Scope and Contents
The Herb Kruckman papers measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1928-1990. The collection consists of letters, notes and writings, sketchbooks and drawings, printed material and photographs.
There are seventeen letters in total, two of which are from the American literary critic and biographer, Van Wyck Brooks. Notes and writings include a list of gifts to the Butler Institute including "Backyard" by Kruckman and a one page biographical sketch. There are also three sketchbooks and thirty two cartoons for New Masses and other New Deal era publications. Printed material consists of clippings, reproductions of art works, primarily from 1936 book, Hol' Up Yo Head, exhibition announcements, catalogs, a press release and miscellaneous brochures. Photographs are of artwork.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Herb Kruckman were donated by Herb Kruckman in 1976 and 1979, and by his son, Russell Kruckman, in 1991.
The collection was processed in 1991 by Jean Fitzgerald. A finding aid was created by Caroline Donadio in 2018.