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Jack Levine papers, 1923-1999

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1953-1955
1 Folder
Box 1

Biographical material consists of two driver's licenses and several brief biographical accounts.
Series is scanned in entirety.
Description Container Select
Biographical Material, 1953-1955, undated
1
1

Series 2: Letters , 1946-1996
12 Folders
Boxes 1 and 5

Scattered letters are primarily from colleagues including John Taylor Arms, Hyman Bloom, Leonard Bocour, René d'Harnoncourt, Lloyd Goodrich, Jacob Lawrence, and Homer Saint-Gaudens.
Series is scanned in entirety.
Description Container Select
Letters, undated
1
2
Letters, 1946-1958
1
3
Letters, 1960
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 1
1
4
Letters, 1965-1968
1
5
Letters, 1970-1974
1
6
Letters, 1975-1977
1
7
Letters, 1978-1979
1
8
Letters, 1980-1985
1
9
Letters, 1990
1
10
Letters, 1992-1994
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 1
1
11
Letters, 1996
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 1
1
12
Oversized Letters scanned with Box 1, Folder 4
5
1
Oversized Letters scanned with Box 1, Folder 11
5
1
Oversized Letters scanned with Box 1, Folder 12
5
1

Series 3: Notes and Writings , 1961-1974
6 Folders
Box 1

Notes and writings primarily consist of typescript theses about Jack Levine. There is also a transcript of a speech given by Levine at the Fogg Art Museum, and miscellaneous notes and writings.
Series is scanned in entirety.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous, 1961-1962, undated
1
13
Typescript of Speech at Fogg Art Museum: "Jack Levine Speaks Regarding the Donation of 108 of his Drawings to the Archives,", undated
1
14
Thesis Typescript "The WPA Paintings of Jack Levine" by Henry Arnold Freedman, 1967
1
15
Typescript "Jack Levine and the Aesthetics of Discontent" by Aaron Miller, 1967
1
16
Thesis Typescript "Jack Levine: Career of an American Artist" by Patricia Allen Robbins, 1969
1
17
Dissertation Typescript "Jack Levine: Painter and Protester" by Henry Freedman, 1974
1
18

Series 4: Artwork , 1923-1931
11 Folders
Boxes 1, 5, OV 6

Artwork consists of Levine's student drawings including anatomical studies, neighborhood genre scenes, and copies of Old Masters.
Series is scanned in entirety.
Description Container Select
Drawings, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 2
1
19
Drawings, 1923
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 2
1
20
Drawings, 1924
1
21
Drawings, 1925
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 2
1
22
Drawings, 1926
1
23
Drawings, 1928-1929
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 2 and OV 6
1
24
Drawings, 1930
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 3
1
25
Drawings, 1931
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 3
1
26
Drawings of Symphony Musicians, 1930-1931
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 3
1
27
Oversized Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 19
5
2
Oversized Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 20
5
2
Oversized Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 22
5
2
Oversized Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 23
5
2
Oversized Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 24
5
2
Oversized Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 25
5
3
Oversized Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 26
5
3
Oversized Drawings of Symphony Musicians scanned with Box 1, Folder 27
5
3
Oversized Drawing scanned with Box 1, Folder 24
OV 6

Series 5: Scrapbooks , 1936-1962
16 Folders
Boxes 1, 5

Three scrapbooks include clippings that document Levine's career and reflect his political interests, as well as photographs of Levine and photographs of artwork, exhibitions and announcements.
Scrapbooks have been scanned in entirety.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, 1936-1949
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 4
1
28-33
Scrapbook 2, 1950-1960
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 5
1
34-38
Scrapbook 3, 1960-1962
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 6
1
39-40
Oversized Pages from Scrapbook 1 scanned with Box 1, Folders 28-33
5
4
Oversized Pages from Scrapbook 2 scanned with Box 1, Folders 34-38
5
5
Oversized Pages from Scrapbook 3 scanned with Box 1, Folders 39-40
5
6

Series 6: Printed Material , 1938-1999
1.9 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, 5

Printed material includes clippings, primarily of articles about Levine, exhibition announcements and catalogs, an announcement for a lecture by Levine, press releases, calendars of events, reproductions of artwork, programs, brochures, and books.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. For most publications and exhibition catalogs of artists other than Levine, only the covers, title pages, and relevant pages have been scanned.
Description Container Select
Clippings, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 7
1
41
Clippings, 1938-1941
1
42
Clippings, 1943-1945
1
43
Clippings, 1946
1
44
Clippings, 1947
1
45-46
Clippings, 1948-1949
1
47
Clippings, 1950-1953
1
48
Clippings, 1954-1955
1
49
Clippings, 1956
1
50
Clippings, 1957-1958
1
51
Clippings, 1959
1
52
Clippings, 1960 January-May
1
53
Clippings, 1960 July
1
54
Clippings, 1990 September-December
1
55
Clippings, 1961
1
56
Clippings, 1962
1
57
Clippings, 1963
1
58
Clippings, 1964
1
59-60
Clippings, 1965
1
61
Clippings, 1966
1
62
Clippings, 1967
1
63
Clippings, 1968
1
64-66
Clippings, 1969
1
67-68
Clippings, 1970
1
69
Clippings, 1971-1972
1
70
Clippings, 1972
1
71
Clippings, 1973-1976
1
72
Clippings, 1977
1
73
Clippings, 1978
1
74
Clippings, 1979
1
75-76
Clippings, 1980-1985
2
1
Clippings, 1986
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 7
2
2-3
Clippings, 1987
2
4-5
Clippings, 1988-1989
2
6
Clippings, 1990-1994
2
7
Clippings, 1995-1996
2
8
Clippings, 1997-1998
2
9
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
2
10
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1939
2
11
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1945
2
12
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1947
2
13
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1948
2
14-15
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1949
2
16
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1950
2
17-18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1951-1952
2
19
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1955
2
20-22
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1956
2
23
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1957
2
24
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1959
2
25-26
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1960-1961
2
27
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1962
2
28
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1963
2
29-30
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1964
2
31-32
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1965
2
33
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1966
2
34
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1967
2
35-36
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1968
2
37-38
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1969
2
39
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1972
2
40
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1977-1979
3
1
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1983-1987
3
2
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1990-1992
3
3
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1993
3
4
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1995-1998
3
5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1960-1980
3
6
Lecture Announcement, 1962
Oversized material housed in OV 6
3
7
Press Releases, 1960-1979
3
8
Calendars of Events, 1968-1999
3
9
Reproductions of Artwork, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 8
3
10
Programs, 1966-1999
3
11
Brochures for Facing East Portfolio of Levine's Prints, 1972
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 8
3
12
Miscellaneous Brochures, 1959-1972, undated
3
13-14
Book Americans 1942 Published by the Museum of Modern Art, 1942
3
15
Book Painting and Sculpture in the Museum of Modern Art, 1942
3
16
Book The Jew: Quest 2, 1964
3
17
Oversized Clippings scanned with Box 1, Folder 41
5
7
Oversized Clippings scanned with Box 2, Folder 3
5
7
Oversized Reproductions of Artwork scanned with Box 3, Folder 10
5
8
Oversized Brochure for Facing East Portfolio of Levine's Prints scanned with Box 3, Folder 12
5
8
Oversized Announcement for Lecture by Levine scanned with Box 3, Folder 7
OV 6

Series 7: Photographs , 1940-1998
52 Folders
Boxes 3-5, OV 6

Photographs are of Levine, his wife Ruth Gikow, their daughter Susanna, and colleagues and friends including Hyman Bloom, Leonard Bocour, Eleanor Coen, Alexander Dobkin, Lawrence Fleischman, Betty Friedan, Edith Halpert, Joseph Hirsch, Mauricio Lasansky, Gypsy Rose Lee, Gabor Peterdi, Pope Paul VI, Joachim Probst, Sidney Simon, Raphael Soyer, Studs Terkel, John Updike, and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. There is a series of photographs of Levine printmaking with Emiliano Sorini and Ruth Gikow. Photographs of members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters include Will Barnet, Paul Cadmus, Chuck Close, David Levine, and George Tooker. Additional group photographs of the members that were originally enclosed with letters are found in the correspondence series. An album contains photographs of Levine and various buildings in Boston. There are also photographs of exhibition installations and of artwork by Levine and others.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Items which have not been scanned include photographs with copyright restrictions; blank versos of photos; some photos of works of art; and duplicates.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1940-1947, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 9
3
18
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1948-1949, undated
3
19
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1950-1952, undated
3
20
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1953
3
21
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1958
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 9
3
22
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1959
3
23
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1960-1967
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 9
3
24
Photographs of Jack Levine, 1968-1969
4
1
Photographs of Jack Levine, 1971
4
2
Photographs of Jack Levine, circa 1972-1979
4
3
Photographs of Jack Levine, 1982
4
4
Photographs of Jack Levine, 1985
4
5
Photographs of Jack Levine, 1986
4
6
Photograph Album, circa 1986
4
7
Photographs of Family Members, 1955-1982, undated
4
8-9
Photographs of Ruth Gikow, circa 1940-1966
4
10
Photographs with Colleagues
Hyman Bloom and Stella Bloom, circa 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 10
4
11
Alexander Dobkin, circa 1940s
4
12
Joachim Probst, 1966
4
13
Levine Printmaking with Emiliano Sorini, circa 1960s
4
14-17
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, undated
4
18
Levine on a Panel with Studs Turkel, Max Kahn, and Eleanor Coen, circa 1980s
4
19
Levine on Miscellaneous Art Juries, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
4
20
Seminar The Influence of Spiritual Inspiration in American Art Sponsored by the Vatican Museums and the Smithsonian Institution, 1977
4
21
Filming of Jack Levine: Feast of Pure Reason by David Sutherland, 1985
4
22
Party with Leonard Bocour and Sidney Simon, 1985
4
23
Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, circa 1992-1998
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 10 and OV 6
4
24
Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, circa 1992-1998
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 10 and OV 6
4
25
Miscellaneous Colleagues including Leonard Bocour, Betty Friedan, Edith Halpert, Gypsy Rose Lee, Sidney Simon, and Raphael Soyer, 1945-1994, undated
4
26-31
Photographs of Exhibition Installations at Carnegie Institute, 1945-1950
4
32
Photographs of Retrospective Exhibition Installation at the Jewish Museum, 1978
4
33-34
Photographs of Miscellaneous Exhibition Installations, undated
4
35
Photographs of Artwork: Paintings, undated
4
36-39
Photographs of Artwork: Drawings, undated
4
40
Photographs of Artwork: Prints, undated
4
41
Photographs of Artwork by Others, undated
4
42
Miscellaneous Photographs, 1982, undated
4
43
Oversized Photographs of Jack Levine scanned with Box 3, Folder 18
5
9
Oversized Photographs of Jack Levine scanned with Box 3, Folder 22
5
9
Oversized Photographs of Jack Levine scanned with Box 3, folder 24
5
9
Oversized Photographs with Colleagues: Hyman Bloom scanned with Box 4, Folder 11
5
10
Oversized Photographs with Colleagues: Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters scanned with Box 4, Folders 24-25
5
10

Make a Request

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