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John Malcolm Brinnin collection related to Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0976

Content Description

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.


  • Creation: 1984


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,


9 item


Consists of the John Malcolm Brinnin collection related to Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., which includes letters written by Brinnin to the publishers, a letter from the publisher declining the article, and a photocopy of the manuscript.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2014.

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

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

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by George Apodaca, January 2016.

Finding aid for John Malcolm Brinnin collection related to Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2016 January 21
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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