The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Correspondence; scrapbook; sketches; photographs; personal documents; catalogs and announcements; and clippings.
REELS 52-53: Eight sketchbooks, 1935-1957; several pages from the diary of Lewis' wife, Joan, ca. 1948, commenting on their marriage; and an undated postcard from Ad Reinhardt.
REELS 91-92: Correspondence, with author Millen Brand and artist Jim Yeargans, unidentified authors and actors, and museums, many arranging exhibits by black artists and political action organizations; a scrapbook of catalogs, clippings, photographs, letters, and announcements, 1934-1968, concerns black art exhibits, the training of black artists, particularly during the Depression, WPA-New York projects, and Lewis' World War II work as a shipyard employee and poster artist.
REEL N69-47: Personal documents, correspondence, catalogs, announcements, photographs, articles; and clippings.
Norman Lewis papers, 1919-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 52-53, 91-92 & N69-47 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals returned to Norman Lewis after microfilming.
Painter; New York, N.Y.
Lent for microfilming 1969-1971 by Norman Lewis.
Lives of American Artists
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001