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Guide to the Lewis Rubenstein Papers, 1950-circa 1974

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-
Title: Lewis Rubenstein Papers
Dates: 1950-ca. 1974
Quantity: 2 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Abstract: Sketches of faculty memebers and campus scenes and sketchbooks produced throughout Rubenstein's career at Vassar, and two copies of his film "Time Painting."
Forms of Materials: Sketches, sketchbooks, films

Biographical Note

Lewis Rubenstein was born in 1908 in Buffalo, NY, the son of Emil and Hannah (Hirshman) Rubenstein. In 1930 he graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Fine Arts. He then spent two years as a Harvard Travelling Fellow in Europe, studying in France and Italy. From 1935 to 1938 he accepted commissions to paint frescoes murals in Harvard museums, as well as buildings in Detroit. In 1937 he began his long career as an art educator, joining the faculty of Vassar in 1939 as Instructor in Art. After a year's leave of absence to paint another commission, Rubenstein returned to Vassar in 1941. In 1942 he married Erica Beckh and took another leave of absence from Vassar to paint ship camoflage for the U.S. Navy during the Second World War. In 1946 he returned to Vassar as an Assistant Professor of Art. He became Associate Professor in 1951 and remained at the college until his retirement in 1974. As an artist, Rubenstein worked in a variety of media, from oil paint to "water-based techniques" such as ink, fresco, and watercolor (see "Introduction," Lewis Rubenstein: Retrospective Exhibition). He also continued to draw and sketch, producing during a series of sketched portraits of Vassar colleagues during faculty meetings. Rubenstein exhibited his work widely in gallerys such as Harvard's Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Albany Institute of History and Art, the National Academy of Design, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Lewis Rubenstein died in June 2003 at age 94 in Shelborne, Vermont.

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Scope and Content Note

Sketches of faculty members and campus scenes and sketchbooks produced throughout Rubenstein's career at Vassar, and two copies of his film "Time Painting."

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Subject Headings

Subjects:

  • Portraits, American.
  • Vassar College--Faculty
  • Vassar College--Students
  • Vassar College--Buildings and Grounds

Document Types:

  • Films
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Mark Seidl, November 2011. Updated January 2012.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lewis Rubenstein Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Mark Seidl, November 2011.

Acquisition Information

Original Acquisition date unknown.

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Series List

Series I. Vassar Sketches, ca. 1950-1974

Framed sketches of faculty members and scenes of College life. Arranged alphabetically.

Series II. Assorted Sketches and Sketchbooks, 1950-1971

Bound sketchbooks and assorted loose sketches, some of which are studies for the finished sketches in Series I. Arranged alphabetically.

Series III. Films, ca. 1968-1972

Two prints of the film "Time Painting." Arranged chronologically.

Container List

Series I. Vassar Sketches

Box 5 "Campus Fantasy"
Box 1 Chatterton, C. K.
Box 3 Christie, John (1)
Box 3 Christie, John (2)
Box 4 Constantinople, Anne
Box 2 Darlington, Beth
Box 1 Drouilhet, Elizabeth
Box 2 Drouilhet, Elizabeth
Box 2 Fahlund, G. Gregory
Box 3 Fortna, Robert T.
Box 4 "Four Runners"
Box 4 Gittleman, Anne and Elizabeth Drouilhet
Box 5 "Graduation"
Box 1 Gutman, Helmut (?)
Box 3 Havelock, Christine
Box 3 Johnsen, John
Box 2 Johnson, Glen (?)
Box 4 Krautheimer, Richard and Oliver Tonks
Box 2 Mace, Dean
Box 5 "Problems of Early Marriage"
Box 3 Rappaport, Rhoda
Box 2 Regnier, Jerome (?)
Box 2 Richardson, Frances and Kathleen
Box 2 Rittenkamp, James
Box 3 Schalk, David
Box 1 Simpson, Alan (1)
Box 3 Simpson, Alan (2)
Box 3 Simpson, Alan (3)
Box 3 Stillman, Peter
Box 2 Stone, Joseph
Box 1 "Students on Campus"
Box 3 Tait, Marion
Box 2 Timm, Ruth
Box 3 Tokay, Elbert
Box 3 Tokay, Elbert and unidentified woman
Box 4 "Two Young Ladies With Racquets"
Box 4 "Vassar Venus"
Box 3 Weingartner, Rudolph
Box 2 Wells, Barbara

Series II. Assorted Sketches and Sketchbooks

4.1 Assorted Sketches
4.2 Assorted Sketches
1.1 Sketchbook, 1950
4.3 Sketchbook, 1950 [photocopy]
4.4 Sketchbook, 1965
1.1 Sketchbook, 1971

Series III. Films

Reel 1 "Time Painting," circa 1968
Reel 2 "Time Painting," 1972

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