MS 57 Edward Rosenfeld Papers

Posted on October 18th, 2012 by

Eddie Rosenfeld painting a canvas in a field. Courtesy of Licien Harris. 2001.57.1

Edward Rosenfeld, 1906-1983

Papers, n.d., 1876-1982

MS 57

 The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Black and white photo postcard with Edward Rosenfeld, center, and two other boys, n.d. Courtesy of Licien Harris. 1998.147.4.11


The Edward Rosenfeld Papers were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Licien Harris in 1998, 2000 and 2001 as accessions 1998.147, 2000.072, 2000.134 and 2001.057. The collection was reprocessed in November 2002 by Robin Waldman and Erin Titter. MS 57 originally contained only the 2000.72 materials.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.  Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


Edward (Eddie) Rosenfeld was born in Baltimore in 1906 and lived in Walbrook.  Eddie had two or three brothers and two sisters, but he never married.  Eddie's father had a shoemaker shop on Baltimore Street.  Eddie had an early job as sign painter's apprentice, and went to Maryland Institute College of Art for about one semester.  During the war, Eddie had a job in Washington, DC framing pictures.  Later, Eddie returned to Baltimore and rented and subsequently bought a house on Tyson Street before the house was renovated and the neighborhood was revitalized. He was long known as “The Mayor of Tyson Street” due to the regentrification of Mount Vernon that Rosenfeld was integral in initiating in the 1940s. A group of artists including Carl Metzler, Aaron Sopher, Reuben Kramer, Jacob Glushakow & Eddie would meet regularly there to paint and critique each other's work.  Eddie was also a part of a weekly lunch group with Jim Brady, Donald Proctor, and Dr. Neustadt, who met at the Belvedere Hotel or Rosenfeld's house.  Rosenfeld’s works are owned by many known repositories of art, including the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Phillips Collection. When Eddie Rosenfeld died in 1983 he donated his body to science and was subsequently buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

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Edward Rosenfeld in doorway of house on Tyson Street in Baltimore, n.d. Courtesy of Licien and Barr Harris. 2000.134.3


The Edward Rosenfeld Papers represent the life of Baltimore artist Edward Rosenfeld.  The collection is divided into two series: Series I. Documents, n.d., 1876-1982. Series II. Photographs, n.d., 1917-1979.

Edward Rosenfeld and Callie Cochran with three teenage girls looking at a poster for the Equal Opportunity Commission, n.d. Courtesy of Licien Harris. 2000.72.33

Series I. Documents contains scrapbook materials that Rosenfeld gathered both about his artistic career and about his Tyson Street neighborhood.  Further notable inclusions are several sketches by Rosenfeld, a drawing by Jacob Glushakow, and a print by Jane Dwyer.

Series II. Photographs (housed as MS 57 Box 3) contains photographs of Edward Rosenfeld, his mother, family members, his paintings, his work with the Equal Opportunity Commission, his childhood home in Walbrook, and his home at 913 Tyson Street.  Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Edward Rosenfeld painting a water scene while standing on a dock, n.d. Courtesy of Licien Harris. 1998.147.5.13


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A Visit to the MET

Posted on April 23rd, 2012 by

A Blog Post by Senior Collections Manager Jobi Zink

While I was home for Passover, we went to New York City to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

My AAM card got me in for free (saving $20 suggested admission fee). My dad used in old teacher’s pass and he, Jordana and Eric also got in for free.

We specifically went to see The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Paris Avant-Garde. This temporary exhibition occupies nine galleries on the third floor and is absolutely amazing! Gertrude Stein and her brothers Leo and Michael, and sister-in-law Sarah lived in Paris during the early 20th century. Although they did not have a lot of money, they were interested in purchasing art. They amassed a tremendous collection of works by young, talented, and virtually unknown artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

The Steins hung the works salon-style in their 460 square foot studio in Paris at 27 Rue de Fleurus, represented in a full size at the beginning of the exhibition.  In order to accommodate new acquisitions, they frequently moved and rearranged their artwork. Fortunately, the Steins also took photographs of their various installations. The curatorial team relied on over 400 photographs to curate the exhibition. Eric particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition of the exact paintings that were documented in the large photomurals in each of the galleries.

The Steins opened their apartments on Saturday afternoons, allowing visitors to see their collection, shaping art appreciation for future generations. When the Steins found themselves low on funds to buy more art, they would sell pieces of their collection. Clara and Etta Cone of Baltimore were frequent buyers, and thus it was not surprising that several pieces on display were on loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art.   http:/// 

Picasso’s famous portrait of Stein reminded me of a line from The Paris Wife by Paula McLain where Gertrude Stein plays prominently in shaping Ernest Hemingway’s writing career. In the book Hadley and Ernest wonder, “How much do you think Gertrude’s breast weigh?”  My father used the audio tour and found that it provided more information than the text panel about the rift between Gertrude and Leo.

Photography is not allowed in the exhibition, but the link below will provide you with highlights from the exhibition.


After the signing exhibit me I’ll when I separate ways and explore different parts of the museum. My dad was enthralled with the painting of Napoleon at battle.  http:/// 

Eric spent two more hours in the hall of armor.

Eric poses with Henry VIII armor

My sister and toured the American Period Rooms –installations of original furnishings and structures from of the most impressive homes in the country. My sister was particularly taken by and tables and other large furniture created by the Harter brothers, well I enjoyed paintings by Thomas Dewing, Tiffany lamps and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style home.

This is the side of the Vanderbilt library table with mother-of-pearl inlay by the Harter brothers.

We all enjoyed the temple of Dendur installation – an actual in Egyptian temple that was saved in 1965 before the Nile River was intentionally flooded.


As you can see, even if you don’t have a free pass, the museum is well worth it!


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Amalie Rothschild: Quiet Feminist

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by

A couple of upcoming programs that you should check out!

At Towson University:


Check out Amalie Rothschild at the Jewish Women’s Archive and the JMM’s own holdings!

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