Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation records

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation records

Collection Overview

Repository:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives.
Creator:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Title:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation records
Call Number:
A0033
Dates:
1929-1999 (bulk 1937-1975)
Volume:
15.75 cubic ft. (24 boxes)
Historical Abstract:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF), founded in 1937, is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of modern and contemporary visual culture; collecting, preserving and researching art objects; and making them accessible to scholars and an increasingly diverse audience through its network of museums, programs, educational initiatives, and publications. The SRGF retains ownership of three museums: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas. It provides curatorial direction and management services to two museums with which it shares collections and programs: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin.
Scope and Content Abstract:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) records span the years 1929-1999 (bulk 1937-1975), and document the history of the development of the SRGF and the opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM). The records consist of: correspondence with and reports by the Board of Trustees; press releases; press clippings; administrative records documenting policies and procedures; and exhibition information such as brochures, invitations, and press releases. Permanent collection records include inventory lists, insurance information, and acquisitions. Scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings related to the SRGM, are also included.
Location:
OS, CF
Language:
Collection is primarily in English.
Arrangement:
Organized into 5 series: 1. Governance; 2. Administration; 3. Public Affairs; 4. Exhibitions and Objects; and 5. Scrapbooks.
Restrictions:
The collection is partially restricted. Please contact the Manager of the Library and Archives for further information.
Publication Rights:
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Manager of the Library and Archives.
Preferred Citation:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation records. A0033. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Subjects:
Architecture--Museums.
Art, modern--20th century.
Art--Exhibitions.
Lawson-Johnston, Peter.
Museum of Non-Objective Painting.
Museums--Administration.
Public buildings--New York (N.Y.)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Contributors:
Guggenheim, Harry Frank, 1890-1971.
Guggenheim, Solomon R., 1861-1949.
Rebay, Hilla, 1890-1967.
Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900-1986.
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff in July 2007.

Historical Note

The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of modern and contemporary visual culture; to collect, preserve and research art objects; and to make them accessible to scholars and an increasingly diverse audience through its network of museums, programs, educational initiatives, and publications.

The SRGF was founded in 1937 by Solomon R. Guggenheim (SRG), scion of a wealthy American family, in order to preserve his private collection of European and American abstract paintings, and with a desire to make them available for public viewings. Subsequently, it has managed to maintain its international view of New York City and the cultures encompassing it. The SRGF was chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State and set out to "provide for the promotion of art and for the mental or moral improvement of men and women by furthering their education, enlightenment, and aesthetic taste."

Throughout its seventy year history, the SRGF has owned and operated several museums internationally and amassed one of the world's leading collections of modern and contemporary art. With approximately 15 to 20 exhibitions created each year, the SRGF has acquired international prestige. Furthermore, the Associated Publishing Program of the SRGF has produced scholarly volumes appearing in more than a dozen languages.

The SRGF retains ownership of three museums: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas. It provides curatorial direction and management services to two museums with which it shares collections and programs: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. Attendance at the five institutions surpasses 2.5 million visitors annually.

In June of 2000, the SRGF entered into a partnership with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In January 2001, the SRGF entered into partnership with the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The purpose of forming alliances was to share collections, jointly develop exhibitions and educational programs that would benefit a wide, international audience, and to come to an agreement on the construction of new museums in Latin America and Asia.

In July of 2006, the SRGF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Gulf, to establish a museum, designed by Frank Gehry and called the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. This contract reflects the SRGF's commitment to international communication and global cultural exchange.

Chronology

1861Solomon R. Guggenheim is born.
1893Harry F. Guggenheim, Solomon's nephew, is born.
1894Solomon R. Guggenheim marries Irene Rothschild.
1898Peggy Guggenheim, Solomon's niece, is born.
1920Eleanor Guggenheim, Solomon's daughter, marries Earl Castle Stewart.
1921Peggy Guggenheim leaves the United States for Europe, where she will meet avant-garde painters and poets.
1925Barbara Guggenheim, Solomon's daughter, marries John Robert Lawson-Johnston.
1927Peter O. Lawson-Johnston, Solomon's grandson, is born; the young German artist Baroness Hilla Rebay arrives in the United States; commissioned by Irene Guggenheim to paint her husband's portrait, Rebay and Solomon become friends; at Rebay's suggestion, Solomon begins to acquire modern paintings for his collection.
1929Hilla Rebay introduces Solomon Guggenheim to Vasily Kandinsky; Solomon purchases several paintings and works on paper, which form the nucleus of his collection of non-objective painting.
1930sSolomon R. Guggenheim's collection is installed in his private apartment at the Plaza Hotel; small exhibitions of newly acquired works are held intermittently for the public.
1936Hilla Rebay organizes the first loan exhibition entitled "Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings" at the Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.
1937The rapid expansion of the collection leads to the formation of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF); incorporated in the State of New York, the foundation is endowed to operate a museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim is elected first President of the Foundation and Hilla Rebay is appointed its Trustee and Curator.
1938The second loan exhibition of the collection, "Art of Tomorrow: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings," is shown at the Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina; Peggy Guggenheim opens Guggenheim Jeune, a commercial art gallery in London representing such artists as Jean Cocteau, Kandinsky and Yves Tanguy.
1939The third loan exhibition of the "Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings" is presented at the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Museum of Non-Objective Painting opens in rented quarters in New York City, at 24 East 54th Street; Hilla Rebay is named the first director of the Museum; Peggy Guggenheim conceives of the idea of founding a museum of modern art in London with Herbert Read as its director.
1941Peggy Guggenheim returns to the United States.
1942Peggy Guggenheim and the Surrealist painter Max Ernst marry; Peggy opens Art of this Century, a commercial art gallery on 57th Street in New York, designed by Frederick Kiesler.
1943The SRGF's new Museum, to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is commissioned; Peggy Guggenheim and Max Ernst divorce.
1944Fifth Avenue Site, 88th to 89th Streets, is acquired by SRGF; Kandinsky dies.
1945The Museum of Non-Objective Painting organizes a major retrospective of Kandinsky's oeuvre; the first complete set of plans for the new building is finished; a plexiglass model showing the essential structure of the Museum is created and presented to the press in New York.
1947Peggy Guggenheim closes Art of this Century and returns permanently to Europe.
1948Galleries move to six-story private mansion on newly acquired property, formerly the Gardiner School; the SRGF purchases the Karl Nierendorf Estate; Peggy Guggenheim's collection of Cubist, Surrealist and European and American abstract painting and sculpture is exhibited at the Venice Biennale.
1949Solomon R. Guggenheim dies, bequeathing his entire collection to the SRGF; the Board of Trustees of the SRGF is established; Earl Castle Stewart is elected President and Harry F. Guggenheim is appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF; Peggy Guggenheim purchases the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, installs her collection, and opens it to the public; the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation is established to operate and endow the museum.
1951Castle Stewart resigns and Harry F. Guggenheim is elected President of the Foundation.
1952Hilla Rebay retires from directorship and becomes Director Emeritus and member of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF; the name of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting is changed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM); Carl Zigrosser is appointed a trustee of the Foundation; Earl Castle Stewart dies.
October 15, 1952Announcement of the appointment of James Johnson Sweeney as Director of the SRGM is declared by Harry F. Guggenheim (Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF).
1953Wright redesigns the entire complex, streamlining the structure, just as the plans are to be reviewed for the building permit; the traveling retrospective of Frank Lloyd Wright's achievements "Sixty Years of Living Architecture: the Work of Frank Lloyd Wright" is held on the site of the new museum in a specially erected pavilion in front of the townhouse; the model for the SRGM is presented as part of this exhibition; the SRGF receives a bequest from the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier; James Johnson Sweeney organizes an exhibition of emerging talent, "Younger European Painters: A Selection."
1954Wright moves to New York to oversee plans for construction; designs for the building are altered further to comply with New York City's Building Code.
1956The ground is broken for excavation; Guggenheim International Award introduced.
1957Harry F. Guggenheim succeeds Earl Castle Stewart as President of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF.
1958With the excavation complete, construction of the building begins at 1071 Fifth Avenue; James Johnson Sweeney demands several interior changes to accommodate the needs of the growing institution which initiate a long and bitter dialogue between the director and Frank Lloyd Wright.
December 1958Announcement of appointment of Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley as Assistant Director of the SRGM.
1959Frank Lloyd Wright dies.
May 31, 1959Move to new building on 1071 Fifth Avenue (the Frank Lloyd Wright building); staff occupy new quarters.
June 1959Dr. Morley retires from staff.
October 21, 1959The SRGM, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is open to the public.
July 20, 1960Announcement of the resignation of James Johnson Sweeney, effective August 15, 1960.
September 21, 1960Daniel Catton Rich (Director of the Worcester Art Museum) elected member of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF.
November 26, 1960Millionth visitor to galleries.
December 7, 1960H.H. Arnason elected Vice President, Art Administration for the SRGF.
1961Announcement of appointment of Thomas M. Messer as Director of the SRGM.
1963The SRGF receives a major portion of Justin K. Thannhauser's renowned personal collection.
1964Peter Lawson-Johnston becomes a trustee of the SRGF.
1965The Justin K. Thannhauser wing is officially inaugurated at the SRGM.
1966Petter Lawson-Johnston is appointed Vice-President for Business Administration of the SRGF; construction of the annex begins.
1967Hilla Rebay dies.
1968The annex is completed.
1969Carl Zigrosser dies; H.H. Arnason retires; Harry F. Guggenheim relinquishes his position as President of the SRGF to become chairman of the Board; Peter Lawson-Johnston, is elected President of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF; Peggy Guggenheim's private collection is exhibited at the SRGM.
1971Harry F. Guggenheim dies; works of art remaining in the Estate of Hilla Rebay are divided between the SRGF and the Hilla Rebay Foundation.
1972On the occasion of Justin K. Thannhauser's eightieth birthday, the wing containing his bequest to the SRGF is renovated and reinstalled.
1976Daniel Catton Rich dies; Justin K. Thannhauser dies; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, installed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, is made an Italian National Monument.
1977The SRGF observes its fortieth anniversary with Nina Kandinsky, widow of Vasily Kandinsky, as guest of honor at the celebration.
1978The Aye Simon Reading Room, designed by Richard Meier, opens off the second ramp in the rotunda of the SRGM; art historian Seymour Slive is made a trustee of the SRGF; SRGM initiates the Exxon series of exhibitions devoted to the work of emerging artists.
1979Peggy Guggenheim dies; ownership of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is transferred to the SRGF; Thomas M. Messer is appointed Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, in addition to his directorial position in New York.
1980Having been closed the year of Peggy's death, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection reopens in Venice after extensive conservation of the works and their reinstallation; Thomas M. Messer is named a trustee of the SRGF.
1987SRGF celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a suite of special exhibitions.
1988Thomas Krens succeeds Thomas M. Messer as Director of the SRGF.
1989New York City's Landmark Preservation Commission schedules a hearing to consider landmark status for the Wright building, with the full endorsement of the SRGF.
1990The SRGM is closed to the public so that the restoration of the interior and expansion can begin; SRGF acquires three hundred works of art from the collection of Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and his wife Giovanna through a purchase and gift agreement.
1991Agreements are signed between the Basque Administration and the SRGF to create a Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
1992After a three-year restoration of its interior, the SRGM reopens.
1992The Guggenheim Museum SoHo opens.
1995Ronald O. Perelman succeeds Peter Lawson-Johnston as President of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF; Peter Lawson-Johnston is elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF.
1997The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, opens; the SRGF and Deutsche Bank jointly open the Deutsche Guggenheim, designed by Richard Gluckman, in Berlin.
1998Peter B. Lewis is named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF; Peter Lawson-Johnston is elected the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF.
2000The SRGF signs an alliance agreement with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg; Philip Rylands is promoted from Deputy Director to Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
2001The SRGF and the State Hermitage Museum jointly open the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, designed by Rem Koolhaas, at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas; the SRGF, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, and the State Hermitage Museum sign tri-lateral agreement in Vienna for the development of long-term collaborative; the Guggenheim Museum SoHo closes.
2004William L. Mack is elected President of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF.
2005Restoration of the exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright building begins; Lisa Dennison is named Director of the SRGM; Jennifer Blei Stockman succeeds William L. Mack as President of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF; William L. Mack is named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SRGF.
2006The SRGF signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Gulf, to establish a Museum, designed by Frank Gehry.

Scope and Content Note

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) records span the years 1929-1999 (bulk 1937-1975), and document the history of the development of the SRGF and the opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM). Of particular focus are records of early SRGF Board of Trustees members and officers, such as correspondence and reports. Related public affairs records include press notices and copies of all publicity items, such as newspaper and magazine articles, sent to the trustees. Topics covered in the press clippings include the expansion of the SRGF, purchase of the SRGM 88th Street site, and interviews with Frank Lloyd Wright. Other public affairs records track the expansion of the new Museum in the media, through proposals, site purchase, architectural plans, exhibitions, public perception of the Museum, and naming of new trustees. Administrative records contain SRGM procedures and policies, as well as general correspondence and reports by SRGM directors Hilla Rebay and James Johnson Sweeney. The opening of the SRGM in 1959 is documented with newspaper clippings and magazine articles, in addition to press releases and press kits. Of particular interest is a draft of Harry Guggenheim's speech for the opening of the SRGM. Exhibition information including brochures, press releases and invitations, pertaining to various exhibitions at the SRGM and the Museum of Non-Objective Painting are present here. SRGM permanent collection records are comprised of inventory lists and insurance information. Eleven scrapbooks of newspaper and magazine clippings related to the SRGM, SRGF, the Guggenheim family and Hilla Rebay are also included in the collection. The collection is divided into five series: 1. Governance; 2. Administration; 3. Public Affairs; 4. Exhibitions and Objects; and 5. Scrapbooks.

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Governance, 1931-1999 (bulk 1950-1975), 1.75 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 1. Governance documents the activities and policies set forth by members and officers of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) Board of Trustees. This series consists of correspondence, memoranda and reports that provide information about the SRGF and the building and opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM). General board membership information is provided in several lists outlining names of officers and members and positions held. Press releases and news clippings provide further information on board members and officers, such as appointments, resignations and biographical details. Correspondence sent to board members includes information about SRGM events and exhibitions, as well as recent acquisitions. The incoming and outgoing correspondence of Solomon R. Guggenheim outlines the proposed plans for the SRGM and arrangements made with Frank Lloyd Wright for the design and construction of the new building. Reports submitted to the trustees by SRGM administration are also included. A report to trustees, written in 1946 for the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, outlines information on scholarships awarded, acquisitions, exhibitions, catalogues, lectures, and an extensive description of visitors and their perceptions of the Museum. A second report to trustees, composed in 1961, describes how the newly formed administration of the SRGM had created and continued to refine policies for determining future exhibition and educational programs. Copies of the SRGF charter and by-laws are also present.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 2. Administration, 1937-1994 (bulk 1937-1960), 2.5 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 2. Administration documents the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's (SRGM) general operations with particular focus on policies, financial and legal issues. There is extensive information regarding real estate for the new Museum building, including leases, contracts, construction details and construction photographs. Financial materials cover operating expenses, budgets, stocks and loans. General policies and operations, discussed in correspondence and outlined in reports, reference Museum hours, attendance figures, and donor membership. Several reports by Hilla Rebay describe Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) activities, connected to the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, such as lectures, gallery records and exhibitions. Also included are SRGM director James Johnson Sweeney's correspondence and reports, as well as information related to both his appointment and resignation as Director.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 3. Public Affairs, 1938-1971 (bulk 1940-1962), 3 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 3. Public Affairs contains documentation of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) publicity and press releases. General events and information pertaining to the SRGM are well documented with newspaper clippings and magazine articles. These clippings chronicle the media coverage of the expansion and building of the SRGM, including initial proposals, site purchase, architectural design, and public perception of the SRGM. The opening is additionally chronicled through photographs, press kits, press releases and a commemorative booklet. Press clippings also include information covering the ongoing operations of the SRGM, such as exhibitions and Board of Trustees and staff appointments and resignations. Press releases and publicity for trustees contain copies of all public affairs items sent to Board of Trustees members. This includes information such as the SRGM expansion, purchase of 88th Street site, and general articles about Frank Lloyd Wright. Publicity folders contain correspondence, statements and interview excerpts from SRGM staff to and from various members of both local and national press. Exhibitions and loans are also documented through articles and advertisements.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 4. Exhibitions and Objects, 1930-1980 (bulk 1938-1969), 5.25 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 4. Exhibitions and Objects consists of information pertaining to exhibitions, loans and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) permanent collection. The information is contained in: brochures; press releases; invitations; catalogues; correspondence; and contracts. Exhibition information covers exhibitions at both the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) and the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Series 4. Exhibitions and Objects consists of information pertaining to exhibitions, loans and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) permanent collection. The information is contained in: brochures; press releases; invitations; catalogues; correspondence; and contracts. Exhibition information covers exhibitions at both the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) and the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Loans of artwork made to the SRGM are documented with loan agreement contracts. Permanent collection information includes inventory lists, insurance documentation, acquisitions, inventory details, and vouchers. Vouchers which are restricted due to their institutional value contain receipts and various technical logistics of the purchase of works of art by the SRGF as well as select works of art purchased by Solomon R. Guggenheim prior to the establishment of the SRGF.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1929-1974, 2.25 cubic ft. (12 scrapbooks)
Summary: Series 5. Scrapbooks contains records on exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM), Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Guggenheim family, and Hilla Rebay, dated from 1920 to 1974. This series includes newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, photographs, press releases, invitations, and brochures. The majority of articles cover abstract artists and the non-objective collection of the SRGM. These scrapbooks feature the early collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and photographs of exhibition spaces before the construction of the SRGM building by Frank Lloyd Wright. Items in each individual scrapbook are arranged chronologically. Scrapbook numbers were assigned by SRGM staff in years prior to processing with the exception of Scrapbook 12.
Arrangement: Arranged by scrapbook number.

Folder List

Series 1. Governance, 1931-1999 (bulk 1950-1975), 1.75 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
Board of Trustees
Committees
101129General (restricted)1957-1960
101129Art and Museum (4 folders) (restricted)1953-1971
691754Finance: Proposal (restricted)1950
Correspondence (5 folders)
691754General (5 folders) (restricted)1971-1984
691754New Museum Building (restricted)1951-1952
691754Founders Week Program (restricted)1955
Members
691754Lists (2 folders) (restricted)1939, 1973-1980, undated
691754Milliken, Frank (restricted)1973-1979
691754Moyers, Bill (restricted)1968
691754Newlin, Chauncey (restricted)1970-1974
691754Searle, Dan (restricted)1988
691754Sennhauser, John (restricted)1952
691754Ylvisaker, William (restricted)1977-1983
Officers
691754General (restricted)1937-1968
Arnason, H. Harvard
691754General (restricted)1960
691754Biographical (restricted)undated, 1969
691754Dunker, Ted (restricted)1974-1975
Guggenheim, Harry F.
101129Acquisitions (restricted)1962
691754Biographical Information (2 folders) (restricted)undated, 1960
101129Brancusi, Constantin (restricted)1957-1960
Correspondence
691754General (10 folders) (restricted)1950-1973
691754Art Gallery of Toronto (restricted)1960
691754Castle Stewart, Earl (5 folders) (restricted)1950-1952
691754Castle Stewart, Eleanor (restricted)1958-1959
691754Dockum, Charles (restricted)1950-1951
691754Guggenheim, Solomon (restricted)1949-1950
691754Hanging Paintings and Lighting (restricted)1958-1960
691754Philadelphia Museum of Art (restricted)1961-1965
691754Rebay, Hilla (3 folders) (restricted)1944-1954, 1961
691754Sweeney, James Johnson (5 folders) (restricted)1952-1953
691754Thannhauser, Justin K. (restricted)1965
691754Wright, Olgivanna (restricted)1959-1964
691754Essays (restricted)1960
101129Miro Mural (restricted)1965-1967
691754Museum Procedures (restricted)1953
691754Peggy Guggenheim Collection (restricted)1969
101129Position Paper (restricted)1960-1961
691754Sotheby's Sale of Old Masters Paintings (3 folders) (restricted)1962
691754Speech: Opening of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (draft) (restricted)1959
101129Xceron, Jean (restricted)1952-1960
Guggenheim, Solomon R.
Correspondence
691754General (3 folders) (restricted)1935-1949
691754Burchenal, Elizabeth (restricted)1939
691754Farlow, Mrs. King (restricted)1939
691754Guggenheim, Harry (restricted)1931-1932
691754Rebay, Hilla (restricted)1940
691754Solomon R. Guggenheim Estate (restricted)1949
691754Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Site (restricted)1943
691754Wright, Frank Lloyd (2 folders) (restricted)1943-1954
Lawson-Johnston, Peter
691750Biographical (restricted)1978, 1985
Correspondence
691750General (13 folders) (restricted)1969-1986
691750Easton, Glenn (restricted)1969-1970
691750McKinley, Hazel (restricted)1981
691750Re-organization of Internal Structure (restricted)1969
691750,
101129
Rich, Daniel Catton (5 folders) (restricted)1960-1977
Thiele, Albert
691750Correspondence (3 folders) (restricted)1938-1948
Museum of Non-Objective Painting: Parking Lot
101129Correspondence and Plans (2 folders) (restricted)1950-1954
101129Photographs (restricted)1951
101129New Museum1952-1954
101129Building: Display Space (restricted)1952-1954
Zigrosser, Carl
101129General (2 folders) (restricted)1951-1974
691750Memorandum on the Frank Lloyd Wright Building (restricted)1951
691750Operating Exhibition Report by Mary O. Benson (restricted)1939
Report to Trustees
6917501945: Museum of Non-Objective Painting (restricted)1945-1946
6917501961: From Arnason, H.H. (restricted)1961
691750Resolutions (blank forms) (restricted)undated
691750By-Laws (7 folders)1937, 1961, 1967-1971, 1980, 1988-1990, 1999
691750Certificate of Good Standing (NY State Education Department)1990
691750Charter (copy)1937
Series 2. Administration, 1937-1994 (bulk 1937-1960), 2.5 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
691750Attendance, 1953-1959circa 1955
691750Attendance and Receipts1939-1940
691750Conservation Department1952-1953
691750Day File1951
Development: Associates
691750General (2 folders)1962-1965
691750Biographiescirca 1960
Directors
691750Messer, Thomas: Report to the President1963
Rebay, Hilla
691750Correspondence (4 folders)1937-1945
Reports
691750Foundation Activities (5 folders)1942-1949
691750Museum of Non-Objective Painting Activities1951
691750To Trustees upon the Tenth Anniversary of the Museumundated
Sweeney, James Johnson
691750Appointment1952, 1960
691750Biographical1959
Correspondence
691750Board of Trustees (restricted)1952-1959
691750Guggenheim, Harry (4 folders)1952-1960
100999Director's Reports (2 folders)1953-1960
100999Duties of a Director (2 folders)1952-1958
100999Resignation1960-1965
Finance
100999General (restricted) 1939-1941
100999Acquisitions and Scholarships (restricted) 1937
691759Budget (restricted) 1951
100999Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (restricted) 1945-1952
100999Higgins, Esq., Williams: Correspondence (restricted)1938-1939
691759Hilla Rebay Collection (restricted) 1970-1972
Hunt, Clinton
100999Art-Film Laboratory (restricted) 1953
100999Correspondence (2 folders) (restricted)1945-1959
100999Grant, Dwinell (3 folders) (restricted) 1941-1953
100999Rebay, Hilla (restricted) 1950-1958
100999Loan: Bridge Loan (restricted) 1989-1990
100999Operating Expenses (restricted) 1952
100999Peggy Guggenheim Collection (restricted) 1989-1994
100999Personnel: Payroll Records (2 folders) (restricted) 1939-1940
100999Ram Press (restricted) 1955-1960
691759Sale of Kandinsky Paintings (restricted) 1964
100999Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building (restricted) 1956-1959
100999Stocks (restricted)1976
100999Transport of Works of Art (restricted) 1956-1962
Human Resources
101129Art Administration Art Activities Division (restricted)1968-1969
101129Policies and Procedures1950
Legal
100999Accident Reports (restricted)1946-1947
Agreements
100999Dockum, Charles (10 folders) (restricted)1942-1957
100999Fishinger, Oskar (restricted) 1943-1947
100999Guggenheim Nitrate Corporation (restricted)1950
100999Kandinsky Point and Line (restricted)1946
100999Amusement License (restricted)1939-1941
691759Bill of Sale: Hilla Rebay to Solomon R. Guggenheim (restricted) 1938
Cases
100999Guggenheim vs. State National Bank of CT (2 folders) (restricted)1938-1967
100999Josephine Louise Huber vs. Hilla von Rebay (restricted)1944-1945
100999Correspondence: Frank Lloyd Wright (restricted)1946
691759Green Farms Property (restricted)1948-1950
100999Insurance Reports: Monthly (restricted)1966-1967
101129Menken, Marie (2 folders) (restricted)1942-1944
100999New York Steam Corporation: Contract (restricted)1947
Real Estate
1 East 88th Street
101129General (3 folders) (restricted)1949-1955
101129Construction Photographs (restricted)1952
1011291-5 East 88th Street (restricted)1953-1954
10112910 East 88th Street (restricted)1950-1957
100999,
691759
24 East 54th Street (6 folders) (restricted)1939-1947
1071 Fifth Avenue
101129General (restricted)1937-1957
691759,
101129
Deed and Supporting Materials (2 folders) (restricted)1946, 1950-1951
101129Lease (restricted)1946-1947
100999Rudolf Bauer Trust (6 folders) (restricted)1939-1943, 1953
100999Museum Closure: Martin Luther King Jr. Funeral1968
100999Museum Hours1959-1960
691759Organizational Chart1959-1960
101129Organization of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (5 folders)undated, 1952-1966
Personnel
100999Administrative Assistant: Fountaine, George: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Opening: Correspondence (4 folders)1958-1959
Assistant: Rothschild, Clarence
100999Museum of Non-Objective Painting (5 folders)1939-1941
Correspondence
100999General (2 folders)1939-1942
100999General Electric1939-1941
100999Solomon R. Guggenheim 1939-1942
100999Finance1939
100999Newspaper Clipping Service1940
100999Assistant Director: Morley, Grace L. McCann 1958
100999Deputy Director: Berg, Henry1973-1981
101129Staff Assistant: Sennhauser, John1942-1952
691752Repair of Awning: Museum of Non-Objective Painting1939
691752Scholarships
101129Delaunay, Robert (restricted)1941
Students: Policies1939
691752Viewing Program: Applications (10 folders) (restricted)1961-1967
Series 3. Public Affairs, 1938-1971 (bulk 1940-1962), 3 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
691752America in Miniature Park1964-1965
691752American Art Directory1961
691752Architectural Forum1948
691752Awards: American Institute of Architects1964
691752Background Information on Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (4 folders)undated, 1951, 1957-1961
691752Correspondence
691752General (13 folders)undated, 1937-1938, 1951-1968
691752Canaday, John (New York Times)1960-1962
691752Cortissoz, Royal1944
691752Genaner, Emily (New York Herald Tribune)1960
691752Goldberg, Vicki1960-1961
691752Hope Associates1945-1948
691752Lomask, Milton1962-1963
691752Markel, Lester1959-1960
691752New York City Department of Commerce and Public Events: Salute to Spring1959-1960
691752Photographs Requested1958-1959
691752Press1960
691752Publications (2 folders)1945-1952, 1960
691752,
101129
Gallery Talks (2 folders)1953, 1959
691752Guggenheim International Award1960
691752Hubley, John: Film (2 folders)1955-1965
Museum of Non-Objective Painting
691752Advertisement1940
691752Flyerundated
691752Openingundated
691752Pamphlets (2 folders) undated, 1949
691752Photographsundated
Newspaper Clippings
691752,
101125
General (31 folders)undated, 1935-1971
101125Finance1959-1962
101125Foreign Press (4 folders)1959-1961
101125Guggenheim, Peggy1961
101125Messer, Thomas M.1961
101125Old Masters1962
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
101125General 1944-1950
101125Building Construction1956-1959
101125Sweeney, James Johnson: Resignation 1960
101125,
803333
Wright, Frank Lloyd1953, 1959
803333Policies
803333General1964-1966
803333Press Clipping Procedures 1962
803333Publications Policy 1960
Postcards of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
803333Correspondence1959-1960
803333Postcardsundated, 1960
803333,
691759
Press Notices and Publicity for Trustees (23 folders)1951-1963
803333Press Releases: Acquisitionsundated
Publicity
803333General (17 folders)undated, 1935-1960
803333Edson, E.C. 1939-1940
803333"The Shining Brow-Frank Lloyd Wright": Excerpts1958-1960
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building
803333General (5 folders)1956-1959
Booklet
803333General (2 folders)1959-1960
803333Acknowledgments1960
803333Correspondence1959-1960
803333Planning1959-1960
Opening
691761Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles (2 folders)1959-1965
691761Photographs (2 folders)undated, 1959
691761Press Kit (2 folders) 1959
691761Press Releases1959
691761Photograph of Drawing 1959
Series 4. Exhibitions and Objects, 1930-1980 (bulk 1938-1969), 5.25 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
Exhibitions
691761Art of Tomorrow: Brochures1939
691761Labels for Artwork: Carnegie Hallundated
Museum of Non-Objective Painting
691761American Non-Objective Painters, 1949 (#63): Brochure1949
691761Catalogues: Finance1939-1940
691761Charlestown1938
691761Collection shown at Gibbes Art Gallery, 1938 (#4-T)1938
691759Evolution to Non-Objectivity, 1952 (#74)1952
691761Invitations (General)1939-1941
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
691761Acquisitions 1953-1961, 1961 (#127): Press Release1961
691761Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection, 1962-1963 (#145): Invitation1962
101129One Hundred Paintings from the G. David Thompson Collection, 1961 (#128)1961
Loan Agreements
691761,
691759,
101129
General (12 folders) (restricted)1940-1945, 1952-1966
691761Paris Exhibition (Galerie Charpentier) (restricted)1939
691761World's Fair, 1939 (restricted)1939
Permanent Collection
Acquisitions
691761,
101129
General (12 folders) (restricted)1936-1966
691761Bauer, Rudolph (restricted)1939
691761Feneon, Felix (restricted)1938
691759Policies: Correspondence (restricted)1952
Correspondence
691761General (2 folders) (restricted)1940-1945
691761Solomon R. Guggenheim's Non-Objective Art Collection (3 folders) (restricted)1936
101129Dali, Salvador: Jewels (restricted)1956
101129Daumier, Honore (restricted)undated
691761Dreier, Katherine: Bequest (restricted)1953
691759Estate of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Bill of Sale and Correspondence (restricted)1948
Hilla von Rebay Collection
691761,
691759
General (6 folders) (restricted)1938-1964
691761Carnegie (restricted)1938
691761Inventory (restricted)1948-1952
691761Paintings Not Sold to Solomon R. Guggenheim (restricted) undated
Insurance
691761General (restricted)1939
691761Correspondence (2 folders) (restricted)1939, 1957
691761Values (3 folders) (restricted)1938-1940, 1947, 1957-1969
691761,
101129
Inventory (8 folders) (restricted)undated, 1945-1954, 1960-1970
691761,
691759
Nierendorf (2 folders) (restricted)1947-1948
691761Not in Foundation's Possession (restricted)1951-1969
Paintings
691761,
691759
General (10 folders) (restricted)1939-1969
691761Bauer, Rudolf (restricted)1937
691761,
691759
Insurance (2 folders) (restricted)1951-1957
691759Inventory (3 folders) (restricted)1939-1940, 1951
691759Report on Examination of Records Relating to Pictures (restricted)1939, 1968
691761Sculpture (restricted)1959-1972
Solomon R. Guggenheim
691761Collection (5 folders) (restricted)1930-1942, 1948
691759Donations and Bill of Sale (restricted)1937-1940
691761,
691759
Estate (3 folders) (restricted)1942-1965
101129Sotheby's Sale (3 folders) (restricted)
Thannhauser Collection1962-1964
691761,
691759
General (9 folders) (restricted)1963-1980
691761Agreement (restricted)1963
000577,
000578,
000579,
000580,
000581
Vouchers (47 folders) (restricted)1930-1978
Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1929-1974, 2.25 cubic ft. (12 scrapbooks)
BoxFolderTitleDate
000541Scrapbook 11935-1937
000542Scrapbook 2 1935-1938
000543Scrapbook 31932-1942
000544Scrapbook 4 1935-1939
000543Scrapbook 51938-1939
000545Scrapbook 61939-1940
000546Scrapbook 71941-1943
773545Scrapbook 81942-1951
000547Scrapbook 91943-1951
000553Scrapbook 101944-1945
000548Scrapbook 11 (Hilla Rebay Scrapbook)1929-1950
000548Scrapbook 12 (Hilla Rebay Scrapbook)1972-1974