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Paula Gerard papers, 1885-1989

Gerard, Paula, 1907-1991

Painter, Author, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 7.7 Linear feet

Summary: Resumes, correspondence with Barbara Aubin, Mary Berenson, Claude Bentley, Lillian Garrett, Douglas Olson, Susan Schwalb and others, 1910-1989; art works, including many loose sketches, sketchbooks and Christmas cards from friends; untitled sound recording; clippings, exhibition catalogs; blank postcards; a scrapbook on Gerard's exhibitions, 1930-1979; travel diaries, 1918-1938; writings on and by Gerard; and teaching and class notes. Also included are 0.4 ft. of the papers of Paula's mother, Helen Gerard, including correspondence and writings, 1885-1935.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, printmaker, teacher; Chicago, Ill. Born in Italy to writer Helen Gerard, Italian representative to the American Federation of Art and contributor to the American Magazine of Art, International Studio and other art publications. Paula began her study of art in Italy and continued in the U.S. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and at the Midway Studios at the University of Chicago.


Donated 1990 by Paula Gerard Renison.

Language Note

Some letters, writings and printed material in Italian.

How to Use This Collection

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

Paula Gerard papers, 1885-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.