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Louis Schanker papers, circa 1920-1981

Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 3.4 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: The Louis Schanker papers measure 3.4 linear feet and date from circa 1920-1981. Included is personal and professional correspondence, printed material including exhibitions announcements, catalogs and newspaper clippings; 4 scrapbooks in three-ring binders; works of art including loose sketches and 2 sketchbooks; and photographs of Schanker, his friends, colleagues and family, works of art and exhibition installations; and miscellany relating to Schanker's teaching and painting careers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Schanker (1903-1981) was a printmaker and painter in Stamford, Connecticut. Between 1934 and 1939, Schanker completed 11 mural panels for the Neponsit Beach Hospital on Long Island, and murals for radio station WNYC and the Science and Health Building at the New York World's Fair. He later taught at the New School and Bard College.


Material on microfilm reel N68-16 lent for microfilming by Louis Schanker in 1968. Original material donated in 1984 and 2020 by Lou Siegel, Louis Schanker's nephew.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel N68-16) including correspondence (1934-1968), exhibition catalogs (1936-1966), clippings (1936-1966), and a scrapbook (1928-1944).

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel N68-16 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Letters and clippings are primarily photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

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How to Cite This Collection

Louis Schanker papers, circa 1920-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.