Archives of American Art

Leonid Berman papers

Collection ID:
Berman, Leonid, 1896-1976
Much of the material is in French.
Physical Description:
6 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 5 reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Biographical materials, journals, sketchbooks, drawings, and photographs.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1310: A journal detailing Berman's life and career, giving his views on painting and art, and containing daily entries.
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REEL 1339: 238 letters from Berman's brother, Eugene, and from his wife, Sylvia; three undated drawings, probably by Eugene; printed material; and postcards.
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REEL 1497: A handwritten manuscript of a book written in French, FRANCE IGNOREE ET PERDUE, illustrated with photographs and postcards by Berman. The book was not finished.
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REEL 1343: Five diaries, three of which were kept by Berman on a trip to Asia with his wife, 1955-1956.
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REEL 1418: Two sketchbooks and several sketches of rural and seaside scenes, some annotated regarding colors to be used for the painting.
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UNMICROFILMED: Personal documents; awards; biographical information; a genealogy; letters; memoirs; travel diaries; journals; a note book; a sketch; poems; eulogies; sales records; loan agreements; lists of Leonid's paintings; receipts for art supplies; mailing lists; funeral registers; clippings; printed material; exhibition catalogs; and photographs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; New York, N.Y. Full name was Leonid Berman. Dropped his surname to avoid confusion with his brother, Eugene Berman, who was also a painter.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 1310, 1339, 1343, 1418, 1497 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
REELS 1310, 1339 (Except correspondence), 1343, and 1418: Originals returned to lender, Sylvia Marlowe Berman, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor/Lender, Sylvia Marlowe Berman, is the widow of Leonid Berman. Correspondence, reel 1339, originally lent 1977 and subsequently given 1978. Material, reel 1497, originally lent 1979 and subsequently given 1982.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing 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.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marlowe, Sylvia Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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