Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gatcleep
Creators:
Gatch, Lee, 1902-1968
Dates:
1925-1979
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Linear foot
(partially microfilmed on 5 reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, notebooks, writings, photographs, catalogs and other publications.
Scope and Contents
REEL D160: Letters from Gatch's dealer J.B. Neumann, detailing his financial difficulties, Marian Willard of Willard Gallery, collector Duncan Phillips, who discusses a catalog he is writing on Gatch, and painter and collector Max Kahn; photographs of Gatch, ca. 1934; a commonplace book, 1925-1937, which also includes food recipes and an inventory of Gatch's paintings; clippings; and catalogs.
Scope and Contents
REEL NLG-1: Mainly correspondence with Phillip Bruno of World House Galleries concerning the pricing and delivery of paintings. Gatch comments specifically on "Veronica's Veil" and "Gothic Night." Also included are social notes from Elsie Driggs Gatch to Josephine Bruno, playbills from performances of Merriman Gatch, clippings, and photographs.
Scope and Contents
REEL N69-137: an autobiographical sketch; letters, 1934-1965, from Lewis Mumford, Katharine Kuh, and others, commending his work, from J.B. Neumann and Duncan Phillips, discussing sales of his painting, and from Max Kahn, commenting generally on art matters; brief essays by Gatch on his paintings "Jurassic Frieze" and "World's End," and the development of his painting; a book of poems inscribed by the author, Power Dalton; and catalogs.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1: Letters to Elsie Driggs, 1934-1935, commenting on his art theories, his plans for Yaddo, and his financial situation; an exchange between Gatch and Bruno, commenting on his use of texture; one letter from Duncan Phillips, discussing an article he is preparing on Gatch. Also, a typescript comment by Gatch on the aim of his art, a certificate from the New York Institute of Mechanics, 1941, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters citation, 1965.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2812: 36 photographs of Gatch, his homes, and studios, ca. 1927-1963; 3 exhibition catalogs; and a letter, February 8, 1979, from Robert J. Koenig to Merriman Gatch regarding "The Acrobats" by her father.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Photographs, printed material, several letters, a student notebook, and memorabilia.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; New York, N.Y.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels D160, NLG-1, N69-137, 1, and 2812 available for use at all Archives of American Art offices.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1963-1979 by Gatch and his wife Elsie Driggs Gatch, except for material on reel NLG-1, which was lent for microfilming, as well as portions of the unmicrofilmed material, which were donated 1971 by Mrs. Leonard Strauss (6 snapshots), who was working on a master's thesis on Gatch, and by Gatch's sister, Sister Mary Rachel Gatch (2 letters, and printed material).

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, Modern -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Willard, Marian, 1904- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Driggs, Elsie, 1898-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kahn, Max Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kuh, Katharine Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World House Galleries Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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