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Zena Posever Collected Papers

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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None.

Collection Inventory

Biographical information.
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Miscellaneous correspondence.
Box 1
Miscellaneous involvements.
Box 1
Involvement with Artists Speak for Peace: meeting minutes and correspondence, 1981-1986.
Box 1
Involvement with Artists Speak for Peace: flyers, etc.
Box 1
Involvement with Artists Speak for Peace: financial records, 1979-1984.
Box 1
Involvement with Artists Speak for Peace: sponsors.
Box 1
Involvement with Arts for Peace (Canada).
Box 1
Involvement with the Coalition for Arms Limitation and Survival.
Box 1
Involvement with Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Celebration, 1998 (?).
Box 1
Involvement with Peace Education Foundation.
Box 1
Involvement with Peace Education Inc.
Box 1
Involvement with Peace Museum, 1981-1984.
Box 1
Involvement with South Florida Peace Coalition.
Box 1
Involvement with Women's Caucus for Art (Florida Chapter).
Box 1
Involvement with(?) peace and justice efforts in Miami (Florida) area, 1980-1984, n.d.
Box 1

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