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Alvin Ross papers, 1940-1975

Ross, Alvin, 1920-1975

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, ca. 1065 items (partially microfilmed on 4 reels)

Summary: Correspondence, printed material, photographs, a diary, financial papers, and writings.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, mainly from Ross to his parents; a travel diary; photographs and slides of Ross at work and of his art work; a list of exhibitions; and exhibition catalogs and announcements.
REELS 1280-1284: Letters concerning Ross' teaching at Pratt and the New School, gallery correspondence, and invitations to lecture or write; recommendations, fellowships and awards; pocket diaries, 1948-1974, listing dinners and appointments; files on exhibitions and courses Ross taught; writings, notes and speeches; catalogs; and financial papers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, printmaker, teacher, lecturer; New York, N.Y. and Provincetown, Massachusetts Born Vineland, New Jersey. Faculty member, Department of Art, Pratt Institute; lecturer, history of art and architecture, New School of Social Research and New York School of Interior Design. Painted in oil in the realistic style.


Material on reels 1280-1284 lent for microfilming by Lenore Ross, Alvin's sister, 1977. Unmicrofilmed material was donated by Alvin and Lenore Ross, 1975-1980.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 1280-1284: Originals returned to the lender, Lenore Ross, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1280-1284 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Alvin Ross papers, 1940-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.