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Leonid and Ethel Gechtoff papers, 1918-1958

Gechtoff, Leonid, b. 1883 d. 1941
Active in Pa.,

Gechtoff, Ethel
Gallery director
Active in San Francisco,Calif.

Collection size: .2 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Letters recieved, including several from J. Edgar Hoover concerning a painting by Leonid Gechtoff, 1935-1938; two autographed photographs of Hoover; photographs of Leonid Gechtoff and his work; a scrapbook, ca. 1918-1929, containing letters, photographs, exhibition catalogs, clippings and printed miscellany; naturalization papers for Ethel Gechtoff; and material concerning her East & West Gallery in San Francisco, 1956-1958, including leases, exhibition announcements, clippings, and a price list for works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Leonid Gechtoff was a Russian landscape painter who emigrated to this country in 1922; settling in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1923, where he remained until his death in 1941. His wife Ethel Gechtoff ran a Gallery in San Francisco 1956-1958.

The donor, Sonia Gechtoff, is the daughter of Leonid and Ethel Gechtoff, and also a painter.

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