Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Kramer, Hilton, 1928-2012
Title
Hilton Kramer papers
ID
M252
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1960-2002
Date [inclusive]
1950-2002, undated
Extent
35.0 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Chiefly professional papers documenting Hilton Kramer's career as art critic for a number of newspapers and periodicals, including the New York Times (1965-1982), as author of several monographs on art history, and as contributor to numerous other publications.

Preferred Citation

Hilton Kramer Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note

Hilton Kramer was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on March 25, 1928. He was graduated from Syracuse University in 1950 and did post-graduate work at the New School for Social Research (1950), Columbia University (1951), Harvard University (1951), and the Indiana University (1952). In 1953 the Partisan Review published his first piece of art criticism. His first appointment was as editor for Arts Magazine, where he worked from 1955-1961. He then served as art critic for the Nation (1962-1963) and as art critic and associate editor for the New Leader (1964-1965). In 1965, Kramer began a nearly twenty-year association with the New York Times, initially as art news editor, then, beginning in 1973, as art critic. In 1982 Kramer left the Times to co-found and edit his own magazine, the New Criterion, with Samuel Lipman. Today he continues as editor and publisher at the New Criterion and also serves as art critic for the New York Observor. Throughout his professional career, Kramer has lectured frequently at academic institutions and museums. He has also served on the faculty at the Indiana University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Bennington College, and Yale University's School of Drama. Additionally he has sat on the board of trustees for the New York Studio School. Kramer has been a contributor to many publications, including Commentary, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Partisan Review, Modern Painters, the London Times Literary Supplement, the New York Post ("Times Watch" and "Media Watch" series) and Arts and Antiques. In 1970, Kramer received the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Prize for Critics of the Fine Arts. In 1973 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities from Syracuse University and in 2004 was a National Endowment for the Humanities medalist. Hilton Kramer died on March 26, 2012; he is survived by his wife, Esta Kramer (nee Teich)


Scope and Content

Chiefly professional papers (bulk 1960-2002) documenting Kramer's career as art critic for a number of newspapers and periodicals, including the New York Times (1965-1982), as author of several monographs on art history and as contributor to numerous other publications. Included are correspondence, subject files, newspaper and other clippings, published works, art exhibition files, and typescript drafts. Both subject files and "writings" files often include background information, such as articles written by others, museum and gallery catalogs, photoprints, and manuscript notes. Notable correspondents include Ansel Adams (August 14, 1977); Robert Altman (January 18, 1977); Josephine Herbst (for whose estate Kramer served as executor); Gregory Masurovsky; and Robert Motherwell (June 11, 1969; October 3, 1976; July 5, 1977; October 14, 1982; December 22, 1982; May 8, 1985). Frequent correspondents include Stanley Burnshaw, Daniel Curley, Joseph (Mike) Epstein, Elinor Langer, James Lord, Aleksis Rannit, Howard Rogovin, Roger W. Straus, Jr., Jerry L. Thompson, and Eliot Wagner. Absent from the collection are files documenting Kramer's involvement with the New Criterion.


Arrangement

Organized into four series: Correspondence, 1950-2002, n.d.; Subject Files, 1961-2000, n.d.; Writings, 1950-2000, n.d.; and Newspaper Clippings, 1960-2000.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Copyright

Copyright retained by the Hilton Kramer Estate.


Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Adams, Ansel, -- 1902- -- Correspondence.
  • Adams, Ansel, -- 1902-
  • Altman, Robert, -- 1925-2006 -- Correspondence.
  • Altman, Robert, -- 1925-2006.
  • Burnshaw, Stanley, -- 1906- -- Correspondence.
  • Burnshaw, Stanley, -- 1906-
  • Curley, Daniel -- Correspondence.
  • Curley, Daniel.
  • Epstein, Joseph, -- 1937- -- Correspondence.
  • Epstein, Joseph, -- 1937-
  • Herbst, Josephine, -- 1892-1969 -- Correspondence.
  • Herbst, Josephine, -- 1892-1969.
  • Kramer, Hilton -- Archives.
  • Langer, Elinor, -- 1939- -- Correspondence.
  • Langer, Elinor, -- 1939-
  • Lord, James -- Correspondence.
  • Lord, James.
  • Masurovsky, Gregory, -- 1930- -- Correspondence.
  • Masurovsky, Gregory, -- 1930-
  • Motherwell, Robert -- Correspondence.
  • Motherwell, Robert.
  • Rannit, Aleksis -- Correspondence.
  • Rannit, Aleksis.
  • Rogovin, Howard -- Correspondence.
  • Rogovin, Howard.
  • Strauss, Roger W., -- Jr. -- Correspondence.
  • Strauss, Roger W., -- Jr.
  • Thompson, Jerry L. -- Correspondence.
  • Thompson, Jerry L.
  • Wagner, Eliot -- Correspondence.
  • Wagner, Eliot.

Subject(s)

  • Art criticism -- United States.
  • Art Critics -- United States -- Sources.
  • Art, Modern -- 19th Century.
  • Art, Modern -- 20th Century.
  • Fine Arts
  • Languages and Literature
  • Painting -- Exhibitions.

Collection Inventory

 M252.1 Correspondence, 1950-2002, n.d.   2.5 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains correspondence both to and from Hilton Kramer. Because Kramer's personal and professional lives intertwine, letters often contain both personal and professional content. While the letters reflect a myriad of topics, many letters request Kramer's participation in events or solicit writings for publication; some small number include his replies. There are a number of letters written to Kramer upon his resignation from the "New York Times". There is frequent correspondence with a small number of close friends of Kramer including Joseph Epstein, Stanley Burnshaw, and Daniel Curley. Kramer had a long friendship with the writer Josephine Herbst and served as executor of her estate (both personal and literary) upon her death in 1969. There are numerous letters between Kramer and Herbst, as well as letters between Kramer and various individuals with interests in Herbst's estate.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

1950 - 1955 

1 2

1956 - 1958 

1 3

1959 

1 4

1960 Jan - Mar 

1 5

1960 Apr - Jun 

1 6

1960 Jul - Dec 

1 7

1961 Jan - Jun 

1 8

1961 Jul - Dec 

1 9

1962 Jan - Jun 

1 10

1962 Jul - Oct 

1 11

1962 Nov - Dec 

1 12

1963 

1 13

1964 

1 14

1965 Jan - Jul 

1 15

1965 Aug - Dec 

1 16

1966 Jan - Mar 

1 17

1966 Apr - Jun 

1 18

1966 Jul - Dec 

1 19

1967 Jan - Jun 

1 20

1967 Jul - Oct 

1 21

1967 Nov - Dec 

1 22

1968 Jan - Mar 

1 23

1968 Apr - Jun 

1 24

1968 Jul - Sep 

1 25

1968 Oct - Dec 

1 26

1969 Jan - Jun 

1 27

1969 Jul - Dec 

2 1

1970 Jan - Feb 

2 2

1970 Mar - Apr 

2 3

1970 May - Dec 

2 4

1971 Jan - Jun 

2 5

1971 Jul - Aug 

2 6

1917 Sep - Dec 

2 7

1972 Jan - Apr 

2 8

1972 May - Jun 

2 9

1972 Jul - Aug 

2 10

1972 Sep - Oct 

2 11

1972 Nov - Dec 

2 12

1973 Jan - Feb 

2 13

1973 Mar - Jun 

2 14

1973 Jul - Sep 

2 15

1973 Oct - Nov 

2 16

1973 Dec 

2 17

1974 Jan - Feb 

2 18

1974 Mar - Jun 

2 19

1974 Jul - Aug 

2 20

1974 Sep - Dec 

2 21

1975 Jan - May 

2 22

1975 Jun - Jul 

2 23

1975 Aug - Dec 

2 24

1976 Jan - Jun 

2 25

1976 Jul - Sep 

2 26

1976 Oct 

2 27

1976 Nov - Dec 

2 28

1977 Jan - Mar 

2 29

1977 Apr - May 

2 30

1977 Jun - Jul 

2 31

1977 Aug - Dec 

3 1

1978 Jan - Jun 

3 2

1978 Jul - Dec 

3 3

1979 Jan - Jun 

3 4

1979 Jul - Sep 

3 5

1979 Oct - Dec 

3 6

1980 Jan - Jul 

3 7

1980 Aug - Dec 

3 8

1981 Jan - May 

3 9

1981 Jun - Dec 

3 10

1982 Jan - Feb 

3 11

1982 Mar - Jun 

3 12

1982 Jul - Sep 

3 13

1982 Oct - Dec 

3 14

1983 

3 15

1984 

3 16

1985 

3 17

1986 

3 18

1987 - 1989 

3 19

1990's 

3 20

2000 

3 21

2001 

3 22

2002 

3 23-25

undated 

3 26

Yale letters (No copying) 


 M252.2 Subject Files, 1961-2000, n.d.   7.0 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by name or topic.

Series Description:

This series contains exhibition catalogs, slides, press releases, photographs, and articles. Presumably, much of the information in the files reflects research for articles written by Kramer (some of these articles may be found in the Writings series). The subject files also contain many photographic prints of artwork and a number of files relating to Josephine Herbst, both under her own name and under the name of her biographer, Elinor Langer. There are also scattered materials of a more biographical nature, including Kramer's curriculum vitae and a few brief travel diaries. Also included are manuscripts of other writers that Kramer was asked to read.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
4 1

Abstract Art - Maurice Tuchman 

4 2

Abstract Painting in the Seventies 

4 3

"Advancing American Art" exhibition 

4 4

Against the Stream 

4 5

The Age of the Avant-Garde reviews (1/2) 

4 6

The Age of the Avant-Garde reviews (2/2) 

4 7

Allan Frumkin Gallery 

4 8

American Association of Museums 

4 9

American Painting - 19th Century 

4 10

American Women Artists 1830-1930 

4 11

Anshutz, Thomas 

4 12

Anshutz and Eakins - Photos 

4 13

Apollinaire, Guillaume 

4 14

Archives of American Art 

4 15

Art and Politics 

4 16

Art at the End of its Tether 

4 16a

Art Criticism--1966; 1992 research (early 20th century) 

4 16b

Art Criticism--Roger Fry (1992 research?) 

4 17

The Art of the Real: USA 1948-1968 

4 18

Art Worker's Coalition 

4 19

Artaud / Roger Shattuck 

4 20

Articles to be Collected 

4 21

Articles about H.K. 

4 22

Ashbury, John 

4 23

Asmus, Sigrid 

4 24

Atget, Eugene 

4 25

Auden, W.H. 

4 26

Author's Guild 

4 27

Avant-Gardism 

4 28

Avery, Milton et al. 

4 29

Avery, Milton et al. 

4 30

Babcock Galleries 

4 31

Baber, Alice 

4 32

Bailey, William 

4 33

Baker, Kenneth 

4 34

Barnes and The Barnes Foundation 

4 35

Beattie, Ann 

4 36

Beckmann, Max 

4 37

Benn, Ben 

4 38

Bennett Award 

4 39

Bibliography of Articles and Reviews (H.K.) 

4 40

Bingham, George Caleb 

4 41

Biographical information and resumes 

4 42

Bishirjian, Richard 

4 43

Blunt, Anthony 

4 44

Lori Bookstein Fine Art 

4 45

Borchardt, Georges 

4 46

Bourgeois, Louise 

4 47

Bowes and Bowes Cambridge 

4 48

Brancusi (1/2) 

4 49

Brancusi (2/2) 

4 50

Brandt, Bill 

4 51

British Artists (Contemporary) 

4 52

Brustein, Robert 

4 53

Bruckhardt, Rudy 

4 54

Burnshaw, Stanley 

4 55

Calendars and Desk Diaries 

5 1

Carroll, Lewis 

5 2

Cartier-Bresson, Henri 

5 3

Catalogues and Announcements 

5 4

Center for Creative Photography 

5 5

Chardin 

5 6

Charkow, Natalie 

5 7

Clark, T.J and F. Cachin 

5 8

Clippings (not written by Kramer) - miscellaneous 

5 9

Colorado - 1965 

5 10

Congress for Cultural Freedom and the CIA 

5 11

Coursework 

5 12

Crane, Hart and Myth 

5 13

Croce, Arlene 

5 14

Cunningham, Merce 

5 15

Current - 1968 

5 16

Current Business 

5 17

Current Work - Notes, Mss., etc. 

5 18

Dali, Salvador 

5 19

Davis, Ron 

5 20

De Kooning, Willem 

5 21

de Rivera, Jose 

5 22

De Stael, Nicolas 

5 23

De Stijl 

5 24

Degas 

5 25

Delaunay, Sonia 

5 26

Di Suvero, Mark 

5 27

Diary, 1960-1962 (sporadic) 

5 28

Duncan Phillips Lecture 2000 

5 29

Eliot, T.S. 

5 30

Ephemera 

5 31

Ephemera 

5 32

Epstein, Joseph 1969 

5 33

Ernst, Max 

5 34

Ethical Culture Lectures 1980 

5 35

Europe 1969 

5 36

Europe - Summer 1969 Press Materials, addresses - NY Times, etc. 

5 37

Europe 1972 

5 38

Exhibit announcements - miscellaneous 

5 39

Exhibit announcements - miscellaneous 

5 40

Exhibit announcements - miscellaneous 

5 41

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux 

5 42

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux - Letters 

5 43

Feininger, Lyonel 

5 44

Flannagan, John B. 

5 45

Frankenthaler, Helen 

5 46

Free-lance Income 1968 

5 47

Freeman, Joseph with Josephine Herbst 

5 48

French Primitive Photography 

5 49

Fried, Michael 

5 50

Gechtoff, Sonia 

5 51

Geist, Sidney 

5 52

German Art - 20th Century 

5 53

Giacometti, Alberto 

5 54

Gilbert and George 

5 55

Glick, Nathan 

5 56

Glueck, Grace 

5 57

Godard, Jean-Luc 

6 1

Gombrich, Ernst 

6 2

Graff, Gerald 

6 3

Graham, John 

6 4

Grausman, Philip 

6 5

Graziano, Frank 

6 6

Guggenheim Museum 

6 7

Hartley, Marsden 

6 8

Hartley, Marsden - Letters 

6 9

Hartman, Sadakichi 

6 10

Hayes, David 

6 11

Helion 

6 12

Hemingway - Outlines and Notes 

6 13

Herbst, Josephine (1/2) 

6 14

Herbst, Josephine (2/2) 

6 15

Herbst, Josephine - Estate 

6 16

Herbst, Josephine - Estate 1990-1991 

6 17

Herbst, Josephine - Estate correspondence 

6 18

Herbst, Josephine - Index to Yale Letters 

6 19

Herbst, Josephine - Letters, journals etc. for memoirs 

6 20-22

Herbst, Josephine - Letters 

6 23

Herbst, Josephine - Letters (Langer) 

6 24

Herbst, Josephine - Letters to S.Burnshaw 

6 25

Herbst, Josephine - Memoirs 

6 26

Herbst, Josephine - Reader 

6 27

Herbst, Josephine - Transcripts 

6 28

Herbst, Josephine - Writings 

6 29

Hockney, David 

6 30

Hultberg, John 

6 31

Indiana University 

6 32

"Information" (MOMA show, Summer 1970) 

6 33

Invitations 

6 34

Ipousteguy, Jean 

6 35

Ippolito, Angelo 

6 36

Itinerary etc. - USSR 

7 1

James, Henry Photographs 

7 2

Jensen, Bill 

7 3

Joyce, James (photograph) 

7 4

Kandinsky, Wassily 

7 5

Kantor, Morris (1/2) 

7 6

Kantor, Morris (2/2) 

7 7

Kertesz, Andre 

7 8

Kirstein, Lincoln 

7 9

Knelman, Martin 

7 10

Kolnar, Jiri 

7 11

Korab, Karl 

7 12

Kostelanetz, Richard 

7 13

Kramer, Hilton--awards, publicity, etc. 

7 14

Krasner, Lee 

7 15

Lachaise, Gaston 

7 16

Langer, Elinor (1/3) 

7 17

Langer, Elinor (2/3) 

7 18

Langer, Elinor (3/3) 

7 19

Langer, Elinor 1983 

7 20

Leaf, Jonathan 

7 21

Lectures etc. (includes recordings for "Episodes in Criticism ," 1/6/87, 2 tapes, and "H. Hopkins and H. Kramer backstage at Royce") 

7 22

Lecture Notes (1/2) 

7 23

Lecture Notes (2/2) 

7 24

Leger 

7 25

Levitan, Isaac 

7 26

Lipman, Jean 

7 27

Lippard, Lucy 

7 28

Lippold, Richard 

7 29

Literary Projects 1985-86 

7 30

MacMillan Company 1966 (The Age of the Avant-Garde) 

7 31

Mahler, Scott 

7 32

Massachusetts Review 

7 33

Masson, Andre 

7 34

"Masterpieces of American Folk Art," 1972 

7 35

Matisse, Henri 

7 36

Matta 

7 37

Matthews, Arthur - Oakland 

7 38

Matthiasdottir, Louisa 

7 39

Maurer, Alfred 

7 40

McBride, Henry 

7 41

McGowan, William 

7 42

The "Memo" 

7 43

Metropolitan Museum of Art 

7 44

Minimal Art 

7 45

Miro 

7 46

Mondrian 

7 47

Mondrian - Color Films 

7 48

Mondrian Exhibition - Baltimore 1981 

7 49

Mont, Bernard 

7 50

The Morgan Library 

7 51

Morris, George L.K. 

7 52

Morris, George L.K. and P.R. 

7 53

Morris, Louis 

7 54

Morris, Robert (1/2) 

7 55

Morris, Robert (2/2) 

7 56

Motherwell, Robert 

7 57

Moynihan, Daniel Patrick 

7 58

Munch, Edvard 

7 59

Museums 

7 60

Museums etc. 

7 61

Museum of Modern Art 

7 62

MoMA Permanent Collection - 3/12/73 (Checklist of Works on View (Tentative for Sculpture Gallery and East Wing)) 

7 63

Muybridge, Eadweard 

8 1

The Nation (1930-1943) 

8 2

National Book Award 1967 

8 3

National Book Award 1973 

8 4

National Gallery of Art 

8 5

NEA-MIT Conference - June 1993 

8 6

Nevelson, Louise (1/2) 

8 7

Nevelson, Louise (2/2) 

8 8

Nevelson Monograph - corres. 

8 9

Nevelson, Louise - photographs 

8 20

New American Review 

8 11

The New Criterion 

8 12

The New Criterion (Articles about the magazine) 

8 13

The New Criterion Proposal 1981 

8 14

The New Republic 

8 15

The New Republic 1969- 

8 16

The New Yorker and William Shawn 

8 17

New York Magazine - 1968 

8 18

New York Photographer 

8 19

New York Review Presentations 

8 20

New York Studio School - 1989 

8 21

NY Times - Committees and Memos 1972 

8 22

NY Times: A Memoir 

8 23

NY Times Vacations and Overtime Summer 1967 

8 24

Nickson, Graham 

8 25

Norway and Denmark, 1961 

8 26

Notes 

8 27

Notes for Lectures and Articles 

8 28

Notes on the Theory of Myth 

8 29

Open Ends 

8 30

Operation Discovery, Inc. 

8 31

Ozick, Cynthia 

8 32

Pearlstein, Philip (1/3) 

8 33

Pearlstein, Philip (2/3) 

8 34

Pearlstein, Philip (3/3) 

8 35

Peridot Gallery NY 

8 35a

Personal and Financial 

8 36

Philadelphia Museum of Art 

8 37

Phillips 

8 38

Photos "Constructing the Absolute" 

8 39

Photos of H.K. 

8 40

Photographs of Works of Art - Exhibitions (1 - da Fabriano) 

8 41

Photographs of Works of Art - Exhibitions (Davis - "The Golden Door") 

8 42

Photographs of Works of Art - Exhibitions (Gonzalez - Krasner) 

8 43

Photographs of Works of Art - Exhibitions (Lekakis - Wright) 

9 1

Photographs of Works of Art (A-C) 

9 2

Photographs of Works of Art (D-G) 

9 3

Photographs of Works of Art (H-K) 

9 4

Photographs of Works of Art (L-M) 

9 5

Photographs of Works of Art (N-P) 

9 6

Photographs of Works of Art (Q-T) 

9 7

Photographs of Works of Art (V-Z) 

9 8

Photographs of Works of Art (misc/unknown artists) 

9 9

Photography - Articles and Notes 

Box
B2 oversize

Photography - Fredrich Cantor catalog 

Box Folder
9 10

Photography - Catalogs, Magazine Articles, etc. (misc) 

10 1

Picabia, Francis 

10 2

Picasso 

10 3

Pickering, Martha (Josephine Herbst) 

10 4

Poetry - Reviews and Articles 

10 5

Politics etc. 

10 6

Pop Art 

10 7

Prague: 1969 

10 8

Pre-Raphaelite Revival 

10 9

The Put-On 

10 10

Rahv, Philip 

10 11

Rannit, Aleksis 

10 12-13

Realists 1970's 

10 14

The Reporter 

10 15

The Revenge of the Philistines 

10 16

Reviews of H.K. 

10 17

Riding, Laura 

10 18

Rogovin, Howard (1/3) 

10 19

Rogovin, Howard (2/3) 

10 20

Rogovin, Howard (3/3) 

10 21

Rogovin, Howard 1969- 

10 22

"The Role of the Critic in Art Today" (notes for Brandeis lecture, n.d.) 

10 23

Rosenberg, Harold 

10 24

Rosenquist, James 

10 25

Ruskin clippings 

10 26

Ruskin miscellaneous notes 

10 27

Ruskin: The Seven Lamps of Architecture 

10 28

Russia 1967 (1/3) 

10 29

Russia 1967 (2/3) 

10 30

Russia 1967 (3/3) 

10 31

Russian Art 20th Century 

10 32

Russian Art 20th Century (including Soviet Art) 

10 33

Russian Art - Armand Hammer 

10 34

Russian Trip 1967 

10 35

Russian/Soviet avant-garde "The Great Utopia" (photos) 

10 36

Salander-O'Reilly Galleries 

10 37

Samaras 

10 38

Sang Prize 1970 

10 39

Schamberg, Morton L. 

10 40

Schiff, John D. 

10 41

Schjeldahl, Peter 

10 42

Schwitters, Kurt 

10 43

Scott, William 

10 44

Sculpture of the 1960's - L.A. County Museum 

10 45

Sculpture Moderne 

10 46

Sculpture Book 1967- 

10 47

Segal, George 

11 1

Seitz, Bill - Mss. of book on Contemporary Art 

11 2

Shakespeare's Comedy of Kings 

11 3

Sharp Focus Realism 

11 4

Sitwell, Edith 

11 5

Smith, David 

11 6-8

Smith, David - Photographs 

Box
B2 oversize

Smith, David - photograph 

Box Folder
11 9

Smith, Keith 

11 10

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander 

11 11

Sommer, William 

11 12

Sontag, Susan 

11 13

Spain Sept. 2001 

11 14

Spurling, Hilary 

11 15

Steinberg, Saul Material 

11 16

Stein, Gertrude Collection 

11 17

Steiner, George 

11 18

Stieglitz, Alfred 

11 19

St. Martin's Press 

11 20

Storrs, John 

11 21

Stravinsky-Diaghilev 

11 22

Sullivan, Andrew 

11 23

Sunday Telegraph Interview w/ H.K. 1992 

11 24

Surrealism 

11 25

Swayzee, Mary King 

11 26

Sylvester, David 

11 27

Taeuber-Arp, Sophie 

11 28

Trajan, Turku 

11 29

Trilling, Lionel (1/2) 

11 30

Trilling, Lionel (2/2) 

11 31

Tri-quarterly 

11 32

Tuchman, Phyllis 

11 33

U.C.L.A. Sculpture Garden 

11 33a

Uruguay--book with enclosed letter 

11 34

Vallotton, Felix (1865-1925) 

11 35

van Buren, Curtis 

11 36

Vision and Design in America 

11 37

Vorticism 

11 38

Vuillard 

11 39

Walker Arts Center 

11 40

Walker, James 

11 41

Warhol, Andy 

11 42

Watts, G.F. 

11 43

Weimar 

11 44

Weston, Edward 

11 45

Westport Artists 

11 46

The Wexner Center 

11 47

Whistler 

11 48

White, Minor 

11 49

Whitney Museum of American Art 

11 50

Wide World Lecture Bureau 

11 51

Wiiralt, Eduard 

11 52

Wilmarth, Christopher 

11 53

Wilson, Edmund (1/2) 

11 54

Wilson, Edmund (2/2) 

11 55

Witkin Gallery 

11 56

Walkowitz, Abraham 

11 57

Woolf, Virginia 

11 58

Work-in-Progress 

11 59

Writings of others - miscellaneous 

11 60

Yale Notes Courbet, Mallarme and Avant-Garde 

11 61

Yglesias, Jose 

11 62

Zogbaum, Wilfrid M. 


 M252.3 Writings, 1949-2000, n.d.   5.5 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by topic or title.

Series Description:

This series primarily comprises manuscript, typescript, telex, and clipped articles written by Hilton Kramer, as well as research materials presumably used by Kramer as background. The articles cover both the literary and artistic aspects of Kramer's career and were written for numerous publications. The series also includes some of Kramer's essays and notes from his post-graduate work at the Indiana University as well as the proposal for and drafts of "The Twilight of the Intellectuals" (Chicago, 1999). There is some duplication between drafts and clippings of articles in this series and newspaper clippings found in the series Newspaper Clippings (M252.4).

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
12 1

The 1930s (U.S.) 

12 2

c. 1973 - Letters and carbons of articles 

12 3

Abstract Expressionism 

12 4

"Abstraction and Empathy" (Introduction) 

12 5-9

"The Age of the Avant-Garde" (primarily manuscript notes, typescript pages, and research materials) 

12 10-14

"The Age of the Avant-Garde" manuscript 

12 15

"The Age of Modernism" (N.Y. Times 5/18/69) 

12 16

American Art: 20th Century: General 

12 17

"American Arts and the American Experience," Yale University, 1973 

12 18

The American Century 

12 19

"The American Century" (Whitney Museum 1999) 

12 20

American Jews and Israel (A Symposium) 

12 21

"The American Precisionists" ("Arts" , March 1961) 

12 22

Americans (19th Century) 

12 23

Americans (20th Century) 

12 24

Andre, Carl 

12 25

Arbus, Diane 

12 26

Archipenko 

12 27

Arman 

12 28

Arnold, Anne 

12 29

Arp, Jean 

12 30

Art (General Articles) 

12 31

Art Critics 

12 32

Art and Antiques - Clips 

12 33

Art and Antiques - H.K. (1/3) 

12 34

Art and Antiques - H.K. (2/3) 

12 35

Art and Antiques - H.K. (3/3) 

12 36

Art and Revolution (Russia) 

12 37

Art in the Twentieth Century 

12 38

Art Workers Coalition 

12 39-42

Articles 

12 43

Articles and Reviews (1974-1975-1976) -"Art" - H.K. 

12 44

Articles and Reviews - H.K. 

12 45

Articles and Reviews - H.K. (Literary) 

12 46

Articles from TLS 

12 47

Articles, Lecture Notes, etc. - H.K. 

12 48

Articles on Art by H.K. 

12 49

Articles and Mss. -H.K. 

12 50

Articles - H.K. (1/3) 

12 51

Articles - H.K. (2/3) 

12 52

Articles - H.K. (3/3) 

12 53

Articles - Mss. Copies 

12 54

Arts Digest 

12 54a

Arts magazine 

12 54b

Arts magazine 

12 55

Atget, Eugene (1857-1927) 

12 56

Auden, W.H. (1/2) 

12 57

Auden, W.H. (2/2) 

13 1

Avery, Milton (1/2) 

13 2

Avery, Milton (2/2) 

13 3

Avery, Milton - 1982 Article for Times Magazine 

13 4

Avery, Milton - Introduction (1990) 

13 5

Baizerman, Saul 

13 6

Balthus 

13 7

"Barthelme's Comedy of Patricide" ("Commentary" , August 1976) 

13 8

Beckett, Samuel (1/3) 

13 9

Beckett, Samuel (2/3) 

13 10

Beckett, Samuel (3/3) ("Saturday Review(/i>, October 3, 1970) 

13 11

Beckmann, Max 

13 12

Bingham, George Caleb 

13 13

Black Art 

13 14

Blake, William 

13 15

"Bloom and Levine: The Hazards of Modern Painting" ("Commentary" , June 1955) 

13 16

Bonnard in Paris - 1784 

13 17

"The Book (Work in Progress)" 

13 18

"The Book" : "Chapter I drafts, etc." 

13 19

"The Book" : "Chapter I The Modern Movement on the Eve of the Second World War" 

13 20

"The Book" : "Chapter II Part 1 Blackout in Europe" 

13 21

Book reviews 

13 22

Bourdelle 

13 23

Brancusi 

13 24

Brancusi - Photographs 

13 25

Braque, Georges 

13 26

Brooks, Romaine 

13 27

Bruce, Patrick Henry 

13 28

Bruegel, Peter (the Elder) 

13 29

Carnegie International Essay (1985) 

13 30

Carpenter, Bert - Material 

13 31

A Carnival of Culture 

13 32

Caro, Anthony 

13 33

Caravaggio 

13 34

Cezanne 

13 35

Chagall, Marc 

13 36

Cleveland Museum 

13 37

"Cogitate" ("Modern Painters" , Autumn 1994) 

13 38

Constructivism 

13 39

Corinth, Louis (1/4) 

13 40

Corinth, Louis (2/4) 

13 41

Corinth, Louis (3/4) 

13 42

Corinth, Louis (4/4) 

13 43

Cornell, Joseph 

13 44

The Congress for Cultural Freedom 

13 45

Connolly, Cyril and Horizon 

13 46

Courbet, Gustave 

13 47

The Critic and the Visual Arts (paper delivered in Boston, April 1965, at the 52nd Biennial Convention of The American Federation of Arts) 

13 48

"Criticism and History" ("The New Leader" , Dec. 8, 1969) 

13 49

Cubism (London - 1983) 

13 50

"Current Writing Projects" (1998, n.d.) 

13 51

Dada - Surrealism - 1968 - MoMA 

13 52

Dahlberg, Edward 

13 53

Davies, B. Arthur 

13 54

Davis, Stuart 

13 55

Davis, Stuart - "Men Without Women" Mural 

13 56

Davenport, Guy 

13 57

Derain, Andre 

13 58

Diaghilev 

13 59

Diebenkorn, Richard (1/2) 

13 60

Diebenkorn, Richard (2/2) 

13 61

Dine, Jim 

13 62

Documenta 5 - 1972 

13 63

Dubuffet, Jean 

13 64-65

Dullin 

13 66

Eakins, Thomas 

13 67

Eliot, T.S. ("Western Review" , Summer 1950) 

13 68

Eliot, T.S. (1989/1990) 

13 69

Encounter 

13 70

Epstein, Jacob 

13 71

Essays and Reviews - H.K. 

13 72

European trip - 1969 

13 73

European trip - 1972 

13 74

Europeans (19th Century) 

13 75

Europeans (20th Century) 

13 76

Evans, Walker (1/2) 

13 77

Evans, Walker (2/2) 

13 78

"Exhibiting the Family of Man" ("Commentary" , October 1955) 

13 79

Expressionism - General 

13 80

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

14 1

Frick Collection 

14 2

Friedman, Arnold 

14 3

"Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Aesthetic" 

14 4

Fuller, Peter 

14 5

Futurism 

14 6

Gabo, Naum (1/3) 

14 7

Gabo, Naum (2/3) 

14 8

Gabo, Naum (3/3) 

14 9

Gechtoff, Sonia 

14 10

Georges, Paul 

14 11

Giacometti, Alberto (1/2) 

14 12

Giacometti, Alberto (2/2) 

14 13

Glackens, William 

14 14

"Gloucester Beacon" (Spring 1946) (contains several writings by Kramer) 

14 15

Gonzalez, Julio 

14 16

Gorky, Arshile 

14 17

Grandma Moses 

14 18

Greenberg, Clement 

14 19

Greenberg, Clement - Obituary 

14 20

Grolier 

14 21

Grosz, George (1/2) 

14 22

Grosz, George (2/2) 

14 23

Guggenheim Museum 

14 24

Guggenheim Museum - F.L. Wright (Opening) 

14 25

Guston, Philip 

14 26

Hajdu, Etienne (1/2) 

14 27

Hajdu, Etienne (2/2) 

14 28

Hancock Shaker Village 

14 29

"Harold Ross's 'New Yorker'" ("Commentary" , August 1959) 

14 30

Hartley, Glen 

14 31

Hatofsky, Julius - H.K.'s Observer Review 

14 32

Helion, Jean 

14 33

Hepworth, Barbara (1/2) 

14 34

Hepworth, Barbara (2/2) 

14 35

Heron, Patrick 

14 36

"Who Was Josephine Herbst" (1984) 

14 37

Hofer, Evelyn 

14 38

Hofmann, Hans 

14 39

Homer, Winslow 

14 40

Hook, Sidney (1/2) 

14 41

Hook, Sidney (2/2) 

14 42

Hopper, Edward (1/3) 

14 43

Hopper, Edward (2/3) 

14 44

Hopper, Edward (3/3) 

14 45

Howard, Richard 

14 46

Howe, Irving (1/2) 

14 47

Howe, Irving (2/2) 

14 48

The Hudson Review 

14 49

Hunt, Richard (1/2) 

14 50

Hunt, Richard (2/2) 

14 51

"Images of America": The Precisionist Exhibition in San Francisco (1982) 

14 52

"In Defense of Painting" ("Modern Painters" , Spring 1993) 

14 53

Interview with Kramer ("Upstart" , 1984) 

14 54

Ipousteguy, Jean 

14 55

Israeli Art 

14 56

Jackson, Harry 

14 57

James, Henry 

14 58

Jimenez, Luis 

14 59

Johnson, Ben 

14 60

Judd, Donald 

14 61

Kandinsky, Wassily (1/2) 

14 62

Kandinsky, Wassily (2/2) 

14 63

Kantor, Morris 

14 64

Katz, Alex 

14 65

Kelly, Ellsworth (1/2) 

14 66

Kelly, Ellsworth (2/2) 

14 67

Kertesz, Andre 

14 68

King, William - SUNY Text etc. 

14 69

Klee, Paul (1/2) 

14 70

Klee, Paul (2/2) 

14 71

Kozloff, Max 

14 72

Kubin, Alfred 

14 73

Kunstmesse 

14 74

Kupka, Frank 

14 75

Lachaise, Gaston (1/2) 

14 76

Lachaise, Gaston (2/2) 

14 77

Laurens, Henri 

14 78

Lecture Corres. 1980-1981 

14 79

Lectures 

14 80

"Letter from New York" ("Modern Painters" , Spring 1992) 

14 81

Lindner, Richard 

14 82

Lindner, Richard - Bianchini Mss. Notes etc. 

14 83

Lipchitz 

14 84

Literary Articles 

14 85

Literary Essays -H.K. 

14 86

Literary Reviews 

14 87

The Logano Review 

14 88

London 1969 - Artists and Exhibitions 

14 89

The Lost Voice of Criticism -1973 

14 90

Lowell, Berryman, et al. 

14 91

Lowell, Robert 

14 92

Maccoby, Hyam 

14 93

Malcolm, Janet 

14 94

Man Ray 

14 95

Manuscript notes - miscellaneous 

14 96

Mapplethorpe - N.Y. Times 7/2/89 

14 97

Marin, John Text 2000 

14 98

Matisse, Henri (1/2) 

14 99

Matisse, Henri (2/2) 

15 1

Matisse - National Gallery 

15 2

Matisse, Pierre 

15 3

Matisse - Sculpture 

15 4

Maurer, Alfred H. (1/2) 

15 5

Maurer, Alfred H. (2/2) 

15 6

McBride, Henry 

15 7

M.D. Articles -H.K. 

15 8

The Metropolitan Museum of Art -19th Century America 

15 9

The Metropolitan Museum - Monet - 1967 

15 10

Miscellaneous 

15 11-12

Miscellaneous - Mss. copies, etc. 

15 13

Misc. File (articles, etc.) for New Criterion articles, ideas, etc. 

15 14

Modern Art: 1940-1980 -- Outlines and Notes, etc. 

15 15

Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo (1/2) 

15 16

Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo (2/2) 

15 17

Mondrian, Piet - Guggenheim Museum 1971 

15 18

Mondrian, Piet (1/3) 

15 19

Mondrian, Piet (2/3) 

15 20

Mondrian, Piet (3/3) 

15 21

Montgomery Lecture 

15 22

Moore, Henry 

15 23

Moore, Henry - Film 

15 24

Morley, Malcolm 

15 25

Morris, Robert 

15 26

Morandi, Giorgio 

15 27

Motherwell, Robert (1/3) 

15 28

Motherwell, Robert (2/3) 

15 29

Motherwell, Robert (3/3) 

15 30

Movies, etc. 

15 31

Museums, Collection, etc. 

15 32

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston 

15 33

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston - Dept. of Contemporary Art 

15 34

Museum of Modern Art 

15 35

Museum of Modern Art - Permanent Collection 

15 36

Museum of Modern Art - Spaces 

15 37

"MoMA 2000" 

15 38

Munch, Edvard 

15 39

Munter, Gabriele 

15 40

Muybridge, Eadweard 

15 41

National Book Awards 

15 42

Nelson Rockefeller Collection - Hoving Promotion, etc. (Reproductions) 

15 43

Nevelson, Louise (1/2) 

15 44

Nevelson, Louise (2/2) 

15 45

"The New American Painting" ("Partisan Review" , July - August 1953) 

15 46

"New Criteria for Modern Painting" ("Modern Painters" , Summer 1989) 

15 46a

The New Criterion 

15 47

The New Criterion Reader 

15 48

The New Leader 

15 49

The New Republic 

15 50

New York Classicism Now 

15 51-52

New York Observer - Articles 

15 53

New York Observer - Articles - 1989 

15 54

New York Observer - Clippings 

15 55

New York Observer - Clippings some 1992 and 1994 and n.d. 

15 56

New York Observer - Clippings (1995) (1/2) 

15 57

New York Observer - Clippings (1995) (2/2) 

15 58

New York Observer - Clippings (1996) 

15 59

New York Observer - Clippings (1997) 

15 60

New York Observer - Clippings (1998) 

15 61

New York Observer - Clippings (Summer 2000) 

16 1

New York Post 

16 2

New York Post "Times Watch" and "Media Watch" 1993 1997- 

16 3

"New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970" at the Met (1969) 

16 4

NY Times -H.K. Articles and Reviews - Carbons (1/3) 

16 5

NY Times -H.K. Articles and Reviews - Carbons (2/3) 

16 6

NY Times -H.K. Articles and Reviews - Carbons (3/3) 

16 7-10

NY Times - Articles -Mss. 

16 11

Neue Gallery - New York 

16 12

Nicholson, Ben 

16 13

Nolde, Emil (1/2) 

16 14

Nolde, Emil (2/2) 

16 15

Non-art Articles and Reviews -H.K. 

16 16

Oldenberg, Claes 

16 17

Olitski, Jules 

16 18

On Museums ca. 1960 

16 19

Orwell, George 

16 20

Parade at the Met - Hockney (plus clippings) 

16 21

"Paris-Moscow" 

16 22

Partisan Review 

16 23

Pearlstein, Philip 

16 24

Personal -H.K. 

16 25

Photography 

16 26

Photography - reviews, releases, etc. 

16 27

Picabia 

16 28

Picasso 

16 29

"Picasso: A Retrospective" MoMA 1980 

16 30

Poetry and Biography 

16 31

"Poetry of the Museum" 

16 32

Pollock, Jackson (1/4) 

16 33

Pollock, Jackson (2/4) 

16 34

Pollock, Jackson (3/4) 

16 35

Pollock, Jackson (4/4) 

16 36

Pop Art 

16 37

Porter, Fairfield 

16 38

Posters 

16 39

Pousette-Dart, Richard (1/3) 

16 40

Pousette-Dart, Richard (2/3) 

16 41

Pousette-Dart, Richard (3/3) 

16 42

"Preliminary Outlines for Modern Art Book" 

16 43

Private Collections, etc. 

16 44

Quinn, John 

16 45

Ray, Man (See Man Ray) 

16 46

Read, Herbert 1893-1968 

17 1

Reagan - Arts Policy - Fall 1980 

17 2

Reinhardt, Ad (1/2) 

17 3

Reinhardt, Ad (2/2) 

17 4

"Remembering Jim Mellow" 

17 5

"The Revenge of the Philistines" ("Commentary" , May 1975) 

17 6

"The Revenge of the Reviewers" (notes) 

17 7

Review by H.K. of Breslin's Rothko (1993) 

17 8

Reviews and Articles -H.K. 

17 9

Reviews and Clips -H.K. 

17 10

Reviews - Miscellaneous - Art, Art Books, Letters, Group Shows, etc. 

17 11

"The Rise and Fall of the Avant-Garde" ("Commentary" , October 1972) 

17 12

Rockwell, Norman 

17 13

Rodchenko, Alexander (1/2) 

17 14

Rodchenko, Alexander (2/2) 

17 15

Roethke 

17 16

Rose, Herman 

17 17

Rosenberg, Harold 

17 18

Rothko, Mark 

17 19

Russians 

17 20

Ryan, Anne 

17 21

Sargent, John Singer 

17 22

Schamberg, Morton 

17 23

Schapiro, Meyer 

17 24

Schiele, Egon 

17 25

Schlemmer, Oskar 

17 26

Sculpture - Contemporary American 

17 27

Seurat 

17 28

The Seventies 

17 29

Shawn, William 

17 30

Sickert, Walter 

17 31

Singer, Isaac Bashevis 

17 32

Smith, David 

17 33

Smith, Tony 

17 34

"Some Reflections on Art and Nationalism" ("artscanada" , December 1979, January 1980) 

17 35

Sontag, Susan (1/2) 

17 36

Sontag, Susan (2/2) 

17 37

Sontag, Susan - Review 1982 

17 38

Soutine 

17 39

Soviet Art: A Return to Modernism - Mss (1967) 

17 40

Steichen, Edward 

17 41

Steinberg, Saul 

17 42

Steiner, George 

17 43

Stella, Frank 

17 44

Still, Clyford 

17 45

Storrs, John (1885-1956) 

17 46

Strand, Paul 

17 47

Surrealism - 1968 - MoMA 

17 48

Surrealism Essay - for Tokyo 1983 

17 49

Syracuse University - 1973 

17 50

Talk Notes - Washington D.C. 5/25/99 

17 51

Tatlin 

17 52

Tauber-Arp, Sophie 

17 53

"This Show is a Scream" 

17 54

Tibor de Nagy - catalog material 

17 55

Times - Cables, Letters, Notes, etc. (Brazil, Mexico - 1967) 

17 56

"Times Watch" (1/3) 

17 57

"Times Watch" (2/3) 

17 58

"Times Watch" (3/3) 

17 59

Tobey, Mark 

17 60

Tomkins, Calvin 

17 61

Trilling, Lionel (1/2) 

17 62

Trilling, Lionel (2/2) 

17 63

Turner 

17 64

The Twilight of the Intellectuals (1/2) 

17 65

The Twilight of the Intellectuals (2/2) 

17 66

Twilight - Reviews and Epilogue 

17 67

Untitled manuscript (incomplete) 

17 68

Vallotton, Felix 

17 69

Venice Biennale - 1966 

17 70

Venice Biennale - 1968 

17 71

Venice Biennale - 1972 

17 72

Vuillard, Edouard 

17 73

Wall Street Journal - Articles and Corr. 

17 74

Weston, Edward 

17 75

Wheeler, Steve 

17 76

Whistler, James 

17 77

Whitney Museum Sculpture Annual 1970 

17 78

Whitney Studio Club 

17 79

Wilson, Edmund 

17 80

Working Spaces (1986) by Frank Stella - Review by H.K. 

17 81

Wotruba, Fritz 

17 82

The Wyeth Controversy - Hilton Kramer in Maine 

17 83

Yale Humanities Conference 4/22/89 

17 84

Yektai, Manoucher 


 M252.4 Newspaper Clippings, 1955-2002 

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

There are two sub-series:"New York Times" clippings, and Non-"New York Times" clippings. In the first sub-series, the bulk of the clippings consist of the"New York Times" Archives, which appear to contain all of Kramer's articles published by the"New York Times" from 1967 through 1982. Also included are clippings of Kramer's writings for the"New York Times" prior to 1967. One box in this sub-series contains unprocessed clippings. Additionally, in the second sub-series there are articles written by Kramer for the"American Scholar" , "New York Review of Books" , the"New York Observer" , and"Commentary" . The clippings files contain many duplicate articles (either duplicates within the series itself or with items found in Writings).

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

 M252.4.1 Newspaper Clippings,"New York Times" 1962-1990   2.75 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

Kramer's bylines in"New York Times" and its subsidiaries ("The New York Times Magazine" ,"The New York Times Book Review" ), 1962-1990, with the bulk from his period as art editor (1967-1982). One box contains unprocessed clippings.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
18 1

1962, 1965 

18 2

1966 Jan-Mar 

18 3

1966 Apr-Jun 

18 4

1966 Jul-Sept 

18 5

1966 Oct-Dec 

18 6

1967 Jan-Jun 

18 7

1967 Jul-Dec 

18 8

1968 Jan-Apr 

18 9

1968 May-Jul, Sept 

18 10

1968 Oct-Dec 

18 11

1969 Jan-Apr 

18 12

1969 May-Aug 

18 13

1969 Sept-Dec 

18 14

1970 Jan-Apr 

18 15

1970 May-Aug 

18 16

1970 Sept-Dec 

18 17

1971 Jan-Jun 

18 18

1971 Jul-Dec 

18 19

1972 Jan-Jul 

18 20

1972 Sept-Dec 

18 21

1973 Jan-Apr 

18 22

1973 May-Aug 

18 23

1973 Sept-Dec 

18 24

1974 Jan-Apr 

18 25

1974 May-Aug 

18 26

1974 Sept-Dec 

18 27

1975 Jan-Apr 

18 28

1975 May-Aug 

18 29

1975 Sept-Dec 

19 1

1976 Jan-Jun 

19 2

1976 Jul-Dec 

19 3

1977 Jan-Apr 

19 4

1977 May-Aug 

19 5

1977 Sept-Dec 

19 6

1978 Jan-May 

19 7

1978 Jun-July, Nov-Dec 

19 8

1979 Jan-Apr 

19 9

1979 May-Aug 

19 10

1979 Sept-Dec 

19 11

1980 Jan-Jun 

19 12

1980 Jul-Dec 

19 13

1981 Jan-Apr 

19 14

1981 May-Jul 

19 15

1981 Sept-Dec 

19 16

1982 

19 17

1983, 1985, 1990 

19 18

[n. d.] 

20

Unprocessed newspaper clippings, c. 1967-1981 

 M252.4.2 Newspaper Clippings, Non-"New York Times" 1955-2002   0.25 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by publication, then chronologically.

Series Description:

By-lines from publications other than"New York Times" and its subsidiaries. Publications include"American Scholar" ,"Commentary" ,"The New York Observer" ,"The New York Review of Books" ,"The Reporter" , and folders of miscellaneous or unknown by-lines.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
19 19

"American Scholar" 1982, 1987 

19 20

"Commentary" 1955, 1977, 1990 

19 21

Miscellaneous 1996-1999 

19 22

"New York Observer" 1990-1991, 1999-2002 

19 23

"New York Review of Books" 1968-1970 

19 24

"The Reporter" 1960-1965 

19 25

Unknown/incomplete by-lines, [n. d.]