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Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970

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5.1: Notes and Writings by Shahn , circa 1933-1986

This series contains addresses, calendars, and lists of artwork, many of which are annotated with prices, in addition to miscellaneous notes written by and to Shahn which include scattered sketches and doodles. The bulk of the series consists of drafts and transcripts of lectures and statements given by Shahn over the course of his career. The writings found here include material used in some of Shahn's most well-known lectures such as those he gave as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University from 1956-1957 (collected and published by Harvard University Press as The Shape of Content in 1957), on subjects such as artists in colleges, the biography of a painting, nonconformity, and the education of an artist.
Addresses, calendars, lists and notes are followed by writings arranged in rough chronological order and alphabetically by title thereafter. The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of some addresses and business cards and some miscellaneous notes.
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Address Book, circa 1960s
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Addresses, Handwritten and Business Cards, circa 1940s-1986
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Engagement Calendar, 1966 January-June
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Engagement Calendar, 1966 July-December
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Fragments, circa 1940s-1960s
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Lists of Artwork, circa 1950s-1960s
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Lists of Artwork, circa 1956-1975
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Miscellaneous Notes, To and By Shahn, circa 1933-circa 1972
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Miscellaneous Notes, To and By Shahn, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
4 Folders
Partially scanned
Folder 19 not scanned
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Notebooks, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
2 notebooks, 1 in Italian
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Travel Diary Fragments, London, circa 1950s
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"A Credo," Woodstock, NY, 1948
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"If I Had to Begin My Art Career Today," at Andover, 1949
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"The Place of the Artist in Modern Society/Some Questions," Smith College, 1949
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"The Question: Who Cares?" University of Wisconsin, 1949
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"Prints,", circa 1950s
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Re: Maccari, circa 1950s
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Re: Museum of Modern Art, circa 1950s
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"Just What is Realism in Art?" State University of Iowa, 1950
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"Paul Klee," Museum of Modern Art Symposium, 1950
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"Education of an Artist," Jamesine Franklin School of Professional Arts, Inc., 1950
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"Some Revaluations of Commercial and Fine Arts," Jamesine Franklin School of Professional Arts, 1950
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"American Paintings for the Past Twenty-five Years: An Unorthodox View," Harvard University, 1951
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"Art, as a Positive Value,", 1951
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"Aspects of Realism," Black Mountain College, 1951
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"Education of a Professional Artist," at Providence, 1951
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"How Art Can Contribute to an Industrial and Scientific Age," Ohio State University, 1951
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"How to Combine Art, Architecture, Sculpture," Museum of Modern Art Symposium, 1951
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"The Future of Creative Arts," University of New York, Buffalo, 1951
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"Modern Art and Modern Civilization," Dartmouth College Great Issues Course, 1952
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Presentation of American Institute of Graphic Arts Award to Joe Blumenthal, 1952
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"Question: Why Does the Artist Paint," in Philadelphia, 1952
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"The Relationship Between Art and Aesthetics," at Woodstock, New York, 1952
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"How an Artist Looks at Aesthetics," American Society for Aesthetics, 1953
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"The Problem of Artistic Creation in America Today," in Philadelphia, 1953
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"This is About Values," Smith College, 1953
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"The Liberal of Today," and Material Related to Venice Biennale, circa 1953-1954
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Letter to Editor of New York Times re. Aline Saarinen Review of Edward Steichen Exhibition, 1955
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"Modern American Painting," Barnard College American Arts Festival, 1955
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"Nuove Considerazioni sul Realismo,", circa 1956
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"Realism Reconsidered," Drafts, circa 1956
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"Realism Reconsidered," Press Release, circa 1956
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"Riconsiderando il Realismo in Arte,", circa 1956
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Statements on William E. Grady Vocational High School Mural, New York, NY, circa 1956
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"Artists in Colleges," Harvard University, circa 1957
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"Nonconformity,", circa 1957
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"The Biography of a Painting,", circa 1957
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"Statement of Ben Shahn" Re: House Un-American Activities Committee, circa 1959
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"A Reply to Mr. Porter,", 1959
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"Art and Art Theory,", circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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"My Life as a Painter,", circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Re: Art Critics, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Re: Artist's Role in Society, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Re: Horizons for Art, Jewish Theological Seminary, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Re: Modern Photography, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Re: Painting by a Student Named Udell, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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"Responsibility for Standards of Taste in a Democratic Society," Museum of Modern Art Symposium, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Statements on Art and Artists, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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"The Threefold Search for Understanding,", circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Statement to The New Republic, circa 1960s
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Re: Relationship of an Artist's Thoughts and Emotions to his Work, 1961
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Re: Abraham Abulafia, circa 1963
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Re: Corcoran Gallery of Art Awards System, circa 1963
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"Bread and Butter Letter to the Aspen Conference on Design,", 1967
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