A Finding Aid to the Louis Goodman Papers, circa 1926 -1975, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.goodloui
Creators:
Goodman, Louis, 1905-1973
Dates:
circa 1926-1975
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.7 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of inventor and assemblage artist Louis Goodman measure 0.7 linear feet and date from circa 1926 to 1975. The papers document Goodman's career in New York City and California through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and artwork.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of inventor and assemblage artist Louis Goodman measure 0.7 linear feet and date from circa 1926 to 1975. The papers document Goodman's career in New York City and California through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and artwork.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Louis Goodman (1905-1973) was an assemblage artist and inventor based in New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, California. Goodman was born in 1905 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. He and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1922 and settled in California. Based on a short biographical statement written by Goodman that can be found in the collection, he had no formal art or technical training. He created many inventions through his own ingenuity and a few of his inventions were patented. He also worked with found objects to create his artwork assemblages. He lived in New York for a time but eventually returned to California, where he passed away in 1973.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35mm microfilm reel 3990 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno in 2020.
Author
Rihoko Ueno
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Louis Goodman papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1976 by Hal Glicksman, whose relationship to Goodman is unclear.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Louis Goodman papers, circa 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Assemblage artists -- California -- Los Angeles Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Assemblage artists -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventors -- California -- Los Angeles Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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