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Sidney Simon papers, 1917-2002, bulk 1940-1997

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1940-1998
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 9

Biographical material includes obituary notices, eulogies read at Sidney Simon's memorial service, and an American Immigrant Wall certificate of registration in memory of Simon's parents. A biographical account by Lincoln Kirstein details Sidney Simon's participation in the U.S. Army's mural competition for soldiers. Included are award certificates for the William Emlen Cresson Prize Memorial Fund and the National Sculpture Society's C. Percival Dietsch Prize. The series also includes a circa 1994 interview with Sidney Simon recorded on five sound cassettes and the memorial service held for Sidney Simon recorded on one sound cassette.
Description Container Select
Curriculum Vitae, 1956-1995
1
1
Biographical Accounts, circa 1976-1997
1
2
United States Army Corps of Engineers, 1943-1945
1
3
Award Certificates, 1988-1990, 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 9
1
4
Transcript, Interview with Sidney Simon, circa 1980
1
5
Interview with Sidney Simon, circa 1994
5 Sound cassettes
1
6-8
Remarks on Sidney Simon's 75th Birthday, 1987
1
9
Obituaries, 1997
1
10
Eulogies for Sidney Simon, 1997-1998
1
11
Memorial Service for Sidney Simon, 1997
1 Sound cassette
1
12
Certificate of Registration, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor, 1990
1
13
Oversized Award Certificate from Box 1, Folder 9, 1988
9

Series 2: Correspondence , 1936-2002
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence consists of letters, telegrams, faxes, postcards, and greeting cards. Included are letters of a personal nature between Simon and his artist friends and colleagues; correspondents discuss family matters, daily activities, and work projects. There are copies of Simon's outgoing letters and drafts of writings. Included are single letters from Fritz Bultman (1 postcard), Jacqueline Helion, Penelope Jencks, William King, Burgess Meredith, and Judith Shahn.
General correspondence, for the most part is with galleries, museums, public and religious institutions relating to scheduling of exhibitions, commissioned projects, and sales of artwork. Other letters document Simon's active involvement in a number of professional organizations, such as the Architectural League of New York, Century Association, the National Academy of Design, the New York Chapter of Artists Equity Association, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Found are records of Simon's teaching positions at Amherst College, the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, and the New School. Among the correspondents are Castle Hill, Truro Center for the Arts, Colby College, André Emmerich, Eric Makler Gallery, Xavier Gonzalez, Graham Gallery, Ruth Millerick, Museum of Modern Art, Anne Poor, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There are single letters from Sigmund Abeles, Benny Andrews, Varujan Boghosian, Helen Frankenthaler (1 postcard), Bernard Gotfryd, Walker Hancock, Milton Hebald, William King, Burgess Meredith, Paul Resika, Hughie Lee-Smith, among others. Found are illustrated letters by Simon and others, including a handmade Christmas card from William Zorach.
Correspondence, for the most part, is arranged in alphabetical order and filed chronologically thereafter. Correspondence is arranged as two subseries.
  • 2.1. Personal Correspondence, 1936-1943, 1966-1997
  • 2.2. General Correspondence, 1941, 1950-2002
2.1: Personal Correspondence, 1966-1997, 1936-1943
Description Container
A-B, 1966-1997
1
14
C-D, 1979-1997
1
15
E-G, 1986-1996
1
16
H-J, 1982-1997
1
17
K-L, 1979-1997
1
18
M-P, 1979-1997
1
19
R, 1980-1997, 1936-1937
1
20
S-T, circa 1980-1997
1
21
U-W, 1996-1997
1
22
Unidentified Names, circa 1980-1996
1
23
War Art Unit, Southwest Pacific Theatre, 1942-1943
1
24
Greeting Cards, 1950-1996, undated
1
25
2.2: General Correspondence, 1941, 1950-2002
Description Container
A, 1963-1997
1
26-27
B, 1962-1997
1
28
C, 1960-1997
1
29-30
D, 1981-1995
1
31
E, 1962-1982
1
32
F, 1978-1996
1
33
G, undated, 1962-1996
1
34
H, 1962-1996
1
35
I-K, 1959-1997
1
36
L, 1962-1996
1
37
M, 1960-1979
1
38
M, circa 1980-1997
2
1
N, 1960-1997
2
2
O, 1977-1995
2
3
P-Q, 1960-1997
2
4
R, 1960-1997
2
5
S, undated, 1941, 1960-2002
2
6-8
T, 1966-1991
2
9
U-V, 1960-1982
2
10
W-Z, 1962-1997, 1950, undated
2
11
Ilegible Names, 1966-1990, 1953, undated
2
12
Unidentified, circa 1970-1996, undated
2
13

Series 3: Writings and Notes , circa 1960-1997, 1943
0.4 Linear feet
Box 2

This series includes drafts of Simon's writings on art-related topics, biographical accounts on Philip Guston and others, and a memorial tribute to Simon's long time friend, E.J. Kahn. Found are scattered lists of costs and sales of artwork. A notebook includes Simon's notes on his early career, the difference between painting and sculpture, and the challenges of working on architectural projects; presumably the notes were prepared for a lecture. Three lectures by Sidney Simon held at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture are Included as digital audio recordings.
The series is arranged by format.
Description Container Select
Diary, 1943
2
14
Diary, 1982-circa 1986
2
15
Notebooks, circa 1980, undated
2
16
Lectures and Notes, 1993-1995
2
17
Various Writings and Notes, circa 1960
2
18-19
Sidney Simon's Lecture at Skowhegan (1975), Digital Audio Recording, 2019
0.704 Gigabytes
13 computer files
Partial recording only.
ER01
Sidney Simon's Lecture at Skowhegan (1982), Digital Audio Recording, 2019
0.799 Gigabytes
13 computer files
ER02
Sidney Simon's Lecture at Skowhegan (1983), Digital Audio Recording, 2019
0.704 Gigabytes
14 computer files
ER03

Series 4: Subject Files , 1940-1941, 1951-1997
1.8 Linear feet
Boxes 2-4, 9

The majority of the files relate to Simon's public and private commissioned works. Also found is documentation on select competitions and exhibitions as well as teaching positions and professional memberships. Files contain biographical material, correspondence, letters of recommendation, exhibition schedules, minutes of meetings, organizational reports in addition to business-related documentation, e.g., contracts, loan receipts, agreements, sales and price lists. Among the printed materials are press releases, newsletters, clippings, brochures, and programs. Photographic materials are of Sidney Simon in his studio, his works in progress, and on-site installations.
This series has been arranged alphabetically by subject.
Description Container Select
Academy of Arts and Letters, 1966
2
23
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1969-1993
2
24
Architectural Sets, Negatives, circa 1963-1990
2
25
Architectural Sculpture, Multiple Photograph Sets, 1956-1990
2
26
Ars Nova Gallery, 1988-1989, undated
2
27
Art Commission, Inc, 1980-1987
2
28
Art Students League, undated, 1973-1975, 1996
2
29
Art Students League, Biographical Information, 1978-1997
2
30
Artists Equity Association, 1987-1996
2
31
Awards, 1940-1941
2
32
Berkeley Competition, circa 1980
2
33
Boston College Museum of Art, 1994
2
34
Castle Hill, Truro, Massachusetts, 1988-1996
2
35
The Century Association, 1985-1996
2
36
Circus Mobile, 1994-1996, 1963
2
37
Commissions, 1986-1989
3
1
Competitions, circa 1977-1981
3
2
Competition, Art in Public Buildings, Dade County, Florida, 1978
3
3
"Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood" (1994 June 26-October 23), 1994
3
4
Downstate Medical Center, 1967
3
5-6
Family of Man Award, 1963-1980
3
7
Galleries, 1987-1996
3
8
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Application Form, circa 1986
3
9
Long Point Gallery, 1981-1996
3
10
Maquettes, Synagogues, 1979
3
11
Mneme, 1976
3
12
Models for Temple Beth Abraham and Walt Whitman High School, 1956-1958
3
13
Museums, 1989-1995
3
14
National Sculpture Society, 1988-1997
3
15
Our Lady of the Angels Seminary, 1964
3
16-17
The New England Holocaust Museum, 1991
3
18
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1995-1997
3
19-20
Philadelphia Fountain Competition, Photographs and Negatives, 1964-1965
3
21
Police Memorial Battery Park Competition, 1990
3
22
Prospect Park Playground, Animals, 1989, 1966
3
23
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
General Correspondence, 1994-1996
3
24
Working Notes, 1995
3
25
Photographs, 1995
3
26
Sidney Simon Retrospective Exhibition, 1995
2 videocassettes (vhs)
Includes duplicate copy.
3
27
Sidney Simon Retrospective Exhibition, Edited Version, 1995
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
28
Sidney Simon Retrospective Exhibition, 1995
1 videocassettes (video 8)
3
29
Sales and Price Lists, 1951-1977
3
30
Scattered Notes and Receipts for Commissions and Exhibitions, circa 1970-1993
3
31
Sculptors Guild, Inc, 1989-1995, 1971-1977
3
32
Synagogue Correspondence, Jewish Religious Art, 1957-1960
4
1
Temple Beth Abraham, 1956-1958
4
2-3
Temple Maquette, The Wall of the Dead, circa 1991
4
4
Temple Maquette, Column of Light, circa 1992
4
5
Universities, 1976, undated
4
6
Wellfleet Exhibition, Photographs, 1969
4
7
West Point, 1985-1996
4
8-9
Woodland House, Papers and Accounts, 1963, 1985-1996
4
10
Works in Progress, Sculptures, circa 1964
4
11
Worldwide Plaza
Correspondence, 1987-1990
4
12
Contracts, Modern Art Foundry, 1988-1989
4
13
Sketches, Plans, and Source Material, 1987-1989
Oversized material housed in Box 9
4
14
Articles, 1989-1995, 1945
4
15
Photographs, 1990
4
16
Oversized Sketches, Plans, and Source Material from Box 4, Folder 14, 1987-1989
9

Series 5: Sketches , 1937-1942
1 Folder
Box 4

This series consists of sketches of figure studies and busts. Included is a preliminary study of Simon's Three Graces, which won the Posner Prize for Painting and two studies done for the Prix de Rome Collaborative Prize at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Among the sketches are photographs of Simon's murals, drawings, and paintings depicting scenes of army life.
Description Container Select
Early Sketches and Student Work, 1937-1942
4
17

Series 6: Sketchbooks , 1939-1995
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5, 9

Nine sketchbooks contain drawings and preliminary sketches of nudes, figure studies, and portraits. Several sketchbooks were titled by the artist; some are annotated. Interspersed among the pages are loose sketches, notes, and clippings. A sketchbook contains photographic copies of Simon's drawings of the U.S. Army Corp's landing at Leyte in the Philippines; other drawings depict Simon's observations of the soldiers' activities aboard ship and in the field, preparing foxholes and dispensing medical care to the Filipinos.
Sketchbooks are arranged in chronological order.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook 1, 1939-1946
4
18
Sketchbook 2, "Landing at Leyte, Philippines" (Disbound), 1943-1945
4
19
Sketchbooks 3 and 4, "France, '48", 1948
4
20
Sketchbook 5, "France, '49", 1949
4
21
Sketchbook 6, "Notes 1952", 1952
4
22
Sketchbook 7, "Game Series", 1953-1957
4
23
Sketchbook 8, 1955, undated
4
24
Sketchbook 9, circa 1960
Oversized material housed in Box 9
5
1
Sketchbook 10, "Century Sketches", 1995
5
2
Oversized Sketchbook 9 from Box 5, Folder 1, circa 1960
9

Series 7: Printed Material , 1942-1998, circa 1933
0.3 Linear feet
Box 5

Printed material includes invitations, announcements, newsletters, and programs. News and magazine clippings include exhibition notices, articles about Simon, and reviews of the artist's architectural projects. A clipping of the U.S. Army's landing on Wadke Island in the Philippines features a photograph of the invasion taken by Sidney Simon. Catalogs document Simon's participation in annual exhibitions held at the National Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Miscellaneous printed material primarily consists of newsletters.
This series is arranged by record type.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1942-1994, circa 1933
5
3
Invitations, 1978-1997
5
4
Announcements, 1967-1998
5
5-6
Exhibition Catalogs, 1959-1996
5
7-10
Newsletters, 1975-1998
5
11
Programs, 1967-1994, undated
5
12
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1985-1996
5
13

Series 8: Scrapbooks , 1978-1995
0.1 Linear feet
Box 5

A scrapbook for a proposed commission for the Jackson Memorial Hospital includes a handwritten proposal, design sketches, and cost breakdowns. Two scrapbooks of Simon's 1995 retrospective exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum contain a catalog and on-site installation views.
Scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Ambulatory Care Center, 1978
5
14
Scrapbook 2, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, "Sidney Simon, 40 Years of Work" (1995 August 18-October 30, Disbound), 1995
5
15
Scrapbooks 3-5, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, "Sidney Simon, 40 Years of Work" (1995 August 18-October 30), 1995
5
16

Series 9: Photographs , circa 1917-1997
3 Linear feet
Boxes 5-10

Photographs are of Sidney Simon alone and with family members, friends, and colleagues. Many of the photographs are publicity shots of the artist in his studios in New York and Truro, Massachusetts or working on his sculptures outdoors. There are photographs of Sidney Simon at an exhibition held at the American Academy in Rome and of Simon with his family. Included is a group photograph of Sidney Simon with Robert Cronbach, Ellsworth Kelly, and Henry Geldzahler as well as individual photographs of Simon with André Emmerich, Robert Motherwell, and Louise Nevelson.
Three personal and family photograph albums include photos of Simon as a child and youth with his mother, father, and other family members. An album of snapshots documents Simon's activities as artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome and at the Salzburg Seminar for American Studies; some printed material can be found interspersed among the pages. Twenty-one photograph albums house black and white copy prints and color snapshots that document Simon's paintings and sculptures.
This series is arranged as two subseries.
  • 9.1: Photographs of People and Artwork, circa 1930-1996
  • 9.2: Photograph Albums, circa 1917-1997
9.1: People and Artwork, circa 1930-1996
Description Container
Sidney Simon, 1942-1996
Oversized material housed in Box 9
5
17-19
Sidney Simon and Family Members, circa 1956-1990
5
20
Sidney Simon with Colleagues and Friends, circa 1968-1996
5
21
"Artwork by Sidney Simon, prior to 1938-1940", circa 1930-1937
5
22
Photographs of Sculptures and Mobile, circa 1930-1937
Oversized material housed in Box 9
5
23
Scattered Photographs of Artwork, circa 1963-1981
5
24
Oversized Photographs of Sidney Simon from Box 5, Folder 17, 1942-1964
9
Oversized Photographs of Sculptures and Mobile from Box 5, Folder 23, 1957-1963
9
9.2: Photograph Albums, circa 1917-1997
Description Container
Volume 1: Sidney Simon with Family, Friends, Colleagues, circa 1917-1940
6
1
Volume 2: Sidney Simon with Family Members, circa 1918-1939
Oversized material housed in Box 9
6
2
Volume 3: "Rome, American Academy and Salzburg, Austria Seminar", 1969-1972
6
3
Volume 4: "Paintings, Sculptures, and Murals", 1935-1941
Oversized material housed in Box 10
6
4
Volume 5: Sculptures - "Figurative Reliefs and Medals", 1951-1994
6
5-6
Volume 6: Sculptures, "Portrait Heads, Busts, and Abstracts", 1952-1997
6
7-8
Volume 7: "Mirror Series", 1953-1975
6
9
Volume 8: Sculptures, "Black and White Photos", circa 1956-1990
6
10
Volume 9: "Sculptures", 1958-1959
6
11
Volume 10: "Mobiles", 1962
6
12
Volume 11: Sculptures, "Extra Color Prints and Negatives", circa 1963-1990
6
13-14
Volume 12: Sculptures, "Playground in Prospect Park", 1966
7
1
Volume 13: "Sculpture", circa 1968-1973
7
2
Volume 14: Sculptures, 1969-1973
7
3
Volume 15: "Proposal for Sculpture for Jackson Memorial Hospital Ambulatory Care Center, University of Miami", 1979
7
4
Volume 16: "Works for Architecture", 1958-1965
7
5
Volume 17: "Two Works for Architecture", 1958-1965
7
6
Volume 18: "Three Works for Architecture - Corpus, St. John, Downstate Medical Center, and Temple Beth Abraham", 1964-1966
7
7
Volume 19: "West Point Jewish Chapel" (Disbound), 1984-1986
7
8
Volume 20: "The Four Seasons Fountain, Worldwide Plaza" (Disbound), 1988-1989
7
9
Volumes 21-22: "The Four Seasons Fountain, Worldwide Plaza", 1988-1989
7
10
Volumes 23-24: "Sidney Simon: 40 Years of Work" (1995 August 18-October 30, Disbound), 1995
8
1
Volume 25: "Master Set of Color Prints for Commissions, Matisse's Mirror, Medals, Long Point Show, Competitions, and Terra Cotta", 1956-1994
8
2-3
Oversized Volume 2: Sidney Simon with Family Members from Box 6, Folder 2, 1942-1996
9
Oversized Volume 4: "Paintings, Sculptures, and Murals" from Box 6, Folder 4, 1935-1941
10

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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