Lucille Sylvester papers, 1937-1970

Sylvester, Lucille, b. 1909
Painter, Author, Illustrator
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 280 items (on 4 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; art works; sketches; exhibition catalogs; writings; and printed material.

REEL N70-62: Correspondence; writings; photograph of works of art; sketches; drawings; scrapbook; exhibition catalogs and announcements; an award certificate; and manuscript of "The Fair Lady in Art from Pygmalion to Picasso," with photographs.

REELS 854-855: Catalogs and announcements; 2 photographs of Sylvester; a clipping of an article, "Three Men: A Genius, an Actor, and a Rogue," by Sylvester; and her resume.

REEL 3472: Manuscript, "The Making of an Artist," Sylvester's autobiographical essay about her birth and childhood in Russia, emigration to the United States, her mother's death, and her first drawing lessons.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, writer; New York, N.Y.

Material on reels N70-62 lent for microfilming 1970 by Sylvester. Material on reels 854-855 donated 1970 by Sylvester; subsequently all but two personal photographs were transferred to NMAA-NPG Library in 1975. Material on reel 3472 donated 1978 by Sylvester.

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