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: The papers of artists and educators Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo measure 19.0 linear feet and date from 1851 to 1986, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920s to the 1960s. Their artistic, teaching, and journalism careers are documented through biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, professional files, printed materials, photographs and motion picture films, and sketchbooks and other artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note: German-born Stefan Hirsch (1899-1964) was a painter and educator. Elsa Rogo (1901-1966) was married to Hirsch and was an artist, educator and journalist.

Portions of the Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo papers were donated in 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, Massachusetts 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.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

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