Elias Newman papers, 1922-1981

A Finding Aid to the Elias Newman Papers, 1922-1981, in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald and Erin Kinhart

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Biographical Information

Elias Newman (1903-1999) was a painter, writer, lecturer, and teacher in New York, N.Y. Born in Stashow, Poland in 1903, Newman arrived in the United States in 1913, and became a naturalized citizen in 1928. He studied at the National Academy of Design from 1919-1920, and at the Educational Alliance Art School from 1920-1925. He also studied at the Academie Chaumiere in Paris. After 1925, Newman participated in many exhibitions, acted as art director of the Palestine Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1939, organized the Palestine Artists and Sculptors Association, and was director of the National Society of Painters in Casein in 1963 and 1967-1971. From 1970-1975, Newman served as president of the Artists Equity Association, the organization which played the most significant role in his career.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of New York painter, writer, and educator Elias Newman measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1922 to 1981. Newman's participation in exhibitions and various art related organizations, notably Artists Equity Association, is documented through biographical material, correspondence, notes, writings, organizational records, printed material, and photographs.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 6 series:

Subjects and Names

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

Subjects:

  • Artists Equity Association

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art, Jewish
  • Authors--New York (State)--New York
  • Educators--New York (State)--New York
  • Jewish artists
  • Painting, Modern--20th century--New York (State)--New York
  • Painters--New York (State)--New York

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs
  • Notes

Provenance

The collection was donated in 1977 and 1981 by Elias Newman.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was fully processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 1993. In 1994 the collection was microfilmed with funding provided by the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. A finding aid was prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2011.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Elias Newman 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.

Available Formats

The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 4860-4861 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.

How to Cite this Collection

Elias Newman papers, 1922-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1935-1975
(Box 1; 1 folder)

Biographical material includes a membership card for the Palestine Artists and Sculptors Association, 1935, a biographical account, 1975, a resume, and list of one-man shows, 1956.

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Material, 1935-1975

Series 2: Correspondence, 1927-1980
(Box 1; 8 folders)

Correspondence reflects Newman's participation in exhibitions and various organizations, and includes letters concerning his requests for government grants.

Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence, undated, 1927-1949
1 3 Correspondence, 1950-1957
1 4 Correspondence, 1958
1 5 Correspondence, 1959
1 6 Correspondence, 1960
1 7 Correspondence, 1961
1 8 Correspondence, 1962-1970
1 9 Correspondence, 1971-1980

Series 3: Writings, circa 1939-1976
(Box 1; 4 folders)

The writings series consists notes; typescripts of reviews from 1949-1962; 9 typescripts for articles including America-Israel: New Worlds in the Making, An Executive Committee or a National Organization?, Jews in Art, Professionalism in the Fine Arts; a typescript and printed copy of Newman's book Art in Palestine, 1939; a eulogy for Nathaniel Dirk; a copy of a speech delivered at the Educational Alliance Art School, 1974; and an essay Pictures Speak Louder than Words by Henry Montor, 1939.

Box Folder
1 10 Notes, 1962-1970
1 11 Writings by Elias Newman, undated
1 12 Writings by Elias Newman, 1948-1976
1 13 Writings by Others, 1939

Series 4: Artists Equity Association Records, circa 1950-1979
(Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Material relating to the Artists Equity Association contains a constitution; correspondence with members and congressmen, primarily concerning the tax reform bill; budget projections for 1956-1959; notes concerning agenda and procedures; 4 typescripts of speeches for occasions honoring Lloyd Goodrich, Chaim Gross, Roy Neuberger, and congressman Ogden R. Reid; clippings; AEA exhibition announcements; a membership list; a calendar of events; and photographs of AEA events attended by Hy Cohen, Nathaniel Dirk, Ernest Fiene, Helen Gerardia, Leah Gold, Maxwell Gordon, Leon Kroll, Sidney Laufman, Ralph Mayer, Daniel Millsaps, Philip Reisman, Stuyvesant Van Veen, Hudson Walker, and Sol Wilson.

Box Folder
1 14 Constitution, undated
1 15 Correspondence, undated, 1953-1956
1 16 Correspondence, 1957
1 17 Correspondence, 1958-1959
1 18 Correspondence, 1961-1969
1 19 Correspondence, 1970
1 20-25 Correspondence, 1971
(6 folders)
1 26 Correspondence, 1972-1973
1 27 Correspondence, 1974-1979
1 28 Financial Material, 1956-1959
1 29 Notes, 1957-1971
1 30 Writings, 1962-1976
1 31 Clippings, 1971-1978
1 32 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1952-1964
1 33 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1950-1962
1 34 Photographs of events, 1970-1975

Series 5: Printed Material, 1922-1981
(Box 1, OV 2; 0.4 linear feet)

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, three prospectuses, and brochures advertising Newman's classes and abilities as a lecturer. Also found are three exhibition posters, including two from shows in Israel.

Box Folder
1 35 Clippings, undated
1 36 Clippings, 1922-1929
1 37 Clippings, 1930-1935
1 38 Clippings, 1936-1939
1 39 Clippings, 1940-1949
1 40 Clippings, 1950-1959
1 41 Clippings, 1960-1969
1 42 Clippings, 1970-1980
1 43-44 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
(2 folders)
1 45 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1927-1929
1 46 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1930-1932
1 47 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1934-1938
1 48 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940-1947
1 49 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1948-1949
1 50 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1950-1954
1 51 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1955-1959
1 52 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1960-1963
1 53 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1964-1969
1 54 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970-1975
1 55 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1980-1981
1 56 Prospectives, 1960-1969
1 57 Book, Art in Palestine by Elias Newman [typescript], 1939
1 58 Book, Art in Palestine by Elias Newman, 1939
1 59 Brochures about Newman, undated, 1960
1 60 Miscellaneous Brochures, 1940-1959
1 61 Reproductions of works of art, undated
Box
OV 2 Posters, 1930, 1962, 1970

Series 6: Photographs, 1923-1975
(Box 1; 9 folders)

Found here are 41 photographs of Newman, including one with classmates Peter Blume and Moses Soyer, 1923, one of Newman at the 1939 World's Fair, and one with poet Hy Korin; 17 photographs of events, showing Newman's colleagues Samuel Adler, Henry Botkin, Emma Ehrenreich, Ernest Fiene, Maxwell Gordon, Chaim Gross, Lena Gurr, Joseph Hirsch, Edward Hopper, Howard Kuh, Naomi Lorne, Bernard Simon, and Anthony Toney; and 15 photographs of works by Newman.

Box Folder
1 62 Photographs of Elias Newman, 1923-1939
1 63 Photographs of Elias Newman, 1940-1949
1 64 Photographs of Elias Newman, 1950-1959
1 65 Photographs of Elias Newman, 1960-1961
1 66 Newman teaching art classes, 1942, 1950
1 67 Miscellaneous events, 1948-1975
1 68 Works of art, undated
1 69 Works of art, 1961
1 70 Works by others, 1938