Cone Collection Records
BMA.7

Summary Information

Repository
Archives and Manuscripts Collections
Creator
Baltimore Museum of Art
Creator
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-
Creator
Rosenthal, Gertrude, 1903-
Title
Cone Collection Records
ID
BMA.7
Date [inclusive]
1929-2008
Extent
5.4 Linear feet (15 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
The Cone Collection Records contain a collection of material concerning the Cone Collection of art donated to The Baltimore Museum of Art by Etta Cone in 1949. It includes documents regarding the acquisition of the art collection as well as correspondence, photographs, clippings and publications related to the Cones and their collection.

Preferred Citation

Cone Collection Records, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Scope and Contents

The Cone Collection Records contain a collection of material concerning the Cone Collection of art donated to The Baltimore Museum of Art by Etta Cone in 1949. It includes documents regarding the acquisition of the art collection as well as correspondence, photographs, clippings and publications related to the Cones and their collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Archives and Manuscripts Collections 2010

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD, 21032
(443) 573-1778
BMAlibrary@artbma.org

Ownership and Copyright

The Cone Collection Records are the physical property of the Archives, Baltimore Museum of Art. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the creators or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult a Library staff member.

Provenance

Various.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Rafferty in 2004 with additions in 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cone, Claribel, 1864-1929
  • Cone, Etta
  • Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946

Subject(s)

  • Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Maryland -- Baltimore
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Baltimore Museum of Art -- Exhibitions.
  • Distribution of decedents' estates

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Location of Associated Material

Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone Papers; Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1. Acquisition of the Collection   0.4 Linear feet (.5 box, 7 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

This series contains 9 subseries: Claribel Cone’s Will and Estate, Etta Cone’s Will, Disbursement of Etta Cone’s Estate, Transfer of Cone Bequest to BMA, Valuation of the Collection, Expertizing Collection, Appraisals, Bequest to Weatherspoon Art Gallery, and Sale of Duplicate Books.

Claribel Cone’s Will and Estate contains photocopies of Claribel’s will (April 1929), a December 1929 inventory of Claribel’s apartments with values and a May 1930 account of her estate. The inventory is not very specific, listing things like “Miss [sic] Lot Books in Closet” and “1 print.”

Etta Cone’s Will contains a photocopy of Etta’s will, two copies of The Baltimore Museum of Art: A Resolution, November 28, 1949, and a November 1969 letter from the Law Offices of Constable, Alexander & Daneker regarding Etta’s will and “questions about the handling of the Cone Collection and Wing.”

Disbursement of Etta Cone’s Estate contains originals and photocopies of lists of works of art from the collections of Etta, Claribel or Fred Cone that were “to be held by the Baltimore Museum of Art for the said Executors for safekeeping pending administration upon the estate of Etta Cone.” Dates from September 8, 1949 to October 28, 1949. Lists are numbered and provide for some works, mainly paintings, sculptures and prints, the title of the work, the artist, the catalog number in Etta’s 1934 catalog and a penciled in value. The information provided for textiles and other decorative arts are less informative. For example, a Large Armoire contains items such as “8 pieces brocade, etc.” or “7 fragments tapestry and embroidery.” Lists of books are even less helpful: “wooden crate containing twenty-two sundry Art books.”

Transfer of Cone Bequest to BMA contains legal documents concerning the transfer of the collection to the BMA such as copies of releases and the final inventory and valuation. Also contains correspondence such as Adelyn Breeskin’s memo regarding the bequest of Fred Cone’s collection to the museum, letters from members of the public congratulation the BMA on the acquisitions, a letter from Breeskin to Philip B. Perlman about Breeskin’s visit to Etta in April 1949 and discussion of Etta’s will, the shipment of several Matisse drawings to Mrs. Allan Stein, and letters from Etta’s apartment that relate to the collection. Also contains a copy of the BMA’s press release about the acquisition. Dates from 1949 to 1950, with some undated material.

Valuation of the Collection contains correspondence regarding Gertrude Rosenthal and Adelyn Breeskin’s valuation of the Cone Collection. Dates from 1950.

Expertizing of the Collection contains letters to various museum professionals about going through the textiles and laces, rugs, furniture, Oriental arts, Renaissance and Baroque decorative arts, and books covers, illuminations and Near Eastern minor arts in the Cone Collection to determine what items were of value and worth keeping in the BMA’s collections. Also includes letters to Philip B. Perlman at the Department of Justice and J. K. Brigstocke at the Safe Deposit and Trust Company requesting approval for funding the experts as well as selecting them. In addition, includes a one-page list of the textiles and laces in the collection, probably the list created by Adele Weibel after going through the collection, and a list of the jewelry in the collection. Dates from 1949 to 1950.

Appraisals contains lists of textiles taken to D.C. for treatment in July 1956, a letter about a pottery vessel and a figurine head sent to the Chicago Natural History Museum for appraisal and notes about the appraisal, an unidentified list of Asian decorative arts, and a list of Cone jewelry taken to Kirk’s to be cleaned in December 1949 with a draft of the list. Dates from 1949 – 1950 and 1956. Finally, the subseries includes a sealed envelope with two notes stapled to it. “Piece of bronze belonging to the Egyptian Cat” is written on the envelope in what appears to be Etta Cone's handwriting, one note was stapled closed and contained a key (outside of note says “key, mede…..an, Morocco (Sudan), tooled [?] P…), other note lists 3 “Negro sculpture,” 1 small Indonesian figure and 1 Egyptian cat. In 2010, the envelope was unsealed and the piece of bronze inside was added to the Conservation Department's collection of fragments.

Bequest to Weatherspoon Art Gallery contains correspondence between BMA and Safe Deposit and Trust Company regarding valuation of the duplicates to go to the Weatherspoon. The series also contains a letter from the Weatherspoon with the original listing of items in the Cone Bequest that went to them as well as an inventory of the collection in 1974. Dates from 1949, 1950, 1974 and 1985.

Sale of Duplicate Books contains correspondence relating to the sale of duplicate books in the Cone Bequest. The letters concern mainly the solicitation of bids from various book dealers and the eventual sale of the lot to H. Bittner and Company. Also includes various copies of lists of books in the Cone Collection. Dates from 1953 and 1965.

Claribel Cone Will and Estate 

 1929-1930 


    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   1 1
    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Etta Cone Will 

 1949, 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Disbursement of Etta Cone's Estate 

 1949 Sep 8-Oct 28 


    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   1 2-4

Transfer of Cone Bequest to the BMA 

 1949-1950, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2
    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

Valuation of the Cone Collection 

 1950 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Expertizing Collection 

 1949-1950 


    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   1 6
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Appraisals 

 1949-1950, 1956 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

Bequest to Weatherspoon Gallery 

 1949-1950, 1974, 1985 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6
    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Sale of Duplicate Books 

Correspondence. 1953 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Lists. Circa 1953, 1965 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 8

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 Series 2. Collection Catalogues   1.8 Linear feet (4.25 boxes)

Scope and Contents

This series contains six subseries: 1930 Catalogue, Etta Cone’s 1934 Catalogue, Projected Supplement to 1934 Catalogue, 1967 Catalogue (Revision of 1955 Edition), Cone Annual, and Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta.

1930 Catalogue contains one annotated copy of the 1930 catalogue, Cone Collection of Modern Paintings and Sculpture. Handwriting is not Etta’s or Claribel’s.

Etta Cone’s 1934 Catalogue contains correspondence concerning distribution of copies of Etta’s 1934 catalogue after her death. Dates from 1950.

Projected Supplement to 1934 Catalogue contains various notes on entries for a supplement to Etta’s 1934 catalogue. Undated.

1967 Catalogue (Revision of 1955 Edition) contains correspondence regarding details of the 1967 revision of the 1955 edition of the Cone Collection catalogue. Subject matter includes which works to reproduce and the layout of the catalogue. Mainly between Gertrude Rosenthal and Kurt Wiener, Director of H. K. Press. Letters are from 1966 and 1967.

Cone Annual contains correspondence regarding the planned publication of volume 5 of the BMA Annual, which was to be focused on the Cones. Letters concern the planning of the volume and attempts to retrieve from Laura Cone a portion of the Cone Papers that were sent to her in 1963 but never returned. The Cone Annual was never published. Letters are from 1969 and 1970.

Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta contains material related to the publication of Brenda Richardson's 1985 collection catalogue. Of note is a transcript of an interview Will Ameringer and Gertrude Rosenthal did with Siegfried Rosengart and Gertrude Rosenthal's detailed notes about research for the catalogue and edits to the drafts. Also included in this subseries is correspondence with scholars and Cone family members about details of their lives and the history of their collections, copies of documentation about works in the collection from the BMA Archives and other archives, and material related to the publication and distribution of the catalogue. Material dates from 1977 to 1986.

1930 Catalogue 

 1930 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Etta Cone's 1934 Catalogue 

 1950 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 10

Projected Supplement to 1934 Catalogue 

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11

1967 Catalogue (Revision of 1955 edition) 

 1966-1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 12-13

Cone Annual 

 1969-1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta 

Research 

Notes and Correspondence from Gertrude Rosenthal 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1a 1

Notes 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1a 2

Siegfried Rosengart Interview 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1a 3

Correspondence. 1982-1986 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1a 4-5

Typescripts and Copies of Archives Material 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1a 6

Publications 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1a 7

Photographs 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1a 8

Matisse Titles 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1b 1

Lists 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1b 2

Drafts 

Chronology 

Brenda Richardson 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1b 3

L. Carol Murray 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1b 4

Documentation 

Matisse Paintings 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1c 1

Paintings by Other Artists 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1c 2-3

Drawings, Matisse and Others 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1c 4-5

Sculpture 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1dd 1

Condition Notes and Photos for Drawings and Sculpture 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1dd 2-3

Drawings, Picasso and Others 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1dd 4-5

Paintings 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1dd 6

Essays 

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1b 5

Planning, Publication and Distribution 

 1977-1986 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1b 6-7

Thank You Letters 

 1985-1986 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1b 8

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 Series 3. Exhibitions   0.7 Linear feet (1 box, 4 oversize folders, 1 rolled poster)

Scope and Contents

This series contains eight subseries: Lectures and Tours, Cone Memorial Exhibition, 1950; Knoedler Galleries, 1955; Cone Wing; Wildenstein, 1974; Reinstallation, 1974; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1991; and Matisse and Modern Masters from the Cone Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, in Japan, 1996.

Lectures and Tours contains transcripts of several lectures about the Cones and their collections.

Cone Memorial Exhibition, 1950 contains correspondence regarding requests for speakers at the Cone Memorial in 1950. Correspondents include Clive Bell, William Millikin and George Boas. Also includes drafts of Adelyn Breeskin’s introduction of the speakers at the Memorial and a copy of Clive Bell’s speech with accompanying corrections by Breeskin (page numbers do not correspond exactly). In addition, includes clippings of an article in The Sun about the opening and a draft of what may be a wall label from the exhibition.

Knoedler Galleries, 1955 includes press releases from the BMA for the 1955 exhibit at Knoedler Galleries in New York City, an invitation and ticket for the preview on January 24th, correspondence with Knoedler about the works to be shown, insurance and transportation of the works, as well as numerous lists of the works to be shown and their values.

Cone Wing includes list of requirements for the Cone Wing and a few sketches. Also, a letter from M.C. Shelesnyak of the Arctic Institute of North America regarding the choice of architects for the Cone Wing. Mr. Shelesnyak appreciated the work of the architects on the Saidie May Wing and suggested that they be asked to do the Cone Wing as well.

Wildenstein, 1974 includes copy of the published checklist from exhibition, numerous lists of works to be included in the exhibition with revisions, correspondence regarding publication of exhibition reviews and articles, organization of the preview and Friends of Modern Art tours as well as transportation of the collection to New York during the gas shortage, also a press release. Dates from 1973 and 1974.

Reinstallation, 1974 includes an invitation to the opening, correspondence about possible contributors and planning for the reinstallation and programs. Of note is correspondence about the construction of a facsimile of the Cone’s apartment in the galleries. Also included is a copy of an NEA grant application and a suggested gallery interpretation with a floor plan. The Public Relations folder includes clippings, magazines with related articles, some correspondence and a transcript of the Acoustiguide for the exhibition. 16 photographs and 9 strips of negatives of the reinstallation opening were transferred to the Photograph Collection (BMA.3). Dates from 1972 to 1975.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1991 includes only clippings and publications related to the exhibit.

Matisse and Modern Masters from the Cone Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, in Japan, 1996 contains two publicity scrapbooks with clippings and photographs from the 1996 exhibition at the Isetan Museum in Japan as well as several rolled posters from the exhibition.

Lectures and Tours 

 1950, 1953, 1958, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Cone Memorial Exhibition, 1950 

 1949-1950 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Knoedler Galleries, 1955 

 1955, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3
    Oversize Folder
Graphic materials   1 8

Cone Wing 

 1950, 1957, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4
    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Wildenstein, 1974 

Correspondence. 1973-1974 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 5

Lists. 1974, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Preview. 1974 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 7

Public Relations. 1974 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 8

Reinstallation, 1974 

Correspondence. 1972-1975 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 9

Public Relations. 1974-1975 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 2
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 10

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1991 

 1991-1992 


    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 3
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 11

Matisse and Modern Masters from the Cone Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, in Japan, 1996 

 1996 


    Oversize
Graphic materials   3
    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 4

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 Series 4. Works in Cone Collection   0.2 Linear feet (.5 box)

Scope and Contents

This series contains six subseries: General, Thannhauser Monet/Gauguin, Kota Reliquary Analysis Project, Conservation and Housing, Lists of Works, and Frames.

General contains correspondence between Adelyn Breeskin and Georges Wildenstein and Adele Weibel regarding the publication of an article about a Point de France flounce in the Cone Collection in Gazette des Beaux Arts and a typescript of Weibel’s article. The subseries also contains correspondence between Breeskin and M. J. Gladstone of  The Print Collector’s Quarterly about his interest in having an article written about a Matisse print in the Cone Collection and a note from Lydia Delectorskaya with an enclosed photograph of a chair in the Cone Collection that was inscribed by Matisse. In addition, the subseries includes a list of “Cone items kept for equipment and installation,” a note about “Bamberger rug – (gift – memory of Miss Cone),” a “blurb” on  Illustrations to Poems of Mallarmé by Henri Matisse, a list of references to the Cone Collection in Gertrude Stein’s  Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, notes about date changes to be made in Matisse labels, notes on some books in the Cone Collection, and a report by Gertrude Rosenthal about “critical comments on various paintings on exhibition by foreign scholars visiting the BMA in 1954.”

Thannhauser Monet/Gauguin contains mainly correspondence and memos about two works originally in the Cone Collection that were purchased from Thannhauser and later determined to be fakes. The paintings, a supposed Monet and Gauguin, were returned to Thannhauser and exchanged for Degas’ Head of a Roman Girl in 1957. The subseries also includes photographs of the paintings and several exhibition catalogues that show works similar to the fake Monet. Dates from 1957 and 1961.

Kota Reliquary Analysis Project contains correspondence regarding mentions of African objects in the Cone Papers, the Cone’s Kota reliquary and its analysis at Winterthur, and by Gordon K. Saltar and Roy Seiber. A wood specimen taped to an index card is also included. Also, numerous notes about African objects purchased by the Cones and copies of photographs of the Kota reliquary, an African cup and a chicken sculpture. Dates from 1975 to 1977.

Conservation and Housing contains correspondence from 1950 regarding the purchase of glass for framing paintings, framing of the paintings, and lists of which paintings needed conservation treatment. The subseries also includes Caroline Keck’s notes on the condition of the Cone paintings in 1964.

Lists of Works contains various lists not related to other materials in the Cone Collection, including lists of works on paper, Matisse’s Maquette drawings for Poesies de Stephane Mallarmé, sculpture, paintings, reproductions in the 1955 and 1967 Cone catalogues, and an annotated list of “Masterpieces from the Cone Collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art.” Some lists include insurance valuations of works. The subseries also includes index cards found in a box labeled “Contents of New Cabinet,” which list numerous prints owned by the Cones. The cards may be a listing of the contents of a cabinet that were made at the time of the Expertizing in 1949. They list the contents of each drawer and portfolio. Titles of works are generally not included. The original box was discarded due to preservation concerns and its lack of research value.

Frames contains correspondence, clippings and publications related to the reframing of the Cone Collection in 1986. The paintings in the collection were taken out of the frames selected by the Cones at the time of their purchase and placed in very simple strip frames. The change created an outcry from many of the Museum’s patrons. Several letters from the public are included in the subseries. It also includes drafts of Brenda Richardson’s essay for the 1993 pamphlet, In the Spotlight: What’s in a Frame?, and a copy of an article referenced in the essay. Material dates from 1986 and 1991 to 1992.

General 

 1939, 1949, 1954, 1978, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 1

Thannhauser Monet/Gauguin 

Correspondence. 1957, 1961, Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 3
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 2

Catalogues. 1955, Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   3 3

Kota Reliquary Analysis Project 

 1974-1977 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 3
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 4

Conservation and Housing 

 1950, 1964, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 5

Lists of Works 

General. 1955, 1965, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 6-7

Contents of New Cabinet. Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 8

Frames 

 1986, 1991-1992 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 9

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 Series 5. Correspondence   0.4 Linear feet (1 box)

Scope and Contents

This series contains ten subseries: Photographs and Artworks, Rights to Reproduce, Laura Cone, Marguerite Duthuit-Matisse, Ellen Hirschland, Louisiana Auction Exchange, Pierre Matisse, Teresa Bernstein Meyerowitz, Museum of Modern Art, and General.

Photographs and Artworks contains significant letters from museums and individuals about obtaining slides, transparencies, photographs of works in Cone Collection, as well as loans of items from the Collection. Also includes a few letters from Cone relatives about exhibitions. Routine correspondence not of enduring value was discarded. Dates from 1970 – 1971 and 1974 – 1975.

Rights to Reproduce contains letters from publishers and textile companies about making and selling reproductions of works in the Cone Collection.

Laura Cone contains letters between Laura Cone and Adelyn Breeskin both before and after the death of Etta Cone, mostly concerning Etta’s bequest and the Cone Memorial Exhibition at the BMA and the plans for the Cone Wing. Dates from 1949 to 1953.

Marguerite Duthuit-Matisse contains letters requesting reproductions of Matisse works in the Cone Collection. Dates from 1952 and 1970 to 1971.

Ellen Hirschland contains correspondence regarding Hirschland’s concerns about the 1967 Cone catalogue revision, and her and her daughter Nancy Ramage’s visit to the BMA to do research in the Cone Papers. Some other correspondence with Hirschland relates to exhibitions and other matters and is filed under the appropriate topic. Dates from 1964, 1967, 1992 and 1997.

Louisiana Auction Exchange contains copies of e-mails and memos about the sale of what were purported to be works from the collection of Etta Cone at the Louisiana Auction Exchange in 1997. The works turned out to be fakes. Also includes a copy of the auction catalog and a few clippings about the auction.

Pierre Matisse contains letters regarding the dates of Matisse’s Odalisque and  Peintre dans les Oliviers and obtaining copies of Etta’s 1934 catalogue after her death. Dates from 1949 to 1950 and 1956.

Teresa Bernstein Meyerowitz contains correspondence with the artist Teresa Bernstein Meyerowitz regarding her offer to sell her painting, The Cone Sisters, scheduling an exhibition of her husband William Meyerowitz’s works, and a copy of an article she wrote about the Cones. Dates from 1990, 1993 and 1995.

Museum of Modern Art contains letters mostly from Alfred Barr regarding Matisse works in the Cone Collection, letters from Matisse in the Cone Papers, and requests for reproductions. Dates from 1950 to 1954.

General contains chronologically arranged correspondence not relating to specific subjects or from frequent correspondents. Very general informational requests that do not shed light on the Cone Collection or the activities of the BMA have been removed. The subseries also includes a 1980 letter from Dr. Morris Saffron regarding a copy of the 1925 catalogue for the exhibit of French art at the BMA that may have been annotated by Claribel Cone. The catalogue is also included, but the annotation does not appear to be in the hand of Claribel. It is possible it could be Etta’s handwriting. Dates from 1930 to present.

Photographs and Artworks 

 1970-1971, 1974-1975 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 1

Rights to Reproduce 

 1949, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 2

Laura Cone 

 1949-1950, 1952-1953 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 3

Marguerite Duthuit-Matisse 

 1950, 1970-1971 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 4

Ellen Hirschland 

 1964, 1967, 1992, 1994, 1997 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 5

Louisiana Auction Exchange 

 1996-1997 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 6

Pierre Matisse 

 1949-1950, 1956 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 7

Teresa Bernstein Meyerowitz 

 1990, 1993, 1995 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 8

Museum of Modern Art 

 1950-1952, 1954 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 9

General 

 1930-2000 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 10-16

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 Series 6. Researchers   0.5 Linear feet (1 box, 2 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

This series contains five subseries: Will Ameringer, Mildred G. Blum, Irene Gordon, Barbara Pollack, and Mary Gabriel.

Will Ameringer contains correspondence and memos regarding Ameringer’s work on the Cone Collection catalogue and his employment at the BMA. Also includes some research notes, commentaries on Ameringer’s work and an annotated copy of a draft of his essay for the catalogue. Dates from 1983 to 1985.

Mildred G. Blum contains correspondence regarding Blum’s 1975 essay, “Sculpture of Henri Matisse, Cone Gallery.” The subseries also includes a copy of the essay.

Irene Gordon contains correspondence from 1973 to 1978 regarding Gordon’s NEA grant funded work on the Cone Papers. Also includes a brief biography of Gordon.

Barbara Pollack contains correspondence between Pollack and BMA staff members (mostly Gertrude Rosenthal) about the progress of her book on the Cone sisters and obtaining permission to publish personal letters between Etta and Claribel from Laura Cone. Includes letters of introduction for Pollack to Siegfried Rosengart, Leon Kroll and William Zorach. Also includes several pages of notes written by Gertrude Rosenthal about errors in Pollack’s book. Dates from 1959 to 1962, 1966 and 1974.

Mary Gabriel contains a manuscript of Gabriel’s book, The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of the Cone Sisters, with a few annotations. Dates from 1998.

Nancy Ramage and Ellen Hirschland contains three manuscripts of Ramage and Hirschland's book, The Cone Sisters of Baltimore: Collecting at Full Tilt, and correspondence between Ramage and BMA staff members about the book. Dates from 1999 to 2006.

Will Ameringer 

Correspondence. 1983, 1985 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 1

Draft of Cone Essay. Circa 1985 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 2

Mildred G. Blum 

 1975 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 3

Irene Gordon 

 1973-1975, 1977-1978 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 4

Barbara Pollock 

 1959-1962, 1966, 1974 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 5

Mary Gabriel 

Manuscript. 1998 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 6

Footnotes. 1998. 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 7

Nancy Ramage and Ellen Hirschland 

Correspondence 

 1999-2006 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5a 1

Manuscript 

2000 Revision 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5a 2

2001 Revision 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5a 3

2002 Revision 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5a 4

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 Series 7. Stein Family   0.3 Linear feet (.5 box, 2 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

This series contains four subseries: Gertrude Stein Material from Yale, Edward Dwight Material, Irene Gordon Compilation of Stein Correspondence at Yale, and General.

Gertrude Stein Material from Yale contains photocopies of correspondence between Etta Cone and Gertrude Stein as well as Stein’s original manuscript for, “Two Women,” from the Yale University Library. This material is also available on microfilm in the BMA Library.

Edward Dwight Material contains notes and correspondence that include a small portion of Dwight’s research notes and correspondence regarding a possible exhibition of the Steins’ art collections. Correspondents include Donald Gallup at the Yale Library, Lamont Moore at the Yale University Art Gallery, Carl Van Vechten and Alice B. Toklas. The subseries also includes two sets of photographs with overlays identifying works of art in the Stein apartments in Paris. The works are numbered with the numbers referring to note cards containing information about the work. The note cards are in a separate folder. They are generally in numerical order with notes at the beginning of the stack.

Irene Gordon Compilation of Stein Correspondence at Yale contains a compilation of transcriptions of letters to and from various members of the Stein family in the collection at the Yale Library. The transcriptions were put together by Irene Gordon. Gordon’s notes are included on some letters. Not all are related to the Cones.

General contains correspondence between the BMA and Mrs. Ida E. Rubin regarding a portrait of Leo Stein by Leger and correspondence from G. J Rosengarten regarding the possible donation of a collection of Gertrude Stein books to the BMA Library. Dates from 1962 and 1977.

Gertrude Stein Material from Yale 

 1985 


    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   1 9
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 1-2
    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 5

Edward Dwight Material 

Notes and Correspondence. 1948-1951 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 3

Stein Apartments. Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 4
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 4-5

Irene Gordon Compilation of Stein Correspondence at Yale 

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 6

General 

 1962, 1977 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 7
    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 5

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 Series 8. Cone Family   0.2 Linear feet (.5 box)

Scope and Contents

This series contains four subseries: Genealogy, Blowing Rock, Owl’s Roost, Frederic W. Cone, and Personal Reminiscences about the Cones.

Genealogy includes a photocopy of a Cone family genealogy written by Sydney M. Cone, Jr. in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Includes sections for the Guggenheimer, Skutch, Frank, Cohen, Ambach and Burgunder families. Also includes photocopied photographs of some family members.

Blowing Rock includes photographs and postcards of the Cone family’s mansion in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Owl’s Roost includes photographic postcards and stationery from Owl’s Roost in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Frederic W. Cone contains two wallets owned by Fred Cone and embossed with his name and initials.

Personal Reminiscences about the Cones contains reminiscences written by Adelyn Breeskin, Andrew Douglas, Dr. Monte Edwards, Mrs. Joseph Ullman, and Edna Long Lichtenfels.

Genealogy. 1971 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 8

Blowing Rock. Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 9
    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 6

Owl's Roost. Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 10
    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 7

Frederic W. Cone. Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 11

Personal Reminiscences about the Cones. 1962, 1967, 1971, 1974, 2001 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 12

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 Series 9. Clippings and Publications   0.3 Linear feet (.5 box, 3 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

This series contains five subseries: Acquisition of the Collection, Works in Cone Collection, Marlborough Apartments, Stein Family, and General.

Each subseries contains clippings from newspapers and magazines as well as entire issues of periodicals that relate to the Cones, their collection, or the Steins. Clippings and publications may also be found in other series where they were found enclosed with correspondence or where they directly relate to a specific subject such as an exhibition. All clippings on acidic paper have been photocopied and the originals discarded due to preservation concerns.

Acquisition of the Collection. 1950 


    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 6
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 1

Works in Cone Collection. 1931, 1933, 1940, 1951, 1954, 1977, 1992-1993, 1997, 2002, Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 2

Marlborough Apartments. 1997-1998 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   7 3

Stein Family. 1955, 1977, 1981, 1996 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 4
    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 7

General. 1955, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1995-1997, 1999, 2001, 2006-2007, Undated 


    Oversize Folder
Mixed materials   2 8
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 5-6

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 Series 10. Photographs   0.3 Linear feet (.5 box, 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

This series contains four subseries: Exhibitions, Works in Cone Collection, Stein Family, and Cone Family. Most photographs have been transferred from other series due to preservation concerns. Items that were found without other associated correspondence include, a photograph of a friend of Ed Cone’s sitting in the Marlborough Apartments vignette in the Cone Wing in the 1970’s and a set of 22 mounted photographs of the states of Matisse’s Pink Nude, donated by the Newark Museum. Photographed by Schindele, the states were given to the Newark Museum by Etta Cone in 1941.

Exhibitions 

Marlborough Apartments Vignette. Circa 1970-1979 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 1

Reinstallation, 1974. 1974 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 2

Works in Cone Collection 

Thannhauser Monet/Gauguin. Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 3

Kota Reliquary Analysis Project. Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 3

Matisse's Pink Nude. 1941 


    Oversize Folder
Graphic materials   2 9

Stein Family 

Edward Dwight Material - Stein Apartments. Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 4

General. Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 5

Cone Family 

Blowing Rock. Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 6

Owl's Roost. Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   8 7

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