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Anthony Toney Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: circa 1966

Biographical History

Anthony Toney (1913- ) is an American painter and teacher. Born in Gloversville, New York, to Syrian immigrant parents, Toney graduated from Syracuse University and studied at L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and L'Ecole Superieur des Beaux Arts. He served with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War and in the United States Navy during World War II.

Toney had his first one-man show in 1941, followed by numerous shows and exhibits in New York City. He painted murals and taught mural painting under the auspices of the WPA in the early 1940s and taught for more than forty years at the New School for Social Research. In 1955 he received an honorary DFA from Teacher's College, Columbia University, and in 1985 he -- along with other veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade -- was honored by the Spanish government for their service. He is also the author of four books.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Anthony Toney Papers consist of correspondence, memorabilia, news clippings, painting-related material, printed material, and writings.

Correspondence spans more than thirty years. Memorabilia consists mainly of social invitations but also includes biographical and financial material. News clippings holds assorted clippings relating to Toney.

Painting has a few original drawings, some copies, and critiques. Printed material contains catalogs, magazines and educational material. Writings includes a number of Toney's student work (term papers, etc.) and a few published articles.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged chronologically; all other series are arranged alphabetically.


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


Toney, Anthony.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Painting, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Drawings (visual works)
Exhibition catalogs.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Anthony Toney Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents



News clippings


Printed material