Leon Golub papers, 1930s-2009

Golub, Leon, b. 1922 d. 2004
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 16.5 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter, political activist, and educator Leon Golub are dated 1930s-2009, and measure 16.5 linear feet. His career as a painter and educator - and, to a far lesser extent, his personal interests and activities - are documented by correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, printed material, video recordings, and audio recordings. Also included are biographical materials, personal business records, and photographs of Leon Golub and his art work. Posthumously dated items are mostly condolence letters, obituaries, printed material, and inventories of his work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Leon Golub (1922-2004) was a painter and instructor in New York, N.Y. Golub was married to painter and collage artist, Nancy Spero.

The Leon Golub papers were donated by Leon Golub in 1978; the majority of the papers were given in 2013 by The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts via their sons Stephen, Philip and Paul Golub. Material loaned for microfilming in 1969 is included with the 2013 donation.

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Also among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Leon Golub conducted for the Archives of American Art by Bruce Hooten 1965 and Irving Sandler 1968 October 28-November 18. The Nancy Spero papers, 1940s-2009, bulk 1970-2009, include documentation of many of the couple's collaborative projects, joint exhibitions, their family, and shared interests.