The collection is arranged into 7 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1919-1975 (Box 1, 5, OV 7; 0.3 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1929-circa 1975 (Box 1, OV 7; 0.4 linear feet) Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1920-1977 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet) Series 4: Printed Material, 1915-1975 (Box 1, 2, 3, OV 7; 2.3 linear feet) Series 5: Artwork, circa 1940-circa 1960 (Box 3, 5; 2 folders) Series 6: Photographic Material, 1917-circa 1975 (Box 4, 6, OV 7; 1.3 linear feet) Series 7: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-1950 (Box 8, OV 9; 0.3 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The papers of the painter, photographer, printmaker, and teacher Joseph Kaplan measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1915-1977. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material, specifically exhibition catalogs. Also found are a large number of photographs taken of and by Kaplan. The papers also include biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, and artwork. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes travel slides taken in Mexico and Provincetown, Massachusetts by Joseph Kaplan, circa 1940-1950, and a photograph of Kaplan by Arnold Newman, circa 1950.
Joseph Kaplan papers, 1915-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
307 nitrate negatives donated to the Archives of American Art with the Joseph Kaplan papers have been removed and are stored in off-site storage. Negatives were duplicated onto safety based film and only select prints were made.
Joseph Kaplan (1900-1980) was a painter, printmaker, photographer, and teacher who worked primarly in New York and Provincetown. He was most active in the 1940s through the 1950s. Earlier in his career he worked on several WPA Federal Art Projects and Treasury Relief Art Projects.
The records are in English.
The Joseph Kaplan papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Marilyn Kearney in 1981. Additional papers were donated by Deborah Meyer in 2021.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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