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Berkowitz, Leon, 1919-1987  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
Fox, Ida  Search this
Kern, Helmuth F.  Search this
Okamura, Arthur  Search this
Ulbricht, John  Search this
Burton, Scott  Search this
Washington Workshop Center for the Arts  Search this
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Physical Description:
3.02 Linear feet
The collection is arranged into nine series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1934-circa 1974, undated (box 1, 3 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-1985, undated (boxes 1-2, 27 folders) Series 3: Teaching Files, 1939-1950s, 1985-1986, undated (box 2, 4 folders) Series 4: Exhibitions, 1944-1985, undated (box 2, 4, 10 folders) Series 5: Washington Workshop Center for the Arts, 1940s-1950s (boxes 2-3, 14 folders) Series 6: Other Projects, 1944-1985 (box 3, 4 folders) Series 7: Notes and Writings, 1940s-1971, undated (box 3, 8 folders) Series 8: Artwork, circa 1950s, undated (box 3, 5 folders) Series 9: Photographs, circa 1900-1970s (box 3, 5 folders) Series 10: Interview on Audio Cassette, [1974?] (box 3, 1 folder)
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. Microfilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of unmicrofilmed material requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
This collection, which measures 3.02 linear feet and dates from circa 1900 to 1986, documents the lives of painter and educator Leon Berkowitz and his first wife, poet Ida Fox Berkowitz, and provides insight into the cultural and artistic climate in 1940s and 1950s Washington D.C. through correspondence, notes, sketches, photographs, printed material, and audio cassettes.
Leon Berkowitz and Ida Fox Berkowitz papers, circa 1900-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Portions of this collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 2786 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Related Materials:
Also available in the Archives of American Art are two audio cassettes of a transcribed oral history interview with Leon and Ida Fox Berkowitz, June 5, 1979.
Biography Note:
Leon Berkowitz (1911-1987), a painter associated with the Washington Color School, was born in Philadelphia (the 1919 birth date given by Berkowitz in Who's Who in American Art is incorrect). He met and married his first wife, Ida Fox, between 1935 and 1937. Berkowitz received a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 and an M.A. from George Washington University in 1948.
Language Note:
English .
Leon Berkowitz donated the papers of his first wife, Ida Fox, in 1987. After his death in 1987, his second wife, Maureen Berkowitz, donated his papers to the Archives of American Art. In addition to these two accessions, one folder of material on Leon Berkowitz was donated in 1979. This material was microfilmed on reel 2786.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Color-field painting  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art