Louis Schanker papers

Collection ID:
Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981
circa 1920-1981
Physical Description:
3.4 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Louis Schanker papers measure 3.4 linear feet and date from circa 1920-1981. Included is personal and professional correspondence, printed material including exhibitions announcements, catalogs and newspaper clippings; 4 scrapbooks in three-ring binders; works of art including loose sketches and 2 sketchbooks; and photographs of Schanker, his friends, colleagues and family, works of art and exhibition installations; and miscellany relating to Schanker's teaching and painting careers.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Louis Schanker (1903-1981) was a printmaker and painter in Stamford, Connecticut. Between 1934 and 1939, Schanker completed 11 mural panels for the Neponsit Beach Hospital on Long Island, and murals for radio station WNYC and the Science and Health Building at the New York World's Fair. He later taught at the New School and Bard College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on microfilm reel N68-16 lent for microfilming by Louis Schanker in 1968. Original material donated in 1984 and 2020 by Lou Siegel, Louis Schanker's nephew.
Separated Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel N68-16) including correspondence (1934-1968), exhibition catalogs (1936-1966), clippings (1936-1966), and a scrapbook (1928-1944).
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel N68-16 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Reproduction Note
Letters and clippings are primarily photocopies.

Using the Collection
Terms of Use
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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.

More Information

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Mural painting and decoration, American -- New York (State) -- New York Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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