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John Malcolm Brinnin collection related to Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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In 1984, Brinnin contracted with

Art & Antiques magazine for an article on Wolfson and his collections. The article was written, and rejected, for being more about the collector than about collecting. It was later published, in 1988, in Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Art. This collection includes a 14-page photocopy of the original typescript, with holograph corrections in the author's hand, four autograph letters signed in Brinnin's calligraphic hand, one typed letter signed to an editor at the magazine, one unsigned contract (Brinnin objected that travel expenses were not included), and a retained letter from an editor explaining the rejection of the piece. Wolfson is the founder and benefactor of The Wolfsonian Musuem in Miami, which is focused on the power of art and design to illuminate and instigate social, historical, and technological change during the period from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution until the end of the Second World War. Its holdings were derived from Wolfson's collections. This collection precedes the opening of the Wolfsonian to the public by more than a decade.

Box 68, F0976: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, 2014.

Processed and encoded by George Apodaca, January 2016.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2016 January 21
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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John Malcolm Brinnin collection related to Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.
Box 68 Folder F0976

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