Bernarda Bryson Shahn papers, 1972-2004, bulk 1904-2004

A Finding Aid to the Bernarda Bryson Shahn Papers, 1872-2004, bulk 1904-2004, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Biographical Information

Bernarda Bryson Shahn (1903-2004) worked primarily in New Jersey as a painter, printmaker, and illustrator. She was married to Ben Shahn and often collaborated with him.

Bernarda Bryson was born on March 7, 1903 in Athens, Ohio, the daughter of the owner-editor of newspaper The Athens Morning Journal. After receiving early drawing and painting lessons from her mother, Bryson attended a private girls' school where she continued her studies in art and art history.

At Ohio University, Bryson majored in philosophy and attended art classes in which David Smith was a classmate. She later attended the Cleveland Art School where she studied printmaking.

Following graduation, Bryson taught etching and lithography at the art school of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Art. She also wrote for The Ohio State Journal and became editor of community paper The South Side Advocate. While in New York City to interview Diego Rivera, she met Ben Shahn who was assisting Rivera in painting the mural at Rockefeller Center. Bernarda Bryson and Ben Shahn were married in 1935.

Bernarda Bryson Shahn moved to New York and helped organize the Artists' Union and exhibited at the Whitney Gallery on Eighth Street. She then went to Woodstock to study lithography with Bolton Brown and was invited to set up a lithographic shop for the Resettlement Administration in Washington, D.C.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Bernarda Bryson Shahn executed illustrations for Harper's Magazine, Scientific American and Fortune in addition to random assignments from Life, Sports Illustrated and other publications. She illustrated many books including Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice as well as writing and illustrating her own books Gilgamesh, The Twenty Miracles of Saint Nicolas, and The Zoo of Zeus. Following the death of her husband in 1969, she wrote and designed a large monograph Ben Shahn, published by Abrams.

In the mid-1970s, Bernarda Bryson Shahn won further recognition when she returned to painting.

Bernarda Bryson Shahn died on December 12, 2004 in Roosevelt, New Jersey.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, printmaker, and illustrator Bernarda Bryson Shahn measure 11.9 linear feet and date from 1872 to 2004, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-2004. Found within the papers are family and biographical materials, correspondence, writings including sound recordings of lectures by the Shahns, voluminous notebooks, five diaries, exhibition files, personal business records, printed material, seven scrapbooks, one sketchbook and other art work, and photographs. Although the bulk of the collection documents Bernarda's work, there are materials about or created by Ben Shahn scattered throughout the collection.

Biographical material includes biographical accounts for Bernarda and Ben Shahn, identification cards, membership cards, awards, appointment books and calendars, address books, and a Japanese videotape about Ben Shahn.

Correspondence is primarily between Bernarda Bryson Shahn and publishers, educational institutions, and colleagues and friends including Leo Lionni, Russell Lynes, Robert Osborn, and Warren Robbins.

There are four linear feet of notes, notebooks, typescripts, and other writings by Bernarda Bryson Shahn and others, many of which concern Ben Shahn. Included are numerous files of research notes for published and planned books about Ben Shahn, notebooks concerning art-related topics, card files of art work, lists, sound recordings of lectures by the Shahns and Gwen Knight, and many typescripts of writings about art and Ben Shahn, among other topics. There is also a folder of notes by Ben Shahn for the Mural for the Rural Rehabilitation Program. Five of Bernarda Shahn's diaries contain very brief daily entries and some illustrations. The 1972 diary contains much more elaborate illustrations.

The exhibition files contain letters, notes, and printed material concerning exhibitions of art work by Ben Shahn.

Personal business records include files concerning property, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, miscellaneous contracts, files concerning publishing, art price lists, and other scattered legal and/or financial records.

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases for Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Ben Shahn, and others, books including A Partridge in a Pear Tree, illustrated by Ben Shahn, and printed reproductions of art work. Seven scrapbooks also contain printed materials, notes, and photographs. Scrapbooks 1-4 document the creation of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial for which Jonathan Shahn created the large portrait bust. Scrapbooks 5-7 concern a book by Bernarda Bryson Shahn, and scrapbook 8 contains obituaries for Ben Shahn.

Art work includes a sketchbook with annotations, drawings, a portfolio of drawings, lettering designs, watercolor sketches, and layouts for publications.

Photographs are of unidentified and identified Shahn family members, Ben Shahn, Ben Shahn with friends and colleagues including Alexander Calder, Helen Hayes, Senator Jacob Javitz, and Nelson Rockefeller, Ben Shahn's studio, exhibition installations, and art work by Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Ben Shahn, and others. There are also travel photographs.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 10 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976--Photographs
  • Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993
  • Javitz, Jacob
  • Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979
  • Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969

Subjects-Topical:

  • Illustrators--New Jersey--Roosevelt
  • Painters--New Jersey--Roosevelt
  • Printmakers--New Jersey--Roosevelt
  • Women artists--New Jersey--Roosevelt
  • Women painters--New Jersey--Roosevelt

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketches
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sound recordings
  • Watercolors

Names:

  • Knight, Gwendolyn
  • Lionni, Leo, 1910-
  • Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991
  • Osborn, Robert Chesley, 1904-
  • Robbins, Warren M.
  • Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969
  • Shahn, Jonathan, 1938-

Provenance

The Bernarda Bryson Shahn papers were donated by the artist in 1983 and by her son Jonathan Shahn in 2005.

Separated and Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral histories with Bernarda Bryson Shahn, one completed in 1983 by Liza Kirwin and another in 1995 by Pamela Meecham. The Archives also holds the Ben Shahn papers.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was arranged and described by Jean Fitzgerald in September 2011.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Bernarda Bryson Shahn 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.

How to Cite this Collection

Bernarda Bryson Shahn papers, 1872-2004, bulk 1904-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1937-1999
(Box 1, 13; 35 folders)

Biographical Material includes a family history by Bernarda Bryson Shahn's aunt, biographical accounts for Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, a passport and visa, membership cards and certificates, award certificates, appointment books and calendars containing brief entries, address books, and a Japanese videotape about Ben Shahn.

Box Folder
1 1 Family History by Stella Bryson Collins, undated
1 2 Family Stories by Bernarda Shahn, undated
1 3 Biographical Accounts for the Whitney Museum, 1999
1 4-9 Miscellaneous Biographical Accounts, 1967-1993, undated
(6 folders)
1 10 Biographical Material for Ben Shahn, 1945-1967, undated
1 11 Passport and Visa for Bernarda Bryson Shahn , 1958-1980
1 12 Library of Congress Card, 1937
1 13 Membership Cards and Certificates, 1959-1994, undated
1 14 Automobile Registration, 1995
1 15 Award Certificates, 1956-1996, undated
(Oversized Material Housed in Box 13)
1 16-23 Appointment Books and Calendars, 1958-1998
(8 folders)
1 24-29 Address Books, 1955-1956, undated
(6 folders)
1 30-34 Card File of Addresses, undated
(5 folders)
1 35 Japanese Videotape About Ben Shahn, undated
Box Folder
13 1 Two Oversized Award Certificates, 1956-1989,
(from Box 1, Folder 15)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1934-2004
(Box 1-5, 13, OV 14; 3.6 linear feet)

Correspondence is primarily between Bernarda Bryson Shahn and publishers including Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., and Macmillan and Company, and educational institutions including the Fogg Museum and Ohio University. Correspondence is also between colleagues and friends including Leo Lionni, Russell Lynes, Robert Osborn, and Warren Robbins. There are one or two letters each from Alexander Calder, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Indiana, and Archibald MacLeish.

Box Folder
1 36 Unidentified Correspondents, undated
1 37-47 Correspondents with Unknown Surnames, undated
(11 folders)
1 48-49 Correspondents with Surnames "A," undated
(2 folders)
1 50-51 Correspondents with Surnames "B," undated
(2 folders)
1 52-53 Correspondents with Surnames "C," undated
(2 folders)
1 54 Correspondents with Surnames "D" - "E," undated
1 55 Correspondents with Surnames "F," undated
1 56 Correspondents with Surnames "G," undated
1 57-58 Correspondents with Surnames "H" - "I," undated
(2 folders)
1 59 Correspondents with Surnames "J" - "K," undated
1 60 Correspondents with Surnames "L," undated
1 61 Correspondents with Surnames "M," undated
(Oversized Material Housed in Box 13)
1 62-64 Correspondents with Surnames "N" - "O," undated
(3 folders; Oversized Material Housed in OV 14)
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondents with Surnames "P," undated
2 2-3 Correspondents with Surnames "R," undated
(2 folders)
2 4-11 Correspondents with Surnames "S," undated
(8 folders)
2 12 Correspondents with Surnames "T," undated
2 13 Correspondents with Surnames "V" - "Y," undated
2 14 Correspondence, 1934-1943
2 15 Correspondence, 1944-1945
2 16 Correspondence, 1946
2 17 Correspondence, 1947
2 18-19 Correspondence, 1948
(2 folders)
2 20 Correspondence, 1949
2 21 Correspondence, 1950
2 22-23 Correspondence, 1951
(2 folders)
2 24 Correspondence, 1952-1953
2 25 Correspondence, 1954
2 26-27 Correspondence, 1955
(2 folders)
2 28-29 Correspondence, 1956
(2 folders)
2 30-31 Correspondence, 1957
(2 folders)
2 32 Correspondence, 1958
2 33 Correspondence, 1959
2 34 Correspondence, 1960
2 35-36 Correspondence, 1961
(2 folders)
2 37-38 Correspondence, 1962
(2 folders)
2 39-41 Correspondence, 1963
(3 folders)
2 42-43 Correspondence, 1964
(2 folders)
2 44 Correspondence, 1965
2 45 Correspondence, 1966
2 46-49 Correspondence, 1967
(4 folders)
2 5-56 Correspondence, 1968
(7 folders)
2 57-65 Correspondence, 1969
(9 folders)
2 66-71 Correspondence, 1970
(6 folders)
2 72-77 Correspondence, 1971
(6 folders)
2 78-84 Correspondence, 1972
(7 folders)
2 85-92 Correspondence, 1973
(8 folders)
Box Folder
3 1-4 Correspondence, 1974
(4 folders)
3 5-10 Correspondence, 1975
(6 folders)
3 11-16 Correspondence, 1976
(6 folders)
3 17-23 Correspondence, 1977
(7 folders)
3 24-29 Correspondence, 1978
(6 folders)
3 30-34 Correspondence, 1979
(5 folders)
3 35-38 Correspondence, 1980
(4 folders)
3 39-42 Correspondence, 1981
(4 folders)
3 43-47 Correspondence, 1982
(5 folders)
3 48-52 Correspondence, 1983
(5 folders)
3 53-56 Correspondence, 1984
(4 folders)
3 57-60 Correspondence, 1985
(4 folders)
3 61-65 Correspondence, 1986
(5 folders)
3 66-69 Correspondence, 1987
(4 folders)
3 70-74 Correspondence, 1988
(5 folders)
3 75-79 Correspondence, 1989
(5 folders)
3 80-82 Correspondence, 1990
(3 folders)
Box Folder
4 1-4 Correspondence, 1990
(4 folders)
4 5-12 Correspondence, 1991
(8 folders)
4 13-22 Correspondence, 1992
(10 folders)
4 23-33 Correspondence, 1993
(11 folders)
4 34-45 Correspondence, 1994
(12 folders)
4 46-55 Correspondence, 1995
(10 folders)
4 56-63 Correspondence, 1996
(8 folders)
4 64-66 Correspondence, 1997
(3 folders)
4 67-69 Correspondence, 1998
(3 folders)
Box Folder
5 1-4 Correspondence, 1999
(4 folders)
5 5-6 Correspondence, 2000
(2 folders)
5 7 Correspondence, 2001
5 8 Correspondence, 2002-2003
5 9 Correspondence, 2004
Box Folder
13 1 An Oversized Illustrated Letter on Cloth from Joe Mason, undated,
(from Box 1, Folder 61)
Box
OV 14 Four Oversized Letters from Robert Osborn, undated,
(from Box 1, Folder 64)

Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1946-2001
(Box 5-9; 4.0 linear feet)

Notes and writings consist of miscellaneous notebooks concerning art-related topics, card files of art work and philosophical terms, address lists, miscellaneous lists, lectures by the Shahns and Gwen Knight recorded on compact discs, miscellaneous notes about art work and for publications, and typescripts for essays and books by Bernarda Bryson Shahn and others.

Box Folder
5 10-23 Notebooks, undated
(14 folders)
5 24-29 Notebooks Concerning Images of Satan, 1951, undated
(6 folders)
Box Folder
6 1 Notebook, 1956-1964
6 2 Notebook, 1966
6 3 Notebook, 1970
6 4 Notebook, 1981
6 5 Notebook, 1984
6 6 Notebook "Dates of Painting and Other Things," 1985
6 7 Notebook, 1987
6 8 Notebook, 1993
6 9-10 Notebooks Concerning Devils and Monsters, 1994
(2 folders)
6 11 Notebook, 1996
6 12-16 Notebook "Reference: Bernarda Bryson Shahn's Published Material," 2005
(5 folders)
6 17 Card File of Art Work, undated
6 18 Card File of Philosophical Terms, undated
6 19-21 Address Lists, undated
(3 folders)
6 22 Miscellaneous Addresses, undated
6 23 Lists of Items Judged for University Women's Organization in Tokyo, Japan, undated
6 24 "Howard Greenfield Material," undated
6 25 List of Captions, undated
6 26 Lists of Names of People, undated
6 27-29 Compact Discs of Lectures by Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, and Gwen Knight, 1954-1997, undated
(3 folders)
6 30-32 Notes for Book on Ben Shahn, 1956-1971, undated
(3 folders)
6 33-41 Notes and Reproductions of Art Work for Book on Ben Shahn, undated
(9 folders)
6 42-44 Notes Concerning Art Work, 1968, undated
(3 folders)
Box Folder
7 1-3 "Lists from Closet Walls," 1968, undated
(3 folders)
7 4 Minutes of Meetings, 1968-1999
7 5-6 Notes Concerning Trees in Roosevelt, New Jersey, 1974-1985
(2 folders)
7 7 Notes Concerning Tokyo, Japan, 1980-1981
7 8 Lists of Art Work from Retrospective Exhibition at Trenton City Museum, 1988
7 9 Miscellaneous Notes about Ben Shahn by Bernarda Bryson Shahn , undated
7 10-15 Miscellaneous Notes on 3.5-inch Floppy Discs, 1996-1997, undated
(6 folders)
7 16-22 Miscellaneous Notes, 1946-2001, undated
(7 folders)
7 23 Typescript "About Sidney," undated
7 24 Typescript "Alfred Dreyfus and Ben Shahn," undated
7 25 Typescript "Art and/or Consciousness," undated
7 26 Typescript "An Artistic Incident - The News Called It," undated
7 27 Typescript "Anecdotiques of Apollinaire," undated
7 28 Typescript "Chaos," undated
7 29 Typescript for Novel Flight 112, undated
7 30 Typescript "The FSA File," undated
7 31 Manuscript for Play I and Self, undated
7 32 Typescript "Immortality of the Life of the Great Magician Cornelio Agrippa," undated
7 33 Typescript "Legend for the Cartoon," undated
7 34 Typescripts "A Letter to Many Friends" and "A Letter to My Italian Friends," undated
7 35-37 Typescripts for Short Story "Lunch Hour," undated
(3 folders)
7 38 Typescript "Notes in the Search for a Definition of Quality in Prints," undated
7 39 Typescript "Ode to Barbara," undated
7 40 Typescript "Of the Taller Archive of Ben Shahn's Works," undated
7 41 Typescript "Of the Wooden Mannequin," undated
7 42 Typescript "The Other Side of the Painting," undated
7 43 Typescript "Passage," undated
7 44 Typescript "Philosophy and/or Art," undated
7 45 Typescript "Possible Sequence of Ideas," undated
7 46 Typescript "The Problem of Artistic Creation in America Today," undated
7 47 Typescript "The Reel-Foot Lake Snake," undated
7 48 Typescript "The Skowhegan Idea," undated
7 49 Typescript "What Really Happened," undated
7 50 Typescript "The Wonderful World of Conjecture," undated
7 51 Typescripts for Untitled Stories, undated
7 52 Poems, undated
7 53 Typescript on Communism, 1948
7 54-55 Typescripts on Japanese Printmaking, 1954-1959
(2 folders)
7 56 Typescript "Love and Joy about Letters," 1963
7 57-76 Drafts for Book Ben Shahn's Drawings, undated
(20 folders)
Box Folder
8 1-24 Drafts for Book Ben Shahn's Drawings, undated
(24 folders)
8 25-29 Notes and Drafts for Book The Legend of Gilgamesh, (5 folders)
8 30-36 Draft for Book Images of Satan, undated
(7 folders)
8 37-46 Notes and Drafts for Book Twenty Miracles of Saint Nicholas, 1958
(10 folders)
8 47-53 Drafts for Book about Ben Shahn by Bernarda Bryson Shahn , 1972
(7 folders)
8 54 Typescript "Ben Shahn: Photographs and Paintings," 1985
8 55 Typescript for Play The Epic of Gilgamesh, 1993
8 56 Typescript for Speech, 1993
8 57 Typescript "Third Allegory," 1994
8 58 Notes and Drafts for "The Zoo of Zeus," 1997
8 59 Miscellaneous Typescripts, undated
8 60 Typescript "Ben Shahn: Major American Artist" by Unidentified Author, undated
8 61 Typescript "Ben Shahn" by Unidentified Author, undated
8 62 Typescript "The White Gyrfalcon" by Charlton Ogburn, Jr., undated
8 63 Typescript about Ben Shahn "Self Arte," 1953
8 64 Typescript by Carla Appel, 1998
8 65 Typescript "Reconsidering the Hale County Record: Notes on Two Walker Evans Albums in the Library of Congress" by Beverly W. Brannan and Judith Keller, 1994
8 66 Typescript "David Stone Martin" by Carmen Capalbo, undated
8 67 Typescript by Ruth Eisenstein, undated
8 68 Typescript "Pomegranada" by H. M. Koutoukas, undated
8 69 Poem by Edward Locke, undated
8 70 Poems by Gerald Metz, 1964, undated
8 71 Typescript "Ben Shahn, Mon Ami Tres Cher,?" by Fernand Mourlot, undated
8 72 Typescript by Norman Nadel, undated
8 73 Typescript "Ben Shahn's Mural in Roosevelt, N. J." by Sarah Peskin, 1970
8 74 Typescript "Originality in Graphic Arts" by the Print Council of America, undated
8 75 Typescript of the Dreyfus Introduction, 1983
8 76 Miscellaneous Typescripts by Warren Robbins, 1987-1993
Box Folder
9 1 Typescript "Depression Years" by Edwin Rosskam, undated
9 2 Typescript "Not Intended for Framing" by Edwin Rosskam, undated
9 3 Typescript "Hildilid's Night" by Cheli Duran Ryan, undated
9 4 Typescript "Ben Shahn" by J. T. S., undated
9 5 Typescript "Ben Shahn and his Community" by Meredith Schor, 1992
9 6 Notes by Ben Shahn for the Mural for the Rural Rehabilitation Program, undated
9 7 Typescript "Imagination and Intention" possibly by Ben Shahn, undated
9 8 Typescript "American Painting for the Past Twenty-Five Years" by Ben Shahn, 1951
9 9 Typescript for Talk "The Aspen Papers" by Ben Shahn, 1953
9 10 Handwritten Page by Ben Shahn, 1966
9 11 Typescript by Charles Westheimer, undated
9 12 Typescript "There's Power in the Brush" by Margareet Zoutewelle, 1996
9 13 Miscellaneous Typescripts by Others, undated

Series 4: Diaries, 1965-1985
(Box 9; 5 folders)

Bernarda Bryson Shahn 's diaries contain very brief daily entries and some illustrations. The 1972 diary contains much more elaborate illustrations.

Box Folder
9 14 Diary, 1965
9 15 Diary, 1972
9 16 Diary, 1973
9 17 Diary, 1974
9 18 Diary, 1985

Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1955-2000
(Box 9; 5 folders)

These files contain letters, notes, and printed material concerning exhibitions of art work by Ben Shahn.

Box Folder
9 19-20 Ben Shahn Exhibition in Spoleto, Italy, 1955-1958
(2 folders)
9 21 Ben Shahn Exhibition at the Salas Pablo Ruiz Picasso in Madrid, Spain, 1983-1985
9 22 Ben Shahn Exhibition at the Starr Gallery in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, 1990
9 23 Ben Shahn Exhibition at the Tama Art University Museum in Kaminoge, Tokyo, Japan, 2000

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1932-2001
(Box 9, 10; 0.8 linear feet)

Personal business records include of files concerning property owned by Bernarda Bryson Shahn 's parents, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, art legislation matters, miscellaneous contracts, files documenting Bernarda Bryson Shahn 's interactions with Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and the Midtown Galleries, records of payments and royalties from miscellaneous publishing houses, price lists, income tax records, loan agreements, insurance records, and miscellaneous receipts.

Box Folder
9 24 File Concerning Property Owned by Bernarda Bryson Shahn 's Parents, 1965-1968
9 25-29 File on Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1968-2001
(5 folders)
9 30-31 File Concerning Art Legislation, 1976-1992, undated
(2 folders)
9 32 By-Laws of Roosevelt Arts Project, Inc., 1996
9 33-36 Contracts, 1954-1990, undated
(4 folders)
9 37-40 File Concerning Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1971-1994, undated
(4 folders)
9 41-45 File Concerning Midtown Galleries, 1983-1994, undated
(5 folders)
9 46 Records of Payments from Publications, 1946-1967
9 47 Royalty Statements: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969-1973
9 48-50 Royalty Statements: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1960-1984
(3 folders)
9 51 Royalty Statements: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1956-1973
9 52 Royalty Statements: Little, Brown and Company, 1960-1969
9 53 Royalty Statements: Macmillan Company, 1966-1973
9 54 Royalty Statements: Visual artists' and Galleries Association, Inc. (VAGA), 1992-1996
9 55 Miscellaneous Royalty Statements, 1949-1970, undated
9 56-61 Price Lists for Art Work, 1960-1999, undated
(6 folders)
Box Folder
10 1 Records of Works Sold, 1956-1988
10 2 Payment Receipts for Art Work, 1934-1996
10 3 Income Tax Records, 1948-1990
10 4-6 Loan Agreements, 1955-1999, undated
(3 folders)
10 7 Deeds of Gift, 1970-1999, undated
10 8 Insurance Records, 1969-1996
10 9 Requests for Permission to Reproduce Images, 1963-1999
10 10-11 Shipment Receipts, 1963-1997, undated
(2 folders)
10 12-14 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1941-1997, undated
(3 folders)
10 15 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1932-1994, undated

Series 7: Printed Material, 1904-2004
(Box 10-11, 13, OV 14-15; 1.2 linear feet)

Printed material includes clippings, prospectuses, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Bernarda Bryson Shahn , Ben Shahn, and others, press releases, calendars of events, programs, miscellaneous brochures and booklets, books including A Partridge in a Pear Tree, illustrated by Ben Shahn, reproductions of art work, and miscellaneous printed material.

Box Folder
10 16-46 Clippings, 1904-2004, undated
(31 folders)
10 47-52 Clippings of Bernarda Bryson Shahn 's Illustrations, undated
(6 folders)
10 53 Prospectuses, 1939-1993, undated
10 54-64 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1933-2002, undated
(11 folders)
10 65-74 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Ben Shahn, 1932-2002, undated
(10 folders)
10 75 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Abby Shahn, 1987-1988
10 76-77 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Jonathan Shahn, 1972-2001, undated
(2 folders)
10 78 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Judith Shahn, 1979-1996, undated
10 79-80 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1961-2002, undated
(2 folders)
Box Folder
11 1-2 Press Releases, 1964-1998, undated
(2 folders)
11 3 Calendars of Events, 1970-2000
11 4-6 Programs, 1967-1996, undated
(3 folders)
11 7-9 Brochures for the Sale of Art Work, 1969-1994, undated
(3 folders)
11 10 Brochures for Art Classes, 1991-1997, undated
11 11-12 Brochures for the Sale of Books, 1967, undated
(2 folders)
11 13 Miscellaneous Brochures, 1982-1999, undated
11 14 Booklet "Pickaxe and Pencil: References for the Study of the WPA," 1982
11 15 Book Ben Shahn, 1947
11 16 Book A Partridge in a Pear Tree, illustrated by Ben Shahn, 1949
11 17 Miscellaneous Book Covers, 1976, undated
(Oversized Material Housed in Box 13)
11 18-22 Miscellaneous Reproductions of Art Work, undated
(5 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 13)
11 23 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1948-1972, undated
(Oversized Material Housed in Box 13 and OV 15)
Box Folder
13 1 Oversized Cover for Book A Vision Shared, 1976,
(from Box 11, Folder 17)
13 1 Oversized Reproduction of Art Work, undated,
(from Box 11, Folder 22)
13 1 Oversized Poster of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, undated,
(from Box 11, Folder 23)
Box
OV 14 Oversized Exhibition Announcement for Bernarda Bryson Shahn , 1993,
(from Box 10, Folder 59)
Box Folder
OV 15 Two Oversized Blue Prints for a Chapel, 1966,
(from Box 11, Folder 23)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1945-1978
(Box 11, 13, OV 15; 30 folders)

Scrapbooks 1-4 contain letters including one from Dag Hammaarskjold, notes, printed material, and photographs documenting the creation of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial for which Jonathan Shahn created the large portrait bust. Scrapbooks 5-7 contain notes, reproductions of art work, and photographs of images of the devil for a book by Bernarda Bryson Shahn . Scrapbook 8 contains obituaries for Ben Shahn, assembled by Zackary Gitlin.

Box Folder
11 24-26 Scrapbook 1 for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, 1945-1961, undated
(3 folders)
11 27-31 Scrapbook 2 for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, 1961
(5 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 13)
11 32-34 Scrapbook 3 for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, 1961
(3 folders)
11 35-40 Scrapbook 4 for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, 1961-1962
(6 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 13 and OV 15)
11 41-43 Scrapbook 5: "Images of the Devil," undated
(3 folders)
11 44-47 Scrapbook 6: "Images of the Devil," 1978, undated
(4 folders)
11 48-52 Scrapbook 7: "Images of the Devil," 1978, undated
(5 folders)
Box Folder
13 2 Two Oversized Drawings and a Blue Print of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial from Scrapbook 2, 1961,
(from Box 11, Folder 28)
13 3 Oversized Accountant's Report for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial from Scrapbook 4, 1962,
(from Box 11, Folder 37)
13 3 Oversized Blue Print of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial from Scrapbook 4, 1962,
(from Box 11, Folder 38)
13 4 Oversized Scrapbook 8: Ben Shahn Obituaries Assembled by Zackary Gitlin, 1969
Box
OV 15 Four Oversized Blue Prints of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial from Scrapbook 4, 1961,
(from Box 11, Folder 38)

Series 9: Art Work, 1970-2002
(Box 11-13, OV 14; 70 folders)

Art work includes a sketchbook with annotations, drawings, a portfolio of drawings, lettering designs, watercolor sketches, and layouts for miscellaneous books, booklets, and an exhibition catalog.

Box Folder
11 53 Sketchbook with Annotations, 2002
11 54-56 Drawings, undated
(3 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 13)
11 57-62 Portfolio of Drawings for the Thanks Poster, Bronx Mural, Jamaica, N.Y. Mural, and the Wisconsin (or Missouri) Mural, undated
(6 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 13 and OV 14)
11 63 Lettering Designs, 1982, undated
11 64 Watercolor Sketches, undated
11 65 Layout for Book of Poetry with Illustrations by Bernarda Bryson Shahn , undated
11 66 Layout for Book Which is What, undated
11 67 Layout for Unidentified Booklet, undated
Box Folder
12 1 Layout for Exhibition Catalog, 1983
12 2 Drawing by JoAnn Jones, 1997
Box Folder
13 1 Oversized Drawing, undated,
(from Box 11, Folder 55)
13 1 Oversized Layout Design for Cover of Book The Grindstone of God, 1970
13 5 Oversized Portfolio Cover, undated,
(from Box 11, Folder 57)
13 6 Ten Oversized Portfolio Drawings, undated,
(from Box 11, Folder 57)
13 7 Oversized Layout for a Book by Ben Shahn, undated
Box
OV 14 Oversized Drawing from the Portfolio, undated,
(from Box 11, Folder 57)

Series 10: Photographs, 1872-1985
(Box 12; 34 folders)

Photographs are of unidentified ancestors, Ben Shahn, Shahn family members, Ben Shahn with friends and colleagues including Alexander Calder, Helen Hayes, Senator Jacob Javitz, and Nelson Rockefeller, Ben Shahn's studio, exhibition installations, and art work by Bernarda Bryson Shahn , Ben Shahn, and others. There are also press photographs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and President Bill Clinton and travel photographs of Malta.

Box Folder
12 3 Photographs of Ancestors, 1872, undated
12 4 Photographs of Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson Shahn , and Family, undated
12 5 Photographs of Ben Shahn and Colleagues, undated
12 6 Press Photographs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and of President Clinton, 1942, undated
12 7 Photographs of Miscellaneous Friends, 1944-1967, undated
12 8-10 Photographs of Artists' Union Demonstrations, 1934-1935
(3 folders)
12 11 Photograph of Ben Shahn's Studio, undated
12 12 Photographs of Exhibition Installations, 1977, undated
12 13 Photographs of Art Work by Bernarda Bryson Shahn , undated
12 14-25 Photographs of Art Work by Ben Shahn, 1961-1978, undated
(12 folders)
12 26 Photographs of Art Work by Ben Shahn in Bernarda Bryson Shahn 's Collection, undated
12 27 Photographs of Miscellaneous Book Layouts, undated
12 28 Photographs of Drawings by James Kearns, undated
12 29 Photographs of Sculpture by James Kearns, undated
12 30 Photographs of Sculpture by Charles Wells, 1985, undated
12 31 Photographs of Art Work by Others, undated
12 32-34 Travel Photographs of Malta, 1980
(3 folders)
12 35 Miscellaneous Travel Photographs, undated
12 36 Miscellaneous Photographs, undated