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Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman papers, circa 1930s-2006, bulk 1942-2005

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 12 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1940-2001
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Scattered biographical material on Chaim Koppelman and Dorothy Koppelman includes: resumes, an artist's statement, an induction order by the United States Army, and entries in Who Is Who directories. Miscellaneous items consist of a receipt documenting Chaim Koppleman's attendance at the Municipal Art School in Bristol, England and Dorothy Koppleman's transcript of grades from Brooklyn College. Interspersed among the files are letters and clippings.
Materials are arranged by subject and thereafter in chronological order.
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Chaim Koppelman
Resumes, circa 1975-1987
1
1
United States Induction Order, 1942
1
2
Entry in Print World Directory, 1985-2000
1
3
Miscellaneous Biographical Material, 1940-1942
1
4
Dorothy Koppelman
Resumes, circa 1963-circa 1998
1
5
Award from Brooklyn Society of Artists, 1960
1
6
Entries in Who's Who Directories, 1975, 1980
1
7
Miscellaneous Biographical Material, 1940-1942
1
8

Series 2: Correspondence , 1942-2003
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

This series contains personal and general correspondence.
Personal correspondence includes holiday and greeting cards, postcards, telegrams, an address book, artwork, scattered receipts, clippings, exhibition announcements and photographs. Also found are many ilustrated letters and sketches by Chaim Koppelman and others.
Much of personal correspondence consists of love letters between Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman. Also found is Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman's correspondence with family and friends. Chaim's letters to Dorothy and others provide a detailed view of his life in the army and include references to his art studies at Art College in Western England and at the L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in France and to the paintings and sculptures that he has completed. There are letters from Eli Siegel to Chaim Koppelman.
General correspondence contains mostly incoming letters to Chaim Koppelman from collectors, students, colleagues, and various arts institutions. Letters relate to exhibitions, sales of artwork, course assignments, requests for biographical information and recommendations. Attachments to letters include curriculum vitae, exhibition schedules, invoices, receipts, a loan agreement, and clippings. There are some letters from Dorothy Koppelman and Adja Yunkers.
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Personal Correspondence
Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman Correspondence, 1942-1949
1
9-18
Eli Siegel Letters to Chaim Koppelman, 1942-1945
1
19
Chaim Koppelman Correspondence, 1950-1994
1
20-23
Loose Envelopes, 1942-1945
1
24
General Correspondence
Correspondence, 1971-2003
1
25-27
Loose Envelopes, 1958-1968
1
28

Series 3: Writings and Notes , 2005, 1930s-1989
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes annotated typescripts and handwritten drafts of writings and notes. Many of the writings by Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman were prepared for talks at the Terrain Gallery, Laurel Gallery, and other venues. Interspersed among the writings are artist's statements and scattered printed material. A file of poems by Chaim Koppelman includes his letters to Eli Siegel; many of the letters are illustrated.
Writings by others consists of a few poems by Louis Dienes.
Writings and notes are arranged by subject and filed within folders in chronological order.
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By Chaim Koppelman
On Various Artists, 1949-circa 1950s
1
29
Gallery Talks and Discussions, 1949,1959
1
30
"A Twentieth Century Direction for Art and Criticism,", circa 1950s
1
31
"Why Aesthetic Realism Matters As to Art,", 1959, 1956
1
32
Artist's Statements, 1951-circa 1954
1
33
"On Art and the Family,", 1954
1
34
On Printmaking, circa 1959-1960
1
35
Relevance of the Siegel Theory of Opposites to the Work of Roy Lichtenstein, Clayton Pond, and Richard Anuszkiewicz, 1968
1 sound tape reel
1
36
"This is the Way I See Aesthetic Realism,", 1969
1
37
"Napolean Accompanied,", 2005
1
38
Poems by Chaim Koppelman and Eli Siegel, 1943-1945
1
39
By Dorothy Koppelman
Various Essays on Art, circa 1950s-1961
1
40
Artist's Statements, 1930s-1989
1
41
By Others, 1944-1945
1
42-43

Series 4: Subject Files , 1942-2004
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Subject files reflect Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman's projects, memberships,and professional interests. Files contain correspondence, biographical information, receipts, annotated checklists, price lists, entry forms, press releases, printed material, clippings, brochures, catalogs, photographs, and slides.
Materials are arranged by subject and thereafter in chronological order.
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American Society of Contemporary Artists - Dorothy Koppelman, 1993-2003
1
44
Anchorage, Alaska, 1972
1
45
Art Correspondence, 1980s-1987
1
46
Art for Peace, 1969, 1965
1
47
Artist's Frame Shop Gallery, 1972-2002
1
48
Associated American Artists - Chaim Koppelman, 1972-1973
1
49
Atelier 17 - Chaim Koppelman, 1954-1955, 1990
1
50
Audubon Society, 1996-1998
1
51
Binghamton Print International, 1994-2000
1
52
Robert Blackburn Workshop, 1950s-2000
1
53
Brooklyn Museum Gift - Chaim Koppelman, 1992
1
54
Brooklyn Museum - New Prints, 1968-1970
1
55
498 Broome Street Studio, New York, NY, 1963-2000
1
56
Broome Street Graphics Workshop, 1958-1975
1
57
Comments on Chaim Koppelman's Work, 1950s-2000
1
58
Creative Artists Program Service, Inc., 1966, 1975-1977
1
59
Guggenheim Fellowships - Chaim Koppelman, 1958-1973
2
1
Guggenheim Gift - Chaim Koppelman, 1942, 1988
2
2
International Graphic Society, 1955-1967
2
3
Chaim Koppelman - Awards and Collections, 1954-1973
2
4
Chaim Koppelman - Collections, 1966-2000
2
5
Dorothy Koppelman's Articles, 1999-2000
2
6
Museum Acquisitions, 1956-1998
2
7
Museum of Modern Art, 1960-1964
2
8
National Academy of Design, 1977-2004
2
9
National Academy of Design - Edvard Munch, 1995
2
10
New York State Council on the Arts, 1967-1968
2
11
Ozenfant School of the Fine Arts, 1977, 1946-1953
2
12
Picasso Article by Chaim Koppelman, 2001
2
13
Picasso's Man With a Lamb, 1958
2
14
The Print Club, 1987-1988
2
15
School of Visual Arts, 1962
2
16
Society of American Graphic Artists, circa 1950s-2004, undated
2
17-18
Studio 82, 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY, 1946-1949
2
19
Tiffany Foundation Award, 1965-1967
2
20
Underground, Correspondence and Reviews, 1966-1967
2
21
United States Information Agency, 1968
2
22
Veterans' Artists' League, 1942-1947
2
23
Weyhe Gallery, 1946-1955
2
24

Series 5: Teaching Files , 1940s-2006
0.4 Linear feet
Box 2

Teaching files of Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman include: biographical information, letters, memoranda, syllabi, course outlines, lesson plans, teaching notes, drafts of lectures, student papers, class assignments, a supervision report, a contract, printed material, and photographs. Among the printed materials are clippings, brochures for classes and lectures, announcements, invitations, and exhibition catalogs. A notebook contains Chaim Koppelman's teaching notes and lectures for his art education classes at New York University; interspersed among the pages are sketches.
Files are arranged in alphabetical order and thereafter in chronological order.
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Arts for Classes for Children - Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman, 2006, 1950-1951
2
25
Art of Drawing as Art, 1985-2004
2
26
Brooklyn College, 1948-1962
2
27
Brooklyn College - Dorothy Koppelman Art Class, 1963
2
28
National Academy of Art School, 1983-1999
2
29
New York University - Chaim Koppelman, 1947-1975
2
30-31
Other Schools - Chaim Koppelman, 1946-1951, 1970s
2
32
Rhodes School - Chaim Koppelman, 1950-1959
2
33
School of Visual Arts, 2005, 1940s-1996
2
34-36
State University Teachers College at New Paltz, 1952-1958
2
37

Series 6: Exhibition Files , 1940s-2005
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

This series documents solo and group exhibitions of Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman. Files include biographical material, correspondence, price lists, sales of artwork, loan agreements, a contract, receipts, printed material, and photographs. Materials represent Chaim Koppelman's professional affiliations with American Federation of Arts, Associated American Artists, Pratt Center for Contemporary Printmaking, and Print Council of America. Included are photographs of Chaim Koppelman, Marthe Ozenfant, and others at an exhibition opening; also included are photographs of artwork.
Exhibition materials can also be found in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 4: Subject Files, Series 8: Scrapbooks, and Series 12: Photographs.
Files were kept in the order that they were maintained by Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman. Materials are arranged by subject and thereafter filed in chronological order.
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Chaim Koppelman Exhibitions, 1949-2000
2
38-42
Chaim Koppelman Exhibition Correspondence, 1950-1967
2
43
Chaim Koppelman - Price Lists, 1940s-1966, undated
2
44
Dorothy Koppelman Exhibitions, 1950s-2005
3
1-7
Dorothy Koppelman Exhibitions - Photographs of Artwork, 1950s-1970s
3
8
Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman Exhibitions, 1956-2005
3
9-11

Series 7: Personal Business Records , 1944-1969
3 Folders
Box 3

This series houses scattered business records mostly relating to the Terrain Gallery. Included is a copy of an agreement between the founding members of the Terrain Gallery to form a domestic corporation for the purpose of purchasing a five-floor building at 20 West 16th Street, New York, for use as a home and exhibition space.
Materials include: correspondence, a lease, typescripts and handwritten reports of expenses, receipts, clippings, and a photograph of Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman at the 20 West 16th Street building.
Personal Business Records are arranged by subject and filed within folders in chronological order.
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Incorporation of Terrain Realty Group, 20 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 1954-1959
3
12
Financial Documents re 20 West 16th Street and 39 Grove Street, New York, NY, 1954-1969
3
13
Martha Beard - Lease for Apartment at 355 East 72nd Street, New York, NY, 1944-1947
3
14

Series 8: Scrapbooks , 1942-2003
2 Folders
Box 3

Two scrapbooks provide a partial overview of the Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman exhibition history. Scrapbooks contain a variety of documentation: biographical information, artist's statements, press releases, awards, printed material, and photographs of artwork. Printed material includes clippings of exhibition announcements, articles, and reviews; also found are some rare exhibition catalogs.
The scrapbooks were dismantled.
Scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order.
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Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman Exhibition Scrapbook (Dismantled), 1942-2003
3
15
Dorothy Koppelman Exhibition Scrapbook (Dismantled), 1961-2003
3
16

Series 9: Printed Material , 2004, 1937-1971
0.25 Linear feet
Box 3

Printed material includes newspaper clippings and art magazines from Chaim Koppelman's high school, and a few newsletters distributed by the United States Army Corps. An issue of the high school art magazine includes Chaim Koppelman's article on WPA art. A reproduction of a woodcut and sketch drawn by Koppelman in his teens is also included.
Among the miscellaneous items are: a reproduction of a book plate designed by Chaim Koppelman, an article on Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman and the Terrain Gallery members, and an Artist's Proof featuring Chaim and Dorothy's work.
Printed material can be found in all the series with the exception of Series 10: Artwork, and Series 11: Sketchbooks.
Files are arranged by format and then filed in chronological order.
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Chaim Koppelman Writings and Prints, Expressions James Madison High School, 1937-1939
3
17
Clippings, James Madison High School, 1937-1938
3
18
Newsletters - United States Army Corp., 1943
3
19
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 2004, 1957-1971
3
20

Series 10: Artwork , 1933-1949, 1980-2000
3 Folders
Box 3

Sketches, in ink, pen, and watercolors depict figure and animal studies. A file of illustrated letters was found with the artwork and includes handmade holiday cards by Chaim Koppelman.
Artwork can also be found in Series 1: Correspondence, Series 3: Writings and Notes, and Series 5: Teaching Files.
Artwork is arranged by format and thereafter filed in chronological order.
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Sketches by Chaim Koppelman, 1933-1949, 1980-2000
3
21-23
Illustrated Letters by Chaim Koppelman, 1943-1945
3
24

Series 11: Sketchbooks , 1944-2005
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

This series contains 20 annotated sketchbooks by Chaim Koppelman and an annotated sketchbook by Dorothy Koppelman. Sketches are in pen, pencil, ink, and watercolors, depicting portrait studies, figures, animals, objects, and landscapes.
Sketchbooks are arranged in chronological order.
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By Chaim Koppelman
Sketchbook 1, 1944-1987
3
25
Sketchbook 2, 1949
3
26
Sketchbook 3, 1949-1950
3
27
Sketchbook 4, 1950-1999
3
28
Sketchbooks 5-8, 1961-1997
3
29
Sketchbook 9, 1976-1988
3
30
Sketchbooks 10-11, 1980-1985
3
31
Sketchbooks 12-13, 1983-1989
3
32
Sketchbooks 14-16, 1986-2001
3
33
Sketchbooks 17-18, 1994-2005
3
34
Sketchbook 19, 1996-1999
4
1
By Dorothy Koppelman
Sketchbook, 1949-1975
4
2

Series 12: Photographs , 1930s-circa 2004
0.25 Linear feet
Box 4

Loose photographs are of Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman, their daughter, Ann, and other family members; also included are many snapshots of Chaim Koppelman, his army buddies, and acquaintances taken when he was in the army.
There are four photograph albums. Two albums contain photographs and snapshots of Chaim during World War II, Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman in their studio, at exhibition installations and other events with friends and colleagues. Included are snapshots of Louis and Regina Dienes, Gerson Lieber, James Mellon, Bernard Olshan, Joseph Solman, and Theodoros Stamos. Of interest are photographs of Chaim Koppelman's sculptures and paintings completed while serving in the army. Also found are photographs of Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman with members of the Terrain Gallery in their living space at 16 West 20th Street in New York City. Interspersed among the album pages are scattered printed materials.
Two photograph albums contain photographs of Chaim Koppelman's artwork.
Photographs are arranged in chronological order. One photograph album was dismantled.
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Photographs of Friends, 1940s
4
3
World War II Photographs of Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman and French Friends, 1943-1945
4
4
Photograph Album 1: Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman in the Studio and at Exhibition Openings and Events with Colleagues (Dismantled), 1930s, 1942-1998
4
5
Photograph Album 2: Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman and Colleagues, undated
4
6
Photograph Albums 3-4: Chaim Koppelman Artwork, circa 2004
4
7-8

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