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Collection Goldstein Foundation Collection--Prints and Drawings

About this Collection

This category consists of all of the individually issued prints and drawings in the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation Collection: 1,688 items dating primarily from the 1880s to the 1960s. The collection focuses on working people, American industry, and political issues. Art work by social realists, women, African Americans, and Mexicans is well represented.

Ben Goldstein (1909-1995) worked as a labor adviser and adjudicator before becoming a factory owner in New York City's garment district. He displayed the collection on the factory walls and developed groundbreaking exhibitions on political art and African-American history. Goldstein, his wife Beatrice, and his children Elinor and Joel, donated the collection, estimated as 3,600 prints, drawings, books, and photos, to the Prints & Photographs Division between 1993 and 2003.

Descriptions and, in some cases, digital images of materials in the collection other than the individually issued prints and drawings are also available:

  • Cartoon illustrations removed from magazines such as Puck, ephemera, and groups of related photographs
  • Books and magazines cataloged for the Case Book Collection -- 20 items
  • Photographs cataloged for the Photography (PH) filing series--5 items
  • Paintings

For an overview of selected images, see the exhibition and book from 1999, Life of the People: Realist Prints and Drawings from the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection, 1912-1948.