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Elisabeth Zogbaum papers relating to Franz Kline, 1892-circa 2005, bulk 1930-1990

Zogbaum, Elisabeth Ross, 1912-2005


Collection Information

Size: 11.7 linear feet

Summary: Elisabeth Zogbaum's papers regarding Franz Kline.
1991 donation (0.2 linear feet): Inventory of paintings and drawings of Klines work from the Allan Stone Gallery kept on notecards (photocopies of these) which lists the work, where exhibited, and to whom it was sold; also, a group of cards (A-M) of collectors of Klines work.
2004 donation (4.7 linear feet): Correspondence, photographs, publications, clippings, books and artifacts.
2010 donation (7.0 linear feet): Biographical material; correspondence; material regarding the Franz Kline estate; materials regarding the Franz Kline Foundation; information regarding stolen works of art; legal records; Zogbaum's writings and presentations on Kline6; exhibition files; photographs; audio recordings; and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elisabeth Zogbaum was a close friend and companion of painter Franz Kline. She was married to sculptor Wilfrid Meynell Zogbaum.


The 2004 donation was initially brought to the Archives as a deposit in 1965 by Elisabeth Ross Zogbaum, and microfilmed on reels D206-D207. Elizabeth Zogbaum donated the Allan Stone Gallery inventory and card file in 1991. In 2004, her son, Rufus Zogbaum, donated the material previously on deposit, and he donated additional papers in 2010. Portions of the printed material were transferred to the vertical files of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels D206-D207 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is being processed and is temporarily CLOSED to researchers. Researchers may consult microfilm (2004 donation). Contact Reference Services for more information.

1991 and 2010 donation: ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.

Restrictions on Use

2004 donation: Permission to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from Rufus Zogbaum

The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.

How to Cite This Collection

Elisabeth Zogbaum papers relating to Franz Kline, 1892-circa 2005, bulk 1930-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.