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More Information | A Finding Aid to the Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959 | Digitized Collection

Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959

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A Finding Aid to the Adolph A. Weinman Papers,
, in the Archives of American Art
Finding aid prepared by Jean Fitzgerald
Scope and Content Note
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.
Much of the collection (6.0 linear feet) consists of project files documenting many of Weinman's sculpture and commissioned public and architectural pieces through correspondence, contracts, financial records, notes, drawings, printed material, and photographs. A complete list of each project or sculpture file is found in the Container Listing. Also found are scattered biographical materials, general correspondence, files relating to Weinman's membership in the National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Design, scattered financial files, notes and writings, art work, printed materials, and photographs.
The Adolph A. Weinman papers were donated by Weinman's sons, Howard K. Weinman in 1972, and Robert A. Weinman in 1976.
Separated Material
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 this 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 microfilm reel 414.
Funding for the digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Processing Information
The collection received a preliminary level of processing at some point after donation and was microfilmed on reels 5884-5892. The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in January 2004. The microfilm for the collection was digitized in 2006-2007 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Glass plate negatives were re-housed in 2014 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.