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Leon Berkowitz and Ida Fox Berkowitz papers, circa 1900-1986

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into nine series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1934-circa 1974, undated
3 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material found in this series includes educational and war service records, résumés, biographical sketches, and certificates of awards.
Description Container Select
Address Book, undated
1
1
Biographical Material, 1934-circa 1974, undated
1
2-3

Series 2: Correspondence , 1931-1985, undated
27 Folders
Boxes 1-2

The bulk of the correspondence found here consists of letters between Leon and Ida Berkowitz, written during trips in the 1950s or during Leon's World War II service from 1943 to 1945. Leon's 1940s letters contain occasional pen and ink sketches of life at Camp Lee, Virginia, fellow servicemen, and a few self-portraits. The majority of the remaining letters were written during the 1950s. Correspondents include Helmuth F. Kern (often addressed as "Du"), cofounder of the WWCA, painters John Ulbricht, Elaine de Kooning (five letters to Ida Fox during 1957 and 1958), Arthur Okamura, sculptor Scott Burton (1957-1961), describing his studies in painting with Hans Hofmann at Provincetown, and Jim V. Baker and Laura de Freitas (who often signed letters as "Me").
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, undated
1
4
Correspondence, Incoming, undated
1
5
Correspondence, Outgoing, undated
1
6
Correspondence, 1931-1954
1
7-20
Correspondence, 1955-1985
2
1-9
Postcards, 1950-1974, undated
2
10

Series 3: Teaching , 1939-1950s, 1985-1986, undated
4 Folders
box 2

Description Container Select
Clippings, circa 1950s
2
11
Correspondence, 1939-1950s, 1985-1986, undated
2
12
Lecture Notes, undated
2
13
Student Art Tours, undated
2
14

Series 4: Exhibitions , 1944-1985, undated
10 Folders
Box 2

Catalogs and announcements include vitae, and printed material relating to exhibtions which were donated separately in 1979. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Description Container Select
Catalogs and Announcements, 1950-1978, undated
2
15-17
Clippings, 1956-1973, undated
2
18
Drafts of Corcoran Exhibition Catalog, 1968-1969
2
19
Gallery Receipts, 1950-1985
2
20-21
Inventory of Paintings, circa 1976-1977
2
22
Other Artists, Catalogs and Announcements, 1944-1985, undated
2
23-24

Series 5: Washington Workshop Center for the Arts , 1940s-1950s
14 Folders
Box 2-3

Correspondence in this series includes general business records for the center, such as meeting minutes and financial statements.
Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Description Container Select
Announcements, Brochures and Catalogs, 1940s-1950s
2
25-26
Clippings, 1940s-1950s
2
27
Correspondence, 1943-1956, undated
2
28-37
Draft of Radio Script, circa 1940-1950
3
1

Series 6: Other Projects , 1944-1985
4 Folders
Box 3

Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Description Container Select
Art Therapy Project, U.S. Army, 1944-1945
3
2
Jury Judging, 1983-1985
3
3
WCFM Radio Station, 1949-1953
3
4
Washington Arts Council, 1947-1954
3
5

Series 7: Notes and Writings , 1940s-1971, undated
8 Folders
Box 3

Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Description Container Select
Essay, "Art in the Extra-Curriculum,", undated
3
6
Essay, "The Job of the Art Supervisor,", undated
3
7
Master's Thesis, "Factors Significant in the Success of a Creative Arts Center,", 1948
3
8
Notes, undated
3
9
Notes, Art and Society (course), 1942
3
10
Notes, Draft of "Wind Among the Leaves,", undated
3
11
Notes, On Paintings, 1940s, 1968-1971
3
12
Poems, Ida Fox Berkowitz, undated
3
13

Series 8: Artwork , circa 1950s, undated
5 Folders
Box 3

Artwork by Leon Berkowitz includes eleven undated sketchbooks, many of Paris; eleven loose, undated sketches and six illustrated letters (found in the correspondence for 1943-1945). In addition, the collection contains one woodcut print by Arthur Okamura titled "Angel."
Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Description Container Select
Loose Sketches, undated
3
14
Reproductions of Artwork, undated
3
15
Sketchbooks, undated
(11 sketchbooks)
3
16-17
Woodblock Print, Arthur Okamura, circa 1950s
3
18

Series 9: Photographs , circa 1900-1970s
5 Folders
Box 3

The photographs consist primarily of black and white travel photographs of Leon and Ida, taken during trips to Mexico, Spain, and Wales. The collection also includes scattered family photographs from the early part of the twentieth century, childhood portraits of Leon, some pictures of Leon in uniform during the 1940s, and scattered photographs of paintings.
Folders are arranged alphabetically. Within folders photographs are arranged chronologically, with negatives following positives.
Description Container Select
Photographs and Negatives, circa 1900-1970s
3
19-21
Photographs of Paintings, circa 1950s-1970s
3
22
Photographs of Washington Workshop Center for the Arts, circa 1950s
3
23

Series 10: Audio Cassette , [1974?]
1 Folder
Box 3

Description Container Select
Audio Cassette of Taped Conversations, 1974, undated
3
24

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