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Elise Asher papers, 1923-1994

Asher, Elise, 1914-2004


Collection Information

Size: 1.6 linear ft.

Summary: The Elise Asher papers, 1923-1994, measure 1.6 linear feet and reflect Asher's career as a poet, painter, and sculptor, and her friendships with many of the more prominent artists of the mid-twentieth century. The collection contains biographical material, letters, writings, works of art, business records, printed material, and photographs. Notable correspondents found in the collection include Fritz Bultman, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Norman Mailer, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Mark Rothko, Theodoros Stamos, Jack Tworkov, and Kurt Vonnegut. Among the photographs are one of Asher with Mark Rothko in his studio and one with William Carlos Williams.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elise Asher (1914-2004) was a painter, sculptor, and poet from New York, N.Y. Asher was married to painter Nanno de Groot from 1949 to 1957. A year later she married poet Stanley Kunitz, whose work she often illutrated.


Donated 1975-1995 by Elise Asher.


Funding for the microfilming of the collection was provided by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.