Scope and Contents
The Ezra Winter papers measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1918-1948. Correspondence consists of personal letters to Winter from friends and family, as well as letters between George Putnam and Winter regarding the property at Rye and various projects, as well as correspondence written by Winter to multiple individuals. Project and Commission Files includes materials relating to each of Winter's mural projects and commissions, as well as various committees Winter was a part of and competitions. Materials include correspondence, supply receipts, plans, sketches, and contracts. Personal Business Records consists of materials relating to the Winter chicken farm business in Falls Village, Connecticut and correspondence, bills, and other documents relating to Winter's studio in Connecticut. Printed Materials includes newspaper clippings referencing Winter's sculptures and murals, and booklets and pamphlets relating to the locations of Winter's murals and sculptures. Photographic materials present depict Winter's murals and artwork. Artwork consists of prints of murals by Winter, and prints of sketched Christmas cards sent by Winter to family and friends.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers were donated in 1969 by the Cooper Hewitt Museum and in 1973 by son in law Albert W. Moss. The bulk of the microfilmed materials were donated in 1973 by Albert W. Moss. Unmicrofilmed materials were donated by the Cooper Hewitt Museum in 1969.
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material donated for microfilming (reels 971-972) including: Correspondence, clippings, receipts, contracts, sketches and descriptions related to mural commissions for the Birmingham Public Library, George Rogers Clark Memorial, University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, Library of Congress, U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the Chase National Bank International Building; biographical material; and material relating to the Commissions of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. and the Commissions of Sculpture, State of Connecticut.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
This collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared, by Allessandra Liberati in 2023.