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Chaim Gross papers, 1920-2001

Chaim Gross papers, 1920-2001

Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991

Art teacher, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 14.8 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, exhibition and event files, photographs, art work, and printed material relating to the career of sculptor Chaim Gross.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chaim Gross (1904-1991) was a sculptor and instructor from New York, New York. Born in a small village in Austria-Hungary, Gross studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts (Budapest) in 1919, and at the Kunstgewerbeschule (Vienna) in 1920. Immigrating to New York City in 1921, he attended classes at the Educational Alliance Art School from 1921-1926 and befriended Raphael and Moses Soyer. He also studied at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, and with Robert Laurent at the Art Students League. Gross taught at the Educational Alliance Art School from 1927-1990, and at the New School of Social Research from 1950-1990. A renowned collector of African sculpture, Gross was active in many art-related and philanthropic organizations. His daughter, Mimi, was married to Red Grooms in 1964.


Material on reels D115, N69-35, N69-36, and 4913-4923 donated by Gross from 1963-1983. (Missing originals filmed on D115: fr. 81, 873, and 1296-1303). Sketchbooks and record books lent for microfilming 1966-1975 by Gross. His daughter, Mimi, donated additional letters in 2005, some of which were lent for with material for microfilming on reels 2320-2321 in 1981. Postcards on reel 2813 were donated by Mrs. Irving Marantz in 1975. Additional material donated 2016 by the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation via Susan Fisher, Executive Director. Funding for microfilming provided by the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Inc., the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation.

Related Materials

Chaim Gross papers also at Syracuse University.

Location of Originals

  • Sketchbooks, record books, and material on reels D115a, N69-7, N69-8, N69-19, N69-20, N69-28, N69-29, N69-34, N69-52, 924-925, and 2320-2321: Originals returned to the lender, Chaim Gross, after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels D115-D115a, N69/7-8, N69/19-20, N69/28-29, N69/34-36, N69-52, 924-925, 2813, 2320-2321, and 4913-4923 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.

Restrictions on Use

Eight letters and two envelopes (partially microfilmed on reels 2320-2321) Permission to reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from: Mimi Gross 4 White Street, 3rd floor, New York, N.Y. 10013-3508

How to Cite This Collection

Chaim Gross papers, 1920-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Selected Digitized Items