Finding aid created by: BLE
Date: Feb 1971
|31 Mar 2008||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|8 Jun 2017||rearranged and reboxed (PRB)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Liberte, Jean, 1896-1965.|
|Title:||Jean Liberte Papers|
|Quantity:||4.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the Italian-American painter including correspondence, reproductions of his art, clippings, photographs and other memorabilia|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Jean Liberté (1896-1965) was an Italian-American artist. Born in Italy, Liberté emigrated to the United States in 1900 and became a citizen in 1932. He received his art education at Cooper Union and studied under Arthur Crisp, David Karfunkle, and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League in New York City. Liberté also attended the National Academy of Design and the Beaux-Arts Institute for a short time. From 1946 until his death, Liberté taught painting at the Art Students League and casein painting at the North Shore (New York) Community Center Art School; he was also visiting lecturer for the Great Neck (New York) Art Association, Scarsdale Art Center, and the Roslyn (New York) Art Center.
Liberté exhibited in many one-man shows and shows with others throughout the world, and his work is represented in the permanent collections of many important galleries. He received numerous awards as a recognized authority on the technical aspects of casein painting and commendations for his experiments in gouache.
Liberté was married to the former Ruth Rita Kagan, a fellow artist. They had no children.
The Jean Liberté Papers are divided into correspondence-subject files, artwork reproductions, and memorabilia. The bulk of the material in the latter two categories is not dated.
Correspondence-subject files covers 1924-1971, with emphasis on 1933-1935, and includes both incoming and outgoing letters. Significant correspondents include artists with whom he collaborated at Yaddo and at the Art Students League and his wife, artist Ruth Rita Kagan (letters dated from 1924 to 1943).
Material in Artwork reproductions is entirely undated, and includes photographs of Liberté's paintings plus two reproductions of artwork by Ruth Rita Kagan Liberté.
Memorabilia includes awards, clippings, photographs (including three studies of Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami), printed material and a poster for an exhibit of the sculpture of Samuel Adler.
Correspondence-subject files are arranged alphabetically by name or subject. Artwork reproductions are arranged alphabetically by title or description with works by Jean Liberte first and Ruth Kagan Liberte second. Memorabilia 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.
Becker, Maurice, 1889-1975.
Benno, Benjamin, 1901-1980.
DeMartini, Joseph, 1896-1984.
Edie, Stuart, 1908-1974.
Hios, Theo, 1908-1999.
Liberte, Jean, 1896-1965.
Liberte, Ruth Kagan.
Smith, Jacob Getlar, 1898-1958.
Sunami, Soichi, 1885-1971.
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
Butler Institute of American Art.
National Academy of Design (U.S.)
Treasury Relief Art Project.
Yaddo (Artists' colony)
Art -- Political Aspects -- United States.
Art Schools -- United States.
Art, American -- 20th century.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Jean Liberté Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Mrs. R. Liberte, 1970.
|Box 1||Advancing American Art Exhibition 1947|
|Box 1||The American Historical Company, Inc. 1965-1968|
|Box 1||Art Students League, New York 1953, 1964-1970|
|Box 1||Artists Equity Association 1950|
|Box 1||Audubon Artists, New York 1952|
|Box 1||Becker, Maurice and Dorothy Baldwin 1934, 1949|
|Box 1||Benno, Benjamin 1964|
|Box 1||Berkshire Art Center, Canaan, New York 1949-1951|
|Box 1||Brooklyn Community School 1952|
|Box 1||The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio 1954, 1959, 1968-1973|
|Box 1||Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1948-1949|
|Box 1||Columbia University 1951-1952|
|Box 1||Comen, Suetelle 1934|
|Box 1||Committee of Artists' Societies 1964|
|Box 1||DeVitis, Themis 1964|
|Box 1||DeMartini, Joseph 1935, 1965, undated|
|Box 1||Dirk, Nathaniel 1934, 1961|
|Box 1||Edie, Stuart 1945|
|Box 1||Eighth Street Gallery, New York undated|
|Box 1||Fiorello, Dante 1934|
|Box 1||Foy, Hans undated|
|Box 1||The Gallery of Modern Art, New York 1969|
|Box 1||Hios, Theo undated|
|Box 1||Hondius, Gerrit 1929|
|Box 1||Institute of International Education 1969-1970|
|Box 1||The Jean Liberte Memorial Scholarship 1968|
|Box 1||Karfunkle, David 1926|
|Box 1||Kessler, Paul 1969|
|Box 1||Liberte, Ruth Kagan 1924, 1933 (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Liberte, Ruth Kagan 1934, 1935-1938, 1940-1943, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 2||Liberte, Salvatore C. 1945|
|Box 2||MacLane, M. Jean 1934|
|Box 2||Metcalf, Evelyn 1933-1934|
|Box 2||The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1941|
|Box 2||The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1966|
|Box 2||National Academy of Design 1950|
|Box 2||National Association of Women Artists, Inc. 1953|
|Box 2||Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, Newark, New Jersey 1951|
|Box 2||Pavillion of Fine Arts New York Worlds Fair 1964-1965|
|Box 2||Pollard, Paul 1969|
|Box 2||Schaeffer, H. Bela undated|
|Box 2||Sheffield, Emily 1933-1934|
|Box 2||Sheffield, Marion 1933-1934, 1967|
|Box 2||Smith, Jacob Getlar 1934|
|Box 2||Smithsonian Institution National Gallery of Fine Arts 1953|
|Box 2||Snow, Edith A. 1934|
|Box 2||Treasury Relief Art Project 1936|
|Box 2||Waldemar Medical Research Foundation, Inc. 1958|
|Box 2||Westchester Arts and Crafts Guild, White Plains, New York 1949|
|Box 2||Wilder Charlotte 1933|
|Box 2||Yaddo 1932-1934|
|Box 2||Miscellaneous correspondence 1932-1958, 1965-1971, undated|
|Liberté, L. Jean|
|Box 3||Early Painting untitled|
|Box 3||"Fog at Grand Manan"|
|Oversize 1||A group of paintings at the Babcock Gallery, New York|
|Box 3||"Mother and Two Children"|
|Box 3||"Mother of Spain"|
|Box 3||"New England Wharf"|
|Box 3||"New York City"|
|Box 3||Nudes untitled|
|Box 3||"Part of Gloucester"|
|Box 3||"Portrait of a Woman (Ruth)"|
|Box 3||"Road in Monhegan"|
|Box 3||"The Sea Coast of Maine"|
|Box 3||Sketch study untitled|
|Box 3||"Yaddo Road"|
|Box 3||Miscellaneous untitled|
|Liberté, Ruth Rita Kagan|
|Box 3||"Clown at Circus"|
|Oversize 1||Artwork reproductions by others|
|Oversize 1||Awards and certificates|
|Box 3||Clippings about Liberte and his work|
|Box 3||Art Students League|
|Box 3||Family and friends|
|Box 3||Jean and Ruth Liberte|
|Box 3||Photographs of Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami|
|Box 3||Reference images|
|Oversize 1||Studio and exhibitions|
|Box 3||Exhibitions featuring works by Jean Liberte and Ruth Kagan Liberte|
|Oversize 1||Drawings by American Artists by Norman Kent 1947|
|Oversize 1||Modern American Painting by Peyton Roswell, Jr. 1939|
|Box 3||Cemetery bill and cremation certificate|
|Oversize 2||Poster Frank Rehn Gallery 1971|