Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997

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Dorothy Norman (1905-1997) was a photographer from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Dorothy Norman, 1979 May 31-1979 June. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397445

Photographer, writer, editor, arts patron, advocate for social change.

From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Mar. 31, 1981 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155862313

Photographer; New York, N.Y. d. 1997.

From the description of Dorothy Norman interviews, 1979 May 31-1979 June. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122355143

From the description of Dorothy Norman interviews, 1979 May 31-1979 June [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 276394239

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Journalist. Dorothy Stecher Norman was active for many years in a wide range of social and political movements.

From the guide to the Dorothy Norman Papers, 1923-1978, (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

d. 1997.

From the description of Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 78508195

Dorothy Norman was the editor of Twice A Year, a semiannual journal on literature, the arts and civil liberties.

From the description of Correspondence to Charles Van Wyck Brooks, 1939. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 191799987

Journalist.

Dorothy Stecher Norman was active for many years in a wide range of social and political movements.

From the description of Papers, 1923-1978. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122529072

Dorothy Norman (1905-1997) was an American photographer, writer, editor, arts patron and advocate for social change. Born in Philadelphia, Norman is perhaps best known for her long and intimate relationship with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, whom she met in 1927 and who became her lover and mentor. Stieglitz encouraged Norman in her photography, and her work includes numerous photos of Steiglitz as well as portraits of Lewis Mumford, Theodore Dreiser, John Cage, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Indira Gandhi.

During the 1930s and 1940s the two became involved in various liberal causes, particularly civil rights, education, and independence for India and Israel. Norman was a founding member of New York City's Liberal Party, the American Emergency Food Committee for India, and The American Citizens' Committee for Economic Aid Abroad. She was a member of the Americans for Democratic Action and served on the boards of both the New York Urban League and the National Urban League.

In addition to her social activtism and photography work, Norman wrote a weekly column in The New York Post (1942-1949) and edited and published Twice a Year, (1938-1948), a journal of literature, the arts and civil liberties whose contributors included Richard Wright, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Bertolt Brecht. She wrote or edited numerous books including The Selected Writings of John Marin (1949), Nehru: The First Sixty Years (1965), a two-volume collection of the Indian leader's writings, Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer (1970), the first full-length biography of the American modernist, Indira Gandhi: Letters to an American Friend (1985), and Encounters: a Memoir (1987).

[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from "Dorothy Norman, 92, Writer Who Sought Social Change" by Roberta Smith, New York Times, April 14, 1997.]

From the guide to the Dorothy Norman Papers, 1923-1967, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn McPheron, William. Research notes and papers pertaining to the prose writings of Charles Olson, ca. 1932-1999. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1911-1958. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Brown, W. Norman (William Norman), 1892-1975. Papers, 1912-1975. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, [ca. 1940]-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1932-1944. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Letters, 1934-1983, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Dorothy Norman papers, ca. 1868-1997. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-. Dorothy Norman interviews, 1979 May 31-1979 June. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dorothy Norman Papers, 1923-1978 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dorothy Norman Papers, 1923-1967 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Mar. 31, 1981 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Correspondence to Charles Van Wyck Brooks, 1939. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Norman, Dorothy, 1905- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-. Carl Zigrosser papers, 1891-1971. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-. Dorothy Norman interviews, 1979 May 31-1979 June [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Becker, Edwin J. Edwin J. Becker papers, 1944-1954. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1933-1972, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Papers, 1923-1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [Between 1932 and 1952]. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Wright, Richard, 1908-1960. Letter, signed : New York, NY, to Mr. Goldschmidt, 26 January 1947. University of Michigan
referencedIn Richard Wright papers, 1927-1978 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Marin, John, 1870-1953. Family papers, [1896?-1973?] (bulk 1920-1970). National Gallery of Art Library
creatorOf Dorothy Norman papers, ca. 1868-1997 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Namuth, Hans. Hans Namuth photographs and papers, 1945-1985 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brett, Dorothy, 1883-1977. Dorothy Brett Collection, 1898-1968. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. Oral history interview with Dorothy Norman, 1979 May 31-1979 June. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Richard Wright papers, 1927-1978. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Scott, Evelyn, 1893-1963. Evelyn Scott Collection, 1894-1952. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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associatedWith Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971. person
associatedWith American Citizens Committee for Economic Aid Abroad. corporateBody
associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union. corporateBody
associatedWith American Emergency Food Committee for India. corporateBody
associatedWith Americans for Democratic Action. corporateBody
associatedWith Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. corporateBody
correspondedWith Becker, Edwin J. person
associatedWith Bohlen, Charles E. (Charles Eustis), 1904-1974. person
associatedWith Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986. person
associatedWith Brett, Dorothy, 1883-1977. person
associatedWith Brooks, Charles Van Wyck, person
associatedWith Brown, W. Norman (William Norman), 1892-1975. person
associatedWith Carles, Arthur B., 1882-1952. person
associatedWith Citizens Union of the City of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Daniel, Oliver, person
associatedWith Free China Movement. corporateBody
associatedWith Free Germany Movement. corporateBody
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978. person
associatedWith Liberal Party of New York State. corporateBody
associatedWith Marin, John, 1870-1953. person
associatedWith McNaught, William, person
associatedWith McPheron, William. person
associatedWith Mountbatten of Burma, Louis Mountbatten, Earl, 1900-1979. person
associatedWith Namuth, Hans. person
associatedWith Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964. person
associatedWith Norman, Dorothy, 1905- person
associatedWith Scott, Evelyn, 1893-1963. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. person
associatedWith Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. person
associatedWith Twice a Year. corporateBody
associatedWith Twice a Year. corporateBody
associatedWith Twice a Year, a Semiannual Journal. corporateBody
associatedWith United Nations. corporateBody
associatedWith United World Federation. corporateBody
associatedWith Urban League of Greater New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's City Club of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Wright, Richard, 1908-1960. person
associatedWith Zigrosser, Carl, 1891- person
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Birth 1905-03-28

Death 1997-04-12

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