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Jack Tworkov papers, circa 1926-1993

Jack Tworkov papers, circa 1926-1993

Tworkov, Jack, 1900-1982

Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 9.7 linear feet

Summary: The Jack Tworkov papers measure 9.7 linear feet and are dated 1926-1993, with the bulk from the period 1931-1982. Tworkov's work as a painter and influential teacher, as well as his personal life, are documented by extensive journals and substantive correspondence that record his ideas about art and teaching, and illuminate his relationships with friends, colleagues, and students. Many sketchbooks, writings, interviews, photographs, and moving images are also included.

Biographical/Historical Note

New York School painter Jack Tworkov (1900-1982), best known for his Abstract Expressionist paintings and as a highly regarded teacher, lived and worked in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts.


Donated in 2009 by Jack Tworkov's daughters, Hermine Ford and Helen Tworkov.

Related Materials

Portions of the Jack Tworkov papers were loaned by Mr. Tworkov in 1970 and 1971 for microfilming on reels N70-38 and 62. Some of these materials were not part of the later 2009 gift and are still available on microfilm and for interlibrary loan. The loaned material is not described in the container listing of this finding aid but includes writings by Tworkov, including a few notebooks, notes for teaching and talks, notes on art and miscellaneous subjects, poems, and artist's statements; biographical data and notes; the transcript of a 1970 interview with Tworkov conducted by Phyllis Tuchman; and a few letters and drafts of letters, 1950-1963.

Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Jack Tworkov, one conducted by Dorothy Seckler, August 17, 1962, and another by Gerald Silk, May 22, 1981. There is also a small collection of three letters written by Jack Tworkov to friend Troy-Jjohn Bramberger.


Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Reels N70-38 & 62 Originals returned to Jack Tworkov after microfilming.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Reels N70-38 & 62 Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Helen Tworkov or Hermine Ford (see 583 for addresses).

How to Cite This Collection

Jack Tworkov papers, circa 1926-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digitization Note

This site provides access to the papers of Jack Tworkov in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2013, and total 11,512 images.