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Harold Weston Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 23 Mar 1988

Biographical History

Harold Weston (1894-1972) was an American modernist painter and activist for humanitarian causes as well as international cooperation in the arts. Following his 1916 magna cum laude Fine Arts degree from Harvard, he built a log cabin near St Huberts, NY in the Adirondack Mountains where he became involved in the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society. Between the World Wars he travelled extensively in Europe and when the Second World War began, he founded Food for Freedom to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees. At the end of the War, Weston became involved in the creation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and through his work there, with the International Association of the Plastic Arts. His work on international arts cooperation in turn led him to lobby for government funding of the arts and the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts. Harold Weston died in New York City in 1972.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harold Weston Papers consists of Artwork reproductions, Correspondence-subject files, Memorabilia and Writings.

Artwork reproductions includes more the two hundred black and white photographs of Weston's paintings with titles and dates.

Correspondence-subject files includes incoming and outgoing correspondence with a wide range of legislators, colleagues and public figures as well as the organizational records of various organizations in which Weston was involved, including the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society, the American Federation of Arts, the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, Food for Freedom, the International Association of Plastic Arts, the National Council on the Arts and Government and the United Nations, especially UNESCO.

Memorabilia includes newspaper clippings, several hundred photographs from Weston's travels around the world, especially to Iran, Iraq and India, aswell as exhibition catalogs and announcements.

Writings includes articles, several drafts of his book Battle of Bread and the texts of several speeches.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged alphabetically by topic or title except for the general correspondence which is chronological.


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


Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991.
Aiken, George D. (George David), 1892-1984.
Ailey, Alvin.
Albert, Carl Bert, 1908-2000.
Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915.
Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993.
Andrews, Glenn, 1909-2008.
Anfuso, Victor L., 1905-1966.
Aspinall, Wayne N.
Avedon, Richard.
Avery, William Henry, 1911-2009.
Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981.
Bellamy, Ralph, 1904-1991.
Belluschi, Pietro, 1899-1994.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990.
Blake, Eugene Carson, 1906-1985.
Bolling, Richard, 1916-1991.
Botkin, Henry Albert, 1896-1983.
Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986.
Boyd-Orr, John Boyd Orr, Baron, 1880-1971.
Brown, Clarence J., 1893-1965.
Buckley, Charles A. (Charles Anthony), 1890-1967.
Bunch, Ralph, 1927-
Burleson, Omar Truman, 1906-1991.
Byrd, Harry F. (Harry Flood), 1887-1966.
Cannon, Clarence, 1879-1964.
Carey, Hugh L.
Cater, Harold Dean, 1908-
Celler, Emanuel, 1888-1981.
Chavez, Dennis, 1888-1962.
Chayefsky, Paddy, 1923-1981.
Childs, Marquis W. (Marquis William), 1903-1990.
Clark, Joseph S.
Cliburn, Van, 1934-2013.
Collingwood, Charles.
Connally, Tom, 1877-1963.
Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991.
Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974.
Crisp, Arthur, 1881-1974.
Curtis, Laurence.
Curtis, Thomas B. (Thomas Bradford),1911-1993.
De Mille, Agnes.
Dominick, Peter H. (Peter Hoyt), 1915-1981.
Douglas, Paul H. (Paul Howard), 1892-1976.
Dreyfuss, Henry, 1904-1972.
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Elliott, Carl, 1913-1999.
Ellsworth, Harris, 1899-1986.
Farbstein, Leonard.
Farrell, James T. (James Thomas)
Flemming, Arthur S. (Arthur Sherwood) 1905-1996.
Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995.
Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-2006.
Garroway, Dave, 1913-1982.
Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985.
Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993.
Hayden, Carl Trumbull, 1877-1972.
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993.
Herter, Christian Archibald, 1895-1966.
Holbrook, Hal.
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
Ives, Irving McNeil, 1896-1962.
Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986.
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Kearns, Carroll D.
Keating, Kenneth B. (Kenneth Barnard), 1900-1975.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Keogh, Eugene J. (Eugene James), 1907-1989.
Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951
Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963.
Lescaze, William, 1896-1969.
Lindsay, John V. (John Vliet)
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985.
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982.
Metcalf, Lee, 1911-1978.
Murrow, Edward R.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994.
Pell, Claiborne, 1918-2009.
Reuss, Henry S.
Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-1999.
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979.
Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007.
Scott, Hugh.
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973.
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.
Thompson, Frank.
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1910-1991.
Weston, Harold, 1894-1972.

Corporate Bodies

Adirondack Trail Improvement Society.
American Federation of Arts.
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors.
Food for Freedom.
International Association of the Plastic Arts.
United Nations.


Art and state.
Federal aid to the arts.
Painting,American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Black-and-white negatives.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drafts (documents)
Exhibition catalogs.
Manuscripts for publication.
Minutes (administrative records)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Harold Weston Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harold Weston, 1964-1971.

Table of Contents

Artwork, reproductions

Correspondence subject files