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Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959

Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959

Weinman, Adolph A. (Adolph Alexander), 1870-1952


Collection Information

Size: 9.7 linear feet

Summary: The papers of American sculptor Adolph Weinman measure 9.7 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1959. Found within the collection are scattered biographical materials; project files for Weinman's sculpture and commissions; correspondence with colleagues, friends and family, and letterpress books containing copies of letters concerning specific sculpture commissions; a substantial body of files concerning Weinman's membership in the National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Design; records concerning works of art held by dealers and in exhibitions and other miscellaneous financial materials; notes and a notebook; writings and speeches by Weinman; sketches and sketchbooks; printed materials; photographs and glass negatives. This material not only reflects the diversity of projects executed by this prolific sculptor, but illustrates the process of creation for many of his more important works.

Biographical/Historical Note

Adolph Weinman (1870-1952) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y.


The Adolph A. Weinman papers were donated by Weinman's sons, Howard K. Weinman in 1972, and Robert A. Weinman in 1976.

Related Materials

In 1971 and 1972, Howard and Robert Weinman loaned selected documents for microfilming that are only available on microfilm reels 283 and 414. The loaned material is not included in the finding aid. Reel 283 contains biographical materials, a contract, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous printed materials, dating from 1888-1952. Correspondence exchanged between Weinman and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Medallic Art Company between 1930 and 1952 is available on microfil reel 414.


The microfilm for the collection was digitized in 2006-2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 283: Originals returned to Howard Weinman after microfilming.
  • Reel 414: Originals returned to Robert A. Weinman after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

The microfilm for this collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digitization Note

The papers of Adolph A. (Adolph Alexander) Weinman in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2005 from 9 reels of microfilm, totaling 12,122 images.