Scope and Contents
The papers of painter Charles Hoffbauer measure 6.5 linear feet and date from 1891 to 1975. The papers document his career through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, printed materials, and photographic materials.
Biographical materials include biographical sketches, certificates and awards, diary excerpts, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs documents, and other records. Correspondence is with family and colleagues, including letters from Rudulph Evans describing work on the Jefferson Memorial statue, letters relating to Hoffbauer's military service during World War I, and other letters regarding murals. Writings and notes include notebooks, drafts, manuscripts, photographs of artwork, and other material for "The Incredible Prophecy," "Napoleon's Russian Campaign," and "War and Peace." Personal business records consist of inventories and price lists, project and exhibition files, business files for Schweitzer Gallery and Walt Disney Productions, and studio records. Booklets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, a scrapbook, and other printed materials document Hoffbauer and his career. Photographic materials include slides, glass slides and negatives, and vintage photographs of Hoffbauer, friends and family, Europe and World War I, and works of art.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Charles Hoffbauer papers were donated in 1977-1978 by Joseph Gropper, except for correspondence dated 1905-1957, which was donated in 1978 by Lewis Gelbert.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2020.