ludwig Lewisohn, Roy Sheldon, Maruice Speiser, collector Otto Kahn, and Ford Madox Ford.

Additional correspondence, 1938-1939, concerning the Estate of Rosa Gomprecht (Julian Levi was a beneficiary) is filed with Financial Records (Series 5).

See Appendix for a list of selected correspondents from Series 2.1.
Appendix: Selected Correspondents from Series 2.1:
Included among Julian Levi's correspondence with museums and galleries, art schools, art organizations, artists, and friends and colleagues are the following correspondents.

Abbott, Berenice (1929-1930)

Alan Gallery (1955)

American Academy in Rome (1948-1949, 1958-1960, 1962-1963, 1967-1971)

American Artists' Congress (1937, 1940-1941, undated)

American Federation of Arts (1940, 1942-1944, 1953)

An American Group, Inc. (1933-1934, 1937, 1939-1941, 1947, 1950-1951, undated)

Arms, John Taylor (1946, 1949)

Art Institute of Chicago (1934, 1937-1938, 1940-1941, 1943)

Art Students' League (1948-1949, 1954, 1957-1958, 1960, 1962, 1964-1966, 1968-1970, 1972, 1977-1978, 1981, undated)

Associated American Artists (1941, 1943-1945, 1966, 1972)

Baskin, Leonard (1952, 1962)

Bearden, Romare (1974)

Biddle, George (1969, undated)

Blitzstein, Marc (1928, 1930, 1934)

Blume, Peter and Ebie (1935-1938, 1940, 1949, 1958-1960, 1962, 1967, 1971, undated)

Borie, Adolphe (1927)

Boulevard (see: Moss, Arthur)

Calder, Alexander (1941, 1943, 1945, 1962)

Carnegie Institute (1940-1941, 1943-1950)

Century Association (1963-1967, 1970-1973, 1978-1981)

Coates, Robert (1927, 1937, 1941, 1949, 1951-1953, 1955, 1966, 1969, undated)

Cohen, Lewis and Norma (1969-1971, 1974)

Corcoran Gallery of Art (1941, 1945-1948, 1951, 1963, undated)

Crawford, Ralston and Peggy (1965, 1967, 1969-1970, 1978)

Crillon Galleries, Inc. (1933)

Davidson, Jo (1944)

Davis, Stuart and Roselle (1937, 1939, 1941-1943, 1946, 1953, 1961-1962, 1965, 1968)

Downtown Gallery/Edith Gregor Halpert (1939-1947, 1949, 1951-1955, 1957-1960, 1963)

Duchamp, Marcel (1960)

East River Gallery (1937-1939)

Evergood, Philip (1961-1962, 1964)

Ferguson, Robert (1949, 1952-1953, 1957, 1962)

Fiene, Ernest (1947)

Force, Juliana (see: Whitney Museum of American Art)

Ford Foundation (1958-1959, 1964, 1966-1967)

Frankenstein, Alfred V. (1947-1948, undated)

Gargoyle (see: Moss, Arthur)

Grattan, C. Hartley (1937-1938, 1940, 1942-1943, 1945-1946, 1951-1952, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970-1973, 1977, undated)

Grosz, George (1922)

Gross, Chaim (1964)

Guerrero, Jose and Roxane (1966-1967)

Guild Hall (1949, 1952-1954, 1957-1962, 1964, 1966-1970, 1972, 1978, undated)

Guston, Philip (1946)

Gwathmey, Robert (1966, undated)

Halpert, Edith G. (see: Downtown Gallery)

Harari, Hananiah (1974)

Helión, Jean (1968)

Hiler, Hilaire (1922)

Hirsch, Joseph (1950, 1967, 1973, 1980, undated)

John Becker Modern Paintings and Facsimiles (1933, undated)

Kelly, Leon and Elizabeth (1927-1931, 1933, 1941, 1949, 1955, 1965-1966, undated)

Kelly, Patricia (1974-1975, 1977-1978, 1980-1981)

Kroll, Leon (1944, 1955)

Kuniyoshi, Isamu and Sara (1936-1937, 1941, 1945, 1951, 1979, undated)

Lauck, Anthony J. (1948-1949, 1953, 1959, 1964-1967, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1981)

Lawrence, Jacob (1970, undated)

Manso, Leo (1974, 1976, 1978-1979, 1981, undated)

Marin, John and Norma (1954, 1964)

Mathieu, Marion (1975, 1981)

McCarter, Henry (undated)

McCausland, Elizabeth (1945)

Metroplitan Museum of Art (1941, 1965)

Milmoe, Dolores (1973, 1977-1981)

Mitchell, Bruce (1956)

Morris, George L. K. (1965)

Moss, Arthur/Boulevard/Gargoyle (1922-1923, 1930)

Mumford, Lewis and Sophia (1937, 1939)

Munce, Howard (1947, 1976-1977, 1980)

Museum of Modern Art (1940-1945, 1954-1955, 1960, 1964, undated)

National Academy of Design (1945-1946, 1949, 1952-1953, 1956-1957, 1970, 1972, 1974-1978, 1980-1981, undated)

National Institute of Arts and Letters (1944, 1955, 1959-1961, 1963-1965, 1967-1975)

New School for Social Research (1954, 1958-1959, 1961-1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, undated)

New York World's Fair (1938-1939)

Newman, Arnold (1943, 1945)

Nivola, Constantino (1970-1971, 1980, undated)

Nordness Gallery (1957-1966, undated)

Pascin, Jules (undated)

Pearson, Ralph M. (1940)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1916, 1927, 1929, 1939, 1943-1944, 1946, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1961-1963, 1965, 1966-1979)

Pittman, Hobson (undated)

Prestopino, Gregorio (1960, 1962-1963, 1965, 1967-1969, undated)

Prohaska, Ray (1970-1971, 1980)

Public Works of Art Project (1934, undated)

Quirt, Walter (1940)

Rattner, Abraham (1969, undated)

Ray, Man (1928-1929)

Rehn Gallery (1966)

Reiss, Lionel S. (1940)

Robinson, Ione (1936-1938)

Sabatini, Raphael (1973, 1976)

Speight, Francis (1936, 1966, 1969, 1976, undated)

Telemaque, Herve (1960-1961, 1966, 1971, undated)

Treasury Department, Section of Fine Arts (1943)

United American Artists (1940-1941)

Watkins, Franklin C. and Ida (1926, 1937, 1941, 1964-1965, 1969, undated)

Weber, Max (1939, 1942, 1949)

Whitney Museum of American Art/Juliana Force (1935, 1937-1938, 1940-1942, 1944-1945, 1953, 1974)

Works Progress Administration (1936-1937, 1939-1940)

Wright, Russell (1940-1941)

Zorach, William (1943)
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Collection Citation:
Julian E. Levi papers, 1846-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.levijuli, Subseries 2.1
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Senga Nengudi/Sue Irons Resumes and Biographies

Collection Creator:
Nengudi, Senga, 1943-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s-circa 1990s
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Senga Nengudi papers, 1947, circa 1962-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oral history interview with William Underhill

Interviewee:
Underhill, William, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carney, Margaret, 1949-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Alfred University -- Faculty  Search this
Lee Nordness Galleries  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
41 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 June 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Underhill conducted 2002 June 8, by Margaret Carney, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Wellsville, N.Y.
Underhill speaks of being born in Berkeley, California, to parents who were art teachers; the differences between the West Coast Bay Area arts and crafts movement and that of the east coast; attending California College of Arts & Crafts for two years and then transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, in 1953, to enter the architecture program; building a dome out of aluminum for the city of Oakland's parks department with other students during the summer of 1956; being drafted into the Army in 1957; working for the U.S. Army headquarters in Germany as a draftsman; prominent and influential craft artists that he knew; marrying Linn Baldwin [Underhill], a fellow classmate, in 1957, and starting a family; re-entering UC Berkeley, finishing his B.A. degree in 1960 and completing his M.A. in 1961; his studies with Peter Voulkos; making bronze bowls, which led to his idea of casting wax, modeling wax fabrication, using sheet wax, and making textured sculpture and geometric shapes; having one of his bowl pieces in the Museum of Contemporary Crafts; the Oakland Museum buying a piece of his work; his teaching position at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.; being in the "Young Americans" exhibit and receiving the "Best of Show" award in 1962; most teachers trying to "emulate" the style of Peter Voulkos; moving to New York; showing at the Blumenfeld Gallery; sharing a studio next to the Clay Arts Center in Port Chester, N.Y.; building a foundry and a melting facility; teaching part-time at a community adult art center in White Plains, N.Y.; his financial difficulties; teaching part-time at Pratt Institute in 1965; J. Gordon Lippincott, of the industrial firm Lippincott and Margolies, commissioning him to do large scale steel sculptures for major corporations; working as a draftsman in an architect's office in New York City to pay for rent and groceries in 1966; teaching a summer session at Columbia's Teacher's College; teaching full-time as an instructor at New York University in 1967; teaching a workshop at Alfred University, in 1963; interviewing for a teaching position at Alfred at the College Art Association meeting, in Boston, in 1968; moving in the summer of 1969 to Alfred to teach; his counter-culture lifestyle and consequent decrease in his artistic production; showing at the Lee Nordness Gallery in the 1960s; exhibiting at the Perimeter Gallery, Helen Drutt Gallery, Twining Gallery, and Garth Clark Gallery in the 1980s; creating the bronzed statue of King Alfred for Alfred University and selling his copyright to them; his signature stamp; having pieces in the American Craft Museum and in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's collection; teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Anderson Ranch, and the Mendocino Art Center; various craft magazines including Craft Horizons and Metalsmith; being a member of the American Craft Council [ACC]; his retirement in 1997; and working at the Berkeley Art Foundry in the summer of 2002. Underhill also recalls Robert Arneson, Josephine Blumenfeld, Diane Cox, Val Cushing, Peter Dodge, Jack Earl, Andrew Jevremovic, Manuel Neri, Bill Parry, Ted Randall, Dan Rhodes, Glenn Zweygardt, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
William Underhill (1933- ) is a metalsmith from Wellsville, N.Y. Margaret Carney is an art historian from New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 7 min.
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:
Sculptors -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
Art metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art metal-work -- Technique  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Bronze founding -- Technique  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.underh02
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Archives of American Art
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Lee Nordness business records and papers, circa 1931-1992, bulk 1954-1984

Creator:
Nordness, Lee, 1922-1995  Search this
Subject:
Gibran, Kahlil  Search this
Grippe, Peter  Search this
Gikow, Ruth  Search this
D'Arista, Robert  Search this
Hebald, Milton  Search this
Guglielmi, Louis  Search this
Kearns, James  Search this
Kachadoorian, Zubel  Search this
Meigs, Walter  Search this
Prestopino, Gregorio  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin)  Search this
Williams, Hiram  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Aronson, David  Search this
Blaustein, Al H.  Search this
Collie, Alberto  Search this
Metromedia, Inc.  Search this
Johnson Wax  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Little Studio  Search this
Talent Discovery Company  Search this
Forms and Objects (Firm)  Search this
Lee Nordness Galleries  Search this
American Art Expositions (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nordness Gallery  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7232
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209372
AAA_collcode_nordlee
Theme:
Art Market
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Lee Nordness business records and papers

Creator:
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Names:
American Art Expositions (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Forms and Objects (Firm)  Search this
Johnson Wax  Search this
Lee Nordness Galleries  Search this
Little Studio  Search this
Metromedia, Inc.  Search this
Nordness Gallery  Search this
Talent Discovery Company  Search this
Aronson, David, 1923-2015  Search this
Blaustein, Al H., 1924-2004  Search this
Collie, Alberto  Search this
Crawford, Ralston, 1906-1978  Search this
D'Arista, Robert, 1929-  Search this
Gibran, Kahlil, 1922-  Search this
Gikow, Ruth, 1915-1982  Search this
Grippe, Peter, 1912-  Search this
Guglielmi, Louis, 1906-1956  Search this
Hebald, Milton  Search this
Kachadoorian, Zubel, 1924-  Search this
Kearns, James  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin), 1900-1982  Search this
Meigs, Walter, 1918-1988  Search this
Prestopino, Gregorio  Search this
Williams, Hiram  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
117.5 Linear feet (Boxes 1-121)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
circa 1931-1992
bulk 1954-1984
Summary:
The Lee Nordness business records and papers measure 117.5 linear feet and date from circa 1931 to 1992 with the bulk of materials dating from 1954 to 1984. The records document seven New York City art-related companies with which Nordness was involved: Talent Discovery Company, The Little Studio, Ltd., American Art Expositions, Inc., Nordness Gallery, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Art Advisory Section, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Exhibition Section, Inc., and Forms & Objects, Inc. Records include correspondence, artist's files, business and legal records, inventories, financial and sales records, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials. Also found is a small group of personal papers.
Scope and Contents:
The Lee Nordness business records and papers measure 117.5 linear feet and date from circa 1931 to 1992 with the bulk of materials dating from 1954 to 1984. The records document seven New York City art-related companies with which Nordness was involved: Talent Discovery Company, The Little Studio, Ltd., American Art Expositions, Inc., Nordness Gallery, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Art Advisory Section, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Exhibition Section, Inc., and Forms & Objects, Inc. Records include correspondence, artist's files, business and legal records, inventories, financial and sales records, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials. Also found is a small group of personal papers.

More than half of the collection documents Lee Nordness' primary businesses, Nordness Gallery, Inc. and Lee Nordness Galleries Art Advisory Section, Inc. Business correspondence, artist's files, extensive project files, business and legal records, financial and sales records, inventories, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials reveal Nordness' role as an art dealer of contemporary American artwork and art consultant to companies and organizations. The records document his ability to adapt to changing external markets as well as his own interests, from dealing primarily in paintings and sculpture to promoting American fine crafts. Artists from Nordness' permanent roster are represented, including David Aronson, Al Blaustein, Alberto Collie, Ralston Crawford, Robert D'Arista, Kahlil Gibran, Ruth Gikow, Peter Grippe, Louis Guglielmi, Milton Hebald, Zubel Kachadoorian, James Kearns, Rico Lebrun, Julian Levi, Walter Meigs, Gregorio Prestopino, Hiram Williams, and Karl Zerbe. Companies and organizations represented include S.C. Johnson & Son, Co., Metromedia, and Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design. Because materials from Nordness Gallery, Inc. and Art Advisory Section were often interfiled and related, the records were not separated into different series.

The records of Lee Nordness Galleries Exhibition Section, Inc. document the exhibition and sale of artwork through correspondence, artist's files, business records, financial and sales records, and scrapbooks for artists and exhibition seasons. Forms & Objects, Inc. contains correspondence, lecture notes, public relations files, business records, financial and sales records, scrapbooks and photographic materials related to American fine crafts.

The organization and press surrounding the monumental exhibitions Art:USA:58 and Art:USA:59 are illustrated in the correspondence, banking records, founding documents, newspaper clippings, paid bill receipts, and sales invoices of the American Art Expositions, Inc. records. Photographs of the Art:USA:59 artists taken by Fred Darrah are also found here.

The bulk of the records of The Little Studio, Inc. are financial records and sales invoices. Lee Nordness' involvement in the gallery is also documented through correspondence and business records. The records of Talent Discovery Company are primarily financial, including banking records, receipts, and tax records. Also found are shipping records, correspondence, and inventory cards.

There are few personal papers of Lee Nordness, the bulk of which are related to his involvement with his tenant cooperative. Also found is scattered correspondence, a scrapbook, and travel documents.

Records for the various companies were co-mingled upon accession. AAA has attempted to place papers in Nordness' original order based on discussions with Nordness and evidence from the records. However, researchers should note there is significant interfiling of the companies' records throughout the collection, especially scrapbooks and photographs. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use dates and keywords to help discover related materials throughout all series.

Abbreviations were often written by the gallery in the upper left-hand corner of a document to indicate to which company the record should be filed. Abbreviations used include: Nordness Gallery, "NG" or "LN"; Art Advisory Section, "AA" or "LN"; Exhibition Section, "ES" or "E/S"; Forms & Objects, "F/O"; American Art Expositions, "AAE"; The Little Studio, "TLS"; and, Talent Discovery Company, "TDC."
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Nordness Gallery, Inc. and Lee Nordness Galleries Art Advisory Section, Inc., circa 1938-1992, bulk 1958-1982 (67.8 linear feet; Boxes 1-67, 117-119)

Series 2: Lee Nordness Galleries Exhibition Section, Inc., 1938-1985 (25.5 linear feet; Boxes 68-93, 120, FC 122)

Series 3: Forms & Objects, Inc., circa 1931, circa 1959-1984 (13.5 linear feet; Boxes 93-106, 120)

Series 4: American Art Expositions, Inc., 1955-1968 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 106-107)

Series 5: The Little Studio, Inc., 1947-1969 (7.7 linear feet; Boxes 108-115, 121)

Series 6: Talent Discovery Company, 1953-1957 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 115-116, 121)

Series 7: Personal Papers of Lee Nordness, 1948-1976 (0.7 linear feet; Box 116)
Biographical / Historical:
New York City gallerist and entrepreneur Lee Nordness (1922-1995) was born in Olympia, Washington. He studied art in college and received a bachelor's degree from Uppsala University in Sweden. From 1954-1956, Nordness ran a small gallery, Talent Discovery Company, out of his apartment in New York City. Around 1955, Nordness became the director of The Little Studio, Ltd., a gallery started by Richard Kollmer in 1952 to showcase moderately priced artwork by young artists. Nordness took over the business in 1957; it closed in April 1963.

In 1958, Nordness incorporated American Art Expositions, Inc. to organize Art:USA:58, a large exposition of contemporary American art held at Madison Square Garden. The following year Art:USA:59 was held at the New York Coliseum.

Lee Nordness opened his own gallery, Nordness Gallery, Inc., in December 1957 on Madison Avenue. The gallery promoted a roster of contemporary painters and sculptors, including David Aronson, Al Blaustein, Alberto Collie, Ralston Crawford, Robert D'Arista, Kahlil Gibran, Ruth Gikow, Peter Grippe, Milton Hebald, Zubel Kachadoorian, James Kearns, Julian Levi, Walter Meigs, Gregorio Prestopino, Hiram Williams, Karl Zerbe, and the estates of Louis Guglielmi and Rico Lebrun. In 1966, Lee Nordness reorganized his businesses. He closed Nordness Gallery and opened Lee Nordness Art Advisory Section, an art consulting service to corporations, collectors, museums, and individuals, and Lee Nordness Galleries Exhibition Sections, Inc. to handle exhibitions and the sale of paintings and sculptures.

Lee Nordness had an interest in American crafts and, beginning in 1968, he added a permanent roster of American craftmakers to exhibit alongside paintings and sculpture. He opened Forms & Objects, Inc. to handle the exhibition and sales of fine crafts such as ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood. With a need for additional exhibition space, the gallery moved a few blocks off Madison Avenue to 236-238 East 75th Street.

Nordness traveled the globe to assemble prominent collections for clients, such as Art:USA, a collection of contemporary works by 102 American artists for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Art:USA traveled throughout the United States and Europe in the mid-late 1960s before being donated to the National Collection of Fine Arts (Smithsonian Institution). In the late 1960s, he assembled a collection of 300 American craft objects for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. called Objects:USA, which toured throughout the United States and Europe. This collection was disassembled in the late 1970s, many of the works donated to the Museum of Arts and Design, formerly the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Nordness closed his New York galleries in the mid-1980s. Soon after, he moved to Belfair, Washington and opened Lee Nordness Galleries, Inc. in 1986. He passed away in 1995 in Washington.
Separated Materials:
Three microfilm reels of material were loaned to the Archives of American Art by Lee Nordness in 1959 regarding American Art Exposition, Inc.'s Art:USA 58 and Art:USA:59. Microfilm includes correspondence, catalogs, visitor lists, press releases, lists of artwork, financial records, and advertising materials and is available on reels NAU1, NAU2 and NAU3.

Later, in 1964 and 1969, Lee Nordness loaned original materials for microfilming compiled by Nordness Gallery about the careers of Gregorio Prestopino, Julian E. Levi, and Lee Gatch, including correspondence, exhibition materials, biographical information, clippings, and photographs. Loaned material is available on reels N69-21 and D169. Original materials were returned to Nordness, but some may have been included in later donations and those originals have been integrated with the other donated records.

The contents of microfilm reels are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
The Lee Nordness business records and papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several increments by Lee Nordness in 1976, 1986 and as a bequest in 1996. Original materials were also lent by Nordness in 1964 and 1969 for microfilming, some of which may have been included in subsequent donations.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Lee Nordness business records and papers, circa 1931-1992, bulk 1954-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nordlee
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