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Earl Newman Collection of Monterey Jazz Festival Posters

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Newman, Earl  Search this
Monterey Jazz Festival  Search this
0.6 Cubic feet (12 folders)
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Screen prints
Collection contains sixty-two posters commemorating the Monterey Jazz Festival, created, designed, and signed by Earl Newman.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of a set of sixty-two posters designed and created by Earl Newman to publicize the Monterey Jazz Festival. The prints are numbered and signed by Mr. Newman and feature Ray Charles, BB King, Etta James, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others. They are arranged in chronological order by date. Folders one through eleven contain the prints. Advertising and the cloth-covered portfolio to hold the poster collection are in folder twelve.
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Earl Newman is a self-employed artist and printmaker. He was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts on March 23, 1930. He received his B. F. A. degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1952. In 1957, Newman was awarded a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching from Harvard University. For about four years Mr. Newman apprenticed with Frank Mulholland in Malden, Massachusetts. In 1950 Newman began to operate his own commercial studio which was also located in Malden. For about two years he taught art in junior and senior high school before moving to the West Coast. Newman hoped that the move would provide a way to support his family, which included his wife Jean, and two daughters Andrea and April. He opened a studio/gallery in Venice Beach, California, initially designing and printing hand-screened coffee house posters. In 1963, Earl Newman received an opportunity to design the first promotional poster for the Monterey Jazz Festival. This ground-breaking opportunity allowed him to design one or two posters each year for fifty years. Originally Newman had envisioned himself as a landscape painter and made prints to pay the bills. It is the silkscreen prints that are now his legacy and included among the holdings in the Archives Center.
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Earl Newman, 1992 and 2010.
Collection is open for research.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Art and music  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Posters -- 1950-2000
Screen prints
Earl Newman Collection of Monterey Jazz Festival Posters, 1963-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History