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Eugenie Gershoy papers, 1914-1983

Eugenie Gershoy papers, 1914-1983

Gershoy, Eugenie, 1901-1983 or 6

Sculptor, Painter, Ceramicist, Draftsmen (artists)

Collection Information

Size: 7.2 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Eugenie Gershoy (1901-1986) was a sculptor and art instructor in New York, N.Y. Born in Krivoi Rog, Russia, Gershoy immigrated with her family to New York City in 1903, later becoming a U.S. citizen. She attended the Art Students League and maintained a studio with Harry Gottlieb in Woodstock, N.Y. From 1936 to 1939, under the WPA Federal Art Project, she worked on murals with Max Spivak. Gershoy's first solo exhibition was at the Robinson Gallery in New York in 1940.


Material donated by Eugenie Gershoy, 1971-1983. Funding for the microfilming of the collection was provided by the Philip Birnbaum Foundation.

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Scope and Contents

Biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, art work, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical material consists of a resume, 1965, and a biographical sketch, 1971. Correspondence, 1942-1971, is primarily from museum colleagues including Alfred Barr, Adelyn Breeskin, Juliana Force, and A. Hyatt Mayor, and a letter of recommendation from Anton Refregier. Art work includes 2 etchings, a sketchbook from New Orleans, 1941, and a sketchbook from Mexico, 1949. There are 3 photographs of Gershoy, 1970-1971, photographs of art work and an exhibition installation. Other material includes clippings, 1940-1970, printed material, and notes.

The bulk (5.5 feet) of these papers consists of correspondence, 1914-1983, primarily with her siblings and their families regarding Gershoy's activities, including her interactions with Harry Gottlieb and Juliana Force. Correspondence with colleagues, many associated with the Woodstock Artists Association, includes letters from Elizabeth Ames of Yaddo, Mildred Baker, Arnold and Lucile Blanch, Virginia Dehn, Aline Fruhauf, Agnes Hart, Frederic Knight, Josef Presser, and Virgil Thomson, and Christmas cards from Irving Marantz, George Picken, Anton Refregier, Moses Soyer, and Raphael Soyer.

Art work consists of 10 sketchbooks, 1948-1973?, drawings, 1932-1978, 2 prints, 1948 and 1975, and art work by others, including Lucile Blanch.

Photographs are of Gershoy, 1916-1983, Gershoy's Art Students League class with A. Stirling Calder, 1920, her friends, 1930-1975, including Harry Gottlieb, Reuben Nakian, Joseph Pollet, Concetta Scaravaglione, Jean Varda, and her friends at Yaddo. There are also photographs of a studio interior, 3 street views of Woodstock, New York, and art work by Gershoy and others.

The remainder of the papers consist of receipts for the delivery of art work to museums, 1969-1976, and loan and consignment receipts, 1966-1967; lists of friends' names; autographs of Woodstock and other artists (including Georgia O'Keeffe's, 1970); writings by Gershoy and others, including an essay "Fantasy and Humor in Sculpture" by Gershoy, instructions on the use of plaster, a proposal for a Program in Ceramics project, poems by Bonnie Grainger, a handwritten poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and an essay "On the De-Humanization of Education" by Francis V. O'Connor; clippings, 1952-1983; exhibition announcements and catalogs for Gershoy and others, 1932-1983; printed greeting cards designed by Gershoy; Gershoy's will, 1972; membership cards; and award certificates, 1945 and 1964.

Microfilm reels 293 and 4966-4972 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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