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Hugo Gellert papers, 1916-1986

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1917-1982
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1 and OV 9

Items in this series contain biographical information about Hugo Gellert. Family papers related to his brothers, Ernest and Lawrence Gellert, are also found.
An audio recording of an interview with Hugo Gellert, conducted by Sofia Sequenzia, is found on three hour-long audio cassettes, along with a written questionnaire.
Family papers include the drawings and prison testimony of Ernest Gellert, Hugo's brother who died in a military prison in the United States while imprisoned for insubordination as a conscientious objector in 1917. Also found are lyrics, notes, and a photocopied article related to the work of Lawrence Gellert, who traveled throughout the Southeast United States transcribing and recording folk songs and stories.
Other documents related to Hugo Gellert include Communist Party and International Worker's Order (IWO) membership cards and other licences and ID's. Financial records in this series include professional bills, receipts, and contracts related to Gellert's work as an artist, organizer, and publisher; personal bills and receipts; and various official documents related to property, loans, insurance, and legal issues. The legal issues documented in these records primarily relate to personal debts.
Personal bills and receipts have not been scanned.
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Audio Interview of Gellert by Sofia Sequenzia and Questionnaire, 1981-1982
(Contains 3 hour-long audio cassettes)
1
1
Blueprints of Gellert Property, 1928
Oversized material housed in OV 9
1
2
Family Papers
Ernest Gellert WWI Drawings and Prison Testimonial, 1917
1
3
Lawrence Gellert Collected Folksong Lyrics and Notes, circa 1930-1939
1
4
Identification, Membership Cards, and Licences, circa 1923-1958
1
5
Professional Bills, Receipts, and Contracts, circa 1930-1949
1
6
Professional Bills, Receipts, and Contracts, circa 1930-1949
1
7
Professional Bills, Receipts, and Contracts, circa 1930-1949
1
8
Professional Bills, Receipts, and Contracts, circa 1930-1949
1
9
Personal Bills and Receipts, 1928-1962
1
10-17
Deeds, Mortgages, Insurance Policies, and Legal Records, circa 1942-1959
1
18
Deeds, Mortgages, Insurance Policies, and Legal Records, circa 1942-1959
1
19
Deeds, Mortgages, Insurance Policies, and Legal Records, circa 1942-1959
1
20
Artifacts
Artists' Spatula and Ceramic Tile Samples, undated
1
21
Buttons, Rubber Stamps, and Typography Calculator, undated
1
22
Eyeglasses and X-Ray, 1953, undated
(X-ray not scanned)
1
23
Oversized Blueprints of Gellert Property
Oversized material digitized with Box 1, Folder 2
9 (OV)

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1920-1986
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 8

This series contains the correspondence of Hugo Gellert. Most of the correspondence is of a professional nature, related to Gellert's activities as an artist, political organizer, and activist. Correspondents include artists, friends, family members, Communist Party and Popular Front leaders, labor union leaders, federal art programs personnel, writers, historians, publishers, Hungarian cultural and political figures, and fellow activists. Significant correspondents in this series include Maurice Becker, William Patterson, Floyd Dell, Philip Evergood, Howard Fast, Mike Gold, Robert Gwathmey, and Rockwell Kent.
Letters from individuals involved in leftist political organizations and activities are common throughout the series. In addition to Gellert's fellow Communists and Socialists, a wide variety of political groups are represented, including those concerned with artists' employment and welfare issues, anti-fascist organizations, organized labor, watchdog groups and defense committees for civil liberties during the McCarthy era, advocates for jailed Mexican artist David Siqueiros, and American civil rights groups. Also found is correspondence with editors of publications for which Gellert supplied illustrations, and letters concerning exhibitions and murals.
Noteworthy items found in correspondence include a lengthy letter written by John Dos Passos enclosed with a circa 1930s letter from Carlo Tresca, a draft of an essay by Carl Sandburg with a 1942 letter, and an original New Year's card by Gellert for 1951. Drafts of outgoing letters from 1946 contain a number of sketches of Australian landscapes by Gellert.
Letters received are interfiled with drafts of outgoing letters in chronological order. Undated correspondence that can be estimated within a decade is filed at the end of each decade with "circa" dates. Additional undated correspondence is filed at the end of the series. Outgoing drafts are common in correspondence and often have estimated dates.
Additional correspondence is found in the Organizational Records series. Additional cards made by Gellert are filed with Artwork. See series description for further details.
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Correspondence, circa 1920-1929
1
24
Correspondence, 1930-1931
Oversized material housed in Box 8
1
25
Correspondence, 1932-1933
1
26
Correspondence, 1934
1
27
Correspondence, 1935
1
28
Correspondence, 1936-1937
1
29
Correspondence, 1939
1
30
Correspondence, circa 1930-1939
1
31
Correspondence, 1940-1941
1
32
Correspondence, 1942
1
33
Correspondence, 1943
1
34
Correspondence, 1944
1
35
Correspondence, 1945
1
36
Correspondence, 1946
1
37
Correspondence, 1947-1948
1
38
Correspondence, 1949
1
39
Correspondence, circa 1940-1949
1
40
Correspondence, 1950 January-August
1
41
Correspondence, 1950 September-December
1
42
Correspondence, 1951
1
43
Correspondence, 1952 January-September
1
44
Correspondence, 1952 September-December
1
45
Correspondence, 1953 February-July
1
46
Correspondence, 1953 July-December
1
47
Correspondence, 1954 January-August
1
48
Correspondence, 1954 August-November
1
49
Correspondence, 1955 January-March
1
50
Correspondence, 1955 April-September
1
51
Correspondence, 1955 September-December
1
52
Correspondence, 1956
2
1
Correspondence, 1957 January-February
2
2
Correspondence, 1957 March-December
2
3
Correspondence, 1958
2
4
Correspondence, 1959 January-July
2
5
Correspondence, 1959 July-December
2
6
Correspondence, circa 1950-1959
2
7
Correspondence, 1960 January-May
2
8
Correspondence, 1960 May-December
2
9
Correspondence, 1961
2
10
Correspondence, 1962, 1968
2
11
Correspondence, circa 1960-1969
2
12
Correspondence, 1971-1979
2
13
Correspondence, 1980-1983
2
14
Correspondence, 1984-1986
2
15
Correspondence, circa 1980-1989
2
16
Correspondence, undated
2
17
Correspondence, undated
2
18
Oversized Item from Correspondence
Oversized material digitized with Box 1, Folder 25
8

Series 3: Writings , 1916-1970
0.7 Linear feet
Box 2

This series includes essays, short stories, notes, lists, notebooks, and a play. Most writings are by Hugo Gellert. Articles and stories by other authors, particularly Hungarian are also found.
Gellert's writings include two full-length typescripts, for Baron Munchausen, His Famous 'Mein Kampf', and Comrade Gulliver, An Illustrated Account of Travel into that Strange Country the United States of America. Other prose writings by Gellert include brief essays on a wide array of historical, political, and biographical topics, as well as writings related to exhibitions. Most of these writings are untitled, but examples of titles that are present include "Siqueiros in Jail," "War," The Role of the Communist Artist," and "Charles White, His Portfolio." Prose writings in the Hungarian language are filed separately.
Proposals and applications consist mainly of biographical information about Gellert and one page of an application for Robert Gwathmey. Notes include lists of names, agendas, supplies, recipes for art media, and expenses. Some of the notes are in Hungarian, and scattered notes in handwriting other than Gellert's are also found. Sketches are common throughout the notes. Notebooks contain contacts, appointments, writings, sketches, and other records.
Writings by other authors include articles in English and stories in Hungarian by various authors, filed alphabetically by author. These writings are typically typescripts, and include seven stories by the Hungarian realist writer Zsigmond Móricz. The unsigned typescripts filed at the end of the series may or may not be by Hugo Gellert.
Additional writings are found in the Organizational Records and Artwork series, including an autobiographical essay in a 1950 sketchbook.
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Writings by Hugo Gellert
Baron Munchausen: His Famous Tale 'Mein Kampf', circa 1930-1939
2
19
Comrade Gulliver: An Illustrated Account of Travel into that Strange Country, the USA, 1935
2
20
Comrade Gulliver: An Illustrated Account of Travel into that Strange Country, the USA, 1935
2
21
Prose Writings in English, circa 1930-1970
2
22
Prose Writings in English, circa 1930-1970
2
23
Prose Writings in English, circa 1930-1970
2
24
Prose Writings in English, circa 1930-1970
2
25
Prose Writings in English, circa 1930-1970
2
26
Prose Writings in Hungarian, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 8
2
27
Prose Writings in Hungarian, undated
2
28
Prose Writings in Hungarian, undated
2
29
Prose Writings in Hungarian, undated
2
30
Proposals and Applications, circa 1936-1953
2
31
Lists of Artwork, circa 1930-1960
2
32
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
33
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
34
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
35
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
36
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
37
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
38
Notes, circa 1930-1969
Oversized material housed in Box 8
2
39
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
40
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
41
Notes, circa 1930-1969
2
42
Notebook, circa 1941
Contains sketches
2
43
Notebook, circa 1949
2
44
Notebook, circa 1955
Contains sketches
2
45
Writings by Others
Articles, circa 1962, 1970, undated
Box 2, folders 46-47 include "Jo Davidson" by Van Wyck Brooks, "China Report" by John Chen, an article on the sentence of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Filomeno Mata by Victor Rico Galan, "Second Culture" by Gaylord C. LeRoy, "The Ballad of Gheorghe Doja" by Constantin Palade, and "Facts on New York Labor" by Victor Perlo
2
46
Articles, circa 1962, 1970, undated
2
47
Stories in Hungarian, 1916, undated
Authors include Jenö Heltai, Zsigmond Móricz, and István Tömörkény (Box 2, Folders 48-50)
2
48
Stories in Hungarian, 1916, undated
2
49
Stories in Hungarian, 1916, undated
2
50
Unsigned Typescripts
Prose Writings in English, undated
Includes "Chalcography in Hungary," "Political Indifference - Political Death," and untitled essays on the federal art program, artist Robert Minor, and fragments of an essay on the John Reed Club
2
51
Prose Writings in Hungarian, undated
2
52
Untitled Three-Act Play in English, circa 1930-1939
2
53
Oversized Writings
Oversized material digitized with Box 2, Folders 27 and 39
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Series 4: Organizational Records , circa 1920-1977
1 Linear foot
Boxes 3, 8, and OV 9

This series contains documents related to political and art organizations for which Gellert was an active organizer, officer, and in some cases, a founder. Because of his central role in many of these organizations, records often contain unique documentation of their activities.
Typical records found include incoming and outgoing correspondence, membership records, petitions, reports, open letters to public figures in multiple drafts, accounting records, records related to exhibitions, publicity in various forms, meeting agendas and minutes, and Gellert's original notes and writings. Documents are arranged by organization, with records for each organization filed roughly in chronological order. Names of significant correspondents found in this series are listed in a note under the folder heading in which it appears.
Printed material related to organizations for which no original records are found are filed in the Printed Material series.
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American Artists Congress, circa 1936-1937, 1942
Box 3, folders 1-2 include letters of Grace Clements, G. Merangel, Stuart Davis, Thomas Parker
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1
American Artists Congress, circa 1936-1937, 1942
3
2
American Artists Congress, circa 1937-1937, 1942
Includes a 1936 pamphlet of cartoons defending the Works Progress Administration
3
3
American Artists Congress, Conference Proceedings, First American Artists Congress against War and Fascism, 1936
3
4
Art of Today Gallery, 1954-1958
Box 3, folders 5-14 include letters of Rockwell Kent, Sally Kent, Hilda Simpson, John Kingsbury, Robert Shinn, Clark Foreman, Emil Zinn, and Eleanor Brown
3
5
Art of Today Gallery, 1955 January-April
3
6
Art of Today Gallery, 1955 April-July
3
7
Art of Today Gallery, circa 1954-1958
3
8
Art of Today Gallery, 1955 August-December
3
9
Art of Today Gallery, 1956 January-September
3
10
Art of Today Gallery, 1956 October-December
3
11
Art of Today Gallery, 1957-1958
3
12
Art of Today Gallery, circa 1954-1958
3
13
Art of Today Gallery, circa 1954-1958
3
14
Art of Today Gallery, Log Books, 1955-1956
3
15
Art of Today Gallery, Log Books, 1955-1956
3
16
Art of Today Gallery, Amalgamated Bank Book and Receipt Book, 1955-1957
3
17
Artists Committee of Action, circa 1934-1935
Box 3, folders 18-23 include letters of A. Alfred DeVito, Zoltan Hecht, Josephine Droege, Frederick Detwiller, Samuel Henning, Theo. H. Kleffel, Nathaniel Pousette-Dart, Carla Zimmerman, Madeleine Gray, Leo Mansoni, Victor Frisch, Archie Abraham, Constance Clarke, Lionel S. Reiss, Else Mevis, R.A. Griffith, Edith Bryan, S.A. Sliflein, Basil Marros, Lewis Rubin, Rose Hecht, Irving Bulback, Maurice Rawson, Adam A. Sanders, J.J. Lankes, Ralph Pearson, Max Weber, Joseph Lemarzi, Mrs. Henry Breckinridge, Lillian Cohen, Harry Hoffman, Marion Walton, Frannie Engle, R. Pringle, and Olivia Agee
3
18
Artists Committee of Action, circa 1934-1935
3
19
Artists Committee of Action, circa 1934-1935
3
20
Artists Committee of Action, circa 1934-1935
3
21
Artists Committee of Action, circa 1934-1935
3
22
Artists Committee of Action, circa 1934-1935
3
23
Artists Coordination Committee, 1935-1936
Box 3, Folders 24-35 include letters of Harold Friedman, George Biddle, George Picken, Marion Bauer, Audrey McMahon, Michael Loew, Henry Lead, E. Nye, Frances M. Pollak, Stuart Davis, Harry Gottlieb, Ruth St. Denis, Ed B. Rowan, Michael Kiss, William C. Palmer, George Horowitz, Maurice Heaton, Paul Bird, Ethel Katz, Fred Knight, J. Scott Williams, Rockwell King, Alfred Barr, Elmer Rice, Nan Golden, Ellen Woodward, Joy Pride, Elizabeth Litchfield, Josephine Droege, Bianca Todd, A. Conger Goodyear, Philip Stein, Algot Stenbery, Arthur Emptage, Letteris Calapari, Ralph Mayer, Ernest Marbury, Corrington Gill, Daniel Cotton Rich, Joseph A. Danysh, Florence Kerr, Howard Lee Irwin, Adrian Dornbush, Hardinge Scholle, and F. Ballard Williams
3
24
Artists Coordination Committee, 1937
3
25
Artists Coordination Committee, 1937
3
26
Artists Coordination Committee, 1938
3
27
Artists Coordination Committee, 1938
3
28
Artists Coordination Committee, 1939
3
29
Artists Coordination Committee, 1940
3
30
Artists Coordination Committee, 1940
Oversized material housed in OV 9
3
31
Artists Coordination Committee, 1940
3
32
Artists Coordination Committee, 1941
3
33
Artists Coordination Committee, circa 1935-1941
3
34
Artists Coordination Committee, circa 1935-1941
3
35
Artists' Council, U.S.A., circa 1945-1946
Includes letters of Max Weber, José de Creeft, Thomas Hart Benton, and Carol Janeway
3
36
Artists for Victory, Inc., 1941-1942
Box 3, folders 37-41 include letters of Rockwell Kent, Chester Price, John Taylor Arms, Marie Kirkwood, Jim Eglern, Thomas C. Parker, and Erwin Barrie
3
37
Artists for Victory, Inc., 1943-1944
3
38
Artists for Victory, Inc., 1945-1946
3
39
Artists for Victory, Inc., circa 1941-1946
3
40
Artists for Victory, Inc., circa 1941-1946
Oversized material housed in Box 8
3
41
Committee to Defend V. J. Jerome, circa 1951-1956
Box 3, folders 42-44 include letters of Joseph North, Philip Evergood, Sara Gottlieb, and Rockwell Kent
3
42
Committee to Defend V. J. Jerome, circa 1951-1956
3
43
Committee to Defend V. J. Jerome, circa 1951-1956
3
44
Committee to Defend V. J. Jerome, Bank Records, 1951-1954
3
45
Committee to Defend V. J. Jerome, Published Writings by Jerome, 1947, 1951-1953
Includes article "Let Us Grasp the Weapon of Culture," and booklet "Culture in a Changing World, a Marxist Approach"
3
46
Communist Party, circa 1931-1977
3
47
Hungarian Word, Inc., 1953-1962
3
48
Hungarian Word, Inc., 1953-1962, 1977
3
49
Independent Voters Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions (ASP), circa 1944-1954
Oversized material housed in Box 8
3
50
John Reed Clubs, circa 1929-1934
"Proposals for Activities of John Reed Clubs"
3
51
National Society of Mural Painters (Mural Artists Guild), circa 1936-1941
3
52
National Society of Mural Painters (Mural Artists Guild), 1937-1938
3
53
National Society of Mural Painters (Mural Artists Guild), 1939-1941
3
54
National Society of Mural Painters (Mural Artists Guild), circa 1936-1941
3
55
New York City Art Commission, 1939
3
56
New York City Council for Art Week, 1940
3
57
United American Artists (formerly the Artists' Union), circa 1930-1940
3
58
Other Organizations' Records, circa 1934-1962
3
59
Oversized Organizational Records
Oversized material digitized with Box 3, Folders 41 and 50
8
Oversized Organizational Records
Oversized material digitized with Box 3, 31
9 (OV)

Series 5: Printed Materials , circa 1920-1986
3 Linear feet
Boxes 4-6, 8, and OV 9

This series contains newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, magazines, maps, pamphlets, greeting cards, brochures, mailings, flyers, posters, and books. Printed materials with artwork or writings by Hugo Gellert are filed under his name, as are documents promoting his public appearances and other activities. The remainder of the series is filed by type of material. Although the bulk of the printed materials series has been scanned, some clippings, announcements, invitations, maps, pamphlets, printed short stories, and publicity and mailings were not. Not scanned or partially scanned material is noted at the folder title.
Gellert's illustrations are found in a wide variety of publications such as books, magazines, pamphlets, flyers, and publicity for various organizations. These materials are arranged by title, type of document, or organization. Serial publications that Gellert helped to produce are filed under the heading "Gellert periodicals." Photocopied clippings contain additional published Gellert illustrations and cartoons.
Exhibition catalogs, announcements, and invitations are primarily for exhibitions in which Gellert was not a participant. Pamphlets are mostly political tracts. Multiple pamphlets are filed by publisher, and single instances are filed chronologically under a miscellaneous heading. Multiple periodicals are filed by title, with single instances filed chronologically as well.
Publicity and mailings received by Gellert are arranged chronologically and include mass mailings such as form letters, flyers, newsletters, bulletins, announcements, circulars, press releases, reports, and other printed materials related to various labor, political, and art organizations. Some of the issues addressed in this material include the Spanish Civil War, advocacy for victims of McCarthyism, May Day demonstrations, civil rights, Soviet-American friendship, Cuba, organized labor, and education. Also found here are scattered programs for cultural events.
Printed materials related to organizations in which Gellert was a principal organizer are found in the Organizational Records series. Exhibition catalogs for the Art of Today Gallery are also found with Organizational Records.
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Clippings, circa 1934-1955
4
1
Clippings (Photocopies of originals dated 1923-1982), circa 1986
4
2
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations, 1929-1939
Oversized material housed in Box 8.
4
3
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations, 1940-1948
4
4
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations, 1950-1953
4
5
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations, 1954
4
6
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations, 1955
4
7
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations, 1956-1963, 1985
4
8
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, and Invitations, circa 1929-1985
4
9
Gellert Appearances and Publicity, circa 1930-1955
4
10
Gellert Article on Art Young in ALA News, 1944
4
11
Gellert Illustrations
Miscellaneous Gellert Illustrations
Illustrations, circa 1927-1959
4
12
Halftone Printing Block, undated
4
13
Proofs, circa 1920-1959
4
14
Aesop Said So and Comrade Gulliver, circa 1935-1936
Proofs of illustrations for books by Gellert
Oversized material housed in Box 8
4
15
Elore, 1921
Hungarian-language Newspaper
Oversized material housed in Box 8
4
16
Fasizmus, undated
Anti-Horthy League Pamphlet
4
17
The Fraternal Outlook, 1939
(magazine cover)
4
18
Greeting Cards, circa 1937-1960
4
19
"Lionel Atwill in The Outsider", circa 1929
(theater handbill)
4
20
Jefferson School of Social Science Catalogs, 1952-1956
4
21
Magyarok Amerikában, 1951
4
22
May Day Committee, 1951-1959
4
23
Mindentudó Kalendárium, 1955
4
24
New World Review, 1951
4
25
New York World, circa 1926-1927
Oversized material housed in OV 9
4
26
Pearson's, 1922-1923
(magazine covers)
4
27
The President's Speech Illustrated by 19 Artists, 1944
4
28
Tavasz a Dunán, 1956
4
29
The Worker, 36 Years, Drawings, 1960
4
30
Gellert Periodicals
American Dialog, 1964-1969
4
31
American Dialog, 1971-1972
4
32
Art Front, 1934-1936
Oversized material housed in Box 8
4
33
Magyar Szó (Hungarian Word), 1953-1959, 1963
Oversized material housed in Box 8
4
34
New Masses, 1926, 1933-1945
Oversized material housed in Box 8
4
35
Greeting Card Series, circa 1933
4
36
Hungarian Short Stories, 1953, undated
4
37
List of Artist Contributors to The Masses, Liberator, or New Masses, undated
4
38
Maps, circa 1950
4
39
Pamphlets
(Covers only scanned)
Pamphlets General File, 1935-1979
4
40
Pamphlets General File, 1935-1979
4
41
Pamphlets General File, 1935-1979
4
42
Pamphlets General File, 1935-1979
4
43
American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, circa 1953-1959
5
1
Artists' Equity Association, 1961
5
2
Communist Party, circa 1948-1950
5
3
Foreign Languages Publishing House (Moscow), 1956-1957
5
4
Hungarian Bulletin, 1949-1954
5
5
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, circa 1943-1962
5
6
New Century Publishers, 1945-1954
5
7
New Century Publishers, 1954-1961
5
8
United Committee of South Slavic Americans, circa 1943-1946
5
9
Workers' Library Publishers, 1935-1943
5
10
Union-related Pamphlets, 1937-1985
5
11
United States Government, 1935-1941
5
12
United States Government, 1945
5
13
Periodicals
(Covers only scanned)
Periodicals General File, 1918-1921
5
14
Periodicals General File, 1922-1925
5
15
Periodicals General File, 1931-1934
5
16
Periodicals General File, 1935-1941
5
17
Periodicals General File, 1950-1951
5
18
Periodicals General File, 1953-1956
5
19
Periodicals General File, 1962
5
20
American Contemporary Art, 1944
5
21
Amnesty Trumpet, 1954
5
22
Bulletin of the World Council of Peace, 1956-1963
5
23
The Lamp, 1952-1959
5
24
Latin American Facts, 1951
5
25
The Masses, 1916
Oversized material housed in Box 8
5
26
Masses and Mainstream, 1950-1951
5
27
Masses and Mainstream, 1952
5
28
Masses and Mainstream, 1953-1956
5
29
Mainstream, 1958-1961
5
30
New Hungary, 1953-1955
5
31
Publicity and Mailings, circa 1930-1940
5
32-36
Publicity and Mailings, 1941-1986, undated
6
1-26
Song books and Song sheets, circa 1932-1958
6
27
Oversized Printed Materials
Oversized material digitized with Box 4, Folders 9, 15-16, and 33-35, and Box 5, Folder 26
8
Oversized Printed Materials
Oversized material digitized with Box 4, Folder 26
9 (OV)

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1920-1959
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7

This series consists of personal photographs, news and publicity photographs, and photographs of works of art. Most of the personal photographs are snapshots, and most are unidentified. There are also two sets of group portraits with Gellert pictured, but other individuals are unidentified.
The bulk of the photographs are publicity and news photographs, including photos from news agencies and file photos of public figures. Public figures include well-known American communists such as Earl Browder, Tom Mooney, Eugene Debs, Upton Sinclair, and Paul Robeson, as well as famous industrialists and mainstream politicians such as J.P. Morgan, Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, and Robert Moses. Some of the photographs appear reproduced in the various publications Gellert helped to produce. Several news photographs are marked "D.W." or "Daily Worker." A few of those pictured were also subjects of Gellert's murals and illustrations. Others remain unidentified. Subjects with multiple photographs are listed in the folder headings, and single instances are filed in miscellaneous files.
Photographs of works of art include murals by Gellert at Seward Park, a mural by Pablo O'Higgins in Mexico, and Philip Guston's mural for the 1939 World's Fair. Set pieces with illustrations by Gellert are shown during a performance, which may have taken place at the 1945 San Francisco conference of the United Nations.
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Personal Photographs
Group Portraits with Gellert Pictured, circa 1930-circa 1950
6
28
Family, circa 1938
6
29
Friends, circa 1930-1959
Included are photographs of Carl Schwartz, Julia Schwartz, Irving Fierson, Nancy Fierson, Dolores Gold, Max Bachner, Jenny Bachner, and other unidentified people
6
30
Unidentified Buildings, circa 1957-1958
6
31
Publicity and News Photographs
Earl Browder, circa 1930-1940
6
32
Ben Davis, 1943-1948
6
33
John Gates, circa 1940-1950
6
34
Tom Mooney, circa 1934-1942
6
35
Paul Robeson, circa 1928-1950
6
36
Upton Sinclair, circa 1930-1939
6
37
Harry Winston, circa 1940-1950
6
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Miscellaneous Public Figures, circa 1920-1959
Pictured in box 6, folders 39-41 are Bernhard Stern, Walter Lowenfels, George Morris, Robert Moses, Al Smith, Eugene Debs, Julius Rosenberg, William Z. Foster, Irving Kaufman, Karl Marx, Maxim Gorky, B.W. Atwood, Jan Bratiano, Herbert Hoover, Walter S. Gifford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Edward R. Murrow, Dwight Eisenhower, Fred Seaton, Maud Barger-Wallach, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Otto Kahn, J.P. Morgan, Pierre duPont, George Baker, Jr., J.D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Eugene Meyer
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Miscellaneous Public Figures, circa 1920-1959
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Miscellaneous Public Figures, circa 1920-1959
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Miscellaneous Public Figures, Unidentified, circa 1920-1959
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Miscellaneous Public Figures, Unidentified, circa 1920-1959
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43
Unidentified People, undated
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44
Australian Livestock, circa 1950-1959
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45
Eastern European Culture, circa 1950-1959
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Eastern European Culture, circa 1950-1959
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Eastern European Culture, circa 1950-1959
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Eastern European Culture, circa 1950-1959
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Seward Park Slum Clearance Project, circa 1957
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Theater Production of E. Chodorov's Decision, 1944
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2
Photographs of Works of Art
Gellert's Seward Park Murals, circa 1961
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3
Theater Performance with Gellert Set Pieces, circa 1945
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4
Works of Art by Others
Murals, 1933, 1939
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Sculpture and Paintings, circa 1920-1959
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Series 7: Artwork , 1927-1981
0.4 Linear feet
Box 7, OV 10

Artwork includes silkscreen prints, lithographs, woodcuts, sketches, drawings, doodles, designs, sketchbooks, layouts for printed materials, and other print production elements. Artwork is by Hugo Gellert and others, including Philip Reisman, Gyula Derkovits, Anton Refregier.
Artwork that is part of identifiable, titled projects is filed first, including sketches for Gellert's 1934 book Karl Marx's Capital in Lithographs, and a set of silkscreen prints that he issued as a portfolio entitled Century of the Common Man in 1943. General files for sketches, sketchbooks, layouts, and prints filed after them. Sketches, drawings, and designs include a wide variety of material, from loose sketches and doodles to finished drawings, as well as text design, technical drawings, and floor plans. Notes and writings are common among the sketches and sketchbooks, and the sketchbook dated 1950 also contains a handwritten, autobiographical essay.
Layouts and prints production elements include sketches, prints, typography, brownprints, photostats, and prints in various states.
Description Container Select
"American Student Delegation to Russia," Silkscreen Poster, 1927
Oversized material housed in OV 10
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Karl Marx's Capital in Lithographs, Sketches, circa 1933-1934
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Karl Marx's Capital in Lithographs, Sketches, circa 1933-1934
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Unidentified Portrait, 1937
Oversized material housed in OV 10
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10
Century of the Common Man, Silkscreen Prints, circa 1943
Oversized material housed in OV 10
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11
Monoprints, undated
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Sketches, Drawings, and Designs, circa 1939-1981
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Sketches, Drawings, and Designs, circa 1939-1981
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Sketches, Drawings, and Designs, circa 1939-1981
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Sketches, Drawings, and Designs, circa 1939-1981
Oversized material housed in OV 10
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Sketchbooks, 1950, undated
Two volumes
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Sketchbooks, undated
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Layouts and Print Production Elements, circa 1940-1954
Oversized material housed in OV 10
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Layouts and Print Production Elements, circa 1953-1954
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Artwork by Others
"Stones" by Philip Reisman, circa 1933
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"1514," Woodcuts by Gyula Derkovits, circa 1928-1929
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"Sword into Plowshare," Woodcut by Anton Refregier, circa 1933
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Unsigned Prints, 1937, undated
The first print is by Charles White, the last print is by Alexander Stavenitz
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Oversized Artwork
Oversized material digitized with Box 7, Folders 7, 10-11, 16, and 19
10 (OV)

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