Ralph Fabri papers, circa 1870s-1975, bulk 1918-1975

A Finding Aid to the Ralph Fabri Papers, circa 1870s-1975 , bulk 1918-1975, in the Archives of American Art, by Catherine S. Gaines

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Biographical Information

Painter and printmaker, commercial artist, writer, and teacher Ralph Fabri was born Fabri Reszo in Hungary in 1894. He was educated in Budapest, first studying architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology from 1912 to 1914. He then enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1918 with a Professor's Diploma (M.A.) "for teaching drawing, painting and geometry – including descriptive and projective geometry – in schools of higher education."

Fabri arrived in New York City in 1921 and soon adopted the anglicized version of his name, Ralph Fabri. He began doing commercial design work and during the academic year of 1923/24 was enrolled as an evening student at the National Academy of Design. After becoming an American citizen in 1927, he traveled extensively in Europe. Upon returning to New York that same year, Fabri decided his financial situation was stable enough to allow him to focus his attention on fine art.

During the Great Depression, Fabri's already inadequate portrait commissions and art sales further declined and he returned to commercial work. He established a workshop known as the Ralph Fabri Studios, that designed theatrical and movie sets, window displays, and retail interiors. But Fabri found the workshop dirty and distasteful, and eventually was able to concentrate on advertising work which could be done from home. The largest clients for his pen and ink drawings were The Stamp and Album Co. of America, Inc. (for which he designed covers for stamp albums and produced illustrations for envelopes housing sets of stamps sold to collectors), Geographica Map Co., and Joseph H. Cohen & Sons (for whom he designed and illustrated mail order catalogs). Another source of income during this period was the design and construction of an addition to "Iroki," Theodore Dreiser's estate in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., for which Fabri acted as architect and contractor.

Soon after arriving in the United States, Fabri began writing art reviews and articles on art and other topics for publication in Hungarian newspapers, and began submitting similar pieces to American newspapers and periodicals. Between 1949 and 1951 Pictures on Exhibit published a series of twenty articles by Fabri on materials and techniques, and from 1952 through 1961 he was a critic for that publication. Fabri contributed many articles on a variety of topics to Today's Art, starting in 1953, the year the magazine was established. In 1961, Fabri became associate editor of that monthly periodical and was named its editor in 1970, a position he held for the remainder of his life. During his tenure, every issue of Today's Art included signed and unsigned articles and editorials by Fabri, as well as some pieces written under pseudonyms. He also worked as a book reviewer for American Artist and art editor of Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia.

Fabri may be best known for his books in the how-to-do-it vein, some of which were distributed through art supply stores. Among his many books are: Learn to Draw (1945), Oil Painting: How-to-Do-It! (1953), A Guide to Polymer Painting (1966), Sculpture in Paper (1966), Color: A Complete Guide for Artists (1967), Complete Guide to Flower Painting (1968), The First Hundred Years: History of the American Watercolor Society (1969), Painting Outdoors (1969), Painting Cityscapes (1970), and Artist's Guide to Composition (1971).

For nearly three decades, Fabri taught art in New York City. He was an instructor in the life and still life classes at the Parson's School of Design from 1947 through 1949. In 1951, Fabri was appointed associate professor at City College of New York, where he taught painting and art history until retiring in 1967. In addition, he was on the faculty of School of the National Academy of Design, teaching painting, drawing, and graphics from 1964 until his death.

Fabri was an active member of many artists' organizations. He was president of the National Society of Painters in Casein, Inc., an organization founded by Fabri in 1953 (it later became the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Inc.); he also served as president of the Audubon Artists and the Allied Artists of America, Inc. As historian of The American Watercolor Society, Fabri wrote a book length history of that organization published on the occasion of its centennial. He was the secretary and treasurer of the National Academy of Design, as well as serving on many of its committees.

Paintings and prints by Ralph Fabri have been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and, to a lesser extent, in Europe. A frequent lecturer, his painting demonstrations were quite popular. Fabri received numerous honors and awards, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Academy of Design, the Norfolk Museum of Art and Science, Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery in Budapest, and many other public and private collections.

Ralph Fabri died in New York City in February 1975.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Ralph Fabri papers measure 26.0 linear feet and are dated circa 1870s-1975, with the bulk of the material dated 1918-1975. Biographical information, correspondence, subject files, writings, art work, financial records, miscellaneous records, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs document the professional career and personal life of the painter, printmaker, commercial artist, writer, and teacher.

Biographical information includes awards and certificates, educational records, passports and travel documents.

Almost one-half of the collection consists of Fabri's correspondence. There is correspondence with friends and relatives, as well as professional correspondence. Much of the early correspondence with friends and family is written in Hungarian and also include small watercolors by Fabri that he used as postcards to send messages to family members. A number of later letters are illustrated with drawings by Fabri and other artists. Extensive correspondence - often daily missives - records romantic liaisons with Mabel Farrar, Mina Kocherthaler, Elly von Marczell, and Mavis Elizabeth Peat, as well as the travels and careers of Hungarian opera singer Maria Samson and composer and impresario Laszlo Schawrtz. In addition, there are large numbers of Christmas cards, many with original artwork, from artist friends and former students. Professional correspondence concerns teaching, writing and publishing, commercial work, exhibitions and sales.

Subject files relate mainly to organizations and institutions in which Fabri was active, and include his correspondence and some official records (minutes, reports, financial records), and printed material. Among the organizations and institutions are: Allied Artists of America, Inc., Artists for Victory, Inc., Audubon Artists of America, Inc., National Academy of Design, and Society of American Etchers. Other subject files concern the schools where Fabri taught and publications with which he was associated.

Among the writings by Fabri are drafts and completed manuscripts of articles, books (including two unpublished titles), music and lyrics, and a few poems. Diaries (75 vols.) covering the period 1918-1975, contain almost daily entries that record in varying degrees of detail his professional and personal activities, special and mundane events, and opinions. Prior to 1939, the diaries are in Hungarian or partially in Hungarian. Heavily illustrated notes from his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts survive, along with other miscellaneous notes and 7 notebooks containing lists of concerts, operas, and plays attended by Fabri between 1912 and 1974.

Writings by other authors include the manuscript of Pastel Painting published by Stephen Csoka, said to have been written by Fabri.

Art work by Fabri includes student work, early commercial work, drawings and sketches, a few early watercolor paintings, and two sketchbooks. Work by other artists consists of a watercolor by his uncle Miklos Fabri, a pencil drawing by Laszlo Schwartz, a gouache painting by Paul Mommer, and an ink drawing by Marantz.

Financial records mainly concern banking transactions and taxes. In addition there are receipts for personal and business expenses and packages sent to family in Hungary.

Included among the miscellaneous records and artifacts are art sales and donations, six medals awarded to Fabri, and guest books. A videotape (SONY Helical Scan recording) of Fabri in his studio, made by Jerome Bona and Rick Brown that aired on NYC public access television station Channel C in 1973, is also included.

Scrapbooks (10 vols.) contain reproductions of Fabri's early commercial work, clippings, printed material, and a few photographs documenting his career.

Printed material by Fabri includes articles, books, commercial designs, reproductions, and works translated by Fabri for publication in Hungarian. Also included are issues of Today's Art containing signed and unsigned articles and editorials by Fabri, and some pieces he wrote using pseudonyms. Exhibition related items include catalogs, announcements, and invitations for Fabri's group and solo exhibitions and exhibitions of other artists. Also included are posters, and prospectuses.

Photographs are of art work, people, places, and miscellaneous subjects. People pictured are Ralph Fabri, his family (including a few ancestors), friends, and unidentified individuals and groups. Places documented include exterior views of Pension Villa-Fabri in Hungary (the family's restaurant and hotel), as well as photographs of foreign lands visited by Fabri or sent to him by friends. An item of note filed with miscellaneous subjects is a parade float titled "Give a Thought to Music," designed and constructed by Fabri. Included in ten photograph albums are views of paintings and commercial work by Fabri, various friends, his studio, the Dreiser estate in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and group portraits of City College of New York faculty.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 10 series::

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms:

Subjects:

  • American Watercolor Society
  • Society of American Etchers
  • Artists for Victory, Inc
  • Today's art

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) --New York
  • Art criticism -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Painting, American -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Educators -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Painters -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Christmas cards
  • Sketchbooks
  • Illustrated letters -- Local
  • Drawings
  • Sketches
  • Watercolors
  • Video recordings

Provenance

The Ralph Fabri papers were donated by Ralph Fabri, 1971-1974. Additional papers were the gift of his estate, 1975-1976.

Separated and Related Materials

Ralph Fabri donated his correspondence with Theodore and Helen Dreiser, 1929-1955, to the University of Pennsylvania, where it is now part of the Theodore Dreiser papers.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed to an intermediate level by Catherine S. Gaines in 2005.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Ralph Fabri papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Ralph Fabri papers, circa 1870s-1975, bulk 1918-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1919-1973, undated
(Box 1, OV 31; 0.2 linear ft.)

Biographical information includes awards and certificates, educational records, passports and travel documents.

Box
1 Awards and Certificates, 1951-1973, undated
(2 folders)
1 Awards and Certificates, 1946, 1964
(see: OV 31)
1 Biographical Notes, 1961-1973, undated
1 Crystal Reading of Fabri's Character by M. Williams, undated
1 Educational Records (includes contemporary typescript copy), 1920-1924
1 Jury Duty Certificates, 1933-1943
1 Literacy Certificate, 1932
1 Membership and Identification Cards, 1919-1974, undated
1 Passports and Travel Documents, 1921-1968
1 Will (codicle), 1971
Box
OV 31 Oversized Awards and Certificates, 1946, 1964

Series 2: Correspondence, 1904-1975, undated
(Boxes 1-12; 11.0 linear ft.)

This large series of mainly correspondence with relatives and friends – is in Hungarian. Among the earliest pieces of correspondence are small watercolors by Fabri that he used as postcards to send messages to family members. A number of later letters are illustrated with drawings by Fabri and other artists.

Professional correspondence concerns teaching, writing and publishing, commercial work, exhibitions and sales. Extensive correspondence - often daily missives - records romantic liaisons with Mabel Farrar, Mina Kocherthaler, Elly von Marczell, and Mavis Elizabeth Peat, as well as the travels and careers of Hungarian opera singer Maria Samson and composer and impresario Laszlo Schawrtz . In addition, there are large numbers of Christmas cards, many with original artwork, from former students and artist friends.

Additional correspondence is included with Subject Files (Series 3) and also among the loose items removed from, but retained with, Fabri's diaries (Series 4: Writings).

Box
1 Correspondence, 1904-June 1923
(18 folders)
Box
2 Correspondence, July 1923-Feb. 1928
(20 folders)
Box
3 Correspondence, March 1928-July 1930
(19 folders)
Box
4 Correspondence, Aug. 1930-Oct. 1934
(20 folders)
Box
5 Correspondence, Nov. 1934-June 1938
(18 folders)
Box
6 Correspondence, July 1938-1943
(19 folders)
Box
7 Correspondence, 1944-1949
(20 folders)
Box
8 Correspondence, 1950-1956
(19 folders)
Box
9 Correspondence, 1957-1965
(20 folders)
Box
10 Correspondence, 1966-1973
(20 folders)
Box
11 Correspondence, 1974-1975
(4 folders)
11 Correspondence, 1910s-1970s, undated
(10 folders)
11 Correspondence, undated (Jan.-Dec.)
(8 folders)
Box
12 Correspondence, undated (Dec.)
(2 folders)
12 Correspondence, undated
(2 folders)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1941-1975, undated
(Boxes 12-14, 25; 2.1 linear ft.)

Subject files relate mainly to organizations and institutions with which Fabri was associated. They include correspondence, and some official records (minutes, reports, financial records), and printed material. Files for publications (American Artist and Today's Art) include manuscripts for articles and reviews by Fabri, and correspondence with readers. Files for schools where Fabri taught include correspondence with students and faculty, school catalogs, teaching materials, examinations, class rosters and grade sheets. The Theodore Dreiser file includes information about the Dreiser papers Fabri gave to the University of Pennsylvania and a few typescripts of Dreiser letters.

Box
12 Allied Artists of America, Inc.
12 Administrative Records, 1973-1974, undated
12 Correspondence, 1964-1974, undated
12 American Artist
12 Article by Fabri, 1971
12 Book Reviews by Fabri, 1972-1975
(4 folders)
12 Correspondence, 1971-1974
12 American Watercolor Society, 1964-1972, undated
12 Artists for Victory, Inc.
12 Correspondence, 1943-1946, undated
12 Minutes of Executive Board, 1945
12 Audubon Artists of America, Inc., 1944-1975
12 City College of New York
12 Correspondence, 1951-1972, undated
12 Examinations, 1950-1965
12 Grade Sheets, 1952-1966
12 Miscellaneous, 1948-1963, undated
12 Reports by Fabri, 1952-1963
12 Teaching Notes, 1950s-1960s
12 Technical Building Mural, 1961-1963
12 Dreiser, Theodore, 1951-1972
12 National Academy of Design
12 Correspondence, 1943-1971, undated
(4 folders)
12 Minutes, Committee on the Constitution (with reports, drafts of revisions, and related correspondence), 1961-1962
12 Minutes, Council Meetings, 1949-1950
12 Minutes, Executive Committee, 1949-1950, 1964
12 Minutes, Finance Committee, 1949, 1961
12 Minutes, Publicity Committee, 1949
12 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
12 150th Anniversary Planning, 1971-1974
Box
13 Annual Reports, 1946-1971
13 Printed Material, Miscellaneous, 1949-1973
13 Printed Material, School Circulars, etc., 1950-1973, undated
13 School Budget and Expense Analysis, 1950-1951
13 Report of Treasurer, 1961
13 National Society of Painters in Casein, Inc.
13 Constitution and By-Laws, undated
13 Correspondence, 1954-1975, undated
13 Financial Records, 1954-1964, undated
13 Lists (membership, awards, etc.), undated
13 Minutes of Annual Meeting and Board Meeting, 1965, 1973
13 Publicity, 1955, 1965, undated
13 Reports, 1950s-1968, undated
13 Scrapbook, 1952-1962
(see: box 25)
13 Parsons School of Design, 1947-1950, undated
13 Pen and Brush, 1963-1973
13 Society of American Etchers (John Taylor Arms), 1941-1947
13 Today's Art
13 Correspondence, 1960-1974, undated
(12 folders)
13 Manuscripts of Articles and Reviews by Fabri and Other Authors, 1958-1972, undated
(8 folders)
Box
14 Manuscripts of Articles and Reviews by Fabri and Other Authors, 1973-1974, undated
(4 folders)
Box
25 (sol) National Society of Painters in Casein, Inc., Scrapbook, 1952-1962

Series 4: Writings, 1911-1975, undated
(Boxes 14-17; 3.8 linear ft.)

Among the extensive writings by Fabri are drafts and completed manuscripts of articles, books, music and lyrics, and a few poems. Manuscripts for Fabri's books include two unpublished titles: a partial draft and outline for Flower Painting in Every Medium that may have become Complete Guide to Flower Painting, and The Romance of Architecture.

Diaries (75 vols.) covering the period 1918-1975 (entirely or partially in Hungarian prior to about 1938) contain almost daily entries recording in varying degrees of detail professional and personal activities, special and mundane events, and his opinions. Of particular interest are Fabri's heavily illustrated notes from his student days at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Notebooks (7 vols.) mainly contain lists of concerts, operas, and plays attended by Fabri between 1912 and 1974, noting the performers. Writings by other authors include the manuscript of Pastel Painting, a book published by Stephen Csoka, said to have been ghostwritten by Fabri.

The series is arranged into 2 subseries:

4.1: Writings By Fabri, 1911-1975, undated

Box
14 Addresss
14 Address Books, circa 1920s-1969, undated
(6 volumes; 5 folders)
14 Card File and Loose Slips of Paper, undated
14 Articles
14 Various Titles, 1921-1971, undated
14 "Methods and Materials" (series in Pictures on Exhibit), 1949-circa 1955
14 Books
14 Advanced Techniques and Styles in Oil Painting (partial manuscript and outline; unpublished), 1953
14 The Art of Polymer Painting
14 Edited First Draft, circa 1966
14 Revised Manuscript, circa 1966
14 Final Manuscript, circa 1966
14 Notes and Information Concerning Publicity, 1966
14 Artist's Guide to Composition
14 Manuscript, 1969
(2 folders)
14 Illustrations, Captions, Invoices for Photo Orders, 1969
14 Color: A Complete Guide for Artists
14 Edited Draft, circa 1967
(2 folders)
14 Partial Draft and Notes, circa 1967
14 Complete Guide to Flower Painting Manuscript, circa 1968
(2 folders)
14 The First Hundred Years: A Brief History of the American Watercolor Society
14 Manuscript, 1968
14 Notes, 1968
Box
15 Flower Painting in Every Medium (partial draft and outline), circa 1966
15 Learn To Draw (manuscript), 1945
15 Oil Painting: How To Do It! (dummy), circa 1953
15 Painting Cityscapes
15 Manuscript, circa 1969
(2 folders)
15 Illustration Captions, 1969
15 Painting Outdoors (manuscript), circa 1968-1968
(2 folders)
15 Pastel Painting (see: 4.2: Writings by Other Authors – Csoka, Stephen)
15 The Romance of Architecture (unpublished)
15 Draft, circa 1959
15 Manuscript, circa 1959
15 Sculpture in Paper
15 Draft, circa 1966
15 Manuscript, circa 1967
15 Diaries (vols. 1 -21), 1918-1952
(9 folders)
Box
16 Diaries (vols. 22-61), 1953-1969
(15 folders)
Box
17 Diaries (vols. 62-75), 1970-1975, undated
(5 folders)
17 Epicomedy, 1911
17 Exhibition Reviews (probably for Pictures on Exhibit), 1952-1956
17 Lecture Notes, 1933-1947
17 Lists of Art Work, undated
17 Music and Lyrics, 1910-1913
17 Notes from Architecture Courses, Hungarian Royal Academy of Fine Arts, 1915-1916
17 Notebooks, 1912-1974, undated
(7 vols in 2 folders)
17 Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
17 Poems, 1959, 1962, undated

4.2: Writings By Other Authors, 1962, undated

Box
17 Hoffman Irwin D. Tribute to Ralph Fabri, undated
17 Csoka, Stephen, Pastel Painting (ghostwritten by Fabri)
17 Corrected Draft, 1962
17 Final Manuscript, 1962

Series 5: Art Work, circa 1903-1970s
(Box 17, 26; 0.4 linear ft.)

Art work by Fabri includes student work, early commercial work, drawings and sketches, a few early watercolor paintings, and two sketchbooks. Other artists represented are Fabri's uncle Miklos Fabri, Laszlo Schwartz, Paul Mommer, and Marantz.

In addition, illustrated letters by Fabri are filed with Series 1: Correspondence. Notes from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, which are heavily illustrated, can be found with Series 4: Writings.

The series is arranged into 2 subseries:

5.1: Art Work By Fabri, circa 1903-1970s, undated,

Box
17 Commercial Work, 1912, 1917, undated
17 Designs, Textiles, 1921
17 Designs, Jewelry, 1921
(see: Box 26)
17 Drawings and Sketches (pencil; ink), circa 1903-1970s, undated
(6 folders)
17 Drawings (pencil), 1932
(see: Box 26)
17 Paintings (oil; watercolor), circa 1903-1906
17 Paintings (watercolor; gouache), 1910s-1920s
17 Sketchbooks (2 vols.), 1920s, 1940s-1950s
17 Student Work (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest), 1915-1918
(see: Box 26)

5.2: Art Work By Other Artists, circa 1903, undated,

Box
17 Painting (watercolor) by Miklos Fabri [uncle]; Drawing (pencil) by László Schwartz, circa 1903, undated
17 Painting (gouache) by Paul Mommer; Drawing (ink) by Marantz, undated
(see: Box 26)
Box
26 (sol) Oversized Artwork by Fabri, Jewelry Designs, 1921
26 (sol) Oversized Artwork by Fabri, Drawings (pencil), 1932
26 (sol) Oversized Student Work by Fabri (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest), 1915-1918
26 (sol) Painting (gouache) by Paul Mommer; Drawing (ink) by Marantz, undated

Series 6: Financial Records, 1923-1973, undated
(Box 18; 0.6 linear ft.)

Box
18 Banking
18 American Union Bank (cancelled checks), 1925-1931
18 Chemical Bank (cancelled checks; account statements), 1970-1973
18 Corn Exchange Bank Trust Company (savings passbooks), 1933-1938
18 International Money Order Receipts, 1923-1924; 1925; 1931; 1956
18 Manufacturers Trust Company (cancelled checks), 1931-1932
18 Ledger, 1958-1968
18 Receipts
18 Packages Sent to Family in Hungary, 1928-1956, n.d
18 Personal and Business Expenses, 1917-1969, undated
(2 folders)
18 Taxes
18 Income Tax (federal, state, local), 1924-1925; 1939-1970; 1973-1974
(6 folders)
18 Sales Tax (New York City), 1935-1956

Series 7: Miscellaneous Records, 1931-1975, undated
(Box 18; 0.4 linear ft.)

Included among the miscellaneous records and artifacts are art sales and donations, six medals awarded to Fabri, and guest books. A videotape (SONY Helical Scan recording) of Fabri in his studio, made by Jerome Bona and Rick Brown that aired on NYC public access television station Channel C in 1973, is also included.

The videotape (SONY Helical Scan recording) of Fabri in his studio was made by Jerome Bona and Rick Brown and aired on NYC public access television station Channel C in 1973.

Box
18 Volume "Art Reocords" listing Art Sales and Donations, 1931-1975
18 Artifacts
18 Leather Wallet or Passport Case (with insignia and inscription in Hungarian) and Leather Card Case, undated
18 Medals, 1950-1958
(6 items; 2 folders)
18 Guest Books, 1946, 1949-1971
(2 vols.)
18 Videotape of Fabri, 1973

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1911-1971
(Boxes 27-30; 1.3 linear ft.)

Ten volumes of scrapbooks document Fabri's career and consist mainly of clippings and other printed material. Also included are samples of his early commercial work.

An additional scrapbook of the National Society of Painters in Casein, Inc. is included with Series 3: Subject Files.

Box
27 (sol) Vol. 1: Reproductions of early work, clippings, linoleum cuts, and commercial work, 1911-1941/42
27 (sol) Vol. 2: Clippings, reproductions, other printed material including samples of commercial work (disbound), 1940s, undated
27 (sol) Vol. 3: Clippings and printed material, 1921-1943
Box
28 (sol) Vol. 4: Clippings and printed material, 1943-1945
28 (sol) Vol. 5: Clippings and printed material, 1945-1951
Box
29 (sol) Vol. 6: Clippings and printed material, 1952-1957
29 (sol) Vol. 7: Clippings and printed material, 1957-1963
Box
30 (sol) Vol. 8: Clippings and printed material, 1963-1967
30 (sol) Vol. 9: Clippings, printed material, and photograph, 1966-1969
30 (sol) Vol. 10: Clippings, printed material, and photograph, 1969-1971

Series 9: Printed Material, 1910s-1973, undated
(Boxes 19-23, 25, and OV 32; 4.8 linear ft.)

Printed material by Fabri includes articles, books, commercial designs, reproductions, and works he translated for publication in Hungarian. A fairly complete run of Today's Art is included. Fabri contributed articles to the magazine starting in 1953, its first year of publication.

Exhibition related items include catalogs, announcements, and invitations for Fabri's exhibitions and exhibitions of other artists. Also included are posters, and prospectuses. Miscellaneous printed items on a variety of topics include a fair number of blank postcards, and reproductions of art work by other artists.

This series is arranged as 4 subseries:

9.1: About/Mentioning Fabri, 1920s-1973, undated

Box
19 Announcements of Painting Demonstrations and Lectures by Fabri, 1959-1973, undated
19 Book Reviews, Publicity, Advertisements for Books by Fabri, 1966-1971, undated
19 Business Cards. Receipt Form, Announcement (R.F. Studios); Calling Card, 1920s, undated
19 Catalogs of Art Collections, 1958-1964
19 Miscellaneous Items, 1953-1973, undated
19 Reports, 1943-1969

9.2: By Fabri, 1910s-1973, undated

Box
19 Articles [in Hungarian], 1921-1923; 1932
(see: Box 25)
19 Articles (see also: Today's Art), 1947-1971
19 Books
19 History of the American Watercolor Society: The First Hundred Years, 1969
19 Learn to Draw: A Comprehensive Handbook for Art Students and Art Lovers, 1945
19 Oil Painting: How to Do It!, 1953
19 Commercial Designs by Fabri
19 Envelopes and Album Covers for Stamp and Album Co. of America, 1938-1942
19 Calendar for All-In-One Suppliers; Miscellaneous Items, 1943, undated
(see: Box 25)
19 Map Covers for Geographica Map Co.; Covers for All-In-One Suppliers Catalogs, 1940s
19 Miscellaneous Items, 1910s-1920s and 1940s
19 Posters (advertisement for Arthur Allen Clothiers; announcement of weekly stamp collectors' broadcasts), 1940s
(see: OV 31)
19 Sheet Music Covers (Laszlo Schwartz, composer), 1923-1924
19 Stamps for American Hungarian Relief, 1940s
19 Letter to the Editor, New York Times Magazine, 1972
19 Reproductions of Work by Fabri (postcard and Christmas card), undated
19 Today's Art (Ralph Fabri, associate editor), 1953-1969
(9 folders)
Box
20 Today's Art (Ralph Fabri, editor), 1971, 1973
(3 folders)
20 Translated by Fabri
20 Akit Nem Szabad Szeretni by Giudo da Verona, 1920
20 A nó a XVIII. Száladban by Edmund and Jules de Goncourt and Levelek a Malmamból by Daudet, 1921, 1922

9.3: Exhibitions, 1917-1971, undated

Box
20 Catalogs, Announcements, Invitations (Fabri shows), 1917/18-1948
(11 folders)
Box
21 Catalogs, Announcements, Invitations (Fabri shows), 1949-1959
(16 folders)
Box
22 Catalogs, Announcements, Invitations (Fabri shows), 1960-1971
(22 folders)
Box
23 Catalogs, Announcements, Invitations (Fabri shows), 1972-1974, undated
(4 folders)
23 Catalogs, Announcements, Invitations (Other artists), 1956-1968, undated
23 Poster, Royal Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts School Exhibition, circa 1917-1918
23 Prospectuses, 1943-1971

9.4: Miscellaneous Printed Items, 1919-1973, undated

Box
23 Art Topics
23 Audubon Artists, 1950-1952, undated
23 General, 1919-1972, undated
23 National Academy of Design, 1949-1950
23 National Society of Painters in Casein, Inc., 1955-1966
23 Menu from Magyar Ház (restaurant operated by Henrik Fabri) and Advertisement for Strand-Pensió (hotel run by Henrik Fabri), undated
23 Miscellaneous Topics (not art), 1921-1973, undated
23 Newsletters (Regun Theatre; 14th Street Theatre), 1925
23 Postcards (blank)
23 Art, undated
23 Canada; England; France, undated
23 Hungary; India, Ceylon, and Burma; Italy; Romania, undated
23 Miscellaneous U.S. States, 1948-1950, undated
(2 folders)
23 Programs, Concert, 1921-1937, undated
23 Programs, Theater, 1921, undated
23 Reproductions of Art Work by Other Artists, undated
23 War Ration Books, 1942-1943
Box
25 (sol) Oversized Calendar for All-In-One Suppliers; Miscellaneous Items, 1943 and undated
Box
OV 31 Oversized Posters by Fabri, 1940s

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1870s-1973, undated
(Boxes 23-25; 1.4 linear ft.)

Photographs are of Ralph Fabri, his family (including a few ancestors), friends, and unidentified individuals and groups. Among the places depicted are Pension Villa-Fabri in Hungary, the family's restaurant and hotel. An item of particular note filed with miscellaneous subjects is a view of "Give a Thought to Music," a parade float designed and constructed by Fabri. Ten volumes of photograph albums include views of paintings and commercial work by Fabri, various friends, his studio, the Dreiser estate in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and group portraits of the City College of New York faculty.

This series is arranged as 5 subseries:

10.1: Art Work, 1862-1964, undated

Box
23 By Fabri
23 A-Z (by title), undated
(2 folders)
23 Untitled, undated
23 Color Transparency of Still Life, undated
23 Painting Demonstrations, undated
23 By Other Artists
23 A-Z and unidentified (by artist), undated
23 Illustrations for National Gallery of Canada Calendar, 1964
23 Illustrations for Sculpture in Paper by Fabri (includes negatives), circa 1962
23 Unidentified Artist (possibly Fabri), Architectural Drawing, undated

10.2: People, circa 1870s-1973, undated

Box
23 Fabri, Ralph
23 Childhood Portraits (see: Family)
23 Portraits, 1922-1973, undated
23 Portraits, 1942, 1963
(see box 25)
23 With Others (Dreiser, Helen and unidentified individuals), circa 1920s-1970, undated
23 Family
23 Becher, Charlotte Pfeiffer and Jack (see: Levine, Bernice Becher; see also: Pfeiffer, Ilona Fischer)
23 Fabri Children (Charles, Elza, Otti, and Ralph in various groupings), 1898-1908, 1935
23 Fabri, Charles (brother), circa 1900-1936
23 Fabri, Elza (sister); her Husband, Géza Dési; their Children, 1908-1960
23 Fabri, Helena Fischer (mother), circa 1880s-1937, undated
23 Fabri, Helena Fischer and Henrik L. Fabri (parents), 1893
23 Fabri, Henrik L. (father), early 1900s, 1924
23 Fabri, Otti (sister); her Children, circa 1900, 1922-1936
23 Fabri, Pauline (aunt), 1952
23 Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1904
23 Fischer, Eugene (uncle), circa 1870s
23 Fischer, Helena (see: Fabri, Helena Fischer)
23 Fischer, Ilona (see: Pfeiffer, Ilona Fischer)
23 Fischer, Grandmother (mother of Helena Fischer Fabri), circa 1870s
23 Levine, Bernice Becher (second cousin, husband George Levine, and parents Jack and Charlotte Pfeiffer Becher), 1935-1937
23 Pfeiffer, Ilona Fischer (sister of Helena Fischer Fabri, with son-in-law, Jack Becher), 1937
23 Others
23 Daitz-Caporicci, Teresa, 1962
23 Dreiser, Helen, 1932, circa 1944
23 Einstein, Alfred and Abraham Mandelstam, undated
23 Gottlieb, Elizabeth, 1947
23 Mandelstam, Abraham (see: Einstein, Alfred and Abraham Mandelstam)
23 Van Dijk, Kees, undated
23 Unidentified Individuals, 1922-1973, undated
23 Unidentified Groups, 1922, undated

10.3: Places, circa 1920s-1971, undated

Box
24 Alaska, 1922, undated
24 British Columbia, undated
24 Hungary (Budapest), Pension Villa-Fabri (exterior, garden, outdoor dining area), circa 1920s-1930s
24 India (Agra and Darjeeling), undated
24 Ireland (Dublin), 1968
24 National Gallery of Canada, Lorne Building, circa 1960s
24 Turkey (negatives), 1971
24 Unidentified, undated

10.4: Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1920s, undated

Box
24 Animals, undated
24 Parade Float, "Give a Thought to Music," Designed and Constructed by Fabri, circa 1920s

10.5: Photograph Albums, 1920s

Box
24 Vol. 1, "Photographs of Paintings, Settings, etc.," 1920s
24 Vol. 2, Photographs of Displays and Other Commercial Work (disbound), 1920s-1940s
24 Vol. 3, "Pix I took of Maria Samson, Hungarian opera singer, in Winnipeg and New York. Also: Laszlo Schwartz in Winnipeg and some friends in N.Y.," 1921-1923
24 Vol. 4, "Ralph Fabri movie displays, shadowboxes, a horsedrawn float, etc. done while working for the Art Guild, W. 5th St., 1922-23 (24). Lettering done by letterers," 1922-1924
24 Vol. 5, "Starting with early pix, 1921-1922, though my European trip, 1927, my studio in Washington Square, my family in U.S. and Hungary. My friends Mabel Farrar, Elizabeth Schirmer, others and myself up to 1930. Last pix on top," 1921-1930
24 Vol. 6, "Family, the Dreisers. Camp Wigwam. Mabel [Farrar]. Elly von Marczell. Maria Samson's House (Kew Gardens). Mavis Elizabeth Peat. Evelyn B. Macht," 1928-1937
24 Vol. 7, "Ralph Fabri: Photograph of Portraits," 1929-circa 1946
24 Vol. 8, "Photographs I took at Camp Wigwam, Maine and "Iroki" the Dreiser estate, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.," 1930-1936
24 Vol. 9, "Pix from Mt. Kisco and house I remodeled in Newark, N.J. for my uncle," 1931-1932(?)
24 Vol. 10, Photographs of Paintings by Fabri; Group Portraits, including CCNY Faculty (disbound), 1940s-1960s
(see also box 25)
Box
25 (sol) Oversized Photographs, People – Fabri Portraits, 1942, 1963
25 (sol) Vol. 10 Photograph Album, Oversized Photographs of Paintings by Fabri; Group Portraits, including CCNY Faculty (disbound), 1940s-1960s