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Writings by Others, Not Shahn-Related

Collection Creator:
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Writings found here, primarily in the form of transcripts, are on subjects of interest to Shahn many of which were presumably used as source material for his artwork, sparked his interest in a particular commission such as those by John Barlow Martin, or were given to him as possible commissions for illustrations.

See Appendix for a list of writings from Series 5.3.
Arrangement note:
This series is arranged alphabetically by author with details provided in the index. The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of the full text of some writings.
Appendix: List of Writings from Series 5.3:
Writings are listed alphabetically by author; writings by unidentifed authors appear at the end of the list. Barr, Alfred: "The United States at the Venice Biennale," 1954

Bernstein, Aline: "Battle Hymn"

Block, Lou: "Ballyhoo vs. Information," circa 1943

Brennan, Francis: "The Picture and the Word," 1956

Brennan, Francis: Account of trip to Russia, 1960

Brennan, Francis: Speech for Conference of Western Association of Art Museums

Dugan, Alan: "Society of the Free and Easy"

Dugan, Alan: "Speech to the N.B.A"

Durr, Clifford J.: "The Trial of Jesus as a Loyalty Hearing"

Dye, Joan: "Juvenile Delinquency," 1956

Endore, Guy: "Address to the School of Library Science, UCLA," 1962

Engel, Monroe: "A Father's Geography," 1956

Ferry, W. H.: "Black Colonies: A Final Solution"

Ferry, W. H.: Address from the Western States Democratic Conference

Ferry, W. H.: "Why the College is Failing," 1963

Ferry, W. H.: "A Proposal from Ralph Helstein, Robert Theobald, and W. H. Ferry," 1963

Ferry, W. H.: "The Triple Revolution: An Appraisal of the Major U. S. Crises and Proposals for Action," 1964

Ferry, W. H.: "The Muddle in Education," 1964

Fielder, Leslie A.: "Nude Croquet"

Fuller, R. Buckminster: Letter to Mr. Higman, Conference on World Affairs, University of Colorado, 1963

Goldburg, Rabbi Robert: Memorial prayer for John F. Kennedy, 1963

Goldin, Judah: Translation of "The Grace After Meals"

Gregory, Horace: "Alphabet for Joanna"

"Vincent Van Gogh's 'Landscapes of the Soul'"

Gusten, Theodore: "Vincent Van Gogh, We and Picasso"

Johnson, Lyndon B.: Excerpts from Address to National Education Association, 1965

Joyce, Robert: "The Working Artist," 1961

Kacmarcik, Frank: "The Bible and Creative Imagination"

Kastner, Frank: "The Bible and Creative Imagination"

Kennedy, John F.: Statements, 1963

Lamont, Corliss: Statement before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, 1953

Langum, John K: "Prospects for the American Economy," 1965

Lemon, Richard: "Campaign Song"

Levinson, Alfred: "Cricket in the Mill"

Lewis, Margery: "The Young American Artist"

Martin, John Bartlow: "The Mecca Building"

Martin, John Bartlow: "The Hickman Story"

Martin, John Bartlow: "A Letter About Upper Michigan"

Martin, John Bartlow: "A Trip to the Lincoln Country"

Piel, Gerard: "Science, Disarmament and Peace," 1958

Pines, David, editor: Statement about book "Frontiers in Physics"

Pollack, Peter: Statement on establishment of the National Arts Foundation and the National Council on the Arts, 1963

Reid, Alistair: "A Spelling for Sleeping"

Reid, Alistair: "A Lesson in Music"

Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff: "Will the Creative Arts Thrive or Degenerate During the Next Fifty Years?"

Rodman, Selden: "Death of the Hero: A Modern Morality"

Rodman, Selden: Reviews

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano: Addresses to Congress, 1942

Rosenblum, William F.: Script of Chanukah pageant and story, 1962

Rosskam, Edwin: "Three Victims," 1960s

Rosten, Lou: "Gandhi," 1964

Roth, Cecil: "Had Gadya," 1965

W.H.S.: "What Price Peace?" 1963

Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur: "Government and the Arts," 1962

Shyre, Paul: "The Child Buyer" Play script adapted from novel by John Hershey

Taylor, Harold: "The First Sex: or Oedipus Unbound," 1953

Terracini, Umberto: Preface for "The Jews of the USSR," 1966

Tyler, Parker: Review of Exhibition by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and M. Alvarez Bravo, 1935

Wilder, Thornton: Playscript, "The Seven Deadly Sins - Number Six: Lust/Someone from Assisi"

Wilder, Thornton: Playscript, "The Seven Ages of Man - Number One: Infancy"

Wilder, Thornton: Playscript, "Childhood"

Yeats, W. B: Playscript: "Calvary" with production notes from Theatre Intime production

"Project by the Brooklyn Museum for a Major Exhibition of Photographs Dealing with Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans"

"The Use of Earle Browder's Image in a Mural"

Mr. Passow's Proposals Concerning Childhood Talent," 1966

"Problems Connected with Education in the Fine and the Applied Arts"

Possible chapters for a book: "Entertaining Notions" and "In the Name of Art"

"How to...Anything"

"New Forms vs. Reforms"

"The Transformation of the Novel"

"A Proposal to Establish a New and Permanent Opera Group in Boston"

"For Michael's Sake"

"Mino Maccari"

"The Sacco and Vanzetti Case"

"You the Steel Worker"

"Steel Strike in Warren, Ohio"

"Towards a Rural Housing Program"

"First Draft of Resettlement Administration Primer"

"Proposal for a Rural Community Center Program"

"Designing Museum Buildings"

"Food for Thought - A Creative Menu"

"The Dustbowl"

"President's Committee on Farm Tenancy," 1937


"A Portrait of the Plasma as a Many-Body Problem"

"Story About Kay-Kay"

"The Short Grace After Meals"

Text for a Woman's Pamphlet

"Metropolitan Museum"
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Collection Citation:
Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
AAA.shahben, Subseries 5.3
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Ben Shahn papers / Series 5: Notes and Writings
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Burton Wasserman holiday card to Theodore Gusten

Wasserman, Burton  Search this
Gusten, Theodore, 1899-1978  Search this
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