Harold Weston papers, 1894-1978, bulk, 1912-1972

Weston, Harold, b. 1894 d. 1972
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 24.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of modernist painter and activist Harold Weston (1894-1972) date from 1894 to 1978 and measure 24.3 linear feet. The papers focus on Weston's painting career and his involvement with humanitarian and artistic causes. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, association and organization records, commission and project files, materials relating to Weston's book, "Freedom in the Wilds," writings, artwork, printed materials, two scrapbooks, and photographs. The papers document his involvement with the Committee to Defend America, Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, Food for Freedom, the International Association of the Plastic Arts, National Countil on the Arts and Government, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Reconstruction Service Committee, and the YMCA in Baghdad.

Biographical/Historical Note: Harold Weston (1894-1972) was a painter and abstract artist from New York, N.Y. President of the U.S. Commission of the International Association of Art, Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors and chairman of National Council on the Arts and Government.

Harold Weston's widow Faith Borton Weston donated the papers in several increments between 1972-1980.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Related Materials

A portion of Harold Weston's papers were loaned for microfilming on reels N69-76 and 1293. Some, but not all, of these papers were included in later donations. Syracuse University also circa 14 linear feet of Harold Weston's papers.