Israel Solon collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

6 linear feet (4 boxes, 1 folder) of material relating to writer Israel Solon, consisting of art and literary publications, manuscripts, proofs, artworks, photographs, correspondence and ephemera. Boxes 1-2 contain a variety of art and literary publications, manuscripts, proofs, artworks, photographs, newspaper clippings, and programs from art exhibitions and theater performances. Included are proofs of the April 1920 issue of the Little Review and Dadaist journals including New York Dada and several European titles.

Biographical Historical Note

Israel Solon was an American writer of fiction and critical prose and a follower of the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff. He lived in Chicago, but relocated in the 1910s to New York. In the 1910s and 1920s, he was part of a literary and artistic community that included Margaret Anderson, Jane Heap, William Carlos Williams, Djuna Barnes, and other New York avant-garde figures. Solon contributed fiction and prose to modernist avant-garde magazines.