Scope and Contents
All material was a gift of Doris Ewing, 1943, unless otherwise noted.
- 1887 - 2003
- Majority of material found within 1910 - 1934
Conditions Governing Access
Box 34 (nitrate photographic negatives): Restricted fragile material. Some corresponding prints are available in Box 20. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 35 (sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 36 (clay bust): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
11.45 Linear Feet (36 boxes)
Language of Materials
Max Ewing (1903-1934)
Ewing is best known for his photography, especially the photograph collection "Carnival in Venice" and his 1928 exhibition "Gallery of Extraordinary Portraits." "Carnival of Venice" is a series of photographs of friends posed individually and together against a backdrop depicting a scene from Venice, Italy. Individuals include Muriel Draper, e.e. cummings, Paul Robeson, Berenice Abbott, George Platt Lynes, Lloyd Wescott, Dorothy Crawford, Paul Meeres, Max Ewing, Lincoln Kirstein, and Dorothy Sheldon. The collection received praise from his friends and was shown at the Waldorf-Astoria. For his "Gallery of Extraordinary Portraits," Ewing converted the walk-in closet of his Manhattan studio apartment into a semi-public portrait gallery. He covered the walls with original photographs and reproductions of images of friends and celebrities, representing New York's interracial, gay and lesbian, and artistic circles. This exhibition gained him attention and was re-installed in other New York galleries.
Ewing's nearest friends included Carl Van Vechten, who introduced him to many of the people that appear in Ewing's photographs, Muriel Draper, and the boxer Jack Pollock. He suffered from depression throughout his life and required attention from those that were closest to him. He maintained a consistent correspondence with his parents from a young age until their deaths, writing to them weekly. His father died in 1932 and his mother in 1934. Ewing spent the last few months of his life in Pioneer, Ohio before he committed suicide on June 18, 1934, by drowning himself in the Susquehanna River in Binghamton, New York.
One box of writings and correspondence, labeled "Max Ewing Manuscripts" was removed from the Carl Van Vechten Papers (Za Van Vechten) and the material is now part of the Max Ewing Papers. This material was part of Van Vechten's 1944 gift of Ewing material. Some material from this acquisition might remain in the Carl Van Vechten Papers and be discovered when further processing of the Van Vechten papers occurs.
The following material was not found during processing in 2013:
Gift of Carl Van Vechten, 1944 (likely to be found in the Carl Van Vechten Papers): "Catalogue of photographs owned by Max Ewing," typescript draft; "Decadency In a Scristan," autograph manuscript; "Elysium in Hell," autograph manuscript; "Grimalkin In an Aperture," autograph manuscript; "James Caleb Ewing," typescript draft; "The Kalsinjammers," autograph manuscript; "Me an' Puppo," autograph manuscript; "Midwinter," autograph manuscript; "Queen in Nictitation," typescript draft; "Shakespeare: Dialogue for a play containing various Shakespearian characters," autograph manuscript; "Toodles and Old Puppo's Fight," autograph manuscript; "Topaz in a Trance," typescript draft; "Unicorn in Grammercy Park," typescript draft; "Vaudeville in the High Place," typescript draft; "Wanderings in a Phantasy," typescript draft; "Where Nature Charms," [by Theo Ferris?] autograph manuscript; "With Erato," autograph manuscript; "Xanadunian in Bas Relief," typescript draft; "The Agamnon of Aeschylus," by Marion Wier annotated by Max Ewing.
Gift of Mildred Henry: a poem about Carl Van Vechten and seven pencil drawings by Max Ewing.
- Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991
- American literature -- 20th Century
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Composers -- United States
- Composers -- United States -- 20th Century
- Conrad, Lawrence H. (Lawrence Henry), 1898-
- Draper, Muriel, 1886-1952
- Ewing, Clara Barto
- Ewing, Doris
- Ewing, John Caleb
- Ewing, Max
- Ewing, Wallace K.
- Exhibition catalogs
- Gay men -- United States -- Portraits
- Gays -- United States
- LGBTQ resource
- Novelists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Novelists, American -- 20th Century
- Photograph albums
- Photographers -- United States
- Photographers -- United States -- 20th Century
- Photographic prints
- Pianists -- United States
- Pianists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Pollock, Jack
- Portrait photography -- United States
- Sculptors -- United States
- Sculptors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Sculpture (visual work)
- Sheet music covers
- Songs with piano
- Sound recordings
- Studio portraits
- Theater programs
- Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
- Guide to the Max Ewing Collection
- by Molly Wheeler
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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