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Norman Lewis papers, 1919-1971

Lewis, Norman, 1909-1979

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 770 items (microfilmed on 5 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; scrapbook; sketches; photographs; personal documents; catalogs and announcements; and clippings.
REELS 52-53: Eight sketchbooks, 1935-1957; several pages from the diary of Lewis' wife, Joan, ca. 1948, commenting on their marriage; and an undated postcard from Ad Reinhardt.
REELS 91-92: Correspondence, with author Millen Brand and artist Jim Yeargans, unidentified authors and actors, and museums, many arranging exhibits by black artists and political action organizations; a scrapbook of catalogs, clippings, photographs, letters, and announcements, 1934-1968, concerns black art exhibits, the training of black artists, particularly during the Depression, WPA-New York projects, and Lewis' World War II work as a shipyard employee and poster artist.
REEL N69-47: Personal documents, correspondence, catalogs, announcements, photographs, articles; and clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y.


Lent for microfilming 1969-1971 by Norman Lewis.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Norman Lewis after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 52-53, 91-92 & N69-47 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Norman Lewis papers, 1919-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.