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The Museum of Modern Art Archives
Finding aid prepared by Elena Cordova

Overview of the Collection

Title: Margaret Scolari Barr Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1883-1989
Bulk Dates: 1925-1987
Quantity: 38 linear feet
47 5" manuscript boxes; 4 5x12" card boxes; 1 9.5x12.5" storage box; 2 8x12 1/2" storage boxes; 1 11x17" flat box; 5 25x19" flat boxes; 2 16x20" boxes; 1 flat file.
Abstract: Assembled over eighty years, the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers record the life and career of Margaret Scolari Barr—art historian, teacher, and wife of The Museum of Modern Art's founding director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr. As one of her husband's closest collaborators, advisors, and assistants, many materials contained within the Scolari Barr papers are related to operations and exhibitions at MoMA between the years 1930 and 1967, during which time Barr was a key figure in the Museum's curatorial affairs. Other kinds of non-Museum related documentation are also included in the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers, among them: personal correspondence, research materials, draft manuscripts, newspaper clippings, datebooks, photo albums, travel scrapbooks, and household accounts.

Arrangement

The Margaret Scolari Barr Papers have been arranged into nine series with additional subseries subdivisions:
Series I: Biographical Material, 1919-1985
Subseries I.A: Early Life: Italy and Emigration, 1919-1932
Subseries I.B: Student Life: Vassar College and New York University, 1924-1930
Subseries I.C: Teaching: The Spence School, 1943-1985
Subseries I.D: Family Life: Genealogy, Marriage, and Children, 1883-1961
Subseries I.E: Autobiographical Material, 1930-1988
Subseries I.F: Death and Posthumous Material, 1987-1989
Series II: General Correspondence, 1925-1987
Series III: Publications, Writings, Lectures, and Research, 1886-1989
Subseries III.A: General Writings and Research Files, 1933-1989
Subseries III.B: Vatican Obelisk Translation, 1949-1963
Subseries III.C: Medardo Rosso, 1886-1984
Subseries III.D: Jean-Étienne Liotard, 1978-1987
Subseries III.E: Defining Modern Art: Selected Writings of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., 1979-1987
Subseries III.F: "Our Campaigns" in The New Criterion, 1925-1989
Series IV: Museum Matters, 1928-1983
Series V: Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1874-1976
Series VI: Notebooks and Datebooks, 1948-1987
Series VII: Barr Art Collection, 1940-1987
Series VIII: Financial and Legal Documents, 1953-1988 (Restricted)
Series IX: Miscellaneous, 1933-1986


Biographical Note

Margaret Scolari Barr was born Margaret Scolari in Rome in 1901 to an Irish Protestant mother and an Italian Catholic father. Her father died in 1916. Subsequently, Scolari Barr was raised exclusively by her mother in the Italian capital, under economic circumstances that Scolari Barr recalled as "extraordinarily poor" (Oral history interview with Margaret Scolari Barr concerning Alfred H. Barr, 1974 February 22-May 13, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution). She attended the University of Rome where she studied linguistics. From 1922 to 1924, Scolari Barr subsidized her life as a student by working as a secretary for a naval attaché at the American embassy—a position she received because she fulfilled the crucial job requirement of speaking both English and Italian fluently.

Through her connections at the American embassy, Scolari Barr was offered a position to teach Italian at Vassar College in New York. She immigrated to the United States in 1925 and taught at Vassar until 1929. During her time teaching at Vassar she also enrolled in graduate courses in art history at the college, receiving her M.A. from the school in 1927. In 1928, Scolari Barr continued her graduate studies at New York University. She first began commuting to Manhattan from Vassar's Poughkeepsie campus to attend classes, but moved to New York City permanently in 1929. At NYU, she worked under the tutelage of important interwar scholars, among them Charles Rufus Morey.

During 1928 and 1929, Scolari Barr formed a close friendship with art and architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock, who was also teaching at Vassar. Hitchcock was a good friend and colleague of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. (who coincidentally had also taught at Vassar in 1923) who was just then developing The Museum of Modern Art's collection with the support of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Hitchcock kept Scolari-Barr informed of the Museum's developments, and in 1929 she accompanied art historian Agnes Rindge to its first exhibition, Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh. It was while visiting this seminal show that Margaret Scolari Barr, then referred to as Daisy by her friends, first met Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the man who would become her husband and life-long intellectual collaborator.

Scolari Barr was offered a position at the Smith College Art Museum, but decided instead to stay in New York and marry Alfred. The couple was married in Paris on May 28, 1930. They would have one daughter, Victoria Barr, born on September 25, 1937.

While never a full-time employee of The Museum of Modern Art, Scolari Barr served as her husband's closest assistant on much of the work that he carried out at as Director of the Museum and Director of Museum Collections, a title he received in 1947. As a natural polyglot—fluent in French, Italian, Spanish and German—one of the more important roles Scolari Barr played in her husband's work was as his translator. This role made her presence crucial to the process of securing important artworks for the Museum's permanent collection, including Giacomo Balla's Swifts: Paths of Movement and Dynamic Sequence (1913). She was also instrumental in developing temporary exhibitions as made evident by her assistance in securing loans from artists across Europe for MoMA's Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism (1936-1937; Ex. # 55).

As both the wife of MoMA's founding director and a trained art historian in her own right, Scolari Barr circulated amidst many of the giants of the American and European Modern Art movements. She considered many important artists, dealers, collectors, critics and scholars her friends, among them Pablo Picasso, Tristan Tzara, Giacomo Balla, Philip Johnson, Pierre Matisse, Agnes Mongan, Agnes Rindge, René d'Harnoncourt, Erwin Panofsky, Bernard Berenson, and Leo Steinberg.

In the summer of 1940, after Paris had fallen to the Germans, Barr and the Museum began receiving desperate letters from artists seeking assistance escaping Europe. Barr did not have the time necessary for undertaking this logistically complicated and arduous task, so he asked his wife for help. Ultimately, Scolari Barr was able to secure entry into the United States for Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, André Masson, Piet Mondrian, and Jacques Lipchitz. Scolari Barr's role in the Emergency Rescue Committee is, without question, one of the most enduring aspects of her legacy.

Scolari Barr's aptitude as an independent art historian is evident in her pioneering monograph of 1963 on the Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso, which was published in conjunction with a retrospective of the artist's work shown at MoMA in the same year. Scolari Barr's book was the first study of Rosso in English and it remains, to this day, the definitive work on the artist. From 1943 to 1973, Scolari Barr also worked as an art history teacher at the Spence School, an elite, private, all-girls school in New York City.

After her husband's death in 1981, Scolari Barr remained connected to MoMA and was particularly invested in developing its Archive's holdings and visibility. She worked with the Museum's first Archivist, Rona Roob—Alfred's former assistant and a close family friend of the Barrs—to compile and write a chronology of her life with Alfred and their involvement in MoMA's development. Aptly titled "Our Campaigns," the chronology was published in a special edition of Hilton Kramer's New Criterion in 1987. Those researchers interested in a more comprehensive version of Scolari Barr's biography than that presented here, along with a discussion of her work with her husband, should consult "Our Campaigns" as well as an oral history produced with the Archives of American Art.

Scolari Barr died of colon cancer on December 30, 1987.

List of Publications:

Margaret Scolari Barr wrote and contributed to several publications during the course of her career. A list of these works can be found below:

Barr, Margaret Scolari. 1963. Medardo Rosso. New York: The Museum of Modern Art.

Barr, Margaret Scolari. 1963. "Medardo Rosso and his Dutch patroness Etha Fles", L' Arte. 119-144.

Hugnet, Georges. "Dada." trans. Margaret Scolari Barr in Alfred H. Barr and Hugnet, Georges. 1968. Fantastic art, Dada, Surrealism. New York: Published for The Museum of Modern Art by Arno Press.

Hugnet, Georges. "In the Light of Surrealism." trans. Margaret Scolari Barr in Alfred H. Barr and Hugnet, Georges. 1968. Fantastic art, Dada, Surrealism. New York: Published for The Museum of Modern Art by Arno Press.

Barr, Margaret Scolari, and Jere Abbott. 1978. "Foreword". October, 7: 7-9.

Barr, Margaret Scolari, and Rona Roob. 1987. "Our Campaigns": Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and the Museum of Modern Art: a biographical chronicle of the years 1930-1944." The New Criterion. New York: Foundation for Cultural Review.

Boccioni, Umberto, and Margaret Scolari Barr. n.d. Letters to Vico Baer, 1912-1916. With English translation by Margaret Scolari Barr.


Scope and Contents

The Margaret Scolari Barr Papers document the life and career of the noted art historian, teacher, supporter of the arts, and wife of MoMA's founding director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr. The records date from 1883 to 1987, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1925 to 1987. An assortment of personal correspondence, research materials, drafts and completed publications, newspaper clippings, datebooks, photo albums, travel scrapbooks, art collection documentation, social lists, recipes, and household accounts paint a holistic picture of Scolari Barr's social and professional worlds. Researchers who take as their subject the rise of modernism in the United States and the illustrious career of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., are sure to find Scolari Barr's papers of use and interest. As Barr's closest advisor and assistant—often acting as an intermediary between the Museum and European artists and dealers because of her advanced language skills—many of Scolari Barr's papers speak to MoMA's founding years and its continued growth through the mid-twentieth century. Furthermore, given the couple's close working relationship, which is extensively documented throughout the collection, the Scolari Barr Papers work in tandem with those of her husband, the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Papers, also available in MoMA Archives.

Many materials in the collection reveal Scolari Barr as a woman with significant intellectual capabilities as an art historian in her own right, independent of her husband. Among the relevant materials are: correspondence with scholars and curators including Erwin Panofsky, Bernard Berenson, James Thrall Soby, Philip Johnson, and Agnes Mongan; research notes for her publications on the Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso; and course materials for the art history classes she taught for over forty years at the Spence School. These and other materials make the Scolari Barr Papers a worthwhile contribution to the field of women's history, and those researchers and scholars concerned with feminism and art historical scholarship from the early and mid-twentieth century will certainly find this collection of value. An examination of Scolari Barr's biography from a feminist perspective warrants further consideration.

The collection has nine series with some additional subseries divisions. Series I: Biographical Material presents researchers with a biographical framework for the life of Margaret Scolari Barr. It is divided into six subseries, all of which are arranged chronologically. Subseries I.A: Early Life is comprised of paper documents from Scolari Barr's life prior to her immigration to the United States in 1925. Most documents in this subseries pertain to her time as a student of linguistics at the University of Rome. Subseries I.B: Student Life contains material from Scolari Barr's time as a teacher and student at Vassar College (from 1925-1929) as well as from her short tenure as a graduate student in art history at New York University. This subseries is mostly comprised of correspondence, class notes, and administrative material. Subseries I.C: Teaching contains lecture notes and administrative material related to her over forty-year tenure as an art history teacher at the Spence School in New York City. Subseries I.D: Family Life is a small subseries that documents her marriage to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in 1930 as well as the birth of their only daughter, Victoria Barr, nine years later. Subseries I.D also includes a substantial amount of genealogical research conducted by Scolari Barr over the course of her life. Subseries I.E: Autobiographical Material is a small subseries that contains autobiographical notes and writings created and compiled by Scolari Barr over the course of her adult life. It includes information on her oral history interview, which is housed at the Archives of American Art. Subseries I.F: Death and Posthumous Material contains copies of Scolari Barr's obituary and her eulogy given by William Corbett.

Comprised of close to four hundred folders, Series II: Correspondence is the largest collection in the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers. Both the quantity and the scope of the correspondence—which range from lengthy letters to pithy postcards—found in this series confirm that Scolari Barr was a considerate and prodigious correspondent. The hundreds of letters between Alfred and her are essential documents that reveal their both lovingly candid and professionally essential relationship. The correspondence between Scolari Barr and her contemporaries, such as Leo Steinberg, Bernard Berenson, and Sydney Freedberg, showcase her intellectual prowess as an art historian deeply familiar with the art of Europe. Finally those letters between figures like her mother Mary Fitzmaurice, and her friends—including Pamela Askew, Rona Roob, and Philip Johnson—are important documents that reveal that Scolari Barr was a loyal daughter and friend. Series II is arranged aphabetically.

Series III: Publications, Writings, Lectures, and Research is divided into six subseries. The first subseries, Subseries III.A: General Writings and Research Files includes information on Scolari Barr's participation in the Emergency Rescue Committee. It also consists of reminiscences on figures such as Cary Ross, Iris Barry, and Dorothy Miller, all of whom were important figures in MoMA's early history. All subsequent subseries are arranged chronologically according to specific publications. Subseries III.B: Vatican Obelisks contains materials related to Scolari Barr's translation of articles on obelisks in the Vatican. Subseries III.C: Medardo Rosso includes research materials, correspondence, and partial drafts of her writings on the Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso. Scolari Barr's research on the sculptor culminated in 1963 with two publications— her article "Medardo Rosso and his Dutch Patroness Etha Fles," published in L' Arte, and her monograph, Medardo Rosso, which was published by The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with a retrospective of the artist's work. Subseries III.D: Jean-Étienne Liotard contains research material on the eighteenth century Swiss-French painter, Jean-Étienne Liotard, undertaken between 1978 and 1987. Subseries III.E contains correspondence and bibliographic material relating to the posthumous publication of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s writings in the now canonical text, Defining Modern Art: Selected Writings of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Subseries IV.F: "Our Campaigns" in The New Criterion documents in great detail the development of a chronology of the Barrs' "campaigns" at MoMA between the years 1930 and 1944. The writing of this chronology was a collaborative project undertaken by Scolari Barr and former MoMA Archivist Rona Roob during the 1980s. It was finally published in a 1987 special issue of the New Criterion, which was dedicated entirely to the legacy of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. When the materials in Series III are considered cumulatively it is made apparent that as a writer and art historian, Scolari Barr was capable of producing scholarship across several mediums, genres, and time periods.

Series IV: Museum Matters reflects a series that came to the Museum as a distinct group, with folders marked generally as "MoMA." While the contents of the original folders has largely been maintained, they have been given new titles that more aptly reflect their contents, which include correspondence, exhibition research materials, and press clippings. Researchers should note, however, that MoMA-related materials can be found in nearly all series in the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers and are not limited to this series exclusively.

Series V: Photographs and Scrapbooks consists of hundreds of black-and-white photographs that document the entirety of Scolari Barr's life (1901-1987). Most photographs contained in the series are informal and personal in nature. Comprised largely of family snapshots and travel photography, these photographs offer researchers a clear visual representation of the world in which Scolari Barr lived. However, some important MoMA-related events are also documented in the series' images. Photographs of the Barrs with Philip Johnson in Cortona, Italy in 1932; the opening of MoMA's Twentieth-Century Italian Art Exhibition in 1949; the Barrs with Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline Roque in Cannes, France in 1956; and Alfred Barr's birthday party, which coincided with the rehanging of MoMA's collection in 1976, stand out as highlights. The original order of the album pages have been maintained wherever possible, however pages have been removed from their original album bindings so that individual pages could be encapsulated in polyester sleeves. This will ensure preservation of the images well into the future.

Series VI: Notebooks and Datebooks comprise travel notebooks, daily calendars, and miscellaneous notebooks dating from 1948 to 1987. They are written almost exclusively in Scolari Barr's hand and are arranged chronologically.

Series VII: Barr Art Collection contains important documentation on the Barrs' personal art collection, which included works by Giacomo Balla, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Paul Eluard and Valentine Hugo, Kazimir Malevich, and Morris Graves. Documents found in this series include a list of works in the family's private collection, as well as a substantial amount of legal correspondence concerning appraisal estimates. Loan and photography requests from outside institutions and parties are also present.

Series VIII: Financial and Legal Documents has been restricted for twenty-five years and will be made available to the public in 2040.

Series IX: Miscellaneous encompasses those materials and records that Scolari Barr collected over the course of her life that are difficult to categorize. As a result the materials found in this series vary in their scope. Spanning the years 1933 to 1986 they include: paper documents such as: receipts, bills, deeds of ownership, Christmas cards, phone numbers, invitations, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and recipes. The series is arranged chronologically.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research except for the following restricted materials:

Series VIII: Financial and Legal Documents, is closed to the public for twenty-five years, until 2040.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Margaret Scolari Barr 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.


Related Collections at MoMA and Elsewhere

Within MoMA Archives related material can be found in the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Papers, the Dorothy C. Miller Papers, and the James Thrall Soby Papers. Materials related to Margaret Scolari Barr's work on Medardo Rosso may also be found in The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Records [Moma Exh. #729].

Related material can also be found in collections at outside institutions such as in the Edward Fry Papers at the University of Pennsylvania; the Erwin Panofsky Letters to Mrs. Alfred Barr at Princeton University; the Leo Steinberg Research Papers at the Getty Research Institute; and the Bernard and Mary Berenson Papers at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti.

An oral history with Scolari Barr was produced by the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art in 1974. A transcript and sound excerpt can be found on the MoMA Archives' website.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following forms:

Long version: Margaret Scolari Barr Papers, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Short version: MSB, [series.folder]. MoMA Archives, NY.

Provenance

Funding for the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers comes from the Rona Roob Archives Fund.

In 1999, twelve of the original thirty-eight boxes were contracted to be processed off-site by former MoMA Archivist, Rona Roob. The processing of these materials was begun but never completed. The materials from these twelve boxes were reintegrated back into the collection in 2015. Researchers should note that the original order of these boxes was altered and while the archival principle of original order was adhered to whenever possible during the final processing of the collection, substantial intervention was necessary by the archivist.

Six boxes of books from Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s personal library were found among the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers. They have been given to the MoMA Library. Five boxes containing personal and professional papers belonging to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. were also among Scolari Barr's papers. These have been removed from the collection for eventual integration into the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Papers.

The bulk of the collection is in good condition. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and, depending on the level of paper degradation, newspaper clippings have been encapsulated in polyester sleeves or placed between archival buffer paper to stave off any future discoloration of neighboring records. Scrapbooks and photo albums contained in Series V came to the Museum mounted on paper that is now quite brittle. To maintain both the structural integrity and informational content of these pages they have been encapsulated individually in preservation-grade polyester sleeves. Unattached photographs have been encapsulated individually and placed between original album pages.


Container List

Series I: Biographical Material, 1919-1985

Series I: Biographical Material is comprised of the personal material related to Margaret Scolari Barr's life. Predominately composed of two-dimensional documents, the series is divided into six subseries that reflect major moments and phases of her life. Most of the materials found within this series—such as correspondence, autobiographical reminiscences, teaching notes, family genealogy research, and wedding announcements—were created by Scolari Barr. Other materials—such as black-and-white family photographs, immigration papers, and funeral remarks—were created by other individuals. In most cases, items within the folders preserve their original order, but the folders were combined and rearranged by the archivist to more accurately reflect Scolari Barr's biographical timeline.

Subseries I.A: Early Life: Italy and Emigration, 1919-1932

As the title of the subseries suggests, the materials and documents found within it are related to Margaret Scolari Barr's childhood and young adulthood in Rome, as well as her immigration to the United States in 1925. Items found in the subseries include important civic documents such as Scolari Barr's University of Rome identification card, black-and-white passport photographs, and a certificate of United States citizenship. The series is arranged chronologically. Researchers should note that many scrapbooks in Series VI also relate to this earlier period of Scolari Barr's life and could be used in conjunction with the documents found in Subseries I.A.

Folder Title Date
I.A.1* Italian Documents

1 of 3 folders. Baccalaureate diploma.

1919
I.A.2 Italian Documents

2 of 3 folders. Includes University of Rome identification card, library card, and several black-and-white passport and identification photographs.

1920-1934
I.A.3 Italian Documents

3 of 3 folders. Includes identification card, university documents, immigration materials, and letters of recommendation.

1925-1930
I.A.4 American Citizenship

Scolari Barr's certificate of United States citizenship.

1932
I.A.5 "Early Life Autobiographical Notes"

Includes written memories of Margaret Scolari Barr's early life in Italy. Also includes black-and-white photographs of her maternal aunt, Katie.

View PDF of folder I.A.5

1970-1984

Subseries I.B: Student Life: Vassar College and New York University 1924-1930

Subseries I.B: Student Life is a small subseries that primarily includes correspondence, address books, and course materials from Scolari Barr's time teaching and studying at Vassar College and New York University. In 1925, with the help of her former employer at the American embassy in Rome, Scolari Barr was hired to teach Italian at Vassar. It was this position that prompted Scolari Barr's decision to immigrate to the United States. She taught at the then all-women's college in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1925-1929. During this time she also enrolled in graduate studies at Vassar and in 1927 she was awarded a Master's Degree in Art History. In 1928, Scolari Barr received a $2,000 Carnegie Scholarship. At the advice of her advisor, William S. Cook, she elected to continue her graduate studies in art history at New York University. A semester course-offering flyer and a course packet for a class on "East Christian Art" taught by Charles Rufus Morey from New York University can also be found in Subseries I.B. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
I.B.1 Vassar College

Includes documentation regarding Margaret Scolari Barr's immigration status and status as a student-assistant at Vassar. Also includes address books from 1928 and 1929.

1924-1933
I.B.2 Vassar College -- Italian Assignments

Notes and materials from Margaret Scolari Barr's Italian courses.

1925-1928
I.B.3* Vassar College Diploma 1927
I.B.4 New York University Correspondence 1927-1929
I.B.5 New York University Course Materials

1 of 2 folders. Includes course pack for New York University art history course on "East Christian Art", taught by Charles Rufus Morey.

1927-1929
I.B.6 New York University Course Materials

2 of 2 folders. Bound lecture notes for Charles Rufus Morey's course, "Carolingian Illuminated Manuscripts." Includes handwritten notes by Scolari Barr.

1929-1930
I.B.7 New York University Flyer 1929-1930

Subseries I.C: Teaching: The Spence School, 1943-1985

Subseries I.C: Teaching: The Spence School chronicles Margaret Scolari Barr's over forty-year tenure as an art history teacher at the prestigious girls' high school in New York City. The subseries consists of correspondence from former students, administrative material, grade books, and several folders of undated lecture notes, which may be useful to scholars in that they reveal important information on Scolari Barr's methodological approach to art history. Subseries I.C is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
I.C.1 Correspondence

Primarily letters from former students.

1943-1984
I.C.2 Administrative Material

1 of 2 folders. Includes teaching contracts and resume.

1944-1978
I.C.3 Administrative Material

2 of 2 folders. Includes correspondence and school bullettins.

1950-1989
I.C.4 Grade Books 1958-1969
I.C.5 Art Terms 1960
I.C.6 "The Margaret Scolari Barr Lecture in Fine Arts"

Invitations to lectures at the Spence School, given in honor of Margaret Scolari Barr.

1964-1992
I.C.7 Lecture Notes

1 of 6 folders.

Undated
I.C.8 Lecture Notes

2 of 6 folders.

Undated
I.C.9 Lecture Notes

3 of 6 folders.

Undated
I.C.10 Lecture Notes

4 of 6 folders.

Undated
I.C.11 Lecture Notes

5 of 6 folders. Course materials for "Ancient to Renaissance" art history class.

Undated
I.C.12 Lecture Notes

6 of 6 folders.

1985

Subseries I.D: Family Life: Genealogy, Marriage, and Children 1883-1983

The materials in Subseries I.D: Family Life document important personal milestones in the life of Margaret Scolari Barr. Two crucial moments are recorded in this series—first, her marriage to MoMA's first director Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in 1930; and second, the birth of their daughter Victoria Barr in 1939. Also included in this subseries are several folders of genealogical research on Scolari Barr's maternal family, the Fitzmaurices, as well as on Barr and his extended family. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
I.D.1 Family Medals 1883-1918
I.D.2 Genealogy Research

1 of 2 folders. Includes correspondence, family trees, and photographs.

View PDF of folder I.D.2

1905-1984
I.D.3 Genealogy Research

2 of 2 folders. Genealogical research pertaining to Margaret Scolari Barr's maternal side of the family, the Fitzmaurices.

View PDF of folder I.D.3

1985-1986
I.D.4 Fitzmaurice Family

Includes correspondence, photographs, press clippings and written reminiscences of the Fitzmaurice family (maternal side of the family).

1925-1946
I.D.5 Courtship and Marriage

Includes wedding announcements and marriage license. Also includes correspondence with Charlotte Baum, from 1930, about MSB's recent engagement to AHB and the retraction of her acceptance of a teaching position at Smith College, which would have turned into the position of director of the Art Museum, which she had not yet begun.

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1930-1970
I.D.6 Victoria Barr

Includes black-and-white baby photographs and baptisim certificate for Victoria Barr, daughter of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Margaret Scolari Barr.

1939
I.D.7 Victoria Barr: Art and Theater Announcements 1955-1987
I.D.8 Anita Scolari 1961
I.D.9 Family Reminiscences

View PDF of folder I.D.9

No Date
I.D.10* Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Death and Memorial

1 of 4 folders. Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s obituary clippings.

1978-1984
I.D.11 Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Death and Memorial

2 of 4 folders. Includes memorial service program, tribute program from MoMA, black-and-white photographs, and a photocopy of obituary from The Boston Globe

1981-184
I.D.12 Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Death and Memorial

3 of 4 folders. Program booklet for "Alfred H. Barr, Jr., A Tribute Memorial" held at MoMA on October 21, 1981.

1981
I.D.13 Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Death and Memorial

4 of 4 folders.

1981-1983

Subseries I.E: Autobiographical Material 1930-1988

The materials found in this small subseries primarily contain autobiographical notes and writings created and compiled by Scolari Barr between the years 1930 and 1988. Of particular note is a list of personal facts and wishes for the future written by Scolari Barr in advance of her marriage to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in 1930. Other documents included in the subseries relate to Margaret Scolari Barr's oral history interview with Paul Cummings, which was conducted for the Archives of American Art between February and May of 1974. An audio recording and transcript of this interview can be found on the Archives of American Art's Oral History website. Researchers concerned with Scolari Barr's involvement in the early years of MoMA will find this material interesting, as it dovetails with institutional material found within the collection more broadly (and specifically with that material found in Subseries IV.F: "Our Campaigns" in the New Criterion, 1925-1989). It is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
I.E.1 Autobiographical Information

1 of 2 folders. Includes list of personal facts and wishes for the future created by Margaret Scolari Barr in advance of her marriage to Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

View PDF of folder I.E.1

1930-1982
I.E.2 Autobiographical Information

2 of 2 folders. Includes black-and-white photographs from trips to Italy, a written narrative of the years 1928 and 1929, and correspondence.

1932-1988
I.E.3 Oral History Materials

Includes notes, correspondence, and transcript from oral history with Margaret Scolari Barr conducted by the Archives of American Art.

View PDF of folder I.E.3

1974-1979

Subseries I.F: Death and Posthumous Material 1987-1989

Subseries I.F: Death and Posthumous Material comprises material relating to the death of Margaret Scolari Barr. It includes an obituary announcing her death from The New York Times. The subseries also contains a transcript of funeral remarks given by her friend William Corbett. Scolari Barr died in 1987 of colon cancer in New York City at the age of 86.

Folder Title Date
I.F.1 Death and Funeral

Includes notes on Margaret Scolari Barr's death, funeral remarks by William Corbett, and press clippings.

1987
I.F.2 Obituary 1987
I.F.3 Villa I Tatti Margaret Scolari Barr Fund 1989

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Series II: General Correspondence 1925-1986

Series II: General Correspondence is the most substantial series in the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers. There are correspondences of all kinds contained within it, both of a personal and professional nature, between Scolari Barr and her friends, family, and colleagues. Of particular interest are close to a dozen folders of letters between Margaret and Alfred, which chronicle the couple's romantic and intellectual partnership over fifty years.

Also included in this series are correspondences between Scolari Barr and contemporaries such as Agnes Mongan, Leo Steinberg, Bernard Berenson, Erwin Panofsky, Pamela Askew, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Varian Fry, Philip Johnson, and John McAndrew, which are sure to be of use to scholars and researchers. These letters shed important light on the climate of intellectual comradery that existed between these friends and fellow intellectuals. In many of these correspondence, issues of connoisseurship and attribution are raised and as a result they speak to pedagogical and methodological trends in the discipline of art history during the mid-twentieth century.

A substantial amount of correspondence between Scolari Barr and her mother, Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari—colloquially referred to as "Mav"—can also be found in Series II. These letters date after Scolari Barr's immigration to the United States in 1925, and continue until her mother's death in 1945.

Series II: Correspondence is arranged alphabetically and while it came to MoMA Archives loosely arranged in this way, it nevertheless required substantial intervention by the processing archivist.

Folder Title Date
II.1 Jere Abbott

1 of 2 folders. Includes sketch by Abbott.

1977-1979
II.2 Jere Abbott

2 of 2 folders. Includes photocopies of letters and sketches.

1931-1983
II.3 Harold Acton 1980
II.4 Jan E. Aldmann 1986-1978
II.5 Margareta Akermark 1982
II.6 Edna Allen 1982
II.7 Rosamond Allen 1980
II.8 Winslow Ames 1967
II.9 Richard Anuszkiewicz 1975
II.10 Michael Arlen Undated
II.11 Angélique Armand-Delille 1980
II.12 Pamela Askew

1 of 2 folders.

1982-1987
II.13 Pamela Askew

2 of 2 folders.

1985
II.14 Autographs

Includes letter from Audrey Hepburn (Ferrer), Philip Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Virgil Thomson, and small pastel sketches by Javier Vilato.

1935-1968
II.15 Baroness Casey of Berwick 1980-1982
II.16 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1 of 10 folders.

1944-1975
II.17 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

2 of 10 folders. Primarily letters from Alfred H. Barr, Jr. to Margaret Scolari Barr.

1933-1934
II.18 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

3 of 10 folders. Early letters from Alfred H. Barr, Jr. to Margaret Scolari Barr.

1929-1935
II.19 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

4 of 10 folders.

Undated
II.20 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

5 of 10 folders. Primarily letters from Margaret Scolari Barr to Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1937-1966
II.21 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

6 of 10 folders. Primarily letters from Margaret Scolari Barr to Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1930-1956
II.22 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

7 of 10 folders. Original folder marked "early letters."

1934
II.23 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

8 of 10 folders.

Undated
II.24 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

9 of 10 folders. Photocopy of letter from Margaret Scolari Barr in Italy to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in Greensboro, VT.

View PDF of folder II.24

1934
II.25 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

10 of 10 folders. Primarily letters from Margaret Scolari Barr from Mexico.

1941
II.26a Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

Letters from AHB to MSB. Includes correspondence about MSB's lost ring, which was found.

This folder was added in 2023.

1936-1939
II.26b "Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Lectureship" 1972-1980
II.27 Alfred H. Barr, Sr.

Photocopy of letter from Alfred H. Barr, Jr. to his father Alfred H. Barr, Sr.

1931
II.28 Andrew Barr 1967-1987
II.29 Annie Elizabeth Wilson Barr

1 of 4 folders. Primarily letters to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. from his mother, Annie Wilson Barr.

Undated
II.30 Annie Elizabeth Wilson Barr

2 of 4 folders. Primarily letters to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. from his mother, Annie Wilson Barr.

1956-1960
II.31 Annie Elizabeth Wilson Barr

3 of 4 folders. Primarily letters to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. from his mother, Annie Wilson Barr.

1952-1955
II.32 Annie Elizabeth Wilson Barr

4 of 4 folders. Letters from Margaret Scolari Barr to Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s mother, Annie Wilson Barr.

1972-1980
II.33 Katherine Barr 1984
II.34 "Margaret Scolari Barr Wedding" 1925-1933
II.35 Victoria Barr

1 of 7 folders.

1943-1957
II.36 Victoria Barr

2 of 7 folders.

1945-1954
II.37 Victoria Barr

3 of 7 folders.

1948-1977
II.38 Victoria Barr

4 of 7 folders.

1962-1984
II.39 Victoria Barr

5 of 7 folders.

1956-1971
II.40 Victoria Barr

6 of 7 folders.

1959
II.41 Victoria Barr

7 of 7 folders.

1983
II.42 Concerning Victoria Barr

Correspondence relating to Victoria Barr's schooling.

1944-1957
II.43 Concerning Victoria Barr

Folder originally titled "Tory and Carol."

1941
II.44 Barr Award

Correspondence regarding the development of The College Art Association's Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award.

1972-1981
II.45 Iris Barry 1937
II.46 Ralph Barton Perry 1943
II.47 Joella and Herbert Bayer

Includes 1973 Christmas card.

1961-1983
II.48 Edmund Bacon 1962
II.49 Jack Bean 1980
II.50 Villino Beatrice 1953
II.51 Julian Beck 1958
II.52 Frances Bendixson 1985
II.53 Pierre Berès 1975
II.54 Bernard Berenson

1 of 3 folders. Includes letters in Italian with corresponding English translation. Note: some letters are photocopies of originals.

1936-1940
II.55 Bernard Berenson

2 of 3 folders. Photocopies of letters that are now in the Bernard Berenson Papers at Princeton University. Also includes correspondence from Margaret Scolari Barr to Princeton University Library regarding donation of her letters.

1940-1967
II.56 Bernard Berenson

3 of 3 folders. Photocopies of correspondence between Margaret Scolari Barr and Berenson. Note: in Italian. Also includes some English translations. Originals donated to Princeton University.

1936-1990
II.57 Ruth "Berry" Berenson 1980-1983
II.58 John Bernard 1981
II.59 Roger Berthoud 1985
II.60 Ted Beskow 1927-1938
II.61 Birth of Victoria Barr

Correspondence congratulating Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Margaret Scolari Barr on the birth of their daughter Victoria.

1937
II.62 Peter Blake 1979
II.63 Arnold Bode 1975
II.64 Bogdand Bodnar 1978
II.65 Yve-Alain Bois 1980
II.66 Jean Sutherland Boggs 1976
II.67 Suzanne Boorsch 1983
II.68 Louise Bourgeois

Includes invitation to "Large Scale, Small Scale Sculpture" at Xavier Fourcade, Inc., which includes handwritten note from Bourgeois to Scolari Barr.

1978
II.69 John Bowlt 1979
II.70 H. Myles Boxer 1926-1928
II.71 Dr. Bill Bradley 1983-1987
II.72 Remigius Brückmann 1975
II.73 "On Luis Buñuel" 1985
II.74 Jeanne Bucher-Myrbor 1980
II.75 Emily Buck 1944
II.76 Eleanor Bunce 1982
II.77 Gordon Bunshaft

Robert Indiana's 1965 "LOVE" MoMA Christmas card.

1965
II.78 Sarah Butler 1973
II.79 Miscellaneous B 1961-1985
II.80 François Cachin 1985
II.81 Louise Calder 1976-1987
II.82 Ernestine Calder 1983
II.83 Jane Casey 1983
II.84 Hugh Casson Undated
II.85 Kenneth Castleman 1925-1927
II.86 Stanton L. Catlin

Includes reminiscence of the Barrs' partnership (addressed to MoMA Archivist, Rona Roob (1990)).

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1936-1990
II.87 Betty Chamberlain 1980
II.88 Maryette Charlton 1972-1978
II.89 Elizabeth Chase 1936-1937
II.90 Charles Chetham 1987
II.91 Herschel Chipp 1980
II.92 Christmas Cards

1 of 2 folders.

1987
II.93 Christmas Cards

2 of 2 folders. Collection of Christmas cards received when Margret Scolari Barr was in the hospital.

1984-1987
II.94 Walter Chrysler, Jr. 1972
II.95 Chryssa 1973
II.96 Jeanne-Claude and Christo 1970-1983
II.97 Henry and Esther Clifford Undated
II.98 Arthur Cohen 1978
II.99 Barbara Colbron Undated
II.100 Ralph Colin 1970-1983
II.101 College Art Association

1 of 2 folders. Includes correspondence relating to CAA's Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award.

1980
II.102 College Art Association

2 of 2 folders.

1986
II.103 Bruce Collins 1986
II.104 Columbia University 1986
II.105 Columbia University

Correspondence concerning the Meyer Schapiro Chair position in the History of Art Department.

1980
II.106 Mary Cooper 1927-1932
II.107 Bill Corbett

Includes correspondence with MoMA Archivist Rona Roob, regarding donation of Barr materials to MoMA Archives.

1986-1992
II.108 Andrew Cordier 1969
II.109 The Cosmopolitan Club 1981-1984
II.110 Byba Coster 1976-1977
II.111 Council of Friends - Institute of Fine Arts 1980
II.112 Miscellaneous C 1968-1983
II.113 Missy Daniel

Regarding Iris Barry.

1978
II.114 Luca and Rosie Daimelli 1981-1982
II.115 Dayeru 1980
II.116 Rose Diaz 1978
II.117 Mario de Garrou

Note: all correspondence in Italian.

1925-1928
II.118 Anne d'Harnoncourt 1982-1986
II.119 Virginia Dortch 1980
II.120 Arthur Drexler 1986
II.121 Miscellaneous D

Includes correspondence with Share Dunworth and Gladys Delmas.

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1983
II.122 Jim Ede

View PDF of folder II.122

1974-1981
II.123 Froso Eftimiadi 1983-1987
II.124 John Elderfield 1978-1984
II.125 "Elsa" 1981
II.126 Heather Evans 1976
II.127 Miscellaneous E 1935-1982
II.128 Colvina Feyles Undated
II.129 Wilhelmina Feiner 1978-1983
II.130 Frances Finch Undated
II.131 Fitzmaurices 1930-1950
II.132 Ralph Fitzpatrick 1976
II.133 Francesca Fleming c.1975
II.134 Fogg Art Museum 1982
II.135 Edith Flood 1943
II.136 Jane Fluegel 1978
II.137 Edward Forbes 1939
II.138 Helen Franc 1937-1986
II.139 Nancy Franklin 1980
II.140 Frazier 1978
II.141 Sydney Freedberg

1 of 3 folders.

1942-1983
II.142 Sydney Freedberg

2 of 3 folders.

1974-1987
II.143 Sydney Freedberg

3 of 3 folders. Includes transcript of Freedberg lecture: "Titian: The Flaying of Marsyas."

1984
II.144 Wilfred Freeman 1952-1958
II.145 Annette Fry 1982
II.146 Varian Fry 1935-1939
II.147 Sally Ganz 1983-1987
II.148 Otto Garthe 1935-1937
II.149 Syed Iqbal Geoffrey

Letter from the artist to Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1978
II.150 Ludwig Glaeser 1977-1983
II.151 "Glen"

1 of 2 folders.

1928
II.152 "Glen"

2 of 2 folders.

1929-1940
II.153 Joaquim Gomis 1983
II.154 Irene Gordon 1987
II.155 Virginia Green 1985
II.156 Chaim and Renee Gross

Includes sketches by Chaim Gross.

1975-1983
II.157 Peggy Guggenheim 1948
II.158 Alberti Guglielmo 1952-1958
II.159 Jane Gunther 1955-1958
II.160 Miscellaneous G 1982-1987
II.161 Werner Haftmann 1952-1983
II.162 Lily Harmon 1985
II.163 William Hartman 1983
II.164 Joseph Hazen 1977
II.165 Tom Hess 1974
II.166 Tony Hiss 1985
II.167 Henry-Russell Hitchcock

Includes hand-designed Christmas Card and undated handwritten letter.

1985
II.168 Harold Hochschild 1974
II.169 Charlotte Houtermans-Riefenstahl 1939
II.170 Stephen Hook 1925-1926
II.171 Alste Horn 1974-1984
II.172 G. Hugner

Note: Correspondence in French.

1937
II.173 Richard Hunt 1980
II.174 Samuel Hunter 1982
II.175 Ada Louise Huxtable

Includes copy of letter from Margaret Scolari Barr to Huxtable regarding her review of the Museum Tower.

1977
II.176 Miscellaneous H

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1970-1984
II.177 John Jay Ide 1956
II.178 Bravig Imbs 1943
II.179 Invitations 1984
II.180 Italian Correspondence

1 of 2 folders. Includes English summaries written by Margaret Scolari Barr. Note: most correspondence in Italian.

1925-1970
II.181 Italian Correspondence

2 of 2 folders. Primarily English summaries and notes written by Scolari Barr in 1991 for Italian correspondence. Note: should be used in conjunction with folder V.180.

1925-1991
II.182 Miscellaneous I Undated
II.183 Catherine Jackson

Personal note written on the back of a flyer for "A Course of Five Lectures on Modern Art By Professor Alfred H. Barr, Jr." at the Farnsworth Museum for the Department of Art at Wellesley College.

1929
II.184 Marie-Louise Jeanneret 1979
II.185 J. Stewart Johnson 1982
II.186 Philip Johnson

1 of 2 folders. Includes small black-and-white photograph of Johnson's Glass House (New Canaan, CT); reminiscence of Johnson written by Scolari Barr; and press clippings.

Undated
II.187 Philip Johnson

2 of 2 folders.

1976-1987
II.188 Barbara Webster Jones 1978-1982
II.189 Betsy Jones

Material added to this folder in 2022.

1978-1986
II.190 Miscellaneous J 1976
II.191 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler 1975-1979
II.192 Walter Kaiser 1958-1985
II.193 Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

1 of 3 folders.

1943-1944
II.194 Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

2 of 3 folders.

1943-1944
II.195 Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

3 of 3 folders.

1944-1986
II.196 "Kay" Undated
II.197 George Kennan 1979
II.198 Edward King 1940-1983
II.199 Ralph Kirkpatrick 1934-1978
II.200 Richard Koch 1978
II.201 Myrra Koening 1965-1966
II.202 Günther Kopcke 1976-1979
II.203 Rosalind Krauss 1980
II.204 Richard Krautheimer 1977-1986
II.205 Miscellaneous K 1977-1979
II.206 Shelia La Farge

1 of 6 folders

Undated
II.207 Sheila La Farge

2 of 6 folders

1953-1957
II.208 Sheila La Farge

3 of 6 folders.

1953-1958
II.209 Sheila La Farge

4 of 6 folders.

1959-1966
II.210 Sheila La Farge

5 of 6 folders.

1956-1983
II.211 Sheila La Farge

6 of 6 folders.

1982-1987
II.212 Abram Lerner 1974
II.213 Jay Leyda 1985-1986
II.214 Alexander Liberman Undated
II.215 William "Bill" Liberman 1946-1979
II.216 Fred Licht 1968-1986
II.217 Nina Lobanov 1982-1987
II.218 Janice Loeb 1936-1944
II.219 "Dr. Lipscomb" 1952-1957
II.220 Russell Lynes

Includes transcript of an interview with Frances Lindley.

1970-1983
II.221 Miscellaneous L 1970-1983
II.222 Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church 1977
II.223 Nicky Mariano 1936-1966
II.224 Alice Marquis 1986
II.225 Milford Martin 1986
II.226 Maria Martoni

Note: in Italian.

1925-1945
II.227 Pierre Matisse 1982
II.228 Roberto Matta 1941
II.229 Thomas Mabry 1941
II.230 Betty McAndrew 1978-1984
II.231 John McAndrew

1 of 2 folders.

1932-1952
II.232 John McAndrew

2 of 2 folders.

1932-1938
II.233 Arthur McComb

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1935-1965
II.234 Millard "Mig" Meiss

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1936-1972
II.235 Metropolitan Museum of Art 1986-1990
II.236 Joan Mertens 1965-1985
II.237 Franz Meyer 1931-946
II.238 J.E. Meyer 1975-1977
II.239 Dorothy Miller

Photocopy of memo to Dorothy Miller from MoMA Archivist Rona Roob with an attached copy of a letter from Alfred H. Barr, Jr. to Jere Abbott, dating from 1943.

1943-1985
II.240 Stephen Miller 1977
II.241 Mrs. S.M. Millner 1937
II.242 Miró Foundation Undated
II.243 Mitchell Prize 1977
II.244 Agnes Mongan

1 of 3 folders. Includes correspondence and lecture transcript from Mongan's 11th Annual Members Day Lecture at Smith College (April 20, 1983).

1934-1985
II.245 Agnes Mongan

2 of 3 folders.

1982-1983
II.246 Agnes Mongan

3 of 3 folders.

1985-1987
II.247 Bettine Montgrolle 1976-1984
II.248 Henry Moore

Includes handwritten letter to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Margaret Scolari Barr from January 14, 1947.

1947
II.249 Charles Rufus Morey 1925-1928
II.250 James Munn 1931
II.251 Miscellaneous M 1971-1984
II.252 The New Criterion

Includes letters to the editor written by Scolari Barr.

1986
II.253 Louise Nevelson 1972
II.254 Beaumont Newhall

View PDF of folder II.254

1945-1982
II.255 Victoria Newhouse 1978-1985
II.256 Cristo Giordano Nicoletti

1 of 3 folders. Note: all correspondence in Italian.

1921-1924
II.257 Cristo Giordano Nicoletti

2 of 3 folders. Note: all correspondence in Italian.

1921-1929
II.258 Cristo Giordano Nicoletti

3 of 3 folders. Also includes black-and-white photographs and newspaper clippings. Note: all correspondence in Italian.

1921-1930
II.259 Noble Horizons 1979-1984
II.260 Miscellaneous N 1965-1979
II.261 Philippa Offner 1946
II.262 Richard Offner

Includes a "Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting" (1930).

1935-1957
II.263 "Old Letters"

1 of 2 folders.

1925-1984
II.264 "Old Letters"

2 of 2 folders.

1941-1958
II.265 Richard Oldenburg 1979-1985
II.266 Isobel O'Neil 1979-1981
II.267 Méret Oppenheim 1978
II.268 Elodie Osborn

Includes "Reflections on Alfred H. Barr, Jr. on the ocassion of the 50th Anniversary of The Museum of Modern Art."

1980-1983
II.269 Roger Osborn 1969-1972
II.270 Miscellaneous O 1960-1981
II.271 Erwin Panofksy

1 of 2 folders.

View PDF of folder II.271

1933-1943
II.272 Erwin Panofsky

2 of 2 folders. Includes letters to former MoMA Archivist Rona Roob regarding donation of Scolari Barr/Panofsky letters to Princeton University (includes photocopies of said letters). Includes biographical writing on Charles Rufus Morey writen by Panofsky in 1955 for the American Philosophical Society, which has personal note to Scolari Barr and Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1954-1985
II.273 Roland Penrose 1982-1987
II.274 Daphne Phelps 1959-1982
II.275 Clive Phillpot 1978-1984
II.276 Jacqueline Picasso 1979
II.277 Leon Pomerance 1979
II.278 John Pope-Hennessy

Includes copy of essay titled, "Connoisseurship."

1964-1983
II.279 Portugal 1984
II.280 Postcards and Cards 1983-1985
II.281 Postcards

Primarily postcards to Scolari Barr from Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1924-1974
II.282 Prince Franz of Bavaria 1970
II.283 Princeton University 1933-1935
II.284 Miscellaneous P

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1936-1979
II.285 Leslie van Rensselaer White 1971-1972
II.286 John Rewald 1982-1986
II.287 Mary Rhodes No Date
II.288 Agnes Rindge 1927-1928
II.289 Edward Robinson 1927
II.290 Kevin Roche 1982
II.291 Abigail "Abby" Aldrich Rockefeller No Date
II.292 Blanchette Rockefeller 1962-1985
II.293 David Rockefeller 1967-1987
II.294 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1936
II.295 Nelson Rockefeller

Includes black-and-white photographs of Joan Miró paintings in Varengeville, France.

1951-1979
II.296 "Rome and Cemetery"

Correspondence dealing with Scolari Barr's mother's tomb and property in Rome. Note: most correspondence in Italian.

1948-1979
II.297 Rona Roob

1 of 5 folders.

1965-1986
II.298 Rona Roob

2 of 5 folders.

1973-1985
II.299 Rona Roob

3 of 5 folders. Includes handwritten letter to Roob from Louise Bourgeois.

1982-1986
II.300 Rona Roob

4 of 5 folder. Includes letter in which Scolari Barr recounts meetings with Picasso and Matisse.

1986
II.301 Rona Roob

5 of 5 folders.

1986-1987
II.302 Kay Rorimer 1982
II.303 Allen Rosenbaum 1987
II.304 Cary Ross

View PDF of folder II.304

1929-1930
II.305 William Rubin 1975-1986
II.306 Angelica Rudenstine 1977-1985
II.307 John Russell 1982
II.308 Miscellaneous R

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1982-1987
II.309 Aline Saarinen 1943-1944
II.310 Sabbatical Year

1 of 2 folders. Miscellaneous correspondence from Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s year of sabbatical from MoMA.

View PDF of folder II.310

1932-1933
II.311 Sabbatical Year

2 of 2 folders. Miscellaneous correspondence from Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s year of sabbatical from MoMA.

View PDF of folder II.311

1932-1933
II.312 Meyer Schapiro

Includes January-March 1932 issue of the Marxist Review, as well as architectural sketches.

1937-1974
II.313 Franz Schulze 1987
II.314 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

1 of 9 folders. Correspondence to and from Margaret Scolari Barr's mother (colloquially referred to as "Mav"). Includes letter from Magaret Scolari Barr to her mother asking for permission to marry Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1926-1930
II.315 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

2 of 9 folders. Envelopes only.

1926-1940
II.316 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

3 of 9 folders.

1925-1928
II.317 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

4 of 9 folders.

1929-1930
II.318 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

5 of 9 folders.

1933-1939
II.319 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

6 of 9 folders.

1939-1940
II.320 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

7 of 9 folders.

1940-1945
II.321 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

8 of 9 folders.

1940-1946
II.322 Mary (Fitzmaurice) Scolari

9 of 9 folders. Correspondence received after Mary Fitzmaurice Scolari's death.

1945-1946
II.323 Seurat (Concerning Seurat)

Includes correspondence on Seurat and an exhibition at the Kunsthalle.

1983-1984
II.324 Ethel Shein 1983
II.325 Shirley Smith 1945
II.326 Bob Sitton

Includes transcript of interview between Sitton and Margaret Scolari Barr.

1984-1985
II.327 Seymour Slive 1981
II.328 Louise Smith 1982
II.329 Craig Smyth 1982
II.330 Mary Jo Smyth 1978-1983
II.331 Alice Snyder 1932-1934
II.332 James Thrall Soby 1952-1961
II.333 Melissa Soby Undated
II.334 Peter Soby 1980
II.335 Sotheby's 1982
II.336 Spence School 1967
II.337 Philip Stapp 1981
II.338 Gail Stavitsky 1987-1988
II.339 Leo Steinberg 1957-1977
II.340 Frank Stella 1984
II.341 Stillwell 1982
II.342 Charlotte Stokes 1983
II.343 Frances Strauss

Also includes materials related to Walter S. Cook, including "An Early Aragonese Panel at Frankfurt am Main" (Cook, 1926).

1926-1986
II.344 Frances Strunsky 1930-1959
II.345 Janis Sydney 1982-1987
II.346 Leslie Switzler 1978
II.347 Miscellaneous S

Material added to this folder in 2022.

1940-1987
II.348 Randall Thompson 1935-1938
II.349 Virgil Thomson 1982
II.350 Jacopo Trivellato

Note: most correspondence in Italian.

1940-1983
II.351 Dimitri Tselos 1975
II.352 Marcia Tucker 1983-1985
II.353 Miscellaneous T

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1972-1986
II.354 Unidentified Correspondence

Material added to this folder in 2023.

1960-1985
II.355 Rose Valland

Correspondence pertaining to artists rescue operations (the Emergency Rescue Committee) during World War II. Note: in French.

1935-1940
II.356 Vassar 1928-1987
II.357 L. Vitali 1977-1984
II.358 Peter H. von Blackenhagen 1966-1984
II.359 Miscellaneous V 1980
II.360 Ernest Wald 1940
II.361 John Walker III 1935-1936
II.362 John Walsh 1983
II.363 Harry Weyhle 1929-1933
II.364 Betsey Whitney 1982
II.365 Stella Whittier 1933
II.366 Wilhelmina Feiner Undated
II.367 Alice Wohl 1977-1987
II.368 Alice Wolz 1982
II.369 Miscellaneous W 1931-1983
II.370 John Yeon 1942-1944
II.371 Miscellaneous Y 1980

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Series III: Publications, Writings, Lectures, and Research Files 1886-1989

Series III: Publications, Writings, Lectures and Research Files is divided into six subseries. The first subseries comprises general writings and research files while all the others are arranged according to specific publications. The subseries are arranged chronologically according to year of publication. The series required substantial arrangement by the processing archivist.

Subseries III.A: General Writing and Research Files 1886-1989

This subseries consists of research materials, including articles, correspondence, and notes related to short published articles by Margaret Scolari Barr, as well as unpublished writings and research materials. Included in this subseries is a final draft and newspaper clipping photocopy of Scolari Barr's review of the 1933 Triennale for The New York Times (August 6, 1933). In this "open letter," which ran with the headline "In the Triennale, International Style Triumphs," Scolari Barr praised several avant-garde Italian architects for working in the International Style. This subseries also comprises general writings and research files relating to Scolari Barr's participation in the Emergency Rescue Comittee, which helped European artists gain entry into the United States during World War II, as well as short reminiscences on early MoMA staff including Monroe Wheeler, Dorothy Miller, and Philip Johnson.

Folder Title Date
III.A.1* Press Clippings -- Cristo Giordano Nicoletti 1927
III.A.2 Dedalo 1933
III.A.3* The Saturday Review, Van Gogh 1933
III.A.4 New York Times "Open Letter"

Newspaper clipping photocopy and final draft of Margaret Scolari Barr's review of the 1933 Milan Triennale, published in the New York Times on August 6, 1933.

1933
III.A.5 "Articles and Radio Talks" 1933-1967
III.A.6 "Arthur Kingsley Porter" 1934
III.A.7 "Wartime Radio Talks" 1936
III.A.8 Magazine of Art

1 of 2 folders.

1938
III.A.9 Magazine of Art

2 of 2 folders.

1938
III.A.10 Notes Inserted In Books

Includes handwritten notes and ephemera previously inserted in Pascoli Giovanni's Lyra (1899); Fernanda Wittgens' Vincenzo Foppa (1949); Albert Pauphilet's Poètes et Romanciers du Moyen Age (1939); Bernard Berenson's Del Caravaggio delle sue Incongruenze e della sua Fama (1951). Also includes one program for Dessoff Choirs: Works by Orlandus Lassus(Town Hall New York, January 2, 1942).

1939-1952
III.A.11 "Poems and Quotations" 1940-1969
III.A.12* Press Clippings -- Bernard Berenson 1941-1962
III.A.13 The Independent School Bulletin

Includes "Why Not Teach History of Art" by Margaret Scolari Barr.

1950
III.A.14 "Matisse Talk" 1952-1953
III.A.15 "On Matisse" 1953-1987
III.A.16* Press Clippings -- Philip Johnson

Includes copy of Henry-Russell Hitchcock's profile on Johnson from The Architectural Review (April 1955).

1955-1978
III.A.17 Press Clippings -- A. Everett "Chick" Austin 1957
III.A.18 Arts Magazine

Arts Magazine, October 1961.

1961
III.A.19 "Picasso Lecture and Reminiscences" 1968-1973
III.A.20 "Pictures and Collectors That Got Away" 1975
III.A.21 Book Proposal on Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

Primarily correspondence.

1976
III.A.22 "Artists' Rescue" or the Emergency Rescue Committee

1 of 2 folders.

1979-1980
III.A.23 "Artists' Rescue" or the Emergency Rescue Committee

2 of 2 folders.

1980
III.A.24 Art News 1979
III.A.25 Archives of American Art 1982
III.A.26 Paul J. Sachs Research 1981
III.A.27 Princeton Course

Course materials for class at Princeton University with Sam Hunter and Rona Roob.

1982
III.A.28 Lecture on Florentine Floods 1983
III.A.29 "On Dorothy Miller" 1983
III.A.30 "On Monroe Wheeler" 1983
III.A.31 "On Cary Ross"

View PDF of folder III.A.31

1983
III.A.32 "Reminiscences" 1984
III.A.33 Autobiography Notes 1984
III.A.34 "Articles on Matisse, Picasso, and Japanese Prints" 1984
III.A.35 "Family Reminiscences" 1984
III.A.36 Hilton Kramer on T.J. Clark

Photocopy of Hilton Kramer's article, "T.J. Clark and the Marxist Critique of Modern Painting," which appeared in the The New Criterion in March 1985.

1985
III.A.37* Press Clippings -- Agnes Mongan 1985
III.A.38 "On Philip Johnson" 1986
III.A.39 "Conversation with Nancy Richardson" 1986
III.A.40 "Memories" 1986-1989
III.A.41 "On Matisse and Picasso" Undated
III.A.42 Picasso Lecture

1 of 2 folders.

Undated
III.A.43* Picasso Lecture

2 of 2 folders.

Undated
III.A.44 "Landscape and Weather in the Sixteenth Century" Undated
III.A.45 Peter von Blanckenhagen Undated
III.A.46 Notes on Dante's Inferno Undated
III.A.47 "On Teaching and Education" Undated
III.A.48 "Conventions" Undated
III.A.49 "On Iris Barry" Undated
III.A.50 Image Reproductions

1 of 4 folders. Includes carte-de-visites from Europe.

Undated
III.A.51 Image Reproductions

2 of 4 folders.

Undated
III.A.52 Image Reproductions

3 of 4 folders.

Undated
III.A.53 Image Reproductions

4 of 3 folders.

Undated
III.A.54 Vocabulary Cards Undated

Subseries III.B: Vatican Obelisk Translation 1949-1963

This small subseries contains research files and drafts from Scolari Barr's translation of the article, "Of the Moving of the Vatican Obelisk and of the Edifices of Our Lord Pope Sixtus V," from Italian to English. It is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
III.B.1 Notes and Research

1 of 3 folders.

1949
III.B.2 Notes and Research

2 of 3 folders. Includes several articles on obelisks.

1949-1961
III.B.3 Notes and Research

3 of 3 folders.

Undated
III.B.4 Princeton University Press 1961
III.B.5 Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1963
III.B.6 Vatican Exhibition 1983
III.B.7 "Of the Moving of the Vatican Obelisk and of the Edifices of Our Lord Pope Sixtus V" 1983
III.B.8 First Draft Undated
III.B.9 Second Draft Undated
III.B.10 Photographs and Negatives Undated

Subseries III.C: Medardo Rosso 1886-1984

Subseries III.C: Medardo Rosso is comprised of over a dozen research files. The material found in these folders contain photocopies of archival material, such as photocopies of letters in Rosso's hand and secondary scholarship on the Italian sculptor. These documents were the material basis for Scolari Barr's two publications on the artist. "Medardo Rosso and his Dutch Patroness Etha Fles," published in the magazine for L' Arte, and her now-definitive monograph on the sculptor, Medardo Rosso, published in conjunction with a retrospective of the artist's work at MoMA, were both published in 1963. Scolari Barr's work on Rosso, perhaps more than any other piece of writing, showcases her abilities as a scholar and a writer and her research files on the subject are important not only in that they provide useful archival material on the under-appreciated Italian sculptor, but also because they reveal Scolari Barr's research and writing processes.

Folder Title Date
III.C.1 Research Files

1 of 13 folders. Original folder marked "Opinion, 1886."

1886
III.C.2 Research Files

2 of 13 folders. Includes photocopy of Frances Keyzer's "The King" (1904).

1904
III.C.3 Research Files

3 of 13 folders. Materials from Medardo Rosso: Impressions exhibition of 1906 at Eugene Cremetti, 44 Dover Street.

View PDF of folder III.C.3

1906
III.C.4 Research Files

4 of 13 folders. Includes photocopies of Medardo Rosso letters.

1906-1959
III.C.5 Research Files

5 of 13 folders. Photocopies of Louis Piérard's Un Sculpteur Impressionniste (1909).

1909
III.C.6 Research Files

6 of 13 folders.

View PDF of folder III.C.6

1911
III.C.7 Research Files

7 of 13 folders. "Les Archives Bibliographiques Contemporains."

Undated
III.C.8 Research Files

8 of 13 folders. "Entwickelungsgeschichte der Modernen Kunst."

Undated
III.C.9 Research Files

9 of 13 folders.

View PDF of folder III.C.9

Undated
III.C.10 Research Files

10 of 13 folders. Incudes photocopies of letters from Medardo Rosso.

Undated
III.C.11 Research Files

11 of 13 folders.

View PDF of folder III.C.11

Undated
III.C.12 Research Files

12 of 12 folders.

View PDF of folder III.C.12

Undated
III.C.13* Research Files

13 of 13 folders.

View PDF of folder III.C.13*

Undated
III.C.14 L'arte 1958
III.C.15 Arts

Several copies of December 1959 issue of Arts, which an includes article on Medardo Rosso by Hilton Kramer.

1959
III.C.16 "Printed Material"

Includes catalog for "the first exhibition in America of sculpture by Medardo Rosso" at Pridot Gallery (NYC) and a copy of Arts Magazine, October 1963.

1959-1971
III.C.17 "Lamberto Vitali Material"

View PDF of folder III.C.17

1959-1979
III.C.18 "Medardo Rosso and his Dutch Patroness Etha Fles"

1 of 2 folders. Research materials.

1960-1978
III.C.19 "Medardo Rosso and his Dutch Patroness Etha Fles"

2 of 2 folders. Research materials.

Undated
III.C.20 "La prima attività di Medardo Rosso e i suoi rapporti con l'ambiente milanese" 1961
III.C.21 Pre-book Correspondence

Includes editorial letter from James Soby and edited copy of Scolari Barr's "Medardo Rosso and his Dutch Patroness Etha Fles."

View PDF of folder III.C.21

1962
III.C.22 I "Ritorni" di Medardo Rosso e Due Bronzi Giovanili 1962
III.C.23 Medardo Rosso

Includes two copies of Medardo Rosso monograph by Scolari Barr as well as exhibition brouchures.

1963
III.C.24 Slides 1963
III.C.25 Post-publication Material

1 of 2 folders. Primarly articles and press clippings on Medardo Rosso.

View PDF of folder III.C.25

1963-1964
III.C.26 Post-publication Material

2 of 2 folders. Includes correspondence in both English and Italian.

View PDF of folder III.C.26

1963-1984

Subseries III.D: Jean-Étienne Liotard 1978-1987

Subseries III.D: Jean-Étienne Liotard is a small series comprised of research materials on the eighteenth-century Swiss-French painter. It contains travel information from a research trip that Scolari Barr took to Geneva, as well as research notes and correspondence. Scolari Barr never published on Liotard. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
III.D.1 L'Opera Completa di Liotard

Copy of L'Opera di Completa Liotard with introduction by Renée Loche and Marcel Roethlisberger and published by Rizzoli Editore.

1978
III.D.2 Publications 1978-1980
III.D.3 Geneva Travel Information 1979-1980
III.D.4 Correspondence and Notes 1979-1980
III.D.5 Notebooks 1980
III.D.6 Reproductions 1980

Subseries III.E: Defining Modern Art: Selected Writings of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. 1979-1987

Subseries III.E: Defining Modern Art: Selected Writings on Alfred H. Barr, Jr. is a small subseries that primarily includes correspondence with publishers interested in compiling and publishing Margaret Scolari Barr's husband's writings.

Folder Title Date
III.E.1 Correspondence

1 of 4 folders. Original folder marked: "AHB Anthology: The Beginnings, 1979-1983. Re: The Book That Became Defining Modern Art."

1979-1983
III.E.2 Correspondence

2 of 4 folders.

1979-1986
III.E.3 Correspondence

3 of 4 folders.

1981
III.E.4 Correspondence

4 of 4 folders. Includes publishing agreement.

1984-1986
III.E.5 Alfred H.Barr, Jr. -- Irving Sandler Interview 1984
III.E.6 "Bibliography and Abrams Material" 1984-1987

Subseries III.F: "Our Campaigns" in The New Criterion 1925-1989

Subseries III.F: "Our Campaigns" contains all the research material for the chronology of the Barrs' campaigns together between the 1930s and 1940s. The chronology was published in a 1987 special edition of New Criterion, edited by Hilton Kramer. Scolari Barr co-authored these chronicles with then MoMA Archivist Rona Roob. The documents contained within this subseries include early biographical information on both Margaret and Alfred as well as materials that record crucial moments in their careers, such as a flyer for Barr's lecture series "Dogma and Practice in Modern Art" at Bryn Mawr college in the 1920s and a letter from Dorothy Miller from 1982 in which she recalls Barr's dismissal from the Museum in 1943. Also included are what Scolari Barr referred to as "Mini-Profiles." These are short descriptions and memories of key figures who were also involved in the early "campaigns" with the Barrs. The series contains profiles on Chick Austin, Stephen Clark, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, John McAndrew, Agnes Mongan, Agnes Rindge, James Thrall Soby, and Curt Valentin. Numerous drafts of the chronology and publication-related correspondence are also included in this subseries. The folder arrangement of the subseries mimics the chronology presented in the magazine and is thus arranged, more or less, chronologically.

Folder Title Date
III.F.1 Chronology Research

1 of 3 folders.

1980-1986
III.F.2 Chronology Research

2 of 3 folders.

1980-1986
III.F.3 Chronology Research

3 of 3 folders. Box with envelopes filled with index cards with chronology information.

See also: III.F.93 and III.F.94

III.F.4 1902-1921: Early Years 1986
III.F.5 1902-1929: Early Years

1 of 2 folders.

1986
III.F.6 1902-1929: Early Years

2 of 2 folders.

1986
III.F.7 1902-1943: Draft of Early Chronology 1986
III.F.8 1902-1981: Chronology 1986
III.F.9 1902-1982: Chronology

"The Shoebox": an index card chronology of the Barr "Campaigns" starting in 1902 with the birth of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Begun by Margaret Scolari Barr in 1978-1979. It was constantly tweaked, corrected, and verified by former MoMA Archivist Rona Roob.

1979-1987
III.F.10 1918-1925: Alfred H. Barr, Jr. School Years

1 of 2 folders.

1918-1986
III.F.11 1918-1925: Alfred H. Barr, Jr. School Years

2 of 2 folders. Princeton University Catalogues.

1918-1925
III.F.12 1920-1929: Early Life Chronology 1987
III.F.13 1920-1929: Books on Modern Art

List of selection of books on modern art available to Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in the 1920s. Compiled by Museum Archivist Rona Roob in 1982.

1982
III.F.14 1920-1949: Chronology

Includes flyer for Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s lecture series, "Dogma and Practice in Modern Art," at Bryn Mawr College.

1925-1930
III.F.15 1922-1927: Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Grant and Scholarship Applications undated
III.F.16 1922-1930: Early Chronology 1929-1985
III.F.17 1924-1957: Correspondence

Primarily contains photocopies of letters from Alfred H. Barr, Jr. to his parents.

1982-1986
III.F.18 1927: Chronology

Memories of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. as told to Margaret Scolari Barr by John McAndrew.

1976
III.F.19 1927: Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Dutch Diary 1978
III.F.20 1929-1935: Chronology

Includes notes from Jere Abbott.

1981-1986
III.F.21 1929-1942: Chronology 1982-1985
III.F.22 1929-1943: Business Card 1929-1943
III.F.23 1930-1939: Chronology

1 of 2 folders.

1939-1981
III.F.24 1930-1939: Chronology

2 of 2 folders.

1985
III.F.25 1930-1943: Chronology

1 of 3 folders.

1974-1985
III.F.26 1930-1943: Chronology

2 of 3 folders.

1985
III.F.27 1930-1943: Chronology

3 of 3 folders.

1985
III.F.28 1930-1943: Reminiscences undated
III.F.29 1930-1948: Paris 1978
III.F.30 1930-1959: Chronology 1974-1980
III.F.31 1933: Chronology undated
III.F.32 1935: Chronology 1985-1988
III.F.33 1935-1943: Chronology undated
III.F.34 1940-1949: Chronology

1 of 2 folders.

undated
III.F.35 1940-1949: Chronology

2 of 2 folders.

undated
III.F.36 1940-1979: Correspondence 1940-1979
III.F.37 1941-1943: Chronology 1941-1943
III.F.38 1943: Chronology

1 of 3 folders.

1984-1985
III.F.39 1943: Chronology

2 of 3 folders.

1984-1985
III.F.40 1943: Chronology

3 of 3 folders.

1983-1984
III.F.41 1943: Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Dismissal

Includes photocopies of letters between Stephen Clark and Alfred H. Barr, Jr. regarding his dismissal from the Museum in 1943.

1983-1984
III.F.42 1943: War Department

Includes correspondence about Alfred H. Barr Jr.'s interest in assisting the War Department's Civil Affairs Division during World War II.

1943
III.F.43 1943-1944: Museum Crisis

Includes photocopy of document written by Margaret Scolari Barr contesting the dismissal of her husband. Also includes letter from Dorothy Miller (1982) with recollection of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s dismissal.

1983-1985
III.F.44 1944: Chronology

1 of 2 folders.

1944-1985
III.F.45 1944: Chronology

2 of 2 folders.

1944-1985
III.F.46 1944-1946: Firing 1980-1985
III.F.47 1944-1959: Chronology 1986
III.F.48 1945-1959: Chronology

1 of 2 folders.

1986
III.F.49 1945-1959: Chronology

2 of 2 folders.

1945-1985
III.F.50 1948-1959: Final Edits

Final edits for 1948 and 1959.

1985-1987
III.F.51 1949: Chronology

"Museum Acquires Picasso of Foremost Importance" MoMA press release (July 26, 1949).

1949
III.F.52 1950-1959: Chronology 1980-1985
III.F.53 1950-1975: Chronology 1980-1985
III.F.54 1958-1959: Russia

Includes chronology research and text pertaining to Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s trip to Russia in 1959.

1980-1985
III.F.55 1959: Datebook

Photocopy of Scolari Barr's 1959 datebook.

1980-1985
III.F.56 1960-1966: Chronology 1961-1985
III.F.57 1960-1978: Chronology
III.F.58 1967-1976: Chronology 1980-1985
III.F.59 1980-1981: "Nuggets" in "Our Campaigns" 1980-1985
III.F.60 "Mini-Profiles" 1987
III.F.61 "Mini-Profiles: Arthur Everett "Chick" Austin, Jr."

Includes photocopies of correspondence between Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Chick Austin from 1935-1939.

III.F.62 "Mini-Profiles: Artists' Rescue"

Draft of Scolari Barr's "Rescuing Artists in W.W.II" (January 7, 1980).

1980
III.F.63 "Mini-Profiles: Bernard Berenson"

Handwritten notes on Berenson by Scolari Barr.

III.F.64 "Mini-Profiles: Stephen Clark"

Research material on Stephen Clark.

1985
III.F.65 "Mini-Profiles: Ralph Colin and John Loeb" 1986
III.F.66 "Mini-Profiles: Henry-Russell Hitchcock"

Includes photocopy of handwritten letter from Hitchcock to Barr from 1939 regarding MoMA building design.

III.F.67 "Mini-Profiles: Philip Johnson"
III.F.68 "Mini-Profiles: John McAndrew"
III.F.69 "Mini-Profiles: Agnes Mongan"

Facsimiles of correspondence between Scolari Barr and Mongan.

1982-1983
III.F.70 "Mini-Profiles: J.B. Neumann" 1987
III.F.71 "Mini-Profiles: Agnes Rindge"

Facsimilies of correspondence relating to the termination of Rindge at MoMA.

III.F.72 "Mini-Profiles: Angelica Rudenstine" 1987
III.F.73 "Mini-Profiles: Frances Strunsky"
III.F.74 "Mini-Profiles: Mary Sullivan"
III.F.75 "Mini-Profiles: James Thrall Soby"

Includes black-and-white photographs.

1951-1988
III.F.76 "Mini-Profiles: Curt Valentin" 1983
III.F.77* Second Draft

1 of 5 folders.

1987
III.F.78* Second Draft

2 of 5 folders.

1987
III.F.79* Second Draft

3 of 5 folders.

1987
III.F.80* Second Draft

4 of 5 folders.

1987
III.F.81* Second Draft

5 of 5 folders.

1987
III.F.82 Correspondence

1 of 7 folders. Correspondence related to publication of Barr chronology in The New Criterion.

1974-1987
III.F.83 Correspondence

2 of 7 folders.

1979-1984
III.F.84 Correspondence

3 of 7 folders.

1985-1986
III.F.85 Correspondence

4 of 7 folders. Includes correspondence with The New Criterion editor Hilton Kramer.

1985-1987
III.F.86 Correspondence

5 of 7 folders. Post-publication correspondence.

1987
III.F.87 Correspondence

6 of 7 folders. Post-publication correspondence.

1987
III.F.88 Correspondence

7 of 7 folders. Post-publication correspondence.

1987
III.F.89 Copyright and Legal

1 of 2 folders.

1985
III.F.90 Copyright and Legal

2 of 2 folders.

1987-1989
III.F.91 The New York Times Review

Facsimile of John Russell's review, "Visionary Curator, Cautionary Tale," The New York Times, July 26, 1987.

See also: III.F.94 for the original clipping.

1987
III.F.92 "MSB Chronology"

Drafts of sections of Margaret Scolari Barr's chronology, from Dorothy C. Miller's files, with Miller's corrections annotated. Also includes correspondence from Barr to Miller and Miller's notes.

This folder was added in 2023.

1982
III.F.93 Monawee Richards's Research File on Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

Monawee Richards assisted Marga Barr in compiling bibliographic information on Alfred H. Barr, Jr. This file also contains a few mentions of works in Alfred and Marga's personal collection.

This folder was added in 2023.

1971-1980
III.F.94 Monawee Richards's Research File on Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

Monawee Richards assisted Marga Barr in compiling bibliographic information on Alfred H. Barr, Jr. This file also includes an original clipping of the facsimile in III.F.91 and a press release from Nelson A. Rockefeller announcing the production of art books and reproductions of art from his personal collection in 1978.

This folder was added in 2023.

1947-1981

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Series IV: Museum Matters 1928-1983

Series IV: Museum Matters is a series that came to the Museum as a distinct group, with folders marked generally as "MoMA." While the original folders have largely been maintained, they have been given new titles that more aptly reflect their contents. Researchers should note, however, that MoMA-related materials can be found in nearly all series in the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers and are not limited to this series exclusively.

Folder Title Date
IV.1 "Greetings from the House of Weyhe" 1928
IV.2 Invoices

Includes invoice for books from Stuttgart made out to the Museum of Modern Art. Note: in German.

1933
IV.3 Simone Kahn

Includes series of correspondence between Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Simone Kahn regarding the purchase of Joan Miró's The Hunter (Catalan Landscape). Note: some correspondence in French.

1937-1991
IV.4 Correspondence

Includes series of correspondence and memoranda concerning the discharge of John McAndrew from MoMA. Also includes photocopy of letter from Alfred H. Barr, Jr. to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller regarding the potential purchase of Pablo Picasso's Minotauromachy.

1940-1984
IV.5 Italian Addresses

List of addresses of artists and critics in Italy. Used on Museum research trip for Twentieth-Century Italian Art Exhibition (MoMA Exh. #413).

1948
IV.6 Press Clippings

Includes Grace Glueck's "Modern Museum Head Hopeful Despite Setback from Court" (New York Times, August 7, 1978) and William C. Seitz's "The New Perceptual Art" (Vogue, February 1965). Also includes facsimiles of Robert Hughes' "Modernism: What Alfred Barr Saw" (Esquire, 1983); Hilton Kramer's "Russian Modernists and The Revolution" (The New York Times, November 19, 1978); and Russell Lynes' "How the Museum of Modern Art Survived the Fire" (1973).

1965-1981
IV.7 Ludwig Glaeser

"Conversation with Alfred Barr on the design of the MoMA building" memorandum.

1968
IV.8 Invitations and Programs

Includes an invitation to Henry-Russell Hithcock's 80th birthday; an invitation to the opening of the new MoMA galleries and sculpture garden; as well as a program for a posthumous tribute event for René d'Harnoncourt in MoMA's sculpture garden on October 8, 1968.

1968-1983
IV.9 Gallery Dedication Attendee List

Guest list for dedication of galleries in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and René d'Harnoncourt. Also includes invitation.

1975
IV.10 Royalties for What is Modern Painting

Correspondence.

1975-1983
IV.11 Gifts to MoMA

"Acknowledgement of Disposition" form detailing works donated to MoMA by the Barrs. Including: an untitled drawing by Pablo Picasso, a gouache by Georgiy Teptsov, a pencil and gouache by Boris Vako, and a catalog of drawings by various Russian artists (including Lyubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova and Alexander Vesnin).

1976
IV.12 Art News

One copy of "The Museum of Modern Art at 50" edition of Art News (October 1979).

1979
IV.13 Paul Klee, Man with Top Hat 1982
IV.14 Monawee Richards's Files Re: Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s Office and Papers

Mostly correspondence between Marga Barr and Monawee Richards, who was assisting Marga with office and personal matters, including surveying AHB's files for the eventual creation of his archives.

Original folder title: "AHB Office: 1970s (c. 1972-78)"

This folder was added in 2023.

Restricted material removed: Acquisitions correspondence.

1972-1978

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Series V: Photographs and Scrapbooks 1874-1976

Series V: Photographs and Scrapbooks include hundreds of black-and-white photographs that document the entirety of Scolari Barr's life (1901-1987). Most photographs contained in the series are informal and personal in nature. Several early albums offer researchers a unique view into Scolari Barr's life in Italy before her immigration to the United States and marriage to Alfred. Of course, her life with Alfred and her daughter Victoria is also well documented as there are dozens of photographs from their summers in Greensboro, Vermont and trips home to Italy. While many of the photographs reveal to us today the informal and personal moments of the Barrs' life together, important MoMA-related events are also well documented in the series. Photographs of the Barrs with Philip Johnson in Cortona, Italy in 1932; the opening of MoMA's Twentieth-Century Italian Art Exhibition in 1949; the Barrs with Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline Roque in Cannes, France in 1956; and Alfred's birthday party, which coincided with the rehanging of the MoMA's collection in 1976, stand out as highlights.

Many photographs came mounted on scrapbooking paper that has become quite brittle over time. To maintain both the structural integrity and informational content of these pages they have been encapsulated in preservation-grade polyester sleeves. Unattached photographs have been encapsulated individually and placed between original album pages. Their current arrangement reflects the original order of the photo albums. Researchers should be sure to handle these pages with care and be careful to maintain their order. The series is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
V.1 "Mav, Aunt Katie, Aunt Elsie"

Family portraits.

1874
V.2 Miscellaneous Photographs

Includes black-and-white photographs of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Margaet Scolari Barr on Welfare Island (now Roosevelt Island). Also includes family portraits and passport photographs.

1895-1985
V.3 "Early Family Photographs" 1900-1924
V.4 Family Photographs, Portraits, and Travel Snapshots

Includes a black-and-white photograph from anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Central Park, which also includes banner of Pablo Picasso's Guernica; black-and-white family photograph with Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Margaret Scolari Barr, and Victoria Barr from 1952 (marked on verso as: "from Roland Penrose Scrapbook"); and small black-and-white portrait of Bernard Berenson.

1909-1973
V.5 Scrapbook

Scrapbook with black-and-white photographs from Italy. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1915-1920
V.6 "Early Alfred"

Six sepia-toned portraits of a young Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1918
V.7 Scrapbook

Album of travel snapshots. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1920-1929
V.8* Scrapbook

Album that includes black-and-white snapshots from Margaret Scolari Barr's tenure at Vassar College. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1925
V.9* Snapshots and Portraits

Includes black-and-white photographs of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Margaret Scolari Barr working together in 1971; black-and-white photograph of Barr in Stockbridge, MA, by Russell Lynes (1969); and black-and-white photorgraph of Barr, Scolari Barr, Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline Roque at Picasso's home, "La Californie," from July 1956.

1928-1973
V.10 Scrapbook

Photo album that includes early images of Margaret Scolari Barr and Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1928-1932
V.11 Scrapbook

Scrapbook that includes photographs from summer travels (with Philip Johnson) to Rome, St. Anton am Arlberg, and Stuttgart. Also includes photographs from visit to 1933 Milian Triennale.

1932-1933
V.12 Scrapbook

Scrapbook with travel photos, predominately of architectural sites in Europe. Also includes photographs from 1933 Milan Triennale. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1933
V.13* Scrapbook

1 of 2 folders. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1935-1937
V.14* Scrapbook

2 of 2 folders. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1935-1937
V.15 "Tory and Marga" taken by Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

Family snapshots. Handle with care.

1930-1939
V.16 Press Clippings from Scrapbooks 1937
V.17 "Marga's Mother" 1938
V.18* Loose Scrapbook Pages

1 of 3 folders.

1933-1948
V.19* Loose Scrapbook Pages

2 of 3 folders.

1938-1943
V.20* Loose Scrapbook Pages

3 of 3 folders

1940
V.21 "Dalí Opening"

Includes black-and-white photograph of Margaret Scolari Barr with Salvador Dalí.

1939
V.22 "Photos of Tory" 1939
V.23 "Spence Photos"

School pictures of Spence School students.

1940-1949
V.24* Scrapbooks

1 of 3 folders. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1941-1944
V.25* Scrapbooks

2 of 3 folders. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1941-1944
V.26* Scrapbooks

3 of 3 folders. Note: fragile. Handle with care.

1941-1944
V.27 "Bassano, Italy" 1940-1949
V.28 "La Rotunda" 1940-1949
V.29 "Padua, Italy" 1940-1949
V.30 Palazzo Borghese 1940-1949
V.31 "Ferrara Castle" 1940-1949
V.32 "San Quirico d'Orcia" 1940-1949
V.33 "Miscellaneous Italy" 1940-1949
V.34 "Switzerland" 1940-1949
V.35 Andrew Barr and Family 1945
V.36 "Post-WWII"

Includes snapshots and Christmas cards.

1945-1980
V.37 Italy 1948
V.38 Peggy Guggenheim

Includes black-and-white photograph of the Barrs with Peggy Guggenheim outside Venice pavilion in 1948.

1948
V.39 Greensboro, VT 1948-1959
V.40 "Photographs from 1948-1949"

Includes black-and-white photograph of Olga Hirsch (Mrs. Simon Guggenheim), Alfred H,.Barr, Jr., and Italian ambassador Alberto Tarchiani at the opening of MoMA's Twentieth-Century Italian Art Exhibition (June 28, 1949).

1948-1949
V.41 Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in Barcelona 1950-1959
V.42 "Peru" 1952-1957
V.43 "France"

Small black-and-white architectural snapshots.

1955
V.44 "Italy" 1955
V.45 Rockport, MA 1956-1957
V.46 Norwegian Postcards 1956
V.47 Russia 1959
V.48 Iceland 1961
V.49 Nantucket, MA 1963
V.50 Argentina 1966
V.51 Spain

Sixteen color slides.

1967
V.52 Slides 1967
V.53 "Marga's Cat"

Thirty-nine color slides.

1967
V.54 "Glass House, New Canaan"

Nine color snapshots of the grounds surrounding Philip Johnson's Glass House.

1968
V.55 "Alfred"

Series of black-and-white portraits.

1969
V.56 "Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Stockbridge Portraits"

Three black-and-white portraits of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. from Stockbridge, MA (1969).

1969
V.57 Italy 1969
V.58 "S. Ivo" 1969
V.59 Stockbridge, MA 1969
V.60 "Spring" 1970
V.61 Christmas 1971
V.62 Sarasota, FL 1972-1974
V.63 Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. - Greece 1973
V.64 Crete 1973
V.65 Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s Birthday

Black-and-white snapshots from Barr's birthday party, which was combined with the rehanging of MoMA's collection in June 1976.

1976
V.66 Jere Abbott Undated
V.67* Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

Oversized black-and-white portraits.

Undated
V.68 Beekman Place Undated
V.69 Car Undated
V.70 Desk Undated
V.71 Fitzmaurice Family Undated
V.72 Florida with the d'Harnoncourts

Six color snapshots.

Undated
V.73 Greensboro, VT

Material added to this folder in 2023.

Undated
V.74 Interior Apartment Photos

1 of 2 folders.

Undated
V.75* Interior Apartment Photos

2 of 2 folders. Includes black-and-white photographs showing the interior of the Barrs' apartment, displaying furniture and personal art collection.

Undated
V.76 Isola Bella Undated
V.77 Man Ray

Portrait of Paul Éluard by Man Ray.

Undated
V.78 Notes

Loose handwritten notes, in unidentified hand, pertaining to photographs from 1938-1941

Undated
V.79 Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia Undated
V.80 Pablo Picasso's Pregnant Woman

Black-and-white portrait of Louise Smith with Picasso's Pregnant Woman.

Undated
V.81 "Portugal -- First Trip" Undated
V.82* Scrapbook

Note: fragile. Handle with care.

Undated
V.83 Salisbury and Stonehenge Undated
V.84 "Slides" Undated
V.85 Unidentified Film Cannister Undated

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Series VI: Notebooks and Datebooks 1948-1987

Series VI: Notebooks and Datebooks comprises travel notebooks, daily calendars, and miscellaneous notebooks dating 1948 from 1987. They are written almost exclusively in Scolari Barr's hand and are arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
VI.1* Address Books

1 of 4 boxes. Loose papers in box originally folded and tucked into back cover of address book. Note: extremely fragile, handle with care.

1957-1959
VI.2* Address Books

2 of 4 boxes. Loose papers in box originally found folded in adress book. Note: fragile, handle with care.

1980-1982
VI.3 Address Books

3 of 4 boxes. Contains four small address books. Note: fragile, handle with care.

Undated
VI.4 Address Books

4 of 4 boxes. Box of address cards arranged alphabetically.

Undated
VI.5 Agendas, Travel Diaries, and Address Books

Includes Margaret Scolari Barr's address book (no date, note: fragile). Also includes yearly agendas and travel diaries for 1948, 1958-1968, 1970-1982, and a small yellow spiral notebook with financial notes from 1968-1975.

1948-1982
VI.6 Hellenistic Art, Peter von Blanckenhagen

Contains two notebooks.

1965
VI.7 "Ara Pacis" 1959
VI.8 Notebooks

1 of 8 folders. Contains two notebooks.

1975-1984
VI.9 Notebooks

2 of 8 folders.

1978
VI.10 Notebooks

2 of 6 folders.

1984-1986
VI.11 Notebooks

3 of 6 folders.

Undated
VI.12 Notebooks

4 of 6 folders.

Undated
VI.13 Notebooks

5 of 6 folders.

Undated
VI.14 Notebooks

6 of 6 folders. Contains two notebooks.

Undated
VI.15 Notebooks

Conatins four notebooks.

Undated
VI.16 Desk Calendar 1979-1983
VI.17 Museum of Modern Art Staff Telephone Directory 1980
VI.18 Notes from "Listings of Income Notebook" 1978-1980
VI.19 Daily Calendars

1986 and 1987 calendars.

1986-1987
VI.20 Peter von Blanckenhagen Notes

1 of 2 folders. Includes two spiral-bound notebooks.

Undated
VI.21 Peter von Blanckenhagen Notes

2 of 2 folders. Includes two small spiral-bound notebooks.

Undated
VI.22 Phone Numbers Undated
VI.23 Erwin Panofsky

Includes four small spiral-bound notebooks.

View PDF of folder VI.23

Undated

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Series VII: Barr Art Collection 1940-1987

Series VII: Barr Art Collection contains important documentation on the Barrs' personal art collection, which included works by Giacomo Balla, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Paul Éluard and Valentine Hugo, Kazimir Malevich, and Morris Graves. Included in this series is a list of works in the collection, as well as a substantial amount of legal correspondence concerning appraisal estimates and tax information. Loan and photography requests from outside institutions and parties are also present. Many of these works now reside in museums permanently and those researchers interested in issues of provenance are sure to find this series of use. Lastly, this series raises questions on the issue of taste and may be useful to those concerned with the topic in relationship to the acquisition and purchasing practices of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Folder Title Date
VII.1 Arcimboldo

Includes correspondence and loan forms.

1986-1987
VII.2 Art Dealers Association Undated
VII.3 Assets and Art Collection Undated
VII.4 "Asset Descriptions and Locations" Undated
VII.5 Giacomo Balla

Includes correspondence relating to Giacomo Balla's Lampada and study for Swifts.

1971
VII.6 Victoria Barr 1980
VII.7 Contracts 1988
VII.8 Correspondence

1 of 2 folders. Includes appraisal information.

1977-1982
VII.9 Correspondence

2 of 2 folders.

1989
VII.10 Correspondence, Lists, Photographs, Clippings 1982-1985
VII.11 Correspondence: David Abramson

Includes documentation of payments made to the estate of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1977-1982
VII.12 Correspondence: David Abramson, Allen Rosenbaum, Samuel Shaw, Gene Thaw

Legal and financial correspondence.

1978-1986
VII.13 Correspondence: David Abramson, William Spears

Includes collection appraisal materials.

1978-1985
VII.14 Correspondence: Ralph Colin 1977-1979
VII.15 Correspondence: Richard Salomon

Correspondence regarding the transfer of ownership of Morris Graves' Shore Birds to Victoria Barr.

1976-1983
VII.16 Correspondence: Meyer Schapiro 1976
VII.17 Correspondence: Eugene Thaw

Includes collection appraisal information.

1974-1982
VII.18 Correspondence: Walter Yohalem 1977-1981
VII.19 "Disposal of Collection to Museums and Auctions" 1978-1983
VII.20 Ex Libris

Includes correspondence regarding the appraisal of the Barrs' collection of drawings and illustrated books.

1976-1984
VII.21 Hauswedell and Nolte 1982-1986
VII.22 Invoices and Memoranda

Includes list of art works removed from Alfred H. Barr, Jr.'s MoMA office in 1972.

1964-1987
VII.23 Paul Klee's Man in a Top Hat and Vasily Sitnikov's Hillock

Includes deed of gift for Klee's Man in a Top Hat to MoMA from Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1964-1976
VII.24 Loan and Photography Requests: A-D

1 of 4 folders.

1961-1974
VII.25 Loan and Photography Requests: E-P

2 of 4 folders.

1940-1971
VII.26 Loan and Photography Requests: O-Z

3 of 4 folders.

1959-1971
VII.27 Loan and Photography Requests: Miscellaneous

4 of 4 folders.

1960-1985
VII.28 Kazimir Malevich 1981
VII.29 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Correspondence and black-and-white photograph of an ivory horn from Gabon, given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Margaret Scolari Barr in 1986.

1986
VII.30 The Museum of Modern Art

Correspondence and legal documents regarding an unpublished etching by Valentine Hugo from the book Les Animaux et Leurs Hommes by Paul Éluard (1937).

1986
VII.31 The Museum of Natural History 1984
VII.32 Philadelphia Museum of Art

Includes correspondence regarding the donation of a German woodcut from 1483.

1984-1985
VII.33 Pablo Picasso's Minotauromachy

Includes correspondence relating to the donation of Picasso's Minotauromachy to Princeton University.

1979-1987
VII.34 Smith College Art Museum 1983
VII.35 Yves Tanguy

Documents and correspondence pertaining to the condition and sale of Yves Tanguy's The Lovers.

1974-1985
VII.36 Vassar College 1983-1986
VII.37 Salvador Dali

Three sheets of paper with photographs of the Salvador Dali drawings in the collection of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

This folder was added in 2023.

undated

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Series VIII: Financial and Legal Documents 1953-1988

Series IX: Financial and Legal Documents contains correspondence, property appraisals, wills, and tax documents. The series is restricted until 2040.

Folder Title Date
VIII.1 "Bank Book" 1953-1956
VIII.2 Victoria Barr

1 of 2 folders.

1975-1981
VIII.3 Victoria Barr

2 of 2 folders.

1978-1987
VIII.4 Correspondence

1 of 2 folders.

1946-1877
VIII.5 Correspondence

2 of 2 folders.

1959-1981
VIII.6 Barr Estate

1 of 5 folders.

1968-1986
VIII.7 Barr Estate

2 of 5 folders.

1981-1985
VIII.8 Barr Estate

3 of 5 folders.

1981-1989
VIII.9 Barr Estate

4 of 5 folders.

1986-1987
VIII.10 Barr Estate

5 of 5 folders.

1987-1988
VIII.11 Bills Undated
VIII.12 Tax Documents

1 of 6 folders. 1981 tax return.

1981
VIII.13 Tax Documents

2 of 6 folders.

1982
VIII.14 Tax Documents

3 of 6 folders.

1982
VIII.15 Tax Documents

4 of 6 folders.

1984
VIII.16 Tax Documents

5 of 6 folders.

1984
VIII.17 Tax Documents

5 of 6 folders.

1986
VIII.18 Will

1 of 2 folders.

1981-1985
VIII.19 Will

2 of 2 folders.

1984

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Series IX: Miscellaneous 1933-1986

The subjects presented within Series IX: Miscellaneous vary in their scope, but most folders speak generally to the domestic and social worlds through which Margaret Scolari Barr moved. The series consists predominately of the kinds of personal papers one collects during everyday life: receipts, bills, deeds of ownership, Christmas cards, phone numbers, invitations, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and recipes. Several folders focus on matters relating to the Barrs' properties in both New York City and Greensboro, Vermont. Taken together the materials in this series help to paint a picture of Margaret Scolari Barr's everyday life, especially her life outside of The Museum of Modern Art.

Also included in this series are materials that speak to Scolari Barr's close relationship with MoMA's first Archivist, Rona Roob. This was a crucial relationship that deserves scholarly attention in large part because Roob was instrumental in preserving the Barrs' legacy in the MoMA Archives. From 1961-1965, Roob worked as Alfred's assistant. In 1979, Roob conducted confidential research on Pablo Picasso's Guernica for MoMA and the Spanish government. After successfully completing this project Scolari Barr suggested to the Museum Board that Roob be hired as the Museum's Archivist, a position Roob held until 1998. The close relationship between Roob and Scolari Barr is evidenced in Series IX: Miscellaneous by a grant and book proposal developed by Roob titled "Margaret Scolari Barr and Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: Chronicle of a Partnership." Other documents that speak to the closeness of this friendship include a series of correspondence denoting Roob as a beneficiary in Scolari Barr's will after her death. Series IX is arranged chronologically.

Folder Title Date
IX.1 96th Street Apartment

1 of 2 folders. Correspondence.

1981-1985
IX.2 96th Street Apartment

2 of 2 folders. Includes documents pertaining to the building's co-op board.

1984-1986
IX.3 Addresses and Business Cards 1936-1954
IX.4 Charles Eliot Norton Lecture at Harvard University

Frank Stella lecture transcript.

1982-1984
IX.5 Der Führer spricht (The Führer Speaks!)

Small flip book with the title Der Führer spricht (The Führer Speaks!) animating a speech given by Adolf Hitler at a National Socialist party-rally in 1933. Original folder marked: "Hitler, Very Precious." (An additional copy can be found in the Alred H. Barr, Jr. Papers). Additional copy found in the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Papers, I.B.44.

1933
IX.6 Exhibition and Gallery Announcements 1970-1986
IX.7 Exercises Undated
IX.8 Greensboro, Vermont

1 of 6 folders.

1941-1950
IX.9 Greensboro, Vermont

2 of 6 folders.

1945-1985
IX.10 Greensboro, Vermont

3 of 6 folders. Includes appraisal and deed documentation.

1945-1987
IX.11 Greensboro, Vermont

4 of 6 folders. Marked "handyman."

1982-1985
IX.12 Greensboro, Vermont

5 of 6 folders. Index card with list of books once held in the Barr's Greensboro home.

Undated
IX.13* Greensboro, Vermont

6 of 6 folders. Architectural blueprints.

Undated
IX.14 Household Accounts 1939-1944
IX.15 Invitations and Programs

Includes program for Col. W. de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at the Metropolitcan Opera House (1935-1936) and invitation for a Joan Miró exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery (June 18, 1983).

1935-1983
IX.16 Illustrations and Reproductions

1 of 2 folders.

1948-1970
IX.17 Illustrations and Reproductions

2 of 2 folders.

Undated
IX.18 Lists 1979-1982
IX.19 Lists: Christmas Cards 1987
IX.20 Lists: Christmas Gifts

Includes 1964 photographic Christmas card from David Rockefeller and his family.

1961-1986
IX.21 Lists: Mailing 1978-1982
IX.22 Lists: Social 1938-1970
IX.23 Maps

1 of 4 folders.

1973
IX.24 Maps

2 of 4 folders.

1969
IX.25 Maps

3 of 4 folders.

1970-1971
IX.26 Maps

4 of 4 folders.

Undated
IX.27 Passports

1 of 2 folders.

1929-1955
IX.28 Passports

2 of 2 folders.

1960-1981
IX.29 Phone Numbers Undated
IX.30 Precious Jewelry Undated
IX.31 Press Clippings

1 of 9 folders.

1933-1978
IX.32 Press Clippings

2 of 9 folders.

1944-1981
IX.33* Press Clippings

3 of 9 folders.

1946-1984
IX.34* Press Clippings

4 of 9 folders.

1952
IX.35 Press Clippings

5 of 9 folders.

1952-1983
IX.36 Press Clippings

6 of 9 folders.

1952-1985
IX.37 Press Clippings

7 of 9 folders. Includes copies of The New Yorker from December 12, 1953, which contains profile on Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

1953
IX.38* Press Clippings

8 of 9 folders. Art and exhibition reviews from The New York Times.

1969-1970
IX.39 Press Clippings

9 of 9 folders.

1972-1985
IX.40 Receipts 1962-1986
IX.41 Recipes

1 of 3 folders.

Undated
IX.42 Recipes

2 of 3 folders.

Undated
IX.43 Recipes

3 of 3 folders. Box of loose recipe clippings originally collected in a binder, which was disposed of for preservation purposes.

Undated
IX.44 Rona Roob

1 of 2 folders. Correspondence regarding Roob being a beneficiary in Scolari Barr's will.

Undated
IX.45 Rona Roob

2 of 2 folders. Book and grant proposal for "Margaret Scolari and Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: Chronicle of a Partnership."

Undated
IX.46 Stationary Undated
IX.47 Travel Brochures & Documents

1 of 8 folders.

1962-1969
IX.48 Travel Brochures & Documents

2 of 8 folders.

1963-1982
IX.49 Travel Brochures & Documents

3 of 8 folders.

1968-1978
IX.50 Travel Brochures & Documents

4 of 8 folders.

1972-1973
IX.51 Travel Brochures & Documents

5 of 8 folders.

Undated
IX.52 Travel Brochures & Documents

6 of 8 folders.

Undated
IX.53 Travel Brochures & Documents

7 of 8 folders.

Undated
IX.54 Travel Brochures & Documents

8 of 8 folders.

Undated
IX.55 Victoria Barr: "Remarks to T" 1968-1986

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Box and Folder List

File numbers marked by an asterisk (*) indicate oversize material that has been separated to the end of the collection. Researchers should include the asterisk when issuing a request for such material.
Series Folder Range Box
I.A 2-5 1
I.B 1-2, 4-7 1
I.C 1-12 2
I.D 1-9, 11-13 3
I.E 1-3 3
I.F 1-3 3
II 1-25 4
II 26a-45 5
II 46-84 6
II 85-108 7
II 109-154 8
II 155-192 9
II 193-214 10
II 215-244 11
II 245-271 12
II 272-298 13
II 299-317 14
II 318-329 15
II 330-356 16
II 357-371 17
III.A 2, 4-11, 13-15, 17-23 18
III.A 24-36, 38-41 19
III.A 42, 44-53 20
III.A 54 21
III.B 1-10 22
III.C 1-12, 14-16 23
III.C 17-26 24
III.D 1-6 25
III.E 1-6 26
III.F 1-2, 4-8, 10-15 27
III.F 3 28
III.F 9 29
III.F 16-28 30
III.F 29-41 31
III.F 42-60 32
III.F 61-76, 82-91 33
III.F 92-94 34
IV 1-14 34
V 1-7 35
V 10-12, 15-17, 21-23 36
V 27-65 37
V 66, 68-74, 76-81, 83-85 38
VI 3 39
VI 4 40
VI 5 41
VI 6-11 42
VI 12-15, 17-19 43
VI 16 44
VI 20-23 45
VII 1-25 46
VII 26-37 47
VIII 1-13 48
VIII 14-19 49
IX 1-12, 14-16 50
IX 17-24 51
IX 25-32, 35 52
IX 36-37, 39-42, 44-48 53
IX 43 54
IX 49-55 55
I.B I.B.3* 56
I.D I.D.10* 56
III.A 1*, 3*, 12*, 16*, 37*, 43* 57
III.C 13* 57
III.F 77*-81* 58
V 8*-9*, 13*-14* 59
V 18*-20 60
V 24*-26*, 67*, 75*, 82* 61
VI 1*-2* 62
IX 33*-34* 63


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