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J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967

Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber), 1887-1961

Dealer, Publisher, Gallery director

Collection Information

Size: 2.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of gallery director, art dealer and publisher Jsrael Ber Neumann (1887-1961) measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1967. The papers document Neumann's career as the director of galleries in Berlin and Munich, Germany (1910-1924) as well as the New Art Circle gallery in New York City (1924-1952). Neumann was a respected art dealer, publisher of Artlover periodical, founder of Gehenna Press, and frequent lecturer. Found within his papers are correspondence with artists and museums, writings, printed materials mostly comprised of exhibition catalogues, artwork, and photographic materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

J. B. (Jsrael Ber) Neumann (1887-1961) was a gallery director, art dealer and publisher.


The J.B. Neumann papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several installments between 1973-2007 by Eva Lee (family friend), Joy Weber, Max Weber's daughter, Neil Richmond, and Hellie Neumann, J.B. Neumann's granddaughter. Additional materials were loaned for microfilming in 1966-1967 by Neumann's wife Elsa Schmid.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds a collection of Josef Albers letters to J. B. Neumann, 1934-1947 on microfilm reel 911.

Additional J.B. Neumann papers are also located at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum microfilmed a portion of these papers and donated a copy of that film to the Archives. This material may be viewed on reel NJBN5.