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Esphyr Slobodkina papers, circa 1925-1995

Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002

Painter, Author, Sculptor, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.9 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, sculptor, author, and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina measure 1.9 linear feet and date from circa 1925 to 1995. Found within the papers are personal and professional correspondence, including letters from Ilya Bolotowsky, George L.K. Morris, and Paul Kelpe; writings, including a copy of the autobiography Notes for a Biographer (vol. 1); printed materials; photographs; and material on the American Abstract Artists, including administrative records, business correspondence, and publications.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor, author, and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002) lived and worked in New York City, Great Neck, and Long Island, New York and was known for her abstract art and her children's books, including the seminal Caps For Sale .


Esphyr Slobodkina loaned a portion of her papers for microfilming and donated material in 1970. She gave additional papers between 1995 and 1996.

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Language Note

The collection is in English.


Processing of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art