INVENTORY OF THE E. MAURICE BLOCH PAPERS, circa 1925-1989

Finding aid prepared by Neil Hathaway and Jocelyn Gibbs.


Descriptive Summary

Title: E. Maurice Bloch papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1925-1989
Number: 910003
Creator/Collector: Bloch, E. Maurice
Physical Description: 45.0 linear feet (87 boxes)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: The papers span the life and career of American art historian, professor, curator and collector, E. Maurice Bloch, from his student days in New York City to his retirement in Los Angeles (bulk ca. 1935-1989). It includes extensive correspondence, research and lecture notes, syllabi, photographs, lists, manuscripts, minutes, reports, and clippings, detailing his principal interests (George Caleb Bingham and Benjamin West, and collecting), and his associations with institutions (Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California, Los Angeles) as well as with art students, historians, artist friends, colleagues, and dealers.
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Language: Collection material is in English

Biographical/Historical Note

E. Maurice Bloch, American art historian, professor, curator and collector, was born in New York City, October 26, 1916, the only child of immigrant parents. His mother, who studied to be a singer, was from Austria; his father was a businessman, born in Holland. His parents, particularly his mother, encouraged and supported Bloch's interest in art.
Bloch enrolled at New York University, first as an undergraduate in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, then as a graduate student in the Institute of Fine Arts, for which he wrote a dissertation on George Caleb Bingham (not completed until 1967).
He taught at the University of Missouri (1944-1945), NYU's Washington Square Campus (1945-1946), and the University of Minnesota (1946-1947). He was curator of prints at Cooper Union Museum (1952- ca. 1957). His employment at the University of California, Los Angeles began in 1956 and lasted until 1982 when he retired. During his tenure at UCLA, Bloch also served as a curator with the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, from which he also retired in 1982.
Beginning in 1975 Bloch served on the board of the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, and as the Second Vice President for Art helped transform what had been an eclectic, private collection into a public collection of American art (now the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery at the Huntington Library). Bloch was involved with the Western Division of the Archives of American Art since the early 1980s, and helped negotiate a cooperative arrangement between the AAA, the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery and the Huntington Library.
His scholarly interests were in American art. The majority of his completed projects concern George Caleb Bingham. He wrote his dissertation on Bingham and the catalog raisonné of Bingham's paintings (1967, revised edition 1986), a catalog raisonné of Bingham's drawings (1975), numerous articles, and curated at least three exhibits of Bingham's work. His other large project, never completed, was his work toward a catalog of Benjamin West's paintings.
Bloch's own collecting interests ranged widely. His personal collections contained paintings, drawings (including those by West), stamps, illustrated sheet music, and autographs, although he limited himself primarily to American artists, illustrators and topics.
Bloch never married. He maintained an extraordinarily close relationship with his mother and father, who lived with him after he moved to California, until their deaths.
The Oral History Program at the University of California, Los Angeles published an oral history of E. Maurice Bloch in 1991 from interviews conducted by Bernard Galm in 1987. Bloch died December 1989 in Los Angeles.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

E. Maurice Bloch Papers, ca. 1925-1989, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 910003.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1991, with additional material received in 1993.

Processing History

After Bloch's death in 1989, his archive was moved from his home to a warehouse. It was acquired by the Getty Research Institute in 1991. Although there was some disarray among his papers, his filing system was for the most part preserved. Books received with Bloch's papers are in the Getty Research Institute Library. Of his collections, the Getty Research Institute acquired only the panorama exhibits ephemera collection. Neil Hathaway processed and arranged the archive in 1992, with assistance from Jocelyn Gibbs. Hathaway and Gibbs wrote this finding aid.

Scope and Content of Collection

The E. Maurice Bloch papers (45 linear ft.) document his graduate studies in art history at New York University, touch on his work as a curator at Cooper Union and the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts (the University of California, Los Angeles), and address his teaching and research through extensive correspondence files, student lecture notes and syllabi, and research notes, photographs and manuscripts for articles and lectures.
His interest in American art, and intensive research on George Caleb Bingham and Benjamin West in particular, are evident in the archive's research papers which include correspondence, notes and manuscripts. His association with, and the subsequent development of the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery (at the Huntington Library) are well documented through meeting minutes, correspondence and in-house reports. There is very little personal material in the collection, although his letters (he kept carbon copies of most of his letters) to dealers, artist friends and colleagues reveal the cast of his personality and interests. A few personal documents fill in scant details of his life and his drawings and sketchbooks display an early interest in art. His own collecting interests are revealed in his large clippings file and extensive correspondence with dealers about his wants lists. His personal collections of paintings, drawings, autograph letters and printed materials, were not acquired by the Getty, except for his collection of panorama exhibits ephemera, which may be consulted in the Getty Research Library, Special Collections.

Arrangement note

The Papers are organized in 9 series: Series I. Correspondence, 1941-1989; Series II. New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, 1936-1988; Series III. Teaching materials, 1945-1982; Series IV. George Caleb Bingham research, 1943-1989; Series V. Benjamin West research, 1821-1987; Series VI. Research on 19th-century art, 1945-1987; Series VII. Curatorial and advisory positions, 1953-1989; Series VIII. Bloch's personal collection, 1935-1989; Series IX. Personal and miscellaneous files, 1920s-1970s.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Bingham, George Caleb, 1811-1879
Bloch, E. Maurice
Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895
Mount, William Sidney, 1807-1868
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
New York University. Institute of Fine Arts
Tamarind Lithography Workshop
University of California, Los Angeles
Virginia Steele Scott Foundation
Virginia Steele Scott Gallery

Subjects - Topics

Art historians--United States
Art museum curators--United States
Art, American
Art--Collectors and collecting--United States
Art--Study and teaching--United States
Drawing--United States--Exhibitions

Contributors

Cowdrey, Mary Bartlett, 1910-1974
Heilbron, Bertha L. (Bertha Lion), 1895-1972
Hirschl & Adler Galleries
Jones, Claude E.
Kennedy Galleries
Kwiat, Joseph
Maxwell, George T.
Vose Galleries of Boston
Wayne, June, 1918-
Zapf, Hermann


Container List

 

Series I. Correspondence, 1941-1989

Physical Description: 4.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Series contains three groupings of letters: one group of occasional letters (1965-1988) and two runs of letters received and sent (1941-1982 and 1976-1989). Correspondents include artists, curators, students, colleagues and friends. Some of the same correspondents appear in letters filed within other series. Patricia Trenton, a student of Bloch's during the late 1960s and curator at the Denver Art Museum, kept up a lively correspondence with Bloch which can be found here and among his research files. Other correspondents, some with especially thick files, include colleagues, curators, collectors, dealers, and artists: J. Carter Brown, E. John Bullard, Albert Christ-Janer, M. B. Cowdrey, Lorser Feitelson, Eva Gatling, William Gerdts, Hans A. Halbey, Edith Hamelin, Milton Hebald, Bertha Heilbron, Claude (Mac) Jones, Jacob Kainen, Donald D. Keyes, Stanley Lewis, John McCall, George T. Maxwell, Ruth S. Magurn, Paul Mills, Annemarie H. Pope, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Karl Schrag, Frederick Shane, Ross Taggart, Herbert Weissburger, Allen S. Weller, Christopher J. White, Hermann Sapf, Jake Zeitlin, Jerrold Ziff.
 

Series I.A. Occasional letters received, , 1965-1988 undated

Physical Description: .5 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily thank-you letters and Christmas cards received, arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1-4

Thank you letters, Christmas cards, etc. , 1965-1988 undated

Box 1, Folder 1

1965-1979

Box 1, Folder 2

1980-1984

Box 1, Folder 3

1985-1988

Box 1, Folder 4

undated

 

Series I.B. Letters received and letters sent, 1941-1982

Physical Description: 2.25 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically with Bloch's carbon or photocopied responses.
Box 2, Folder 1

A, 1941-1975

Box 2, Folder 2

B, 1945-1980

Scope and Content Note

including Leonard Bloch (E. M.'s father; 1957), Dorothy Brown (artist, UCLA colleague; 1960s), J. Carter Brown (1971- 1973), Edna Buchanan (1949-1962; see also Anna Erickson), and E. John Bullard (Bloch student at the National Gallery; 1968-1975).
Box 2, Folder 3

C, 1949-1975

Scope and Content Note

including Albert Christ-Janer (Bingham scholar; 1972-1973), and M. B. Cowdrey (historian of American art; 1948-1958)
Box 2, Folder 4

D, (for Virginia Downes, see Ethyl Myers) 1952-1981

Box 2, Folder 5

E, 1949-1971

Scope and Content Note

including Anna E. (Nancy) Erickson (art collector)
Box 2, Folder 6

F, 1948-1978

Scope and Content Note

including Lorser Feitelson (American painter and printmaker; 1963-1978)
Box 2, Folder 7

G, 1952-1976

Scope and Content Note

including Eva Gatling (curator Cooper Union and Des Moines Art Center; 1952-1960, undated), William Gerdts (Newark Museum and CUNY; 1955-1962), and Arnold Gross (lithographer; 1975-1976); [see also oversize box 87]
Box 2, Folder 8

H-I, 1950-1975

Scope and Content Note

including Hans A. Halbey (Kingspoor Museum; 1960-1968), Edith Hamelin ('Dale,' wife of Maynard Dixon; 1958-1970), Milton Hebald (American artist and collector; 1968-1970), Cornelia Jett Henry (Cooper Union colleague; 1958-1959, undated), Bertha Heilbron (Minnesota Hst. Society and panorama scholar; 1950-1968); [see also box 44, folder 3], and Werner Hirsch (Cambridge don; 1972, 1975)
Box 2, Folder 9

J, , 1955-1975 undated

Scope and Content Note

including Claude E. (Mac) Jones (UCLA English professor; 1959-1971, undated)
Box 3, Folder 1

K, 1946-1978

Scope and Content Note

including Jacob Kainen (Smithsonian prints curator and printmaker; 1959-1978), Francis (Bob) Kelly (artist and conservator; 1961-1969), Donald D. Keyes (art historian; 1967-1975), Eckhardt Knab (Albertina and Gemäldegalerie, Vienna; 1955-1961), and Joseph Kwiat
Box 3, Folder 2

L, 1952-1981

Scope and Content Note

including Stanley Lewis (art historian; 1952-1959)
Box 3, Folder 3

Mc, 1949-1975

Scope and Content Note

including John McCall (expert on Japanese prints; 1949-1956), and Dorothy McNeilly (Charles Lanman descendant; 1974-1975); [see also box 40, folder 4]
Box 3, Folder 4

George T. Maxwell (cartoonist, illustrator and collector) 1949-1959

Box 3, Folder 5

M, 1949-1978

Scope and Content Note

including Ruth S. Magurn (Fogg prints curator; 1970-1975, undated), Paul Mills (Oakland Art Museum; 1957-1962), and Ethel Myers (ceramicist) and her daughter Virginia Downes (1958-1972)
Box 3, Folder 6

N, 1951-1975

Scope and Content Note

including Harry Nadler (artist; 19??)
Box 3, Folder 7

P-Q, 1954-1974

Scope and Content Note

including Roi Partridge (printmaker; 1974), Clare Elsne Peck (artist; 1960), and Annemarie H. Pope (National Council on Fine Arts' Traveling Exhibition Service; 1954-1971)
Box 3, Folder 8

R, 1946-1972

Scope and Content Note

including Lessing J. Rosenwald (illustrations and book collector; 1961-1970)
Box 3, Folder 9

S, 1950-1988

Scope and Content Note

including Karl Schrag (artist; 1955-1977) and Frederick Shane (Univ. of Missouri art historian; 1958-1971, undated)
Box 4, Folder 1

T-U, 1958-1975

Scope and Content Note

including Patricia Trenton (Bloch student and curator, Denver Art Museum; 1969-1974) and Ross Taggart (Nelson-Atkins). [See Series IV for other correspondence with both Trenton and Taggart].
Box 4, Folder 2

W, 1949-1982

Scope and Content Note

including Herbert Weissburger (NYU colleague; 1955-1961), Allen S. Weller (Univ. of Illinois art historian; 1949-1961), Sir Robert Witt (collector; 1951-1953), and Christopher J. White (Old Masters authority; 1959-1982, bulk to 1965)
Box 4, Folder 3

X-Z, 1955-1973

Scope and Content Note

including Hermann Zapf (German graphic designer; 1955-1969), Jake Zeitlin (rare book dealer; 1960-1973), and Jerrold Ziff (art historian; 1967-1972)
Box 4, Folder 4

Unidentified, , 1960-1974 undated

 

Series I.C. Letters received and sent, 1976-1989

Physical Description: .25 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of the same nature as the alphabetical subseries above, but arranged in chronological order.
Box 4, Folder 5

1976

Physical Description: ca. 25 items
Box 4, Folder 6

1977

Physical Description: ca. 40 items
Box 4, Folder 7

1978

Physical Description: ca. 40 items
Box 4, Folder 8

1979-1980

Physical Description: ca. 20 items
Box 4, Folder 9

1981-1982

Physical Description: ca. 45 items
Box 4, Folder 10

1983

Physical Description: ca. 30 items
Box 4, Folder 11

1984

Physical Description: ca. 50 items
Box 4, Folder 12

1985

Physical Description: ca. 40 items
Box 4, Folder 13

1986-1987

Physical Description: ca. 30 items
Box 4, Folder 14

1988-1989

Physical Description: ca. 45 items
Box 4, Folder 15

undated

Physical Description: 5.0 items
 

Series II. New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, 1936-1958, 1988

Physical Description: 10.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Series comprises course outlines, syllabi, bibliographies, lecture notes and correspondence in 5 linear ft. These include courses Bloch took with Otto Benesch, Walter Friedlaender, Julius Held, Karl Lehmann, A. Philip McMahon, Richard Offner, Dimitri Tselos and Martin Weinberger, with some notes from lectures by Panofsky, and Richard Kautheimer. One small file offers administrative documents from his undergraduate years at NYU. Other files hold materials for his master's thesis (including the ms.), correspondence regarding his teaching at NYU, and supporting materials for his dissertation, the manuscript for which is filed in Series IV. Some correspondence with his professors is here and concerns his dissertation, other research, and news of his teaching and curatorial activities.
 

Series II.A. Course syllabi, 1935-1942, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

NYU-IFA course outlines, syllabi, bibliographies, slide lists, arranged alphabetically by instructor.
Box 5, Folder 1

Inventories of Bloch's NYU-IFA course material: "Selected list of [NYU-IFA] syllabi on hand,"

Box 5, Folder 2

Marcel Aubert, Gothic architecture

Box 5, Folder 2

-Early Gothic architecture in France, 1936

Box 5, Folder 2

- Later Gothic architecture in France, 1938

Box 5, Folder 3

Otto Benesch, Fine Arts class, "French Painting from the Revolution to the Present Time," undated

Box 5, Folder 4

Walter W. S. Cook, Research methods, Italian and Spanish Painting -"Fine Arts class 201-202, Methods of Research in the Fine arts." Selective bibliography on American Painting, with a bibliography for Fine Arts class 201

Box 5, Folder 4

-bibliography of Italian painting

Box 5, Folder 4

-"Spanish painting," fragment

Box 5, Folder 4

-Reading list for "Spanish painting from Goya to Miro," [see also box 7, folder 4]

Box 5, Folder 5

Walter Friedlaender, Italian painting

Box 5, Folder 5

-"Fine Arts 228, Later Venetian painting and Northern Italian painting," lectures 1-9

Box 5, Folder 5

-"Fine Arts 227, Florentine and central Italian painting of the sixteenth century," lecture 13 only.

Box 5, Folder 5

-"Fine Arts 229, Italian painting of the late XVI and XVII centuries," includes bibliography, lacking pp. 1-12

Box 5, Folder 6

Friedlaender, Baroque painting [see also box 6, folder 1]

Box 5, Folder 6

-bibliography for "Fine Arts 267...Rubens and the Baroque," and including "Topics for Reports" for Fine Arts 267 and 339

Box 5, Folder 6

-"Fine Arts 226, Painting in the High Baroque,"

Box 6, Folder 1

Friedlaender, French painting and drawing

Box 6, Folder 1

-"Fine Arts 226, French painting in the XVI and early XVII centuries,"

Box 6, Folder 1

-Topics list for "Fine Arts 278, French Painting," and "Fine Arts 340, French painting XVI-XVIII," (bound together)

Box 6, Folder 2

Friedlaender

Box 6, Folder 2

-"Fine Arts 225. . .French painting XVII-XVIII"

Box 6, Folder 2

-"Fine Arts 225. . .French painting of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries" (fuller version)

Box 6, Folder 2-3

-"Bibliography of French painting - 17th and 18th centuries"

Box 6, Folder 2

-"Bibliography of French painting (late 18th and early 19th centuries)"

Box 6, Folder 3

-"Fine Arts 268, French drawings of the XVI and XVII centuries," lectures 1 and 15

Box 6, Folder 3

-"Fine Arts 226, From David to Cézanne," 3 different versions

Box 6, Folder 4

Robert Goldwater, "Fine Arts 167, Modern painting," with three leaves of Bloch's notes

Box 6, Folder 5

Julius Held, Flemish and Dutch painting

Box 6, Folder 5

-bibliography for Fine Arts 60, "Flemish painting of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries"

Box 6, Folder 5

-"Fine Arts 210. . .Dutch painting, 17th century," including bibliography and slide list

Box 7, Folder 1

Hans Huth, "Fine Arts. . .Museum training"

Box 7, Folder 2

Richard Krautheimer, architecture

Box 7, Folder 2

-bibilography for "Fine Arts 274, Early Christian architecture,"

Box 7, Folder 2

-"Fine Arts 274, Gothic architecture"

Box 7, Folder 2

-miscellaneous and incomplete lectures on renaissance architecture in Italy

Box 7, Folder 2

-"Fine Arts 248, Baroque architecture" [see also Special Collection accn. no. 900219]

Box 7, Folder 3

Karl Lehmann(-Hartleben), ancient art

Box 7, Folder 3

-bibliography for "Classical Greek art"

Box 7, Folder 3

-"Fine Arts 254, Greek architecture of the classical period"

Box 7, Folder 3

-"Fine Arts 288. . .Greek and Roman painting," with bibliography

Box 7, Folder 3

-"Hellenistic Art," including bibliography, with handwritten date 7 Oct 1939

Box 7, Folder 4

José Lopez-Rey, Spanish painting

Box 7, Folder 4

-"Fine Arts 270. . .Spanish painting from Goya to Miro," outline, slide list (fragment)

Box 7, Folder 4

-"Fine Arts 271, Modern Spanish painting," outline, slide list for lectures 1-11

Box 7, Folder 5

A. Philip McMahon, "Fine Arts 11, Outline of the history of art, 1945-1946," 2 pp lecture schedule and reading list

Box 7, Folder 6

Richard Offner, Italian painting

Box 7, Folder 6

-"Fine Arts 288, Sienese Painting"

Box 7, Folder 6

-"Fine Arts 290, Venetian painting," fragment of typescript

Box 7, Folder 6

-"Fine Arts 291. . .Venetian painting"

Box 7, Folder 7

- bound volume: "Syllabus of Gothic and early Renaissance painting in Italy," with slide lists for classes "Italian painting and sculpture of the early Renaissance, 154f[all], 1946" and "Great masters of the high Renaissance," 155w[inter], 1947"

Box 8, Folder 1-2

2 bound volumes: "Two made-up volumes of photographs from slides used by Offner, 'Sienese painting' et al"

Box 8, Folder 3

Erwin Panofsky, European art

Box 8, Folder 3

- "Fine Arts 336. . .Gothic and late medieval illuminated mss.," fragments

Box 8, Folder 3

- "Early Flemish painting - syllabus"

Box 8, Folder 3

- "Fine Arts 229, German painting," incomplete, lectures 1-6

Box 8, Folder 3

- "German painting of the XVth century," with errata sheet

Box 8, Folder 3

- "Italian baroque art, syllabus of lectures"

Box 8, Folder 3

- "French painting of the XVII and XVIII centuries"

Box 8, Folder 4

Rudolf M. Riefstahl, ancient art, furniture

Box 8, Folder 4

- "Chronology of Egypt" for "Art of the Near East"

Box 8, Folder 4

- chronologies for "Byzantine art" : Roman history, Byzantine history, , and "chronology of the Byzantine empire," 1934 1936

Box 8, Folder 4

- chronology for "Historic styles," copyright 1935

Box 8, Folder 4

-chronologies for "Medieval furniture," and "English furniture," copyright 1935

Box 9, Folder 1

Andrew C. Ritchie, English painting

Box 9, Folder 1

-bibliography for and lecture 1 of "Fine Arts 46. . .English painting, 16-18 centuries"

Box 9, Folder 1

-"Fine Arts 79. . .English painting," lectures 2, 7-13 [see also box 17, folder 1]

Box 9, Folder 2

William Sawitzsky, "Fine Arts 51, Early American painting," bound with corrections in Bloch's hand

Box 9, Folder 3

Dimitri Tselos, Art of the middle ages

Box 9, Folder 3

-"Fine Arts 181, Art of the early Middle Ages," lacking lectures 1-4

Box 9, Folder 3

-"Fine Arts 282, Art of the early Middle Ages"

Box 9, Folder 3

-"Fine Arts 182, Art of the later Middle Ages"

Box 9, Folder 4

Tselos, Modern art

Box 9, Folder 4

-"Fine Arts 69, Foundations of modern art," lacking 2 lectures

Box 9, Folder 4

-"Fine Arts 36, Foundations of modern architecture and sculpture," incomplete [see also box 17, folder 1]

Box 9, Folder 4

-"Fine Arts 135, Foundations of modern architecture and sculpture," including a "bibliography of American architecture"

Box 9, Folder 4

-"Fine Arts 252, American art," slide list

Box 9, Folder 5

Martin Weinberger, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque sculpture

Box 9, Folder 5

-"Fine Arts 279 [sic, 275]. . .Romanesque and Gothic sculpture"

Box 9, Folder 5

-"Fine Arts 274. . .Renaissance sculpture in Italy," with Bloch's notes dated 1940

Box 9, Folder 5

-"Fine Arts 283. . .High Renaissance and Baroque sculpture in Italy"

Box 9, Folder 6

Weinberger, Painting, sculpture, museum training

Box 9, Folder 6

-"Fine Arts 206. . .Renaissance art of northern Europe," [see also box 16, folder 5 for second copies of lectures 7-10]

Box 9, Folder 6

-"Fine Arts 284. . .Northern High Renaissance and Baroque sculpture"

Box 9, Folder 6

-"Fine Arts 210, Rembrandt and Dutch painting," incomplete

Box 9, Folder 6

- Museum training course, "Exhibit: lithographs and sculpture - Honoré Daumier/ arranged by student in Museum training under the direction of Dr. Martin Weinberger... " May 13-19, 1941

Box 9, Folder 7

Miscellaneous materials without instructors' names, alpha by subject/title

Box 9, Folder 7

-ancient architecture, outline of lectures, 1936-1937

Box 9, Folder 7

-Renaissance architecture, outline of lectures, 1937-1938

Box 9, Folder 7

-Italian baroque art, bibilography

Box 9, Folder 7

-history of forgeries, early Christian and Byzantine art

Box 9, Folder 7

-iconography, outline

Box 9, Folder 7

-Tuscan communes of 12th and 13th centuries

Box 9, Folder 7

-modern art: classicism and romanticism, outline of lectures

Box 9, Folder 7

-museum training course: 17th c Dutch prints and Delft ware; history of painting and sculpture, 1936, in Bloch's hand

Box 9, Folder 7

-NYU-Met Museum bibliography for painting in Italy 17th -18th centuries

Box 9, Folder 7

-"Fine Arts 27-28," watercolor class

Box 9, Folder 7

-survey of renaissance art - Fine Arts 502, incomplete

 

Series II.B. Bloch's notes and term papers for NYU classes, 1936-1947, undated

Physical Description: ca. 2.5 lin. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Lecture notes, term papers, sketchbooks, and assorted notes, arranged roughly alphabetically; by professors, then by subjects.
Box 10, Folder 1

Otto Benesch

Box 10, Folder 1

-French painting, 1943

Scope and Content Note

Paper, translation of portion of Thieme-Becker, 1941.
Box 10, Folder 2-3

Walter Fridlaender, ca. 1940-1944

Box 10, Folder 2

-Florentine painting, 1944

Box 10, Folder 2

-Fine Arts 227, Florentine and central Italian painting of the 16th c.

Box 10, Folder 2

-Later Venetian painting, 1941

Box 10, Folder 3

-Italian painting of the late 16th and 17th centuries, with term paper, 1940

Box 10, Folder 3

-Term paper on Géricault, for Fine Arts 226, David to Cézanne, 1941

Box 10, Folder 4

Julius Held, Dutch painting of the 17th c., with term paper on Rembrandt, 1940

Box 10, Folder 5

Karl Lehmann(-Hartleben), Greek art of the Hellenistic period, with term paper on Pergamon altar, 1939-1940

Box 10, Folder 6

A. Philip McMahon, Criticism of the fine arts, with term paper on Sextus Emiricus, 1939-1940

Box 10, Folder 7

Richard Offner

Box 10, Folder 7

-High Renaissance painting, 1940

Box 10, Folder 7

-Venetian painting, 1942

Box 10, Folder 7

-Sienese painting, 1944

Box 11, Folder 1

Dimitri Tselos

Box 11, Folder 2

-Early and later medieval art, 1942-1943

Box 11, Folder 3

-Foundations of modern art and architecture and sculpture, 1938, 1941, 1947

Box 11, Folder 4

Martin Weinberger

Box 11, Folder 4

-High Renaissance sculpture, with term paper on Bartolommeo Ammanati, 1940-1941

Box 11, Folder 4

-Term paper on Mantegna for Italian Renaissance sculpture course, 1940

Scope and Content Note

[see also Bloch's master's thesis, box 14, folder 9]
Box 11, Folder 5

Edgar Wind, Iconography of the Renaissance, 1942

Box 12, Folder 1

American art, 1942

Box 12, Folder 2-7

Architecture, ancient to modern, include sketchbooks, 1936-1938

Box 12, Folder 8

Principles of design - Met Museum of Art, fragment, 1937

Box 13, Folder 1

French art, 18th c.

Box 13, Folder 2

German art

Box 13, Folder 3

Michelangelo, 1938, 1941

Scope and Content Note

(with Panofsky? Weinberger?)
Box 13, Folder 4

Museum training/ research methods, 1941-1942

Scope and Content Note

(with Cook?)
Box 13, Folder 5

History of ornament and sculpture, 1936-1937

Scope and Content Note

Including mimeographed sheets for student notes.
Box 13, Folder 6-11

Painting, gothic, renaissance, American, French, German; 1937, 1939, 1947? undated

Box 13, Folder 12

Pottery, porcelain, bound term paper, undated

Box 14, Folder 1

Renaissance, Italian art, undated

Box 14, Folder 2-4

Sculpture, ancient to Renaissance, 1942-1943, undated

Box 14, Folder 5

Cosimo Tura, report on condition of his "Flight into Egypt"

Box 14, Folder 6-7

Notes on lectures

Scope and Content Note

Assorted notes on guest lectures and symposia given by, among others, Arthur Hind, Krautheimer, Lehmann, Offner, Panofsky, and Hans Tietze.
 

Series II.C. NYU School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Bloch's undergraduate years, 1936-1939

Physical Description: 10.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Bloch's undergraduate administrative records.
Box 14, Folder 8

Correspondence, grades, commencement materials.

 

Series II.D. NYU-IFA, Bloch's master's thesis, 1940-1942

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Bound thesis, associated material and correspondence.
Box 14, Folder 9

"Iconography of Andrea Mantegna's half-length pictures of the 'Madonna and Child,'" October 1942

Scope and Content Note

Bound typescript of thesis with supporting materials including a critique by Richard Offner.
 

Series II.E. NYU Washington Square campus, correspondence, 1945-1946

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Seven typed letters, concerning teaching at NYU. [For Bloch lecture notes from this period, see box 16, folders 4-7.]
Box 14, Folder 10

Correspondence, primarily with A. Philip McMahon,

 

Series II.F. NYU-IFA, Bloch's Ph.D. materials, 1944-1959

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Supporting, administrative materials and correspondence regarding Bloch's Ph.D.and NYU commencement, ca. 45 items.
Box 14, Folder 11

Ph.D supporting materials

Scope and Content Note

Records, oral exams, Ph.D. requirements, grades, commencement and other ceremony programs, letters from Walter Cook, Craig Hugh Smyth, and Martin Weinberger [For ms. of dissertation, see boxes 23-25].
 

Series II.G. Correspondence with NYU-IFA professors, others, 1946-1988

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Letters, post cards, clippings, and other material primarily related to NYU-IFA professors and alumni
Box 14, Folder 12

Correspondence alphabetical, 1946-1987

Scope and Content Note

Includes Walter Cook (1947-1959, 1962), A. Philip McMahon (1946), Craig Hugh Smyth (1956-1957), Dimitri Tselos (1954-1970, 1987).
Box 14, Folder 13

Alumni association flyers, letters, etc., 1959, 1972, 1988

 

Series III. Teaching materials, , 1945-1982 undated

Physical Description: 8.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Series contains Bloch's teaching and academic materials, 1945-1982, 4 linear ft., includes Bloch's lectures for the University of Missouri, University of Minnesota and UCLA courses, with reading lists and slides lists. Four folders of papers concern his students' work, exams, and correspondence and support materials for their masters' theses and Ph.D qualifying exams. Other correspondence and assorted documents relate to Bloch's employment, personnel actions, and tenure review, especially at UCLA.
 

Series III.A. Lecture notes, 1945-1982

Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Class files containing lecture notes and other materials, chiefly for the teaching of University of Missouri and UCLA art history courses, arranged accordingly.
Box 15, Folder 1

Introductory course, "Art and Archaeology" Univ. of Missouri, 1944-1945

Box 15, Folder 2

American art, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes Univ. of Missouri stationary.
Box 15, Folder 3-4

19th c. American architecture; American painting and sculpture

Physical Description: ca. 200 pp.
Box 15, Folder 5

American art and architecture, UCLA art history courses 112A-C or 116A-C, 1961-1978

Box 16, Folder 1

American art and architecture, UCLA art history courses 112A-C or 116A-C, 1961-1978

Box 16, Folder 2

American art, graduate seminar, UCLA, 1976

Box 16, Folder 3

Medieval art, 1956, undated

Box 16, Folder 4-7

Renaissance art, NYU Washington Square campus, Univ. of Minnesota, UCLA, 1945-1947, 1957

Scope and Content Note

Includes mimeographs from NUY-IFA courses taught by Walter Cook and Martin Weinberger [see also box 5, folder 4 and box 9, folders 5-6].
Box 16, Folder 8-9

Baroque art, UCLA art history course 104C and UCLA Extension, 1957-1962

Box 16, Folder 10

French art, typed lecture notes

Scope and Content Note

U. of Missouri? Univ. of Minnesota?
Box 17, Folder 1-2

Modern art, Univ. of Minnesota and UCLA, 1946-1947, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes a lecture from NYU-IFA course of Andrew Ritchie [see also box 9, folder 1]
Box 17, Folder 3

Museum training, UCLA Extension and USC course 530, 1963, 1981, undated

Box 17, Folder 4

History of ornament and decoration, 1963, 1966, undated

Scope and Content Note

Yyped lecture notes, slide lists from UCLA art history course 102.
Box 17, Folder 5

Painting, typed lecture notes, undated

Box 18, Folder 1

Painting, UCLA art history course 118B, 1957-1958

Box 18, Folder 2

History of prints and drawings, UCLA art history courses 117D, 121B, 1965-1966, 1969, 1980, undated

Box 18, Folder 3-4

Critical and historical studies in drawings, UCLA art history courses 117D, 121B, 121A-B, 1965-1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

With typed lecture notes, ca. 200 pp.
Box 19, Folder 1-2

History of prints, UCLA art history courses 117A, 120A-B, 1959, 1972, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typed lecture notes, ca. 300 pp; assorted handouts on prints.
Box 18, Folder 3

The contemporary print, UCLA Extension, 1964-1965

Scope and Content Note

Collaboration with Tamarind Lithography Workshop [for more on Tamarind, see box 65]
Box 18, Folder 4

Connoisseurship of prints, UCLA art department graduate seminar 402, 1978, undated

Scope and Content Note

Including mimeograph from Fogg Art Museum, typed lecture notes.
Box 18, Folder 5

Sculpture and architecture, UCLA art history course 118A, 1956, undated

Scope and Content Note

With typed lecture notes.
Box 18, Folder 6-7

Assorted lecture outlines, reading lists, undated

Scope and Content Note

Not all by Bloch.
Box 18, Folder 8

Seminar and thesis topics for American art and illustration, undated

Box 20, Folder 1-2

Examinations: mid-term, final and Ph.D qualifying, 1950s-1980s

 

Series III.B. Students' course work for Bloch's classes, 1940s-1980s

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Materials related to Bloch's undergraduate and graduate students, including class rosters, outlines, notes, term papers, bibliographies, and other supporting matter.
Box 20, Folder 3-4

Undergraduate: class notes, outlines, papers, 1944-1947, 1967, 1972, undated

Box 21, Folder 1-2

Graduate: assorted class rosters, papers, outlines, bibliographies, 1961-1981, undated

Box 21, Folder 3

Supporting materials and correspondence for master's theses, 1966, 1973, 1984-1985

 

Series III.C. Universities of Missouri and Minnesota employment, 1944-1947

Physical Description: 2.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and other materials related to Bloch's early teaching activities as well as a contemporary photograph of the professor.
Box 21, Folder 4

Univ. of Missouri, 1943-1945

Physical Description: ca. 20 items

Scope and Content Note

Primarily correspondence; includes a contemporary photograph of Bloch.
Box 21, Folder 5

Univ. of Minnesota, 1946-1947

Physical Description: ca. 25 items

Scope and Content Note

Primarily correspondence.
 

Series III.D. UCLA employment, 1956-1989

Physical Description: ca. 1 lin. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Administrative, professional, and committee correspondence and materials, as well as student records, related to Bloch's teaching activities at UCLA.
Box 21, Folder 6

Bloch's personnel action forms, and bio-bibliographies, 1956-1982

Box 21, Folder 7

Assorted documents regarding Bloch's professional activities, 1956-1988

Box 22, Folder 1-3

Assorted documents gathered for promotion process 1956-1988

Scope and Content Note

Congratulatory letters; notices of Bloch lectures, exhibits and appointments to committees at UCLA and outside.
Box 22, Folder 4

Assorted job opportunities; correspondence, printed ephemera, 1958-1978

Box 22, Folder 5

UCLA Art department administrative papers, 1958-1985, undated

Scope and Content Note

Degree requirements, administrative papers; Bloch's committee work regarding library and tenure.
Box 22, Folder 6

Records of student exams, committees, 1959-1989

 

Series IV. George Caleb Bingham Research, 1943-1989

Physical Description: 13.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Series contains papers relating to Bloch's writings, lectures and research on Bingham paintings, drawings, and biography. Files for Bloch's dissertation (1957) and monograph and catalog raisonné (1967) include manuscripts, galleys, photographs and correspondence relating to research and publishing 1942-1987. Other files pertain to articles and lectures Bloch wrote about Bingham, as well as exhibits he worked on, and include printed material, correspondence, manuscripts and research notes. Extensive correspondence about Bingham's portraits includes that with owners, descendants of owners and sitters, and museums and historical societies. Other correspondence, photographs and research materials relate to Bingham's genre paintings, landscapes, drawings, authentication and biography.
 

Series IV.A. Publications and lectures, 1943-1987

Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and research matter related to Bloch's writing and lecture activities, much of it surrounding his dissertation on Bingham, as well as work with various university presses, including manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, galleys, and other publication materials.
Box 23, Folder 1

Bingham dissertation, 1957, and monograph and catalog raisonné, 1967 1944-1971

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence regarding provenance, photograph requests, research inquiries,
Box 23, Folder 2

Correspondence regarding permissions, 1945-1963

Scope and Content Note

To reproduce photographs of Bingham's sketchbook at the Mercantile Library,
Box 23, Folder 3

Correspondence with UC Press, 1955-1966

Scope and Content Note

[For more correspondence with UC Press see box 25, folder 3.]
Box 23, Folder 4

Manuscript, preparatory and front matter, 1946, 1956, undated

Box 23, Folder 5

Manuscript, typescript for volume 1, undated

Scope and Content Note

[N.B., fragile]
Box 24, Folder 1-3

Printers mss. for both volumes

Scope and Content Note

[for photomechanicals to 1967 edition, see box 32, folders 1-3.]
Box 25, Folder 1

Continuation of above, box 24.

Box 25, Folder 2

Correspondence regarding Praeger Press Bingham monograph, 1954-1970

Scope and Content Note

Never published.
Box 25, Folder 3

Correspondence regarding Bingham catalog raisonné, ; 1968-1976

Scope and Content Note

Primarily with Univ. of Missouri Press and St. Louis Mercantile Library, some correspondence with UC Press.
Box 25, Folder 4

Photographs, tearsheets of Bingham drawings

Box 25, Folder 5

Correspondence regarding photograph requests, permissions, provenance

Scope and Content Note

Also letters with U. of Missouri Press. Regarding revised Bingham catalog raisonné, 1979-1987. Also letters 1987-1988 with Univ. of Missouri Press regarding W. S. Mount drawings book that Bloch was under contract to write [see also box 41, folder 2]
Box 26, Folder 1

Continuation of folder 5 above

Box 26, Folder 2

Ms. and galley of front matter for Bingham catalog raisonné

Box 26, Folder 3-4

Photographs of Bingham work,

Scope and Content Note

Not all for 1986 book? see also box 32, folders 1-3.
Box 27, Folder 1

Bloch's articles and lectures about Bingham, 1960-1978, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also correspondence and notes. For lectures on American artists that include Bingham, see box 41, folder 5, Box 42, folder 1.
Box 27, Folder 2

Bingham's "color method" 1963-1970, undated

Scope and Content Note

Article for Apollo (1972/1973?). Correspondence, notes, handwritten and typed [for lectures?].
 

Series IV.B. Bingham exhibits, 1910, 1935-1986

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, notes, inventories, inventories, clippings, catalogs, and other matter related to Bloch's work on various Bingham exhibits.
Box 27, Folder 3

Bloch's notes

Physical Description: ca. 20 pp.

Scope and Content Note

Concerning 19th-century exhibits which included Bingham's work, with a 1910 catalog.
Box 27, Folder 4

National Council of Fine Arts exhibit, 1967 1964-1967

Scope and Content Note

Bingham exhibit which Bloch worked on. Correspondence, inventories, manuscript of catalog.
Box 27, Folder 5

Nelson Atkins and St. Louis Art Museum exhibit, 1975-1976

Scope and Content Note

Bingham exhibit which Bloch worked on. Correspondence, clippings, inventory,.
Box 27, Folder 6

Amon Carter Museum exhibit, 1976, 1972-1977

Scope and Content Note

Bingham exhibit on which Bloch worked. Correspondence, mostly with Mitchell Wilder, and inventories. Exhibit never mounted?
Box 27, Folder 7

Missouri Historical Society

Scope and Content Note

Bingham exhibit which Bloch worked on.
Box 27, Folder 8

Other modern Bingham exhibits 1935-1986

Scope and Content Note

Catalogs, inventories, correspondence, clippings.
 

Series IV.C. Bingham portraits, 1940s-1980s

Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, research notes, printed ephemera, and a large number of photographs related to Bloch's research on Bingham's portrait work, including contacts with descendants, owners, museums, and dealers.
Box 28, Folder 1-4

General correspondence concerning Bingham portraits with owners, descendants, historical societies, museums, 1943-1989

Scope and Content Note

Many photographs, arranged alphabetically by sitter: A-Mc
Box 29, Folder 1-5

Correspondence and photographs, Mc-W, and names unknown

Box 30, Folder 1-9

Correspondence concerning authentication/attribution of portraits, 1944-1989

Scope and Content Note

Many of which were not by Bingham in Bloch's opinion. Correspondence with owners, descendants, museums, and dealers like Stuart Feld (Hirschl & Adler) and Robert Vose. Many photographs, arranged alphabetically by sitter: A-N.
Box 31, Folder 1-4

Correspondence and photographs, O-W, and names unknown

Box 31, Folder 5

Assorted portrait correspondence, 1968-1988

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 31, Folder 6

Research notes and printed ephemera, , undated c1940s-1970s

Box 32, Folder 1-2

Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Of Bingham portraits, with some transparencies and negatives. Includes photographs marked for mechanical reproduction for 1967 or 1986 catalog raisonné.
Box 32, Folder 3

Photographs, late portraits

 

Series IV.D. Bingham narrative/genre paintings, 1944-1989

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Bloch's correspondence and research notes on Bingham's narrative/genre work.
Box 32, Folder 4

Correspondence regarding individual paintings, B-J 1944-1989

Scope and Content Note

With some research notes, alphabetically arranged by title/subject.
Box 33, Folder 1

Correspondence regarding individual paintings, L-W

Box 33, Folder 2

Paintings with political themes

Box 33, Folder 3-4

Correspondence regarding attribution / authentication, 1946, 1964-1989

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
 

Series IV.E. Bingham landscapes, 1944-1984

Physical Description: 2.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Bloch's correspondence and some photographs related to Bingham's landscape work.
Box 33, Folder 5

Correspondence (with some photographs) concerning 6 paintings, 1944-1984

Box 34, Folder 1

Correspondence regarding attribution / authentication

 

Series IV.F. Bingham drawings and unidentified paintings, 1967-1985

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with various venues about Bingham drawings and other work, including a photograph of one item.
Box 34, Folder 2

Correspondence regarding authentication

Physical Description: ca. 15 items
 

Series IV.G. Assorted materials regarding Bingham paintings, 1944-1984, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, slides, inventories, correspondence, and notes about Bingham's paintings, (including copies, and prints) and their attribution.
Box 34, Folder 3

Parintings of doubtful attribution

Scope and Content Note

35 photographs of doubtful or erroneous attribution, keyed to a list "Paintings of George Caleb Bingham: a catalogue raisonné, Vol. IV - Photographs."
Box 34, Folder 4

Miscellaneous inventories of Bingham works, 1944, undated

Scope and Content Note

[see also box 44, folder 5, and index card box 46.]
Box 34, Folder 5

Miscellaneous photographs and slides of Bingham's work

Box 34, Folder 6

Correspondence and notes concerning copies and prints after Bingham, 1961-1984

 

Series IV.H. Bingham biography, 1931, 1944-1988

Physical Description: ca. 1 lin. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Material about Bingham's life, including correspondence with his descendants and others, notes, printed ephemera, clippings, and other matter, as well as copies of Bingham's own correspondence.
Box 34, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1967-1987

Physical Description: ca. 125 items

Scope and Content Note

Including regarding discussion of Bingham's paintings, arranged chronologically
Box 34, Folder 8

Correspondence with Bingham descendants, 1944-1974

Physical Description: ca. 30 items
Box 34, Folder 9

Correspondence with Harry and Bess Truman, 1947-1976

Physical Description: ca. 10 items
Box 35, Folder 1

Photostats of Bingham correspondence and a published lecture by him

Box 35, Folder 2

Notes and correspondence regarding contemporary accounts of Bingham, ca. 1950s

Box 35, Folder 3

Notes on Bingham's life

Box 35, Folder 4-7

Research notes on Bingham topics

Box 35, Folder 8

Printed ephemera, clippings, tearsheets

Box 35, Folder 9

Published material on Bingham, , 1931 1981-1988

Physical Description: 4.0 items
 

Series V. Benjamin West research, 1821-1987

Physical Description: 3.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, catalogs and inventories, research notes, photographs, printed ephemera and microfilm. The correspondence, primarily with institutions which own West drawings, is arranged chronologically and includes letters from the British Museum, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Metropolitan Museum, 1961-1987, scattered years. Catalogs, photocopies, and Bloch's inventories document his attempt to compile an exhaustive list of West work. These date from 1821-1987, scattered years. Other research materials, some compiled by Bloch's students, include photographs, notes, clippings and a microfilm of the West sketchbook in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Photographs, inventories and a few letters relate to Raphael Lamar West. Photocopies of auction records and photographs document Benjamin West's own collection of drawings.
 

Series V.A. Correspondence, 1961-1987

Physical Description: 2.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, primarily with institutions that own West drawings, including the British Museum, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Museum, arranged chronologically.
Box 36, Folder 1

1961-1969

Box 36, Folder 2

1970-1987

 

Series V.B. West exhibit catalogs/inventories, 1821-1987, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Catalogs, photocopies, tearsheets and Bloch's own lists, 1821. [See also box 44, folder 5, and index card box 46.]
Box 36, Folder 3

1839-1987, undated

 

Series V.C. West research, 1926, 1961-1987, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Research notes, bio-bibliographical and other support materials, ephemera, photocopies, clippings, and photographs of works (arranged by series and genres).
Box 36, Folder 4

Notes and bio-bibliographical materials

Scope and Content Note

Most compiled by Bloch students, with photographs and prints of self-portraits and portraits [see also box 46].
Box 37, Folder 1

Notes and support materials for the West holdings of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1969, 1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Including microfilm of its West sketchbook.
Box 37, Folder 2

Research, with photographs, on three individual West series, 1965, 1985, undated

Box 37, Folder 3

Printed ephemera, photocopies, tearsheets, clippings, 1926, 1961-1970, undated

Physical Description: ca. 12 items
Box 37, Folder 4

Photographs of West drawings

Physical Description: ca. 125 photographs

Scope and Content Note

ca. 100 photographs of drawings in 1839 Sotheby's sale; Sketchbooks, Royal Academy of Arts, London, ca. 25 photographs with Academy's stamp.
Box 37, Folder 5

Photographs of West drawings, animal portraits

Scope and Content Note

Ca. 100 photographs, with some written documentation.
Box 38, Folder 1

Photographs of West drawings: genre scenes and landscapes

Physical Description: ca. 90 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Domestic scenes and genre subjects (ca. 45 items), Landscapes (ca. 45 items).
Box 38, Folder 2

Photographs of West drawings: classical and biblical subjects

Physical Description: ca. 120 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Classical subjects (ca. 45 items), Old and New Testament subjects (ca. 75 items)
Box 38, Folder 3

Photographs of West drawings: allegorical and historical subjects

Scope and Content Note

Allegorical subjects (ca. 40 items), Historical subjects (ca. 30 items)
Box 38, Folder 4

Photographs of West drawings: literary and other

Physical Description: ca. 130 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Literary subjects (ca. 20 items), about "Benjamin West: Royal Naval Collection Project, 1788-1789" (National Maritime Museum) (ca. 51 items), Miscellaneous (ca. 40 items), False attributions to West (ca. 10 items)
 

Series V.D. Raphael Lamar West, 1980s

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of drawings and materials about West's pupils.
Box 38, Folder 5

30 photographs of R. L. West's drawings, 1980s

Scope and Content Note

With a list of West pupils and 4 letters concerning West's students.
 

Series V.E. Prints after the works of B. West, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Undated inventories, and a student paper.
Box 38, Folder 6

Three inventories, a paper from a Bloch student, undated

 

Series V.F. West's own collection of drawings, 1820-1898

Physical Description: 1.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of auctions, and photographs of drawings from West's collection.
Box 38, Folder 7

Photocopies and photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of auctions, 1820, 1824, 1829, 1898; approx. 15 photographs of drawings from the collection
 

Series VI. Research files on 19th century art, 1945-1987

Physical Description: 24.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Research files on 19th-century art, 1945-1987 comprises 14.5 linear ft. and document Bloch's research, writings and lectures. Files include published works (mostly articles), manuscripts, correspondence, research notes and photographs for his publications, publication projects never realized, lectures, and his own collecting interests. Unrealized projects include manuscript material on American drawings, Charles Lanman's art criticism (also, microfilm of the Lanman papers), William Sidney Mount's drawings, and a history of printmaking. Lectures, 1960-1982, include those given to LACMA docents. Assorted research notes pertain to individual American artists, the American Art Union, the Western Art Union, American and English 19th-century illustrators (also microfilm of newspapers), and to panoramas. Inventories and bibliographies, some on index cards, cover Bloch's research and collecting interests and comprise ca. 5 linear ft. Finally, artists and subject files contain collected clippings and comprise 5.5 linear ft.
 

Series VI.A. Publications, 1945-1987, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Publications, book reviews, articles, catalogs, along with mss., correspondence and some galleys.
Box 39, Folder 1

1945-1969, undated

Box 39, Folder 2

1973-1987

 

Series VI.B. Never published book projects, ca. 1940s-1988

Physical Description: ca. 1 lin. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Drawings, correspondence, contracts, photographs, research notes, clippings, tearsheets, slide lists, dealer's materials, inventories, and other material related to unpublished book projects.
Box 39, Folder 3

American drawings, a critical and historical survey, 1960

Scope and Content Note

Contract and correspondence with Univ. of Ca Press. Materials culled from "American Drawings," 1954 Cooper Union / Smithsonian traveling exhibit [for more on Cooper Union see box 63, folders 1-4; for more about the book project, see box 45, folder 3].
Box 40, Folder 1

Ca. 200 photographs of American drawings, , undated 1980s

Scope and Content Note

Some with Cooper Union stamp (undated), many identified to Hirschl & Adler (1980s).
Box 40, Folder 2-3

Art Nouveau, 1960-1970

Scope and Content Note

3 files containing lectures (one for LACMA docents, ca. 1961), notes, clippings and tearsheets, slide lists, dealers' materials, some correspondence.
Box 40, Folder 4

Edition of Charles Lanman's art criticism, 1969-1984

Scope and Content Note

Bulk 1981-1984. Typescript of ca. 250 pp ms.; also notes, 1940s; correspondence with Dorothy McNeilly, [see also box 86 for microfilm of Lanman papers].
Box 41, Folder 1

"Patterns of Printmaking," 1969-1871

Physical Description: ca. 15 items

Scope and Content Note

Contract with Harry N. Abrams and correspondence.
Box 41, Folder 2

William Sidney Mount drawings catalog raisonné, 1971-1982, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, especially with the museums at Stony brook and Univ. of Missouri Press (publisher 1978), some with dealers; research notes; photographs; clippings.
Box 41, Folder 3

Inventories of Mount's drawings at the Museums at Stony Brook

Scope and Content Note

[for an inventory of Mount's paintings, see box 44, folder 5]
Box 41, Folder 4

Tearsheets, clippings, 1942-1979

Physical Description: 10.0 items
 

Series VI.C. Lectures, 1960-1982

Physical Description: 2.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

A run of lectures delivered by Bloch at various venues.
Box 41, Folder 5

Lectures given to LACMA docents, 1960s-1970s

Scope and Content Note

including, "Spanish prints" (1960) and three lectures on American painting (1973); lecture "Panoramas," 1962; lecture on Minnich print collection, Minneapolis, 1970
Box 42, Folder 1

Lectures, undated, 1974, 1982

Scope and Content Note

For American Art Council (LACMA), "American narrative painting" (1974) and "Caitlin and Western painting" (undated); for Palm Springs Desert Museum, "West as art" (1982); and at UCLA symposium, "Dutch painting in America" (1982)
 

Series VI.D. Research files, 1870s-1890s, 1940s-1980s, undated

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Notes, correspondence, copies of primary sources, photographs, tearsheets, printed ephemera, and other research materials.
Box 42, Folder 2

Notes on 19th century artists , undated probably 1940s-1970s

Scope and Content Note

From arts magazines, newspapers, archival records.
Box 42, Folder 3

Notes on individual 19th century artists, undated probably 1940s-1980s

Scope and Content Note

e.g., Catlin, Cole, Eastman, Inness, Moran, Remington, artists of the West, etc., some typed notes, ca. 75 half-pages, for class lectures (?)
Box 42, Folder 4

Notes on commissioning artists for the Capitol Rotunda, ( ) undated 1950s-1970s?

Scope and Content Note

including research on J. Q. Adams, S. F. B. Morse, copies of primary sources.
Box 42, Folder 5

American Art Union

Box 43, Folder 1

American Art Union

Box 43, Folder 2

Western Art Union and others, 1949-1987

Scope and Content Note

includes some correspondence, [see also Box 86 for microfilm of the Records of the Western Art Union].
Box 43, Folder 3-4

Notes and tearsheets of American and English 19th century illustrated magazines, ca. 1870s-1890s

Scope and Content Note

including three issues in their entirety, [see also microfilm of Daily Cincinnati Chronicle, box 86].
Box 44, Folder 1

Notes and tearsheets of American and English 19th century illustrated magazines, , ca. 1870s-1890s undated

Box 44, Folder 2

Papers on the history of printing, 1950s-1970s

Scope and Content Note

Notes including outline for a book, tearsheets, printed ephemera.
Box 44, Folder 3

Papers regarding Panoramas, 1940s-1980s

Scope and Content Note

Notes, tearsheets, offprints and photographs. Offprints primarily by Bertha Heilbron. Includes price list. For Heilbron correspondence with Bloch, see box 2 folder 8.
Box 44, Folder 4

Miscellaneous unidentified notes, undated

 

Series VI.E. Inventories and bibliographies, 1940s-1989, undated

Physical Description: 3.5 linear feet ca. 7 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Inventories of private collections and museum holdings, index card files, offprints, reviews, typescripts, and bibliographies.
Box 44, Folder 5

National Council of Fine Arts inventory, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Of the paintings of Bingham, W. S. Mount, and B. West. A bound computer printout.
Box 45, Folder 1

Assorted inventories of private collections, museum holdings, 1940s-1980s?

Physical Description: ca. 25

Scope and Content Note

Many compiled by Bloch. Including a typed list, ca. 50 pp., of 19th century portraits in New England collections; the Gilkey graphic arts collection; Art Institute of Chicago's American holdings; drawings exhibited by the National Academy of Design, 1826-1900; the prints in the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Box 45, Folder 2

Photocopy of index card file of exhibition catalogs and monographs on artists, undated

Box 45, Folder 3

Bloch's grant applications, 1960-1974, 1977, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Primarily with the American Council Learned Societies, Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
Box 45, Folder 4

Other scholars' work, given to Bloch, 1943-1989

Scope and Content Note

Offprints, reviews, typescripts, and photocopies of book title pages. Note: books transferred to the Getty Research Institute Library.
Box 46

Provenance index and bibliographies, index card files:

Box 46

-Bingham, provenance

Box 46

-Charles Lanman bibliography and provenance

Box 46

-B. West, provenance, bibliography, inventory

Box 46

-ALS of 19th-century artists - refers to American Art Union inventory

Box 47-49

Bibliographies, note cards and some inventories, 1950s-1980s

Scope and Content Note

Regarding Panoramas, Art Nouveau, painting commissioned for the Capitol Rotunda, drawings, graphic arts, etc.,
Box 49-51

Students' index card bibliographies, compiled for assignments in Bloch's classes, 1960s-1970s

 

Series VI.F. Artist/subject files, 1940s-1989, undated

Physical Description: 11.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

An extensive series of artist/subject clippings files, arranged alphabetically.
Box 52, Folder 1

Afro-American art

Box 52, Folder 2

Allston, Washington

Box 52, Folder 3

American architecture

Box 52, Folder 4

American architecture, historic buildings

Box 52, Folder 5

American art, contemporary 1930s-1960

Box 52, Folder 6

American art and architecture 1940-1950s

Box 52, Folder 7

American art, miscellaneous

Box 52, Folder 8

American artists, women

Box 53, Folder 1

American expositions, 1853, 1893, 1915

Box 53, Folder 2

American painting

Box 53, Folder 3

Anschute, Thomas

Box 53, Folder 4

A, artists file Abbey - Audubon

Box 53, Folder 5

Banknote engraving

Box 53, Folder 6

Beal, Gifford

Box 53, Folder 7

Benton, Thomas Hart

Box 53, Folder 8

Biddle, George

Scope and Content Note

Includes 1 letter from Biddle to Bloch, 6 June 1949.
Box 53, Folder 9

Blakelock, R. A.

Box 53, Folder 10

Blythe, D. G.

Box 53, Folder 11

Bodmer, Karl

Box 53, Folder 12

Brush, George de Forest

Box 53, Folder 13

B artists file, Bellows - Brush

Box 53, Folder 14

California architecture [see also slides in box 85]

Box 54, Folder 1

California artists

Box 54, Folder 2

Cartoons, political

Box 54, Folder 3

Castaigne, André

Box 54, Folder 4

Catlin, George

Box 54, Folder 5

Chase, William

Box 54, Folder 6

Chinnery, George

Box 54, Folder 7

Church, Frederick

Box 54, Folder 8

Cohen, Frederick E.

Box 54, Folder 9

Cole, Thomas

Box 54, Folder 10

Cole, Timothy (and Alphaeus)

Box 54, Folder 11

Collecting and collectors

Box 54, Folder 12

Comegys, George H.

Box 54, Folder 13

Conservation and restoration

Box 54, Folder 14

Contemporary art

Box 54, Folder 15

Copley, J. S.

Box 54, Folder 16

Critics and criticism

Box 54, Folder 17

Cropsey, Jasper F.

Box 54, Folder 18

C artists file, Cassatt - Curry

Box 54, Folder 19

Darley, F. O. C.

Box 54, Folder 20

Davies, Arthur B.

Box 54, Folder 21

Davis, Theodore R.

Box 54, Folder 22

Deas, Charles

Box 55, Folder 1

Dixon, Maynard

Box 55, Folder 2

Doughty, Thomas

Box 55, Folder 3

Drawings, American

Box 55, Folder 4

Drawings, courtroom

Box 55, Folder 5

Durand, Asher B.

Box 55, Folder 6

Duveneck, Frank

Box 55, Folder 7

D artists file, Davis - Dumond

Box 55, Folder 8

Eakins, Thomas

Box 55, Folder 9

Eastman, Seth

Box 55, Folder 10

Edmonds, F. W.

Box 55, Folder 11

Edwards, S. A.

Box 55, Folder 12

Eilshemius, Louis M.

Box 55, Folder 13

Engravings

Box 55, Folder 14

E artists file, Earl - Evergood

Box 55, Folder 15

Farney, Henry

Box 55, Folder 16

Fenn, Harry

Box 55, Folder 17

Folk art, paintings

Box 55, Folder 18

Foote, Mary Hallock

Box 55, Folder 19

Frescoes

Box 55, Folder 20

Frost, A. B.

Box 55, Folder 21

F artists file, Feke - Frieske

Box 56, Folder 1

Glackens, William

Box 56, Folder 2

G artists file, Gifford - Grosz

Box 56, Folder 3

Hahn, William

Box 56, Folder 4

Harnett, William

Box 56, Folder 5

Haseltine, W. S.

Box 56, Folder 6

Hassam, Childe

Box 56, Folder 7

Heade, Martin J.

Box 56, Folder 8

Hicks, Thomas

Box 56, Folder 9

Homer, Winslow

Box 56, Folder 10

Hopper, Edward

Box 56, Folder 11

Huntington, Daniel

Box 56, Folder 12

H artists file, Hale - Hunt

Box 57, Folder 1

Illustrations

Scope and Content Note

See also drawings, war illustrators, and individual illustrators files.
Box 57, Folder 2

Indians

Box 57, Folder 3

Inman, Henry

Box 57, Folder 4

Inness, George

Box 57, Folder 5

Johnson, Adelaide

Box 57, Folder 6

Johnson, Eastman

Box 57, Folder 7

J artists file

Box 57, Folder 8

Keith, Castle W.

Box 57, Folder 9

Kemble, Edward W.

Box 57, Folder 10

Kensett, John F.

Box 57, Folder 11

Koerner, W. H. D.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a typed essay and notes, by Bloch?
Box 57, Folder 12

Krimmel, John Lewis

Box 57, Folder 13

Kuhn, Walt

Box 57, Folder 14

K artists file, Karfiol - Kuniyoshi

Scope and Content Note

Includes printed ephemera by Sister Corita Kent.
Box 58, Folder 1

Laks, George

Box 58, Folder 2

Lane, Fitz Hugh

Box 58, Folder 3

Leigh, W. R.

Box 58, Folder 4

Leutze, Emanuel

Box 58, Folder 5

Loemans, A. F.

Scope and Content Note

With 14 letters of Patricia Trenton and owners of Loemans paintings attributed to Lanman.
Box 58, Folder 6

Los Angeles collectors

Box 58, Folder 7

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) collection

Box 58, Folder 8

L artists file, Lachaise - Lucioni

Box 58, Folder 9

Martin, Homer Dodge

Box 58, Folder 10

Miller, Alfred J.

Box 58, Folder 11

Millen, Kenneth Hayes

Box 58, Folder 12

Monotypes (see also Prints)

Box 58, Folder 13

Moran Family (Thomas, et al)

Box 58, Folder 14

Morse, Samuel F. B.

Box 58, Folder 15

Morton, Henry Jackson

Box 58, Folder 16

Moses, Grandma

Box 58, Folder 17

Museums

Box 58, Folder 18

Museums, University

Box 58, Folder 19

Myers, Jerome

Scope and Content Note

With ca. 20 letters between Bloch and Ethyl Myers.
Box 58, Folder 20

M artists file, Marin - Motherwell

Box 58, Folder 21

Nast, Thomas

Box 58, Folder 22

New York City in art

Scope and Content Note

Includes checklist of artists from the Museum of the City of New York.
Box 58, Folder 23

N and O artists file

Box 58, Folder 24

Peale Family

Box 58, Folder 25

Pene du Bois, Guy

Box 59, Folder 1

Pennell, Joseph

Box 59, Folder 2

Phillips, Walt

Scope and Content Note

Includes 1 letter to Bloch 27 August 1977.
Box 59, Folder 3

Photography processes

Scope and Content Note

Includes restoration of daguerreotypes.
Box 59, Folder 4

Posters

Box 59, Folder 5

pre-Raphaelites, American

Box 59, Folder 6

Printmakers, American

Box 59, Folder 7

Prints, miscellaneous

Box 59, Folder 8

Prints, relief

Box 59, Folder 9

P artists file, Parrish - Prendergast

Box 59, Folder 10

Quidor, John

Box 59, Folder 11

Ranney, William T.

Box 59, Folder 12

Remington, Frederick

Box 59, Folder 13

Rimmer, William

Box 59, Folder 14

Russell, Charles M.

Box 59, Folder 15

R artists file, Ramage - Ryder

Box 60, Folder 1

Saint-Memin, C.-B.-J. F.

Box 60, Folder 2

Sculptors

Box 60, Folder 3

Shattuck, Arnold D.

Box 60, Folder 4

Shinn, Everett

Box 60, Folder 5

Sloan, John

Box 60, Folder 6

Smillie, James

Box 60, Folder 7

Stuart, Gilbert

Box 60, Folder 8

Straet, Jan van der

Box 60, Folder 9

Sully, Thomas

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of Sully letters.
Box 61, Folder 1

S artists file, Sargent - Stella

Box 61, Folder 2

Tabor, Walton

Box 61, Folder 3

Treiman, Joyce

Scope and Content Note

Includes Bloch's notes for an essay.
Box 61, Folder 4

Trumball, John

Box 61, Folder 5

T artists file, Tanner - Twachtman

Box 61, Folder 6

V artists file, Vanderlyn - Vonnoh

Box 61, Folder 7

War illustrators and paintes

Box 61, Folder 8

Waud, Alfred R.

Box 61, Folder 9

Wayne, June

Scope and Content Note

Includes Bloch's manuscript of an essay about her.
Box 61, Folder 10

Weber, Max

Box 61, Folder 11

Weir, J. Alden

Box 61, Folder 12

Wenzell, A. B.

Box 62, Folder 1

Whistler, J. M.

Box 62, Folder 2

Whitefield, Edwin

Box 62, Folder 3

Whitley, Thomas

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of Whitley letters.
Box 62, Folder 4

Whittredge, Worthington

Box 62, Folder 5

Wilde, J. C.

Box 62, Folder 6

Will, August

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Jersey City Library Museum regarding Will exhibit.
Box 62, Folder 7

Wimar, Carl

Box 62, Folder 8

Woodcuts

Box 62, Folder 9

Woodville, Richard Caton

Box 62, Folder 10

Wright, Frank Lloyd

Box 62, Folder 11

W artists file, Wilde - Wright

Box 62, Folder 12

Young, Harvey Otis

Box 62, Folder 13

Zogbaum, Rufus F.

Box 62, Folder 14

Zorach, William

Box 62, Folder 15-17

Miscellaneous clippings from art and general interest magazines

 

Series VII. Curatorial and advisory positions, 1953-1989

Physical Description: 13.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Series contains materials relating to Bloch's work with the Cooper Union Museum, 1953-1959, the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, 1957-1984, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1960-1989, the Archives of American Art, 1958-1987, the American Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971-1986, and the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, 1975-1991.
5 linear ft. of correspondence, notes, printed material and photographs document 2 exhibits Bloch worked on at the Cooper Union: "Prince Regents Style," and "American drawings."
Correspondence in the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts files includes a detailed summary of Bloch's work at this collection at UCLA. Other correspondence, notes, photographs and annotated dealers' catalogs document his acquisitions, and his exhibits, including "The Special Artists of the American Wars,"(1959) and "Word & Images," an exhibit of United Ltd. Art Editions prints, 1978.
Much of the correspondence in the Tamarind files is with June Wayne, founder of Tamarind, and concerns the work and finances of the workshop, the fellows and artisans in residence there, and the definition of an "original print." Samples of Tamarind press work, photographs, and manuscripts by Wayne are included.
The two files of Archives of American Art material include correspondence and reports regarding advisory committees, donors, and the West Coast Center. Bloch was a member of the American Art Council, a support group of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Less than .5 linear ft. contain correspondence, which includes letters with Michael Quick, curator of American Art, and Nancy Moure, assistant curator, 1971-1982, minutes of meetings, 1971-1981, by-laws, newsletters and press releases, 1973-1986.
The files regarding the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation comprise 4.5 linear ft. and provide a detailed history of the development of this gallery and its collection, as well as Bloch's involvement as advisor and trustee. Papers include articles of incorporation, by-laws, and Board minutes, in-house reports, inventories and photographs of art works, and correspondence. These files document the establishment of the VSS Foundation, the assessment and deaccessioning of the original art collection, primarily by Bloch, the collection development for the VSS Gallery, including offers from dealers, and the relationship between the VSS Gallery, the Archives of American Art, and the Huntington Library and Gallery. Much of the correspondence is from dealers (regarding offers) and between Bloch and Robert Wark (regarding Bloch's role at the Huntington). One file documents the search for a curator of American art and includes correspondence and curriculum vitae from candidates. Three files document Bloch's exhibit at the Huntington in 1989, "Faces & Figures in American Drawings."
 

Series VII.A. Cooper Union Museum, 1953-1959

Physical Description: 4.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, research notes, and documentation on exhibits, including checklists, catalogs, clippings, and photographs
Box 63, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1955-1959

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters relating to Bloch's search for employment in California, and letters of reference.
Box 63, Folder 2

Exhibits: "Prince Regents Style" exhibit, 1953

Scope and Content Note

Bloch's research notes, article and exhibit catalogue.
Box 63, Folder 3-4

"American drawings" exhibit, 1954

Scope and Content Note

Bloch's notes, memos, checklists, correspondence, catalogs, press clippings; documentation (letters and press clippings mounted on boards), and photographs of installation.
 

Series VII.B. Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, 1957-1984

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, notes, and other documentation on exhibits, including press releases, clippings, catalogs, printed ephemera, inventories, catalogs, and photographs.
Box 64, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1958-1984

Scope and Content Note

Including a detailed summary of Bloch's work at the Grunwald, 1957-1963, which he wrote for a Ford Foundation grant
Box 64, Folder 2

Notes on exhibits and acquisitions

Box 64, Folder 3

Exhibits, 1944-1976

Scope and Content Note

"The Special Artists of the American Wars," 1959; correspondence regarding loans, artists; notes, exhibit materials.
Box 64, Folder 4

Exhibits, 1978

Scope and Content Note

"Word & Images" exhibit of United Ldt. Art Editions prints, 1978; correspondence, press releases, notes, clippings (especially of Tatanya Grossman), 1978.
Box 64, Folder 5

Grunwald exhibits and events, undated

Scope and Content Note

Printed ephemera, two inventories of art works (European and American prints; Japanese block prints).
Box 64, Folder 6

Photographs of Grunwald exhibits, ca. 10.

Box 64, Folder 7

Annotated dealers' catalogs

 

Series VII.C. Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1960-1989

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, press releases, financial reports, printed ephemera, photographs, and other materials related to the Workshop.
Box 65, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1960-1989

Scope and Content Note

Primarily between Bloch and June Wayne, founder of Tamarind, includes a leter from Bloch to Wayne on preserving Tamarind documents for an archive, and on his own life as a collector (1972); also correspondence with Clinton Adams, Director of Tamarind in New Mexico (changed its name in 1970 to Tamarind Institute, Univ. of New Mexico)
Box 65, Folder 2

Tamarind press releases, annual and financial reports, 1960, 1974

Box 65, Folder 3

Papers relating to lawsuit over documentary film, 1975

Box 65, Folder 4

Samples of Tamarind press work, photographs of fellows and artisans

Box 65, Folder 5

Definition of "original print" 1970s

Scope and Content Note

Printed ephemera regarding criteria, much of it from Tamarind.
Box 65, Folder 6

June Wayne's definition of a print, 1966-1976

Scope and Content Note

In letters (to Bloch?) and in 2 mss. by Wayne.
 

Series VII.D. Archives of American Art, 1958-1987

Physical Description: 2.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, reports, and other materials related to the Archive.
Box 66, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1958-1987

Scope and Content Note

Including miscellaneous materials from advisory committees, donors. [for more on the Archives, see box 73, folder 10].
Box 66, Folder 2

Reports of the AAA-West Coast Center, 1974-1978

 

Series VII.E. American Art Council, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971-1986

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, minutes of meetings, rosters, by-laws, newletters, and press releases related to the Council.
Box 66, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1971-1982

Scope and Content Note

Including with Michael Quick, curator of American art, and Nancy Moure, assistant curator.
Box 66, Folder 4

AAC Minutes of meetings, 1971-1976

Box 66, Folder 5

AAC Minutes of meetings, 1977-1981

Box 66, Folder 6

Rosters of members and by-laws

Box 66, Folder 7

Newsletters and press releases, 1973-1981

Box 66, Folder 8

Newsletters and press releases, 1982-1986

 

Series VII.F. Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, 1975-1991

Physical Description: 4.0 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, notes, minutes, inventories, rosters, lists, reports, dealer and gallery files, photographs, and legal documents related to the development of the Gallery during Bloch's involvement.
Box 67, Folder 1

History of Virginia Steele Scott Gallery and Bloch's involvement, ca. 1975-1982

Scope and Content Note

A typescript by Bloch of events between 5 Feb 1975 and 28 May 1982, and a portion of the transcript of Bloch's oral history that covers his tenure at Virginia Steele Scott [later became the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery at the Huntington Library]
Box 67, Folder 2

Articles of incorporation, by-laws, exemption letters, Board minutes, 1975-1976, undated

Box 67, Folder 3

Articles of incorporation, by-laws, amendments, Board minutes, 1977, undated

Box 67, Folder 4

Virginia Steele Scott Board minutes, annotations by Bloch, 1977

Box 68, Folder 1

Minutes, 1978

Box 68, Folder 2

Minutes, 1979

Box 68, Folder 3

Minutes, 1980

Box 69, Folder 1

Minutes, 1981

Box 69, Folder 2

Minutes, 1982

Box 69, Folder 3

Minutes, 1983

Box 69, Folder 4

Investment portfolios, submitted to directors, 1977-1980, 1983

Box 70, Folder 1

Virginia Steele Scott Foundation invitation to Bloch to join the Board, 1978

Box 70, Folder 2

Bloch's assessment of the Virginia Steele Scott collection, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Note

Notes in Bloch's hand, lists of art works, lists of Millard Sheets' acquisitions for Virginia Steele Scott.
Box 70, Folder 3

19th c. American art bibliography, undated

Box 70, Folder 4

Correspondence regarding development of the board of trustees and 1980 party at Virginia Steele Scott gallery, ca. 1980

Box 70, Folder 5

Planning and design of the Virginia Steele Scott Memorial medal with designer Leonard Baskin, 1979-1980

Box 70, Folder 6

Selling the Virginia Steele Scott house and gallery, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Includes clippings.
Box 70, Folder 7

Virginia Steele Scott events, photographs of Bloch, his mother, trustees, undated

Box 70, Folder 8-9

Collection development 1970-1983

Scope and Content Note

Regards deaccessioning and development of the American art collection, purchases. Includes Bloch's typed ms., "Evolution of a Public Collection," his reviews of previous collection policy, a statement by Virginia Steele Scott on her own collecting (pre-1975), Bloch's notes and recommendations.
Box 70, Folder 10

Inventory of Virginia Steele Scott collection, 1971

Box 70, Folder 11

Three inventories of art in Virginia Steele Scott colletion, 1977, 1981, undated

Box 70, Folder 12

Inventory of Virginia Steele Scott collection, works annotated for deaccessioning, undated

Box 70, Folder 13

Inventory procedures

Box 71, Folder 1

Correspondence, mostly Bloch regarding collection development, 1978-1982

Box 71, Folder 2

Status reports of works deaccessioned and funds for acquisition, 1979-1982

Box 71, Folder 3

Appraisals from dealers for deaccessioning and collection development, ca. 1970-1980

Scope and Content Note

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, 1970; Christine Eisenberg, 1978; Victor Spark, 1979; O. P. Reed, 1980
Box 71, Folder 4

Auctions and sales: Christies' 1979, 1980

Box 71, Folder 5

Auctions and sales: Victor Spark deaccesioning of Virginia Steele Scott paintings, 1979-1981

Box 71, Folder 6

Miscellaneous dealers' sales deaccessioning Virginia Steele Scott paintings, 1979-1983

Scope and Content Note

Bloch's notes and in-house correspondence regarding deaccessioning.
Box 71, Folder 7

Correspondence with art dealers: Coe-Kerr Gallery, , 1979-1980 1982

Scope and Content Note

Primarily offers to Virginia Steele Scott and later the re-named Virginia Steele Scott Gallery.
Box 71, Folder 8

Correspondence with art dealers: Peter Davidson & Co, 1978-1980, 1982

Box 72, Folder 1

Correspondence with art dealers: Jane and Michael Dunn, 1981-1982

Scope and Content Note

Regarding C. Wynkeep's portrait of Peter Vanderlyn.
Box 72, Folder 2

Correspondence with art dealers: Hirschl & Adler / Stuart Feld, 1978-1980

Box 72, Folder 3

Correspondence with art dealers: Hirschl & Adler / Stuart Feld, 1981-1984, undated

Box 72, Folder 4

Correspondence with art dealers: James Maroney, 1979-1982

Box 72, Folder 5

Correspondence with art dealers: Ira Spanierman, 1980-1982

Box 72, Folder 6

Correspondence with art dealers: Victor Spark, 1960-1980

Box 72, Folder 7

Correspondence with art dealers: Victor Spark, 1981-1982, undated

Box 72, Folder 8

Correspondence with art dealers: Vose Galleries, 1978-1980, 1982, 1985

Box 72, Folder 9

Correspondence with art dealers, alphabetical: Berry-Hill - Wunderlich & Co., 1979-1983

Box 73, Folder 1

Photographs of art offered to Virginia Steele Scott with supporting research material

Box 73, Folder 2

Kennedy Gallery photographs of painting

Scope and Content Note

Sold to or for Virginia Steele Scott?
Box 73, Folder 3

Papers regarding gift of California art to the Laguna Beach Museum of Art from the Virginia Steele Scott collection, 1979

Box 73, Folder 4

Report by Carrie Repora of 4 paintings in Virginia Steele Scott collection, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript.
Box 73, Folder 5

Correspondence regarding loan policy, 1978-1980

Box 73, Folder 6

Lawsuit over Inness' "Hudson River Valley" painting, 1977-1979

Box 73, Folder 7

Questionable S. B. Morse portraits in Virginia Steele Scott collection, 1979

Box 73, Folder 8

Conservation, 1976-1979

Box 73, Folder 9

Papers regarding Virginia Steele Scott Gallery move to Huntington

Scope and Content Note

Also 1978 document outlining Virginia Steele Scott's early plan to affiliate with Claremont Colleges.
Box 73, Folder 10

Negotiations with the Archives of American Art concerning the inclusion of AAA's Western office in the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, 1972, 1978-1979, 1983

Box 73, Folder 11

Architectural planning for Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, 1980-1982

Scope and Content Note

Including brief search for an architect, and three drawings.
Box 74, Folder 1

Search for curator of American art 1983, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and vitae of candidates.
Box 74, Folder 2

Bloch's position at the Huntington, 1982-1984

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence regarding negotiations, primarily between Bloch and Robert Wark.
Box 74, Folder 3

Bloch's position as advisor, 1983-1987

Scope and Content Note

Mostly correspondence between Bloch and Wark concerning collection development.
Box 74, Folder 4

Photographs of art work in Huntington collection

Box 74, Folder 5

Bloch's exhibit at Huntington, "Faces & Figures in American Drawings," 1987-1989

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, research and planning notes.
Box 74, Folder 6

"Faces & Figures" exhibit,

Physical Description: 19.0 photographs
Box 74, Folder 7

"Faces & Figures" exhibit,

Physical Description: 20.0 photographs
Box 75, Folder 1

"Checklist of Paintings and Watercolors in the Virginia Steele Scott Collection at the Huntington"

Scope and Content Note

Plus 59 b/w photographs of art.
 

Series VIII. Bloch's personal collection, ca. 1935-1989

Physical Description: 7.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Series comprises 3.5 linear ft. and illustrates in great detail Bloch's collecting interests and purchases. Inventories, wants lists and correspondence with dealers document his collections of prints, stamps, autographs, illustrations for magazines, pictorial sheet music, paintings, drawings, medals, and panorama exhibits ephemera. The dealer correspondence comprises most of this series (2 linear ft.) and includes letters relating to Bloch's work (especially curatorial) and research on Bingham, West, Lanman, and other American artists. Extensive files exist for several dealers, including Berry-Hill, Colnaghi, Stuart Feld of Hirschl & Adler, Lucien Goldschmidt, Goodspeed's, Kennedy Galleries, M. Knoedler, Old Print Shop, R. E. Lewis, Marvin Sadik, Victor Spark, Robert Vose of Vose Galleries.
 

Series VIII.A. Bloch's art collection, 1852, 1949-1989

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Materials about Bloch's art collection: correspondence, inventories, want lists, notes, clippings, photographs and transparancies, conservation reports, and other material about Bloch's art collection.
Box 76, Folder 1

Bloch on collecting, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript essay by Bloch on why he collects.
Box 76, Folder 2

Inventory of Bloch's print collection, undated

Physical Description: 1 notebook, ca. 150 pp.
Box 76, Folder 3

Correspondence regarding Bloch's gifts and loans, 1949-1984

Scope and Content Note

Detail gifts and loans made to schools, libraries, museums, especially the Grunwald.
Box 76, Folder 4

Inventories and wants lists of prints, drawings, paintings, autographed portraits, medals

Box 76, Folder 5

Wants lists: autographs and books

Box 76, Folder 6

Wants lists: pictorial sheet music, etchings

Box 76, Folder 7

Correspondence regarding purchases and inquiries concerning prints, drawings, cartoons, letters, stamps, 1949-1989

Scope and Content Note

Includes 8 letters with Cyril Nast regarding his father's drawings; 1 letter to Mrs. John Sloan; US Post Office regarding stamp designs using American paintings.
Box 76, Folder 8

Magazine illustrators, clippings undated

Scope and Content Note

With notes and correspondence, especially with Rose family regarding purchases.
Box 76, Folder 9

Magazine illustrators, clippings

Box 76, Folder 10

Paintings in Bloch's collection

Scope and Content Note

b&w photographs and color transparencies.
Box 76, Folder 11

Miscellaneous from Bloch's collections, 1852, undated

Scope and Content Note

A piece of needlework, mounted sepia photograph, mounted photograph of letter dated 2 Oct 1852.
Box 76, Folder 12

Bloch's notes about items in dealers' catalogs

Scope and Content Note

Prices, catalog numbers.
Box 76, Folder 13

Conservation, 1981-1989

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and treatment reports (bulk from Virginia Blyth Hill, 1987-1989).
 

Series VIII.B. Bloch's stamp collection, undated

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Materials about Bloch's stamp collection: inventories, wants lists, notes, clippings, flyers, and other material about Bloch's stamp collection.
Box 77, Folder 1

Stamp inventories, wants lists and notes

Box 77, Folder 2

Stamp lists, clippings regarding covers

Box 77, Folder 3-10

Clippings regarding collecting and stamp design, and U.S. Post Office flyers

 

Series VIII.C. Bloch's autograph collection, 1935-1989

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Materials about Bloch's autograph collection: inventories, correspondence, want lists, clippings, photographs, and other material about Bloch's autograph collection.
Box 78, Folder 1

Two inventories (3"x5" notebooks)

Box 78, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1935-1989

Scope and Content Note

iIncluding Bloch's letters soliciting autographs from public people (mostly heads of state) on portraits drawn by Bloch, with replies (e.g., 10 letters negotiating an autograph from Herbert Hoover).
Box 78, Folder 3

Wants lists and dealers' offers,

Scope and Content Note

Including lists of autographs Bloch purchased, cartes-de-visite of American artists, and list of letters from American artists.
Box 78, Folder 4-9

Newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Including 1 bound notebook of clippings, mostly of royalty, heads of state, important events (e.g., Kennedy assassination, first moon landing), and obituaries; some photographs; various dates.
 

Series VIII.D. Dealers' correspondence, 1951-1989

Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Dealer, print shop/book shop, and gallery correspondence, arrranged alphabetically.
Box 79, Folder 1

A-F, 1955-1988

Scope and Content Note

Includes Aldis Browne (re: Bloch's upcoming exhibit at Huntington and Vincent Price as a collector and friend, 1988); Harvey Brewer (re Bloch's commercial blind embossing samples and trade cards, 1981).
Box 79, Folder 2

Abbot & Holder, 1985-1986

Box 79, Folder 3

Adams-Davidson, 1988

Box 79, Folder 4

The Americanist, 1965-1988

Box 79, Folder 5

Annex Galleries, 1981-1987

Box 79, Folder 6

Argosy Gallery / Argosy Bookshop regarding Lanman's collection, 1953-1987

Box 79, Folder 7

Art Services, Inc., regarding framing, 1972-1989

Box 79, Folder 8

Belham Exchange, 1963-1971

Scope and Content Note

Regarding stamps, especially space exploration covers.
Box 79, Folder 9

Walter R. Benjamin Autographs, 1960-1976

Box 79, Folder 10

James Bergquist, 1982-1987

Box 79, Folder 11

Berry-Hill, 1960-1986

Box 79, Folder 12

Black Sun books, 1977

Box 79, Folder 13

Book and Print Shop, 1955-1961

Box 79, Folder 14

R. A. Brimmell, 1963, 1966

Box 79, Folder 15

William J. B. Burger / Burger & Evans, 1973-1985

Scope and Content Note

Especially Civil War illustrators.
Box 79, Folder 16

Catherine E. Burns, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Including Bloch to Burns about some of his collecting interests.
Box 79, Folder 17

Childs Gallery, 1953-1989

Box 79, Folder 18

Clayton-Liberatore, 1972-1981

Box 79, Folder 19

Colnaghi, 1954-1986

Box 79, Folder 20

Craddock & Barnard, 1958-1966, 1976

Scope and Content Note

Includes Bloch's 1965 wants list.
Box 79, Folder 21

Denenberg Fine Arts, 1983-1984

Box 79, Folder 22

Deval & Muir, 1970-1972

Box 79, Folder 23

Emily Driscoll, 1953, 1961-1970, 1976

Box 79, Folder 24

Eugene Emigh, 1975, 1978-1984

Scope and Content Note

Primarily Aaron Draper Shattuck drawings, also James Smillie, Sam Colman.
Box 79, Folder 25

C. & I. K. Fletcher, 1955-1961

Scope and Content Note

Regarding panorama ephemera.
Box 80, Folder 1

G-L, 1948-1989

Box 80, Folder 2

Lucien Goldschmidt, Inc. 1946-1974

Scope and Content Note

Also regarding acquisitions for Grunwald.
Box 80, Folder 3

Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1958-1971

Scope and Content Note

Regarding ALS.
Box 80, Folder 4

Harry Gordon, 1962-1963

Scope and Content Note

Covers relating to space exploration.
Box 80, Folder 5

Graham Gallery / J. Graham & Sons, 1963, 1973, 1985-1986

Box 80, Folder 6

Paul Grinke / Grinke & Rogers, 1969-1971, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Artists' ALS and panorama ephemera.
Box 80, Folder 7

Gropper Art Gallery, 1970-1974, 1976

Box 80, Folder 8

Beverly Hamer, 1978-1979

Scope and Content Note

Illustrations for sheet music covers.
Box 80, Folder 9

Frederica Harlow Gallery, 1976-1978

Scope and Content Note

Relief printing, gypsographs.
Box 80, Folder 10

Doris Harris Autographs, 1967-1989

Box 80, Folder 11

Jane Haslem Gallery, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Political cartoons.
Box 80, Folder 12

Hirschl & Adler / Stuart Feld, 1968-1989

Scope and Content Note

ca. 100 letters [see also boxes 30-34, and box 72 for more correspondence with Stuart Feld].
Box 80, Folder 13

Kennedy Galleries, 1952-1986

Scope and Content Note

See also correspondence with H. Wunderlich of Monderson & Wunderlich.
Box 80, Folder 14

M. Knoedler & Co., 1958-1970, 1975

Box 80, Folder 15

Roger Koerber, 1969-1974, 1984

Box 80, Folder 16

Harold Lawrence, 1967-1969

Scope and Content Note

Regarding stamps and covers.
Box 80, Folder 17

Leger Galleries, 1976-1977

Scope and Content Note

B. West drawings.
Box 80, Folder 18

R. E. Lewis, Inc., 1960-1989

Scope and Content Note

Including consignments from Bloch.
Box 80, Folder 19

W. H. Lowdermilk & Co., 1958-1960

Scope and Content Note

Including consignments from Bloch.
Box 80, Folder 20

James Lowe, Autographs, 1972-1975, 1985

Box 81, Folder 1

M-R, 1958-1989

Scope and Content Note

Including John Newton, 1982 (illustrated sheet music); Bloch on his collecting interests to Elkin Mathews, 1958 .
Box 81, Folder 2

M & S Rare Books, 1975-1978

Scope and Content Note

Panorama ephemera.
Box 81, Folder 3

Lawrence McGilvrey, 1971, 1976

Box 81, Folder 4

Maggs Bros., Ltd., 1953-1960

Box 81, Folder 5

Allister Mathews, 1958-1975

Box 81, Folder 6

Maxwell Galleries, 1972-1976, 1980

Box 81, Folder 7

Joe Merman, 1968-1969, 1987-1989

Box 81, Folder 8

Thomas T. Moebs, 1982-1984, 1987, 1989

Box 81, Folder 9

Monderson & Wunderlich, 1985-1989

Box 81, Folder 10

Morton Morris & Co., 1981

Scope and Content Note

West drawings; list of Bloch's wants concerning British artists with American connections.
Box 81, Folder 11

Howard S. Mott, 1973-1976, 1985

Scope and Content Note

artists ALS.
Box 81, Folder 12

Winifred A. Myers (Autographs) Ltd.

Scope and Content Note

Artists' ALS; pioneer aviators; Bloch on his work at Grunwald and his decision to leave.
Box 81, Folder 13

Old Print Shop, 1948-1989

Box 81, Folder 14

Galerie Pabst / Michael Pabst, 1967-1984

Scope and Content Note

Art nouveau, Wiener Werkstätte.
Box 81, Folder 15

Abe Paskow, 1965, 1970-1974, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Cartoons and caricatures.
Box 81, Folder 16

Joseph Petrarca, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Lithographs and illustrated sheet music.
Box 81, Folder 17

Potter Books, 1975-1978

Box 81, Folder 18

Christopher Powney, 1965-1977, 1982-1985, 1989

Scope and Content Note

B. West drawings.
Box 81, Folder 19

Paul Prouté / Hubert Prouté, 1959-1977, 1984-1985, 1989

Box 81, Folder 20

Flora M. Ramsay, 1955-1956, 1963-1964

Scope and Content Note

Edwin Whitefield sketchbooks, drawings.
Box 81, Folder 21

Raydon Gallery, 1970-1971

Box 81, Folder 22

Paul C. Richards Autographs, 1963-1971, 1983-1987

Box 81, Folder 23

Lawrence B. Romaine, 1953-1961

Scope and Content Note

Americana, including Bungalow books.
Box 82, Folder 1

S-Z, 1957-1989

Scope and Content Note

Including offer and description of 10 panorama items and Tortue Gallery's list of consignment items from Bloch and his mother.
Box 82, Folder 2

Schaeffer Galleries, 1959

Box 82, Folder 3

Marvin Sadik & Co., 1982, 1987-1988

Scope and Content Note

Includes Bloch's letters regarding his mother's death and their relationship, 1987.
Box 82, Folder 4

E. Seligmann, 1951-1954

Scope and Content Note

8 letters regarding panoramas.
Box 82, Folder 5

Stanhope Shelton, 1977-1983

Scope and Content Note

B. West drawings.
Box 82, Folder 6

R. W. Smith, 1981-1989

Scope and Content Note

Buford panorama, 1989.
Box 82, Folder 7

Sothman, 1951

Box 82, Folder 8

Victor Spark, 1951-1987

Scope and Content Note

ca. 60 letters, contain discussions of other dealers, auction sales, Bingham research, sales to the J. Paul Getty Museum, and personal matters [see box 71, folder 3 and box 72, folders 6-7 for more Spark - Bloch correspondence].
Box 82, Folder 9

Kurt Stein, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Illustrated sheet music.
Box 82, Folder 10

Erwin Swann, 1968-1970

Scope and Content Note

Caricatures, cartoons.
Box 82, Folder 11

Vose Galleries / Robert C. Vose, Jr., 1966-1988

Scope and Content Note

Including much discussion of Bingham and B. West materials and research.
Box 82, Folder 12

David and Constance Yates, 1984, 1987-1988

Box 82, Folder 13

Zeitlin & ver Brugge, 1959-1987

Scope and Content Note

Only 1 letter, the remainder is bills of sale [for correspondence see box 4, folder 3].
Box 82, Folder 14

Unidentified receipts from shops, and correspondence

Box 82, Folder 15

Miscellaneous photographs of collectibles offered, undated

 

Series IX. Personal and miscellaneous files, 1920s-1970s

Physical Description: 5.0 box(es)

Scope and Content Note

Series contains juvenilia (drawings, nature scrapbook and handwriting exercises), travel notes and receipts, genealogical research, 4 address books (ca. 1940s-1960s), 6 notebooks with notes of art works and prices, personal photographs of Bloch, his mother, friends and colleagues, and ca. 1500 slides, most taken during his travels, some documenting Los Angeles architecture, and 7 reels of microfilm relating to his research, especially on Charles Lanman.
Box 83, Folder 1

Juvenilia: handwriting exercises, nature scrapbook

Box 83, Folder 2

2 sketchbooks

Box 83, Folder 3-6

Drawings by Bloch

Scope and Content Note

Pencil, ink and pastel, and watercolors. [see also oversize box 87* for Bloch drawings]
Box 83, Folder 7

Portrait sketches, undated

Scope and Content Note

Including copies clipped from magazines that published Bloch's portraits.
Box 83, Folder 8-9

Costume illustrations

Box 84, Folder 1

Personal papers and documents 1951

Scope and Content Note

Travel notes and receipts for trips to Belgium, France, Italy, etc.
Box 84, Folder 2

Travel notes, correspondence, receipts for european trips, 1957-1969

Box 84, Folder 3

Genealogical research regarding the Bloch family

Box 84, Folder 4

Clippings, receipts for Bloch's house, 1950s-1960s

Box 84, Folder 5

Six notebooks with notes regarding art works and prices

Box 84, Folder 6

Four address books, ca. 1940s-1960s

Box 84, Folder 7

Miscellaneous personal documents

Box 84, Folder 8

Photographs: ca. 10 of Bloch, his mother, friends and colleagues, undated

Box 85

55 boxes of slides

Scope and Content Note

Los Angeles architecture, European travels, U.S. travels contain images of art and architecture, plus some personal images of family, friends, colleagues
Box 86

7 rolls of microfilm (relates to Series VI.)

Scope and Content Note

Daily Cincinnati Chronicle, 1845-1846 (3 reels); Lanman papers from the Library of Congress (1 reel) and the New York Historical Society (1 reel); Records of the Western Art Union (1 reel); 2 partial rolls from the Huntington Library.
Box 87*

Arnold Gross letters (relates to Series I.) undated

Box 87*

Drawings from Bloch's early years, (relates to Series IX), undated