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Elmer Bischoff papers, 1914-1990

Bischoff, Elmer Nelson, 1916-1991

Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 4.4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of San Francisco painter and arts instructor Elmer Bischoff measure 4.4 linear feet and date from 1914 to 1990, with the bulk of the material dating from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. Found within the papers are biographical materials, scattered correspondence, notes and notebooks, teaching and student files, printed materials, artwork and two sketchbooks, and photographs and negatives of Bischoff, his family, post World War II Europe, and artwork studies.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991) was an influential painter and arts instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area figurative art movement that emerged in the early 1950s.


Two items on reel 2787 were donated in 1974 by Elmer Bischoff. His papers were donated in 1991 by his widow, Adelie Bischoff.

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Language Note

The collection is in English


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care Preservation Fund.