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Ben Norris memoir, 1993-1994

Norris, Ben, 1910-2006

Painter, Watercolorist


Collection Information

Size: 1 Volume, (369 p.)

Summary: An unpublished memoir written by Norris documenting his life. The manuscript begins with Norris' birth in 1910, including his childhood memories of California. He also describes in detail his education at Ponoma College, Harvard University and Sorbonne in Paris, as well as his teaching position at the University of Hawaii. Themes of formative experiences, education, sexual orientation, family, and church life are dominant in his writing. He concludes with a summary of the early 1990s, after he moved to New York City. Some pages are annotated in pen by Norris.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ben Norris (1910-2006) was a watercolorist and educator in Hawaii and New York. Norris studied privately with Frederic Taubes and Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and was educated at Harvard University and the Sorbonne in Paris. Norris also taught art history at the Univeristy of Hawaii.


Donated 2008 by Margaret Castrey, Norris' widow.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Ben Norris memoir, 1993-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.