Michael Lekakis papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.lekamich
Creators:
Lekakis, Michael, 1907-
Dates:
1940-1990
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
(on 2 microfilm reels)
0.4 Linear feet
Addition
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence; U.S. Army records; postcards; telegrams; a monologue; photographs; catalogs; clippings; and publications.
Scope and Contents
REEL N69-131: U.S. Army records commenting on Lekakis' work in camouflage during World War II; 11 letters, postcards and telegrams, 1951-1963, from Marion and E.E. Cummings concerning translations, from U.S.I.S. officers, and from the Baltimore Museum of Art, the last concerning a Lekakis painting rejected by the Trustees; a xerox monologue, "Medea at Corinth," by Joseph Freeman, and a comment on Lekakis by Henry Gilford; photographs; catalogs; and clippings.
Scope and Contents
REELS 3090-3091: Papers pertaining to poets Charles Olson and Ezra Pound. Included are 12 letters and postcards from Olson, a letter from the University of Connecticut Archives requesting information about Olson, and two publications (Y & X, 1948 and Right Angle, 1949) which contain poems by Olson. In addition there are 32 letters and postcards, 1953-1958, from Ezra Pound, two letters from Dorothy Pound, and a letter from James Johnson Sweeney to Ezra Pound about the possibility of acquiring Lekakis's sculpture for the Guggenheim.
Scope and Contents
ADDITION: Biographical information, including records from the memorial service for Lekakis held at the Art Students League, March 6, 1988; clippings, 1962-1988; exhibition announcements, 1946-1990, and catalogs, 1980-1988; poems by Lekakis; and a transcript of a Voice of America radio interview.

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

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels N69-131 and 3090-3091 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Cummings & Pound letters: Originals returned to Michael Lekakis after microfilming.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1969-1978 by Michael Lekakis, except for Cummings & Pound letters which were returned to Lekakis after microfilming, and in 1992 by Catherine Lekakis Hios, sister of Michael Lekakis.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Poets Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freeman, Joseph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gilford, Henry Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Olson, Charles, 1910-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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