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Harry Nadler Papers

Identifier: MSS-1054-BC

Scope and Content

The collection, arranged in 8 series, documents Harry Nadler’s career as an artist, primarily via personal journals, sketchbooks, exhibition and gallery catalogs, publicity, sales and donation records, correspondence, and photographic materials.

Biographical/Personal – contains curriculum vitae, artist statements, awards, letters of recommendations, obituaries, and contents of a scrapbook/photo album created upon Nadler’s death.

Personal Journals – Nadler kept personal handwritten journals from 1965-1990. Original watercolors, drawings and sketches are often interlaced within the journals.

Sketchbooks – Spanning most of his artistic career, Nadler’s sketchbooks illuminate his creative process and ideas.

Catalogs/Inventories of Nadler Works – Printed and handwritten inventories, often annotated. Also includes an appraisal of painting values. Contents of Nadler’s portfolio are also included in this series.

Exhibits, Gallery Shows, Publicity – Chronologically arranged are exhibition catalogs, gallery announcements, and publicity for Nadler’s shows and shows including works by Nadler. Post-humus shows were coordinated by Helen Nadler.

Sales, Donations, Shows, Correspondence – Essentially, the business of Nadler’s art is documented in this series - discussions, logistics, and accounting for shows, sales, and donations of Nadler’s works. After Harry’s death, the associated correspondence and accounting were carried out by Helen Nadler.

Photographic Material – Photographs, transparencies, slides, and digital files depict Nadler, his works, his studio, his shows, and the like.

Oversize photographs and gallery flyers are located in this oversized folder.


  • 1930-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1990


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Harry Nadler was born on February 17, 1930 in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated high school at 16, went to art school, supported himself as an illustrator for a newspaper, and then attended UCLA, where he received both his BA and MA.

Nadler's career consisted of teaching and painting. He held academic positions at UCLA, NYU, Wesleyan University and the University of New Mexico (UNM). He was Professor of Art at UNM from 1971-1989, and Chair of the Art Department from 1987-1989.

A prolific artist, Nadler produced paintings, drawings, and prints during his career in California, New York, and New Mexico. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in Europe, including the Louvre in Paris (where he exhibited 3 paintings in the Le Bain Turc d’Ingres show alongside works by Picasso, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg and others), the Prado in Madrid, the Guggenheim in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Nadler's honors include a Fulbright painting grant to Spain in 1960, a faculty fellowship at the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University in 1971, Who’s Who in American Art, and a print commission for Lincoln Center.

Harry and his wife, Helen Sturgess Nadler, a watercolor artist in her own right, split their time between Albuquerque, NM and Amagansett, Long Island for many years. After Harry’s death from cancer at age 60, Helen relocated to New England, where she worked hard to keep Harry’s work in the public eye. Nearly 30 years after Harry’s death (2019), Helen sent his paintings, drawings, prints, and papers back to New Mexico, where her family are now caretakers of the legacy.


6 boxes (6 cu. ft.) plus 1 oversized folder


Personal journals, sketchbooks, gallery and exhibition catalogs/publicity, records of sales and donations, and photographic materials constitute the bulk of the collection, which documents Harry Nadler’s career as an artist.


8 series:
  1. Biographical/Personal
  2. Personal Journals
  3. Sketchbooks
  4. Catalogs/Inventories of Nadler Works
  5. Exhibits, Gallery Shows, Publicity
  6. Sales, Donations, Shows, Correspondence
  7. Photographic Material
  8. Oversize

Related Archival Material

Tamarind Institute Records. University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

Processing Information

VHS and audiocassette materials transferred to dvd and cd, January 2020.
Finding Aid of the Harry Nadler Papers, 1930-2016
B. Silbergleit
© 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131