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Louis Schanker papers, 1926-1981

Louis Schanker papers, 1926-1981

Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981

Muralist, Sculptor, Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 0.7 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Correspondence, art works, printed material (1928-1981), and photographs relate to Schanker's teaching and painting careers.

Reel N68-16: Correspondence (1934-1968), exhibition catalogs (1936-1966), clippings (1936-1966), and a scrapbook (1928-1944).

Unfilmed: Letters (1933-1981) are from art organizations, colleagues, and friends. Art works consist of 16 drawings, 3 watercolor sketches and 2 sketchbooks of charcoal, ink, and crayon drawings. Printed materials include clippings (1928-1981), 60 exhibition announcements and catalogs (1926), and course catalogs (1937, 1943-1958). Photographs show Schanker in his studio, teaching, and in a gallery, and 30 of his works of art. Other materials include biographical accounts (1972), a list of exhibitions, a poem, a list of members of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1973), a loan agreement and a letter of payment for prints purchased by NCFA (1972).

Biographical/Historical Note

Printmaker and painter; Stamford, Conn. Trained at Cooper Union, the Art Students League, and the Educational Alliance School of Art. 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.


Donated by Lou Siegel from the estate of his uncle, Louis Schanker.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the possession of Lou Siegel.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

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

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Louis Schanker papers, 1926-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.