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Joseph Kaplan papers, 1915-1977

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 6 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1919-1975
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1, 5, OV 7

Included are various certificates and medals received by Kaplan over the course of his career. Also found are a few teaching files and miscellaneous documents including a notebook containing a travel itinerary.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Biographical Documents, 1926-1975
1
1
Certificates, 1920-1967
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
1
2
Teaching Files, 1935-1952
1
3
Medals, 1919-1967
5
1
Oversized Certificate, 1957
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 2.
OV 7

Series 2: Correspondence , 1929-circa 1975
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 7

This series consists mainly of incoming letters. A smaller amount of replies and outgoing letters are included.
The majority of the family correspondence is from Kaplan to his wife Virginia while he was traveling in 1957 and 1960. Also found is a letter written upon Kaplan's death to Virginia. The remaining family letters are from Abraham Kaplan and Helen Tumin. A few of the letters from Abraham Kaplan are in Yiddish.
Correspondence from universities and colleges, galleries, museums, and other art organizations and institutions documents Kaplan's business affairs. Letters discuss exhibitions, loans and sales of artwork, and the Works Progress Administration.
Correspondence with friends and colleagues include Aya Ishigaki, Sol Wilson, Louis Lozowick, Adolph Gottlieb, Chaim Gross, and Raphael Soyer. These letters document news of friends and activities and political organizations of interest to Kaplan.
The majority of the christmas and greeting cards are undated but include cards from Milton Avery, Chaim Gross, Aya Ishigaki, and Sol and Dora Wilson. Many of the cards are illustrated.
This series is arranged into 4 subseries.
Correspondence with friends and colleagues has been arrange chronologically. Lettes from individuals who had correspondence with Kaplan of three letters or less are found within the "Friends and Colleagues" folders. Correspondence with galleries, museums, and associations has been arranged alphabetically. Letters from individuals who had correspondence with Kaplan of three letters or less are found within the "Galleries, Museums, and Associations" folders.
  • 2.1 Family Correspondence, 1957-1976
  • 2.2 Correspondence with Friends and Colleagues, circa 1930-1975
  • 2.3 Correspondence with Galleries, Museums, and Associations, 1932-1977
  • 2.4 Christmas and Greeting Cards, 1952-1962
2.1: Family Correspondence, 1957-1976
Description Container
Abraham Kaplan, 1965, 1970, 1967
1
4
Helen Tumin, 1975-1976
1
5
Joseph Kaplan to Virginia Kaplan, 1957, circa 1975, 1960
1
6-8
2.2: Correspondence with Friends and Colleagues, 1940-1975
Description Container
Ishigaki, Aya, 1959, 1958, 1946
1
9
Lozowick, Louis, 1930-1946
1
10
Wilson, Sol, 1936, 1934
1
11
Friends and Colleagues, 1929-1975
1
12-14
Friends and Colleagues, circa 1930-circa 1970
1
15
2.3: Correspondence with Galleries, Museums, and Associations, 1940- 1975
Description Container
American Federation of Arts, 1958, 1956
1
16
Artists Equity Association , 1949-1961
1
17
Artist for Victory, Inc. , 1944
1
18
Audubon Artists, inc. , 1954-1966
1
19
Berhardt Crystal Galleries, Inc. , 1962
1
20
Butler Institute of American Art, 1959
1
21
Cape Cod Art Association, 1965, 1960, 1964
1
22
Carnegie Institute, 1941
1
23
Chapelbrook Foundation, 1968, 1967
1
24
College of Fine Arts and Applied Arts University of Illinois, 1949, 1952
1
25
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1962, 1961
1
26
Connecticut Watercolor Society, Inc. , 1962
1
27
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1955, 1956
1
28
Crotty, Frank, 1958
1
29
Department of Information, The Federal Art Project, 1938, 1937
1
30
Everson Museum of Art, 1977
1
31
Federal Support for the Visual Arts: The New Deal and Now, 1968
1
32
Galleries, Museums, and Associations, 1932-1977
1
33-34
Grand Central Art Galleries, 1956
1
35
John Reed Club, 1932
1
36
National Academy of Design, 1967
1
37
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1947, 1946
1
38
Small, Warren, 1964
1
39
United States Treasury Department, 1935-1937
1
40
Who's Who, 1952-1962
1
41
2.4: Christmas and Greeting Cards, 1952-1963
Description Container
Christmas and Greeting Cards, 1952-1963
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
1
42
Oversized Illustrated Greeting from Lerner Family, undated
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 42.
OV 7

Series 3: Personal Business Records , circa 1920-1977
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Kaplan's art-related financial material includes WPA records, a list of artwork, price lists, loan and sale records, and exhibition notification cards. Some of the series consists of routine transactions not necessarily related to Kaplan's work including bank records, an address list, and income and expense reports.
Description Container Select
List of Works of Art, circa 1920-circa 1975
1
43
Price Lists, 1962-1975
1
44
Artwork Loans and Sale Records, 1955-1977
1
45
Exhibition Notification Cards, 1949-1964
1
46
Financial Records, 1957-1974
1
47
Earning and Expense Reports, 1963-1971
1
48
United States Works Progress Administration , 1935-1937
1
49
Contract , 1964
1
50
Address List, circa 1940
1
51

Series 4: Printed Material , 1915-1975
2.3 Linear feet
Box 1, 2, 3, OV 7

Printed Material includes exhibition catalogs for Kaplan exhibitions dating from 1924-1971. A large portion of this series also consists of newspaper clippings and a few magazine clippings documenting exclusively Kaplan's exhibitions. Also found are magazines and copies of his commercial artwork, exhibition announcements and publications.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Catalogs, 1924-1950
1
52-57
Exhibition Catalogs , circa 1940-1976
2
1-17
Exhibition Catalogs , 1924-circa 1975
3
1-4
Exhibition Catalogs, Other Artists, 1921-1966
3
5
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, circa 1947 - 1975
3
6
Clippings, 1936-1975
3
7-18
Clipping Scrapbook , 1925-1952
3
19
Clipping Scrapbook , 1952-1955
3
20
Commerical Artwork by Kaplan, circa 1930-circa 1950
3
21
American Artist School Program , 1936-1939
3
22
The Left
Journal , 1931
3
23
Partisan Review
Journal , 1934-1935
3
24-25
Experimental Cinema
Magazine , 1931
3
26
The Miscellany
Magazine, 1931
3
27
U.S. Camera
Magazine , 1940
3
28
Reprint from
New York Sun
and
New York Herald
, 1915-1922
3
29
Program for James Joyce's Ulysses in Nighttown , 1958
3
30
Manuel of
Classical Erotology
Typescript, undated
3
31
Miscellaneous Printed Material , 1937, circa 1930-circa 1950
3
32
Oversized Commerical Artwork by Kaplan, Page Proofs, circa 1930
Oversized material from Box 3, Folder 21.
OV 7

Series 5: Artwork , circa 1940-circa 1960
2 Folders
Box 3, 5

Artwork includes four etchings by Kaplan, three of which are metal plates and one a linoleum block. Also included are a few undated pencil and pen sketches on the back of exhibition material by an unidentified artist.
Description Container Select
Sketches, undated
3
33
Etchings, undated
5
2

Series 6: Photographic Material , 1917-circa 1975
1.3 Linear feet
Box 4, 6, OV 7

Found here are personal photographs, photographs taken by Kaplan, photographs of artwork, and miscellaneous photographs. Personal photographs depict mostly family and friends. Portraits of friends include Eitaro and Aya Ishigaki, Chaim Gross, Raphael Soyer, William Gropper, and Joseph De Martini. There is a large amount of unidentified and undated photogarphs of couples and groups, men, women, and children. Photographs taken by Kaplan include artists demonstrations in the 30s, New York City, family, friends, and travel slides of Haiti, Trindad, Mexico, Captiva, and Sanibel.
This series is arranged in 3 subseries
  • 6.1 Personal Photographs, 1921-circa 1975
  • 6.2 Photographs taken by Kaplan, circa 1932-circa 1960
  • 6.3 Photographic Material of Artwork, circa 1930-circa 1975
6.1: Personal Photographs, 1921-circa 1975
Description Container
Joseph Kaplan, 1921-circa 1975
4
1-5
Virginia Kaplan, circa 1917-circa 1975
4
6-8
Joseph and Virginia Kaplan, circa 1927-circa 1975
4
9
Virginia Kaplan's Photograph Albums, 1917-circa 1927
4
10-16
Joseph Kaplan's Mother, undated
4
17
Family and Friends, circa 1940-circa 1960
4
18-23
Unidentified Couples and Groups, circa 1940-circa 1960
4
24
Unidentified Men , circa 1940-circa 1960
4
25
Unidentified Women, circa 1940-circa 1960
4
26
Unidentified Children , circa 1940-circa 1960
4
27
6.2: Photographs Taken by Kaplan, circa 1932-circa 1960
Description Container
Century of Progress, circa 1933-circa 1934
4
28
Demonstrations, 1934
4
29
East Broadway Park, undated
4
30
Friends, 1940
4
31
Groppen House, undated
4
32
Liberty Group, circa 1950-circa 1960
4
33
May Day, 1934-1935
4
34
Radio City Theatre, undated
4
35
Washington Square Park Exhibition , circa 1932-circa 1957
4
36
Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
4
37
Miscellaneous Negatives, undated
4
38
Slides of Family, Friends, and Cats, circa 1940-circa 1960
6
1
Slides of Travel, 1956-1957
6
2
6.3: Photographic Material of Artwork, circa 1930-circa 1975
Description Container
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1930-circa 1975
4
39
Negatives of Artwork, circa 1930-circa 1975
4
40-41
Glass Transparencies of Artwork , circa 1930-circa 1975
4
42
Photographs of Commercial Artwork , circa 1930-circa 1975
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
4
43
Slides of Artwork, circa 1930-circa 1975
6
3
Oversized Photographs of Commerical Artwork, circa 1930
Oversized material from Box 4, Folder 43.
OV 7

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