Archive assembled by James Breslin,
professor at the University of California, Berkeley, as he researched and wrote Mark Rothko:
a biography. The Russian-born American painter's life and work are the central subjects of
the collection, situated in broad historical and artistic contexts with particular emphasis
on Abstract Expressionism and the New York art world from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Materials include interview recordings and transcripts, correspondence, financial and legal
documents, photographs, clippings, assorted printed materials, and extensive
James E. B. Breslin was born December 12, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.A.
from Brooklyn College in 1957 and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina
in 1959. In 1964 Breslin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and in the same
year joined the English faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.
18.7 Linear Feet
(32 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of unreformatted audiotapes and
the Theodoros Stamos file, Box 32, which will remain sealed until 2076.