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© 1992 The Museum of Modern Art. All rights reserved.
The Museum of Modern Art, Publisher
Finding aid prepared by Rona Roob, DR, and RW, April 10, 1992.
Machine-readable finding aid derived from moma-018.xml, 2006. Machine-readable finding aid created by Kathleene Konkle. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Alan R. Blackburn, Jr.
Title: Alan R. Blackburn, Jr. Papers in The Museum of Modern Art Archives
Dates: 1934-1935
Quantity: One (14×17") scrapbook
One document box (2.5×10×15")

Biographical Note

Alan R. Blackburn, Jr. worked at the Museum February 1932 to December 1934. While at the Museum, he held three positions: Assistant Treasurer, February 17, 1932, to December 20, 1934; Executive Secretary, February 17, 1932 to October 1933; and Executive Director, October 20, 1933, to December 20, 1934. Both Blackburn and Philip Johnson resigned from the Museum in December of 1934 to pursue outside interests.


Scope and Content Note

The Blackburn Papers include exhibition announcements, invitations, catalog covers, form letters, clippings, press releases, and other ephemera concerning Museum activities.

The scrapbook concerns Museum exhibitions and other events and many of the sheets were annotated by Blackburn, as well as by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., founding director of the Museum, and Philip Johnson, founding director of the Museum's Department of Architecture. Notations were frequently made as to whom exhibition catalog announcements were sent, as well as quantity, cost, returns, and cash received from catalog sales; in addition there are also general comments on the quality of the printed item, i.e. design, typeface, color, and spatial arrangement.

The two filing units contain press releases and form letters regarding the Art in America radio program series. This series was initiated by the American Federation of the Arts in February 1934. The Museum participated in the program from October 6, 1934 to January 26, 1935, during which time the nationally broadcast series dealt with art in America from 1865 to the present (1934).

This inventory describes the contents of the existing scrapbook; please see additional two filing units for press releases on the Art in America radio program. For the purposes of this inventory, page numbers were assigned since the original scrapbook sheets were not numbered. Please hand-count to arrive at the page numbers stated below in the inventory. “Note on catalog sales” refers to handwritten information regarding to whom the catalog announcement was sent, quantity, cost, returns, and cash received. “Remarks” refers to general handwritten comments re: printed item (i.e. design, type face, color, spatial arrangement).

Original order has been strictly maintained.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Guide To The Alan R. Blackburn, Jr. Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.


Administrative Information

Provenance

Three (11×16") scrapbooks were found among the Public Information Scrapbooks that were transferred to the Museum Archives from the Library in June 1990.

Before being transferred to new containers for reasons of conservation, one scrapbook contained exhibition and catalog announcements, and the remaining two scrapbooks (transferred to two filing units) contained press releases for the Art in America radio series.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Alan R. Blackburn, Jr. Papers in The Museum of Modern Art Archives [series.file unit], The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.


Additional Descriptive Data

Explanation of Abbreviations

ARB Alan R. Blackburn, Jr.
PJ Philip Johnson
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
exh. exhibition
AL autographed letter
TL typed letter
n.d. not dated


List of MoMA Exhibitions Mentioned in Finding Aid

The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934 [MoMA Exh. #34a, May 14 - Sept. 12, 1934]

American Folk Art: The Art of the Common Man in America, 1750-1900 [MoMA Exh. #22, Nov. 30 - Jan. 14, 1933]

Modern Works of Art: 5th Anniversary Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #37, Nov. 19, 1934 - Jan 20, 1935]

Cubism and Abstract Art [MoMA Exh. #46, March 2 - April 19, 1936]

Machine Art [MoMA Exh. #34, March 5 - April 29, 1934]

Painting and Sculpture from 16 American Cities [MoMA Exh. #32, Dec. 11, 1933 - Jan. 7, 1934]

International Exhibition of Theatre Art [MoMA Exh. #33, Jan. 15 - Feb. 25, 1934]

Diego Rivera [MoMA Exh. #14, Dec. 22, 1931 - Jan. 27, 1932]

America Can't Have Housing [MoMA Exh. #36, Oct. 15 - Nov. 7, 1934]

George Caleb Bingham, the Missouri Artist, 1811-1879 [MoMA Exh. #38a, Jan. 28 - March 7, 1935]

Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #38, Jan. 28 - March 7, 1935]

African Negro Art [MoMA Exh. #39, March 18 - May 19, 1935]

Summer Exhibition: The Museum Collection and a Private Collection on Loan [MoMA Exh. #41, June 4 - Sept. 24, 1935]

Fernand Léger: Paintings and Drawings [MoMA Exh. #42, Sept. 30 - Oct. 24, 1935]

Ignatz Wiemeler, Modern Bookbinder [MoMA Exh. #42b, Sept. 30 - Oct. 24, 1935]

Contemporary Architecture in California [MoMA Exh. #42c, Sept. 30 - Oct. 24, 1935]

The Recent Work of Le Corbusier [MoMA Exh. #43, Oct. 24 - Oct. 31, 1935]

Vincent Van Gogh [MoMA Exh. #44, Nov. 4, 1935 - Jan. 5, 1936]

Posters by Cassandre [MoMA Exh. #45a, Jan. 14 - Feb. 16, 1936]

The Architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson [MoMA Exh. #45b, Jan. 14 - Feb. 16, 1936]

New Acquisitions: The Collection of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. [MoMA Exh. #45c, Jan. 14 - Feb. 16, 1936]

Cubism and Abstract Art [MoMA Exh. #46, March 2 - April 19, 1936]

Six Modern Sculptors [MoMA Circulating Exhibition, travelled 1936-1938]

Prehistoric Rock Pictures in Europe and Africa [MoMA Exh. #61, April 28 - May 30, 1937]

The Making of a Museum Publication [MoMA Exh. #34d, Sept. 11 - Oct. 7, 1934]


Container List

 

Folder Descriptions

Page Title Date
1 1 green cover, “Scraps 1934” n.d.
2 1 AL date/circulation list of “Publications 1934 (Sept.)“

The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934 [MoMA Exh. #34a, May 14 - Sept. 12, 1934]
American Folk Art: The Art of the Common Man in America, 1750-1900 [MoMA Exh. #22, Nov. 30 - Jan. 14, 1933]
Modern Works of Art: 5th Anniversary Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #37, Nov. 19, 1934 - Jan 20, 1935]

Sept. 1934
3 2 exhibition announcement leaflets

Cubism and Abstract Art [MoMA Exh. #46, March 2 - April 19, 1936]

March 1936
4 1 sample leaflet paper (Canterbury R.E. Blue) n.d.
5 1 TL catalog announcement

Machine Art [MoMA Exh. #34, March 5 - April 29, 1934]

n.d.
5 Note on catalog sales March 29, 1934
7 1 TL form letter (Letter A)

Re: complimentary catalog, Machine ArtNote on catalog sales, May 24, 1935

May 23, 1934
8 1 sample envelope (green) n.d.
8 Note on catalog sales May 5, 1934
9 1 TL form letter (Letter B)

Re: catalog, Machine Art

May 23, 1934
9 Note on catalog sales (marked continued) [see page 7] [May 24, 1934]
10 1 TL announcement

Re: catalog discounts effective April 1, 1934

April 1934
10 Note on catalog sales April 11, 1934
11 1 TL catalog announcement

Painting and Sculpture from 16 American Cities [MoMA Exh. #32, Dec. 11, 1933 - Jan. 7, 1934]

n.d.
11 Note on catalog sales April 21, 1934
12 1 TL Executive Director [ARB]-Charles Bradley (The Booke Shop)

Re: catalog, International Exhibition of Theatre Art [MoMA Exh. #33, Jan. 15 - Feb. 25, 1934]

April 10, 1934
13 1 TL copy Executive Director [ARB]-Harry Ahlborn (R.L. James Co.)

Re: catalog, International Exhibition of Theatre Art

April 10, 1934
14 1 TL copy Executive Director [ARB]-F.W. Lovell (Preston & Rounds Co.)

Re: catalog, International Exhibition of Theatre Art

April 11, 1934
14 1 TL copy Executive Director [ARB]-F.W. Lovell (Preston & Rounds Co.)

Re: catalog discounts effective

April 11, 1934 April 1, 1934
15 1 TL copy Executive Director [ARB]-R.F. Meyershan (Callender, McAusland & Troup Co.)

Re: catalog discounts effective April 1, 1934

April 10, 1934
16 1 annotated catalog order form and return envelope

The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934

n.d.
17 1 exhibition/catalog announcement

The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934

n.d.
17 Note on catalog sales Sept. 15, 1934
17 Remarks n.d.
18 1 catalog announcement

“A Portfolio of Reproductions in Full Color of Mexican Frescoes by Diego Rivera,”
Limited autographed edition [Diego Rivera, MoMA Exh. #14, Dec. 22, 1931 - Jan. 27, 1932]

n.d.
20 1 exhibition preview announcement

“Housing Exhibition of the City of New York” America Can't Have Housing [MoMA Exh. #36, Oct. 15 - Nov. 7, 1934]

Oct. [1934]
20 2 catalog order forms [1 annotated]

America Can't Have Housing [MoMA Exh. #36, Oct. 15 - Nov. 7, 1934]

n.d.
21 Note on catalog sales Oct. 8, 1934
21 Remarks n.d.
22 Catalog cover

America Can't Have Housing [New York: The Museum of Modern Art; c. 1934]

[1934]
22 Remarks n.d.
22 PJ [Philip Johnson] remarks n.d.
23 Catalog cover

Modern Works of Art: 5th Anniversary Exhibition [New York: The Museum of Modern Art, c. 1934]

[1934]
23 ARB remarks n.d.
24 ARB remarks n.d.
25 1 annotated MoMA membership brochure (Christmas offer) and envelope n.d.
25 1 `gift list' MoMA membership form n.d.
25 ARB remarks n.d.
27 1 Christmas publications list and annotated verso n.d.
27 1 Christmas publications order form n.d.
27 ARB remarks n.d.
28 1 catalog order form

Modern Works of Art: 5th Anniversary Exhibition

n.d.
28 Note on catalog sales n.d.
28 Remarks n.d.
29 1 exh. announcement leaflet

George Caleb Bingham, the Missouri Artist, 1811-1879 [MoMA Exh. #38a, Jan. 28 - March 7, 1935]

[1935]
29 Remarks n.d.
30 1 exh. announcement leaflet

Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #38, Jan. 28 - March 7, 1935]

n.d.
30 1 announcement card n.d.
30 Remarks n.d.
31 1 catalog order form and verso

Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition George Caleb Bingham, The Missouri Artist, 1811-1879

n.d.
31 Note on catalog sales Feb. 2, 1935
32 Annotated exhibition/catalog announcement leaflet

Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition
George Caleb Bingham, the Missouri Artist, 1811-1879

[1935]
32 Remarks n.d.
33 Exhibition/catalog announcement

African Negro Art [MoMA Exh. #39, March 18 - May 19, 1935]

March [1935]
33 Remarks n.d.
34 1 catalog order form

African Negro Art

n.d.
34 Note on catalog sales April 15, 1935
34 1 catalog order acknowledgement n.d.
35 1 exhibition announcement leaflet

Summer Exhibition: The Museum Collection and a Private Collection on Loan [MoMA Exh. #41, June 4 - Sept. 24, 1935]

June [1935]
35 1 exhibition announcement card

Summer Exhibition: The Museum Collection and a Private Collection on Loan

June [1935]
36 1 MoMA publications brochure and envelope n.d.
37 1 publications order form and envelope n.d.
38 1 exhibition opening invitation

Fernand Léger: Paintings and Drawings [MoMA Exh. #42, Sept. 30 - Oct. 24, 1935]
Ignatz Wiemeler, Modern Bookbinder [MoMA Exh. #42b, Sept. 30 - Oct. 24, 1935]
Contemporary Architecture in California [MoMA Exh. #42c, Sept. 30 - Oct. 24, 1935]

Oct. [1935]
38 1 lecture invitation

Fernand Léger on Painting and Advance Guard Films and a program of 2 films

Oct. [1935]
38 1 admittance card to Fernand Léger lecture Oct. [1935]
39 1 lecture/exhibition opening invitation

The Recent Work of Le Corbusier [MoMA Exh. #43, Oct. 24 - Oct. 31, 1935]

Oct. [1935]
39 1 admittance card to Le Corbusier lecture Oct. [1935]
39 1 catalog order form

Ignatz Wiemeler, Modern Bookbinder

n.d.
39 Note on catalog sales Oct. 15, 1935
40 1 exhibition preview invitation Nov. [1935]
40 1 exhibition preview admittance card

Vincent Van Gogh [MoMA Exh. #44, Nov. 4, 1935 - Jan. 5, 1936]

Nov. [1935]
40 1 film program admit card, Tuesday evening series n.d.
40 1 film program admit card, Wednesday evening series n.d.
41 1 exhibition preview invitation

Posters by Cassandre [MoMA Exh. #45a, Jan. 14 - Feb. 16, 1936]
The Architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson [MoMA Exh. #45b, Jan. 14 - Feb. 16, 1936]
New Acquisitions: The Collection of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. [MoMA Exh. #45c, Jan. 14 - Feb. 16, 1936]

Jan. [1936]
41 1 catalog order form, Poster by Cassandre n.d.
41 Note on catalog sales Feb. 8, 1936
42 1 exhibition preview invitation/admittance card

Cubism and Abstract Art [MoMA Exh. #46, March 2 - April 19, 1936]

March [1936]
42 1 catalog pamphlet/order form, Cubism and Abstract Art n.d.
43 1 exhibition announcement leaflet, Cubism and Abstract Art March 1936
44 1 publication announcement brochure

The Architecture of H.H. Richardson and his Times

n.d.
44 Note on catalog sales Jan. 2, 1936
45 1 exhibition pamphlet

Six Modern Sculptors [MoMA Circulating Exhibition, travelled 1936-1938]

n.d.
45 1 catalog order form

Prehistoric Rock Pictures in Europe and Africa [MoMA Exh. #61, April 28 - May 30, 1937]

n.d.
45 1 publication pamphlet and order form n.d.
46 2 clippings: African Negro Art July - Aug. 17, 1935
46 1 clipping: Vincent Van Gogh Nov. 27, 1935
47 1 clipping: Machine Art June 21, 1934
47 1 clipping: The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934 Nov. 4, 1934
47 1 clipping: George Caleb Bingham, the Missouri Artist, 1811-1879 Feb.
48 2 clippings

The Making of a Museum Publication [MoMA Exh. #34d, Sept. 11 - Oct. 7, 1934]

Sept. 9 - 13, 1934
48 1 clipping: The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934 Sept. 15, 1934
48 1 clipping: Modern Works of Art: 5th Anniversary Exhibition Feb. 1935
49 4 clippings

The Making of a Museum Publication
The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934

Sept. 8 - 16, 1934
50 3 clippings

The Making of a Museum Publication
The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934

Sept. 8 - 12, 1934
51 1 clipping: America Can't Have Housing Nov. 24, 1934
51 1 clipping: Machine Art Oct. 1934
51 4 clippings: The Making of a Museum Publication Sept. 9 - 15, 1934
52 1 clipping: America Can't Have Housing Dec. 1934
53 1 clipping: Posters by Cassandre Feb. 1936
54 1 clipping: America Can't Have Housing Dec. 1934
54 1 clipping: Ignatz Wiemeler, Modern Bookbinder Oct. 29, 1935
55 1 clipping: Cubism and Abstract Art March 21, 1936

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