Mitchell Siporin Papers

Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries

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Administrative Information
Biography
Scope and Content
Series Description
Container List


Creator: Mitchell Siporin
Title: Papers, 1937-1976
Quantity: 0.33 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Repository: Brandeis University Libraries
Identification: MWalB0337A
Language: English

Administrative Information

Access:

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of Brandeis University Libraries, Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department.

Copyright:

Requests to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department.

Processed by:

Jeremy Naidus

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Mitchell Siporin Papers, Robert D. Farber University Archives, Brandeis University

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Biography

Mitchell Siporin (1910-1976) was the first permanent resident instructor of Art at Brandeis, and founded the Department of Fine Arts in 1951, soon after his hiring the same year. He began his painting career by focusing on labor issues during the Great Depression, aided by the Works Progress Administration, which funded several of his frescoes created in Chicago and St. Louis. Siporin joined the Army Art Corps during World War II, earning a Guggenheim Fellowship and Prix de Rome for his work during and after the war.

After Siporin joined the Brandeis faculty, he became the school's first professor to teach painting, drawing, and Art History. He was also the founder of the Brandeis Creative Arts Awards Commission, established in 1956 to honor American artists who had demonstrated extraordinary achievement. Siporin continued teaching until his untimely death in 1976.

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Scope and Content

Files in this collection were created from 1937 through 1976. Materials include memos, correspondence, programs, catalogs, photographs, newspaper articles, notes, and memorial material. Most of these items concern Mitchell Siporin's work as a member of the Brandeis faculty and his efforts to expand the Fine Arts program. Others reflect his artistic work outside of the school. Of note is a program from a retrospective exhibit of Siporin's artistic accomplishments throughout his career, as well as a draft of a chapter from Abram Sachar's book, A Host at Last. The chapter addresses the arts at Brandeis and in the draft, Sachar asks for Siporin's input.

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Series Description

Art Exhibitions
Inclusive dates: 1942-1970
Arrangement: Under subseries, then alphabetical
Files in this series include catalogs, photographs, and articles concerning exhibitions of Siporin's work before and after his arrival at Brandeis.
Correspondence
Inclusive dates: 1951-1976
Arrangement: Under subseries, then alphabetical
This series contains letters to and from Siporin concerning his artwork at Brandeis and beyond, as well as university administration, faculty functions, and personal matters. Included is correspondence detailing Siporin's efforts to grow and improve the arts program at Brandeis.
University Administration and Curriculum
Inclusive dates: 1957-1976
Arrangement: Under subseries, then alphabetical
This series contains documents about the graduate classes Siporin taught at Brandeis. It also includes reports about the faculty committees he took part in and meetings of the Creative Arts Awards Commission.
Subject Files
Inclusive dates: 1937-1976
Arrangement: Under subseries, then alphabetical
This series includes newspaper articles written by and about Siporin, reprints that were gifts from friends, memorials, and a draft chapter from Abram L. Sachar's book, A Host at Last.

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Container List

Art Exhibitions
box 1 An Exhibit of Contemporary Art, 1952
box 1 Exhibition catalogs, 1942-1970
box 1 Retrospective, 1976
Correspondence
box 1 Admissions and class information, 1960-1966 [R]
box 1 Art acquisitions, 1952-1975
box 1 Art projects and exhibitions at Brandeis, 1955-1976
box 1 Art projects outside Brandeis, 1958-1976
box 1 Bronstein, Leo, 1961 [R]
box 1 Faculty, 1951-1976
box 1 Fine Arts curriculum, 1959
box 1 Irving Fine Faculty Memorial, 1965
box 1 Irving Fine Faculty Memorial, 1965 [R]
box 1 Payroll records, 1951-1976 [R]
box 1 Personal, 1955 [R]
box 1 Personal, 1955-1976
box 1 Recommendations for hiring faculty, 1958-1976 [R]
box 1 Recommendations for Siporin's promotion, 1958-1959 [R]
box 1 School of Creative Arts, 1952-1965
box 1 University administration, 1951-1967
University Administration and Curriculum
box 1 Creative Arts Awards Commission, 1975-1976
box 1 Faculty committees, 1957-1962
box 1 Graduate classes, 1957-1966
Subject Files
box 1 Articles by Siporin, 1942-1961
box 1 Dennison Table of Abbreviations, 1958
box 1 Memorials, 1976
box 1 Press clippings, 1953-1957
box 1 Reprints inscribed to Siporin, 1959-1965
box 1 Reviews, publicity, and prizes, 1937-1976
box 1 Sachar, Abram L. --Draft chapter from A Host at Last, 1975

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