The collection is arranged as 11 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1933-1981 (Boxes 1, 9, 11, FC 13; 0.7 linear ft.) Series 2: Correspondence, 1926-1993 (Boxes 1-5; 3.8 linear ft.) Series 3: Interviews, 1978-1982 (Boxes 5, 9-10; 1 linear ft.) Series 4: Writings, Notes, and Lectures, 1955-1982 (Boxes 5, 9; 0.5 linear ft.) Series 5: Journals, 1947-1982 (Boxes 5-7; 2.0 linear ft.) Series 6: Subject File, 1961-1977 (Box 7; 1 folder) Series 7: Printed Material, 1952-1981 (Box 7, OV 12; 0.1 linear ft.) Series 8: Artwork, circa 1950s-1960s (Box 7: 3 folders) Series 9: Sketchbooks, circa 1950s-1960s (Boxes 7-8, 11; 1.0 linear ft.) Series 10: Photographic Materials, 1941-1981 (Boxes 8-9; 0.5 linear ft.) Series 11: Audiovisual Recordings, 1961-1975 (Box 9; 0.1 linear ft.)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The Jack Tworkov papers measure 9.7 linear feet and are dated 1926-1993. Tworkov's work as a painter and influential teacher, as well as his personal life, are documented by extensive journals and substantive correspondence that record his ideas about art and teaching, and illuminate his relationships with friends, colleagues, and students. Many sketchbooks, writings, interviews, photographs, and moving images are also included.
Jack Tworkov papers, 1926-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Some of the video recordings in this collection have been copied for research access and digital copies are available in the Archives of American Art offices.
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reels N70-38 and 62 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Reels N70-38 and 62: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Helen Tworkov or Hermine Ford. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Jack Tworkov, one conducted by Dorothy Seckler, Aug. 17, 1962, and another by Gerald Silk, May 22, 1981. There is also a small collection of three letters written by Jack Tworkov to friend Troy-Jjohn Bramberger. The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel N70-38 and 62) including writings by Tworkov, notebooks, notes for teaching and talks, notes on art and miscellaneous subjects, poems, artist's statements, biographical data, the transcript of a 1970 interview with Tworkov conducted by Phyllis Tuchman, and a few letters and drafts of letters, 1950-1963. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
New York School painter Jack Tworkov (1900-1982), best known for his Abstract Expressionist paintings and as a highly regarded teacher, lived and worked in New York City and Provincetown, MA.
Jack Tworkov lent the Archives of American Art papers for microfilming in 1970-1971. Jack Tworkov's daughters, Hermine Ford and Helen Tworkov, donated the rest of the collection in 2009, which included some of the material from the original loan.
This site provides access to the papers of Jack Tworkov in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2013, and total 11,543 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001