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War Refugees

Artist:
Irving Norman, born Poland 1906-died CA 1989  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 1/4 x 90 1/4 in. (76.8 x 229.2 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Figure group\female and child  Search this
Fantasy  Search this
State of being\evil\war  Search this
State of being\other\refugee  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1988.21
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk743f614b0-0391-4144-b9d2-ce39724d8128
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1988.21

Oral history interview with Irving Norman, 1988 Mar. 5

Interviewee:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Bell, Michael S., 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12985
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216538
AAA_collcode_norman88
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216538

Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010

Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela, 1927-  Search this
Subject:
Norman, Hela  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10212
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213287
AAA_collcode_normirvi
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213287
Online Media:

Irving and Hela Norman papers

Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
10 Linear feet
142.32 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Date:
circa 1920-2010
Summary:
The papers of Irving and Hela Norman measure 10.0 linear feet and 142.32 GB and date from circa 1920 to 2010. The papers document the career of painter Irving Norman through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, curators, art galleries, and museums; writings, exhibition records, personal business records, printed material, personal photographs, and photographs of his artwork. Also found are numerous audio and video interviews of Irving and Hela Norman. Some of the materials, interviews and photographs are digital.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Irving and Hela Norman measure 10.0 linear feet and 142.32 GB and date from circa 1920 to 2010. The papers document the career of painter Irving Norman through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, curators, art galleries, and museums; writings, exhibition records, personal business records, printed material, personal photographs, and photographs of his artwork. Also found are numerous audio and video interviews of Irving and Hela Norman. Some of the materials, interviews and photographs are digital.

Researchers should note that the collection primarily documents Irving Norman's late career and Hela Norman's work to manage the exhibition and sale of Irving's work after his death. Almost all of the Norman's drawings and personal records were lost in a house and studio fire in December 1988.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1929-2010 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1951-2010 (3 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1974-2008 (3 linear feet; Box 4-7, 45.17 GB; ER01-ER18)

Series 4: Writings, circa 1974-2010 (5 folders; Box 7, 0.002 GB; ER19)

Series 5: Exhibition Records, 1980-2008 (1 linear foot; Box 7-8)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1974-2010 (0.8 linear feet; Box 8-9, 2.52 GB; ER20-21)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1940s-2000s (0.3 linear feet; Box 9)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1920-2010 (1.4 linear feet; Box 9-10, 94.63 GB; ER22-ER34)
Biographical / Historical:
Irving Norman (1906-1989) was a social surrealist painter in San Francisco, Calif. He married Hela Bohlen (1927-2010) in 1955.

Norman was born Irving Noachowitz in Vilna, Russia in 1906. He emigrated to the United States in 1923 and worked in a barber shop in Monticello, New York. In 1934 he moved to Los Angeles and opened his own barber shop in Laguna Beach. A few years later he volunteered for service in the Abraham Lincoln battalion in Spain, and upon returning to California , he joined a life drawing group. He attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco in 1940, studying with William Gaw and Spencer Macky, and in 1945 had his first major solo exhibition. At this time he also won the San Francisco Art Association's Albert Bender Memorial Prize. In 1946 he studied at the Art Students' League in New York and traveled to Mexico. He received much press when one of his paintings was removed from an exhibition at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum for obscenity in 1950. Despite this setback, he continued to regularly exhibition his work over the next decade.

A renewed interest in Irving Norman's work occurred in the mid-1970s, at which time he exhibited many new paintings. During the 1980s he continued to exhibit his work and participated in several video interviews. In 1988 a storm caused a fire which destroyed his house and studio, including drawings and most personal papers. Irving Norman passed away at home in July 1989 and a memorial retrospective of his work was held at San Jose State University the following year. Hela Norman continued to manage the sale and exhibition of Irving's artwork until her death in 2010.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art is a videorecording of an interview with Irving Norman, produced by Bay Area Video Coalition, Zeke Richardson and Larry Andrews, in cooperation with the Archives of American Art. The interview was conducted by Michael S. Bell, March 5, 1988.
Separated Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art is material lent for microfilming (reel 4705) including slides, photographs of artwork, and letters. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Irving and Hela Norman first donated a small amount of papers in 1988-1989. Hela Norman loaned additional material for microfilming in 1990. The rest of the collection was gifted in 2011 by Hela Norman via Tom Von Tersch, Trustee.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.normirvi
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-normirvi

Artwork, "Later Finds", Digital Photographs

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
55.26 Gigabytes (732 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER27-ER31
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2003-2009
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref131

California Report Interview of Hela Norman, 2007 February 16, Digital Audio Recording

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
0.56 Gigabytes (Two computer files)
Container:
Folder ER17
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2007
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 3: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref154

"Susan's 32 Films", Digital Video Recording

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
1.91 Gigabytes (One computer file)
Container:
Folder ER18
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2007
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 3: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref156

Writings by Hela Norman, Digital Documents

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
0.002 Gigabytes (68 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER19
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
1998-2009
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 4: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref719

A Moving Feast, Digital Video Recording

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
2.45 Gigabytes (One computer file)
Container:
Folder ER20
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2006
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 6: Personal Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref720

Personal Business Records and Correspondence, Digital Documents

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
0.069 Gigabytes (61 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER21
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
1997-2009
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 6: Personal Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref721

Family Photographs, Snapshots, Digital Photographs

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
3.69 Gigabytes (346 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER22
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2003-2014
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref722

Artwork, Digital Photographs

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
4.08 Gigabytes (730 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER23-ER26
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
1998-2002
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref723

Crocker Tour and Pictures from Shows, Digital Photographs

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
2.51 Gigabytes (442 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER32
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2002-2009
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref724

Jesse Bravo Photographs, Digital Photographs

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
23.7 Gigabytes (70 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER33
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2002-2006
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref725

Artwork, Transfer from Hard Drive, Digital Photographs

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
6.39 Gigabytes (75 computer files)
Container:
Folder ER34
Type:
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
2002-2010
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref726

Charles Ware and Irving Norman

Subject:
Norman, Irving  Search this
Ware, Charles M. (Charles Mott)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1985 April
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16567
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Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16567
Online Media:

Legal Documents

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2001-2007
1974
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 6: Personal Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref100

Artwork Appraisal

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2008
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 6: Personal Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref101

Artwork Conservation

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997
2001
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 6: Personal Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref102

Artwork Lists

Collection Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980s-2000s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Irving and Hela Norman 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.
Collection Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Irving and Hela Norman papers
Irving and Hela Norman papers / Series 6: Personal Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-normirvi-ref103

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