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JAMES E. B. BRESLIN RESEARCH ARCHIVE ON MARK ROTHKO, 1900-1994 (bulk 1940-1990)
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series: Series I.
Research files on individuals, 1913-1994

Physical Description: 5.4 lin. ft. 11 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Research files on individuals who were subjects or sources for James Breslin's research. Materials include transcripts of 69 of Breslin's interviews, photocopied and original correspondence, printed materials, clippings, photographs, and extensive notes. Following initial lists of names and contact information, files are arranged alphabetically with unidentified individuals at the end.
Box 1, 22

Contact information, circa 1983-1992

Box 1, Folder 1

Lists

Physical Description: 80 items

Scope and Content Note

Lists of names with contact information.
Box 22

Index cards

Physical Description: 1 index card file

Scope and Content Note

A black plastic index card file containing 52 index cards and a business card with names and contact information.
Box 1, Folder 2

Interview list, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 18 leaves

Scope and Content Note

A list of 159 people Breslin interviewed or intended to interview and several pages of related notes.
Box 1, Folder 3

Abish, Cecile, 1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Cecile Abish on May 20, 1988, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 4

Abramowitz, Minna, 1987

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes from Breslin's telephone interview with Minna Abramowitz on July 3, 1987.
Box 1, Folder 5

Adelson, Howard, 1988

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Howard Adelson on October 11, 1988.
Box 1, Folder 6

Admiral, Virginia, undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Virginia Admiral regarding the exhibition Americans in Venice.
Box 1, Folder 7

Ahearn, Jonathan, 1986

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Three-part transcript of Breslin's interview with Jonathan Ahearn on November 3, 1986, followed by handwritten notes and Breslin's original file folder with notes on front and back. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 8

Alford, Emily and Newell, 1988

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Emily and Newell Alford on May 16, 1988. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 1, 23*

Allen, Sonia, 1943-1975

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1943-circa 1946

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of four letters from Mark Rothko to his sister, née Sonia Rothkowitz.
Box 1, Folder 10

Interview, 1975

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopied transcripts of Ruth Cloudman's interview with Rothko's sister, Sonia Allen, on April 17, 1975, followed by 7 leaves of handwritten notes. Includes original file folder with notes on front.
Box 23*, Folder 1

Oversize article, 1970

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article about Sonia Allen's memories of her childhood with Mark Rothko.
Box 1, Folder 11

Anfam, David, 1979-1990

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence between James Breslin and David Anfam (1989-1990), photocopied letters between Anfam and Robert Neuhaus (1979), a photocopied article by Anfam, "Mark Rothko at the Tate Gallery," Art International (1987), Breslin's handwritten notes, and the original file folder with notes on front.
Box 1, Folder 12

Antonioni, Michelangelo, 1962

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Michelangelo Antonioni to Mark Rothko, in Italian with English translation.
Box 1, Folder 13

Ashton, Dore, 1956-1986

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Dore Ashton on February 25, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a photocopied letter from Ashton to Mark Rothko (1957), two photocopied journal entries (1964, 1969), and photocopied articles by Ashton about Rothko (1956-1957, 1977). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 14-15

Avery, Milton, 1952-1982

Box 1, Folder 14

Breslin's notes and writings, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Milton Avery and his scrapbook, a photocopied page of excerpted statements by Avery about his work, two photocopied drafts of chapter four of Breslin's book on Rothko, "Starting out in the Depression," and his original file folder with notes on front.
Box 1, Folder 15

Printed material, 1952-1982

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles about Avery, including two copies of Mark Rothko's commemorative essay on Avery, delivered as a memorial address at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and published in Milton Avery Paintings and Drawings, 1939-1964 (1966), and a handwritten draft of the essay.
Box 1, Folder 16

Avery, Sally, 1977-1987

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter from Sally Avery to Breslin (1987), two photocopied letters from Avery to Clair Zamoiski (1977-1978), James Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Avery on January 19, 1986, and his notes on interviews with Avery by Adelyn Dohme Breeskin (1969), Karl Fortell (1976), and Tom Wolf (1982).
Box 1, Folder 17

Bachman, Gerd, 1965

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Gerd Bachman to Mark Rothko.
Box 1, Folder 18

Bartos, Armond, 1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Armond Bartos on May 17, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 19

Baumbach, Harold, 1987

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Harold Baumbach on June 28, 1987, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 20

Baumgarten, Robert L., Mrs., 1967

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mrs Robert L. Baumgarten to Rothko. See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
Box 1, Folder 21

Baziotes, Ethel, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Ethel Baziotes on February 17, 1986, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 22

Baziotes, William, 1944-1945

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Robert Motherwell to William Baziotes.
Box 1, Folder 23

Belsey, Joseph, 1987

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Joseph Belsey on December 17, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 24

Ben-Zion, 1986

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Ben-Zion on January 6, 1986, and on "The Ten." See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 25

Benhaim, Hermine, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from the Hermine Benhaim Papers, specifically on a Henry Putzel essay.
Box 1, Folder 26

Benjamin, Gershon, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 1, Folder 27

Berman, Henry, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Henry Berman on February 14, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 1, Folder 28

Blinken, Donald, 1962-1986

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Donald Blinken on January 28, 1986, two photocopied articles (1962, 1982), and notes on Blinken. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview. See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
Box 1, Folder 29

Blot, Jacques, undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Jacques Blot to Mark Rothko (date illegible).
Box 1, Folder 30

Bluhm, Norman, circa 1987

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Norman Bluhm to James Breslin.
Box 2, Folder 1

Bodin, Paul, 1987

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Typed and handwritten notes from Breslin's telephone interview with Paul Bodin on July 2, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview with Bodin on January 28, 1986.
Box 2, Folder 2

Bogat, Regina, 1986-1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Two letters (1990, 1992) to James Breslin from Regina Bogat, widow of Alfred Jensen (also known by her married name, Regina Bogat Jensen), accompanied by photocopied reminiscences by Al Jensen of his conversations with Mark Rothko. Also includes Breslin's notes from his interview with Bogat on February 5, 1986. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 3

Bolotowsky, Ilya, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Ilya Bolotowsky on March 24, 1968.
Box 2, Folder 4

Bourgeois, Louise, 1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Louise Bourgeois on January 5, 1986, followed by five leaves of handwritten notes and the original file folder with notes on front.
Box 2, Folder 5

Bowker, Albert, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Albert Bowker.
Box 2, Folder 6

Brach, Paul, 1986

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's very brief notes from his telephone conversation with Paul Brach on January 17, 1986.
Box 2, Folder 7

Braddon, Bernard, 1986

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's typewritten notes from his interview with Bernard Braddon on January 23, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 8

Braddon, Bernard, and Sidney Schectman, 1938, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied transcript of a 1938 radio interview with Bernard Braddon and Sidney Schectman, directors of Mercury Galleries, New York, and Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Braddon and Schectman on October 9, 1981. See also Series II: Mercury Galleries.
Box 2, Folder 9

Breslin, Paul, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on the Paul Breslin papers.
Box 2, Folder 10

Briggs, Ernest, 1956-1962, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes four photocopied letters from Clyfford Still to Ernest Briggs regarding exhibitions, reviews, and sales of Briggs's work (1956-1962), and Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Barbara Schikler's interviews with Earnest Briggs in July and October, 1982.
Box 2, Folder 11

Brooks, James, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's very brief notes on Dorothy Seckler's 1965 interview with James Brooks.
Box 2, Folder 12

Brown, Milton, 1987

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's July 1, 1987 interview with Milton Brown, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes and the original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, 23*

Browne, Lewis, 1921-1986

Box 2, Folder 13

Lewis Browne collection, 1921-1928, 1989

Physical Description: 13 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes six photocopied letters from Lewis Browne to his parents (1921-1928), two letters from the Lilly Library, Indiana University, regarding the Lewis Browne collection (1986-1989), photocopied articles related to Browne's Graphic Bible and his legal dispute with Rothko following the book's publication (1928), one leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes, and the original file folder with notes on front and back.
Box 23*, Folder 2

Oversize articles, 1929

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles about Browne's legal dispute with Rothko.
Box 2, Folder 14

Browne, Silvia, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Silvia Browne on September 20, 1986, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 15

Bultman, Jeanne [Joan], 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Jeanne Bultman on January 13, 1986. The interviewee is identified as Jeanne on the transcript, but as Joan Bultman in Breslin's book, p. 682. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 2, 23*

Calcagno, Lawrence, 1956, circa 1983-1992

Box 2, Folder 16

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 23*, Folder 3

Oversize letter from Mark Rothko, 1956

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Lawrence Calcagno.
Box 2, Folder 17

Calden, Morris, 1982-1986

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes from interviews with Morris Calden on February 14 and 28, 1986, photocopied notes from Morris Calden's meeting with Bonnie Clearwater and Barbara Shikler on June 30, 1982, and Breslin's original file folder with notes on the front. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's Feb 14, 1986, interview.
Box 2, Folder 18

Carone, Nicholas, 1987-1988

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a typewritten transcript of Breslin's interview with Nicholas Carone on May 16, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes and a letter from Carone to Breslin (1987). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 19

Carson, Edith, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes, including notes on Walter Hopps's interview with Edith Carson on October 19, 1972, and a photocopied article by William Cobb, "From utopian isolation to radical activism," Arkansas historical quarterly, special issue on Commonwealth College, 1925-1935.
Box 2, Folder 20

Carson, George, 1986

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with George Carson on June 2, 1986, and correspondence between Carson and Breslin. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 21

Castelli, Leo, 1980

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article about Leo Castelli by Calvin Tomkins, "A good eye and a good ear," New Yorker, May 26, 1980.
Box 2, Folder 22

Cavallon, Georgio, 1987

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Georgio Cavallon on January 24, 1987, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 23

Climo, George and Shirley, 1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Shirley and George Climo on October 15, 1986, and two letters from the Climos to Breslin. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 24

Corbett, Edward, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on correspondence in the Edward Corbett papers.
Box 2, Folder 25

Crowe, Tom, 1967

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Tom Crowe to Mark Rothko requesting the artist's signature.
Box 2, Folder 26

Culeshman, N., Mrs., circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Mrs. N. Culeshman, possibly Rothko's first cousin.
Box 2, Folder 27

Dach, Irene, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Irene Dach.
Box 2, Folder 28

Dehner, Dorothy, 1986-1987

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Dorothy Dehner on January 18, 1986, a letter granting Breslin access to the Dorothy Dehner collections at the Archives of American Art (1987), and three leaves of handwritten notes on Dehner's conversation with Garnett McCoy and Rosalind Krauss in December 1966. See Series VI for an audio recording of the Breslin interview.
Box 2, Folder 29

De Kooning, Elaine, 1957-1976

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied transcript of an interview with Elaine de Kooning on March 28, 1976, five leaves of Breslin's handwritten notes on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with De Kooning on August 27, 1981, a photocopied article by De Kooning, "Two Americans in action: Franz Kline, Mark Rothko," ARTnews Annual, XXVII, 1959, and a photocopied letter to the editor by Rothko, ARTnews, v. 56, no. 8, December 1957.
Box 2, Folder 30

De Kooning, Willem, 1972-1990

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopied articles about Willem de Kooning (1979, circa 1990) and an interview with Harold Rosenberg, ARTnews, September 1972.
Box 2, Folder 31

Deming, Vita, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Two-part transcript of Breslin's interview with Vita Deming on February 3, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 32

Dienes, Ben, 1987

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Ben Dienes on January 9, 1987, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 33

Dillenberger, Jane, 1968

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Jane Dillenberger to Mark Rothko.
Box 2, Folder 34

Director, Aaron and Harry, 1985

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Harry and Aaron Director on July 2, 1985. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 2, Folder 35

Dirk, Nathaniel, 1936, 1989

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of the exhibition checklist for Nathaniel Dirk's watercolor exhibition at the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, MA, 1989, and a photocopy of Dirk's biography in Who's who in American art (1936-1937).
Box 2, Folder 36

Dorshy, Morris, 1987

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with Morris Dorshy on January 24, 1987.
Box 2, Folder 37

Dzubas, Friedel, 1965

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of an interview with Friedel Dzubas by Max Kozloff, published in Artforum, September 1965.
Box 3, Folder 1

Eisenstein, Judith, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two leaves of handwritten notes from James Breslin's telephone interview with Judith Eisenstein on January 29, 1986, and photocopied transcripts of Eisenstein's meeting with Minna Brownstone on January 14, 1985.
Box 3, Folder 2

Emery, Vica, 1988

Physical Description: 3 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Vica Emery on October 12, 1988.
Box 3, Folder 3

Ernst, Jimmy, 1978, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings' interview with Jimmy Ernst on September 30, 1974, and a photocopied letter from Clair Zamoiski to Ernst (1978).
Box 3, Folder 4

Evergood, Philip, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on the Philip Evergood papers.
Box 3, Folder 5

Eversole, Finley, 1963

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Finley Eversole to Mark Rothko.
Box 3, 23*

Feldman, Morton, 1972-1973

Box 3, Folder 6

Articles 1973

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles relating to Morton Feldman (1973), and one leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 23*, Folder 4

Oversize article 1972

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article relating to Morton Feldman (1972).
Box 3, Folder 7-8

Ferber, Herbert, 1952-1987

Box 3, Folder 7

Interviews, 1987

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Herbert Ferber on January 27, 1987, and handwritten notes on interviews with Ferber by Irving Sandler (1968) and Phyllis Tuchman (1981). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence and articles, 1952-1984

Physical Description: 18 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of Herbert Ferber correspondence, including eleven letters from Mark Rothko (1952-1968) and one from Robert Motherwell (1968), two articles by or about Ferber (1984), and Breslin's original file folder with notes on front and back. See also Lee Seldes file for transcribed correspondence between Ferber and Rothko.
Box 3, Folder 9

Folger, William S., 1947

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from William S. Folger to Mark Rothko inquiring about a watercolor exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art.
Box 23*, Folder 5

Frankenthaler, Helen, 1989

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Oversize article by Deborah Solomon, "Artful survivor: Helen Frankenthaler stays loyal to abstract expressionism," New York times magazine , May 14, 1989.
Box 3, Folder 10

Fuerstein, Saul, 1983

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied notes from Barbara Shikler's interview with Saul Fuerstein on November 2, 1983.
Box 3, Folder 11

Gage, Arthur, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Arthur Gage in November 1986, and three leaves of genealogical information about the Weinstein family. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 3, Folder 12

Genauer, Emily, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on the Emily Genauer papers.
Box 3, Folder 13

Gewirtz, Marilyn, 1989

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with Marilyn Gewirtz on April 13, 1989.
Box 3, Folder 14

Gitertz, Morris, 1978

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of a letter from Morris Gitertz to Diane Waldman regarding Gitertz's Yale connections to Mark Rothko, Lewis Browne, Aaron Director, and the Saturday evening pest (1978).
Box 3, Folder 15

Glimcher, Arnold B., 1969-1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Arnold Glimcher on January 29, 1986, and photocopied letters from Glimcher to Mark Rothko (1969) and Breslin (1986). See also Series II: Pace Gallery. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 3, Folder 16

Goldberg, Michael, 1987

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Michael Goldberg on January 27, 1987.
Box 3, Folder 17

Goldman, Emma, 1913-1915, 1985

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter from Candace Falk to James Breslin (1985) about the Emma Goldman papers at the University of California, Berkeley, and photocopied materials regarding Goldman's talks in Portland in 1913 and 1915, some of which Mark Rothko attended.
Box 3, Folder 18

Goldreyer, Daniel, 1986

Physical Description: 9 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Daniel Goldreyer on February 19, 1986.
Box 3, Folder 19

Goodrich, Lloyd, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Lloyd Goodrich on January 14, 1986. See also Series II: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 3, Folder 20

Gordon, Max, 1971-1985

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Max Gordon on August 9, 1985, and a photocopied article, "Night clubs," New Yorker, October 1971.
Box 3, Folder 21

Gorky, Arshile, 1980

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied transcript of a conversation between Arshile Gorky and Mark Rothko, from Karlen Moordian, The many worlds of Arshile Gorky (Chicago: Gilgamesh Press Ltd., 1980).
Box 3, Folder 22-23

Gottlieb, Adolph, 1948-1980

Box 3, Folder 22

Interviews and papers, 1962-1963, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied partial transcription of an interview with Adolph Gottlieb by Martin Friedman (1962), notes on interviews with Gottlieb by Irving Sandler (1962), Dorothy Seckler (1967), and Dore Ashton (1972), a photocopied interview by David Sylvester, Living arts magazine, June 1963, and Breslin's handwritten notes on the Gottlieb papers.
Box 3, Folder 23

Printed materials, 1948-1980

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles by and about Adolph Gottlieb (1954-1980) and the text of a talk given by Gottlieb (1948).
Box 3, Folder 24

Gottlieb, Esther, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with Esther Gottlieb (1981) and regarding a conversation with Esther Gottlieb and Sanford Hirsh (1987).
Box 3, Folder 25

Gottlieb, Harry, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on the Harry Gottlieb papers.
Box 3, Folder 26

Goreff, Carl and Leo, 1978-1990

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopied letters to Diane Waldman regarding Mark Rothko (1978) and Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone interview with Carl Goreff on January 12, 1990.
Box 3, Folder 27

Graham, John, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes regarding John Graham.
Box 3, Folder 28

Green, Wilder, 1988

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Wilder Green on May 17, 1988, followed by handwritten and photocopied notes on an uncited interview with Green. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 3, Folder 29

Greenberg, Clement, 1955, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Clement Greenberg on February 3, 1986, and a photocopied article by Greenberg, "American-type painting," Partisan review, 1955. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 3, Folder 30

Grokest, Albert, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Dr. Albert Grokest on January 24, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 3, Folder 31

Guston, Philip, 1978-1979

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied lecture (1978) and "Notes to Musa in Woodstock," 1979, by Philip Guston.
Box 3, Folder 32

Haftmann, Werner, 1971, undated

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied recollections of Mark Rothko by Werner Haftmann and a published essay, "Ontmoeting met Mark Rothko" (1971).
Box 3, Folder 33

Hare, David, circa 1940, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of Peggy Guggenheim's interview with David Hare (circa 1940), and a transcript of Breslin's interview with Hare on January 9, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 3, 20

Hays, Hoffman R. and Juliette, 1977-1987, undated

Box 3, Folder 34

Letter and interviews, 1977-1987

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied letter from Hoffman R. Hays to Clair Zamoiski with a list of Mark Rothko paintings in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Hays (1977), five leaves of Breslin's notes on Dore Ashton's interview with Juliette Hays on July 2, 1982, a list of interview questions (1987), and a transcript of Breslin's interview with Juliette Hays on January 28, 1987. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 20, Folder 1

Color photographs, undated

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Six Polaroid photographs of four Mark Rothko paintings in the Hays collection.
Box 3, Folder 35

Hayter, Stanley William, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Article by Martica Sawin, "Stanley William Hayter at 84," Arts magazine, January 1986.
Box 3, Folder 36

Held, Al, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cumming's interviews with Al Held in 1975 and 1976.
Box 3, Folder 37-38

Heller, Ben, 1960-1987

Scope and Content Note

See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
Box 3, Folder 37

Interviews and articles, 1960-1987

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of a transcript of Breslin's interview with Ben Heller on January 27, 1987, Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings' interview with Heller (1973), and two photocopied articles about Heller as a collector (1960-1961). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 3, Folder 38

Letter to Gustav Harrow, 1974

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Ben Heller to Gustav Harrow, Assistant Attorney General, New York, N.Y., regarding Heller's relationship to Mark Rothko and his art (1974); includes a price list of Rothko paintings acquired by Heller from 1955 to 1969.
Box 3, Folder 39

Hill, Clinton, circa 1955, 1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Clinton Hill on January 28, 1986, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes and a photocopied invitation from the Zabriskie Gallery (circa 1955). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 3, Folder 40

Hios, Theo, 1986

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Theo Hios on February 7, 1986.
Box 3, Folder 41

Hirschfeld, Al, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Al Hirschfeld on January 4, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 3, Folder 42

Hopkins, Budd, 1986, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Budd Hopkins on January 22, 1986, a photocopied article by Budd Hopkins, "Budd Hopkins on Budd Hopkins," Art in America, and a copy of his curriculum vitae. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 4, Folder 1

Israel, Murray, 1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Murray Israel on May 20, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 4, Folder 2

Irey, William, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on William Irey's recollections of Mark Rothko as a teacher (1983).
Box 4, Folder 3

James, Martin, 1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Martin James on May 16, 1988, followed by one leaf of handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 4, Folder 4

Janis, Sidney, 1960-1973, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Avis Berman's interview with Sidney Janis on October 15, 1981, and three photocopied articles related to Sidney Janis (1960-1973).
Box 4, Folder 5

Jensen, Alfred, 1953-circa 1956, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopied fragments of Alfred Jensen's typed journal (1953-circa 1956), followed by handwritten notes and a brief photocopied essay, "Cedar Street Bar." See also Bogat, Regina.
Box 4, Folder 6

Johns, Jasper, 1993-1994

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters to James Breslin from Jasper Johns (1994) and Sarah Taggart (1993) declining an invitation to work with Breslin on a biography of Johns.
Box 4, Folder 7

Johnson, Buffie, 1978-1986

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of a transcript of Breslin's interview with Buffie Johnson on January 20, 1986, Breslin's handwritten notes on interviews with Johnson by Barbara Schikler (1982) and Paul Cummings (1977), and a photocopied letter from Johnson to Clair Zamoiski (1978). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 4, Folder 8

Johnson, Phillip, 1987

Physical Description: 3 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from a telephone conversation with Phillip Johnson on July 6, 1987.
Box 4, Folder 9

Kainen, Jacob, 1971, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Jacob Kainen on August 10, 1982, and on the Jacob Kainen papers, as well as a photocopied article (1971).
Box 4, Folder 10

Kaminstein, Barbara, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Barbara Kaminstein.
Box 4, Folder 11

Kashdin, Gladys, 1965, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Gladys Kashdin's interview with Adolph Gottlieb on April 28, 1965, followed by handwritten notes and photocopies of Kashdin's notes from her interview with Mark Rothko on May 4, 1965.
Box 4, 23*

Kaufman, Louis and Annette, 1951-1986

Box 4, Folder 12

Interview notes and articles, 1975-1986

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Louis and Annette Kaufman on November 3, 1986, his notes from the Louis Kaufman papers and on Ruth Cloudman's interview with Louis Kaufman on February 15, 1985. Also includes photocopied articles (1975-1986). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 23*, Folder 6

Oversize article, 1951

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied excerpt about the New York City Opera's production of "The dybbuk and the devil to pay" (1951).
Box 4, Folder 13

Kingsley, April, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on April Kingsley.
Box 4, Folder 14

Klein, Milton and Lilian, 1987

Physical Description: 6 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Milton and Lilian Klein on April 9, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 4, Folder 15

Konzal, Joseph, 1983

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied transcript of Barbara Shikler's telephone conversation with Joseph Konzal on October 24, 1983.
Box 4, Folder 16

Kootz, Samuel, 1942, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's notes on Dorothy Seckler's interview with Samuel Kootz, April 13, 1964, and photocopied announcements for an exhibition of paintings selected by Kootz, held at Macy Galleries, New York, 1942.
Box 4, Folder 17

Kufeld, Jack, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Jack Kufeld on October 5, 1981, and more notes on Kufeld from 1986.
Box 4, Folder 18-20

Kuh, Katherine, 1954-1986

Scope and Content Note

See also Series II. Art Institute of Chicago.
Box 4, Folder 18

Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1954-1955

Physical Description: 44 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopies each of 18 letters between Katharine Kuh and Mark Rothko (1954-1955), and four letters between Petronel Lukens and Rothko (1954), most regarding an exhibition of Rothko's work at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1954.
Box 4, Folder 19

Interviews, 1986-1987

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Katharine Kuh on February 14, 1986, a photocopy of a published interview with Kuh by Avis Berman (1987), and Breslin's handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 4, Folder 20

Printed materials, 1954-1971

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied articles (1954, 1971) and an exhibition statement by Katharine Kuh.
Box 4, Folder 21

Kunitz, Stanley, 1986, undated

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Kunitz on February 7, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a poem by Stanley Kunitz called "The testing tree," and Breslin's handwritten notes on interviews with Kunitz by Cynthia J. McCabe (undated) and Avis Berman (1983). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 4, Folder 22

Lambert, Phyllis, 1987

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with Phyllis Lambert on May 15, 1987, and an exchange of letters between them (1987).
Box 4, Folder 23

Langbaum, Robert, 1987

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Robert Langbaum to James Breslin (1987).
Box 4, Folder 24

Leontief, Wassily, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript from Breslin's interview with Wassily Leontief on February 13, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 4, Folder 25

Leopold, Richard William, undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Richard Leopold.
Box 4, Folder 26

Levi, Julian, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes about the Julian Levi papers.
Box 4, 23*

Levine, Anne Marie, 1980-1986

Box 4, Folder 27

Interview and poems, 1981-1986

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Anne Marie Levine on January 17, 1986, and photocopied poems by Levine (1981-1985).
Box 23*, Folder 7

Oversize poem, 1980

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied poem by Anne Marie Levine, "Euphorbia" (1980).
Box 4, Folder 28

Levine, Morton H., 1973, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Morton H. Levine to District Director of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (1973), Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Levine's slide inventory of Mark Rothko paintings, and a photocopied one-page essay about Rothko by Levine (undated).
Box 4, Folder 29

Lidov, Arthur, 1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript from Breslin's interview with Arthur Lidov on May 15, 1988, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 4, 23*

Liss, Joseph, 1941-1987

Box 4, Folder 30-31

1941-1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Joseph Liss (1941), two copies of a letter from Liss to Clair Zamoiski (1977), a letter from Liss to Breslin (1987), Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Dore Ashton's interview with Liss on August 10, 1982, photocopies of a published interview by Liss with Willem de Kooning regarding Mark Rothko, ARTnews, January 1979, and a synopsis of Liss's incomplete book about De Kooning (circa 1987).
Box 23*, Folder 8

Oversize articles, 1976-1982

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Multiple photocopies of articles by Joseph Liss published in the East Hampton star, "A portrait by Rothko," September 2, 1976, and "Abstraction at Louse Point," February 25, 1982.
Box 4, 23*

Lloyd, Frank, 1963-1988

Scope and Content Note

See also Series II: Marlborough Galleries.
Box 4, Folder 32

1988, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

A photocopied biography of Lloyd issued by Marlborough Gallery (undated), Breslin's brief handwritten notes on his telephone conversation with Frank Lloyd on October 13, 1988, and on Katharine Kuh's article, "The fine art of dealing," Saturday review, v. 46, December 1963.
Box 4, Folder 33-34

Articles, 1963-1975

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of articles about Frank Lloyd and New York art dealers in general, Marlborough Galleries, and the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death (1963-1975).
Box 23*, Folder 9

Oversize articles, 1973-1977

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles about Frank Lloyd, Marlborough Galleries, and the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death (1973-1977).
Box 5, Folder 1

Lukashok, Martin, 1986

Physical Description: 4 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on his interview with Martin Lukashok on January 20, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 2

Maimin, Gesel, 1991

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Two letters from Maimin Gesel to James Breslin regarding the town of Dvinsk.
Box 5, Folder 3

Malamud, Bernard, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Bernard Malamud on February 19, 1986, followed by one page of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 4

Margolis, David, 1986-1989

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with David Margolis on April 28, 1989, handwritten interview questions, a catalog for a 1986 David Margolis exhibition at the Hudson Gallery, New York, and handwritten general notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 5

Martin, Fred, 1985

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Fred Martin on July 3, 1985, followed by one page of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 6

McKee, David, 1988

Physical Description: 4 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on David McKee.
Box 5, Folder 7

McKinney, Donald, 1988, undated

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes transcripts of Breslin's interview with Donald McKinney on May 19, 1988, followed by handwritten notes, and a photocopied fragment of an essay by McKinney. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 8

Mead, Allen W., 1986-1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Dr. Allen W. Mead on February 17, 1986, and a letter from Dr. Mead to Breslin (1988). See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 9

Meals, Moselle, 1961

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Moselle Meals to Mark Rothko.
Box 5, Folder 10

Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1976-1978, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Dorothy Miller on May 4, 1981, a photocopied letter from Miller to Clair Zamoiski (1978), and two photocopies of an article by John Gruen, "Dorothy Miller in the company of modern art," ARTnews November 1976.
Box 5, Folder 11

Miller, Ruth, 1967-1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Ruth Miller on October 11, 1988, followed by handwritten notes, and two photocopied letters from Mark Rothko to Miller (1967, 1969). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 12

Misson, Alain, undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Alain Misson to Mark Rothko.
Box 5, Folder 13

Moran, Ruth H., 1990-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Ruth H. Moran to James Breslin (1990), business card enclosed, and Breslin's handwritten notes from a telephone interview with Moran on April 15, 1992.
Box 5, Folder 14

Morrow, Barbara Price and Robert, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes, probably from an interview with Barbara Price Morrow and Robert Morrow. Original file folder included with a quotation written on the front, "paintings are skins that are shed and hung on a wall."
Box 5, 23*

Motherwell, Robert, 1944-1991,

Box 5, Folder 15

Interviews, 1962-1987

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two lengthy transcripts of Breslin's interviews with Robert Motherwell on June 30 and July 4, 1987, followed by extensive handwritten notes, photocopies of published interviews with Motherwell by David Sylvester (1962), Max Kozloff (1965), Barbaralee Diamonstein (1977), and Terence Maloon (1978), as well as handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Motherwell (1971). See Series VI for a recording of the Breslin interviews.
Box 5, Folder 16

Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1946-1958

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of six handwritten letters from Mark Rothko to Robert and Helen Motherwell. Includes original file folder with notes on front.
Box 5, Folder 17

Correspondence, 1986-1990

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters between Robert Motherwell and James Breslin (1986-1990), as well as a photocopied letter from Motherwell to David Hopkins (1987) and one to Motherwell from Robert T. Buck of the Brooklyn Museum (1987). Includes original file folder with notes on front and back.
Box 5, Folder 18-19

Writings by Robert Motherwell, 1944-1970

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied essays by Robert Motherwell, including three called "On Rothko" (1967-1970).
Box 5, 23*

Writings about Robert Motherwell, 1950-1991, undated

Scope and Content Note

Assorted photocopied articles and clippings related to Robert Motherwell, including an essay by James Breslin, "Robert Motherwell: 'From WASPism to modernism.'"
Box 5, Folder 20-21

Articles, 1950-1991, undated

Box 23*, Folder 10

Oversize articles, 1985-1991

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 5, Folder 22

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 10 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Robert Motherwell, including notes on his interviews.
Box 5, 20

Photograph, 1952

Scope and Content Note

Black and white photograph (8 x 10 in.) by Lee Sievan of Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, taken at an art conference in Woodstock, NY, 1952, followed by a half leaf of handwritten notes. The negative has been moved to Box 20.
Box 5, Folder 23

Photograph and notes,

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 20, Folder 2

Negative,

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 5, Folder 24

Nachumi, Annette, 1989

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Annette Nachumi on May 2, 1989. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 5, Folder 25

Naimark, Max, 1977, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied letter from Max Naimark to Clair Zamoiski (1977), an incomplete account of Mark Rothko's high school experience as recalled by Naimark, and Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 5, Folder 26

Namath, Hans, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on photographs by Hans Namath of Mark Rothko in his 69th Street studio.
Box 5, Folder 27

Nevelson, Louise, 1984

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

One leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes and a photocopied page from Natalie S. Bober, "Breaking the tradition: the story of Louise Nevelson," Athenaeum, 1984.
Box 5, Folder 28

Newhouse, S. I., Jr., 1968

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from S. I. Newhouse, Jr., to Mark Rothko.
Box 5, Folder 29

Newman, Annalee, 1987-1989

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence between James Breslin and Annalee Newman (1987-1989) and Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 6, Folder 1-4

Newman, Barnett, 1943-1980

Box 6, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1945-1950

Physical Description: 16 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies and transcribed correspondence in the Newman papers between the Rothkos and the Newmans.
Box 6, Folder 2

Interviews, 1972-1980

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied transcripts of David Sylvester's interview with Barnett Newman (1972) and Pat Gilmour's interview with Alan Bowness, Director of the Tate Gallery (1980).
Box 6, Folder 3

Writings, 1943-1979

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of published writings by Barnett Newman (1943-1979).
Box 6, Folder 4

Printed materials and notes, 1978-1979

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied printed material regarding Barnett Newman (1978-1979), including a summary of the Newman vs. Reinhardt case, followed by Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 6, Folder 5

Newman, Sonia, 1986

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Sonia Newman on May 8, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 6

Northrup, Richard and Barbara, 1986-1987

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

A letter from Barbara B. Northrup to James Breslin (1987) and a transcript and notes from Breslin's interview with Richard and Barbara Northrup and Shirley and George Climo on October 15, 1986. Includes original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interviews.
Box 6, Folder 7

O'Gorman, Ned, 1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

A transcript of Breslin's interview with Ned O'Gorman on February 27, 1986, followed by two leaves of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 8

Okun, George and Blanche, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with George Okun, Blanche Okun, and Sophie Tracy on February 11, 1986, and one handwritten page of interview questions. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 9

Panicalli, Carla, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Carla Panicalli on February 13, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 10

Panza di Biumo, Giuseppe, 1960-1970

Physical Description: 38 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of Giuseppe Panza di Biumo's correspondence, primarily with Mark Rothko (1960-1969), including letters and printed materials regarding his purchase of Rothko paintings and murals. Also includes a photocopied article by Tommaso Trini, "At home with art: the villa of Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo," 1970.
Box 6, Folder 11

Parker, Ray, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Ray Parker on January 25, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 12

Parsons, Betty, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Gerald Silk's interview with Betty Parsons on June 11, 1981, and on letters to Parsons in the Lee Seldes files. See also Series II: Betty Parsons Gallery.
Box 6, Folder 13

Pasey, Nathan, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Nathan Pasey on February 24, 1986.
Box 6, Folder 14

Phillips, Gerald, 1986

Physical Description: 4 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Gerald Phillips on January 27, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 15

Poe, Barbara, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Barbara Poe on November 7, 1987, followed by a page of handwritten notes. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 16-17

Pomeroy, Ralph, 1971-1986

Scope and Content Note

Includes handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Ralph Pomeroy on February 24, 1986, and photocopied transcripts of interviews by Donald McKinney with Pomeroy, Rita Reinhardt, Theodoros Stamos, John de Menil, and Simone Swan (1971), and of a conversation "Regarding Rothko" between Ralph Pomeroy, Donald McKinney, Clinton Wilder, and Bernard Reis (1971).
Box 6, Folder 18

Porter, David, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied documents from the David Porter papers and Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 6, Folder 19

Pottish, Morris, 1987

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes transcripts of Breslin's interviews with Morris Pottish on June 29 and 30, 1987, followed by handwritten notes, and a letter from Breslin to Pottish. See Series VI for an audio recording of the June 29 interview.
Box 6, Folder 20

Prensky, Frieda, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Frieda Prensky on February 2, 1986, and a photocopied letter from Barbara Shikler to Bonnie [Clearwater?] (1985). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, 23*

Putnam, Wallace, 1974, undated

Box 6, Folder 21

Interview circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Wallace Putnam on July 13, 1982, and photocopied pages from Manhattan manners.
Box 23*, Folder 11

Oversize article 1974

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article by Wallace Putnam, "Mark Rothko told me," Arts magazine, April 1974.
Box 6, Folder 22

Putzel, Howard, 1945, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles about Howard Putzel and the 67 Gallery, New York, including a New York times letter to the editor by Mark Rothko, July 8, 1945.
Box 6, Folder 23

Rabin, Kenneth, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters from Kenneth Rabin to James Breslin (1985-1986) and lengthy handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Rabin on August 12, 1985. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 6, Folder 24

Rabin, Milton, 1985-1991

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Milton Rabin on June 21, 1985, and a letter from Rabin to Breslin (1991).
Box 6, 23*

Reinhardt, Ad, 1946-1991

Box 6, Folder 25

Postcards and articles, 1954-1991

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied postcards from Ad Reinhardt to Mark Rothko (1965-1966) and photocopied and clipped articles by or about Reinhardt (1954-1991).
Box 23*, Folder 12

Oversize cartoon, 1946

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied cartoon by Ad Reinhardt, "How to look at modern art," PM, June 1946.
Box 6, Folder 26

Reinhardt, Rita, 1953-1993

Physical Description: 10 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's assorted typewritten and handwritten notes regarding Rita Reinhardt (1993), a certified copy of Ad Reinhardt and Rita Solomon's marriage license (1953), and a photocopied letter from Donald McKinney to Rita Reinhardt (1969). For Rita Reinhardt's deposition for the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death, see Series III B. Legal files.
Box 6, Folder 27-30

Reis, Bernard, 1931-1974

Box 6, Folder 27

Correspondence, 1951-1974

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters to and from Bernard Reis (1951-1974), mostly regarding his art collection.
Box 6, Folder 28

Interviews and autobiographical statements, 1971, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of an interview with Bernard Reis by Donald McKinney (1971), Breslin's notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Reis (1976), and two autobiographical statements by Reis (undated). See Series VI for an audio recording of Cummings's interview from the Archives of American Art.
Box 6, Folder 29

Legal and financial documents, 1958-1974

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied documents regarding the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death and Bernard Reis's transactions with Marlborough Galleries. See Series III B. Legal files for more documents pertaining to the trial.
Box 6, Folder 30

Articles and notes, 1931-1951, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopied articles, one by Bernard Reis (1931) and one about him (1951), and Breslin's handwritten notes on the Bernard Reis papers.
Box 7, Folder 1

Reis, Rebecca, 1964-1986

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcription of Breslin's interview with Rebecca Reis on November 8, 1986, Breslin's lengthy notes on William McNaught's interview with her on March 24, 1980, and two photocopied articles on Reis's cookbook, The unharried hostess (1964). See Series VI for an audio recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 7, Folder 2

Reiter, Phil and Dorothy, 1986

Physical Description: 9 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Dorothy and Phil Reiter on June 25, 1986.
Box 7, Folder 3

Rice, Dan and Jackie, 1983-1986, undated

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Jackie and Dan Rice on February 21, 1986, a photocopy of Arnold Glimcher's published interview with Dan Rice, "The 1958-1959 murals: second series," and photocopied notes from an interview with Rice in November 1983. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 7, Folder 4

Root, E.W., 1953

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article, "One man’s collection," Art digest, March 1953.
Box 7, Folder 5

Rosen, Jim, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Jim Rosen with brief references to Leonard Bocour and John Kruchenick.
Box 7, Folder 6

Rosenberg, Harold, 1952-1977

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article by Harold Rosenberg, "The American action painters," ARTnews, December 1952, and a transcript of a 1977 interview with Rosenberg regarding Mark Rothko.
Box 7, Folder 7

Rostin, Norman, 1987

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Norman Rostin on January 24, 1987.
Box 7, Folder 8

Roth, Albert, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Albert Roth.
Box 7, 20

Roth, Julian, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Julian and Dorothy Roth on September 11, 1986, and a letter from Julian Roth to Breslin (undated), and an accompanying Polaroid photograph of a Rothko watercolor owned by Roth. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 9

Papers,

Physical Description: 5 items
Box 20, Folder 3

Photograph,

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 7, Folder 10

Roth, Moise, 1985-1987

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Moishe Roth on June 27, 1985, and a letter from Milt and Joy Rabin to James Breslin recounting a conversation with Roth (1987). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 11

Roth, Richard, 1986

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Richard Roth on November 7, 1986. See Series IV for photographs from the Richard Roth collection; Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 12

Rothko, Christopher, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Christopher Rothko on February 6, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 13-14

Rothko, Kate, 1977-1987

Box 7, Folder 13

Interviews, 1986-1987

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts and notes from Breslin's interviews with Kate Rothko in 1986 and 1987. See Series VI for recordings of the interviews.
Box 7, Folder 14

Article and notes, 1977-1985

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopy of an article by Paul Gardner, "The ordeal of Kate Rothko: the war isn’t over in Marlborough country," New York, February 1977, and Breslin's handwritten notes regarding Ilya Prizel and Kate Rothko. See Series III B. Legal files for documents pertaining to the trial that followed Mark Rothko's death.
Box 7, Folder 15-17

Rothko, Mary Alice (Mell), 1939-1970

Box 7, Folder 15

Papers, 1945-1970

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two photocopied pages from Mary Alice Beistle's high school yearbook, two photocopies of Beistle's certificate of marriage to Mark Rothko (1945), photocopied documents regarding their separation (1969), and three photocopied letters (1970).
Box 7, Folder 16-17

Illustrations 1937-1942

Box 7, Folder 16

Just Puggy, 1937

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of Aldarilla S. Beistle's book Just Puggy (New York: David McKay Company, 1939), illustrated by Mary Alice Beistle.
Box 7, Folder 17

Open daily, 1942

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of Aldarilla S. Beistle's book Open daily (New York: David McKay Company, 1942), illustrated by Mary Alice Beistle.
Box 7, Folder 18

Rothkowitz, Kate, 1944-1948

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter from Mark Rothko to his mother, Kate Rothkowitz (1944), and a copy of her obituary in the Oregonian, October 13, 1948.
Box 7, Folder 19

Rubin, William, 1986

Physical Description: 8 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on William Rubin.
Box 7, Folder 20

Ruddick, Bruce and Dorothy, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Bruce and Dorothy Ruddick.
Box 7, Folder 21

Russell, George C., Mrs., 1961

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mrs. George C. Russell to Mark Rothko (1961).
Box 7, Folder 22-24

Sachar, Edith, 1932-1944

Box 7, Folder 22

Correspondence, 1932-1937, undated

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Edith Sachar to Mark Rothko.
Box 7, Folder 23

Papers, 1932-1942

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopy of Edith Sachar and Mark Rothko's marriage certificate (1932), notes on Edith and Mark Rothko's marriage, and a copy of an advertisement for Edith Sachar's jewelery (1942).
Box 7, Folder 24

Divorce, 1944

Physical Description: 10 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied legal documents pertaining to Edith Sachar Rothkowitz's divorce from Mark Rothko.
Box 7, Folder 25

Sachar, Howard, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Howard Sachar in November 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 26

Sachar, William, 1987

Physical Description: 10 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with William Sachar on March 4, 1987. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 27

Schanker, Louis, 1977, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript and Breslin's handwritten notes on Harlan Phillip's interview with Louis Schanker on December 17, 1977, as well as Breslin's notes from the Louis Schanker papers.
Box 7, Folder 28

Scharf, William and Sally, 1986, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with William and Sally Scharf on January 8, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, and a photocopied transcript of an undated interview with Sally Scharf. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 29

Schiller, Fredrich von, undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

One photocopied page of an essay regarding Fredrich von Schiller and art criticism.
Box 7, Folder 30

Schoenfeld, Betty, 1990-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

A letter from Betty Schoenfeld to James Breslin (1990) and Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone interview with her on April 16, 1992.
Box 7, Folder 31

Schrag, Carl, 1986

Physical Description: 11 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Carl Schrag on January 20, 1986.
Box 7, Folder 32

Schueler, Jon, 1952, 1986

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

A two-part transcript of Breslin's interview with Jon Schueler on January 31, 1986, and a photocopied letter from Schueler to Clyfford Still (1952). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 7, Folder 33

Schwabacher, Ethel, 1954-1960

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied pages from Ethel Schwabacher's notebook (1954-1956) and two photocopied drafts of an essay on Mark Rothko (1960).
Box 8, Folder 1-2

Scull, Robert C. and Ethel, 1960-1987

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied articles regarding Robert and Ethel Scull and their art collection, the auction of part of their art collection in 1973, and their divorce and subsequent lawsuit, followed by Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 8, Folder 3-4

Seitz, William, 1952-1953, undated

Box 8, Folder 3

Interview and correspondence, 1952-1953

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied transcript of William Seitz's interview with Mark Rothko on January 22, 1952, an inventory of the William Seitz papers at the Archives of American Art, and photocopied letters between Seitz and Rothko (1953).
Box 8, Folder 4

William Seitz papers, undated

Physical Description: 92 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied materials from the William Seitz papers at the Archives of American Art, primarily Seitz's extensive notes on Mark Rothko.
Box 8, Folder 5-6

Seldes, Lee, 1974-1978, undated

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied materials by and about Lee Seldes: articles (1974-1978), an excerpt from Seldes's book The legacy of Mark Rothko (1978), a fragment of a typescript draft about Mark Rothko, and notebook pages from the Lee Seldes files with transcribed correspondence between Mark Rothko and Herbert Ferber (1952-1959), among others.
Box 8, Folder 7

Selz, Peter, 1961-1986

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Peter Selz on September 11, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a photocopied article by Selz, "Mark Rothko," Museum of Modern Art , 1961, photocopied text of an exhibition catalog, Mark Rothko: a retrospective exhibition (London, 1961), and a photocopied letter from Selz to Rothko (illegible date). See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 8, Folder 8

Seuphor, Michel, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Three photocopied drafts of a letter from Mark Rothko to Michel Seuphor.
Box 8, Folder 9

Sievan, Maurice and Lily, 1974-1986

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes invitations to Maurice Sievan exhibitions (1983, 1986), a signed exhibition catalog from a Sievan retrospective (1974), Breslin's handwritten notes on Irving Sandler's interview with Sievan in 1963, and a transcript of Breslin's interview with Lily Sievan on February 3, 1986. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 8, Folder 10

Shapiro, David, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 8, Folder 11

Sills, Thomas, 1986

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Thomas Sills on January 30, 1986.
Box 8, Folder 12

Siskind, Aaron, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 9 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from Barbara Shickler's interviews with Aaron Siskind in 1982.
Box 8, Folder 13

Smith, David, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from the David Smith papers, including a transcription of a letter from Mark Rothko to Smith (circa 1960).
Box 8, Folder 14

Smith, Jane, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Jane Smith on January 7, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 8, Folder 15

Smith, Tony, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Tony Smith on August 22, 1978.
Box 8, Folder 16

Soffer, Sasson, 1989

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Sasson Soffer on May 1, 1989.
Box 8, Folder 17

Solman, Joseph, 1977-1986, undated

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transcript of Breslin's interview with Joseph Solman on January 15, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, a photocopied letter from Solman to Clair Zamoiski (1977), a photocopied essay by Solmon, "The Easel Division of the WPA Federal Arts Project," Breslin's handwritten notes on Avis Berman's interview with Joseph Solman on 1981 May 6, 1981, and a catalog from the exhibition Joseph Solman: Work of the Thirties, 1983. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 8, Folder 18

Soloman, Gus, 1985-1987

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Justice Gus Soloman at the Federal Courthouse, Portland, on June 24, 1985, and a letter from Mary Jo Peters, Secretary to Judge Soloman, to James Breslin regarding Gordon Soule (1987).
Box 8, Folder 19

Soyer, Rebecca, 1987

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Rebecca Soyer on January 22, 1987, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 8, Folder 20

Spalding, Joy, 1946-1989, undated

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Joy Spalding on June 26, 1985, two letters from Spalding to Breslin regarding the Rothko family's time in Portland, Oregon (1987, 1989), and photocopied excerpts from correspondence between Spalding and Mark Rothko (1946-1968).
Box 8, Folder 21-22

Spohn, Clay, 1946-1973

Box 8, Folder 21

Correspondence, 1946-1966

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of six letters and a telegram from Mark Rothko to Clay Spohn (1946-1958) and four letters from Clyfford Still to Spohn (1948-1966).
Box 8, Folder 22

Papers, 1967-1973, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Cummings's interview with Clay Spohn on January 9, 1976, followed by handwritten notes, photocopied questions that Spohn intended to ask Mark Rothko, and photocopies of two lengthy letters from Spohn to Mary Fuller McChesney (1967, 1973).
Box 8, 32

Stamos, Theodoros, 1983-1990, undated

Box 8, Folder 23

Article and notes, 1983, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on interviews with Theodoros Stamos by John Jones and Brace Hooton (1965), Karl Fortnell (1967), and Irving Sandler (1968), and a copied article, "TV film on Rothko case protested," New York times, April 30, 1983
Box 32, Folder 1

Interview, 1990

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

SEALED: Transcript of Breslin's interview with Theodoros Stamos on February 10, 1990, and his list of interview questions. Includes original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview (also sealed until 2076).

Access Information

This box will remain sealed until 2076.
Box 8, Folder 24

Steindecker, Oliver, 1986

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Oliver Steindecker on February 20, 1986, followed by handwritten notes, as well as notes on interviews with Steindecker in 1983 and 1985. See Series VI for a recording of Breslin's interview.
Box 8, Folder 25

Sterne, Hedda, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Hedda Sterne on January 22, 1986, and on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with Sterne in 1981.
Box 9, Folder 1-4

Still, Clyfford, 1941-1986

Box 9, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1941-1957

Physical Description: 17 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Clyfford Still to Mark Rothko (1948-1950), Sidney [Janis] (1955), Alfonso [Ossario?] (1953-1957), and to and from Robert Neuhaus (1941-1945).
Box 9, Folder 2-3

Articles, 1976-1986

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles regarding Clyfford Still, abstract expressionism, and Mark Rothko (1976-1986).
Box 9, Folder 4

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Assorted notes and letters from Breslin's research on Clyfford Still.
Box 9, Folder 5

Sugarman, George, 1986

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone conversation with George Sugarman on January 26, 1986.
Box 9, Folder 6

Sykes, Claire and Gerald, 1986-1988, undated

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Three letters from Claire Sykes to James Breslin (1986-1988), and a photocopied portion of a manuscript by Gerald Sykes with a character based on Mark Rothko.
Box 9, Folder 7

Tampkin, Alex and Sloan, 1987

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from his telephone interview with Alex and Sloan Tampkin on July 5, 1987.
Box 9, Folder 8

Thomas, Yvonne, 1990

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Yvonne Thomas on February 11, 1990. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 9, 23*

Till, Elizabeth, 1970-1985

Box 9, Folder 9

Interview and article, 1978-1985

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article by Elizabeth Till, "Mark Rothko at the Guggenheim," Northwest magazine, December 1978, and Breslin's handwritten notes from his interview with Elizabeth Till on 1985 June 19, 1985. Includes the original file folder with notes on front. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 23*, Folder 13

Oversize article, 1970

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article by Elizabeth Till, "A study in retrospect," Northwest magazine, March 1970.
Box 9, Folder 10

Todd, David, 1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with David Todd on January 9, 1986, followed by handwritten notes. See Series VI for a recording of the interview.
Box 9, Folder 11

Tomlin, Bradley Walker, 1949, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopied letters from Bradley Walker Tomlin to Barnett Neuman (1949) and Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 9, Folder 12

Toninelli, Romeo, 1961

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Romeo Toninelli to Mark Rothko.
Box 9, Folder 13

Tracy, Sophie, 1969-1986

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes original and photocopied letters from Sophie Tracy to James Breslin (1986), photocopies of Tracy's correspondence with Mark Rothko (1969) and Babs Kaminstein (1970), a photocopied essay by Tracy, "Hommage á Mark Rothko" (1976), and seven pages of a draft of Breslin's book.
Box 9, Folder 14

Trief, Celina, 1988

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Celina Trief on October 12, 1988. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 9, Folder 15

Trivigno, Pat, 1990

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes from Breslin's interview with Pat Trivigno on November 10, 1990.
Box 9, Folder 16

Tworkov, Jack, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Gerald Silk's interview with Jack Tworkov on March 3, 1975.
Box 9, Folder 17

Van den Berghe, 1962

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mr. Van den Berghe to Mark Rothko.
Box 9, Folder 18

Van Os, H. W., 1970-1990

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Letter from H.W. van Os to James Breslin (1990) and a photocopied essay by van Os about Mark Rothko, "In memoriam," Museumjournal, 1970.
Box 9, Folder 19

Vicente, Esteban, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Phyllis Tuchman's interview with Esteban Vicente on April 6, 1982.
Box 9, Folder 20

Wade, Jane, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Jane Wade.
Box 9, Folder 21

Ward, Lynn, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes from the Lynn Ward papers.
Box 9, 23*

Warhol, Andy, 1993

Scope and Content Note

Articles about Andy Warhol, the art market, and lawsuits involving the Warhol estate.
Box 9, Folder 22

Articles

Physical Description: 3 items
Box 23*, Folder 14

Oversize article

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 9, Folder 23-24

Weber, Max, circa 1920-1983

Box 9, Folder 23

Interview and notes, circa 1920, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Carol S. Gruber's 1958 interview with Max Weber, two photocopies of "Max Weber's criticizms [sic]" for his students in the class of 1920-1921, and Breslin's original file folder with notes on front.
Box 9, Folder 24

Articles, 1925-1983

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles and fragments relating to Max Weber.
Box 9, Folder 25

Weinstein, Edward and Sydney, 1921, 1978-1986

Physical Description: 15 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Breslin's handwritten notes on Barbara Shikler's interview with Edward Weinstein on June 14, 1983, on Breslin's telephone interview with Sydney Weinstein on May 6, 1986, and on the Weinstein surname, as well as a photocopied letter from Ed Weinstein to Clair Zamoiski (1978) and photocopied pages from the New Haven directory (1921).
Box 9, Folder 26

Whitney, Simon N., 1978

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Simon N. Whitney to Clair Zamoiski.
Box 9, Folder 27

Wilke, Ulfert, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

39 leaves of Breslin's original and photocopied notes from the Ulfert Wilke papers and the original file folder with notes on front.
Box 9, Folder 28

Wilkes, Paul, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on Paul Wilkes.
Box 9, Folder 29

Wolfe, Robert Jay, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

Breslin's handwritten notes on the Robert Jay Wolfe papers.
Box 9, Folder 30

Wright, Frederick, undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten transcript of a 1953 letter among the John Bauer papers from Mark Rothko to Frederick Wright.
Box 9, Folder 31

Yamin, Alice, 1965-1966

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters to Alice Yamin from Mark Rothko (1965) and Barnett Newman (1966), and one leaf of Breslin's handwritten notes on Yamin.
Box 9, Folder 32

Younter, Ira, 1982

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Ira Younter to [William] McNaught (1982).
Box 9, Folder 33-34

Zecil [?], 1924, undated

Physical Description: 24 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Zecil [?] to Mark Rothko (1924, undated) and photocopied poems (undated).
Box 9, Folder 35

Zogbaum, Betsy, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Breslin's interview with Betsy Zogbaum on January 15, 1986. See Series VI for an audio recording of the interview.
Box 9, Folder 36

Individuals: Unidentified, 1961-1984

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied correspondence: a letter to the Rothkos signed "Helen" (1961), an unsigned letter to "Sylvester," three letter fragments (undated), and two telegrams to Rothko (1962), as well as a letter to James Breslin (1984).
 

series: Series II.
Research files on institutions and organizations, 1922-1992

Physical Description: 1.8 lin. ft. 3 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Files on institutions and organizations such as museums, galleries, universities, foundations, and historical societies that were subjects or sources for James Breslin's research. Materials include photocopied and original correspondence, exhibition publications, contracts, records of art sales and loans, clippings, and extensive notes. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Box 10, Folder 1

American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, 1968-1977

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Hortense Zera to Clair Zamoiski (1977) with enclosures regarding the Institute's 1968 Ceremonial and a photocopied article, "Institute of Arts presents awards," New York times , May 29, 1968.
Box 10, Folder 2

American Artists' Congress, 1952-1986

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied printed materials (1952-1986) and James Breslin's handwritten notes related to the American Artists' Congress, including an essay by Max Weber, "The artist, his audience, and outlook," in Artists against war and fascism: papers of the first American Artists' Congress (1986).
Box 10, Folder 3

American Federation of Arts, New York, 1967

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied correspondence between Mark Rothko and Roy Meyer, Director of the American Federation of Arts, documenting his 1967 gift of Painting no. 6, Two Openings in Black over Wine, 1958.
Box 10, Folder 4

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1985-1990

Physical Description: 25 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes signed permission forms, some photocopied, from 19 individuals allowing James Breslin access to restricted materials at the Archives of American Art.
Box 10, Folder 5

Art Gallery of Toronto, 1962

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Ella McLaren to Mark Rothko regarding the Art Gallery of Toronto's acquisition of No. 1, White and Red.
Box 10, Folder 6

Art Institute of Chicago, 1958

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter (1958) from Katharine Kuh to Mark Rothko regarding the loan and exhibition of an early Rothko painting. See also Katharine Kuh's files in Series I.
Box 10, 23*

Art of this Century (Gallery), New York, 1942-1987

Box 10, Folder 7

1942-circa 1946, undated

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a checklist from an exhibition of Mark Rothko paintings at Art of This Century (circa 1946), a photocopied draft of "A note about the artist" for a Rothko exhibition catalog, a photocopied chronology of exhibitions at the gallery, as well as photocopied articles and reviews (1942-1945, undated).
Box 23*, Folder 15

Oversize articles, 1942-1947, 1987

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Clipped and copied articles and reviews (1942-1947).
Box 10, Folder 8

Art Students League of New York, 1924, 1967-1986

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter from Lawrence Campbell to James Breslin (1986), photocopied records from a class Mark Rothko took in 1924-1925, photocopied excerpts about the school, and Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 9

Artists' Union of New York, 1971-1978

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied article (1978) and copied fragments of Gerald Monroe's dissertation (1971) about the Artists' Union of New York, as well as James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 10-14

Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1947-1979, circa 1983-1992

Box 10, Folder 10

Correspondence with Mark Rothko, 1947-1954

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied letters and a telegram from Mark Rothko to Betty Parsons (1947-1954).
Box 10, Folder 11

Financial records, 1949-1952

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied inventories and price lists for Rothko works, as well as records of sales and loans and copies of checks (1949-1952).
Box 10, Folder 12

Printed material, 1947-1979

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a checklist from a 1947 Mark Rothko exhibition and photocopied reviews and articles.
Box 10, Folder 13-14

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 15

Biennale de Venezia, 1958, undated

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition catalog for the United States Pavilion at the XXIX Biennale, Venezia, in 1958, and a photocopied list of Mark Rothko works included in the Biennale from 1938 to 1970.
Box 10, Folder 16

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1965

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article announcing Brandeis University's 1965 Creative Arts Award winners, including Mark Rothko, and a photocopied letter to Rothko.
Box 10, Folder 17

Brooklyn College, 1951-1954

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied correspondence with Mark Rothko regarding his appointment in 1951 to the faculty of the Department of Design, Brooklyn College, and his termination in 1954, referred to in James Breslin's notes as his "tenure drama." Also includes descriptions of classes taught by Rothko, photocopied from the course catalog, and Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 18

Brooklyn Jewish Center Academy, 1934-1987, undated

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied excerpts about the academy transcribed from Mark Rothko's folios and sketchbooks, assorted photocopied materials relating to the school (1934-1987), a list of students who attended in the 1930s and 1940s, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 19

Celanese Corporation of America, Newark, NJ, 1957

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from the Celanese Corporation of America to Mark Rothko.
Box 10, Folder 20

Cleveland Museum of Art, 1962-1966

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied loan receipt and letter from Edward B. Henning to Mark Rothko regarding his intention to acquire a painting for the museum (1962-1966).
Box 10, Folder 21

Columbia University, New York, 1968

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters inviting Mark Rothko to speak at Columbia University as part of the "Focus on the Contemporary" lecture series.
Box 10, Folder 22

Congress of Racial Equality, New York, 1961

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter acknowledging Mark Rothko's contribution of $2,000.
Box 10, Folder 23

Congregation Shaare Zedek, New York, 1947, 1987

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Rabbi Joseph Beirach to James Breslin indicating his shul's lack of information about Mark Rothko (1987), followed by a photocopied directory page (1947) and handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 24

Contemporary Arts Association and Museum, Houston, TX, 1957

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied correspondence between Mark Rothko and Dr. Jermayne MacAgy of the Contemporary Arts Museum regarding the shipment of several Rothko paintings, and damage to one of them.
Box 10, Folder 25

Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York, 1933-1939

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a brief photocopied review of Mark Rothko's work exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Gallery (1933), a checklist for a Maurice Sievan exhibition in 1939, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 26

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Hermann Williams of the Corcoran Gallery of Art to Mark Rothko.
Box 10, Folder 27

Educational Alliance Art School, New York, 1989

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Mike Rubin to James Breslin regarding Breslin's request for information about Mark Rothko's early art education.
Box 10, 23*

Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, New York City, 1939-circa 1976

Box 10, Folder 28-29

Papers, 1939-circa 1976

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied press releases, exhibition statements, letters, and meeting minutes from the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1939-1954), including a letter from Adolph Gottleib and Mark Rothko to Edward Alden Jewell after the critic confessed "befuddlement" in response to the third annual exhibition of the Federation (1939), and letters to Alfred Barr and James Soby regarding the Museum of Modern Art's policies toward American art (1944). Also includes a catalog from the 35th annual exhibition of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1976-1978) and photocopies of assorted articles and other printed materials (1939-1943).
Box 23*, Folder 16

Oversize articles, 1940-1942

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles relating to the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1940-1942).
Box 10, Folder 30-31

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 61 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 10, Folder 32

Finch College Museum of Art, New York, 1970

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mrs. John Varian to Mary Alice Rothko requesting permission to exhibit photographs of Mark Rothko at work.
Box 11, Folder 1

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1963-1967

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from John Coolidge regarding Rothko paintings and the Harvard murals.
Box 11, Folder 2

Ford Foundation, New York, 1958

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from W. McNeil Lowry requesting nominations for the Ford Foundation's Program in Humanities and the Arts.
Box 11, Folder 3

Fratelli Fabbri Editori, Milan, 1970

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters to Mary Alice Rothko requesting permission to reproduce a work by Mark Rothko.
Box 11, Folder 4

Galerie de France, Paris, 1960

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Myriam Prevot to Mark Rothko requesting an exhibition of his work.
Box 11, Folder 5

Galerie Lawrence, Paris, 1962

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Lawrence Rubin to Mark Rothko regarding an exhibition.
Box 11, Folder 6

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, circa 1962

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Palma Bucarelli to Mark Rothko regarding the installation of a Rothko exhibition.
Box 11, Folder 7

Gimpel Fils, London, 1962

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Charles Gimpel to Mark Rothko.
Box 11, Folder 8

Greater Atlanta Arts Council, 1967

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Joseph S. Perrin inviting Mark Rothko to participate in an Arts Congress.
Box 11, Folder 9

Harpers Magazine, New York, 1970

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter to Mell Rothko regarding a forthcoming article about Mark Rothko.
Box 11, Folder 10

Hawthorne Memorial Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 1950

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied exhibition checklist for a special group exhibition organized by Clement Greenberg at the Hawthorne Memorial Gallery, 1950.
Box 23*, Folder 17

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, 1979

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied review of the Mark Rothko retrospective exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1979.
Box 11, Folder 11

International Exhibition and Sale of Contemporary Art for Human Rights and Racial Equality, London, 1962

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from L. John Collins inviting Mark Rothko to participate in the exhibition.
Box 11, Folder 12

International Jewish Migration Agency, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Eva Gamm to James Breslin regarding his request for information on the Rothkowitz family.
Box 11, Folder 13

Internationales Kunstzentrum, Erlenbach am Main, 1962

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Heiner Ruths to Mark Rothko.
Box 11, Folder 14

Kunsthalle Basel, 1964

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from A. Rüdlinger to Mark Rothko regarding an exhibition.
Box 11, Folder 15

Life Magazine, New York, 1958

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied fragment of a letter to Mark Rothko regarding a "major essay" intended to present the "Big Five of contemporary American art," including Rothko.
Box 11, Folder 16

Mark Rothko Foundation, 1969, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two photocopies of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Mark Rothko Foundation and James and Ramsay Breslin's handwritten inventory and notes on the paintings in the Mark Rothko Foundation collection.
Box 11, Folder 17-19

Marlborough Galleries, 1963-1974

Scope and Content Note

The originals of many of the photocopied documents were created for the trial following Mark Rothko's death. See also Series I files for Frank Lloyd and Bernard Reis, and Series III B. Legal files.
Box 11, Folder 17

Organization, 1970-1974

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied organizational chart and a breakdown of staff per gallery.
Box 11, Folder 18

Mark Rothko agreements, 1963-1970

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of contracts, payment schedules and correspondence.
Box 11, Folder 19

Mark Rothko exhibitions and sales, 1966-1971

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied list of Mark Rothko exhibitions organized by Marlborough Galleries and copied lists of works sold, as well as photocopied correspondence.
Box 11, Folder 20

McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1961

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Bernard S. Myers, Editor in Chief, to Mark Rothko.
Box 11, Folder 21

Mercury Galleries, New York, 1938-1939

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Original and photocopied exhibition checklists (1938-1939) and photocopied announcements and reviews for an exhibition of "The Ten" at Mercury Gallery, circa 1938. See also Series I files for Bernard Braddon and Sidney Schectmann.
Box 11, Folder 22-23

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1942-1990

Box 11, Folder 22

1942, 1986-1990

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of an article by A. Hyatt Mayor, "The artists for victory," the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, November 1942, and information regarding the museum's Assyrian winged bull sculptures, including three black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.).
Box 11, Folder 23

The "Irascibles," 1950-1952, 1988

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied articles about the 18 "irascible" painters who protested the exhibition American Painting Today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950, a photocopied draft of a letter from some of the same artists, including Mark Rothko, protesting a watercolor exhibition in 1952, and a catalog for the exhibition The Irascibles held at the CDS Gallery, New York, 1988.
Box 11, 23*

Montross Gallery, New York, 1933-1937

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied reviews of exhibitions including Mark Rothko's work at the Montross Gallery.
Box 11, Folder 24

Review, 1933

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 23*, Folder 18

Oversize review, 1937

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 11, Folder 25

Mortimer Brandt Gallery, New York, 1946

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied review of a Mark Rothko exhibition at the Mortimer Brandt Gallery in 1946 and one page of James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 11, Folder 26

Municipal Art Committee, New York, circa 1935, 1972

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied exhibition announcement (circa 1935) and "A memoir of the New York City Municipal Art Galleries, 1936-1939" by Marchal E. Landgren in The New Deal art projects (1972).
Box 11, Folder 27

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1962

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from François Mathey to Mark Rothko.
Box 11, Folder 28

Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, 1962

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Dr. Werner Hofmann to Mark Rothko about a possible loan.
Box 11, Folder 29

Museum of Art, Portland, OR, 1933, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Color picture postcards of Portland, photocopied museum Bulletin articles about an exhibition of Mark Rothko work (1933), and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 11, Folder 30-32

Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1938-1978

Box 11, Folder 30

Rothko files, 1962-1974

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied list of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in which Mark Rothko's work was included (1974) and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 11, Folder 31-32

Printed material, 1938-1978

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles and an essay, including several related to the Mark Rothko retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, 1961, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 11, Folder 33

National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Clifton, NJ, 1970

Physical Description: 1 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from William Horton asking Mary Alice Rothko regarding Mark Rothko's entry in the biographical encyclopedia.
Box 11, Folder 34

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes James Breslin's handwritten notes on the Mark Rothko Foundation warehouse collection and the National Gallery of Art, a faxed request from Breslin to Charles Ritchie to view a list of items (1992), and catalog copy for the painting Orange and Tan , 1954 (circa 1983).
Box 11, Folder 35

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 1964

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from Ralph T. Coe to Mark Rothko regarding the acquisition of a Rothko painting by the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art.
Box 11, Folder 36

New School of Design, New York, 1924

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of a directory entry for the New School of Design.
Box 11, Folder 37

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1950s, 1986-1987

Physical Description: 18 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes pamphlets for the New York State Park System, Lake George in particular, and four black and white reproductions (8 x 10 in.) of 1950s photographs of Hearthstone State Park .
Box 11, Folder 38

Oregon Historical Society, Portland, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 11, Folder 39

Pace Gallery, New York, 1979-1990

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied reviews of Mark Rothko exhibitions at Pace Gallery in 1979 and 1990, and James Breslin's handwritten and typed notes, mostly on the 1990 exhibition. See also Series I. Glimcher, Arnold B.
Box 12, Folder 1

Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 1964

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of three drafts of a letter from Mark Rothko to Mr. Hogan at Parke-Bernet Galleries.
Box 12, Folder 2

Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 1968-1985

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied letter from Marjorie Phillips to Mark Rothko (1968), two photocopied articles about the Phillips Collection (1970, 1985), a brochure for a 1983 exhibition of highlights from the Phillips Collection at Garfinckel's, Washington, D.C., and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 12, Folder 3

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1958

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two photocopies of a lecture given by Mark Rothko at the Pratt Institute in 1958, photocopied notes taken during the lecture [by Dore Ashton?], articles about the lecture, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 12, Folder 4

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1955

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied invitation to three exhibitions, including Paintings by Mark Rothko.
Box 12, Folder 5

San Francisco Art Institute, 1947-1977

Physical Description: Approximately 10 items

Scope and Content Note

Information regarding Mark Rothko's connection with the San Francisco Art Institute, then the California School of Fine Art, including photocopied pages from a course catalog listing classes taught by Rothko (1947-1949), and a photocopied letter from Roy Scott to Clair Zamoiski (1977).
Box 12, Folder 6

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1962-1986

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter to James Breslin (1986) and a photocopied letter to Mark Rothko from George D. Culler, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Art, regarding the museum's exchange of an early Rothko painting for a more recent one (1962).
Box 12, Folder 7

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1984

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Kelly Cretti to Bonnie Clearwater.
Box 12, Folder 8

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 1955-1962

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles regarding exhibitions of Mark Rothko works at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1955 and 1958, a photocopied letter from Ella McLaren at the Art Gallery of Toronto requesting rights information about a Rothko work (1962), and handwritten notes.
Box 12, Folder 9-10

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1954-1990

Box 12, Folder 9

Correspondence 1954-circa 1966

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied correspondence with Mark Rothko and a photocopied loan receipt.
Box 12, Folder 10

1978-1990, undated

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied reviews of the Mark Rothko retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 1978-1979, letters from Elizabeth Childs to James Breslin (1989-1990), one accompanied by a black and white photograph of an untitled Rothko painting, circa 1941, owned by the museum (8 x 10 in.), and handwritten notes.
Box 12, Folder 11

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1961-1962

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter fragment to Mark Rothko from the Stedelijk Museum (1961) and a photocopied letter to Rothko from Dutch artists W. Couzijn and G. Lataster requesting a donation to the museum (1962).
Box 12, Folder 12

Subjects of the Artist school, New York, 1977-1989

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article about the Subjects of the Artist school by Barbara Cavaliere, "Against a newer Laocoon," Arts, 1977, and a letter from James Breslin to Cavaliere (1989).
Box 12, 23*

Tate Gallery, London, 1966-1987

Box 12, Folder 13

Correspondence, 1966-1970

Physical Description: 25 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied correspondence, most between Mark Rothko and Norman Reid regarding Rothko's gift to the Tate Gallery (1966-1970), as well as some correspondence with Bernard Reis (1966-1967).
Box 12, Folder 14

Printed material, 1967-1987

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied pages from the Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's collection (1981), photocopied articles relating to Mark Rothko's gift to the Tate Gallery (1967-1987), including a personal account by Norman Reid (1970), and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 23*, Folder 19

Oversize review, 1987

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Review by Tim Hilton of an exhibition of Mark Rothko works at the Tate Gallery.
Box 12, Folder 15

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1977

Physical Description: 2 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Pat Trivigno to Clair Zamoiski regarding Mark Rothko's time at Tulane University as a Visiting Artist in 1957.
Box 12, Folder 16

U.S. Department of Justice, 1988-1989

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence regarding James Breslin's Freedom of Information Act requests.
Box 12, Folder 17

U.S. Department of State, probably 1962

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied invitation from Secretary of State Dean Rusk to Mark Rothko to attend a reception in honor of the French Minister of Cultural Affairs.
Box 12, Folder 18

University of California, Berkeley, 1967

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied press release announcing Mark Rothko's appointment as Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.
Box 12, Folder 19

University of Colorado, Boulder, 1977

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Linda Abbott to Clair Zamoiski regarding several weeks Mark Rothko spent at the university in 1955.
Box 12, Folder 20

Urasenke Chanoyu Center, New York, 1991

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Informational pamphlets published by the Urasenke Chanoyu Center, located in the carriage house on East 69th Street that once served as Mark Rothko's studio.
Box 12, Folder 21

Viking Press, New York, 1967

Physical Description: 1 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter to Mark Rothko requesting permission to reproduce an image.
Box 12, Folder 22

The White House, Washington, D.C., 1965-1977

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied letter from Betty C. Monkman to Clair Zamoiski regarding the 1965 White House Festival of the Arts (1977), a photocopied press release for the festival, and a review from the Washington post, June 13, 1965.
Box 12, Folder 23

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1961

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied correspondence and printed materials related to an exhibition of Mark Rothko paintings at Whitechapel Art Gallery (1961) including a photocopy of Rothko's installation instructions and transcribed reviews.
Box 12, Folder 24

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1952-1987

Physical Description: 14 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a catalog for an exhibition of highlights from the Whitney Museum's permanent collection (1986), photocopied correspondence including several drafts of a letter from Mark Rothko to Lloyd Goodrich (1952), an essay by Joseph Liss entitled "Portrait by Rothko," and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 12, Folder 25

Who's Who in America, Chicago, 1946

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter to Mark Rothko.
Box 12, Folder 26

Woodstock Artists Association, undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied fragment of a letter to Mark Rothko.
Box 12, 20

Works Progress Administration, 1937-1989

Box 12, Folder 27

Correspondence, documents, and notes, 1937-1989

Physical Description: 16 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied documents from the General Services Administration, including a letter to Mark Rothko (1937), photocopied printed materials from the National Archives, correspondence between James Breslin and the National Archives (1986-1989), Breslin's notes on an interview with Ira Smolin in 1989, and other extensive handwritten notes.
Box 12, Folder 28

Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Public Buildings Service, 1958

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Printed inventory from the National Archives includes information concerning federal art activities.
Box 12, Folder 29

Articles and reproductions, 1985-1988

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied articles (1985) and photocopied reproductions of paintings Mark Rothko executed for the Works Progress Administration.
Box 12, Folder 30

Photographs, 1989

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Three black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.) of artworks submitted for the Social Security Competition, accompanied by photographic service orders. Corresponding negatives have been removed to Box 20.
Box 20, Folder 4

Negatives, 1989

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Three black and white negatives (8 x 10 in.) of artworks submitted for the Social Security Competition.
Box 12, 23*

Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1922-1986

Box 12, Folder 31

Correspondence 1961-1986

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied correspondence (1961-1986), including a letter to Lee Seldes with Mark Rothko's grades (1975), and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 12, Folder 32

Printed materials and notes, 1922-1923, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied printed material, including pages from the Catalogue of Yale College, 1922-1923, and articles from the Saturday evening pest, 1923, as well as James Breslin's extensive handwritten notes on Yale and Mark Rothko.
Box 23*, Folder 20

Oversize article 1969

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Copy of an article about the Yale graduation ceremony during which Mark Rothko received an honorary degree (1969).
Box 12, Folder 33

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes on the YIVO archives.
 

series: Series III.
Topical research files, 1903-1991

Physical Description: 7.2 lin. ft. 7 boxes, 1 flat file folder

Scope and Content Note

Topical research files include notes, clippings, printed materials, and some correspondence organized into two subseries: A. Broad topics; B. Topics related to Mark Rothko. Both subseries are arranged alphabetically by topic, with James Breslin's miscellaneous notes and notebooks at the end of subseries B.
 

subseries: Series III A.
Broad topics, 1925-1991

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Contains notes, clippings, and printed materials related to 21 broad topics, arranged alphabetically.
Box 13, Folder 1-3

Abstract expressionism, 1956-1984

Scope and Content Note

Notes, photocopied articles and other printed material concerning abstract expressionism, the New York School, and color field painting, including a portion of Francis M. Celentano’s 1957 MA thesis, "The origins and development of abstract expressionism in the U.S.," New York University, and Selden Rodman's published interview with Mark Rothko (1957).
Box 13, 24*

Art market, 1940-1978

Scope and Content Note

Notes and photocopied articles related to the art market in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
Box 13, Folder 4

Art market in the 1940s, 1940-1978

Physical Description: 8 items
Box 13, Folder 5

Art market in the 1950s, 1950

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 13, Folder 6

Art market in the 1960s, 1966-1967

Physical Description: 3 items
Box 24*, Folder 1

Oversize articles, 1942-1956

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes oversize photocopied articles about the art market in the 1940s and 1950s.
Box 13, Folder 7

Artists and the marketplace, 1985-1988

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied essays by Barbara Rosenblum (1985), Daniel Burn (1987), and Roger Lipsey (1988).
Box 13, 24*

Biographical writing, circa 1983-1992

Box 13, Folder 8

circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes James Breslin's handwritten notes and a photocopied draft of an essay by Breslin on the process of writing literary biography in general and Rothko's biography in particular.
Box 24*, Folder 2

Oversize article, 1987

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Article by Justin Kaplan about biographical writing.
Box 13, Folder 9

Children’s art, circa 1941, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied notes and an outline by Mark Rothko on children's art and "traditional art" (circa 1941), a photocopied essay by Rothko on children and creativity, and James Breslin's handwritten notes on Wilhelm Viola's book, Child art and Franz Cizek (1936).
Box 13, Folder 10

Collectors and collecting, 1971-1988

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles and an essay fragment about art collectors and collecting in the United States. See also Series III B. Mark Rothko collectors.
Box 13, Folder 11

Creativity, 1967, undated

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied draft of an essay by Mark Rothko on the creative impulse (undated) and a photocopied essay by William G. Niederland, "Clinical aspects of creativity," from American imago (1967).
Box 13, Folder 12

Cubism, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 1 leaf

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes on Mark Rothko's views of cubism.
Box 13, Folder 13

Death, 1944-1976

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles and excerpts on death, the death of a parent, and suicide, including two essays on Syliva Plath's suicide and one on Leo Tolstoy's death. See also Series III B: Mark Rothko's death.
Box 13, Folder 14-16

Depression, 1974

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied book: Nathan S. Kline, From sad to glad: Kline on depression (New York: Putnam, 1974).
Box 13, Folder 17

East Hampton, N.Y., 1976

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied pages from Artists and East Hampton and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 13, 24*

Genealogical research, 1983-1986

Scope and Content Note

Information about conducting genealogical research.
Box 13, Folder 18

Pamphlets and notes, 1983-1986

Physical Description: 6 items
Box 24*, Folder 3

Oversize article 1984

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 13, Folder 19

Jewish artists, 1925-1986

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Clippings and photocopied articles and essays on the subject of Jewish artists in general.
Box 13, Folder 20

Michelangelo's Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence, 1934-1974

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles and an essay.
Box 14, Folder 1

Nietzsche and art, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied draft of an essay by Mark Rothko about The birth of tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche, an excerpt from The birth of tragedy, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 14, Folder 2

Pop art, 1962-1963

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles.
Box 14, Folder 3

Romanticism, 1955

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article by Lorenz Eitner, "The open window and the storm-tossed boat," Art bulletin, 1955.
Box 14, Folder 4

Surrealism, 1946-1968

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

One page of James Breslin's handwritten notes, a photocopied article about Dada and surrealism (1968), and photocopied pages from an article profiling surrealists in the Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, 1946.
Box 14, Folder 5-9

Travel, 1988-1991, circa 1983-1992

Box 14, Folder 5

Latvia, 1988-1991

Box 14, Folder 5

Papers, 1988-1991

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a packet of color picture postcards of the Daugava River, James Breslin's correspondence regarding travel arrangements to Latvia.
Box 31

Audio recordings, 1988-1991

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes

Scope and Content Note

C124-125: audio recordings of Breslin reading his notes from his trip to Daugavpils, Latvia.
Box 14, Folder 6

London, 1988

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes lists of names and a car rental brochure.
Box 14, Folder 7

Los Angeles, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Lists of names and contact information.
Box 14, Folder 8

New York, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a guide to New York City research resources and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 14, Folder 9

Miscellaneous, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Notes and lists of names in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Portland, New Haven, and Washington, D.C.
 

subseries: Series III B.
Topics related to Mark Rothko, 1903-1991

Physical Description: 7 boxes, 1 flat file folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains notes, clippings, and printed materials on topics related to Mark Rothko. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 14, 22

Addresses, circa 1983-1992

Box 14, Folder 10

Addresses, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 15 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied notecards with Mark Rothko's addresses between 1924 and 1970.
Box 22

Addresses, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 46 items

Scope and Content Note

46 notecards with Mark Rothko's addresses between 1924 and 1970, filed in a white plastic index card file.
Box 22

Art exhibitions, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 80 items

Scope and Content Note

80 index cards, each with the title, date and location of one or two Mark Rothko exhibitions, filed in a white plastic index card file.
Box 14, Folder 11-27

Art historical scholarship and criticism: articles and essays, 1947-1991

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles and essays about Mark Rothko and his work, arranged alphabetically by author with five brief pieces photocopied from Tiger's eye at the end.
Box 14, Folder 11

Butor, Michel, 1962

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"The mosques of New York, or, the art of Mark Rothko," in New-world writings (New York, 1962).
Box 14, Folder 12

Byrnes, James, 1974

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Remembering Mark," in Mark Rothko: ten major works (Newport Beach, 1974).
Box 14, Folder 13

Causey, Andrew, 1972

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Rothko through his paintings," Studio international (April 1972).
Box 14, Folder 14

Cernuschi, Claude, 1986

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Mark Rothko's mature paintings" Arts magazine (May 1986).
Box 14, Folder 15

Clearwater, Bonnie, 1985

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"How Rothko looked at Rothko" Art news, 84 (November 1985).
Box 14, Folder 16

Crehan, Hubert, 1954

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Rothko's wall of light" (1954)
Box 14, Folder 17

Dunlop, Ian, 1979

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Edvard Munch, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko: the search for the sublime," Arts magazine (February 1979).
Box 14, Folder 18

Edwards, Roy, 1971-1978

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Two copies of "Working with Rothko," New American review , 12 (1971), and an essay draft, "Mark Rothko" (1978).
Box 14, Folder 19

Hess, Thomas B., 1970

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Rothko: a Venetian souvenir," Art news (November 1970).
Box 14, Folder 20

Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1982

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"About Rothko," Arts quarterly (December 1982).
Box 14, Folder 21

Kozloff, Max, 1965-1970

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

"The problem of color-light in Rothko," Artforum (September 1965) and "Mark Rothko (1903-1970)" (circa 1970).
Box 14, Folder 22

Kutner, Janet, 1975

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Brice Marden, David Novros, Mark Rothko: the urge to communicate through non-imagistic painting," Arts magazine (September 1975).
Box 14, Folder 23

O'Doherty, Brian, 1970-1988

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

"Rothko," Art international (October 20, 1970), and an essay on Mark Rothko from American masters (1988).
Box 14, Folder 24

Polcari, Stephen, 1979-1991

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

"The intellectual roots of abstract expressionism: Mark Rothko," Arts magazine (September 1979) and "Mark Rothko: 'In my beginning is my end,'" in Abstract expressionism and the modern experience (Cambridge, 1991).
Box 14, Folder 25

Schjeldahl, Peter, 1979

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

"Rothko and belief," Art in America (March/April 1979).
Box 14, Folder 26

Vallier, Dora, 1963

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 14, Folder 27

Tiger's eye, 1947-1948

Physical Description: 5 items
Box 14, Folder 28-30

Art historical scholarship: theses, 1971-1974, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied theses written about Mark Rothko and his work.
Box 14, Folder 28

Baumgarten, Earlene, 1971

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Thesis (MA): "Mark Rothko: the fullness of his 'empty canvases'" (1971).
Box 14, Folder 29

Porter, Robert Fulton, 1974

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Thesis (Ph.D.): "A critique of criticism: the mature paintings of Mark Rothko" (1974).
Box 14, Folder 30

Unidentified "chronology thesis," undated

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

96 photocopied leaves of a thesis by an unidentified author, referred to in James Breslin's notes as the "chron thesis."
Box 14, Folder 31-33

Art themes, 1945-1982, circa 1983-1992

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles and James Breslin's notes on specific themes in Mark Rothko's artwork.
Box 14, Folder 31

Crucifixion, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves
Box 14, Folder 32

Gender, 1982, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 5 items
Box 14, Folder 33

Myths, 1945, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 15-16, 24*

Artworks, 1946-1990, undated

Scope and Content Note

Mostly photocopied printed material on specific artworks and groups of works, as well as notes, reproductions, and clippings. Arranged in chonological order by artwork.
Box 15, Folder 1

Drawings, circa 1939, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes on two drawings.
Box 15, Folder 2

The Omen of the Eagle, 1942, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 15, Folder 3

Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea, 1944, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 7 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 15, Folder 4

Watercolors, 1946, 1946-1987

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

A letter (1987) to James Breslin from Deborah Wyth, archivist at the Brooklyn Museum, regarding the painting Vessels of Magic, and photocopied printed material regarding both Vessels of Magic and Sacrifice.
Box 15, 24*

Mark Rothko's art in 1949, 1949-1983

Box 15, Folder 5

Notes and article, 1949

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes and a photocopied article by Douglas MacAgy (1949).
Box 24*, Folder 4

Oversize article, 1983

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Article by Thomas Albright, "The critical year for Rothko," Review, March 13, 1983.
Box 15, Folder 6

Painting no. 10, 1950, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 6 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 15, 24*

Seagram murals, 1958-1959, 1958-1990

Box 15, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1958-1990

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied letter from Sidney Janis to Phyllis Lambert at the House of Seagram confirming Mark Rothko's agreement with Seagram to execute approximately 500 to 600 square feet of paintings (1958) and a copy of the purchase order, as well as letters regarding the murals to James Breslin from the Museum of Modern Art (1990) and the Tate Gallery (1990), with a floor plan of the Four Seasons restaurant among the enclosures.
Box 15, Folder 8-9

Articles, 1958-1989

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles about the Seagram Building, the Four Seasons restaurant, the architecture of Philip Johnson, Mark Rothko's withdrawal from his agreement with Seagram, and the subsequent acquisition by the Tate Gallery of several paintings originally commissioned for the Four Seasons.
Box 24*, Folder 5

Oversize articles, 1954-1959

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied articles about the Seagram Building and the Four Seasons restaurant.
Box 15, Folder 10

Four Seasons, 1984-1989

Physical Description: 17 items

Scope and Content Note

Publicity material for the Four Seasons restaurant, including photocopied articles, reviews, and a booklet commemorating "one hundred seasons."
Box 15, Folder 11

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 30 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten and typed notes.
Box 15, Folder 12-13

Painting no. 207, 1961, 1965-1988

Box 15, Folder 12

1965-1987

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Mark Rothko to Mell Rothko (1965) regarding Painting no. 207 (Red Over Dark Blue on Dark Gray) and a draft of an essay by James Breslin with comments by Jenny Franchot (1987).
Box 15, Folder 13

Student papers, 1988

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied essays by Breslin's undergraduate students, primarily on the topic of Painting no. 207.
Box 15, 24*

Harvard murals, 1962, 1962-1990

Box 15, Folder 14

Correspondence and notes, 1962-1990

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from the Fogg Museum archives (1962-1977), including one from Mark Rothko to Nathan Pusey, president of Harvard University (1962), letters from the Fogg Museum to James Breslin (1989-1990), Breslin's extensive handwritten notes, and photocopied notes from the Fogg registrar (1979?).
Box 15, Folder 15

Printed material, 1965-1988, undated

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Reviews and articles regarding an exhibition of the Harvard murals at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum in 1988, and two photocopied essays, one by Dore Ashton (1965) and one by Dana Cranmer (undated).
Box 24*, Folder 6

Oversize article, 1985

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Article by Eileen Garred, "Selection of Mark Rothko works given to Fogg," Harvard University gazette, April 26, 1985.
Box 15, 24*

Rothko Chapel, Houston, 1964-1967, 1965-1991, circa 1983-1992

Box 15, Folder 16

Contracts and letters, 1965-1971

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied letters between Bernard Reis and the Menil Foundation (1971), and one from Dominique de Menil to Rothko (1964), as well as photocopied contracts between Mark Rothko and the University of St. Thomas (1965) and the Institute of Religion (1969).
Box 15, Folder 17-18

Articles, 1971-1989

Scope and Content Note

Assorted clipped and photocopied articles on the de Menil family and the artwork in the Rothko Chapel.
Box 24*, Folder 7

Oversize articles, 1984-1986

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

One clipped and one copied article about Dominique de Menil, her collection and her family.
Box 15, Folder 19

Publicity, 1971-circa 1991

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Statements, brochures, and flyers relating to the Rothko Chapel.
Box 15, Folder 20-21

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Approximately 90 leaves of James Breslin's notes and two original file folders.
Box 16, 24*

Black paintings, 1969-1970, 1971-1985, circa 1983-1992

Box 16, Folder 1

Article, 1971, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied article (1971) and James Breslin's notes.
Box 24*, Folder 8

Oversize article, 1985

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 16, Folder 2

Paintings, 1930s-1970, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 61 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's notes on various paintings by Mark Rothko.
Box 16, 24*

Works of art on paper, 1930s-1970, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Articles about exhibitions of Mark Rothko's works of art on paper at the National Gallery of Art, 1984, the Guggenheim Museum, 1985, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1986, as well as James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 16, Folder 3

Article and notes, 1985

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 24*, Folder 9

Oversize articles, 1984-1986

Physical Description: 3 items
Box 16, 24*

Childhood and early education, 1903-1991

Scope and Content Note

Includes notes and printed materials related to Mark Rothko's childhood and early education in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia), and Portland, Oregon.
Box 16, 24*

Russia and Latvia, 1944-1970, circa 1983-1992

Box 16, Folder 4

Printed materials, 1903-1971

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied printed materials, including an article and excerpts from books, among them a chapter from The Jews in Latvia (1971).
Box 16, Folder 5-6

Dvinsk: the rise and decline of a town, 1944

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two photocopies of a book by Yudel Flior, translated from the Yiddish by Bernard Sachs.
Box 24*, Folder 10

Oversize Latvian newspapers, 1990-1991

Physical Description: 3 items
Box 16, Folder 7

Michashek, Russia, undated

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

A photocopied poem about a town near Dvinsk.
Flat file folder 1**

Maps, undated

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Oversize photocopied maps of Latvia, some annotated by James Breslin.
Box 16, Folder 8

Education in Russia, 1976, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopied article, notes, and two photocopied chapters from Zvi Halevy, Jewish schools under czarism and communism (1976).
Box 16, Folder 9

Notebooks, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Two notebooks and photocopied pages from a train schedule: "Poland/U.S.S.R."
Box 16, Folder 10

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 26 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 16, 24*

Portland, Oregon, 1944-1970

Box 16, Folder 11

Printed material, 1913-1980

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied articles and pages from Portland city directories (1912-1944).
Box 24*, Folder 11

Oversize Portland newspaper, 1976

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Scribe: a record of Jewish life , May 1976.
Box 16, Folder 12-13

Notes, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

Approximately 67 leaves of James Breslin's notes and an original file folder with notes on front.
Box 16, Folder 14

Portland Public School District, Failing School, 1914

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Copy of a census form for Mark Rothko and a class roster with his name on it.
Box 16, Folder 15

Portland Public School District, Shattuck School, 1913-1917

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of census and registration forms (1915-1917), class rosters, annual reports on Portland public schools (1913-1917), and James Breslin's notes.
Box 16, 24*

Portland Public School District, Lincoln High School, 1917-1921

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of Mark Rothko's student record with the grades cut out, class rosters, student registration forms, annual reports on Portland public schools, pages from the Cardinal, a Lincoln High School publication with contributions by Mark Rothko, an article about the admission of three students to Yale University, Rothko among them, and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 16, Folder 16

Records, 1917-1921

Physical Description: 7 items
Box 24*, Folder 11

Oversize materials, 1917-1921

Physical Description: 4 items
Box 17, Folder 1

Citizenship, 1924-1938, 1987

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopies of naturalization and citizenship documents for Mark Rothko.
Box 17, Folder 2

Mark Rothko collectors, 1957-1968

Physical Description: 19 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letters from the following collectors to Mark Rothko: Ben Heller, Felice Massie, Carlin Burden, Mrs. Robert L. Baumgarten, Charles Carpenter, Barbara Guest, Becky and Julius W. Allen, Morton Kligerman, Donald Blinken, and Edgar F. Berman.
Box 17, 24*

Death, 1970

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Articles about Mark Rothko published soon after his suicide.
Box 17, Folder 3

1970, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes an essay draft by James Breslin, "Mark Rothko, Suicide and the Problems of Biography" (undated).
Box 24*, Folder 12

Oversize articles, 1970

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 17, Folder 4-8

Financial files, 1959-1972

Box 17, Folder 4-5

Financial statements, 1961-1967

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth for Mark and Mell Rothko, and James Breslin's handwritten notes and calculations regarding Mark Rothko's financial state in the 1960s.
Box 17, Folder 6

Sales, 1959-1972

Physical Description: 26 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of assorted invoices and lists of Mark Rothko works sold and James Breslin's handwritten notes relating to sales of Rothko's work. Purchasing and selling parties include: Franz Meyer, Ben Heller, Lawrence Rubin, Marlborough Galleries, Sidney Janis Gallery, Mrs. Harry L. Bradley, New London Gallery, Mrs. M. Lane, Alistair MacAlpine, William S. Rubin, Whitney Museum, and Beyeler Gallery.
Box 17, Folder 7

Taxes, 1963-1968

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied state and federal tax returns for Mark and Mary Alice Rothko (1963, 1965-1966, 1968).
Box 17, Folder 8

Social security, 1968

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied letter from Bernard Reis to Charles S. Ferber at the Social Security Administration, New York, NY.
Box 17, Folder 9-11

Health, 1968-1969, circa 1983-1992

Box 17, Folder 9

Medical bills, 1968-1969

Physical Description: 10 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of Mark Rothko's medical bills, primarily from Dr. Albert W. Grokoest (Grokest in James Breslin's book), but also including emergency room bills.
Box 17, Folder 10

Heart condition, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 5 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes concerning Mark Rothko's heart condition.
Box 17, Folder 11

Psychological state, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 33 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's handwritten notes on Mark Rothko's psychological state, including notes on the subject of shame.
Box 24*, Folder 13

Immigration, 1912-1913, circa 1983-1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Copies of ship manifests of "alien passengers" for United States immigration and one page of James Breslin's notes.
Box 17, Folder 12-15

Legal files, 1968-1978

Box 17, Folder 12

Last will and testament, 1968

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of Mark Rothko's will.
Box 17, Folder 13

Mark Rothko estate collection inventory, circa 1983-1992, undated

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopied inventories of the artworks owned by the Mark Rothko estate at the time of Rothko's death and James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 17, 24*

Trial of Mark Rothko estate executors and Frank Lloyd, 1970-1978

Scope and Content Note

Notes, documents, and articles relating to the trial following Mark Rothko's death: Kate Rothko versus the executors of the Mark Rothko estate (Bernard Reis, Theodoros Stamos, and Morton Levine) and Frank Lloyd, owner of Marlborough Galleries, New York. See also the individuals' files in Series I and the Marlborough Galleries and Rothko Foundation files in Series II.
Box 17, Folder 14-15

Documents, 1970-1978

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopies of Rita Reinhardt's deposition and excerpts from the affidavits of Kate Rothko and Gustave Harrow.
Box 24*, Folder 14

Oversize letter from Stanley Kunitz, 1978

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of Stanley Kunitz's letter to the editor published in the New York times, June 25, 1978.
Box 17, Folder 16-19

Mark Rothko's notes and writing fragments, 1954-circa 1990, undated

Box 17, Folder 16

Teaching notebook [?], 1954

Physical Description: 14 leaves

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of Mark Rothko's notebook with a list of names and grades and what appear to be lecture notes.
Box 17, Folder 17

Scribble book, undated

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopy of Mark Rothko's "scribble book" (34 leaves) and two typed transcriptions (24 leaves), as well as James Breslin's handwritten notes.
Box 17, Folder 18

Hebrew notebook, undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Two photocopies of Mark Rothko's Hebrew notebook (28 and 31 leaves) and a typed English translation (8 leaves).
Box 17, Folder 19

Notes and writing fragments, undated

Physical Description: 24 leaves

Scope and Content Note

16 leaves of photocopied handwritten notes by Mark Rothko and eight leaves of typed writing fragments and drafts, some with titles: "What and how I can say," "Private and public," "Space I" and "Space II."
Box 18, Folder 1-6

James Breslin's notebooks and general notes, circa 1983-1992

Box 18, Folder 1

Notebooks,

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Two notebooks filled with James Breslin's notes about Mark Rothko and his artwork.
Box 18, Folder 2

Notebooks,

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Two mostly blank notebooks, one with 18 pages of James Breslin's notes about Mark Rothko and his artwork, the other with 12 pages of notes.
Box 18, Folder 3

Notebook,

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

A mostly blank notebook with seven pages of James Breslin's notes about Mark Rothko and his artwork.
Box 18, Folder 4-6

General notes,

Physical Description: 94 leaves

Scope and Content Note

James Breslin's general notes relating to Mark Rothko and his artwork.
Box 22

Miscellaneous notes,

Physical Description: 1 index card file

Scope and Content Note

A blue plastic index card file containing cards with James Breslin's miscellaneous notes. The first 62 cards are written on; more than 100 are blank.
 

series: Series IV.
Photographs and reproductions, 1900-1994

Physical Description: 0.9 lin. ft. 3 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Reproductions of Rothko's artwork in photographs, slides, transparencies, negatives, picture postcards, and photocopies, and personal photographs and negatives of Mark Rothko, his family and friends. Most are reproduced from originals in other repositories, which are often noted on the image verso. See Series VI for signed permission forms granting James Breslin publication rights to many of the images.
Box 21

Slides, undated

Physical Description: 257 slides

Scope and Content Note

A binder with 257 slides, mostly color. Approximately 215 slides are of Mark Rothko's work from circa 1929 to 1970; the rest are of Rothko and associates, and of works by other artists, including Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns.
Box 19-20

Photographs used in Mark Rothko: a biography, 1903-1991, undated

Box 19, Folder 1

Black and white figures 1-5, 1903, undated

Physical Description: 6 items
Box 19, Folder 2

Black and white figures 7-8, 17-20, 1928-1930s, 1991, undated

Physical Description: 6 items
Box 19, Folder 3

Black and white figures 21-26, 1930s, undated

Physical Description: 6 items
Box 19, Folder 4

Black and white figures 38, 42, 50-52, 1950s, 1969, undated

Physical Description: 5 items
Box 20, Folder 5

Color photographs, 1936, 1991, undated

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

Figures 6, 9, 44, and seven copies of plate 1.
Box 20, Folder 6

Negative for figure 23, undated

Physical Description: 1 item
Box 19-20

Personal photographs, 1900-1958, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of Mark Rothko, his family and friends, as well as locations that relate to his life.
Box 19-20

Photographs from the George Carson collection, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of several artworks in the George Carson collection in addition to personal photographs.
Box 19, Folder 5

Black and white photographs, undated

Physical Description: 14 items
Box 20, Folder 7

Color photographs, undated

Physical Description: 7 items
Box 19, Folder 6

Photographs from the Richard Roth collection, 1923

Physical Description: 3 items
Box 19, Folder 7

Photographs of Mark Rothko and Maurice Sievan, 1958

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.) by Lee Sievan.
Box 19, Folder 8

Photographs from the Oregon Historical Society, circa 1900-1941

Physical Description: 13 items

Scope and Content Note

Black and white photographs of Portland, Oregon.
Box 19, Folder 9

Miscellaneous photographs, undated

Physical Description: 5 items
Box 20, Folder 8-11

Miscellaneous negatives, undated

Physical Description: 24 items
Box 19, Folder 10

Photocopies from the Bernard Reis papers, undated

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of photographs of Mark Rothko, Bernard Reis, Rebecca Reis, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Theodoros Stamos.
Box 19, Folder 11-20

Reproductions of artworks, 1980-1994, undated

Box 19, Folder 11-16

Reproductions from the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., undated

Box 19, Folder 11-15

Black and white photographs, undated

Physical Description: 29 items

Scope and Content Note

Black and white photographs (8 x 10 in.) of Mark Rothko artworks, including drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings.
Box 19, Folder 16

Photocopies, undated

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied sketches by Mark Rothko.
Box 20, Folder 12

Color transparency of the Rothko room at the Tate Gallery, undated

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 20, Folder 13

Color transparency of White and Greens in Blue, 1957, undated

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 20, Folder 14

Photographs of an unidentified painting, 1958, 1994

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Four color photographs of a painting owned by Barry M. Ragone, who attributes it to Mark Rothko, 1958, in a letter to James Breslin (1994).
Box 19, Folder 17

Reproductions of subway paintings, undated

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Reproductions, probably clipped from a book, of two of Mark Rothko's subway paintings, circa 1938.
Box 19, Folder 18

Picture postcard reproductions, 1980-1986

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Color picture postcards of paintings executed by Mark Rothko between 1953 and 1968.
Box 19, Folder 19

Photocopied reproductions, undated

Physical Description: 8 items

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied reproductions of Mark Rothko paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.
Box 19, Folder 20

Slide catalogs, 1988

Physical Description: 15 items

Scope and Content Note

Slide catalogs from various art institutions.
 

series: Series V.
Book publication files, 1989-1993

Physical Description: 0.2 lin. ft. 8 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents related to the publication of Breslin's book by the University of Chicago Press.
Box 18, Folder 7-9

University of Chicago Press, 1989-1993

Box 18, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1989-1993

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between James Breslin and senior editor Karen Wilson, her assistant, Candace Rossin, and others at the University of Chicago Press.
Box 18, Folder 8

Editorial notes, 1992

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two critiques of drafts of James Breslin's book and photocopied pages of a draft with handwritten corrections.
Box 18, Folder 9

Publicity, 1993

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes James Breslin's completed "marketing questionnaire" and two drafts of his publicity statement.
Box 18, Folder 10-13

Permissions, 1989-1993

Box 18, Folder 10

Permissions for quotations, 1992-1993

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Signed permission forms allowing James Breslin to use quotations from Katharine Kuh, Dore Ashton, Ralph Pomeroy, and Arnold Glimcher.
Box 18, Folder 11-12

Permissions for image reproductions, 1989-1993

Physical Description: 22 items

Scope and Content Note

Permission forms allowing James Breslin to publish reproductions from numerous sources, invoices for the cost of reproduction, and a letter from James Breslin to Candace Rossin with an itemized list and accompanying photocopies of the illustrations for which he was having difficulty obtaining prints and permissions.
Box 18, Folder 13

Permissions from Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1993

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of agreements between the University of Chicago Press and Mark Rothko's children granting permission for reproduction of photographs from their collection in James Breslin's book, and the reproduction fee invoice.
Box 18, Folder 14

Figures, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of the following figures for James Breslin's book: 1-7, 11-12, 17-52.
 

series: Series VI.
Audio recordings of interviews, 1985-1990

Physical Description: 3.21 lin. ft. 7 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Audio recordings of James Breslin's interviews with approximately 105 of Rothko's surviving family, friends, fellow artists, collectors, dealers, curators, and critics. Arranged alphabetically.
Originally recorded on 119 audio cassettes, including eighteen cassettes of interviews with Robert Motherwell (1987-1988). For transcriptions of 69 Breslin interviews, and notes on many more, see Series I: Research files on individuals.

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Access to audio cassettes is restricted; reformatted copies may be made available for use by qualified researchers.
Box 25

Abish, Cecile, 1988

Box 25

C1: May 20, 1988

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
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Ahearn, Jonathan, 1986

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C2-4: Nov 3, 1986

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3 sound cassettes.
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Alford, Emily and Newell, 1988

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C5: May 17, 1988

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
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Ashton, Dore, 1986

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C6: Feb 25, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Baumbach, Harold, 1987

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C7: Jun 28, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
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Baziotes, Ethel, 1986

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C8: Feb 17, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Belsey, Joseph, 1987

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C9: Dec 17, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
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Ben-Zion, 1986

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C10: 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
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Berman, Henry [Howard], 1986

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Recorded on two cassettes, one side of each. The interviewee is identified as Henry Berman on both cassette labels, but he is referred to as Howard Berman in James Breslin's book, p. 682.
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C11: Feb 14, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
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C12: Feb 14, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Morris Calden is also recorded on side A.
Box 25

Blinken, Donald, 1986

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Recorded on two cassettes, side B of each.
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C13: Jan 28, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Paul Bodin is also recorded on side B.
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C14: Jan 29, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Arnold Glimcher is also recorded on side B.
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Bodin, Paul, 1986

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C13: Jan 28, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Donald Blinken is also recorded on side B.
Box 25

Bogat, Regina, 1986

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C15-16: Feb 5, 1986

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2 sound cassettes.
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Bourgeois, Louise, 1986

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C17: Jan 1, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Braddon, Bernard, 1986

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C18: Jan 23, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
Box 25-26

Brown, Milton, 1987

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C19: Jul 1, 1987

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
Box 26

C20: Jul 1, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
C20 is missing. See cassette C123 for audio recordings of unidentified interviewees.
Box 26

Browne, Sylvia, circa 1985-1990

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C21-22: circa 1985-1990

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2 sound cassettes.
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Bultman, Joan (Jeanne), 1986

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The interviewee is identified as Jeanne Bultman on the cassette label and as Joan Bultman on the case and in James Breslin's book, p. 682.
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C23: Jan 13, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Box 26

Calden, Morris, 1986

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Recorded on two cassettes, side A of one and both sides of the other.
Box 26

C12: Feb 14, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Henry Berman is also recorded on side A.
Box 26

C24: Feb 14, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
Katharine Kuh is also recorded on side B.
Box 26

Carrone, Nicholas, 1988

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C25: May 16, 1988

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1 sound cassette.
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Carson, George, 1986

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C26-27: Jun 2, 1986

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2 sound cassettes.
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Cavallon, Georgio, 1987

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C28: Jul 4, 1987

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Rebecca Sayer is also recorded on Side A.
Box 26

C71: Jan 24, 1987

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Box 26

Climo, Shirley and George, circa 1985-1990

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C29: circa 1985-1990

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1 sound cassette.
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Dehner, Dorothy, 1986

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C30: Jan 18, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
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Deming, Vita, 1986

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Recorded on two cassettes, side B of each.
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C31: Feb 3, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
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C32: Feb 3, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Lily Sievan is also recorded on side B.
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Dienes, Ben, 1987

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C33: Jan 19, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
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Director, Aaron, 1985

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C34: Jul 2, 1985

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1 sound cassette.
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Ferber, Herbert, 1987

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C35: Jan 27, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
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Gage, Arthur, 1986

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C36: Nov 8, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
Box 25

Glimcher, Arnold, 1986

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C14: Jan 29, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Donald Blinken is also recorded on side B.
Box 26

Goodrich, Lloyd, 1986

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C23: Nov 14, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
Box 26

Green, Wilder, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Recorded on two cassettes, side A of each.
Box 26

C37-38: May 17, 1988

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2 sound cassettes. Side A.
Box 26

Greenberg, Clement, 1986

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C32: Feb 3, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Box 27

Grokest, Albert, 1986

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Recorded on two cassettes, both sides of one and side B of the other.
Box 27

C39: Jan 24, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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C40: Jan 24, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
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Hare, David, 1986

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C41: Jan 9, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
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Hays, Juliette, 1987

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C42: Jan 28, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
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Heller, Ben, 1987

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C43: Jan 21, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
Box 25

Hill, Clinton, 1986

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C13: Jan 28, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Paul Bodin is also recorded on side A.
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Hirschfeld, Al, 1986

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C14: Jan 4, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
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Hopkins, Budd, 1986

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C18: Jan 22, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
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Israel, Murray, 1988

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C44: May 5, 1988

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1 sound cassette.
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James, Martin, 1988

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C45: May 16, 1988

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1 sound cassette.
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Johnson, Buffie, 1986

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C46: Jan 20, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Kaufman, Louis and Annette, 1986

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C47-48: Nov 3, 1986

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2 sound cassettes.
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Klein, Milton and Lilian, 1987

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C49: Apr 9, 1987

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1 sound cassette.
Box 26-27

Kuh, Katharine, 1986

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Recorded on two cassettes, side B of one and both sides of the other.
Box 26

C24: Feb 14, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
Box 27

C50: Feb 14, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Kunitz, Stanley, 1986

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C51: Feb 7, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Leontief, Vassily, 1986

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C11: Feb 13, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Box 31

Lidov, Arthur, 1988

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C120-121: May 14-15, 1988

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2 sound cassettes.
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Lukashok, Martin, 1986

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C10: Jan 20, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Box 27

Malamud, Bernard, 1986

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C52: Feb 19, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
Box 27

Margolis, David, 1989

Scope and Content Note

Recorded on two cassettes, both sides of one and side A of the other.
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C53: Apr 28, 1989

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1 sound cassette.
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C54: Apr 28, 1989

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
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Martin, Fred, 1985

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C55: Jul 3, 1985

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1 sound cassette.
Box 26-27

McKinney, Donald, 1988

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Recorded on four cassettes, one side each.
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C37-38: May 19, 1988

Scope and Content Note

2 sound cassettes. Side B.
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C56-57: May 19, 1988

Scope and Content Note

2 sound cassettes. Side A.
Box 27

Meade, [Alan], 1986

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C52: Feb 17, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
Box 28

Miller, Berthe, circa 1985-1990

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C70: circa 1985-1990

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
Robert Motherwell is also recorded on Side A.
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Miller, Ruth, 1988

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C58: Oct 11, 1988

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
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Motherwell, Robert, 1987-1988

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Recorded on eighteen cassettes, of which eight are duplicate recordings.
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C59-60: Jun 30, 1987

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2 sound cassettes.
These two cassettes are duplicate recordings. Morris Pottish is also recorded on side A.
Box 28

C61-62: Jun 30, 1987

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2 sound cassettes.
These two cassettes are duplicate recordings.
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C63-69: Jul 4, 1987

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7 sound cassettes.
The following pairs of cassettes are duplicate recordings: C63 and C64, C66 and C67, C68 and C69.
Box 28

C70: Jul 4, 1987

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Side A duplicates most of C65A. Berthe Miller is also recorded on Side A.
Box 28

C71: Jul 4, 1987

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
The second half of Side A partially duplicates C65A. Rebecca Sayer and Georgio Cavallon are also recorded on Side A.
Box 28

C72-74: May 14, 1988

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3 sound cassettes.
C72 and C73 have duplicate recordings.
Box 28

C75: May 14, 1988

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1 sound cassette. Side A.
Both sides are mostly blank, with approximately ten minutes recorded on Side A.
Box 28

C76: May 14, 1988

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
Rebecca Reis is also recorded on most of Side B.
Box 29

Nachumi, Annette, 1989

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C77: May 2, 1989

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1 sound cassette.
Box 29

Newman, Sonia, circa 1985-1990

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C78: circa 1985-1990

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1 sound cassette.
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Northrup, Richard and Barbara, circa 1985-1990

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C79: circa 1985-1990

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1 sound cassette.
Box 29

O'Gorman, Ned, 1986

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C80-81: Feb 27, 1986

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2 sound cassettes.
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Okun, George, 1986

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Interviewed with Sophie Tracy and recorded on two cassettes, side B of one and both sides of the other.
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C82: Feb 11, 1986

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1 sound cassette. Side B.
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C83: Feb 11, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Panicali, Carla, 1986

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C84: Feb 13, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Parker, Ray, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Recorded on three cassettes.
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C85-86: Jan 25, 1986

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2 sound cassettes.
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C87: Jan 25, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
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Phillips, Gerald, 1986

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C87: Jan 27, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
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Poe, Barbara, 1986

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C88: Nov 7, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
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Pomeranz, Ruth, 1986

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C89: Jan 29, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
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Pottish, Morris, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Recorded on two cassettes, side A of each.
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C59-60: Jun 29, 1986

Scope and Content Note

2 sound cassettes. Side A.
Robert Motherwell is also recorded on side A of both cassettes.
Box 29

Prensky, Frieda, 1986

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C82: Feb 6, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
Box 29

Rabin, Kenneth, circa 1985-1990

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C90-91: circa 1985-1990

Scope and Content Note

2 sound cassettes.
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Rabin, Milton and Joy, 1985

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C92: Jun 21, 1985

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
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Reis, Bernard, circa 1985-1990

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C93-94: circa 1985-1990

Scope and Content Note

2 sound cassettes.
Label: "Bernard Reis – archives." The original interview must have been conducted prior to Reis's death in 1978.
Box 28-30

Reis, Rebecca, 1986

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Recorded on three cassettes.
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C76: Nov 8, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
Robert Motherwell is also recorded on Side B for approximately two minutes.
Box 29

C95: Nov 8, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
Box 30

C96: Nov 8, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
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Rice, Jackie and Dan, 1986

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Recorded on three cassettes.
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C97: Feb 21, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
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C98-99: Feb 21, 1986

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2 sound cassettes.
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Roth, Julian and Dorothy, 1986

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C100: Sep 16, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Roth, Moise, 1985

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C101: Jun 27, 1985

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1 sound cassette.
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Roth, Richard and Johnny, 1986

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C102: Nov 7, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Rothko, Christopher, 1986

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C103: Feb 6, 1986

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1 sound cassette.
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Rothko, Kate, 1986-1987

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Recorded on four cassettes.
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C104-106: Feb 25, 1986

Scope and Content Note

3 sound cassettes.
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C107: Mar 31, 1987

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
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Sachar, Howard, circa 1985-1990

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C108-109: circa 1985-1990

Scope and Content Note

2 sound cassettes.
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Sachar, Willie, circa 1985-1990

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C110-111: circa 1985-1990

Scope and Content Note

2 sound cassettes.
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Sayer, Rebecca, circa 1985-1990

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C112: circa 1985-1990

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
Georgio Cavallon is also recorded on Side A.
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Scharf, William and Sally, 1987

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C112: Jul 1, 1987

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
Box 29-30

Schueler, Jon, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Recorded on two cassettes, one side of each.
Box 29

C89: Jan 31, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
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C113: Jan 31, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
Box 30

Selz, Peter, 1986

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C114: Sep 11, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
Box 26

Sievan, Lily, 1986

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C32: Feb 3, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side B.
Vita Deming is also recorded on side B.
Box 30

Solman, Joseph, 1986

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C113: Jan 15, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette.
Jon Schueler is also recorded on side B.
Box 26

Soyer, Rebecca, 1987

Box 26

C28: Jan 22, 1987

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.
Georgio Cavallon is also recorded on side A.
Box 31

Stamos, Theodoros, 1990

Box 31

C122: Feb 10, 1990

Scope and Content Note

SEALED: 1 sound cassette.
This tape will remail sealed until 2076.
Box 30

Steindecker, Oliver, 1986

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C97: Feb 20, 1986

Scope and Content Note

1 sound cassette. Side A.