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I absolutely adore this image of Adolf Konrad’s packing list from December 16, 1963. He was heading to Rome and Egypt. I think I can count five journals, two or three fountain pens, four bottles of ink (!), three pencils, one ruler, and one eraser. I love how half the page takes up his writing/painting/photographic supplies for his trip.

This image is one of many from the 2011 exhibition called Lists: To Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists’ Enumerations From the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. The Morgan Library & Museum website provides only this one image; you can read more about the exhibition and view more of the items on the Archives of American Art webpage. If you click through you can look at other sketches of the people and places he saw on his trip. There’s even a book you can buy.

Great poem by Charles Green Shaw.

And finally the wonderful love letter from Eero Saarinen to Aline Bernstein in 1954, around the time of their marriage. It is hinted at in the Morgan article.

Updated: I just realized this is a travelling exhibition and it is currently showing at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island, from March 15 to June 16, 2013. Wish I lived closer!