Finding aid created by: -
Date: May 1966
|10 Apr 2008||converted to EAD (AMCon)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Kopman, Benjamin, b. 1887|
|Title:||Benjamin Kopman Papers / Collection|
|Quantity:||2.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American Jewish painter, lithographer, etcher, illustrator, sculptor.Born in Russia. Correspondence (1911-1962), including a series of letters (1936-1958), some in scrapbook form, by Kopman to his art dealer, G.D. Thompson; manuscript poems, and prose, some in Yiddish; legal and financial papers; sketches; and photographs of Kopman's work and his family. Incoming letters, arranged alphabetically, include those from the Art Institute of Chicago, David Burliuk, the Federal Art Project, Rockwell Kent, Katharine Kuh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Clifford Odets, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Phillips Memorial Gallery, Hugo Robus, Frederic F. Sherman, Raphael Soyer, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Carl Zigrosser.|
|Language:||English, few items in Yiddish.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Benjamin Kopman (1887-1965) was a Russian-American painter, graphic artist, and illustrator. Born in Russia, he emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1903. As a youngster, he was tutored by the artist Abel Pen, but he had no formal education. In 1905, he studied for six semesters at the National Academy of Art in New York. He became a citizen of the United States in 1913.
Kopman's work is represented in the collections of the great museums of the United States and Israel. He illustrated the Book of the Month Club edition of Crime and Punishment and Frankenstein. In 1945, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Philadelphia Academy. Although unpublished, Mr. Kopman was also a writer and poet.
This collection consists of two related sets of material: the papers of Mr. Kopman, and some additions to the collection made by Mrs. G.D. Thompson, wife of Mr. Kopman's art dealer. The former are referred to as the Benjamin Kopman Papers; the latter are known as the Benjamin Kopman Collection.
The Benjamin Kopman Papers consists of biographical material, correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, and published material.
Correspondence includes both incoming and outgoing. Subject files consists of documents, accounts, passports and photographs. Manuscripts contains drawings, essays, journals, artwork, prose, and some few items in Yiddish. Published material consists of articles, a book, clippings, exhibit cataloges, and photographs.
The Benjamin Kopman Collection contains correspondence, one subject file, and a few manuscripts and published material.
Correspondence consists of outgoing only -- Kopman's letters to G.D. Thompson. The one Subject file contains negatives of photographs of Kopman's work. Manuscripts contains drawings, poems and prose. Published material contains clippings and exhibit material.
Benjamin Kopman Papers: Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author; outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically; correspondence of others is arranged alphabetically. Subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic. Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by type, and within each type, alphabetically by title. Manuscripts of others are placed at the end of the series. Published material is arranged alphabetically by type.
Benjamin Kopman Collection: Correspondence is arranged chronologically; scrapbooks have some overlapping of dates. Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by type and alphabetically by title within type. Published material is arranged alphabetically by type.
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.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Burliuk, David, 1882-1967.
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971.
Kopman, Benjamin, b. 1887 -- Archives.
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963.
Robus, Hugo, 1885-1964.
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild, 1874-1940.
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987.
Thompson, G. David.
Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-
Art Institute of Chicago.
Federal Art Project.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Phillips Memorial Gallery.
Whitney Museum of American Art.
Art, American -- 20th century.
Illustrators -- United States.
Jewish artists -- United States.
Lithographers, United States.
Lithography, American -- 20th century.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drawings (visual works)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Benjamin Kopman Papers / Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift, in part, of Mrs. G.D. Thompson. Additions to the Benjamin Kopman Papers given by Mrs. G.D. Thompson
Benjamin Kopman Papers
Benjamin Kopman Collection
|Benjamin Kopman Papers|
|Box 1||Biographical material|
|Box 1||Art Institute of Chicago 1914, 1920-21, 1939, 1950|
|Box 1||Baldinger, Wallace S. 1937, 1939|
|Box 1||Book of the Month Club 1942, 1945, 1946, 1956|
|Box 1||Brooklyn Museum 1917, 1939, 1949, 1962|
|Box 1||Burluik, David 1952|
|Box 1||Carnegie Institute 1938, 1940, 1944, 1947-49, undated|
|Box 1||Cheney, Martha 1938|
|Box 1||Fisher, William F. 1913, undated|
|Box 1||Fulton, James G. 1946 - Congressman|
|Box 1||Kent, Rockwell 1939|
|Box 1||Knvedler, Leinie 1917-22, undated|
|Box 1||Kopman, Benjamin 1948|
|Box 1||Kopman, Diana 1946, undated - daughter|
|Box 1||Kuh, Katharine 1936-37, 1939, undated|
|Box 1||Landau, R. 1930|
|Box 1||Lewisohn, Dana A. 1939, 1947|
|Box 1||Macbeth, William 1914-17, 1922|
|Box 1||Metropolitan Museum of Art 1939, 1945, 1949, 1950|
|Box 1||Museum of Modern Art 1932, 1949, 1950, 1951|
|Box 1||New Art Circle 1930, 1937, 1945-46, 1949, undated|
|Box 1||Odets, Clifford 1946-47, 1950, undated|
|Box 2||Parker, Woodruff J. 1919-21|
|Box 2||Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1913, 1917, 1935, 1939, 1946, 1961|
|Box 2||Porter, James W.|
|Box 2||Phillips Memorial Gallery 1939|
|Box 2||Reis, Bernard 1931|
|Box 2||Robus, Hugo 1911, 1915|
|Box 2||Rockefeller, Abby 1932|
|Box 2||Sherman, Frederick F. 1915, 1916, 1917|
|Box 2||Soyer, Raphael undated|
|Box 2||Thompson, G.D. 1936|
|Box 2||Thompson, G.D. 1937|
|Box 2||Thompson, G.D. 1938|
|Box 2||Thompson, G.D. 1939|
|Box 2||Thompson, G.D. 1945-48, 1954, undated|
|Box 2||Warbury, Edward M. 1939 - sec'y F.Levine|
|Box 2||Whitney Museum 1932, 1935-38, 1954|
|Box 2||Wyatt, Beverly 1945-47, undated|
|Box 2||Zigrosser, Carl 1923, 1951, undated|
|Box 2||Works Progress Administration 1935 1938-39,|
|Box 2||Young, J.W. 1918, 1920|
|Box 2||Unidentifiable 1916, undated|
|Box 2||Not sent 1911, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1956-58, 1961, 1962, undated|
|Box 2||1918, 1947-49|
|Box 3||Accounts, documents, passports|
|Box 3||Kopman's work|
|Box 3||Kopman and family|
|Box 3||"Ben Venoo"|
|Box 3||"Days in the Life of the Unholy Glatius"|
|Box 3||"The Posthumous Diary of Glatius, A Pound of Body For a Pound of Emotion"|
|Box 4||"Glatius, the Casual Journal of a Painter Poet"|
|Box 4||"The Murderer"|
|Box 4||Of others - poems by W.M. Fisher|
|Box 4||Articles about Kopman|
|Box 4||Articles by Kopman|
|Box 4||Book - about Kopman|
|Box 4||Exhibition catalogues|
|Box 4||Newspaper clippings about Kopman|
|Box 4||Newspaper clippings by Kopman|
|Box 4||Newspaper clippings - Yiddish|
|Benjamin Kopman Collection|
|Correspondence - Kopman letters to G.D. Thompson|
|Box 5||1937, 1939-41, 1946, 1933, 1956, 1958, undated|
|Box 5||Scrapbook 1936-39|
|Box 5||Scrapbook 1938 1940-48,|
|Box 5||Scrapbook 1940|
|Box 5||Negatives - Kopman's work|
|Box 5||Drawings by Kopman|
|Box 5||Poems by Kopman|
|Prose by Kopman|
|Box 5||"A Few Highlights in My Life"|
|Box 5||"Days in the Life of the Unholy Glatius"|
|Box 5||Exhibits - Kopman and others|
|Box 5||Newspaper clippings about Kopman|