Morris W. Primoff papers relating to Thomas Hart Benton

Collection ID:
Primoff, Morris W.
Physical Description:
20 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence and printed material concerning Thomas Hart Benton.
Scope and Contents
Correspondence includes letters, 1950-1965, between Benton and Morris W. Primoff, of Primoff & Primoff, Counselors at Law. Letters concern the "Lewis family" gift of Benton's painting "Island Farm" to Morris W. Primoff; a Benton exhibition at the Gerst Gallery in New York; tax laws concnerning unsold works of art in artists' estates; a proposed book on Benton by Crown Publishers, Inc.; and Benton's expedition up the Missouri River following the trail of Lewis and Clark. Also included are a letter from Benton's wife Rita to Polly and Murray (Morris) Primoff thanking them for attending Benton's exhibition opening in New Britain, 1954; and a letter from Polly Burroughs concerning a book on Benton, 1978. Printed material includes the catalog "Thomas Hart Benton: A Giant in American Art", 1962, and newspaper clippings.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Primoff: Attorney; New York, N.Y.; b. 1899; d. 1986; Benton: Painter, mural painter; New York, N.Y.; b. 1889; d. 1975.

Existence and Location of Copies
Primoff's outgoing letters are photocopies.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2006 Barbara and L. Robert Primoff, daughter-in-law and son of Morris W. Primoff.

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

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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