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Jan Gelb and Boris Margo papers, 1922-1977

Gelb, Jan, 1906-1978

Lithographer, Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 2.2 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 4 reels)

Summary: Correspondence, artwork, diaries, printed material, photographs, and business files.
REELS 997-999: 436 letters to and from Gelb. Correspondents include Mary Spencer Nay, Minna Wright Citron and Lois Bartlett Tracy; 56 clippings, 67 exhibition catalogs and announcements; notes, poems, and writings, including a diary, 1929, from a trip to Europe; 54 sketches; 23 items relating to the Society of American Graphic Artists; and gallery receipts.
REEL 1010: 160 photographs of Gelb, her friends, and her artwork. Included is a photo of Gelb by Charles Peterson, 1953.
UNMICROFILMED: Ca. 1500 items, 1922-1977, including; business letters, letters from friends, Gelbs' cousin, Constance Blitz, in Holland (1920's), and to Gelb and her husband, Boris Margo; photographs of Gelb, Margo, and their artwork; clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs; writings on art; business papers including grant applications, lists of expenditures and budget information for the Printmaking Workshop, New York City; and a phonograph record of an interview with Gelb, 1950, "Of Interest to Women."

Biographical/Historical Note

Jan Gelb (1906-1978) was a painter and printmaker from New York, N.Y. Married to Boris Margo (1902-1995) who was a printmaker.


Donated 1972-1975 by Jan Gelb; unmicrofilmed material donated 1979 by Boris Margo.

Related Materials

Jan Gelb and Boris Margo papers also at Syracuse University.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

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

Jan Gelb and Boris Margo papers, 1922-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.