Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010

Norman, Irving, b. 1906 d. 1989
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Norman, Hela, b. 1927

Active in Half Moon Bay,Calif.

Collection size: 10.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, financial records, photographs, works orf art, printed material, and audio visual material documenting Irving Norman's career as a painter. A significant portion of the papers was compiled by Hela Norman, Norman's wife, and also documents her work to promote Irving's art.

Biographical material includes passports, life documents, and family papers. Most correspondence, in the form of letters, postcards, and memoranda, is with Hela Norman, concerning Irving, and post-dates his death. Approximately 1 linear ft. (bx 7) is photocopies.

Financial records include a sales lists and estate papers with one inventory book detailing art work lost to a fire at the Norman's Tunitas Creek studio in 1988 (box 2). Photographs are personal in nature and are of Irving and Hela Norman, as well as photographs taken at Irving's funeral. The collection also contains a comprehensive set of photo albums documenting all of Norman's paintings. These reproductions of his lifelong output are also present in digital format on compact disc and on a computer external hard drive. Works of art include five preparatory sketches for the painting "Refugees".

Audio and video recordings in the form of VHS and audio cassettes, many with corresponding transcripts, are interviews with Irving and Hela Norman for a variety of media outlets and events. Printed material includes small exhibition catalogs and announcements featuring Irving Norman's work. Also included are clippings about Norman or reviews of his exhibitions.

Biographical/Historical Note: Irving Norman (1906-1989) was a painter in San Francisco, Calif.

Material on reel 4705 lent for microfilming, 1990, by Hela Norman. Material on reels 4910-4911 gift of Irving and Hela Norman, 1988-1989. A majority of the material was donated 2011 by Hela Norman via Tom Von Tersch, Trustee. It is unclear if original material lent for filming on reel 4705 is included with the 2011 donation. It is also unclear if the original correspondence donated as photocopies in 2011 was a part of an earlier addition.

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