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Rockwell Kent papers, 1885-1970

Series XV: Additions to the Collection

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Box 45 Folder 1 Kent, Rockwell. Correspondence with Dale Nichols. 1953-1971, 25 t.l.s. in 1 ringed binder.

Box 45 Folder 2 Kent, Rockwell. To Robert Poehler, 2 t.l.s., 1968 and 1969

Box 45 Folder 3 Kent, Rockwell. To "Arthur", 1 t.l.s., 25 November 1948

Box 45 Folder 4 Kent, Rockwell. To Robert S. Poehler, t.l.s., 1 page, December 27, 1968

Box 45 Folder 5 Kent, Rockwell. To Thomas Maloney, 2 t.l.s., 6 February and 13 March 1956

Box 45 Folder 5 Kent, Rockwell. To Thomas Brendel Brumbaugh, 2 t.l.s., 2 June 1966 and 30 August 1967

Box 45 Folder 6 Kent, Rockwell. To Arthur Price, 29 April 1942

Box 45 Folder 7 Kent, Rockwell. To Arthur Price at Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Chicago, 6 t.l.s., 4 April 1942-16 December 1947

Box 45 Folder 10 Kent, Rockwell to "Walter", 1950 January 1

Box 45 Folder 11 Kent, Rockwell to Goodman, M.Y., 1961 April 5

Box 45 Folder 12 Kent, Rockwell to Cutcliffe, Mr., 1962 October 15

Box 45 Folder 13 Kent, Rockwell to Thomajan, Puzant Kevork, 1970 June 18

Box 46 Folder 1 Typed letter signed To E.R. Brown at the Branden Press in Bostonone, Ausable Forks, New York, 30 June 1965.

On letterhead featuring his personal red tree woodcut design, concerning illustrative work: ". .. the manuscript of Mr. Abbe's book ... is being read aloud to me --and to herself --by my wife. We are thrilled by what we have read so far, but I must beg your indulgence of us for the time such reading will necessitate. I will write to Mr. Abbe when we shall have read far enough in it for me to know whether I have drawings that might serve to illustrate it." Kent did indeed furnish illustrations for George Abbe's The Non-Cottformist: The Autobiography ifa Lonscience, which was issued by the Branden Press in 1966.

Box 46 Folder 2 Typed letter signed To Arthur Price, 29 April 1942

On Kent's personal letterhead (incorporating a small design of a tree, printed in red) of Ausable Forks, New York. In the advertising department at Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Chicago, reporting: "Inspiration takes time, or, rather, leisure; and I have been so overwhelmed by commissions that demand little inspiration, but that may furnish the means for that needed leisure, that I haven't been able to give Sears, Roebuck's cover problem more than a comer in the back of my mind. I can blame it all on our war effort. Apparently, the only way an artist can serve his country now is by doing something else. My 'something else' is milk production .... To enlarge my bam I have had to accept every job that came along. . .. Do you remember my speaking to you about a collection of Kentiana that was consigned to me. . .. One box must weigh 150 or 200 lbs. And there's a smaller package. They are here unopened. If you'll come and see me some time, we'll open them together and have a good time about it. ..."

Box 46 Folder 3 Typed letter signed To Walter E. Koons, 27 January 1933

On letterhead decorated with his personalized red tree woodcut design, Ausable Forks, New York. Replying in full: "I am sending you my definition of music, although on seeing Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt's name in your list I was almost inclined to throw your letter in the waste-basket. It is of course understood that you will print my little contribution in full or not at all"

Box 46 Folder 4 Typed letters (5) signed ("Affectionately, Rockwell"), 5 February 1959 through 6 February 1961

On letterhead featuring his personal red tree woodcut design, Ausable Forks, with three typed envelopes (one featuring his "on Earth Peace" dove stamp; addressed variously: Mrs. Marion William Edgerton, Mrs. Marian Rigg Edgerton and Mrs. H. C. Foley; one torn open; usual postmarks; minor wear). Mostly relating to his travels in the Soviet Union, touching briefly upon artistic, political, personal and social endeavors: "[14 July 1959] ... In a few days we go abroad again --this time first to Vienna, where, along with, 1 must admit, such distinguished Russians as Ulanova, Shostakovich, Oistakh, Gilels and maybe others, and a number of worth-while men and women of other nationalities (I will be the only American) I am to serve on the Fine Arts jury of the great Youth Festival. The Festival will be attended by talented delegations of Youth from virtually every country in the world --even, and despite the displeasure of our State Department, America. . .. It happens that in Rumania, at a certain institution there, they have discovered the nearest thing to a Fountain Of Youth. I think of going there to quaff it. And if I do, look outL ..." ; "[12 Jan. 1960] ... I am delighted that you want some peace seals. . .. It is a hopeful year for peace, and you had better be on the alert to shut your eyes and ears to the Russian arts, for we are going to see more and more of them in this country. Maybe they will help drive our Micky Spi11anes under cover --and I don't mean book covers. . .. It has been far too cold for me to try my wings, because if I am to model myself on the classic cupids I would of course have to fly around naked. But I guess the cupids, or angels, are hidden from mortal eyes. At least I haven't seen any yet. ..." "[14 March 1960] .... [W]e have just been invited by the Ambassador to attend the gala opening of the Georgian Dancers at the Metropolitan Opera House this coming Sunday .... [W]e made another trip to New York, this one two weeks ago. . .. I had to chair a luncheon affair, and because of the overflow subscription to it, a dinner right upon its heels. Going through the same performance twice on the same day is thoroughly nauseating ...."; and "[6 Feb. 1961] ... [W]e had a wonderful time in the Soviet Union and ... we have had a hell of a time ever since trying not only to catch up with the accumulation of mail that awaited us but keep pace with the deluge of fan mail from Russia that keeps pouring in. This prophet is certainly not without honor somewhere. . .. [I]f I am too late now to wish you a happy New Year, I can at least wish you a happy ten months and twenty-three days of this hopeful year of 1961 --hopeful in that we haven't Nixon as President...."

Box 46 Folder 5 Memorandum, signed with initials svj, To Mr. Seagrave re. Rockwell Kent cuts, 6 February 1931. 1 page.

Discussing the Kent cuts, and a large manila envelope from the Morton Sundour Co. Inc. [noted for interior design} addressed to Cleveland Randall at the Strauss Bldg. [The New Straus Building Fifth Avenue at Forty Sixth Street, New York City. It was built by S.W. Straus the leading mortgage bond brokerage firm in New York City.]

The letter also states Doremus paid Kent and Lankes a total of $4.040.00.


Box 46 Folder 3 "What is Music?". Typed manuscript, comprising 16 lines, which he has signed at the bottom

"Man is a product of experience, a living organism, finely adapted to the conditions of life, and attuned to the prevailing order of the universe as his senses apprehend it. Aesthetics are inherent to that order; they are its coraliary. With faculties minutely sensitive to these prevailing laws man uses them to re-create more poignantly - more humanely, at least - a portion of his universe; he gives expression, form, to mental imagery. And that, achieved - in painting, sculpture, music, writing and the rest - is Art."

During the 1930s, Walter E. Koons was Music Supervisor for the National Broadcasting Company, New York. In preparation for a book he was writing, Koons wrote to many (over 170) notable figures (Einstein, Shaw, Aldous Huxley, etc.) asking them "Will you please give me your definition of music --not just your appreciation of music-making nor your reactions to it, but whal musk(in the abstract) means you.


Box 45 Folder 4 Publisher's contract for "It's Me O Lord" December 9, 1953, signed by Kent; plus unsigned contact; plus 2 invoices.


Box 46 Folder 5 Lankes, J.J. 19 of the 28 Drawings by Kent cut in wood. All were made for the Doremus advertising agency in New York, founded in 1903.

The numbers of the plates in the Dan Burne Jones bibliography are: 602,605,618,596,598,595,615,616,603,669,695,694,697,611, 612,671,639,610,606.


Box 45 Folder 8 Folder of mounted photographs of Kent


Box 45 Folder 9 2 brochures