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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Jerome Blum papers, 1915-circa 1969, bulk, 1919-1935 | Digitized Collection

Jerome Blum papers, 1915-circa 1969, bulk, 1919-1935

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1915-1933
4 folders
Box 1

This series consists of Jerome Blum and Lucile Swan's marriage certificate, passports, a publishing agreeement, and the transcript of a radio broadcast of Thomas L. Stix of
America's Grub Street Speaks
interviewing Jerome Blum on art and the weather.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Marriage Certificate, Jerome Blum and Lucile Swan, 1919
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Passports, 1915-1920
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Transcript of Radio Broadcast, 1933
Thomas L. Stix of
America's Grub Street Speaks
interviews Jerome Blum on art and the weather.
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Agreement with Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Inc., Publishers, 1929
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Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1966
0.4 linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is with friends, relatives, colleagues, publishers, galleries, museums, and collectors documenting Blum's personal and professional life. Noted correspondents include Sherwood Anderson, George Biddle, Kay Boyle, William Bullitt, Mary and Padraic Colum, Theodore Dreiser, Guy Pene Dubois, Max Eastman, John Duncan Ferguson, Buckminster Fuller, Emma Goldman, Frank Harris, Hapgood Hutchinson, Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, Rockwell Kent, Alfred Kreymborg, Allan Ross MacDougall, Waldo Peirce, Llewylyn Powys, George Seldes, Doris Stevens, Art Young, and Ossip Zadkine.
An annotated list including many of these correspondents, with notes on their occupations and their relationship to the Blums, was supplied by Frances Blum and can be found at the beginning of this series.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Annotated List with Notes on Correspondents Supplied by Frances Blum, circa 1965-1966
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A, circa 1920-1955
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Adams, "Frankie", circa 1935
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Anderson, Sherwood and Eleanor, 1920-1941
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B, circa 1920-1955
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Biddle, George and Helene, circa 1934-1939
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Blum, Frances, circa 1925-1956
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Blum, Frances, circa 1957-1965
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Blum, Lucile, 1920-1921
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C, circa 1920-1955
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Cappick, Marie, 1935-1940
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Colum, Padraic, circa 1928-1935
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D, circa 1920-1955
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Dreiser, Theodore and Helen, 1936-1938
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Du Bois, Guy Péne, circa 1952-1958
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E-F, circa 1920-1955
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Fuller, Buckminster, circa 1958-1965
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G, circa 1920-1955
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Gump, Robert L., 1936
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H, circa 1920-1955
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Harmsworth, Desmond, 1932-1935
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I-M, circa 1920-1955
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McDougall, Allan Ross ("Dougie"), 1935-1955
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Mitchell, Jonathan, 1934-1935
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N-P, circa 1920-1955
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Powys, Llewelyn, 1922-1940
Includes request from widow to borrow letters for publication.
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Q-S, circa 1920-1955
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Seldes, George and Helen - Stevens, Doris, circa 1935-1939
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Sparhawk-Jones, Elizabeth, circa 1925-1935
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Stevens, Doris, circa 1927-1936
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T, circa 1920-1955
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Torrence, Olivia, circa 1934-1935
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U-W, circa 1920-1955
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Worthington, Marjorie and Willie, circa 1932-1935
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X-Y, circa 1920-1955
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Young, Art, 1929, 1942-1943
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Z, circa 1920-1955
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Miscellaneous and Unidentified, circa 1922- 1963
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Obituaries and Condolence Letters upon the Death of Jerome Blum, 1956
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Series 3: Writings, 1915-circa 1969
2 linear feet
Boxes 1-3

This series includes notebooks which Blum used to record his daily thoughts and activities, and on which he based his unpublished autobiography
Life Answered
. Frances Blum relied heavily on the notebooks to expand the manuscript, eventually completing it in circa 1969.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries. Materials are arranged by document type and retain their order within each folder.
3.1: Writings by Jerome Blum, circa 1920-1955
3.2: Writings by Other Authors, circa 1920-1950
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
3.1:Writings by Jerome Blum
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Autobiography,
Life Answered
Drafts, Deleted Portions, and Fragments, circa 1925-1930
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Drafts, Deleted Portions, and Fragments, circa 1925-1930
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Drafts, Deleted Portions, and Fragments, circa 1925-1930
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Drafts, Deleted Portions, and Fragments, circa 1925-1930
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Drafts, Deleted Portions, and Fragments, circa 1925-1930
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Notes, circa 1925-1930
Narrative-life, little pieces of narrative to be worked into book.
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Manuscript by Jerome and Frances E. Blum (1 of 3), circa 1969
Copyrighted 1967 by Frances E. Blum.
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Manuscript by Jerome and Frances E. Blum (2 of 3), circa 1969
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Manuscript by Jerome and Frances E. Blum (3 of 3), circa 1969
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Diaries and Journals (1 vol.), 1935
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Diaries and Journals (2 vols.), 1936-1937
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Diaries and Journals (3 vols.), 1942
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Lists, circa 1915-1930
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Notebooks, 1919-1942
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 1 volume.
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Notebooks, 1919-1942
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 3 volumes.
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Notebooks, 1919-1942
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 2 volumes.
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Notebooks, undated
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 2 volumes.
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Notebooks
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 2 volumes.
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Notebooks
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 4 volumes.
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Notebooks, circa 1920-1930
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 3 volumes.
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Notebooks
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 4 volumes.
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Notebooks
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 4 volumes.
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Notebooks, circa 1920-1930
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 3 volumes.
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Notebooks
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 2 volumes.
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Notebooks, circa 1920-1930
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 4 volumes.
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Notebooks
Includes source material for
Life Answered
; 3 volumes.
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1920-1930
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1935-1940
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1935-1940
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1935-1940
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Short Writings
"At Sea", circa 1920-1930
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"Chicago Sunday Afternoon", circa 1920-1930
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"The Fox-Spirit", circa 1920-1930
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"Resurrection", circa 1920-1930
Also titled "Dark Virgin"; with untitled draft.
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On Tahiti, circa 1920
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On Tahiti, circa 1920-1930
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Tahiti Material, circa 1920-1952
Clippings, rubbings, sketches.
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"To an Image of a Black Goddess from the Ivory Coast", undated
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Telephone Numbers, circa 1920-1930
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3.2:Writings by Other Authors, 1920-1950
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Critical Statements about Jerome Blum, circa 1921-1950
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"Theodore Dreiser" by Frances Blum, circa 1920-1950
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Series 4: Printed Material, 1916-1965
0.3 linear feet
Box 3

This series includes articles, a book, clippings, catalogs, and press releases. Clippings include obituaries of friends, book reviews, and articles about general art topics and world events. Many of the articles about, or mentioning, Blum contain reproductions of his work. Miscellaneous items include
Key West, A Free Port: Survey and Report
, a concert program, and a map of Ulster County, New York.
Materials are arranged by document type.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. In some cases exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
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Article, "Nobody's Home" by Sherwood Anderson, 1935
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Book,
Verdict of Bridlegoose
by Llewelyn Powys with Obituary of the Author, 1926, 1939
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Clippings, 1916-1962
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Clippings, 1929-1962
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Exhibition Catalogs, Jerome Blum, circa 1918-1965
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Exhibition Catalogs and Press Release, Jerome Blum, 1918-1965
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Exhibition Catalog, Harry Shokler, 1928
Foreword by Blum.
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Periodical,
This Quarter
, 1929-1930
Vol. 2, no. 1 and vol. 3, no. 2; with stories by Blum.
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Periodicals, 1935, 1944
Mundo
(vol. 8) and
Nation
(no. 3645).
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Miscellaneous Items, 1934-1961
Key West, A Free Port: Survey and Report
; NYC concert program,
Town Hall
; map of Ulster County, New York.
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Series 5: Artwork, circa 1920-1930
2 folders
Box 3

Artwork by Blum consists of ten pencil sketches. Artwork by others consists of two prints by Warton Esherick, inscribed to Blum, and two samples of Chinese calligraphy.
Materials are arranged by creator.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Artwork by Jerome Blum, circa 1920-1930
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Artwork by Others, circa 1930
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Series 6: Photographs, circa 1915-1945
6 folders
Box 3

Photographs are of Joseph Blum, his wife Frances, and unidentified individuals and places. There are also black and white and color photographs of Blum's paintings of people, towns, still lifes, and landscapes.
Materials are arranged by subject.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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People, Jerome and Frances Blum, circa 1920-1930
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People, Unidentified, circa 1915-1945
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Places, Unidentified House and Well, circa 1920-1945
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Artwork by Jerome Blum, People and Towns, circa 1920-1945
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Artwork by Jerome Blum, Portraits, circa 1920-1945
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Artwork by Jerome Blum, Still Lifes and Landscapes, circa 1920-1945
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Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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