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Esther G. Rolick papers, 1940-1985

Rolick, Esther G., 1922-2008

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 4.0 linear feet (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Letters, printed material, scrapbooks, sketches, financial material, photographs, and sound recordings.
REELS 827-828: 355 Letters from May Swenson, Babette Deutsch, Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones and others; exhibition catalogs, announcements and guest lists; a scrapbook of clippings, letters and announcements; 50 sketches and drawings by classmates, including Helen DeMott, Terry Haas and Enrique Grau; and 2 illustrated children's stories by Rolick.
REEL 950: Photographs, including: 10 of Rolick in her studio (a copyprint by Mako Oike of Rolick is also microfilmed on reel 1817 fr. 1047-1048); the installation of her exhibition at Jacques Seligmann & Co., 1953; works of art by Rolick, Patdeaic Collum, Virginia Dudley, Alice Klein, Deka Newlin, May Swenson, Louise Taeman and Val Telberg.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, 1960-1985; photographs of Palermo, Italy, Rolick and her art work, Rolick as a child, and her friends and family; exhibition catalogs, announcements, theatre programs, travel brochures and clippings; 2 scrapbooks containing clippings, poems by Rolick, financial material, travel brochures, exhibition announcements and catalogs; writings by Rolick and others; business records; and a sketch and a silkscreen print.
Also included are 9 cassettes of untranscribed interviews conducted by Rolick for her class "Black Music and Art," at Mercy College, ca. 1970-1971. Interviewees include: Charles Alston, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, W. Joseph Black, Robert Blackburn, Valerie Capers, Roy DeCarava, Allen Fannin, Dorothy Fannin, Alvin Hollingsworth, Jean Hutson, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, John Rhoden, Edward S. Spriggs, Hale Woodruff, and artists affiliated with the Cinque Gallery, Weusi Gallery, and SPIRAL, an artist's group.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, art instructor; New York, N.Y.


Donated by Esther Rolick, 1970 through 1985.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 827-828, 950 (fr. 259-463) available for use 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

Esther G. Rolick papers, 1940-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.