Collection Summary

Title:Dorothy Norman Research Collection

Date:1897-1992, n.d.

Creator(s):Norman, Dorothy, 1905-

Extent:4 linear feet


Repository:Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Abstract:During her twenty-year relationship with photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothy Norman, herself a photographer as well as writer, came to know artists such as John Marin, who were defining American modernism during the 1930s and 1940s. Norman published and edited writings about both men, and likely compiled this material in preparation. Documentation pertaining to Alfred Stieglitz consists primarily of exhibition announcements and checklists, and copies of writings published by his gallery An American Place. Equally significant in amount are the copyprints of photographs by Stieglitz, and of works by artists he promoted, such as Georgia O'Keefe, Arthur G. Dove, John Marin and Marsden Hartley. John Marin material consists primarily of photographs and published writings about the artist, including clippings and exhibition catalogues. Material relating to Norman's other endeavors include ephemera of her publication "Twice a Year" and other works published by the same company. There are also installation photographs from the exhibition of her collection held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1968.