Jayna M. Josefson
Scope and Contents
The papers of printmaker and painter Miriam Beerman measure 2.3 linear feet and 2.34 GB and date from circa 1930 to 2006. Found are scattered biographical materials including artwork and a video recording, correspondence, writings including digitial video recordings, and printed material.
Biographical materials include Beerman's artist statements and curriculum vitae, scattered personal business records, artworks, and a video recording titled Miriam Beerman: Drawings, Prints, Collage.
Correspondence includes professional and personal letters including Beerman's letters to her parents when she was a student in Paris, France.
Writings by Beerman include two digital video recordings of artist books: Three Sentences Beginning with the Letter S [featuring poems by Halvard Johnson and others], 2006, and Washing the Corpse [poem by Rainer Maria Rilke], 2006, narrated by Beerman.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Miriam Beerman donated her papers in several installments from 2005 to 2009. Additional materials were donated by Beerman's son, William Jaffe in 2015.
The Archives of American Art also holds an interview of Miriam Beerman conducted 2009 December 28, by Anne Louise (Bayly) Berman, at Beerman's home, in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Processing of this collection received federal support from the Collections Care Initiative Fund, administered by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative and the National Collections Program
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2021. Born-digital material was processed by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner in 2019 with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund.