The collection is arranged as 7 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1953-1955 (Box 1; 1 folder) Series 2: Letters, 1946-1996 (Boxes 1, 5; 12 folders) Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1961-1974 (Box 1; 6 folders) Series 4: Artwork, 1923-1931 (Boxes 1, 5, OV 6; 11 folders) Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1936-1962 (Boxes 1, 5; 16 folders) Series 6: Printed Material, 1938-1999 (Boxes 1-3, 5, OV 6; 1.9 linear feet) Series 7: Photographs, 1940-1998 (Boxes 3-5, OV 6; 52 folders)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and limited to the Washington, D.C. Reference Center.
The papers of New York social realist painter and printmaker Jack Levine date from 1923-1999, and measure 3.2 linear feet. Levine's career is documented through biographical material, scattered letters, notes and a speech, writings, student drawings, three scrapbooks, printed material and nearly one linear foot of photographs of Levine, his family, and his colleagues.
Jack Levine papers, 1923-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2015 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Materials which have not been scanned include some photographs with copyright restrictions; some photos of works of art; duplicates; blank versos of photographs; exhibition catalogs of other artists; and some publications. In some cases exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
The Jack Levine papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Jack Levine (1915-2010) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and worked as painter and printmaker primarily in New York City. Levine was one of the leading painters and advocates of the Social Realism School of the late 1930s.
Jack Levine donated his papers to the Archives in 1962, 1978, and 1999.
This site provides access to the papers of Jack Levine in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 3,069 images.
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