March 9, 1978 Dr. William Homer, Chairman Department of Art History University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 19711 Dear Dr. Homer, My dissertation on 'Edith Gregor Halpert and the Downtown Gallery Downtown:1926-1940, A Study in American Art Patronage,' has been progressing quite well since I spoke with you at Wellesley last November. I have uncovered additional material on the 'Stieglitz-Halpert connection,' and am interested in developing it further. I am aware of next to no material chronicling Stieglitz'a commercial dealings after 1930 - when he became increasingly involved with Mrs. Halpert. Edward Gallup, at Yale, confirmed that the Edith Gregor Halpert-Alfred Stieglitz correspondence, which I have been examing here at the Archives of American Art, is not reported. In the light shed by your focusing of current scholarly interest on the early years of the Stieglitz Circle on the one hand, and additional interest focusing on the art of the thirties and the forties, the Halpert - Stieglitz connection is of great importance as a link. These letters document the gradual success of Halpert's careful campaign to make the works of the Stieglitz stable available to a national audience. The first showing of Marin and O'Keeffe outside of New YOrk (Detroit 1934) was preceded by calculated wooing on Halpert's part, as revealed in the correspondence. The favorable results in Detroit paved the way for the Downtown Gallery's increasing access to Stieglitz's artists and its increasing sales to museums and private collectors. Stieglitz's perception of his role in the art world during these later years is also revealed in his own words. Following Stieglitz's death in 1946, the focus of Halpert's campaign shifts to O'Keeffe and Marin. Judy Zilczer, my advisor here at the Smithsonian, suggested I contact you for further guidance. Do you think it worth my while to spend a day at Yale now, surveying the card catalogue for evidence of other business activity during the thirties and forties? Might anyone else, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Dorothy Norman, or Doris Bry, help me reconstruct the Stieglitz - Halpert connection? How might I contact them? Shall I telephone you next week to discuss these questions? Thank you for your interest Yours sincerely, Diane Tepfer Robbins
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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