A Finding Aid to the Wayne Nowack Papers, 1881-1996, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.nowawayn
Creators:
Nowack, Wayne, 1923-2004
Dates:
1881-1996
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of painter and writer Wayne Nowack measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1881-1996. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, printed material, writings, and photographs of art work and slides.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter and writer Wayne Nowack measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1881-1996. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, printed material, writings, and photographs of art work and slides.
Biographical material includes genealogical items related to Nowack and his family as well as a list of public and private collections in which his work appeared.
Correspondence includes personal correspondence with his family, professional correspondence with Allan Stone, his dealer of 20 years, and general correspondence with others.
Printed material is comprised of exhibition catalogs and clippings of reviews of Nowack exhibitions.
Writings includes diaries, journals, journals, essays, and miscellaneous manuscripts that reflect Nowack's ideas on art, philosophy and the cultural climate of the time. Also found are Nowack's master's thesis from 1948 and various grant applications.
Photographic material includes an album of photographs from Nowack's grandparents, photographs of art work, and 750 slides of work.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in five series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1881-1989 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1947-1996 (Boxes 1-3; 1.7 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Printed Material, 1932-1974 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Writings, 1939-1988 (Box 3; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Photographic Material, 1903-1996 (Box 3-4; 1.1 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Wayne Nowack (1923-2004) was a writer and painter in Spencer, New York. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from the State University of Iowa in 1947, which later awarded him his master's degree (1948) and M.F.A (1950). Before teaching art for eight years at Union College in New York, he worked as an art therapist. He also taught at Windham College in Vermont and at Skidmore College in New York for brief periods. Nowack's drawings and box constructions were handled by the Allan Stone Gallery in New York.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed in 1996 by Arleen Pancza-Graham. A finding aid was created by Caroline Donadio in 2018.
Author
Caroline Donadio
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Wayne Nowack papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Wayne Nowack in 1996.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Wayne Nowack papers, 1881-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Philosophy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Authors -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diaries Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stone, Allan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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