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Arthur Szyk Preserved


The first reference book of its kind, Arthur Szyk Preserved  (Burlingame, CA: Historicana and Lewes, UK: D Giles Limited, 2022) is an essential compendium of original Szyk works of art held in institutional collections.

As he worked across four decades and two continents, Arthur Szyk (1894–1951)—master illuminator, miniature painter, and political artist—created several thousand works on paper. All original Szyk works known to reside in public-facing institutional collections are now gathered in one definitive reference volume, empowering a new generation of scholars and art lovers to locate individual works and to survey the artist’s career with ease.

Brimming with new research and fresh insight from the world’s foremost Szyk expert, Irvin Ungar, Arthur Szyk Preserved testifies to the depth, breadth, and unmatched brilliance of the twentieth century’s outstanding artist-activist.

Edited by Irvin Ungar and Samantha Lyons, PhD, with Allison Claire Chang

Hardcover: 96 pages, color illustrations and plates

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Learn about the making of Arthur Szyk Preserved: go behind the scenes!


The Jewish Museum, Guarantors of Arthur Szyk’s Legacy (pages 14–15)

Biography: Arthur Szyk (1894­–1951)
The Guarantors of Arthur Szyk’s Legacy
Institutional Collections of Original Art
Appendix A: Site-Specific Three-Dimensional Art
Appendix B: Arthur Szyk Archives
Appendix C: Timeline of the Artist’s Life
Appendix D: The Artist’s Residences
Appendix E: Selected Resources
Appendix F: Additional Plates

Arthur Szyk Preserved serves as an ideal starting point for those interested in surveying his originals for the purpose of research, scholarship, and curatorial possibilities. The 31 institutional collections featured in the book are:



  • Bibliothèque nationale de France | Paris
  • Deutsches Historisches Museum | Berlin
  • National Trust | United Kingdom
  • Royal Collection Trust | United Kingdom
  • The British Museum | London
  • The Centre Pompidou | Paris
  • Żydowski Instytut Historyczny | Warsaw 


  • Mishkan Museum of Art | Ein Harod, Israel


West Coast

  • Hoover Institution at Stanford University | Stanford, California
  • Lucas Museum of Narrative Art | Los Angeles
  • The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life | University of California, Berkeley
  • Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco | San Francisco
  • Skirball Cultural Center | Los Angeles


  • Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, The Ohio State Universities Library | Columbus, Ohio
  • The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion and Culture, The Temple-Tifereth Israel | Beachwood, Ohio

East Coast

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University | Bronx, New York
  • Forest Hills Jewish Center | Queens, New York
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum | Hyde Park, New York
  • The Jewish Museum | New York City
  • Kosciuzsko Foundation | New York City
  • Library of Congress | Washington, D.C.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York City
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps | Triangle, Virginia
  • Society of Illustrators | New York City
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum | Washington, D.C.
  • United States Naval Academy | Annapolis, Maryland
  • University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Whitney Museum of American Art | New York City
  • Yeshiva University Museum | New York City

Example of artwork list, Institutional Collections of Original Art (page 74)



About the Editors

Irvin Ungar, a former pulpit rabbi and antiquarian bookseller, has devoted more than three decades to scholarship on Arthur Szyk. He has curated and consulted for numerous Szyk exhibitions, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Library of Congress; and the New-York Historical Society. Ungar is the author of Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art (2017 National Jewish Book Award).

Samantha Lyons, PhD, is a San Francisco Bay Area–based curator, writer, and art historian. As a research associate for Historicana, she organized the first large-scale digital display of Arthur Szyk’s work on Artstor. Her articles on Szyk have appeared in The Jerusalem Report and Algemeiner Journal. She received an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas.

Allison Claire Chang is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art history. The former executive vice president of The Arthur Szyk Society, she is the author of Heroes of Ancient Israel: The Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk (Historicana, 2011). Her work has appeared in The Nation and Moment, and in gallery and museum publications worldwide.

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Purchase Hardcover: $59.95