Harold Rosenberg Papers, 1923-1984.


Harold Rosenberg Papers, 1923-1984.

The papers offer a comprehensive view of Harold Rosenberg's professional life from the early 1930s until his death in 1978, with the greatest portion of material from the 1960s and '70s. One highlight is the editorial correspondence with Irving Howe, William Phillips, Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Thomas Hess and Ben Raeburn. Also interesting are letters from French intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, whose work presumably grounded Rosenberg's theory of "action painting." There is ample, rich correspondence with writers and artists such as Saul Bellow, Kenneth Burke, Donald Barthelme, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, Ad Reinhardt, and Allan Kaprow. Manuscripts show the range of topics Rosenberg's thoughtful writings encompassed in the little magazines that embraced him for more than three decades. They also show the maturation of his style as a reviewer for The New Yorker. The evolution of a given manuscript is often discernible through notes, drafts, corrected typescripts and galleys. Interviews and teaching files give a glimpse of the way Rosenberg presented his ideas as a public speaker, a facet of him that the audiotape also preserves. There is a relatively small amount of personal material, such as letters from Rosenberg's wife, May Natalie Tabak, and journals and photographs, which convey the quality of his family life. Clippings and printed matter, including 20 propaganda posters from the second World War, evoke the social and intellectual era in which Rosenberg lived and worked.

ca. 33 linear ft. (65 boxes)


SNAC Resource ID: 8307707

Getty Research Institute

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