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Emily Genauer papers, circa 1920s-1990s

Genauer, Emily, 1910-2002

Author, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 11.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of art critic Emily Genauer measure 11.4 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to 1990. Found within the papers are correspondence with artists, gallery owners, and friends; extensive writings; research and reference files; personal business records; and photographs.
Notable correspondents include David Aronson, Mrs. Max Beckman, Isabel Bishop, Dorothy Carnegie, Marc Chagall, Salvatore Dali, Stuart Davis, Martha Graham, Harry F. Guggenheim, Irene Rice Pereira, Clyfford Still, Rufino Tamayo, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among numerous others. Extensive writings consist largely of drafts of columns written by Genauer and supporting research notes, as well as essays, speeches, lectures, book manuscripts, and memoirs. Research and reference files include source material for columns and essays. Personal business records document Genauer's work on committees and arts organizations, juries, awards, honors and also include interview transcripts and other personal scattered files. There is material regarding her leaving the New York World-Telegram. Printed material includes two of Genauer's books, magazines, newspaper clippings, and exhibition catalogs. Photographs are portraits of Genauer and of artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Emily Genauer (1911-2002) was a modern art critic and columinst working in New York, N.Y. Genauer was an art reviewer and columnist from 1932 until well into the 1980s, with regular writing posts on the New York World, the New York World-Telegram, the New York Herald Tribune, Newsday, and the New York Post. She also worked for Harper's and in television. She won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1975.


Papers were donated in 2000 and 2003 by Constance Roche, daughter of Emily Genauer. Letters on reel NG1 were lent for microfilming 1959 by Emily Genauer.

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Location of Originals

  • 300 letters, photographs and printed materials, Reel NG1: Originals returned to lender Emily Genauer after microfilming.