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Louis Lozowick papers, 1898-1974

Louis Lozowick papers, 1898-1974

Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973

Painter, Lithographer

The papers of Louis Lozowick in the Archives of American Art were digitized from 7 reels of microfilm in 2007. The bulk of the papers have been scanned, and total 10,024 images.

Collection Information

Size: 5.8 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Lozowick (1892-1973) was a lithographer from New York, N.Y. Born in Kiev, Russia and came to the U.S. at the age of 14. He was primarily known for his lithographs of New York City.


Donated 1966-1971 by Louis Lozowick, and after his death by his widow Adele, 1974-1988.

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Scope and Contents

The Louis Lozowick Papers measure 5.8 linear feet and are dated 1898-1974. Correspondence, writings, business records, printed material and photographs document Lozowick's career. Also included are biographical documents, sketches, and records relating to organizations that interested him.

Correspondence with colleagues, commercial clients, organizations, museums and galleries, family and friends, concerns business and personal affairs. A small number of letters are in Russian, Yiddish, German, and French. Writings include manuscripts, drafts, and notes for articles, books, reviews, and talks on art related subjects and other topics. Among Lozowick's notes are seven notebooks relating to published and unpublished writings.

Business records consist of an extensive alphabetical file recording sales and consignments, loans for exhibitions, and other financial transactions, accompanied by related printed material. Originally housed in loose leaf notebooks, these files are arranged by name of gallery, museum, organization, or event. In addition, there are a small number of loose receipts.

Lozowick retained printed matter, unpublished notes and writings, and miscellaneous items relating to organizations and groups of interest to him. The American Artists' Congress and the John Reed Club files are of particular interest; because he served as an officer in these organizations, his papers include copies of minutes, reports, and official correspondence.

Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, invitations and announcements. Material by Lozowick consists of articles, reviews, illustrations and reproductions. In addition, there are articles and miscellaneous items about Lozowick including announcements of his lectures, a course syllabus, and brochure about a tour of the U.S.S.R. led by him. Miscellaneous printed material includes research materials collected by Lozowick for his writing; illustrations of artists at work, in their studios, galleries, etc., and a 1922 broadside in French and Russian announcing a lecture.

Photographs include images of Lozowick and his family. Of particular interest is a photograph of Lozowick at a 1934 demonstration sponsored by the John Reed Club and Artists' Union. Photographs of works of art include works by Lozowick, as well as by American, European, and Russian artists; many of these, including lantern slides, may have been used to illustrate his lectures and writings. Among the miscellaneous subjects are Lozowick's studio, the Soviet Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair, and an unidentified Soviet exhibition installation. Also included are small number of biographical documents and sketches in pen and ink.

The microfilm of this collection was digitized in 2007 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.

The papers of Louis Lozowick in the Archives of American Art were digitized from 7 reels of microfilm in 2007. The bulk of the papers have been scanned, and total 10,024 images.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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