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Otto and Ilse Gerson papers, 1933-1980

Otto and Ilse Gerson papers, 1933-1980

Gerson, Otto, 1902-1962


Collection Information

Size: 2.8 linear feet

Summary: Records relating to galleries owned and operated by the Gersons, including Fine Arts Associates, Gerson Gallery, and the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery.

Biographical/Historical Note

Otto Gerson married Ilse Goehler in 1939, and together they became important dealers in New York, circa 1940-1962, bringing works by noted post-war European (and some American) artists to the American market.


Laurence Schmeckebier, who appraised Ilse Gerson's estate for Indian Head Bank North, suggested that the papers be given to the Archives of American Art. Some artists' files appear to be missing as only six files have been located. The bank's representative has no knowledge of the whereabouts of any additional material.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4049-4053 available 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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Otto and Ilse Gerson papers, 1933-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.