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Maurice Becker papers, circa 1910-1970

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1925-1964
2 Folders
Box 1

Biographical materials consist of a curriculum vitae and a list of artworks dating from 1927 to 1959.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Curriculum Vitae, 1925-1963
1
1
List of Artworks, circa 1925-1964
1
2

Series 2: Correspondence , 1919-1964
4 Folders
Box 1

Correspondence is primarily with Becker's family, friends, and business associates. The series includes correspondence from his wife, Dorothy Baldwin Becker, letters from magazine editors regarding freelance commissions, and correspondence from artist friend Elizabeth Lancaster. There are also draft copies of Becker's will dating from 1956 and a letter of invitation to artists and writers interested in reviving a new Masses style journal dating from 1925.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous, A-Z, 1919-1964
1
3
Becker, Dorothy Baldwin, 1964
1
4
Becker, Maurice, 1919-1962
1
5
Illegible and Unknown, circa 1930-1939
1
6

Series 3: Writings , circa 1920-1960
2 Folders
Box 1

Writings consist of notes by Becker and an excerpt from an essay describing Becker's exhibition at the Artists' League of America by an unknown author.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Essay, "Formalism Uber Alles," Unknown Author, circa 1920-1960
1
7
Notes, circa 1920-1960
1
8

Series 4: Printed Material , circa 1910-1970
1 Linear foot
Box 1, 4, OV 5

Printed material includes bulletins, clippings and labor newspapers, exhibition announcements and catalogs, periodicals, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material. Periodicals include whole issues of Liberator, The Masses, New Masses, and One Big Union Monthly, where Becker's political cartoons were frequently featured. Other radical magazines and newspapers include Blast, Maccabaean, Revolt, and Worker's Monthly are also included in the series.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Booklet, City Where Crime is Play, 1914
1
9
Bulletins, 1937, 1951
1
10
Clippings, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 5.
1
11
Clippings, 1912-1968
1
12-14
Miscellaneous Clippings, circa 1920-1965
1
15
Miscellaneous Labor Newspapers, 1916-1965
Oversized material housed in Box 4, F1.
1
16
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1929-1961
1
17-18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, Other Artists, 1927-1965
1
19
Periodicals
Americana, circa 1935-1955
1
20
Art News, 1940
1
21
Arts, 1928
1
22
Blast, 1917
1
23
Coming Nation, 1912
Oversized material housed in Box 4, F2.
1
24
Good Morning, 1919-1920
1
25
Harper's Weekly, 1913
1
26
L'Assiette au Beurre, circa 1910-1915
1
27
La Revue Moderne, 1960
1
28
Les Annales, 1914
1
29
Liberator, 1918-1920
1
30-33
Liberator, 1922-1924
1
34-37
Maccabaean, 1916
1
38
Mainstream, 1961
1
39
Masses, 1954, 1913-1917, 1911
Oversized material housed in Box 4, F3-6.
1
40
New Masses, 1944, 1927
1
41-42
New York Call, 1913-1914, 1917
Oversized material housed in Box 4, F7.
1
43
One Big Union Monthly, 1919-1920
1
44
Pathfinder, 1932
1
45
Studio News, 1934
1
46
Survey, 1919
1
47
Worker's Monthly, 1925
1
48
Miscellaneous Periodicals, 1954-1964
Oversized material housed in Box 4, F8.
1
49
Press Release, 1947
1
50
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1920-1970
1
51
Miscellaneous Printed Material, Artwork, circa 1920-1970
1
52
Oversized Clippings, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material from Box 1, F11.
OV 5
Oversized Labor Newspaper, 1916
Oversized material from Box 1, F16.
4
1
Oversized Periodical, Coming Nation, 1912
Oversized material from Box 1, F24.
4
2
Oversized Periodical, Masses, 1913-1916
Oversized material from Box 1, F40.
4
3-6
Oversized Periodical, New York Call, 1913-1917
Oversized material from Box 1, F43.
4
7
Oversized Miscellaneous Periodicals, 1954-1964
Oversized material from Box 1, F49.
4
8

Series 5: Artwork , circa 1910-1965
1.2 Linear feet
Box 1-3, OV 6-8

Artwork includes paintings, over 800 graphite and pen and ink sketches, watercolors, and prints depicting Becker's figure drawings, caricatures, portrait drawings of men and women, and sketches of animals and landscapes. Many of these sketches were the basis for panels that later appeared in the New York Tribune, The Masses, and Liberator. Labor leaders, politicians, and artists identified in these sketches include Mother Jones, Samuel Gompers, Herbert Hoover, William Glackens, and Max Eastman.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Paintings, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
1
53
Pastel, circa 1910-1965
1
54
Pen and Ink, Caricatures, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 6 and OV 7.
1
55
Pen and Ink, Figures, circa 1910-1965
Oversized materials housed in OV 7.
1
56
Pen and Ink, Groups, circa 1910-1965
Oversized materials housed in OV 6.
1
57-58
Pen and Ink, Men, circa 1910-1965
1
59
Pen and Ink, Women, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 6.
1
60
Pen and Ink, Animals and Landscapes, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 6.
1
61
Prints, circa 1920-1965
1
62
Sketchbook, Pen and Ink, circa 1910-1965
1
63
Sketches, Artists, circa 1910-1965
1
64
Sketches, Caricatures, circa 1910-1965
1
65
Sketches, Family, circa 1910-1965
1
66
Sketches, Labor Organizers, circa 1910-1965
1
67
Sketches, Mexico, circa 1910-1965
1
68
Sketches, Politicians , circa 1910-1965
1
69
Sketches, Trial Coverage , circa 1910-1965
2
1
Sketches, Other Identified Individuals, circa 1910-1965
2
2
Sketches, Groups, circa 1910-1965
Oversized materials housed in OV 6 and OV 8.
2
3-4
Sketches, Men, Figures, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 8.
2
5-6
Sketches, Men, Figures and Portraits, circa 1910-1965
2
7
Sketches, Men, Portraits, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 6.
2
8-12
Sketches, Men and Women, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 6.
3
1-3
Sketches, Women, circa 1910-1965
3
4
Sketches, Women, Figures, circa 1910-1965
3
5
Sketches, Animals, circa 1910-1965
3
6
Sketches, Landscapes, circa 1910-1965
3
7
Watercolors, circa 1910-1965
3
8
Other Artists, circa 1910-1965
3
9
Oversized Painting and Pen and Inks, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material from Box 1, F53, F55-56.
OV 7
Oversized Pen and Inks and Sketches, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material from Box 1, F55, F57, F60-61; Box 2, F3, F8; and Box 3, F1.
OV 6
Oversized Sketches, circa 1910-1965
Oversized material from Box 2, F3, F5.
OV 8

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1910-1966
3 Folders
Box 3

Photographs are of Maurice Becker with family and friends, and five photographs of his artwork.
Materials are arranged by subject type.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Maurice Becker, circa 1910-1965
3
10
Photograph of Dorothy Baldwin Becker, circa 1910-1965
3
11
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1910-1965
3
12

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