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Tully Filmus Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Filmus, Tully, 1908-1998
Title: Tully Filmus Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1928-1967
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence (1928-1965), mostly incoming; printed material, including articles and reviews, clippings, and exhibition catalogs and invitations (1940s-1960s). Correspondents include ACA Galleries, American Artists' Congress, Emidio Angelo, Seena Donneson, Harry Freud, William Gropper, Harry Kurnitz, Solomon Lipp, Stephen Rogers Peck, Anton Refregier, Leopold Stokowski, and Paul Zucker.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Russian American Jewish realist painter, portrait artist.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning 1928 to 1967, the Tully Filmus Papers comprises correspondence, artwork, and memorabilia of the Russian American realist painter (b. 1908). While reflecting the professional career of the Jewish artist, the collection also illuminates Filmus' involvement with the Jewish community, which was both the subject and audience for much of his work.

Incoming letters and miscellaneous printed material are incorporated into the Correspondence Subject Files (Boxes 1-2), which are arranged alphabetically. Correspondents include artists (Emidio Angelo, Henry Cooper, Francis Criss, Seena Donneson, Maxim Gottlieb, William Gropper, Elliot Offner, Anton Refregier); authors (Harry Kurnitz, Solomon Lipp, Stephen Peck, Paul Zucker); conductor Leopold Stokowski; patrons (Lester Avnet, Cyrus Brin, Thomas E. Dewey, Harry Freud, Max Fuchs, (Mrs.) Michael Halperin, Barbara Henry, Ted Lewis, Harry Merdinger, Myron Minskoff, Jack Nordiff, Ben and Zdenka Segall, Meyer Shein, Ian Starr, Boris Tarna); and theatrical personalities (Norman Bel Geddes, Arlene Francis). Organizational correspondence encompasses art galleries and museums (American Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, City Art Museum of St. Louis, Toledo Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art); community and religious groups (Children's Astham Research Institute, Community Synagogue, New York Psychoanalytic Institute, North Shore Community Art Center, Temple Beth-el of Great Neck, Women's American Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training) educational institutions (American Artists School, Cooper Union, Educational Alliance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and professional organizations (American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Artists' Congress, Artists Equity Association, Audubon Artists).

Artwork includes technical notes on painting and a North Shore Community Arts Center program cover featuring a Filmus drawing of Charles Dickens. Articles and reviews, clippings, exhibition catalogs and invitations (1940s-1960s), and various other printed materials constitute Memorabilia.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Angelo, 1903-
Donneson, Seena.
Filmus, Tully, 1908-1998.
Freud, Harry, 1909-1968.
Gropper, William, 1897-1977.
Kurnitz, Harry.
Lipp, Solomon.
Peck, Stephen Rogers, 1912-
Refregier, Anton, 1905-
Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977.
Zucker, Paul, 1889-1971.

Corporate Bodies

ACA Galleries.
American Artists' Congress.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Jewish artists -- United States.
Jews, American.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Portrait painters -- United States.
Portrait painting -- United States -- 20th century.
Realism in art.
Russian Americans.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Tully Filmus Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MAvR/KM
Date: 3 Dec 1993
Revision history: 21 Nov 2005 - EAD file created (MRR); 18 Jun 2012 - LCSH updates (MRC)

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Family Correspondence
Box 1 Family 1947-1965 undated
Correspondence-Subject Files
Box 1 ACA Galleries 1961-1965, undated
Box 1 American Academy of Arts and Letters 1965, undated
Box 1 American Artists' Congress, Inc. 1936-1937
Box 1 American Artists School 1937-1940
American Contemporary Art Gallery
See ACA Galleries
Box 1 American Federation of Arts 1941-1943
Box 1 American Fund for Israel Institutions 1948-1952
American Fund for Palestinian Institutions
See American Fund for Israel Institutions
Box 1 Angelo, Emidio 1964
Box 1 Art Institute of Chicago 1940-1942, undated
Box 1 Artists Equity Association, Inc. 1950-1965
Box 1 Audubon Artists 1944-1948
Box 1 Avnet, Lester 1963-1964
Box 1 Brin, Cyrus 1960
Box 1 Carnegie Institute 1941-1948
Box 1 Children's Asthma Research Institute 1958
Box 1 Community Synagogue 1964-1965
Box 1 Cooper, Henry and Betty 1942-1965, undated
Cooper Union Art Schools
See Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Box 1 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 1938-1948
Box 1 Corcoran Gallery of Art 1941, undated
Box 1 Criss, Francis undated
Box 1 Dewey, Thomas E. 1955
Box 1 Donneson, Seena undated
Box 1 Educational Alliance 1943
Box 1 Francis, Arlene undated
Box 1 Freud, Harry 1941
Box 1 Fuchs, Max 1943-1945, undated
Box 1 Geddes, Norman Bel undated
Goodman, Bee
See Lewis, Ted
Goodman, Philip
See Jewish Book Council of America
Box 1 Gottlieb, Maxim B. undated
Box 1 Gropper, William and Sophie 1947-1962, undated
Box 1 Halperin, Michael (Mrs.) undated
Box 1 Henry, Barbara W. 1944
Box 1 Javits, Jacob K. 1965
Box 1 Jewish Book Council of America 1963-1964
Box 1 Kurnitz, Harry undated
Box 1 Lewis, Ted 1948, undated
Box 1 Lipp, Solomon 1963
Box 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. School of Industrial Management. Schell Room Committee 1953
Box 1 Merdinger, Harry 1943
Box 1 Minskoff, Myron A. 1964
Box 1 New York Psychoanalytic Institute 1959-1963
Box 1 Nodiff, Jack 1954
Box 1 North Shore Art Festival 1957-1959
North Shore Child Guidance Association
See North Shore Art Festival
Box 1 North Shore Community Art Center 1958-1965
Box 1 Offner, Elliot undated
Box 1 Peck, Stephen R. 1941
Box 1 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1928-1964
Box 1 Progressive Citizens of America 1947
Box 1 Quaison-Sackey, Alex 1963-1964, undated
Box 1 Refregier, Anton 1961
Box 1 [City Art Museum of] St. Louis 1944
Schell Room Committee
See Massachusetts Institute of Technology. School of Industrial Management. Schell Room Committee
Box 1 Segall, Ben and Zdenka 1962-1964
Box 1 Shein, Meyer (Mrs.) 1941
Box 1 Shelley Graphics, Ltd. 1963
See also World Publishing Company
Soyer, Moses
See Educational Alliance
Box 1 Starr, Ian and Susy 1959
Box 1 Stokowski, Leopold 1963
Box 1 Taft Youth and Adult Center 1950
Box 1 Tarna, Boris M. and Lore 1964
Box 1 Temple Beth-el of Great Neck 1956-1965
Box 1 Toledo Museum of Art 1947-1948
Box 1 Weiss, David and Stymean 1963, undated
Box 1 Whitney Museum of American Art 1940-1951, undated
Women's American Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training
See Women's American ORT
Box 1 Women's American ORT 1959-1964, undated
Box 1 World Publishing Company 1963 undated
See also Shelley Graphics, Ltd.
Box 1 Zucker, Paul 1941
Box 2 A-Z (3 folders)
Box 2 Unidentified
Box 2 Notes on painting (technical)
Box 2 Reproduction
Box 2 Articles, reviews 1940-1965
Box 2 Clippings 1940-1965, undated (2 folders)
Box 2 Exhibition catalogs, invitations 1940s-1960s, undated (6 folders)
Box 2 Memberships, awards
Box 2 Teaching-related 1934, 1961-1965
Box 2 Miscellaneous (3 items)

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