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Sol Wilson papers, 1919-1975

Wilson, Sol, 1896-1974

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 1.6 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 3 reels); 0.6 Linear feet, Addition

Summary: Correspondence; photographs; scrapbooks; sketchbooks and sketches; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and printed material.
REEL N69-61: 2 scrapbooks containing correspondence, 1963-1965, and photographs, 1924-1965.
REEL NY65-3: Correspondence, 1947-1962, and a clipping from the New York Herald Tribune "This Week" magazine. Correspondents include the Babcock Galleries, Louis Bouche, David Burliuk, Philip Evergood, and Edward Hopper.
REEL 51: Sketchbooks, 1935-1962, 11v., and loose sketches.
UNMICROFILMED: Letters; photographs, slides, and negatives, of Wilson, his work, and his family and friends; catalogs, announcements, clippings, and other printed material; and 2 scrapbooks of clippings, catalogs and reproductions.
ADDITION (0.6 linear ft.): Correspondence with the Babcock Gallery, the Provincetown Art Association, and letters from Edward Rowan, Section of the Fine Arts concerning Wilson's post office commission in Delmar, NY, 1940; 15 photographs show Wilson and classmates in the life class at the National Academy of Design, Wilson with Nicolai Cikovsky, Moses and Raphael Soyer, Alexander Dobkin, and Chaim Gross, and a young Jacob Lawrence, who had studied with Wilson at the American Artists School, and Wilson with Chaim Gross; an undated lecture by Wilson; a WNYC Radio interview with Wilson and Frank Kleinholz, March 29, 1944; and printed material, including articles, clippings, a resume, exhibition history, and press releases.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y. Born 1896 in Vilno, Poland. Died 1974.


Material on microfilm lent for microfilming 1965-1971 by Wilson; unmicrofilmed material donated 1975 by Mrs. Sol Wilson; and addition donated 2000 by Jacqueline M. Arkin, Sol Wilson's daughter.

Location of Originals

  • Reels N69-61, NY65-3 & 51: Originals returned to Sol Wilson after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels N69-61, NY65-3 & 51 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Sol Wilson papers, 1919-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.