Oronzo Gasparo papers, 1909-1975

Gasparo, Oronzo, b. 1903 d. 1969
Active in New York, N.Y.; Calif.

Collection size: 9 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, biographical material, printed material, writings, sketchbooks, artwork, financial records, photographs, and motion picture film and video.

REEL N70-25: Correspondence; biographical data; printed material includes clippings, press releases, newsletters, exhibition catalogs and announcements.

REEL 132: Correspondence and consignment agreements with the East River Gallery; biographical writings and critical notes by Gasparo and others; press releases, exhibition announcements and catalogs.

REEL 960: Typescript of Karen Greiffenberg's thesis "The Colorful World of Oronzo Gasparo: His Life and Art"written for the University of Washington, 1973.

UNMICROFILMED: Biographical documents and writings; correspondence with family, friends, Preston Dickinson, Paul Dennis O'Connor, galleries, museums and Jessica Millmans' correspondence concerning Gasparo; sketches and sketchbooks; clippings, articles, exhibition guest books, catalogs and announcements; photographs of Gasparo, Millman, Dickinson, and slides and negatives of artwork; financial records; notes; 16 mm film (copied onto VHS) "A Night In the Artist's Studio: Gasparo with model Magdelene Egry"; 2 palettes; and a printing block.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New York, N.Y. Born in Bari, Italy. He came to the United States in 1916. Studied at the National Academy of Design, N.Y.C. and with Preston Dickinson. Served as a WPA artist in New York City.

Material on reel 960 was lent for microfilming by Jessica Millman, a friend of Gasparo's, 1975. The other material was donated by Millman, 1970-1984. The 16mm film was transferred to VHS video Nov. 1991 and is catalogued separately and shelved under Gropius.

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