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Abraham Walkowitz papers, 1904-1969

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1906-1944
8 Folders
Box 1, 5

Biographical material consisting of scattered autobiographical notes, a citizenship certificate displaying passport stamps from 1914 and 1931, a photo admission card for museums in Rome, military registration cards, exhibition registration cards, a quarterly union membership card, two medical laboratory reports, and address books.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Autobiographical Notes, circa 1944
1
1
Certificate of Citizenship, 1906
Oversized material housed in Box 5
1
2
Admission Card for Museums in Rome; Military Registration Cards, 1914-1917
1
3
Gloucester Society of Artists Membership Card; Quarterly Union Membership Card, 1926-1928
1
4
Exhibition Registration Cards, circa 1914-1937
1
5
Medical Laboratory Reports, 1935-1936
1
6
Address Books, circa 1906-1944
1
7
Oversized Certificate, Scanned with Box 1, F2, 1906
5
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1906-1966
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1

Letters, with scattered responses from Walkowitz, are primarily from colleagues including artists John Taylor Arms, George Biddle, Paula Eliasoph, Ivan G. Olinsky, Walter Pach, Alfred Stieglitz, Carl Van Vechten, and Max Weber, Boston art collector Louis Schapiro, publisher E. Haldeman-Julius, writer Horace Traubel, and dancers Elizabeth Duncan and Maria-Theresa Duncan, the sister and adopted daughter of Isadora Duncan respectively.
Individual letters are primarily from the diverse group of notable people to whom Walkowitz had sent copies of his books. Correspondents include artists George C. Ault, Oscar Bluemner, Henry Botkin, Katharine S. Dreier, Philip Evergood, Karl Knaths, Louis Lozowick, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Jules Pascin, George Rickey, and Eugene Speicher, art collectors A. C. Barnes and Duncan Phillips, Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, philosopher John Dewey, photography pioneer George Eastman, singer Nelson Eddy, Sigmund Freud, Sidney Janis, violinist Louis Kaufman, Meyer Schapiro, writer Richard Wright, and French actress Lottie Yorska. A letter of apology from John Sloan, dated 1919, throws light on the hostility Walkowitz felt towards Sloan. Also found are letters from art organizations and museums.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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A, 1935-1963
  • Addison Gallery of American Art
  • All-Americal Jewish Cultural Alliance (YKUF)
  • American Artists Congress
  • American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers
  • Arms, John Taylor
  • Artists League of America
  • Avery, Milton
1
8
B, 1929-1964
  • Bezalel National Museum
  • Biddle, George
  • Bittel, Lt. Lester Ro.
  • Brandeis, Louis D.
  • Bressler, Sophie and Judson
  • Brooklyn Museum
1
9
C, 1926-1964
  • Coe College
  • Congress for Jewish Culture Art Center
  • Constant, George
  • Converse, Lily S.
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
1
10
D, 1927-1964
  • Dickinson, Sidney E.
  • Duncan, Elizabeth
  • Duncan, Margherita S.
  • Duncan, Maria-Theresa
1
11
E, 1929-1949
  • Egner, Arthur
  • Eliasoph, Paula
  • Evanti, Lillian
  • Evergood, Philip
1
12
F, 1929-1956
  • Ford Foundation
  • Foy, Hans
  • Friedlander, Isaac
1
13
G, 1928-1963
  • Gallatin, Albert
  • Gauthier, Eva
  • Genauer, Emily
  • Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1
14
H, 1912-1959
  • Haldeman-Julius, Emanuel and Sue
  • Hollander, George and Bea Sterling
1
15
I, 1939-1953
  • Isaacs, Stanley and Ethel
1
16
J, 1920-1964
  • Janis, Sidney
  • Jewish Telegraph Agency
1
17
K, 1929-1957
  • Kellner, Gus and Mary
  • Knaths, Karl
  • Kraushaar, C.W.
1
18
L, 1907-1958
  • Lane, Charles J.
  • Library of Congress
  • Lorber, Dr. Herman (Harry)
  • Lorber, Samuel and Martha
  • Lozowick, Louis
  • Lutz, Mark
1
19
M, 1906-1966
  • Mandel, A.
  • Menters, Anita "Angna"
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Morgan LIbrary
  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Museum of Modern Art
1
20
N, 1931-1962
  • Newark Museum
  • New York Times
1
21
O, 1907-1949
  • Olinsky, Ivan Gregorewitch
  • Oppenheimer, Beatruce Biano (Opp)
1
22
P, 1929-1955
  • Pach, Walter and Magda
  • Pascin, Jules
  • Pickwick Pharmacy Art School
  • Prigosen, Rosa and Jacob
  • Princeton Print Club
1
23
Q, 1940-1941
  • Quitzow, Charles A.
1
24
R, 1929-1962
  • Roback, A.A.
  • Rockefeller, John D. (Secretary)
  • Rosenblum, Harry
1
25
Sa-Se, 1925-1958
  • San Francisco Museum of Art
  • Schapiro, Louis
  • Schoenfeld, Abe and Annie
  • Schulman, Eileen
1
26
Sh-Sw, 1914-1949
  • Shaskan, Alexander T.
  • Smith, ALice H. J.
  • Society for Independent Artists, Inc.
  • Stieglitz, Alfred
1
27
T, 1917-1959
  • Tisch, William
  • Traubel, Horace
1
28
U, 1942
1
29
V, 1937-1949
  • Van Arsdale, S.F.
  • Van Vechten, Carl
1
30
W, 1922-1964
  • Watson, Forbes
  • Weber, Max
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Who's Who in America
1
31
Y, 1929-1944
1
32
Z, 1944
  • Zirinsky, Julius
1
33
First Names Only and Illegible, circa 1910-circa 1960
1
34
Drafts, cica 1930-circa 1940
1
35

Series 3: Business Records , 1930-1956
5 Folders
Box 1

Business records consist of documents concerning the petition by Jonas Ellis to prove the will of art collector George M. Dunaif, letters of acknowledgement of gifts of art work donated by Walkowitz to various museums and libraries including the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and miscellaneous financial material including price lists for art work and receipts.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Documents Concerning Petition by Jonas Ellis to Prove the Last Will and Testament of George M. Dunaif, 1944
1
36
Acknowledgements of Gifts of Art Works from Walkowitz, 1935-1954
1
37-38
Miscellaneous Financial Material, circa 1930-1956
1
39-40

Series 4: Interview Transcripts , 1944-1958
5 Folders
Box 1

Transcripts are of three interviews with Walkowitz and an interview with Walkowitz and Frank Kleinholz.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Transcript of Radio Station WNYC Interview with Walkowitz and Frank Kleinholz, 1944
1
41
Draft Transcript of First Interview with Walkowitz, 1953
1
42
Draft Transcript of Second Interview with Walkowitz, 1953
1
43
Draft Transcript of Interview with Walkowitz, 1958
1
44-45

Series 5: Notes and Writings , 1904-1949
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Notes and writings include lists of names, addresses, and art work, miscellaneous lecture notes, and writings by Walkowitz about art, exhibitions, Isadora Duncan, and Alfred Stieglitz. Writings by others include typescripts about Walkowitz by Sidney Janis, Walter Pach, Carl Van Vechten, and John Weichsel, writings about Isadora Duncan are by her adopted daughter, Maria Theresa Duncan, and Mary Fanton Roberts.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Lists of Names, circa 1904-1949
1
46
Address Lists, circa 1904-1949
1
47
Lists of Art Work, circa 1904-1949
1
48
Lecture Notes, circa 1904-1949
1
49
Notes, circa 1904-1949
1
50
Manuscript by Walkowitz for "A Portrait,", circa 1904-1949
1
51
Typescript by Walkowitz for "A Portrait of Stieglitz,", circa 1904-1949
1
52
Writings by Walkowitz on Art, circa 1904-1932
1
53
Manuscript by Walkowitz for "To the call of Peace,", 1904
1
54
Typescript for Guggenheim Fellowship, 1928
1
55
Writings by Walkowitz on Isadora Duncan, circa 1931
1
56
Writings by Walkowitz Concerning the Brooklyn Museum Exhibition One Hundred Artists and Walkowitz, 1943
1
57
Writings by Walkowitz on "The Artist,", 1944
1
58
Manuscript by Walkowitz "Remembering Isadora,", 1944
1
59
Writings by Others in Hebrew, circa 1904-1949
2
1
Typescripts about Walkowitz by Sidney Janis, John Weichsel, and Others, circa 1904-1949
2
2
Manuscript "Isadora (The Artist), Daughter of Prometheus" by Maria Theresa Duncan, circa 1904-1949
2
3-4
Manuscript "Reverence for Life" by Miss Clifford Williams; Typescript "Walkowitz and Tradition" by Walter Pach, 1913-1925
2
5
Autobiographical Typescript by Mandel, 1939
2
6
Typescript "Remembering Isadora" by Mary Fanton Roberts, 1944
2
7
Typescript about Walkowitz's Work Demonstration by James Johnson Sweeney, 1944
2
8
Writings Concerning Exhibition of Walkowitz's Drawings of Isadora Duncan by Maria Theresa Duncan, 1945
2
9
Typescripts about Walkowitz by David Diamondstein, Benjamin Kopman, and Jerome Mellquist, 1946
2
10
Typescript Concerning Exhibition of Walkowitz's Drawings of Isadora Duncan by an Unidentified Author, 1947
2
11
Typescripts about Walkowitz by A. L. Chanin, David Ignatoff, Bernard Myers, Amedee J. Ozenfant, and Carl Van Vechten, 1949
2
12

Series 6: Printed Material , 1910-1969
0.8 Linear feet
Box 2, 5

Printed material consists of clippings and periodicals, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Walkowitz, catalogs of art work in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, reproductions of art work, a brochure for Walkowitz's book 100 Drawings, and books. Miscellaneous printed material includes a reproduction of a group photograph of artists Maurice Braun, Gaston Busch, William Oberhardt, Ivan Olinsky, Ernest David Roth, Frederick Starr, Maurice Sterne, Edgar Ward, Samuel Weis, and Lee Woodward Zeigler. There is also a bookplate for Louis Schapiro designed by Walkowitz. Clippings concern Walkowitz, his friends and colleagues, and art in general. When possible, the names of full publications have been provided at the folder level.
This series has been partially scanned. In some cases, only relevant pages of printed materials have been scanned.
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Undated Clippings, circa 1910-1969
2
13
Clippings and Periodicals, 1910-1912
2
14
Clippings and Periodicals, 1913
Camera Work, Volume XLIV
2
15
Clippings and Periodicals, 1916
Current Opinion
2
16
Clippings and Periodicals, 1917
Pagan, July-August and The Masses, November-December
2
17-18
Clippings and Periodicals, 1918
2
19
Clippings and Periodicals, 1921
The New Renaissance
2
20
Clippings and Periodicals, 1928
The Future, May
2
21
Clippings and Periodicals, 1939
2
22
Clippings and Periodicals, 1942-1944
2
23
Clippings and Periodicals, 1947-1949
2
24
Clippings and Periodicals, 1951-1952
2
25
Clippings and Periodicals, 1953
2
26
Clippings and Periodicals, 1954
Yiddishe Kultur and Arts Digest, October
2
27
Clippings and Periodicals, 1955
Art News, March
2
28
Clippings and Periodicals, 1956
The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review
2
29
Clippings and Periodicals, 1958
2
30
Clippings and Periodicals, 1959
Arts and Art News
2
31-32
Clippings and Periodicals, 1962-1963
2
33
Clippings and Periodicals, 1964
Arts, March
2
34
Clippings and Periodicals, 1965
2
35
Clippings and Periodicals, 1966
2
36-38
Clippings and Periodicals, 1969
2
39
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1916-1966
2
40
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1916
2
41
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1923
2
42
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1928-1929
2
43
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1930-1937
Oversized material housed in Box 5, F1
2
44
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1938
2
45
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1947-1949
2
46
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1952-1959
2
47
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1964-1966
2
48
Catalog of Works in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1949
2
49
Catalogs of the Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1952-1960
2
50
Reproductions of Art Work, undated
2
51
Brochure for 100 Drawings by Abraham Walkowitz, 1925
2
52
100 Drawings by Abraham Walkowitz, 1925
2
53
100 Paintings and Drawings from the Objective to Abstract by Abraham Walkowitz, 1925
2
54
Isadora Duncan in Her Dances by Abraham Walkowitz, 1945
2
55
Ghetto Motifs by Abraham Walkowitz, 1946
2
56
Barns and Coal Mines Around Girard, Kansas by Abraham Walkowitz and E. Haldeman-Julius, 1947
2
57
Improvisations of New York: A Symphony in Lines by Abraham Walkowitz, 1948
2
58
Art from Life to Life by Abraham Walkowitz, 1951
2
59
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1910-1969
2
60
Oversized Exhibition Announcement, Scanned with Box 2, F44, 1930
5
1

Series 7: Photographs , 1904-1958
0.9 Linear feet
Box 2-5

The majority of photographs are of Abraham Walkowitz, taken by miscellaneous photographers including Arnold Genthe, Lotte Jacobi, Sacha Kolin, George Lohr, Arnold Newman, Yolla Niclas, Ruth Orkin, Roy Schatt, Marcia Stein, Harry Teichlauf, Alfredo Valente, Carl Van Vechten, Clarence White, and George Wiesner. Two important photographs show Walkowitz on a picnic with his friends, Agnes Ernst (Mrs. Eugene Meyer), Paul Haviland, J. B. Kerfoot, John Marin, Katharine N. Rhoades, and Alfred Stieglitz and his wife. Photographs of friends and colleagues are also of Walkowitz with Fred Gardner, Joseph Pollet, and John Sloan at a Society of Independent Artists exhibition. There are also photographs of Henry Botkin, Stefano Cusumano, Raphael Soyer, and Alfredo Valente. Photographs are also of art work by Walkowitz and others.
This series has been partially scanned. Duplicates have not been scanned.
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Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, 1908
2
61
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, circa 1920
2
62
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, circa 1930
2
63
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, circa 1937
2
64
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, circa 1940
2
65
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz with Art, circa 1940
2
66
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz with Art, circa 1950
2
67
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, circa 1950
2
68
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, circa 1950
2
69
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, circa 1950
2
70
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz with Art, circa 1950
2
71
Portraits, Abraham Walkowitz, 1958
Oversized material housed in Box 5, F2
2
72
Portraits of Abraham Walkowitz, by Arnold Genthe, 1911-1913
3
1
Portraits of Abraham Walkowitz, by Arnold Genthe, 1915
3
2
Portraits of Abraham Walkowitz, by Arnold Genthe, 1918
3
3-4
Portraits of Abraham Walkowitz, by Arnold Genthe, 1920
3
5
Portraits of Abraham Walkowitz, by Arnold Genthe, 1940
3
6-7
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Lotte Jacobi, circa 1950
3
8
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz and Henry Botkin by Sacha Kolin, circa 1940s-1950s
3
9-14
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by George Lohr, circa 1940s-1950s
3
15
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Arnold Newman, 1943-1955
Oversized material housed in Box 5
3
16
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Yolla Niclas, circa 1940s-1950s
3
17
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Ruth Orkin, circa 1940s-1950s
3
18
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Roy Schatt, 1954-1955
Oversized material housed in Box 5
3
19
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Marcia Stein, 1904-1909
3
20-21
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Harry Teichlauf, circa 1940s-1950s
3
22
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz and Alfredo Valente by Alfredo Valente, circa 1949-1957
3
23-24
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Carl Van Vechten, 1931
Oversized material housed in Box 5
3
25-26
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by Clarence White, 1915
4
1-4
Photographs of Abraham Walkowitz by George Wiesner, 1958
4
5-7
Photographs of Walkowitz with Friends and Colleagues, 1912-1941, undated
4
8-10
Photographs of Art Work by Walkowitz, circa 1904-1958
4
11
Photographs of Art Work by Others, circa 1904-1958
4
12
Oversized Photographs of Walkowitz, Scanned with Box 2, F72, circa 1908-1958
5
2
Oversized Photograph of Walkowitz by Arnold Newman, Scanned with Box 3, F16, 1955
5
3
Oversized Photographs of Walkowitz by Roy Schatt, Scanned with Box 3, F19, 1954-1955
5
3
Oversized Photograph of Walkowitz by Carl Van Vechten, Scanned with Box 3, F25-26, 1931
5
3

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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