Seymour Rosofsky papers, 1945-1982

Rosofsky, Seymour, b. 1924 d. 1981
Painter, Art teacher, Printmaker
Active in Chicago, Ill.

Collection size: 4.5 linear ft. (on 7 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Sketchbooks, prints, drawings, correspondence, and business and printed materials relating to the activities of Seymour Rosofsky.

Reels 4183-4187: Sixty sketchbooks (ca. 1945-1980) range in size from 5" x 8" to 18" x 24" and are accompanied by 2 linocuts and 42 drawings and watercolors.

Reels 4187-4189: Biographical materials include resumes (1959-1981), a transcript (1970) from the Art Institute of Chicago and medical records (1966-1967, 1980). Correspondence (1947-1981) concerns art-related activities and includes 12 letters (1978-1981) from William Stipe, letters of condolence (1981) to Carol Rosofsky after her husband's death, and a file (1981-1982) on the Rosofsky Memorial Fund. Business records consist of an accounts notebook of works sent out (1978-1981), income tax returns (1969-1976), invoices (1966-1981) for art supplies, receipts (1963-1982) and 5 leases (1969-1981) for Rosofsky's apartment.

A file (1968-1973) contains letters and printed material concerning the Chicago City College art program. Printed materials consist of clippings (1954-1981), press releases (1961-1981), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1966-1981), and publications containing illustrations by Rosofsky. Other materials include a proposal (1967) for a center for craftsmen and artists, lists of exhibitions and PAC members, a linocut portrait of a man, 30 ink sketches and a card file of addresses.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, printmaker and art instructor, Chicago, Illinois. Studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Boris Anisfield, a student of Chagall, and at the Universities of Biarritz and Chicago. Rosofsky was part of the group of Chicago artists known as the "Monster Roster" in the early 1950s. His surrealistic works were usually set in Chicago. He taught at Loop Junior College (Chicago City Colleges) from 1964 until his death in 1981.

Loaned and donated by Rosofsky's widow, Carol Rosofsky.

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