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Lawrence Kupferman papers, 1941-1971

Kupferman, Lawrence Edward, 1909-1982

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 7 reels)

Summary: Typescripts of 2 incomplete novels; exhibition material; photographs and slides; and a career outline.
REEL D320: Typescripts of two incomplete novels written ca. 1949. The first, BEGGAR'S BREAD, 449 pp., is set in Boston during the Depression, and concerns the efforts of the protangonist, an artist, to survive the period, in part through a connection with the Federal Art Project, which is described in detail. Living artists and situations represented in the novel are identified on frames 1 and 2 . These include Jack Levine and his studio, Hyman Bloom, Karl Knaths, and Joan Marshall. The second novel, FLIGHT, consists of three chapters only.
REELS 155-161: Exhibition material, 1941-1971, including 20 notebooks recording information on the prices, buyers, medium and subject matter of specific works, sketches, poetry and occasional correspondence; one notebook containing lists of Kupferman's exhibits, announcements and catalogs; one notebook listing sales of graphics; exhibition catalogs, announcements, photographs and clippings.
UNMICROFILMED: 40 photographs of Kupferman, his wife, friends and his paintings; 90 slides of his paintings; and a career outline.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, etcher, writer; Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Died in 1982.


Material on reels D320 & 155-161 lent for microfilming 1968-1971 by Lawrence Kupferman; he donated unmicrofilmed material June 1971.

Related Materials

Lawrence Edward Kupferman papers also at Syracuse University.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels D320 & 155-161: Originals returned to Lawrence Kupferman after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels D320 & 155-161 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Lawrence Kupferman papers, 1941-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.