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Jimmy Ernst papers, 1802-2010, bulk 1930-2005

Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984

Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 16.3 Linear feet; 0.001 Gigabytes

Summary: The papers of painter Jimmy Ernst measure 16.3 linear feet and 0.001 GB and date from 1802 to 2010, with the bulk of the records dating from the 1930s to 2005. The collection documents Ernst's work as a professional artist, educator and lecturer, and his involvement with the abstract expressionist art movement in the United States through biographical material, correspondence, writings, some personal business papers, teaching materials and lecture notes, printed and digital material, photographs as well as sound and video recordings. Also found is a series of research material, drafts, notes, publicity, correspondence, and interviews pertaining to the writing of Ernst's memoir, A Not So Still-Life (1984).

Biographical/Historical Note

Jimmy Ernst (1920-1984) was a painter and educator in East Hampton, New York.


This collection was donated in 2012 by Amy Ernst, Jimmy Ernst's daughter.

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Language Note

Multiple languages .


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.