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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 487

Eugene Berman letters to L. Arnold Weissberger


Letters of artist and theatre designer Eugene Berman to his attorney, L. Arnold Weissberger concerning negotiations with galleries, sales of his paintings, his last will, and other business matters and documents.


  • Creation: 1947-1973


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

Letters concern business matters: negotiations with American art galleries; arrangements of exhibits and sales; design projects for Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.) and New York City Ballet; problems with social security and taxes. Some letters are written on the verso of letters from various galleries that Berman was forwarding to Weissberger for his opinion and advice. Also includes list of Berman's theatre designs, invitations to Berman's exhibits in Europe and the US, drafts of Berman's last will, his American naturalization certificate, a cancelled check, and a contract.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene Berman (1899-1972) was a Russian-born American artist, theatre and opera designer, and collector. Between 1922 and 1957 he lived and worked in the United States. In 1957 he moved to Rome where he resided until his death in 1972. As a designer he is primarily known for his designs for American Ballet Theatre's Romeo and Juliet and Giselle, and for the Metropolitan Opera's Don Giovanni, La Forza del Destino, Othello, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville.

L. Arnold Weissberger (1907-1981) was an American theatrical lawyer who represented many prominent artists and theatrical personalities. He was Eugene Berman's friend and attorney.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-160(b). Purchased with Frank E. Chase fund; received: 2003 November 12.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972. Eugene Berman letters to L. Arnold Weissberger, 1947-1973: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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