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Louis Lozowick papers, 1898-1974

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series. Glass plate negatives and lantern slides are housed separately and closed to researchers.

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Series 1: Biographical Information , 1923-1973
(Box 1; 10 folders; Reel 5893)

Description Container Select
Autobiographical Notes, 1943, 1973, n.d.
5893
11-25
1
Awards, 1965-1973, n.d.
5893
26-37
1
Biographical Notes, 1936-1960s, n.d.
5893
38-59
1
Certificate of Naturalization (copy of original issued October 21, 1919), 1944
1
5893
60-61
European Correspondent Credentials, Union Bulletin, Cincinnati, 1923
1
5893
62-63
List of WPA Prints by Lozowick Owned by New York Public Library, 1943
1
5893
64-65
Membership Cards, 1932-1973, n.d.
1
5893
66-82
Miscellaneous Items (business cards; travel itineraries), 1959-1962, n.d.
1
5893
83-91
Questionnaires (Artists for Victory; Who's Who in the Jewish Social Registry; Federal Support for the Visual Arts), 1943-1968
1
5893
92-116

Series 2: Correspondence , 1916-1974
(Boxes 1-2; 1.25 linear ft.; Reels 5893-5895)

This series consists mainly of incoming letters, though a smaller number of replies and outgoing letters have survived among the papers. Correspondence with colleagues, commercial clients, organizations, museums and galleries, family and friends documents Lozowick's business and personal affairs including: Lozowick's writings, exhibitions, loans and sales of artwork, requests and arrangements for lectures, the Works Progress Administration, news of friends, and the activities of artists' and political organizations of interest to Lozowick. A small number of letters are in Russian, Yiddish, German, and French.
Among Lozowick's correspondents are Peter Blume, Paul Burlin, Marc Chagall, Malcolm Crowley, Mrs. Chester Dale, Theodore Dreiser, Lewis Mumford, Richard Neutra, Man Ray, Meyer Schapiro, and Art Young. Letters to his wife and son include a number of illustrations.
In addition, small amount of official correspondence of the American Artists' Congress and the John Reed Club is filed with Series 5: Organizations.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, 1916-1931
(17 folders)
1
5893
118-385
Correspondence, 1932-1935
(17 folders)
1
5893
386-779
Correspondence, 1936-1939
(17 folders)
2
5893
780-1149
Correspondence, 1940-1945
(17 folders)
2
5893
1150-1427
Correspondence, 1946-1950
(12 folders)
2
5894
13-310
Correspondence, 1951-1955
(12 folders)
2
5894
311-596
Correspondence, 1956-1959
(12 folders)
2
5894
597-906
Correspondence, 1960-1962
(8 folders)
2
5894
908-1160
Correspondence, 1963-1967
(8 folders)
2
5894
1161-1458
Correspondence, 1968-1973
(6 folders)
2
5895
12-540
Condolence Letters, 1973-1974
2
5895
541-615
A-Z, and Unidentified, n.d.
(3 folders)
2
5895
616-901

Series 3: Writings , 1917-circa 1970
(Boxes 2-3; 1.5 linear ft.; Reels 5895-5897)

Lozowick published many articles, book and exhibition reviews, and a book, Modern Russian Art. Two major works -- a book on William Gropper and a memoir titled Survivor From a Dead Age -- were published posthumously. In addition, there is evidence of a few unpublished books about art (probably unfinished). Russian art and art and artists in the Soviet Union are the focus of many articles.
This series includes manuscripts, drafts, and notes for a wide range of writings. They are arranged by record type: articles, books, notes, and miscellaneous writings. Among the manuscripts identified as "articles" are several pieces that could be chapters for planned books or texts of classroom lectures, i.e., articles titled with names of art schools, periods, or movements, such as "Cubism," "Futurism," and "Renaissance," or places like "Greece," and "The Orient".
Seven notebooks and loose notes relate mainly to his published and unpublished writings. Also among his notes are names, addresses and phone numbers, reminders and lists; notes on specific topics include lithography, Soviet and Russian art and artists, India and Japan. Series 6: Printed Material, includes some research materials for Lozowick's writings.
This series is arranged into 2 subseries:
  • 3.1: By Lozowick
  • 3.2: By Other Authors
3.1: By Lozowick, 1917-circa 1970
Description Container
Articles
"The Americanization of Art," (incomplete), 1917
2
5895
904-905
"The Architecture of Samarcand,", n.d.
2
5895
906-916
"Art Today,", n.d.
2
5895
917-931
"The Artist and His Keep,", n.d.
2
5895
932-937
"The Artist's Community, Moscow,", n.d.
2
5895
938-942
"The Artist's House in Moscow,", n.d.
2
5895
943-950
"Buzkashi--Goat Ripping,", n.d.
2
5895
951-957
"Cézanne,", n.d.
2
5895
958-984
"Chana Orloff,", n.d.
2
5895
985-988
"Constructivism,", n.d.
2
5895
989-1005
"The Cubists,", n.d.
2
5895
1006-1034
"Dura-Europos,", n.d.
2
5895
1035-1057
"Ephraim Mikhael,", 1921
2
5895
1058-1076
"Expressionism,", n.d.
2
5895
1077-1100
"Expressionism (Kandinsky),", n.d.
2
5895
1101-1106
"Futurism,", n.d.
2
5895
1107-1128
"The Great Unknown,", n.d.
2
5895
1129-1137
"Greece,", n.d.
2
5895
1138-1198
"Honore Daumier (1808-1879),", 1928
2
5895
1199-1204
"Ikonography,", n.d.
2
5895
1205-1213
"Impressionism,", n.d.
2
5895
1214-1247
"Industry of Socialism (The Status of the Artist in the Soviet Union),", n.d.
2
5895
1248-1257
"The Jew in Art,", n.d.
2
5895
1258-1327
"Kandinsky,", n.d.
2
5895
1328-1342
"Karl Marx on Art,", n.d.
2
5895
1343-1357
"Lissitsky's 'Reminiscences,'", n.d.
2
5895
1358-1363
"Lithography: Abstraction and Realism,", 1930
2
5895
1364-1368
"Machine Ornament,", 1929
2
5895
1369-1371
"Marc Chagall,", n.d.
2
5895
1372-1382
"Medieval Artists' Guilds,", n.d.
2
5895
1383-1411
"Modern 19th Century,", n.d.
2
5895
1412-1431
"Moise Kisling,", 1928
2
5895
1432-1438
"Mordecai Gorelik,", n.d.
2
5895
1439-1446
"N. & S. Yefimov, Soviet Puppetteers ( sic),", n.d.
2
5895
1447-1452
"1905 in Literature and Art,", n.d.
2
5896
13-102
"A Note on Soviet Art,", n.d.
2
5896
103-105
"The Orient,", n.d.
2
5896
106-206
"Otto Schneid,", n.d.
2
5896
207-214
"Paris Letter,", n.d.
2
5896
215-224
"Peasant Painting,", n.d.
2
5896
225-231
"Present Moment in Soviet Art,", n.d.
2
5896
232-234
"Raphael Soyer,", n.d.
2
5896
235-238
"Renaissance,", n.d.
2
5896
239-338
"Ryback,", n.d.
2
5896
339-342
"Solomon Nunes Carvalho,", n.d.
3
5896
344-439
"Soviet Art,", n.d.
3
5896
440-446
"Soviet Art in Peace and War,", n.d.
3
5896
447-459
"Soviet Art Today (or Aspects of Soviet Art),", 1935
3
5896
460-470
"Soviet Frontiers,", n.d.
3
5896
471-482
"Soviet Graphic Art,", n.d.
3
5896
483-489
"Temple,", n.d.
3
5896
490-497
"Tentative Attitudes,", 1917
3
5896
498-500
"Towards a Revolutionary Art,", 1936
3
5896
501-508
"Tradition in Soviet Art,", n.d.
3
5896
509-527
"Veritism,", n.d.
3
5896
528-550
"What Has Been Happening in American Art?", n.d.
3
5896
551-556
Untitled
On Art and Artists in the Soviet Union (very fragmentary), n.d.
(more than one text)
3
5896
557-623
On Artists in the Soviet Union, n.d.
3
5896
624-659
On Cubism, n.d.
3
5896
660-682
On Drawing, n.d.
(more than one text)
3
5896
683-698
On the Importance of Biro-Bidjan in the Lives of Jew, n.d.
3
5896
699-701
On Modern Art, n.d.
(more than one text)
3
5896
702-747
Fragments, n.d.
3
5896
748-755
Books
Memoir [published posthumously as Survivor from a Dead Age, 1997]
"Chapter IX: Paris,", n.d.
3
5896
756-791
"Chapter X: Berlin,", n.d.
3
5896
792-828
"Chapter XI: Moscow,", n.d.
3
5896
829-863
William Gropper
Manuscript, circa 1970
3
5896
864-914
Drafts and Revisions (some incomplete), n.d.
3
5896
915-1102
Miscellaneous Writings
Book Prospectus, Picasso and Modern Art, n.d.
3
5896
1103-1105
Book Reviews, n.d.
3
5896
1106-1171
Exhibition Reviews, 1940s, n.d.
3
5896
1172-1180
Lecture, "A Fascist World and Freedom of Expression" (delivered at Expression in Art conference, Hotel Commodore, New York City, June 27), 1941
3
5896
1181-1191
Outline for Plastic Arts (Including Architecture), n.d.
3
5896
1192-1206
Prefaces and Introductions to Several Unidentified Texts, n.d.
3
5896
1207-1254
Notes
Notebooks
Vol. 1: Biographical Notes on William Gropper; Vol. 2: Notes on William Gropper's Mural, n.d.
3
5896
1255-1301
Vol. 3 and Vol. 4: Demons, Bulgakov and Picasso (partly in Russian), n.d.
3
5896
1302-1371
Vol. 5: Notes on Lithography, South America, and Classification of Prints; also, Drafts of a few Letters, n.d.
3
5896
1372-1403
Vol. 6: Notes on Etching and Related Subjects; also, Drafts of a few Letters (partly in Russian), n.d.
3
5896
1404-1435
Vol. 7: Notes on the History and Construction of Synagogues (partly in Russian), n.d.
3
5897
12-65
Addresses, Phone Numbers, etc., n.d.
3
5897
66-107
Lists of Reproductions, Illustrations, etc., n.d.
3
5897
108-127
Notes for Article on Soviet Artists, with Related Research Material, 1940s, n.d.
3
5897
128-219
Notes on India and Japan, n.d.
3
5897
220-268
Notes on Lithography, n.d.
3
5897
269-321
Notes on Russia and Russian Artists, n.d.
3
5897
322-384
Notes on Russian Art, n.d.
3
5897
385-540
Notes, Miscellaneous, n.d.
(2 folders)
3
5897
541-845
Translations
Auguste, Compte Jean Marie Mathias Philippe, "Villiers de l'Isle Adam," translated by Louis Lozowick, n.d.
3
5897
846-894
El Lissitsky. "Concerning the Mohilev Synagogue Reminiscences,", n.d.
3
5897
895-904
3.2: By Other Authors, 1911-1949
Description Container
Artists' Statements (A-Z), n.d.
3
5897
906-915
Chapter Outlines by Various Authors, Approved by Editorial Committee, 1930-1931
3
5897
916-945
Beyer, Oskar, "Architektur in Eisen und Beten,", n.d.
3
5897
948-962
Burnham, B. "Art as Weapon,", n.d.
3
5897
963-971
Ferdman, Joe. "Portrait of an Artist" (poem about Lozowick), 1949
3
5897
972-973
George. "Modern Drawing,", n.d.
3
5897
974-979
Kravchenko, A. I. "Soviet Pictorial Art-The Artist, the Art School and the Public,", n.d.
3
5897
980-991
Marinetti, F. F. War Account, 1911
3
5897
992-1028
Schwarz, Karl. "Modern Art in Palestine,", n.d.
3
5897
1029-1051
Workers of a Soviet Tractor Factory, "Letter to Artists,", n.d.
3
5897
1052-1056
Unknown. "Louis Lozowick" (poem), n.d.
3
5897
1057-1058
Unknown. Untitled Article about the Problem of Minority Nationalities in Europe, n.d.
3
5897
1059-1070
Unknown. Untitled Play (title pg. missing); Paper on Duke Richard of Portland [pg. 1 missing]; Unidentified Text in (Yiddish), n.d.
3
5897
1071-1101

Series 4: Business Records , 1929-1973
(Box 3; 0.25 linear ft.; Reel 5897-5898)

Among the Lozowick's business records is an extensive file (originally maintained in loose leaf binders) arranged by name of museum, gallery, institution, or event. These record names of paintings and prints loaned for exhibition or consigned for sale, with sales and return dates noted. Filed along with Lozowick's handwritten lists are miscellaneous printed items relating to various exhibitions and benefit auctions/sales. Additional business records consist of receipts for expenses and income derived from commercial work, lectures, and writing.
Description Container Select
Business Records, A-Z (removed from loose leaf binders), 1930s-1973
(4 folders)
3
5897
1103-1455
Receipts for Business Expenses, 1931-1973, n.d.
3
5898
13-39
Receipts for Commercial Art Work, Lectures, Writings, and Reproduction Fees, 1929-1962, n.d.
3
5898
40-67
Receipts for Personal Expenses, 1933-1968, n.d.
3
5898
69-78
WPA Arts Program, Daily Report, September 17, 1940
3
5898
79-81

Series 5: Organizations , 1930-1972
(Box 4; 0.4 linear ft.; Reel 5898)

This series consists mainly of printed material, unpublished notes and writings, and miscellaneous items relating to organizations and groups of interest to Lozowick. Of particular interest his files relating to the American Artists' Congress and the John Reed Club. Lozowick served as an officer of each organization and among his papers are some of their minutes, reports, and official correspondence. Among the American Artists' Congress Correspondence, 1936-1940, are letters from Ralton Crawford, Peppino Mangravite, and Max Weber. The John Reed Club's correspondence, 1931-1935, includes letters from John Steuart Curry and Walter Quirt.
Description Container Select
All America Magazine, 1930, n.d.
4
5898
84-94
American Artists' Congress
Constitution and By-Laws, n.d.
4
5898
95-108
Correspondence (Louis Lozowick, Executive Secretary), 1936-1940, n.d.
4
5898
109-222
Minutes, 1935-1939
4
5898
223-303
Notes, n.d.
4
5898
304-312
Printed Matter, 1936-1942, n.d.
4
5898
313-358
American Council for a Democratic Greece, 1948
4
5898
359-361
An American Group, Inc., 1939-1941, n.d.
4
5898
362-382
American Society for Race Tolerance, 1939
4
5898
383-386
American Writers Conference, n.d.
4
5898
387-388
Artists Equity Association, 1948-1966
4
5898
389-405
Artists Equity Association of New Jersey, Inc., 1961-1971, n.d.
4
5898
406-426
Associated Artists of New Jersey, 1948, n.d.
4
5898
427-433
Association des écrivians et des artistes révolutionnaires (Section française de l'U.I.E.R.), n.d.
4
5898
434-448
Conference on Jewish Youth, 1940
4
5898
449-453
Federal Arts Committee, n.d.
4
5898
454-458
Foreign Language Information Service, n.d.
4
5898
459-465
Jewish People's Fraternal Order, Million Dollar Rehabilitation Fund, 1948-1949
4
5898
466-468
John Reed Club
Constitution, n.d.
4
5898
469-474
Correspondence, 1931-1935, n.d.
(2 folders)
4
5898
475-605
First National Conference, May 29-30, 1932
4
5898
606-617
Minutes, 1934-1935
4
5898
618-648
Miscellaneous Items, n.d.
4
5898
649-654
Printed Matter, 1931-1935
4
5898
655-666
The Meeting Place, 1930
4
5898
667-669
Municipal Art Committee, City of New York, 1936-1939, n.d.
4
5898
670-701
National Committee for People's Rights, 1939
4
5898
702-703
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc., Art Committee, 1944-1945, n.d.
4
5898
704-717
National Council on Art in Jewish Life, 1965, n.d.
4
5898
718-724
New-Age Gallery, Inc., 1946
4
5898
725-727
New York City Council for Art Week, 1940, n.d.
4
5898
728-736
Print Makers Society of California, 1932
4
5898
737-741
Society of American Graphic Artists, 1966-1972
4
5898
742-754
United American Artists, n.d.
4
5898
755-761
United May Day Provisional Committee, 1939
4
5898
762-764
World Alliance for Jewish Culture, n.d.
4
5898
765-766
Unidentified, n.d.
4
5898
767-783

Series 6: Printed Material , 1920-1974

Miscellaneous items include research materials collected by Lozowick for his writings, along with a variety of clippings and articles on art-related and other subjects probably used for the same purpose. Illustrations of artists at work, in their studios, galleries, etc. include photographs, reproductions, and clippings. Also of interest is a 1922 broadside in French and Russian announcing a lecture.
In addition to the exhibition catalogs, announcements, and invitations housed here, Series 4: Business Records includes a smaller number of checklists, announcements, etc. filed with Lozowick's alphabetical record of works exhibited and consigned.
This series is arranged into 4 subseries:
  • 6.1: Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, Invitations
  • 6.2: By Lozowick
  • 6.3: About Lozowick
  • 6.4: Miscellaneous Items
6.1: Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, Invitations, 1922-1973
Description Container
Announcements and Invitations, Lozowick Exhibitions, 1939-1974, n.d.
4
5898
786-829
Catalogs of Lozowick Exhibitions, 1922-1973, n.d.
(13 folders)
4
5898
830-1185
Catalogs of Other Exhibitions, 1926-1974, n.d.
4
5898
1186-1221
Prospectuses, 1936-1973
4
5898
1222-1240
6.2: By Lozowick, 1922-1947
Description Container
Articles, 1922-1930, n.d.
(2 folders)
5
5898
1243-1292
Book, Modern Russian Art, Museum of Modern Art, Société Anonyme, Inc., 1925
5
5898
1293-1328
Book Reviews, 1927-1947
5
5898
1329-1343
Illustrations, 1925-1929
5
5898
1344-1350
Reproductions, n.d.
5
5898
1351-1353
6.3: About Lozowick, 1923-1974
Description Container
Announcements of Lectures; Course Syllabus; Brochure about Summer Tour, 1920-1936, n.d.
5
5898
1355-1386
Articles, 1923-1973
(3 folders)
5
5898
1387-1450
Clippings, 1924-1973, n.d.
5
5899
12-40
Miscellaneous, 1947-1974, n.d.
5
5899
41-50
6.4: Miscellaneous Items, 1922-1971
Description Container
Broadside (in French and Russian), 1922
5
5899
53-55
Clippings and Articles
American Artists' Congress, 1935-1940, n.d.
5
5899
56-64
Contemporary Indian Artists (series in Design), 1958
5
5899
65-131
Jewish Art, 1932-1967, n.d.
5
5899
132-213
Miscellaneous Subjects (art related), 1942-1971, n.d.
5
5899
214-252
Miscellaneous Subjects (not art related), 1931-1972, n.d.
5
5899
253-271
Unidentified (in Russian and Yiddish), 1959, n.d.
5
5899
272-316
Illustrations of Artists at Work, in their Studios, Galleries, etc., n.d.
(3 folders)
5
5899
317-533
Miscellaneous Publications (art related), 1939-1947, n.d.
5
5899
534-592
Picture Post Cards (blank), n.d.
5
5899
593-598
Reproductions
A-Z, and Unidentified, n.d.
5
5899
599-663
Soviet Art, n.d.
5
5899
664-699
Research Material [for "the Jew In Art"?], 1923-1945, n.d.
5
5899
700-776
Research Material for Lozowick's Writings on Russian Art and Artists, 1925-1954, n.d.
(3 folders)
5
5899
777-1099
Research Material for "Solomon Nunes Carvalho,", 1952
OV 7
5899
1100-1112

Series 7: Sketches , n.d.
(Box 5; 1 folder; Reel 5899)

Ink and pencil sketches include figures, geometric abstractions, landscapes, side view of Solomon's Temple, and a scale drawing of a panel elevation. Three items are mere doodles.
Description Container Select
Sketches, n.d.
5
5899
1113-1137

Series 8: Photographs , 1898-1973
(Boxes 5-6, 8; 1.05 linear ft.; Reel 5899)

Images of Lozowick include a photograph of him as a young child, along with pictures of his father, wife Adele and son Lee, and a portrait thought to be of David Burliuk. Of particular interest is a photograph of Lozowick participating in a demonstration organized by the John Reed Club and Artists' Union, 1934.
Photographs of works of art consist of drawings, lithographs, paintings, machine ornaments, set designs, and a costume by Lozowick. Also included is work by various American, European, and Russian artists. Negatives (both acetate and glass) and lantern slides of works of art were most likely used to illustrate writings and lectures.
Miscellaneous subjects include Lozowick's studio, the Soviet Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, and an unidentified Soviet exhibition installation.
A few photographs are among the illustrations of artists at work, in their studios, galleries, etc., filed with Series 6, Printed Material.
Lantern slides have not been scanned. Glass plate negatives and lantern slides are housed separately.
This series is organized into 4 subseries:
  • 8.1: People
  • 8.2: Works of Art
  • 8.3: Miscellaneous Subjects
  • 8.4: Negatives and Lantern Slides
8.1: People, 1892-1971
Description Container
Louis Lozowick, 1898-1971, n.d.
5
5899
1140-1165
Louis Lozowick and Family Members (father, wife Adele, son Lee), 1904-1945, n.d.
5
5899
1166-1174
Louis Lozowick with Others, 1918-1966, n.d.
5
5899
1175-1194
David Burliuk (?); Unidentified, 1920s, n.d.
5
5899
1195-1199
8.2: Works of Art, 1920s-1964
Description Container
By Lozowick
Drawings, 1924-1948, n.d.
5
5899
1201-1209
Lithographs, 1926-1964, n.d.
5
5899
1210-1234
Paintings, 1926-1963, n.d.
5
5899
1235-1253
Machine Ornaments, circa 1929
5
5899
1254-1267
Set Designs for "Gas" by George Kaiser, Goodman Theatre, Chicago (drawing); Stage Set, 1926
5
5899
1268-1272
Stage Set for Fashion Show; Costume Designed for Gilda Gray, Lord & Taylor Centennial, 1930
5
5899
1273-1277
By Other Artists
American, European, and Asian Art (A-Z, and Unidentified), n.d.
5
5899
1278-1342
Russian Art (A-Z, and Unidentified), 1920s-1940s
5
5899
1343-1423
8.3: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1932-1962
Description Container
Exhibition Installation, Soviet Union; Invitation to Opening of Lithograph Exhibition at Harry Isaacson Studio Fine Arts Gallery, 1932, 1962
5
5899
1425-1427
Lozowick Studio, n.d.
5
5899
1428-1430
Soviet Pavilion, World's Fair, 1939
5
5899
1431-1443
Unidentified Landscape, n.d.
5
5899
1444-1448
8.4: Negatives and Lantern Slides, n.d. (Unfilmed)
Description Container
Acetate Negatives: American, European, and Russian Art; Jewish Interest, n.d.
5
Glass Plate Negatives: American, European, and Russian Art; Russian Architecture; Jewish Interest, n.d.
33 glass negatives
6
Lantern Slides: American, European, and Russian Art; Russian Architecture; Jewish Interest, n.d.
76 lantern slides
8

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.