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Bashka Paeff papers, 1920-1981

Bashka Paeff papers, 1920-1981

Paeff, Bashka, 1894-1979


Collection Information

Size: 1.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of sculptor Bashka Paeff measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1981. The small collection documents her work as an artist in Boston, Massachusettes, through biographical material, two diaries, printed material, and photographs of Bashka Paeff and her artwork. Also found are an autograph book, containing signatures and notes from MacDowell Colony members, one clippings scrapbook, and four photograph albums, including one from a trip to Europe in the 1920s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bashka Paeff (1894-1979) was a sculptor in Boston, Massachusetts.


Donated 2012 by Don Richard Lipsitt, Paeff's nephew.

A Finding Aid to the Bashka Paeff Papers, 1920-1981, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical/Historical note
Bashka Paeff (1894-1979) was a sculptor in Boston, Massachusettes. Paeff was born in Minsk, Russia and moved to Boston with her parents when she was a year old. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with Bela Pratt in 1914. Later she worked at the McDowell Colony and married Boston University professor Samuel M. Waxman. Paeff was known for realistic animal sculptures as well as war memorials, fountains, and portraits. Notable works include the Boy and Bird statue in the Boston Public Gardens, the Lexington Minute Men Memorial, and a statue of President Harding's pet terrier, Laddie Boy, which was cast from pennies collected by newsboys and became part of the Smithsonian Institution collection.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 4 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material 1922-1981 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 1, 3)
Series 2: Diaries, 1924-1925 (2 folders; Box 1)
Series 3: Printed Material, 1920-1979 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 4: Photographs, circa 1920s-1977 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)
Donated 2012 by Don Richard Lipsitt, Paeff's nephew.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2014. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but often staples and other fasteners have not been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires and appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Bashka Paeff papers, 1920-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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