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

 

Access: Open

 

Collection Summary: Collection contains exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, awards, publications associated with the paint-by-numbers business, biographical material, drawings, and paintings (some of which were created for the paint-by-numbers business).

 

Subjects: Ethnic Culture, Music, Art, Drama, and Theatre

 

Related Collections:

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; last updated: June 2014


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

 

            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

Description

Dates

1

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.

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

Feb-09

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

 

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