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A. Mark Datz Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: ASE
Date: Apr 1993

Biographical History

American Jewish painter, etcher. Born in Russia 1889, emigrated to the United States in 1903.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Note: Boxes 2-6 are VERY HEAVY. Handle with care.

Spanning 1916 through 1969, the A. Mark Datz Papers comprises biographical material, correspondence, artwork, memorabilia, and writings of the American painter and etcher (1889-1969). A Russian Jew by birth, Abraham Mark Datz emigrated to the United States in 1903. The collection provides insight into his Jewish heritage as well as his personal life and artistic career.

Arranged chronologically, the Correspondence is limited to a few incoming letters, predominantly from the 1960s. Correspondents include art-related institutions (American Federation of Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science), photographer Hans Namuth, and writer Richard C. Rothschild.

Artwork encompasses copper and zinc plates, negatives and photographs of Datz's paintings, and a reproduction of "Martha Pollak" incorporated into a Carnegie Recital Hall announcement. Despite occasional gaps in Datz's numbering system and the presence of a few unnumbered etchings, Copper and zinc plates are arranged numerically. There is a total of 80 etchings on 77 plates, 3 of which bear images on both sides. An alphabetical index of etching titles follows the box list. Photographs, primarily undated, are organized alphabetically by titles supplied by Datz, and followed by a number which are untitled.

Memorabilia includes one photograph of Datz, printed material, and a typescript review by Richard C. Rothschild. Printed material contains newspaper clippings (1916-1941), exhibition catalogs and announcements of group (1928-1963) and one-man shows (1926-1946), in addition to several art periodical reviews (1936-1952).

Writings consists of twelve journals (1943-1969) which, with few exceptions, Datz updated daily.


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.

Subject Headings


Datz, A. Mark (Abraham Mark), 1889-1969.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Artists -- Diaries.
Etchers -- United States.
Etching -- Technique -- Specimens.
Jewish artists -- United States.
Jews, American.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Russian Americans.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.
Negatives (photographs)
Reviews (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

A. Mark Datz Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Biographical material





Alphabetical index of etchings

Selected index to correspondence


Alphabetical index of etchings

Selected index to correspondence