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Piet Mondrian papers

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1102

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the writings and personal papers of Piet Mondrian, in addition to writings about him and the De Stijl movement. Most of Mondrian's writings were arranged and annotated by Harry Holtzman and Martin S. James for their volume The New Art, the New Life: the Complete Writings of Piet Mondrian (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986). Some of the writings also were annotated by Mondrian's colleagues Michel Seuphor and Georges Vantongerloo. Personal papers include items such as Mondrian's birth certifications and passport, leases for his studios in Paris and New York, his United States war ration books, and his will. Also present are a few autograph and typed letters, signed, from friends and colleagues in the arts, and an undated drawing by Mondrian. Along with the papers are publications by others that were owned by Mondrian, some with his autograph annotations, and issues of the journal De Stijl.

Dates

  • 1881-1945

Creator

Language of Materials

In English, Dutch, German, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Piet Mondrian Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harry Holtzman, 1983-1985.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1917-1945. II. Personal Papers, 1881-1944.

Associated Materials

Harry Holtzman Papers (GEN MSS 819).

Extent

2.54 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.mondrian

Overview

The collection consists of the writings and personal papers of Piet Mondrian, in addition to writings about him and the DeStijl movement. Most of Mondrian's writings were arranged and annotated by Harry Holtzman and Martin S. James for their volume The New Art, the New Life: the Complete Writings of Piet Mondrian (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986). Some of the writings also were annotated by Mondrian's colleagues Michel Seuphor and Georges Vantongerloo. Personal papers include items such as Mondrian's birth certifications and passports, leases for his studios in Paris and New York, his United States war ration books, his will, and an undated drawing by Mondrian. Also present are a few autograph and typed letters, signed, from friends and colleagues in the arts.

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

Dutch artist, immigrated to the United States in 1940 and died in New York in 1944.

Existence and Location of Copies

Portions of the collection were microfilmed and appear on Beinecke Library Vault Films 889 and 2598.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

The papers were arranged by Harry Holtzman and Martin S. James in preparation for their volume The New Art, the New Life: the Complete Writings of Piet Mondrian (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986). English translations of essay titles and numbers indicated in each entry refer to an inventory provided by Holtzman when he deposited the material at the library. Not all of the numbers have associated entries as some of the folders were empty when they arrived at the library. In addition, Holtzman 38 was returned to the donor on April 2, 1985.

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat MS Vault 710.
Title
Guide to the Piet Mondrian Papers
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2014
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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