Kinstler, Everett Raymond (1926-2019)

The Everett Raymond Kinstler collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, film and video, photographs, artwork, and other materials.

Manuscripts in the collection consist of Corrine Brown’s article, “An American Artist Tells the Whole Truth,” as well as an untitled Louis Auchincloss speech regarding Kinstler.

The collection includes a comprehensive series of Kinstler’s correspondence, containing letters to and from over 500 notable artists, performers, publishers, and politicians with whom Kinstler maintained both personal and professional relationships. Comprised of letters, emails, postcards, and notecards, the collection documents exchanges with Joseph H. Ball, Charles D. Batchelor, Ludwig Bemelmans, Tony Bennett, John Brademas, Dave Brubeck, Robert Brustein, Carol Burnett, George H.W. Bush, James Cagney, Scott Carpenter, Stuart and Tiny Cloete, Faith Flagg, James Montgomery Flagg, Joan Fontaine, Gerald Ford, Theodore Seuss Geisel, Gene Hackman, James H. Hammond, Katharine H. Hepburn, Malvina Hoffman, John Johansen, Lady Bird Johnson, Richard Long, Archibald MacLeish, F.E. Mars, Marianne Moore, Nancy Reagan, Norman Rockwell, Charles Scribner III, John Silber, Carol Simon, Harry S. Truman, John Wayne, Caspar Weinberger, and Tom Wolfe, among many others. Additional letters are organized in chronological files (dating from the 1960s to the 2000s). Kinstler’s correspondence with the CIA regarding official portraits may be of particular interest.

Printed materials in the collection consist of newsclippings, periodicals, bulletins, programs, newsletters, posters, and internet printouts. Materials often reference Kinstler’s artwork and related social events, such as dinners and portrait unveilings. Many files categorize items annually between contain 1960 and 2004.

Professional materials regarding the “National Portrait Gallery” are collected in subject files, dating from 1990 to 2004. Materials are constituted by printed items, correspondence, legal documents, and photographs. Conference and portrait unveiling schedules, as well as a faxed statement from Bill Clinton regarding the Yale Club Centennial and Official portrait placement, are also included.

The collection’s legal materials include court records, clippings, and magazines pertaining to Kinstler’s lawsuit against the Saturday Evening Post regarding copyright infringement of Kinstler’s John Wayne Portrait. Also present are Kinstler’s enlistment documents, Honorable Discharge record, and two deeds of gift to The National Portrait Gallery.

Film and video materials are collected primarily on DVD and include titles such as “Everett Raymond Kinstler: An Artist’s Journey,” “Faces of Winter 2010 Reilly Symposium – CSOPA Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Everett Raymond Kinstler,” “Sen. Bob Dole Portrait Unveiling,” and “Lotus Club State Dinner.” A VHS titled “National Arts Club Ninety-Ninth Annual Artists Award Dinner Honoring ERK,” is present, as well.

Collected photographs (principally black and white, 8” x 10”) capture Kinstler with his portrait subjects; Kinstler’s studio; portrait unveilings; related social gatherings; and press conferences. Notables include Leslie Arenda, Tony Bennett, Michael Blumenthal, John Brademas, Carol Burnett, George H.W. Bush, Scott Carpenter, Dick Cavett, Bill Clinton, Joe DiMaggio, Placido Domingo, Betty and Gerald Ford, Gene Hackman, Katherine Hepburn, Verne Orr, Donald Rumsfeld, George Shultz, John Wayne, Tennessee Williams, Tom Wolfe, and more. Additional photographs document Kinstler with Miss America portrait subjects. Three transparencies of Kinstler’s work are also present, alongside digital photographs of Kinstler’s portraits, maintained on CD-ROMS.

Signed prints of Kinstler’s artwork—including portraits of Cagney, Williams, Hepburn, Liv Ullman, and Elie Wiesel—are also included.  

Other materials in the collection consist of a scrapbook entitled “Here’s Back at You Mr. K…” and “GW Presents Beyond Category: Everett Raymond Kinstler,” an audio CD.

Notable Figures
1. Kinstler, Everett Raymond
Associated Subjects
1. Artists, Cartoonists, and Illustrators Subject Guide