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Margit Varga papers, 1931-1985

Varga, Margit V., 1908-2005

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet, (on a partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Seven scrapbooks (1931-1982), annotated sketchbooks and other materials cover Margit Varga's career. One scrapbook documents the activities of the Painters and Sculptors' Gallery, 2 contain photographs of Varga and printed material concerning her work as Art Director at LIFE magazine, and 4 have photographs of Varga's paintings, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and a few letters concerning Varga's career as a painter. Other materials include 2 biographical accounts (1970, 1982), an outline for the Time-Life book AMERICA'S ARTS AND SKILLS, annotated sketchbooks (1955-1984), clippings (1941-1980), exhibition catalogs (1938-1985), and covers for 3 of Varga's books.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art director and painter; New York, N.Y. Born in New York City of Hungarian parents, Varga studied at the National Academy of Design and received art training at the Art Students League with Boardman Johnson and Robert Laurent. In 1931, frustrated by the indifference of art dealers to works by younger artists, she opened a cooperative Painters and Sculptors' Gallery, which stayed in business for 3 years. Beginning in 1936, Varga worked for many years for LIFE magazine. In 1960, she became art consultant for TIME, Inc.


Lent for microfilming 1988 by Margit Varga.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Margit Varga, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4062 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Margit Varga papers, 1931-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.