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© 2007 The Museum of Modern Art. All rights reserved.
The Museum of Modern Art, Publisher
Finding aid prepared by the Museum Archives.
Machine-readable finding aid derived from ELAINE JOHNSON PAPERS FINAL.doc, 2007. Machine-readable finding aid created by Kathleene Konkle. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Elaine Johnson
Title: Elaine johnson Papers
Quantity: Four 5" document boxes

Arrangement

The Papers are processed to the folder level and arranged based on original order according to manuscript title.
The Papers are organized into five Series:
Series I. Sculpture, 1875-1975
Series II: Modern Drawing
Series III: Bi-Century Bibliography
Series IV: History of Printmaking
Series V: Subject Material


Biographical Note

Elaine L. Johnson joined The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Circulating Exhibitions in 1960. She became an Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints in 1961 and served as an Associate Curator in the same department from 1963 to ca. 1971.

She directed or co-directed twenty exhibitions of graphic art for the Museum, devoted to many styles and periods, including: Orozco: Studies for the Murals at Dartmouth College (MoMA Exh, #698, Nov. 22, 1961-Jan.21, 1962); Prints by German Expressionists (C/E II.2/128(13), 1961-1963); Modern American Drawings (ICE-F-44-60, 1961-1962); The Responsive Eye: Prints ("op" art) (MoMA Exh, #757, Feb. 25-Apr. 25, 1965; C/E II.3.4 (48), 1966-1969); and Dada, surrealism, and Today (C/E II.2/141(7), 1967-1969.)


Scope and Content Note

The Papers comprise four 5" document boxes of various manuscripts, both published and unpublished by Elaine L. Johnson.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Elaine Johnson 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.


Related Collections at MoMA and Elsewhere

Related material can be found in the Public Information Scrapbooks, the Department of Circulating Exhibition Records, and the International Program Records in the Museum Archives.


Administrative Information

Provenance

The Papers were donated to the Museum Library by the executors of Johnson's estate in 1980. In 1998 the Papers were transferred from the Library to the Museum Archives and re-housed according to archival principles.

Preferred Citation

Elaine Johnson Papers, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.


Container List

 

Series I. Sculpture, 1875-1975

Unfinished manuscript

Folder Title
I.A Notes for introduction
I.B Notes for plates and comments
I.C Notes for glossary and chronology
I.D Notes for sources

Incl. Bibliography, visual index, special index, and general index


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Series II. Modern Drawing

Unfinished manuscript

Folder Title
II.A Forward and Introduction
II.B Artist list and "Chapter 2, Traditional Language"
II.C.1 Drafts of "entries": Handwritten

Alphabetical by artist

II.C.2 Drafts of "entries": Typewritten version 1

A-C

II.C.3 Drafts of "entries": Typewritten version 1

D-K

II.C.4 Drafts of "entries": Typewritten version 1

L-R

II.C.5 Drafts of "entries": Typewritten version 1

S-Z

II.C.6 Drafts of "entries": Typewritten version 2

A-Z

II.C.7 Drafts of "entries": Typewritten version 3

D, F, G, M, N, O, P

II.D.1 Drawing Collection Worksheets
II.D.2 Drawing Collection Worksheets

Includes articles, notes, correspondence and other


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Series III. Bi-Century Bibliography

Possibly notes for Arts in America (1979) edited by Bernard Karpel

Folder Title
III.A Introduction (Draft)
III.B.1 Notes

Includes work record, word list, entry on bibliographies and other

III.B.2 Notes

Includes work record, word list, entry on bibliographies and other

III.B.3 Notes

Includes work record, word list, entry on bibliographies and other

III.B.4 Notes

Includes work record, word list, entry on bibliographies and other

III.C Bibliographical material on individual artists and notes (2/2)

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Series IV. History of Printmaking

Includes notes possibly used for the glossary section of Contemporary painters and sculptors as printmakers, MoMA Exh. #747a, Sep. 15 - Oct. 25, 1964

Folder Title
IV.A Notes, drafts, notes on artists
IV.B.1 Drafts and notes

"France to World War I"

"World War I

"Elsewhere to World War II"

IV.B.2 Drafts and notes

"Picasso to World War II"

"Germany to World War II

"World War II to present: specific works"

"World War II to present: background"


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Sereis V. Subject Material

Folder Title
V.A Draft of and notes for "A Report on Art and Architecture"
V.B Outline of proposed article "Towers"

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