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A Finding Aid to the Hugo Gellert papers, 1916-1986 | Digitized Collection

Hugo Gellert papers, 1916-1986

Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985

Muralist, Printmaker, Illustrator

The papers of Hugo Gellert in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007 and 2008 and total 7,769 images. The bulk of the papers have been scanned in their entirety. Books and publicity materials that Gellert himself did not produce have been partially scanned or not scanned.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 6.9 linear ft.

Summary: The collection documents his career as an artist and organizer for the radical political left through an interview, legal papers, financial records, family papers, artifacts, correspondence, writings, organizational records, extensive printed materials (many of them illustrated by Gellert), photographs, and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hugo Gellert (1892-1985) was a mural painter, graphic artist, designer, cartoonist, illustrator, and writer from New York, N.Y. Born in Budapest, Hungary. Gellert had strong political convictions and believed in the power of collective action and endorsed the formation of a liberal labor party and an artists' union. Book illustrator for "Aesop Said So," 1936, and "Century of the Common Man," 1943. Author of "Karl Marx Capital in Lithographs," 1934.

Provenance

Materials on reel 2812 donated 1970 by Hugo Gellert. Unmicrofilmed materials were donated by Gellert and his wife, Livia, 1983 and 1986.

Related Materials

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University holds additional papers of Hugo Gellert.

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.