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This collection is comprised of primary and secondary sources including monographs, journals, DVDs, calendars, and playing cards. The majority of the monographs were published from 1998 through 2023. The collection contains single sheets and front covers of journals from the 1940s. The primary sources include brochures, pamphlets and postcards from the 1940s-2000s. The collection also includes a Victor Borge 33 ½ record album cover illustrated by Arthur Szyk from1945 and a monograph of Playing Card Art by Arthur Szyk accompanied by a “Players Deck" from 2011.


This collection is part of the Arthur Szyk Archives donated to Fairfield University by Irvin Ungar in honor of: Philip Eliasoph, PhD, professor of art history and visual culture and special assistant to the President for arts and culture; and the Arthur Szyk exhibition, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Artist and Soldier for Human Rights, September – December 2023, at the Fairfield University Art Museum. Jewish artist Arthur Szyk was born in 1894 and raised in Poland at a time when totalitarianism was on the rise in Europe. He was educated in France, traveled in the Middle East, lived in London and Canada and finally settled in New York. Known for his political cartoons and caricatures, he used his graphic skills to advocate for human rights, such as religious tolerance, racial equality and rights for global refugees. Active in the years leading up to World War II and during the Holocaust, Szyk became one of America’s celebrated artists for his focus on freedom and against fascism and tyranny.


Approx. 2.8 linear feet; 17 books, 3 DVDs, plus 1 box, 13" x 18"

Accession Date



Gifted by Irvin Ungar

Processed By

Archives staff

Last Updated

October 2023


Finding Aid


Fairfield University

Place of Publication

Fairfield, Conn.


Finding Aids


Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections





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Arthur Szyk Collection