The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Adam Grant Papers, 1957-2009

MSS-106

 

Size:  2.5 linear feet

Provenance:  Mrs. Peggy Grant

Access: Open

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Processing Note: 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  David M. Teall, February 1996; addition by Kimberly Brownlee, 2009

Biographical Sketch

Adam Grant was born in Poland and became interested in art as a child. He was primarily self-taught. During World War II he was a prisoner in Auschwitz and other concentration camps, where he saved his life through creating art for Nazi prison guards. After the war, he emigrated to the U.S. and ended up in Detroit where he created original drawings for a paint-by-number company, the Palmer-Pann Corporation, which later moved to Toledo under the name of Craft Master Corporation. During these years he also devoted himself to painting, and much later, left the commercial art world to paint full-time. His works, dominated by the female figure, are well known for their sculptural qualities and old master light effects. His paintings have been shown extensively in the Toledo area and have won a number of awards. His works are held in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown and in a number of corporate, university, and other regional collections. He also exhibited in Paris. Adam Grant died in 1992.

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

The Adam Grant papers contain exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, photographs of the artist, awards, documents, publications associated with the paint-by-number business, and an audio-taped lecture on the artist’s life narrated by his wife Peggy. Also included are correspondence and chalk drawings that Grant made for the paint-by-number business.

 

The Adam Grant papers would be of use to those interested in the local art community, the paint-by-number business, and also to researchers of the Holocaust.

 

There are no restrictions in the use of the Adam Grant papers.

 

Folder List

Box     Folder                                                                                                 Dates

WarWa1                      Correspondence (General)

               1                               A                                                                     1967-1991

               2                               B                                                                     1963-1993

               3                               C                                                                     1969-1994

               4                               D - F                                                                1965-1995

               5                               G - H                                                               1966-1994

               6                               I - J                                                                  1973-1993

               7                               K                                                                     1963-1995

               8                               L                                                                      1968-1973

               9                               M                                                                     1970-1995

             10                               N - O                                                               1966-1994

             11                               P                                                                      1970-1993

             12                               Q - R                                                               1966-1990      

             13                               S                                                                      1968-1994

             14                               T - V                                                                1957-1994

             15                               W - Z                                                               1966-1994

             16                   Correspondence (first name only or no name)            1975-1994

             17                   Correspondence (Polish)                                             1959-1964

                                    Correspondence (sympathy)                                      

             18                               A                                                                     1992

             19                               B                                                                     1992

             20                               C                                                                     1992

             21                               D - F                                                                1992

             22                               G - H                                                               1992

             23                               I - J                                                                  1992

             24                               K                                                                     1992

             25                               L                                                                      1992

             26                               M                                                                     1992

             27                               N - O                                                               1992

             28                               P                                                                      1992

             29                               Q - R                                                               1992

             30                               S                                                                      1992

             31                               T - V                                                                1992

             32                               W - Z                                                               1992

             33                   Correspondence (sympathy--first name only)             1992

             34                   Christmas Cards (outgoing) Drawings by

                                          Adam Grant                                                          1963-1977

             35                   Clippings                                                                     1957-1972

             36                   Clippings                                                                     1973-1979

             37                   Clippings                                                                     1981-2005

             38                    Clippings                                                                     n.d.

1           39                    Memorials, Masses, Donations to Art Award, etc.     1992

             40                    Photos                                                                         n.d.

             41                    Newsletters                                                                 1970-1994

             42                    Fliers, Programs Advertisements, News Release        1971-2005

2             1                    Audio and Video Tapes                                              n.d., 1993

                                    Catalogs

               2                                (Exhibit) Akron Artists                                   1991-1992

               3                                (Exhibit) American Painters in Paris               1975-1976

               4                                (Exhibit) Butler Institute                                1962-1982

               5                                (Exhibit) Marietta College                              1971-1972

               6                                (Exhibit) Ohio State Fair                                1966-1977

               7                                (Exhibit) Toledo Area Artists                         1957-1975

               8                                (Exhibit) Toledo Area Artists                         1977-1993

               9                               (Exhibit) Miscellaneous                                  1966-1994

             10                                (Paint-by-number) Craft Master                     1969-1980

             11                                (Paint-by-number) Craft Master                     n.d.

             12                                (Paint-by-number) Miscellaneous                   1966

             13                                (Permanent Collection) Butler Institute          1967-1979

            14                                Awards                                                           1967-1990

             15                    Painting Commission: (for Gesu Church)

                                          “St. Ignatius Loyola”                                            1990-1992

             16                    Miscellaneous                                                              1966-1971

             17                              (Exhibit) University of Toledo (Ohio)            2005

             18                    Poland exhibit                                                             2006

             19                   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, exhibition                               February 2009

                                   

                                    Drawings

3             1                               (4) (Pen and Ink)

               2                               (4) Pastel

               3                               (4) Pastel

                                    Paintings

               4                               (5) Oil, Paint-by Numbers (1 of 2)

               5                               (3) Oil, Paint-by Numbers (2 of 2)

                                    Color Chart

               6                               (1) Paint-by-Numbers

 

 

 

*=oversize cabinet, drawer 1

^=oversize area

**=locked cabinet


Provenance

The Adam Grant papers were donated by the artist’s wife, Peggy, in 1995.

The publication rights to this collection are assumed to rest with Mrs. Peggy Grant or her heirs or assigns. Researchers bear full responsibility for the acquisition of necessary permission to publish, though the Canaday Center may intervene in this process at its own discretion.

 

 

Last Updated: 1/3/12