Norman Lewis papers, 1919-1971

Lewis, Norman, b. 1909 d. 1979
Painter, Educator
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 770 items (microfilmed on 5 reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; scrapbook; sketches; photographs; personal documents; catalogs and announcements; and clippings.

REELS 52-53: Eight sketchbooks, 1935-1957; several pages from the diary of Lewis' wife, Joan, ca. 1948, commenting on their marriage; and an undated postcard from Ad Reinhardt.

REELS 91-92: Correspondence, with author Millen Brand and artist Jim Yeargans, unidentified authors and actors, and museums, many arranging exhibits by black artists and political action organizations; a scrapbook of catalogs, clippings, photographs, letters, and announcements, 1934-1968, concerns black art exhibits, the training of black artists, particularly during the Depression, WPA-New York projects, and Lewis' World War II work as a shipyard employee and poster artist.

REEL N69-47: Personal documents, correspondence, catalogs, announcements, photographs, articles; and clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New York, N.Y.

Lent for microfilming 1969-1971 by Norman Lewis.

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