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Elizabeth Olds papers, 1917-1976

Olds, Elizabeth, 1896-1991

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 3 Linear feet, (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters, writings, business records, printed matter, photographs and art works.
Included are: biographical information; ca. 50 letters received, and copies of letters sent, including a 4 p. letter from Ezra Pound in which he writes about the work and temperment of Constantin Brancusi and Fernand Leger, and recommends that Olds talk to Ernest Hemingway about Joan Miro. Pound also writes about the work of European old master painters and the art museums of Italy, France and England; typescripts of an undated manuscript, "What is a Silk Screen Print," and of a lecture, "Mass Production of Prints"; ca. 200 clippings; 47 exhibition catalogs and announcements including several for exhibitions of color silk screen prints; photographs, including 14 of Olds and her family, 2 of Olds by Berenice Abbott, and one of Olds and her teacher George Luks, and 62 of her art work; priced lists of work sold; printed miscellany, mostly concerning her work as a writer and illustrator of children's books; 110 drawings and paintings; and 46 prints. Ca. 100 slides of her work were not microfilmed.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, printmaker and illustrator; New York City and Sarasota, Florida. Died 1991.


All material donated to Archives by Elizabeth Olds, January 6, 1978. 46 prints were transferred by the Archives to the National Museum of American Art January 1984.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • 46 prints transferred to National Museum of American Art, January 1984.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 2976 available 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. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Elizabeth Olds papers, 1917-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.