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Oronzo Gasparo papers, 1909-1975

Gasparo, Oronzo, 1903-1969



Collection Information

Size: 9 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Correspondence, biographical material, printed material, writings, sketchbooks, artwork, financial records, photographs, and motion picture film and video.
REEL N70-25: Correspondence; biographical data; printed material includes clippings, press releases, newsletters, exhibition catalogs and announcements.
REEL 132: Correspondence and consignment agreements with the East River Gallery; biographical writings and critical notes by Gasparo and others; press releases, exhibition announcements and catalogs.
REEL 960: Typescript of Karen Greiffenberg's thesis "The Colorful World of Oronzo Gasparo: His Life and Art"written for the University of Washington, 1973.
UNMICROFILMED: Biographical documents and writings; correspondence with family, friends, Preston Dickinson, Paul Dennis O'Connor, galleries, museums and Jessica Millmans' correspondence concerning Gasparo; sketches and sketchbooks; clippings, articles, exhibition guest books, catalogs and announcements; photographs of Gasparo, Millman, Dickinson, and slides and negatives of artwork; financial records; notes; 3 reels 16 mm film, including two film prints of "A Night In the Artist's Studio: Gasparo with model Magdelene Egry" (copied to VHS), and an untitled reel of footage of Gasparo and models; 2 palettes; and a printing block.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y. Born in Bari, Italy. He came to the United States in 1916. Studied at the National Academy of Design, N.Y.C. and with Preston Dickinson. Served as a WPA artist in New York City.


Material on reel 960 was lent for microfilming by Jessica Millman, a friend of Gasparo's, 1975. The other material was donated by Millman, 1970-1984. The 16mm film was transferred to VHS video Nov. 1991 and is catalogued separately and shelved under Gropius.

Language Note

Some unmicrofilmed letters are in Italian.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 960: Originals returned to the lender, Jessica Millman, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels N70-25, 132 and 960 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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

Oronzo Gasparo papers, 1909-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.