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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1952-1996
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Theophil Groell (1932-2004), who sometimes used the name Theophil Repke, is represented by an audio recording of a talk delivered to the Union of Maine Visual Artists at the Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth, Maine. Like his brother, Joe, he studied painting at Carnegie Institute of Technology and then taught in New York City. After retirement, Theophil lived and painted in Maine.
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Biographical notes; Application for Museum of Modern Art annual artist's pass; Driver's licenses, undated, 1952-1956
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Retirement party, Brooklyn College, 1990
(VHS videocassette)
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Theophil Groell, Talk at Union of Maine Visual Artists, Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth, Maine, 1996
(1 audiocassette)
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Series 2: Letters , 1925-1971
1 Folder
Box 1

Most letters date from the 1950s and convey news of family and friends. Among the friends were classmates from Carnegie Institute of Technology who wrote about art and congratulated Groell on his shows at Tanager Gallery. Of particular note are two postcards from The Club. The first, undated, invites Groell to join the group; the second announces "What is Your Subject?" a panel discussion featuring Joe Groell, Red Grooms, Alex Katz, and Fairfield Porter, moderated by Murray Israel, to be held on February 23, 1962. A letter from Groell to the Editor of The New York Times expresses opposition to the defense of Quemoy and voices concern that it could lead to war with Red China.
Additional letters are found among the subject files (Series 5).
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Letters, undated, 1925-1971
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Series 3: Writings , 1951-1955
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Box 1

Journal entries contain sporadic musings on artistic problems and philosophical issues, with a few accounts of daily activities. Some are handwritten, others are typed; many contain revisions.
A small number of additional writings can be found among the subject files (Series 5) and Groell's sketchbook (Series 7).
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Journal Entries, 1951-1955
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Notes and Lists, undated, 1951-1955
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Poems, undated, 1951-1955
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Series 4: Teaching Files , 1970s-1991
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Thirteen volumes contain lecture notes, visual examples (original artwork and photocopies from sketchbooks and other sources), and student project instructions for Groell's courses at Brooklyn College and New York Academy of Art. These are supplemented by three videotapes of Brooklyn College M.F.A. shows at Westbeth Gallery that include interviews with some of his students. Another videotape, "The New York Academy of Art," is a short overview of the school's program with a brief section featuring Groell and students discussing figure drawing.
A subject file titled "Brooklyn College - Administrative Records and Correspondence" (Series 5) contains information about Groell's teaching career at that institution.
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Brooklyn College
Volume 1: "Anatomy,", 1970s
(1 vol.)
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Volume 2: "Figure,", 1970s
(1 vol.)
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Volume 3: "Perspective,", 1970s
(1 vol.)
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Volume 4: Untitled, 1970s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 4: Untitled, 1970s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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12
Volume 5: Untitled, 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 5: Untitled, 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 5: Untitled, 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 6: "Human Proportions", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 6: "Human Proportions", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 7: "Surface Geometry", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 7: "Surface Geometry", 1980s
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Volume 8: "Surface Geometry", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 8: "Surface Geometry", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 9: "Solid Geometry; Perspective", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 9: "Solid Geometry; Perspective", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 9: "Solid Geometry; Perspective", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 10: "Parallel Projection; Perspective", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 10: "Parallel Projection; Perspective", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 10: "Parallel Projection; Perspective", 1980s
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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M.F.A. Shows at Westbeth Gallery, 1989-1990
(3 VHS videocassettes)
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New York Academy of Art
Volume 11: "Composition", 1990-1991
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 11: "Composition", 1990-1991
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 12: "Figure Drawing,", 1991
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Volume 13: "Figure Composition,", 1991
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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"The New York Academy of Art" produced by Stephanie de Montvalon, New York University Department of Journalism, 1990
(1 VHS videocassette)
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Series 5: Subject Files , 1952-2005
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Box 2

Subject files, created and maintained by Groell, contain varying combinations of correspondence, writings, printed material and photographs. The file titled "Stable Annuals - Marika Herskovic" concerns New York School Abstract Expressionists: Artists by Choice; A Complete Documentation of the New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals; 1951-1957 (Marika Herskovic, editor, New York School Press, 2000) and includes photocopies of selected 1950s diary entries Groell shared with Herskovic for her for research.
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"Biological Evolution: Thought and Art,", undated, 1987-1989
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Brooklyn College
Administrative Records and Correspondence, 1967-1984
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"Lessons from the Past: An Exhibition of Art Projects by Undergraduate and Graduate Students in the Classes of Paul Gianfagna, Joseph Groell and Susan Koslow,", 1982
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Exhibitions, Miscellaneous (2 folders), undated, 1959-1977
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Gianfagna, Paul, undated, 1985-2004
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Greene, Balcomb and Gertrude (Peter), undated, 1952-2004
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"Stable Annuals - Marika Herskovic,", undated, 1999-2005
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Tanager Gallery, undated, 1950s; 1971-2002
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Series 6: Printed Material , 1953-1983
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Box 2

This series consist of articles, exhibition catalogs and announcements relating to Groell and other artists.
Additional printed material is found in many subject files (Series 5).
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Articles, About or Mentioning Groell, 1953-1957, undated
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Articles, Art-related, undated, 1953-1955
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Articles, Miscellaneous Subjects, undated, 1955-1972
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Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, undated 1971-1983
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Series 7: Artwork , circa 1925-1953
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Box 3

Groell's sketchbook, "Summer - 1952 (Pgh.)," also includes a few pages of notes and miscellaneous writings, and two published reproductions of Minoan art. Photographs are of miscellaneous subjects: African-American women, a theater sign, and a building demolition site.
Albert Swinden (1901-1961), English by birth, came to the United States by way of Canada. By the mid-1920s he was living in New York City and studying at the Art Students League with Hans Hofmann. Swinden was among the group that founded American Abstract Artists in1937. Much of Swinden's work was destroyed in 1940 when the studio he shared with Balcomb Greene caught fire.
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By Joseph Groell
Drawings and Sketches, undated
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Sketchbook, "Summer - 1952 (Pgh.),", 1952
(removed from 3-ring binder)
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Photographs, undated
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By Others
Drawings by Mary (or possibly Marj [Groell]?) and M. Sheridan, undated, 1950
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Sketchbook of Albert Swinden, circa 1925-1940
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Series 8: Photographs , 1948-2007
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Box 3

People include Groell, Sue Foster, Dave Keck; unidentified indivudals probably are friends and students.
Additional photogaphs are included in some subject files (Series 5) and found with the artwork (Series 7) are photographs by Groell.
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Paintings by Joseph Groell, circa 1950s-1960s
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Drawing by Joseph Groell, circa 1950s-1960s
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People, 1989-2007, undated, 1948
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