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Irving Lehman Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lehman, Irving, 1900-1983.
Title: Irving Lehman Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1935-1973
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American Jewish painter, sculptor, engraver, designer. Born in Russia. Photographs of Lehman's paintings and sculpture (1935-1963); clippings (1958-1961); and exhibition catalogs, invitations, and posters (1947-1960).
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Irving Lehman (1900-1983) was an American Jewish painter, sculptor, engraver, and designer. Born in Kiev in Russia, Lehman studied at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Art and spent much of his working life in New York City. Part of the Abstract Expressionist school, he worked in oil and watercolor as a painter and in metal and steel as a sculptor; his works have been shown in galleries in England, France, Italy, Israel and Japan, and were included in an international traveling exhibition in Europe in 1951.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning 1935 to 1973, the Irving Lehman Papers comprises artwork reproductions and memorabilia.

Artwork (reproductions) consists of three personal greeting cards incorporating photographs of Lehman's artwork, and photographs of his paintings and sculpture. Memorabilia includes a photograph of Lehman with one of his sculptures, and some printed material: three newspaper clippings about Lehman, exhibition catalogs and invitations, and two exhibition posters.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Reproductions are arranged alphabetically by title of work. Memorabilia is arranged alphabetically by type.

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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


Lehman, Irving, 1900-1983 -- Archives.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Jewish artists -- United States.
Jews, American.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Painting, American.
Russian Americans.
Sculptors -- United States.
Sculpture, American -- 20th century.
Sculpture, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Irving Lehman Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: ASE
Date: Feb 1994
Revision history: 31 Mar 2008 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Biographical material
Box 1 Miscellaneous
Artwork (reproductions)
Box 1 Greeting cards (personal) 1964, 1971, undated
Box 1 Paintings (by title), A-Z
Box 1 Sculpture (by title), A-Z
Box 1 Photograph, Irving Lehman with "Machinist" sculpture 1948
Printed material
Box 1 Clippings 1958, 1961
Box 1 Exhibition catalogs, invitations 1947-1964, 1973, undated (2 folders)
Box 1 Exhibition posters 1959, 1960

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