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Guide to the Art Young Papers TAM.046

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Collection processed by Tamiment staff, undated; Revised by Hillel Arnold, 2009

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 23, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Young, Art, 1866-1943.
Source - dnr: Frank, Adelaide Schulkind
Source - dnr: Friedkin, Anna D.
Title: Art Young Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1891-1955, (Bulk 1924-1944)
Dates [bulk]: 1924-1944
Abstract: Art Young was a cartoonist and socialist. The papers include correspondence, three original drawings, cartoons, clippings, postcards, printed material and catalogs of exhibits by artists working with political themes.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: TAM.046

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Historical/Biographical Note

Art Young (1866-1943) was a leading socialist cartoonist and humorist whose work appeared in The Masses(1910-1917) and elsewhere. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, studied at the Academy of Design in Chicago, where he first illustrated news stories and saw his cartoons published in various newspapers. In 1895 Young moved to New York where his work was published in Life and where he became a socialist and, in 1910, one of the founding members of the artists and writers cooperative that produced  The Masses, a socialist monthly. Young's work was among that cited by the U.S. government as being in violation of the World War I-inspired Espionage Act. Young's work also appeared in  The Liberator(1918-1924), which he helped establish, his own radical humor magazine,  Good Morning(1919-1921), the  New Leader, the  New Masses,  The Nation, and elsewhere.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers include correspondence (principally outgoing), clippings, pamphlets, cartoons, printed material and catalogs of exhibits by artists working with political themes including Maurice Becker, Edmond McKenna, Archibald J. Motley, Jr. and Herman Rose some of these contain illustrations. The bulk of Young's letters are to Adelaide Schulkind, Meyer Friedkin and Arthur Spingarn. There is one letter each from William Gropper and Will Durant. The file on Young's death includes letters from John Haynes Holmes and Young's relatives. There are three original drawings, clippings from newspapers and periodicals, including the New Masses, containing cartoons by and articles about Young, a set of twelve postcards,  How to Cure World-Unrest, New Year's cards (1936-39, 1941-44), an illustrated envelope (1943) designed to accompany an affixed poster-stamp by Gilbert Wilson, "Unity for Victory," on the theme of black-white unity, a typescript of Young's  Thomas Rowlandson(1938), a biography of the 18th century cartoonist, publication correspondence for Young's autobiography,  Art Young, His Life and Times(1939), including a letter from John Nicholas Beffel, and Young's last will and testament.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into 1 series:

Missing Title

  1. Inventory

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wilson, Gilbert.
  • Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964
  • Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971.
  • McKenna, Edmond.
  • Rose, Herman.
  • Motley, Archibald John, 1891-1981
  • Durant, Will, 1885-1981
  • Frank, Adelaide Schulkind
  • Friedkin, Meyer.
  • Gropper, William, 1897-
  • Young, Art, 1866-1943.
  • Becker, Maurice.
  • Beffel, John Nicholas
  • Frank, Adelaide Schulkind
  • Friedkin, Anna D.

Document Type

  • Postcards.
  • Wills.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Obituaries.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Exhibition catalogs.
  • Caricatures and cartoons.
  • Drawings (visual works)

Subject Organizations

  • New masses

Subject Topics

  • Cartoonists.
  • Right and left (Political science)
  • Art, American -- 20th century
  • Socialism -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection, which were created in 1891-1955, are in the public domain. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Art Young Papers; TAM 046; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.


Donated by Adelaide Schulkind Frank and Anna Friedkin in 1971. The accession number associated with this gift is 1971.004. Additional materials may have been donation by Albert Boni in 1972.

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Container List


Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Art Young: His Life and Times (flyer and special issue of New Masses)
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Autobiography: Contract for
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Becker, Maurice: Exhibitions, Clippings, Drawings (includes watercolor sketches on postcards and 2 sketches of Eugene V. Debs)
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Beffel, John Nicholas: Profiles of AY ( New Yorker) and AY sketch of Beffel
Mar 2, 1935 , 1939
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Belsky, Ben: Letters to
1933-1934 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Clippings: About AY, New Masses
1913-1925 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Clippings: AY Drawings
1918-1944 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Clippings: AY Drawings (periodicals, proofs and copies)
1891-1937 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Death: Memorial Meeting, Estate, Correspondence, Obituaries
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Direction: Art Young Issue (Vol. 7, no. 2)
Apr 1944-May 1944
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Drawings, Original, b&w, ink [3]Contents:
1. Silhouette. [With inscription "To my friend John Nicholas Beffel from Seneca Ill. From his heighbor. Art Young of Monroe Wis. Bethel, July 21, 1935"], signed "Art Young"
2. "Collis P. Huntington on board the Teutonic," signed "AY" nd
3. "It Surprised Him [penciled caption]" signed "Art Young" 1930
[two bearded, hatted farmers in ragged dress in a field; with text below, as follows-
John Presley: "I see by the Clarion that they're goin to bring the log of the Mayflower over here."
Hiram Harrow: "Gosh! I didn't 'spose there was a splinter of the old boat left"]

1930 , 1935 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Durant, Will: Letter to AY
Jan 5, 1944
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Exhibitions and Publications (AY, Others)
1934 , 1939 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Friedkin, Meyer [Mike]: Letters to (some illustrated)
1928-1940 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Gropper, William: Letter to Ann and Meyer [Friedkin]
Aug 5, 1955
Box: 1 Folder : 15A Horn of Plenty [cartoon]
Box: 1 Folder : 15B Jesus Christ ["Reward" Drawing with text]
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Last Will and Testament, Book Contract
1935 , 1939
Box: 1 Folder : 17 McKenna, Edmond: Exhibition
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Motley, Archibald J. Jr.: Exhibition of Paintings (catalogue)
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Postcards: How to Cure World-Unrest [set of 12]
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Postcards: New Years
1936-1939 , 1941-1944
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Rose, Herman: Exhibitions
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Schulkind, Adelaide: AY Letters to
1936-1942 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Spingarn, Arthur: AY Letters to
1930 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Thomas Rowlandson [typescript] by AY
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Thomas Rowlandson: Exhibition Catalog with Drawings by AY, New Art Circle, New York/Munich
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Wilson, Gilbert Contains: postcard from AT; Contains: "Our Common Destiny," a printed envelope, illustrated by AY, with [and referring to] a postage stamp by GW, "Unity for Victory: Minorities are vital to victory -F.D. Roosevelt"
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Photographs of AY
Box: XOS001 Folder : 1 Oversize Pages (mostly from The Masses)
Box: 1 Folder : 28
Box: 1 Folder : 29-31 This Campaign in Cartoons

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