Guide to the Papers of Abbo Ostrowsky (1889-1975)
1897-1976

RG 681

Processed by Janet Blatter. Additional processing by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 246-6080

Fax: (212) 292-1892

Email: archives@yivo.cjh.org

URL: http://www.yivoinstitute.org

©2009 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. All rights reserved.
Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in February 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Abbo Ostrowsky
Title: Papers of Abbo Ostrowsky
Dates:1897-1976
Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Abbo Ostrowsky, including correspondence with many important figures from the art world, several of whom had been students of Ostrowsky at the Educational Alliance Art School. There is also information about Ostrowsky’s career as an artist, including some original artwork, exhibition catalogues, and photographs. These materials show Ostrowsky’s significant influence on modern Jewish art and on the success of the Educational Alliance as an institution.
Languages: The collection is in English, Yiddish, German, and Russian.
Quantity: 5 linear feet
Identification: RG 681
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Return to the Top of Page

Biographical Note

Abbo Ostrowsky, painter, graphic artist, educator, and founder and director of the Educational Alliance Art School, was born in Elizavetgrad, Russia on October 23, 1889. He was educated at the Odessa Art School under Kiriak Konstantinovich Kostandi and in 1906 was the assistant director of the People’s Art Traveling Exhibitions, which brought art to the Ukrainian provinces of Khagan, Poltava and Kiev. This experience helped to shape Ostrowsky’s belief in the social value of art and the importance of supporting one’s community. After arriving in the United States in 1908, Ostrowsky studied at the National Academy of Design, New York, under George W. Maynard and Charles Yardley Turner. In 1914, Ostrowsky started offering free art classes, which became the East Side Art School, at the University Settlement House. In 1917, the Educational Alliance offered its facilities to the East Side Art School, including some financial assistance. Ostrowsky designed the Educational Alliance Art School to foster the needs of the immigrant and to encourage his students’ abilities. He taught his students how to draw inspiration from their environment while also preparing them to enter the American mainstream and insisted that his students reflect their new American and their traditional ethnic heritage. He stressed draftsmanship and fundamental basics in training his students but moved away from the academic tradition of having his students draw from plaster casts. He instead brought in neighborhood residents to serve as models, believing that involving the immigrant community living around the Educational Alliance in the students’ work would both stimulate the artistic progress of students and the social progress of the community. He believed that the source of an artist’s strength should be drawn from the life and cultural tradition of his community.

Once the Art School was part of the Educational Alliance, art scholarships for gifted art students were provided in part by the “Workers Art Scholarship Committee”, which was organized by Ostrowsky in 1922 and which drew upon the support of the labor unions. Ostrowsky believed that identification with one's own Jewish cultural heritage was expressed by commitment to the community through support for organized labor and political reform. The school served in particular the needs of the Lower East Side neighborhood, especially the immigrant community, and quickly established a reputation of quality art education, producing alumni such as Chaim Gross, the Soyer brothers, Philip Evergood, Jo Davidson, Peter Blume, Louise Nevelson, Leonard Baskin, Jacob Epstein, and others. In 1918, Ostrowsky organized an exhibition of student work to be held at the Educational Alliance, thereby instituting a tradition of yearly exhibitions, which were often held in prominent venues. In 1954, he presented the art collections of the Educational Alliance Art School to the Jewish Museum for an exhibit, which was very successful.

Much of Ostrowsky’s work consisted of naturalistic portraits and etchings of the streets and people of the Lower East Side. His artworks were exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and in England and France, among them the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, Chicago Art Museum, and Museum of Western Art, Moscow. From 1915-1917, he participated in exhibitions sponsored by the short-lived Peoples’ Art Guild at various settlement and neighborhood houses in the Bronx and Manhattan and exhibited his work in several shows with the Jewish Arts Center in New York. He held one-man shows at Anderson Galleries, 1924, U.S. National Museum and Smithsonian Institute, 1931, and Keppel Galleries, 1937. Among the permanent collections he is represented in are the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, Museum of Western Art, Moscow, American Federation of Labor, Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the 1930s, he became a member of the American Artists’ Congress. He was appointed chairman of the Visual Arts Committee of the National Federation of Settlements in 1936 and also served as the chairman of the Visual Arts Committee of United Neighborhood Houses of New York. He received the Kate W. Arms Award from the Society of American Etchers in 1937.

Abbo Ostrowsky retired from the Educational Alliance Art School in 1955, although he continued to be affiliated with the school until his death on June 19, 1975.

Return to the Top of Page

Scope and Content Note

The Papers of Abbo Ostrowsky consist of correspondence, exhibition catalogs, reports, newspaper clippings, publicity releases, photographs and art work relating to the artistic career of Ostrowsky, materials about his career as the director and a teacher at the Educational Alliance Art School, and materials relating to the Educational Alliance as a community and social institution. There are also several manuscript versions of his autobiography, which it appears was never published. Correspondence with museums such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the U.S. National Museum, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bezalel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Tel Aviv Museum pertain to sales and exhibitions of Ostrowsky's works. There is also correspondence with Stanley M. Isaacs, president of the Educational Alliance, and Edith Isaacs, including materials on Stanley Isaac's political career 1937-1961. Correspondence with the alumni of the Art School includes Isaac and Moses Soyer, Leonard Baskin, Elias Newman, Chaim Gross, Peter Blume, and Sir Jacob Epstein.

There is correspondence pertaining to the Educational Alliance Art School and reports on the Art School's activities, lecture announcements, exhibitions, and Ostrowsky's lectures on Elementary Drawing. The collection also contains materials relating to exhibitions and art sales held at the Educational Alliance, materials on the student organization of the Art School, 'The Palette Club,' correspondence with the American Federation of Arts, and with various art councils and neighborhood settlement schools, materials on the National Federation of Settlements, information on the various art programs of organizations affiliated with the United Neighborhood House, exhibition catalogs, and original drawings by Ostrowsky in pencil and in pen and ink. Works include prints and etchings of Maine and France and of the excavations for New York's Second Avenue Subway as well as a portrait painting of Abraham Liessin. There are also photographs of the Educational Alliance and University Settlement, students' art works, and of students and faculty including Abbo Ostrowsky, Chaim Gross, Jacob Epstein, and Peter Blume. Clippings pertain to Ostrowsky's career, the school and well-known alumni. There are also autobiographical manuscripts by Ostrowsky and diary entries from 1924.

Return to the Top of Page

Arrangement

The papers are arranged by topic and in general chronological order. Many of the topics are based upon the original headings on the folders which were given to YIVO by Ostrowsky and his sister. Art works are placed and cataloged in RG 101, Art and Artifacts 18th c.-1980’s. The materials were originally divided into five series and an addendum. The materials from that addendum have been arranged into a sixth series, Writings by Ostrowsky, as well as having been intellectually integrated into the original series. Thus, folders 118-122, while they remain in boxes at the end of the collection, have been integrated into series I and IV within the finding aid.

Return to the Top of Page

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment with an Archivist, except for items in fragile condition. Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained in writing from the YIVO Archives.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: archives@yivo.cjh.org

Return to the Top of Page

Related Material

YIVO has many of Abbo Ostrowsky’s original artworks. In addition, there is some correspondence from Ostrowsky in the papers of Chaim Gross, Leon Feinberg and Shea Tenenbaum in the YIVO archives. The YIVO library has several books about the Educational Alliance and the Art School, including Painting a Place in America : Jewish artists in New York, 1900-1945 : A Tribute to the Educational Alliance Art School, edited by Norman L. Kleeblatt and Susan Chevlowe and The Educational Alliance by Adam Bellow. In addition, the YIVO Archives has the Records of the Educational Alliance, which contain a fair amount of information about the Art School and Ostrowsky’s activities.

Return to the Top of Page

Separated Material

Original artworks have been removed from the collection and placed into RG 101, Art and Artifacts 18th c.-1980’s.

Return to the Top of Page

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Abbo Ostrowsky; RG 681; box number; folder number; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Return to the Top of Page

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated to YIVO by Abbo and his sister Ella Ostrowsky in 1947 and 1974 and by Abraham Ostrow, a relation, in 1983.

Return to the Top of Page

Processing information

The collection inventory was compiled by Janet Blatter in August 1976. The organization of the collection was based in large part upon the original topic headings created by Ostrowsky and his sister. The addendum was processed in 2008.

Return to the Top of Page

Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Container List

 

Series I: General Correspondence 1900-1973, undated, 1900-1973, undated

15 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains Ostrowsky’s correspondence with friends, family and colleagues, much of it related to his own artwork, including exhibitions and sales to collectors and museums. There is also information about his affiliation with various art guilds and organizations, such as the Society of American Etchers. Many important international and American museums are represented in this correspondence, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, Bezalel Museum, and the Tel Aviv Museum, among others. There is also some correspondence pertaining to Stanley M. Isaacs, both in his capacity as president of the Educational Alliance and in his political career as Borough President of Manhattan and as a New York City Councilman. Correspondence with Mary Antin can be found in folders 1 and 2. The last two folders contain Russian and Yiddish correspondence that was originally found in the addendum.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Personal and artwork1914-1920
  

includes correspondence relating to art guilds

 
12Personal and artwork1921-1929
  

includes correspondence regarding sales and exhibitions of his work with various museums, such as the Baltimore Museum of Art

 
13Personal and artwork1930-1939
  

includes correspondence regarding sales, exhibitions and affiliations with various museums and groups such as the Society of American Etchers and the U.S. National Museum, also various biographical information in the form of "Who's Who" (in America, in American Jews, etc.)

 
14Personal and artwork1940-1949
  

includes correspondence regarding sales and exhibitions with various collectors and Museums such as the Library of Congress and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 
15Personal and artwork1950-1959
  

includes correspondence regarding his art work with various collectors and museums, also a letter from the American Jewish Tercentenary Committee inviting Ostrowsky to serve as a member on the Committee of Fine Arts

 
16Personal and artwork1960-1973
  

includes correspondence regarding his art work with various collectors and museums, also correspondence with YIVO pertaining to a loan of his painting "Delancey Street, 1915" for the Morris Rosenfeld commemorative exhibition

 
17Boston Correspondence1916
  

includes correspondence related to his art work with various institutions in Boston

 
18Bezalel Museum1914-1955
  

the earliest letters are from Boris Schatz regarding art exhibits in New York and institutional difficulties in Jerusalem, the rest of the folder consists of correspondence between Ostrowsky and Bezalel Museum pertaining to the artist's work donated to that museum in 1955

 
19Tel Aviv Museum1933
  

regarding donation of a print to the museum in 1933

 
110Jewish Museum, N.Y.1952-1968
  

mainly between Ostrowsky and the Jewish Museum, relates to donation of Ostrowsky's collection of art works of students from the Art School

 
111Stanley M. Isaacs - general1923-1969
  

mainly between Ostrowsky and Stanley M. and Edith Isaacs, the items pertain to the various intersecting responsibilities of Ostrowsky and Isaacs, who was at various times the president of the Educational Alliance, president of the United Neighborhood Houses and on the Board of Trustees of the Educational Alliance

 
112Stanley M. Isaacs – political1937-1961
  

correspondence, publicity releases, campaign speeches, biographical statements, and miscellaneous items related to Isaacs' political career, including material pertaining to Ostrowsky's activities as campaigner for Isaacs in Isaacs' successful 1937 bid for the nomination of Borough President of Manhattan and his 1941-1961 career as New York City Councilman, among the material is Ostrowsky's translation from English into Yiddish of favorable comments on Isaacs to be used in Yiddish newspapers

 
113Biographical data on Ostrowsky1921-1959
  

entries from Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Jewry, Who's Who in the East, biographical sketches, Jewish Art Museum Committee, lists of articles about the Art School, press releases, lists of artwork lent out

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
9118Russian and Yiddish correspondence1900-1919
  

also a small amount of German correspondence, personal correspondence

 
9119Russian and Yiddish correspondence1920-1954, undated
  

personal correspondence

 
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series II: Educational Alliance Art School Correspondence, 1897-1967

18 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains correspondence between Ostrowsky and his colleagues and students at the Educational Alliance Art School, as well as some general information about the Art School. Some of this correspondence concerns current students, while a great deal of it is between Ostrowsky and various alumni of the Art School who have become famous artists, such as Chaim Gross, Leonard Baskin, Sir Jacob Epstein, and many others. There is also information about classes offered at the Art School, lectures, student exhibits, the student organization 'The Palette Club,' and various honorary dinners held for Ostrowsky as well as for alumni and faculty.

BoxFolderTitleDate
114Alumni of the Art School1926-1942
  

between Ostrowsky and the alumni of the Art School, including letters to and from the Soyer brothers, Leonard Baskin, Elias Newman, Chaim Gross, Peter Blume and Sir Jacob Epstein (the Epstein correspondence refers to loans of some of his sculpture for an Educational Alliance Art School exhibition), also correspondence between Leonard Baskin's father and Ostrowsky expressing Rabbi Baskin's permission for his son to study art at the Art School with the stipulation that "all references to Leonard and his work be omitted from the newspapers"

 
115Alumni of the Art School1943-1966
  

between Ostrowsky and the alumni of the Art School, as well as with the Enrico Glicenstein Memorial Committee

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
216Activities – general1916-1939
  

correspondence, notices, publicity releases, lectures, materials relating to the general activities of the Art School and Abbo Ostrowsky as the School's founder, director and an instructor, included are reports on the Art School based on articles and press releases, lectures offered at the Art School during 1918-1919, publicity material in connection with the first public exhibition of the "East Side Art School of the Educational Alliance", and an acknowledgement to the Commissioner of Sanitation for his gift of discarded marble to the Educational Alliance Art School

 
217Activities – general1940-1967
  

includes Abbo Ostrowsky's lectures on Elementary Drawing, notes on the Artist's Conference of the Americas, correspondence concerning the formation of an Advisory Council to the Art School, and the English translation of an article about the Art School for possible broadcasting on the Ukrainian Unit of Voice of America, 1950 correspondence related to art education

 
218Activities – exhibitions1924-1939
  

correspondence, invitations, notices, publicity releases, related to exhibitions and art sales held at the Educational Alliance and other institutions, includes handwritten letter from Maurice Glickman agreeing to lend his sculpture "Negro Mother and Child" for an alumni exhibition

 
219Activities – exhibitions1940-1963
  

correspondence between Ostrowsky and Jacob Epstein regarding exhibition and possible sale of his two bronzes "Ishmael" and "Leda"

 
220Activities – Palette Club1944-1956
  

correspondence, addresses, publicity releases, announcements pertaining to some of the activities of the students organization of the Art School, 'The Palette Club,' includes material on the 1950 testimonial dinner in honor of Ostrowsky, as well as other functions

 
221Reports1897-1943
  

reports, minutes, financial records, correspondence related to the Art School of the Educational Alliance, includes excerpts from the minutes and reports of the University Settlement and Educational Alliance related to the early art exhibitions, particularly the first art exhibition given under the auspices of the Educational Alliance alone without the cooperation of its previous partner, the University Settlement, also reports by Ostrowsky on the art work of the Educational Alliance Art School detailing the program and recommendations

 
222Scholarship Fund1922-1928
  

correspondence and reports dealing with the various unions and organizations contributing to the 'Worker's Art Scholarship' fund, including the ILGWU, Workmen's Circle, Hebrew Actor's Union, the Forward, miscellaneous material primarily brochures from the Educational Department of the ILGWU

 
223Scholarship Fund1930-1959, undated
224American Federation of Arts1925-1942
  

correspondence primarily between the American Federation of Arts and Ostrowsky, the Federation arranged circulating exhibitions at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in which Ostrowsky participated, in addition, the Federation circulated exhibitions of the Educational Alliance Art School

 
225National Federation of Settlements1923-1936
  

correspondence and minutes concerning various art councils and neighborhood settlement schools, particularly the National Federation of Settlements, Ostrowsky was appointed Chairman of the Visual Arts Committee of the National Federation of Settlements in 1936

 
226National Federation of Settlements1937-1953
  

correspondence, pamphlets, miscellaneous items concerning the work of the National Federation of Settlements in general and its art programs in particular, included are minutes and resolutions of the NFS, a resolution on the development of the Federal Works Progress Administration Cultural and Educational Projects into a Federal Department of Cultural-Educational Work

 
227United Neighborhood Houses1925-1936
  

correspondence, minutes and miscellaneous items concerning the arts programs of various neighborhood houses and social organizations affiliated with the United Neighborhood Houses

 
228United Neighborhood Houses1937-1964
  

miscellaneous items related to the United Neighborhood Houses, includes a report by Henry Billings, art consultant to the UNH, on the teaching of arts and crafts in New York City's settlement houses

 
229Honorary dinner for Ostrowsky on the 35th anniversary of the Art School1950
  

correspondence, programs, invitations, addresses, other materials related to the honorary dinner for Ostrowsky as the founder of the Art School, sponsored by the Palette Club of the Educational Alliance Art School

 
230Honorary dinner for Ostrowsky on his retirement1955-1956
  

correspondence, programs, invitations, addresses, other materials related to the honorary dinner for Ostrowsky on his retirement, sponsored by the Palette Club of the Educational Alliance Art School

 
231Honorary dinners for William Auerbach-Levy, Jo Davidson and Chaim Gross, among others1940-1966
  

miscellaneous materials related to various dinners and testimonials sponsored by the Educational Alliance, including the dinner in honor of William Auerbach-Levy on March 21, 1942, Jo Davidson on April 26, 1944 and Chaim Gross on April 29, 1953

 
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series III: Catalogues, Materials related to Exhibitions and Events, Original Art Work, 1914-1976

17 folders
Scope and Content:

This series is composed of catalogues, announcements, programs, and publications about art exhibitions of Ostrowsky’s own work, as well as the work of students and alumni of the Educational Alliance Art School. There are also a few drawings and reproductions of artwork, some of which were created by Ostrowsky and some of which are unidentified. In addition, there are announcements and invitations for classes and lectures and for social functions, such as dinners and dances, including information about Ostrowsky’s funeral in folder 46. The first few folders are from exhibitions of Ostrowsky’s own work.

BoxFolderTitleDate
332Exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1914-1927
  

some reproductions

 
333Exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1928-1934
334Exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1936-1949
335Exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1951-1973
336Invitations1938-1939, undated
337Exhibitions, miscellaneous1917-1963, undated
  

mainly exhibition catalogues

 
338Original Artworksundated
  

three original drawings in pencil and pen and ink: pen and ink, figurative, signed in Russia (illegible); pencil, water scene (probably East River); pencil, figurative

additional artwork can be found in the Art Collection Series, including graphics: 23 etchings on various subjects including subway excavation in New York, "Spring", "Fishing Village", "East River" [see Art Collection Series Original, numbers B1071 (75)-B1094 (75)] and painting: portrait (oil) of Avrom Liessin [see Art Collection Series Original, number C2061 (75)]

 
339Art, miscellaneousundated
  

greeting cards with reproductions of Ostrowsky's work and information on some of his etchings

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
440Student exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1918-1923
  

some reproductions

 
441Student exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1924-1929
442Student exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1930-1943
443Student exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1944-1950
444Student exhibitions – catalogues, announcements1951-1955
445Courses and lectures – bulletins, announcements1920-1957, undated
  

miscellaneous items related to the functions of the Art School

 
446Social functions – announcements, invitations1921-1976
  

includes information about dinners and dances

 
447Publications1916-1938
448Publications1940-1972, undated
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series IV: Photographs, 1899-1924, 1936, 1950-1958, undated

46 folders and 3 photos
Scope and Content:

This is a series of photographs, many of them personal and family photos of Ostrowsky, mostly undated. There are also many photographs of students and faculty of the Art School and of students’ and instructors’ artwork and some photos of testimonial dinners and of Abbo and Ella Ostrowsky’s artworks. The final three folders contain photographs originally found in the addendum. There are three rolled panoramic photos in box 10, also originally from the addendum.

BoxFolderTitleDate
549Educational Alliance / University Settlementundated
550Educational Alliance – students’ artworkundated
551Educational Alliance – students and facultyundated
552Educational Alliance – students and facultyundated
553Educational Alliance – instructors, students, students’ artwork, portraits undated
554Educational Alliance – instructors, students, students’ artwork, portraits undated
555Educational Alliance – instructors, students, students’ artwork, portraits undated
556Educational Alliance – instructors, students, students’ artwork, portraits undated
557Educational Alliance – instructors, students, students’ artwork, portraits undated
558Educational Alliance – Chaim Grossundated
  

photos of Chaim Gross as instructor and artist, some examples of his work

 
559Educational Alliance – Jacob Epsteinundated
  

photos of Jacob Epstein, portraits and art work, including reproductions of "Ishmael" and "Leda"

 
560Educational Alliance – students’ artworkundated
561Educational Alliance – students’ and instructors’ artworkundated
562Educational Alliance – students’ and instructors’ artworkundated
563Educational Alliance – students in classundated
564Educational Alliance – students in classundated
565Educational Alliance – students in classundated
566Educational Alliance – students in classundated
567Educational Alliance – students in classundated
568Educational Alliance – students in classundated
569Educational Alliance – instructors, students, students’ artworkundated
  

miscellaneous photos including a group photo of Peter Blum, Chaim Gross and others

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
670Ostrowsky – own workundated
671Ostrowsky – own workundated
672Ostrowsky – own workundated
673Ostrowsky – own workundated
674Ostrowsky – own workundated
675Ostrowsky – own workundated
676Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
677Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo and Ella Ostrowsky

 
678Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
679Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
680Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
681Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

miscellaneous photos

 
682Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

family photos

 
683Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
684Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
685Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
686Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
687Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
688Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

Abbo Ostrowsky

 
689Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

individual and group photos

 
690Ostrowsky – testimonial dinner1950
  

35th anniversary of the Art School

 
691Ostrowsky – testimonial dinner1950
  

35th anniversary of the Art School

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
10120Ostrowsky – personal photos1899-1924, 1952
  

group and family photos; individual portraits

 
10121Ostrowsky – personal photosundated
  

group and family photos; individual portraits

 
10122Ostrowsky – art by Abbo and Ella Ostrowskyundated
  

many of the photos are of artworks from exhibitions

 
10Abraham Lincoln High School Silver; Anniversary Testimonial Luncheon; Dr. Gabriel R. Mason; Hotel Sheraton Astor1955
  

rolled panoramic photo

 
10National Federation of Settlements, Inc.1936
  

rolled panoramic photo

 
10Dr. Elias Lieberman; Diamond Birthday Party Given by his Stevenson Boys; Hotel Astor1958
  

rolled panoramic photo

 
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series V: Newspaper Clippings about Ostrowsky and the Art School, 1915-1957

16 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles about Ostrowsky’s artwork and his career as an art instructor. There are also articles and clippings about the Art School and famous alumni, including reproductions of student and faculty artwork which were printed in the art sections of various newspapers. The folders have been arranged into chronological order by topic.

BoxFolderTitleDate
792New York Tribune clippings1917
793“Jews in the Plastic Arts”1918
  

in Yiddish, Der Yidisher Kemfer

 
794“The East Side Interprets Itself”1919
  

The American Hebrew

 
795“A Wasted Heritage”1919
  

The Survey

 
796Peter Blume1934
  

New York World-Telegram and New York Herald Tribune, about winning Carnegie Institute International Exhibition

 
797“A Free Art School Celebrates Its 25th Birthday”1940
  

PM's Weekly

 
798“Art on the East Side”1940
  

Menorah Journal

 
799Articles about the honorary dinner for Ostrowsky on the 35th anniversary of the Art School1950
  

New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Alliance Alumnus, Look Magazine

 
7100Ostrowsky exhibit1957
  

Detroit Jewish News

 
7101Yiddish clippings1915-1920, 1951-1956
  

Die Zeit, Forward

 
7102Yiddish clippingsundated
  

Forward

 
7103Yiddish clippingsundated
  

Forward

 
7104Yiddish clippingsundated
  

Forward

 
7105Yiddish clippingsundated
  

Forward

 
7106Various clippings1916-1956
  

from a variety of sources, including the Boston Herald, New York Sun, American Jewish Chronicle, New York World, New York Times, and many others

 
7107Various clippingsundated
  

mainly reproductions of artworks

 
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series VI: Writings by Ostrowsky, 1920-1924

10 folders
Scope and Content:

This series is made up of writings by Ostrowsky found in the addendum. Ostrowsky wrote several lengthy manuscripts of his autobiography, including information about his involvement with the Art School and his early childhood memories. It is unclear if these manuscripts were ever published. The folder titles are based upon the labels from the envelopes in which the manuscripts were originally found. There is some replication within the autobiographical manuscripts, such as in the early memories and materials about the Art School. There are also some diary entries and some lectures by Louis Lozowick given at the Art School.

BoxFolderTitleDate
8108Autobiography manuscript – part 1undated
8109Autobiography manuscript – part 2undated
8110Autobiography manuscript – edited undated
8111Autobiography manuscript – Art Schoolundated
8112Autobiography manuscript – Art Schoolundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
9113Autobiography manuscript – early memoriesundated
9114Autobiography – “Fairy Tales and Cherries”undated
9115Autobiography – The People’s Traveling Art Exhibit Through the Provinces of Kherson, Poltava and Kharkov, Summer 1905undated
  

in a binder

 
9116Diary entries1924
  

on loose sheets

 
9117Lectures at the Educational Alliance Art School1920-1921
  

syllabus of a series of ten lectures on the History of Art delivered at the Educational Alliance by Louis Lozowick; correspondence between Lozowick and Ostrowsky

 
Return to the Top of Page