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Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo papers, 1851-1986, bulk 1920s-1960s

Hirsch, Stefan, b. 1899 d. 1964
Painter, Muralist, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.

Rogo, Elsa, b. 1901 d. 1996
Painter, Art teacher
Active in Bennington,Vt.; Mexico; N.Y.

Collection size: 19.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, teaching material, art work, photographs, printed material, and audio visual material document the artistic, teaching, and journalism careers of husband and wife Stephan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo.

Correspondence is with friends, family, and colleagues, concerning commissions, exhibitions, travel, and teaching. Writings consist of drafts about art, Latin American artists, and lectures on art. Teaching material is from Bennington and Bard colleges where Hirsch taught. Art work includes pencil drawings and studies, oil and watercolor sketches, and sketchbooks by Rogo, Hirsch and others. Photographs are of Rogo and Hirsch and others as well as photographs taken by Rogo documenting international diplomatic meetings and Mexican murals and muralists. Printed material consists of art periodicals, exhibition catalogs, and newspaper clippings documenting the work of Rogo and Hirsch.

Audio visual material includes eleven short reels of 16 mm motion picture film, including 10 reels shot in Mexico between 1935 and 1941, and one reel shot at Bard College in 1941. Also found are five short reels of 8 mm motion picture film shot in Ogunquit, Maine and New York City in the early 1930s, and 2 sound recordings, one of a personal nature, and the other of a Spanish radio show with an appearance by Elsa Rogo.

Biographical/Historical Note: Artists, art educators, journalist; Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Donated 1996 by the Elsa Rogo estate, via Sylvia Siskin, executrix. Additions were donated 2002 and 2014 by professor James Oles, Art Department, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. on behalf of Sylvia Siskin.

Funding for the preservation of the Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo home movies shot in Mexico was provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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