Guide to the Earl Newman Collection of Monterey Jazz Festival Posters

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1207
Creators:
Newman, Earl
Dates:
1963-2009
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.6 Cubic feet
12 folders
Repository:
Collection contains sixty-two posters commemorating the Monterey Jazz Festival, created, designed, and signed by Earl Newman.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of a set of sixty-two posters designed and created by Earl Newman to publicize the Monterey Jazz Festival. The prints are numbered and signed by Mr. Newman and feature Ray Charles, BB King, Etta James, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others. They are arranged in chronological order by date. Folders one through eleven contain the prints. Advertising and the cloth-covered portfolio to hold the poster collection are in folder twelve.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Earl Newman is a self-employed artist and printmaker. He was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts on March 23, 1930. He received his B. F. A. degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1952. In 1957, Newman was awarded a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching from Harvard University. For about four years Mr. Newman apprenticed with Frank Mulholland in Malden, Massachusetts. In 1950 Newman began to operate his own commercial studio which was also located in Malden. For about two years he taught art in junior and senior high school before moving to the West Coast. Newman hoped that the move would provide a way to support his family, which included his wife Jean, and two daughters Andrea and April. He opened a studio/gallery in Venice Beach, California, initially designing and printing hand-screened coffee house posters. In 1963, Earl Newman received an opportunity to design the first promotional poster for the Monterey Jazz Festival. This ground-breaking opportunity allowed him to design one or two posters each year for fifty years. Originally Newman had envisioned himself as a landscape painter and made prints to pay the bills. It is the silkscreen prints that are now his legacy and included among the holdings in the Archives Center.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Vanessa Broussard Simmons and Camille Bethune-Brown, 2015.
Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Camille Bethune-Brown
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Earl Newman, 1992 and 2010.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Earl Newman Collection of Monterey Jazz Festival Posters, 1963-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Posters -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Screen prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz musicians -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art and music Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Monterey Jazz Festival Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives