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Jane Sabersky Papers

in The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Museum of Modern Art Archives
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
© 2007
The Museum of Modern Art Museum Archives
Finding aid prepared by the Museum Archives.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sabersky, Jane
Title: Jane Sabersky Papers
Inclusive Dates: ca. 1950s - 1970s
Quantity: 0 Linear Feet
One 5" document box

Biographical Note

Jane Sabersky was born in Munich, Germany on May 26, 1911. She emigrated to the United States in 1939 and served for four years as assistant to the influential art dealer Curt Valentin. In 1945 she joined the Department of Ciculating Exhibitions at MoMA where she worked for ten years, first as Supervisor and later as Assistant Director. She later worked for Knoedler & Co. Inc., The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Vassar College Art Gallery. Jane Sabersky died on January 23, 1983.

Scope and Content Note

The Papers (One 5" document box) include material relating to unrealized exhibitions (photographs, correspondence, proposals,) collecting and dealing in art (typescripts of speeches, notes), and general correspondence. The majority of the Papers date from 1950-1970.


Access Restrictions

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

Ownership and Literary Rights

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

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons and Organizations:
Sabersky, Jane

Related Collections at MoMA and Elsewhere

Related material concerning Museum exhibitions can be found in the Public Information Scrapbooks, the Department of Circulating Exhibition Records and the papers of the International Council Exhibitions. This material can be accessed through the Museum Archives.

Secondary source material can be found in the Artist Files in the Museum Library.

Removed Material

Materials identified as Series I and Series III.C, were removed from this collection. See notes below for further information.

Administrative Information


The Papers were given to the Museum Library in June, 1983 by the Estate of Jane Sabersky through the offices of John Torson. They were transferred to the Museum Archives during the summer of 1997.

Preferred Citation

Jane Sabersky Papers, [folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Container List

Label Texts Written by Sabersky for MoMA Dept. of Circulating Exhibitions 1950-1955

Folder Title Date
I Circulating Exhibition Labels

Series I: Labels for exhibition nos. 420, 427, 428, 438, 448, 450, 460, 462, 468, 469, 470, 488, 498, and 500.

Removed and integrated into the proper folders in the Department of Circulating Exhibitions Records.


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Series II: Material Related to Unrealized Exhibition Projects

Folder Title Date
II.A Neo-Romantic Exhibition (Canceled)

Princeton U. Art Gallery? Essay by "Genia"? Correspondence suggesting other essayists.

II.B Contemporary Sculpture & New Structural Concepts

Essay (with drafts) and photographs for unrealized(?) project.

II.C Sculpture Exhibition

Preliminary notes and photographs for a three-part exhibition focusing on "the bloc, the line and the emancipation of the line."

II.D.1 Exhibition of Modern Paintings "Copied" from Earlier Works of Art: Photographs
II.D.2 Exhibition of Modern Paintings "Copied" from Earlier Works of Art: Proposal & Drafts
II.D.3 Exhibition of Modern Paintings "Copied" from Earlier Works of Art: Proposal Letter

Letter proposing exhibition to the Bollingen Foundation.

II.D.4 Exhibition of Modern Paintings "Copied" from Earlier Works of Art: Memos

Memos to MoMA Circulating Exhibition staff proposing exhibition.

II.D.5 Exhibition of Modern Paintings "Copied" from Earlier Works of Art: Listing

Listing from Felton (Gibbons?) of drawing considered for inclusion in exhibition.


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Material Related to the Business of Collecting and Dealing Art

Folder Title
III.A Typescript of Slide Talk on Art Dealing
III.B Typescript of Speech on the Position Fulfilled by Art Dealers
III.C.1 Notes on Collectors and Collecting: Mimeographed List of Collections Visited under the Auspices of MoMA

Removed and integrated into MoMA files.

III.C.2 Notes on Collectors and Collecting: Handwritten Notes and Catalogues of Collections


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Series IV: Ney Letters

Folder Title Date
IV.1 Letters and Notes from Elizabeth and Ernst Wilhelm Ney

Included photographs, clippings, announcement of E.W. Ney's death and testimonies to the artist.


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Series V: Employment Letters

Folder Title Date
V.1 Letters Reltaing to Possible Employment for Sabersky with MoMA 1956-1957

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