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Sidney Laufman Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Laufman, Sidney, 1891-
Title: Sidney Laufman Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1922-1976
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Artwork reproductions, clippings, printed material, correspondence of the American painter
Language: Most of the material is in English with some in French
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Sidney Laufman (1891-1985) was an American painter known for his landscapes, still lifes, and abstractions.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Laufman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at The Art Students League under Robert Henri. In the 1920s Laufman and his wife relocated to Paris but continued to frequently travel to New York to exhibit works. The two spent the winters in Sarasota, Florida, and eventually permanently relocated there in 1975.

Laufman exhibited prolifically; at the Corcoran 10 times alone. He won the Logan Prize at the AIC twice and the first Altman prize at the National Gallery of Design.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sidney Laufman Papers consists of artwork reproductions, correspondence, and memorabilia.

Artwork reproductions contains reproductions of Laufman's work in photograph and negative form.

Correspondence contains a single incoming letter and some biographical material.

Memorabilia contains clippings, exhibition material, and a scrapbook.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Artwork reproductions is in no particular order. Correspondence is a single item. Memorabilia is arranged alphabetically by subject and, when applicable, chronologically within the folder with undated material at the end.

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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


Laufman, Sidney, 1891-


Painters -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.
Magazines (periodicals)
Negatives (photographs)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Sidney Laufman Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1964.

Phillips correspondence, gift of Barbara Helander, 2021.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 6 Apr 2010
Revision history: 28 Feb 2019 - processed (KD); 21 Jul 2021 - added Phillips correspondence (RMH)

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Artwork reproductions
Box 1 Negatives
Box 1 Photographs
Box 1 Incoming 1939 (1 item)
Box 1 Phillips, Eleanor 1950, 1956-1957, 1976 - includes newspaper clippings and medical surveys
Gift of Barbara Helander, 2021
Box 1 Clippings 1948-1962, undated
Box 1 Critic reviews undated - typescript
Box 1 Exhibition catalogs 1922-1963, undated
Box 1 Exhibition invitations 1927-1964, undated
Box 1 Magazine 1964
Oversize 1 Scrapbook undated
Box 1 Scrapbook (photocopy of above) undated

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