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Ilse Martha Bischoff papers, 1893-1981

Bischoff, Ilse, 1901-1990


Collection Information

Size: 1.2 linear feet.

Summary: The papers of illustrator, writer and collector Ilse Martha Bischoff measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1893-1981. Found are scattered personal and business records, correspondence, pencil and watercolor sketches, notes and writings, printed material and photographs.
Correspondence is primarily with family members and colleagues including Paul Cadmus and Jared French. Artwork includes pencil and watercolor sketches, and notes and writings consist primarily of typescripts of Bischoff's short stories. Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and miscellaneous printed material relating to Bischoff's European travel. Of special interest are photographs of Bischoff, her family, and colleagues including Paul Cadmus and Jared French.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ilse Martha Bischoff (1901-1990) was as illustrator, painter, and collector. Birthdate also cited as 1903. Born in New York City, Bischoff studied at the Horace Mann School, costume design at the Parson's School of Design, at the Art Students' League, and in Europe. Later, she worked as an illustrator of childrens' books, wrote two novels and an autobiography, and collected German porcelain.


The Ilse Martha Bischoff papers were donated in 1980-1981 by the artist.