A Finding Aid to the Elias Newman Papers,
1922-1981
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.newmelia
Creators:
Newman, Elias, 1903-
Dates:
1922-1981
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.1 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of New York painter, writer, and educator Elias Newman measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1922 to 1981. Newman's participation in exhibitions and various art related organizations, notably Artists Equity Association, is documented through biographical material, correspondence, notes, writings, organizational records, printed material, and photographs.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The papers of New York painter, writer, and educator Elias Newman measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1922 to 1981. Newman's participation in exhibitions and various art related organizations, notably Artists Equity Association, is documented through biographical material, correspondence, notes, writings, organizational records, printed material, and photographs.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series:
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1935-1975 (Box 1; 1 folder)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1927-1980 (Box 1; 8 folders)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1939-1976 (Box 1; 4 folders)
  • Series 4: Artists Equity Association Records, circa 1950-1979 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1922-1981 (Box 1, OV 2; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Photographs, 1923-1975 (Box 1; 9 folders)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Elias Newman (1903-1999) was a painter, writer, lecturer, and teacher in New York, N.Y. Born in Stashow, Poland in 1903, Newman arrived in the United States in 1913, and became a naturalized citizen in 1928. He studied at the National Academy of Design from 1919-1920, and at the Educational Alliance Art School from 1920-1925. He also studied at the Academie Chaumiere in Paris. After 1925, Newman participated in many exhibitions, acted as art director of the Palestine Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1939, organized the Palestine Artists and Sculptors Association, and was director of the National Society of Painters in Casein in 1963 and 1967-1971. From 1970-1975, Newman served as president of the Artists Equity Association, the organization which played the most significant role in his career.

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 4860-4861 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was fully processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 1993. In 1994 the collection was microfilmed with funding provided by the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. A finding aid was prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2011.
Author
Jean Fitzgerald and Erin Kinhart
Provenance
The collection was donated in 1977 and 1981 by Elias Newman.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Elias Newman papers, 1922-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Elias Newman papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
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