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Oral history interview with Reuben Nakian, 1981 June 9-17

Interviewee:
Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Manship, Paul Howard  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Hague, Raoul  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
French, Daniel Chester  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Dudensing, F. Valentine  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11707
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212940
AAA_collcode_nakian81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212940
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Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1973 Nov. 7-Dec. 26

Interviewee:
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Knoll, Hans  Search this
Ward, Eleanor  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Hare, David  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Brummer, Joseph  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Becker, John Bruere  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Fraser, James Earle  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Ruotolo, Onorio  Search this
Covarrubias, Miguel  Search this
Reynal, Jeanne  Search this
Graham, Martha  Search this
Schoen, Eugene  Search this
Ito, Michio  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Price, Edison A.  Search this
Moore, Henry  Search this
Ruellan, Andrée  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Hopkins, Harry Lloyd  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Hasegawa, Saburo  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Kahn, Louis I.  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)  Search this
Breton, André  Search this
Shoji, Sadao  Search this
Raymond, Antonin  Search this
Taniguchi, Yoshiro  Search this
Barnard, George Grey  Search this
Gregory, Peter Ronald  Search this
McMahon, Audrey  Search this
Calder, Alexander Stirling  Search this
Kantor, Morris  Search this
Borglum, Gutzon  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Egan, Charles  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Brummer Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bollingen Foundation  Search this
Japanese American Citizens' League  Search this
Leonardo da Vinci Art School  Search this
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill  Search this
Unesco  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Italy  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Gardens, Japanese  Search this
Japan  Search this
Egypt  Search this
India  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11906
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216546
AAA_collcode_noguch73
Theme:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216546
Online Media:

Willard Gallery records, 1917-1973

Creator:
Willard Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Hayes, David Vincent  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy  Search this
MacLeish, Archibald  Search this
Willard, Marian  Search this
Stearns, Thomas  Search this
Wilson, Ann  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Schanker, Louis  Search this
MacIver, Loren  Search this
Pettet, William  Search this
Braverman, Sylvia  Search this
Lippold, Richard  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Inokuma, Gen«ichiro  Search this
Bunuel, Juan Luis  Search this
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Seliger, Charles  Search this
McCracken, Philip  Search this
Martinelli, Ezio  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Gatch, Lee  Search this
Kenney, Leo  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Sato, Tadashi  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
East River Gallery (New York, N.Y)  Search this
Neumann-Willard Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9377
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211574
AAA_collcode_willagall
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211574

Oral history interview with Balcomb Greene, 1972 Mar. 13

Interviewee:
Greene, Balcomb, 1904-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Swinden, J. W.  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Schaefer, Bertha  Search this
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11842
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211960
AAA_collcode_greene72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211960

Oral history interview with Ilya Bolotowsky, 1968 March 24-April 7

Interviewee:
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Neilson, Raymond P. R. (Raymond Perry Rodgers),  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Hawthorne, Charles Webster  Search this
Olinsky, Ivan G. (Ivan Gregorewitch)  Search this
Drewes, Werner  Search this
Spivak, Max  Search this
Dlugoszewski, Lucia  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Ozenfant, Amédée  Search this
Greene, Gertrude Glass  Search this
Greene, Balcomb  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Johnson, William H. (William Henry)  Search this
Vogel, Joseph  Search this
Mondrian, Piet  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Browne, Byron  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)  Search this
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors  Search this
G.R.D. Studio (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Yaddo  Search this
American Artists' Congress.  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Experimental films  Search this
Painters  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Playwriting  Search this
Philadelphia Ten (Group of artists)  Search this
Concretionists (Group of artists)  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Wyoming  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12377
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212205
AAA_collcode_boloto68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212205

Oral history interview with Ben-Zion interview, 1982 August 3-September 21

Interviewee:
Ben-Zion, 1897-1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Shikler, Barbara  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gallery Secession (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Painters  Search this
Writers, Jewish  Search this
Philadelphia Ten (Group of artists)  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12434
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215624
AAA_collcode_benzio82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215624
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jack Kufeld, 1981 Oct. 5

Interviewee:
Kufeld, Jack, 1907-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Godsoe, Robert  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Rothko, Edith  Search this
Harris, Louis  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Yavno, Max  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)  Search this
Jaffe, Vladimir  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Kufeld, Jack  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Design Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gallery Secession (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Philadelphia Ten (Group of artists)  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12817
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215636
AAA_collcode_kufeld81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215636
Online Media:

Elsa Schmid papers, 1910-1967

Creator:
Schmid, Elsa, 1897-1970  Search this
Subject:
Poor, Henry Varnum  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Barr, Alfred H.  Search this
Dewey, John  Search this
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Morgan, Barbara Brooks  Search this
Brooks, Van Wyck  Search this
Chase, Helen  Search this
D'Arcy, Martin Cyril  Search this
Wheelock, Warren  Search this
Forbes, Edward  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Anrep, Boris  Search this
Kelekian, Dikran  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Mosaics  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8833
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211018
AAA_collcode_schmelsa
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211018

Ilse-Margret Vogel papers, [circa 1949-1993]

Creator:
Vogel, Ilse Margret  Search this
Subject:
Knotts, Howard  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Krause, Markus  Search this
Harmon, Lily  Search this
Galerie Gerd Rosen  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Illustrators  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13609
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)270682
AAA_collcode_vogeilse
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_270682

J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967

Creator:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber), 1887-1961  Search this
Subject:
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Schmid, Elsa  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Morrison, Helen Balfour  Search this
White, Clarence H.  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Beckmann, Max  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gehenna Press  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Artlover  Search this
Art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9191
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211386
AAA_collcode_neumjsra
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211386
Online Media:

Max Kahn papers, 1949-1993

Creator:
Kahn, Max  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Valentine, Curt  Search this
Beckmann, Max  Search this
Gatch, Lee  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10298
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213500
AAA_collcode_kahnmax
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213500

R. Sturgis Ingersoll papers relating to Henry McCarter, 1896-1944, bulk 1930-1943

Creator:
Ingersoll, R. Sturgis (Robert Sturgis), 1891-  Search this
Subject:
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Walsh, Lorna Gill  Search this
Roosevelt, Nicholas Guy  Search this
Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs),  Search this
McCarter, Henry  Search this
Garber, Daniel  Search this
Hall, William Weeks  Search this
Cortissoz, Royal  Search this
Crane, Alexander  Search this
Herman, Leorna Owsky  Search this
Davis, Bernard  Search this
Biddle, Francis  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
Kendall, William Sergeant  Search this
Borie, Adolphe  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia  Search this
Ingersoll, Anna Warren  Search this
Cullen, Charles  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6513
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215771
AAA_collcode_ingershm
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215771

José de Creeft papers, 1871-2004, bulk 1910s-1980s

Creator:
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
De Diego, Julio  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Dodd, Lamar  Search this
Roszak, Theodore  Search this
De Creeft, William  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
Sweeney, James Johnson  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Gómez Gil, Alfredo  Search this
Nivola, Costantino  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt  Search this
Lawrence, Gertrude  Search this
Campos, Jules  Search this
Lipschitz, Jacques  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Escuder, Joseph  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Norton Gallery and School of Art  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.School  Search this
Stone Mountain Memorial (Ga.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7406
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209563
AAA_collcode_decrjose
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209563
Online Media:

Lily Harmon papers, 1930-1996

Creator:
Harmon, Lily, 1912-1998  Search this
Subject:
Vogel, Ilse Margret  Search this
Solman, Joseph  Search this
Manacher, Frances  Search this
Bruno, Phillip A.  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Knotts, Howard  Search this
Alcopley  Search this
Stix, Hugh  Search this
Sapanel, Margarete  Search this
Neumann, Peter  Search this
Schmid, Elsa  Search this
Hutton, Leonard  Search this
Neumann, Albrecht  Search this
Abraham, Nelson Algren  Search this
Schultz, Margarete  Search this
Drew, Bettina  Search this
Isaacs, Lewis  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Warburg, Edward M. M.  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy  Search this
Nierendorf, Karl  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Lamm, Johanna Neumann  Search this
Barr, Alfred H.  Search this
Avery, Sally Michel  Search this
Rothbaum, Nolbert  Search this
Hertzberg, Benjamin  Search this
Driggs, Elsie B.  Search this
Odets, Clifford  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7659
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209822
AAA_collcode_harmlily
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209822

Eva Lee Gallery records, 1921-1973

Creator:
Eva Lee Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Lipschitz, Jacques  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Loewe, Frederick  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Lieberman, Harry  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Hopkins, John  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff  Search this
Grosz, George  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Simpson, Merton D. (Merton Daniel)  Search this
Corinth, Lovis  Search this
Indiana, Robert  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Odets, Clifford  Search this
Lee, Eva  Search this
Christo  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Mommer, Paul  Search this
Dalí, Salvador  Search this
Magritte, René  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Vasarely, Victor  Search this
Valentin, Curt  Search this
Benn, Ben  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Korvettes  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8866
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211051
AAA_collcode_evalee
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211051
Online Media:

Lee Gatch papers, 1925-1979

Creator:
Gatch, Lee, 1902-1968  Search this
Subject:
Driggs, Elsie B.  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Willard, Marian  Search this
World House Galleries  Search this
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Painters  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8962
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211149
AAA_collcode_gatcleep
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211149

Maurice Becker papers, circa 1910-1970

Creator:
Becker, Maurice, 1889-1975  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Thiel, Philip  Search this
Lancaster, Elizabeth G. (Elizabeth Greig),  Search this
Becker, Dorothy Baldwin  Search this
Artists for Victory, Inc  Search this
Topic:
Liberator (New York, N.Y.: 1918)  Search this
Masses (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New masses  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Cartooning  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8878
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211063
AAA_collcode_beckmaur
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211063
Online Media:

Avis Berman research material on Katharine Kuh, 1939-2006

Creator:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Harmon, Lily  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Rich, Daniel Catton  Search this
Dale, Chester  Search this
Arensberg, Walter  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Curators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13638
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)272295
AAA_collcode_bermavis3
Theme:
Women
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_272295

Josef Albers letters to J. B. Neumann, 1934-1947

Creator:
Albers, Josef, 1888-1976  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5952
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208795
AAA_collcode_albejose2
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208795

Maurice Becker papers

Topic:
Liberator (New York, N.Y.: 1918)
New masses
Masses (New York, N.Y.)
Creator:
Becker, Maurice, 1889-1975  Search this
Names:
Artists for Victory, Inc.  Search this
Becker, Dorothy Baldwin  Search this
Lancaster, Elizabeth G. (Elizabeth Grieg), 1889-  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Photographs
Sketches
Watercolors
Paintings
Date:
circa 1910-1970
Summary:
The papers of painter and political cartoonist Maurice Becker measure 2.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 1970. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings; printed material, including radical labor and political periodicals; artwork; and photographs of Becker, his family and friends, and his artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and political cartoonist Maurice Becker measure 2.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 1970. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings; printed material, including radical labor and political periodicals; artwork; and photographs of Becker, his family and friends, and his artwork.

Biographical materials consist of a curriculum vitae and a list of artworks.

Correspondence is primarily with Becker's family, friends, and business associates. There are letters from his wife, Dorothy Baldwin Becker, a letter from friend and artist Elizabeth Lancaster, and a letter from Artists for Victory. There is also a letter from Becker to his friend J. B. Neumann containing a draft of Becker's will authorizing Neumann to sell and distribute his paintings upon his death or incapacitation; a letter of invitation to artists and writers interested in reviving a new Masses style journal; and letters from magazine editors regarding freelance commissions.

Printed material includes bulletins, clippings and labor newspapers, exhibition announcements and catalogs, periodicals, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material. Periodicals include whole issues of Liberator, The Masses, New Masses, and One Big Union Monthly, where Becker's political cartoons were frequently featured.

Artwork includes paintings, over 800 graphite and pen and ink sketches, watercolors, and prints depicting Becker's figure drawings, caricatures, portrait drawings of men and women, and sketches of animals and landscapes. Many of these sketches were the basis for panels that later appeared in the New York Tribune, The Masses, and Liberator.

Photographs are of Maurice Becker with family and friends, and five photographs of his artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical materials, 1925-1964 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1919-1964 (4 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1920-1960 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 4: Printed material, circa 1910-1970 (1 linear foot; Box 1, 4, OV 5)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1910-1965 (1.2 linear feet; Box 1-3, OV 6-8)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1910-1966 (3 folders; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and political cartoonist Maurice Becker (1889-1975) lived and worked in New York City, New York and Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and was a frequent contributor to contemporary periodicals of the 1910s.

Becker was born in Nizhni-Novgorod (now Gorky), Russia to Isor and Rose Becker. In 1892, his family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Jewish community of Manhattan's Lower East Side. After graduating from high school, Becker took night classes in bookkeeping and art, studied with Robert Henri and Hugo Boss, and worked days as a sign painter and garment factory worker. He began illustrating for the New York Tribune and Scripps newspapers from 1914 to 1915, and contributed artwork to numerous contemporary periodicals in the 1910s, including Harper's Weekly, Saturday Review, and Metropolitan. Becker was also a frequent contributor to more radical political journals, including The Masses, Liberator, and One Big Union Monthly.

In 1918, he married Dorothy Baldwin, who was a registered Socialist. After stating his conscientious objection to World War I, Becker traveled to Mexico to avoid the draft and was arrested upon his return in 1919. After his trial and sentencing, he served 4 months of hard labor before President Wilson's commutation of all objectors to the war. From 1921 to 1923, Becker lived in Mexico working as an illustrator for El Pulsa de México, and began to devote himself to painting full time.

After his return to New York City, Becker held a series of one-man shows at the Whitney Studio Club (1924-1928), J.B. Neumann Gallery (1924-1931), and Delphic Studios (1930). Becker was a member of the Society of Independent Artists and the Artists' League of America and remained a pacifist for the rest of his life. He died in 1975.
Separated Materials:
There are scattered Maurice Becker papers found within the Art Young papers at the Tamiment Library in New York. These were loaned to the Archives in 1971 for microfilming on reel 96. These papers are not described in the container inventory of this finding aid but include approximately 20 postcards, catalogs, sketches, photographs, and other printed materials.

Duplicate magazines, catalogs, and clippings were transferred to the National Portrait Gallery Library in 1977.
Provenance:
Maurice Becker donated his papers in several increments between 1962-1966.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Maurice Becker 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.
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Genre/Form:
Prints
Photographs
Sketches
Watercolors
Paintings
Citation:
Maurice Becker papers, circa 1910-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.beckmaur
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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