Regina Stewart papers, 1959-2010, bulk 1989-2010

A Finding Aid to the Regina Stewart Papers, 1959-2010, bulk 1989-2010, in the Archives of American Art, by Rachel Salzmann

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Biographical Information

Regina Serniak Stewart (b. 1942), a painter, administrator, and writer in New York City is the Executive Director of the New York Artists Equity Association.

Stewart is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art and Achitecture whose paintings have been exhibited in New York and throughout the United States. In addition to painting, Ms. Stewart was a set and costume designer for the Paterson Lyric Opera Theatre, a jewelry designer, an art consultant, and an art instructor. She was elected to the board of the New York Artists Equity Association in 1989 and is now Executive Director.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

Three scrapbooks, 1959-2010, assembled by Regina Serniak Stewart (b. 1942) document her career as a costume designer, painter, board member and Executive Director of the New York Artists Equity Association.

The scrapbooks contain: letters from Robert Blackburn, Victor Candell, Domenico Facci, Edward M. Kennedy, Sara M. Kuniyoshi, Larry McMurtry, Jack Stewart, and letters from various museums and galleries; costume sketches, 1963-1974, for the Paterson, New Jersey Lyric Opera Theatre; curriculum vitae, awards and profiles of the artist; photographs of Stewart, her work, and events; and printed material including clippings, articles, programs, brochures, flyers, and exhibition catalogs. The collection also includes some loose printed materials consisting of collectors' guides to kitchen utensils and stoneware co-written by Stewart and an article and exhibition catalog about her painting.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 2 series:

Subjects and Names

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


  • New York Artists Equity Association


  • Arts administrators--New York (State)--New York
  • Collagists--New York (State)--New York
  • Costume designers
  • Painters--New York (State)--New York
  • Women artists--New York (State)--New York

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketches


  • Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-
  • Candell, Victor, 1903-1977
  • Facci, Domenico, 1916-1994
  • Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-
  • Kuniyoshi, Sara Mazo
  • McMurtry, Larry
  • Stewart, Jack, 1926-2005


Donated by Regina Stewart, July 27, 2010.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed to a minimal level by Rachel Salzman in 2011.

How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Regina Stewart 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.

How to Cite this Collection

The Regina Stewart papers. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1959-2010
(Boxes 1-2; 0.7 linear ft.)

The scrapbooks were removed from 3-ring binders, and their original order has been retained.

Box Folder
1 1-4 Volume 1, 1959-1992
(4 folders)
1 5-7 Volume 2, 1993-1997
(3 folders)
Box Folder
2 1-3 Volume 3, 1997-2010
(3 folders)

Series 2: Printed Materials, circa 1977, 2003-2008
(Box 2; 0.1 linear ft.)

Printed materials consist of collectors' guides to kitchen utensils and stoneware co-written by Regina Stewart and an exhibition catalog and article about Stewart's painting.

Box Folder
2 4 Printed Material by Regina Stewart and Geraldine Cosentino, circa 1977
2 5 Printed Material about Regina Stewart, 2003-2008