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Zena Posever Collected Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Posever, Zena

Scope and Contents

This collection was given to the Peace Collection by Zena Posever's daughter, Verna Posever Curtis, in her mother's honor. It documents Zena Posever's involvement in mostly peace-related organizations. Material related to art shows in Florida were returned to Posever's daughter in 2011.

Dates

  • Creation: 1978-1993, 1998

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Conditions Governing Use

None.

Biographical

Zena Goldin Posever was born on January 17, 1911 in Korop, Ukraine near Kiev. In 1915 Zena and her mother and sister emigrated to the United States to join her father in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in grade school, a teacher noticed Zena's artistic talent and gave her the opportunity for special instruction. After graduating from the Normal Art Course at the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1928, Zena received a scholarship to the Moore Institute of Arts and Sciences. Not interested in a commercial path, she soon left and became active in the labor movement. In the 1930s she resumed her art training, including study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1938-1942) and abroad on a Fellowship. For most of her career, she was established in Miami Beach, Florida, where she created artwork (both painting and sculpting), taught classes, and engaged in the civil rights and peace movements. She founded Artists Speak for Peace in South Florida in 1983 and organized their exhibitions in Greater Miami. In the mid-1980s, she advocated for the U.S. postal stamp honoring Paul Robeson. Posever was a close friend of Edith Villastrigo, whose work in Women Strike for Peace she greatly admired. Posever was a life-long member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She died in 2012.

Extent

0.42 linear ft. (5 linear in.)

Abstract

Zena Goldin Posever founded Artists Speak for Peace in South Florida in 1979(?) and organized their exhibitions in Greater Miami. In the mid-1980s, she advocated for the U.S. postal stamp honoring Paul Robeson. Posever has been a life-long member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Verna Posever Curtis (daughter), 2008 [acc. 08A-071].

Legal Status

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

Processed, and checklist created, by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, November 2011.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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