Scope and Contents
The papers of Sidney Laufman measure 1.0 linear feet and date from 1916 to 1983. The papers document Laufman's career as a landscape painter through awards, biographical outlines, interviews, and other biographical material; correspondence with family,friends, and art organizations; notebooks, notes, and other writings; receipts, sales records, and other personal business records; clippings, exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material; and photographs of Laufman and his family and photographs of artwork.
Biographical material includes awards and citiations, a biographical outline, an audio reel oral history interview with Laufman, and small oil paintings. Correspondence includes letters from Louis Bouche, Eliot Clark, Ralph Fabri, Leon Kroll, Ethel Magafan, Meyer Schapiro, and art dealers. Writings include typescripts of lectures and writings; five notebooks relating to his techniques, materials, and style, lists of works, and business notes, 1942 to 1952; a journal and a typescript of the journal kept by his wife Beatrice, ca. 1938-1955. Business records include receipts, sales records, and dealings with East End Gallery, Living American Art, and Milch Galleries. Printed material includes newpaper clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, and programs for the Third Woodstock Art Conference. Photographic material consists of personal photographs of Laufman with family and friends and photographs of Laufman's artwork.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Sidney Laufman papers were donated to the archives between 1983-1984 by Sidney Laufman.
Syracuse University also holds a portion of the Sidney Laufman papers.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2020.