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Leon Kroll papers, 1905-1974

Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974

Painter, Art critic

Representative image for Leon Kroll papers, 1905-1974

The papers of Leon Kroll in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 11,254 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 8.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of realist painter, muralist, and art instructor Leon Kroll date from 1905 to 1974 and measure 8.5 linear feet. The collection documents Kroll's painting career, teaching, and active participation in numerous art organizations. Over one-half of the collection is correspondence with artists, schools, galleries, museums, patrons, arts organizations, and others. Also found are scattered biographical material, writings and notes, legal and financial records, exhibition catalogs, clippings, other printed material, photographs of Kroll and colleagues, loose drawings, and nine sketchbooks. There is a 2.3 unprocessed linear foot addition to this collection donated in 2019 that includes biographical material, writings, correspondence, personal business records, photographs including glass plate negatives, and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Leon Kroll (1884-1974) was a painter from New York, N.Y. Kroll was a leading painter during the 1920's and 1930's.

Provenance

Material on reels D326-D331 donated 1968 by Leon Kroll; unmicrofilmed material donated 1976 by Mrs. Leon Kroll, widow of Kroll and in 2019 by the estate of artist Grace Pugh via Sandra Markham executor. Pugh was a friend of Kroll's who helped organize the Kroll estate where this additional material originated.

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.