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Dahlov Ipcar papers, 1906-1997

Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-

Painter, Author, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 2 reels); 3 Items, rolled docs; 9.3 Linear feet, Addition

Summary: The collection includes correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, exhibition catalogs, sketches, drawings, business records and miscellaneous printed material.
REEL 1519: Correspondence, 1930-1979, including letters from William Zorach and Robert Tristam Coffin; and three scrapbooks, 1936-1979, containing clippings, exhibiton catalogs and announcements.
REEL 5136: Letters from Ipcar's parents to her and her husband, Adolph Ipcar, ca. 1939 and 1951-1968, concerning family affairs with some references to art; two scrapbooks, 1979-1990, containing portions of Ipcar's autobiography, exhibition announcements, clippings and other printed material on Ipcar's work and her community service [note: the first half of the first scrapbook was previously filmed on reel 1519, fr. 336-446, and has not been refilmed]; and Robinhood Snooper, writings referred to as "wall newspapers," written by Dahlov and Adolph Ipcar, 1934-1938 and undated, pertaining to family and local "gossip." Also present are photocopies of works of art by other artists, 1942 and 1965, including a sketch of Marguerite Zorach.
UNMICROFILMED: Business and personal correspondence; letters from Ipcar's parents, Marguerite and William Zorach; photographs of her family and slides of her work; writings and notes; sketches and studies for paintings; blueprints for tapestries and relief sculptures; price lists, contracts and other business records; printed material, including exhibition announcements, catalogs and clippings; and miscellany.
ADDITION (9.3 ft.): Personal and professional correspondence and related printed material, some relating to the Zorachs, 1940s-1997; and files pertaining to a scholarship in sculpture given by Dahlov and Adolph Ipcar to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in memory of William and Marguerite Zorach.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter and illustrator; Robinhood, Maine. Ipcar primarily painted animal scenes and illustrated several children's books. She was the daughter of artists Marguerite and William Zorach.


Material on reel 1519 lent for microfilming 1979, and unmicrofilmed material donated 1979-1997 by Dahlov Ipcar. Material on reel 5136 was lent for microfilming 1996.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 1519 and 5136: Originals returned to the donor, Dahlov Ipcar,after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1519 & 5136 available at Archives of Ameican 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

Dahlov Ipcar papers, 1906-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.