October 29, 1968 Note to Henry Miller From Shirley (BRLA)
I call you Henry because I keep forgetting I am a stranger to you.
I am grateful to you for living, communicating and surviving in your own marvelous miraculous way.
I am writing to you about an artist, Noel Rockmore, who has been deeply influenced by your work.
“Know his work? I am Henry Miller for God’s sakes!” he once shouted happily at me.
I am enclosing some photographs of his work.
He would like to do your portrait again - from life,
if it can be arranged.
He is at low ebb right now.
I wish I could explain to you what A note from you would do mean a great deal for to him.
His need is great.
My thanks. My best.
January 22, 1969 Letter To Shirley (1127) From Seitz (Brandeis)
ROSE ART MUSEUM Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts 02154
Dear Mrs. Marvin:
Thank you so much for sending me a copy of Preservation Hall Portraits. The idea of showing a group of them in the Dreitzer Gallery at Brandeis, which as you know is in the Spingold Theater Building, is interesting and I would like to consider it further. Perhaps tape recordings of New Orleans jazz could be played as a background in the gallery. I have a good friend, Mr. John Van Buren, who is in close contact with the Preservation Hall people and has important tapes which we may be able to borrow. It would be exciting if we could put together a live concert of some of the musicians whose portraits are included.
Before I go further, however, I should very much appreciate seeing a few 2 x 2 inch color slides of the major works, so I can judge how they appear in color. Would it be possible for you or Mr. Bornstein to send me approximately one dozen such Kodachromes?
(William C. Seitz)