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Joseph W. Groell papers, 1925-2007, bulk 1950-1991

Joseph W. Groell papers, 1925-2007, bulk 1950-1991

Groell, Joseph W., 1928-

Painter, Teacher

Collection Information

Size: 2.2 linear feet

Summary: The Joseph W. Groell papers, 1925-3007, bulk 1950-2007, measure 2.2 linear feet, and primarily document his career as an art instructor. The papers include biographical material, letters, writings, subject files, printed material, artwork, and photographs. Teaching files constitute the majority of the collection. Ten volumes of lecture notes with visual examples from sources including his own sketchbook, and student project instructions survive for courses Groell taught at Brooklyn College, 1970s-1990; and three volumes of notes and illustrations relate to figure drawing courses he taught at the New York Academy of Art, 1990-1991.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph W. Groell (1928-) is a painter and teacher in New York, N.Y. Groell was a founding member of the Tanager Gallery, taught at the Pratt Institute, New York from 1960-61, was a faculty member at Brooklyn College, New York from 1961-1990 and taught at the New York Academy of Art, 1990-1991.


Donated 2011 by Joseph W. Groell.

A Finding Aid to the Papers of Joseph W. Groell,
bulk 1950-1991
, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical Note
Joseph W. Groell (b. 1928) is known as a teacher of figure drawing and painting in the academic tradition. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1950.
A native of Pittsburgh, Groell earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1950 and promptly moved to New York City. In 1952 he became one of the original members of Tanager Gallery, the earliest of the Tenth Street co-operative galleries.
Groell taught life drawing at Pratt Institute of Technology during the academic year 1960-1961. He then served on faculty of Brooklyn College art department until retiring in 1990. In the early 1990s Groell became affiliated with the New York Academy of Art, a graduate school of figurative art with a strong emphasis drawing, traditional methods and techniques.
The collection is arranged as 8 series:
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1952-1996 (Box 1; 0.1 linear ft.)
Series 2: Letters, 1925-1971 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 3: Writings, 1951-1955 (Box 1; 0.1 linear ft.)
Series 4: Teaching Files, 1970s-1991 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear ft.)
Series 5: Subject Files, 1952-2005 (Box 2; 0.4 linear ft.)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1953-1983 (Box 2; 0.2 linear ft.)
Series 7: Artwork, circa 1925-1953 (Box 3; 0.1 linear ft.)
Series 8: Photographs, 1948-2007 (Box 3; 0.1 linear ft.)
Donated 2011 by Joseph W. Groell.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2011.

Restrictions on Access

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

How to Cite This Collection

Joseph W. Groell papers, 1925-2007, bulk 1950-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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