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Harry Sternberg papers, 1927-2000

Sternberg, Harry, 1904-2001

Lithographer, Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 3.4 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of painter, printmaker, and teacher Harry Sternberg date from 1927 to 2000 and measure 3.4 linear feet. The collection documents Sternberg's career as an artist in both New York City and California, and as an art instructor at the Art Students League and the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts through biographical material, letters, personal business records, writings, printed material, photographs, artwork and audio-visual materials.
Biographical material includes an interview of Sternberg conducted by art curator Malcolm Warner. Business records comprise two ledgers documenting business activities, scattered financial and legal documents, and files regarding a few of his projects, including the film "Many Worlds of Art."
Sternberg's personal and professional correspondence is with friends, artists, including Harry Wickey, Rockwell Kent, Philip Evergood, and Peter Blume, collectors and curators such as Hudson Walker and Carl Zigrosser, and art organizations, universities, and galleries.
The small number of writings by Sternberg in this collection includes drafts of articles and lectures, a manuscript for a book on etching, and notes. Writings by others consists of draft writings about Sternberg, draft exhibition catalogs, and writings by the artists Arthur Secunda and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Over one-third of this collection is printed material, including exhibition catalogs and announcements, news clippings, books written by Sternberg, school publications, and material regarding art events.
Also found are photographs of Sternberg in his studio, with students, with his wife Mary, and at the Idyllwild School. Other photographs include group photographs of Art Students League faculty as well as photographs of exhibitions, murals, and artwork. The collection also contains original artwork including two sketchbooks and three loose drawings by Sternberg and one scrapbook of news clippings and exhibition materials. Audio and video materials include several interviews of Sternberg and a video copy of his film "Many Worlds of Art."

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry Sternberg (1904-2001) was a painter and graphic artist from New York, N.Y. and Escondido, Calif. Sternberg taught at the Art Students League from 1933 to 1936, where his colleagues included George Grosz and Will Barnet. In 1935, he worked with Stuart Davis and others to organize the American Artists' Congress against war and fascism. He is best known for his murals and for his prints. He is the author of "Silk Screen Color Printing," (1942).


The Harry Sternberg papers were donated by Sternberg in several installments from 1967 to 2001.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.