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Louis Goodman papers, circa 1926-1975

Goodman, Louis, 1905-1973

Assemblage artist

Collection Information

Size: 0.7 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of inventor and assemblage artist Louis Goodman measure 0.7 linear feet and date from circa 1926 to 1975. The papers document Goodman's career in New York City and California through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Goodman (1905-1973) was an assemblage artist and inventor based in New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, California. Goodman was born in 1905 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. He and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1922 and settled in California. Based on a short biographical statement written by Goodman that can be found in the collection, he had no formal art or technical training. He created many inventions through his own ingenuity and a few of his inventions were patented. He also worked with found objects to create his artwork assemblages. He lived in New York for a time but eventually returned to California, where he passed away in 1973.


The Louis Goodman papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1976 by Hal Glicksman, whose relationship to Goodman is unclear.

Language Note

English .