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William Gropper papers, 1916-1983

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into seven series:

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Series 1: Biographical Information , circa 1942-1982
3 Folders
Box 1

This series consists of scattered biographical information, including fingerprint records, resumes, an estate appraisal, Gropper's funeral arrangement information, and immunization records. Information pertaining to Sophie Gropper includes a photograph, diet information and permit. Also included is information concerning the Gropper Family such as estate information, bank records, receipts, and report cards.
This series is arranged by family name to which the biographical information pertains.
Description Container Select
William Gropper, 1942-1977, undated
1
1
Sophie Gropper, 1972, 1981-1982
1
2
Gropper Family, 1973-1974, 1982
(partially scanned)
1
3

Series 2: Business Records , circa 1936-1983
8 Folders
Box 1

William Gropper's scattered Business Records include lists of works of art, purchase orders for artwork, bills, royalty information, contracts with museums and publishing companies, bank records and receipts.
Description Container Select
Price Lists, 1968-1983, undated
1
4
Art Purchase Orders, 1967-1973
1
5
Art Purchase Orders, 1974-1980, undated
1
6
Bills, 1970-1979
1
7
Book Royalties, 1969-1970
1
8
Contracts, 1936-1939, 1955, 1968
1
9
Financial and Bank Records, 1974-1977, undated
1
10
Receipts, 1963-1969, 1980-1983, undated
1
11

Series 3: Writings and Notes , circa 1947-1978
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes descriptions of Gropper's works of art, lists of works of art, writings by and about Gropper, including a dissertation about the artist by Joseph Anthony Gahn. There is also one folder of scattered minutes of the Committee on Progess of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It is unclear what role Gropper played on the Committee.
Description Container Select
Descriptions of Works of Art, undated
1
12
Dissertation on Gropper, 1966
1
13
Lists of Works of Art, 1947, undated
1
14
Minutes, Committee on Progress, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1974
1
15
Notes, undated
1
16
Writings about Gropper, 1978, undated
1
17
Writings by Gropper, undated
1
18
Miscellaneous Writings, 1953, 1974, undated
1
19

Series 4: Works of Art , circa 1949-after 1958
2 Folders
Box 1, OV 4

This series includes three original pen and pencil drawings by William Gropper. One drawing is of three unidentified men which Gropper signs with hebrew characters. A second drawing is a profile of a seated, unidentified man. The last sketch is of an unidentified group of people. A Gropper designed fabric sample is included as well.
Description Container Select
Drawings, circa 1949, after 1958, undated
1
20
Fabric Sample, 1952
Oversized material housed in Box 4
1
21
Oversized Fabric Sample, 1952
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, Folder 21
4

Series 5: Correspondence , circa 1916-1983
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes letters written to William Gropper from 1916 until 1977, including some photocopies. Very few of William Gropper's responses are in this collection, which are mostly undated. There is also correspondence written by and to Sophie Gropper from 1980 to 1983. Notable correspondents include Louis Lozowick, Frank Crowninshield, Raphael Soyer, Robert Henri, and Frank Alvah Parsons. There are many letters from Ben Horowitz with the Heritage Gallery, which sold Gropper's art. Additionally, there are letters concerning William Gropper's participation in the Works Progress Administration. Correspondence from 1935 documents Gropper's contributions to Vanity Fair magazine before it ceased publication in 1936. Correspondence after Gropper's death is between his widow, Sophie Gropper and various museums, galleries, and publishers.
Correspondence is arranged chronogically.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, 1916-1923
1
22
Correspondence, 1931-1935
1
23
Correspondence, 1936-1939
1
24
Correspondence, 1940-1949
1
25
Correspondence, 1952-1955
1
26
Correspondence, 1961-1966
1
27
Correspondence, 1967
1
28
Correspondence, 1968-1969
1
29
Correspondence, 1970
1
30
Correspondence, 1971
1
31
Correspondence, 1972
1
32
Correspondence, 1973
1
33
Correspondence, 1974
1
34
Correspondence, 1975
1
35
Correspondence, 1976
1
36
Correspondence, 1980-1981
1
37
Correspondence, 1982-1983
1
38
Correspondence, undated
1
39

Series 6: Printed Material , circa 1919-1983
1.4 Linear feet
Box 1-3, OV 4

This series includes full issues of magazines illustrated by William Gropper including New Masses, Liberator and Der Hammer. There are also clippings from newspapers and magazines about William Gropper or featuring his illustrations. Gropper's illustrations appear in Hound Dog Moses and the Promised Land by Walter D. Edmonds and "In Gold We Trust (J.P. Morgan, Al. Capone and CO.)" by Larry Harr. There is one folder of Gropper's collection of first issue United Nations' postage stamps, one of which was illustrated by Gropper. Also included are auction catalogs, stationary, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Gropper's artwork, blank greeting cards, press releases and bulletins, and order forms.
This series is arranged by type of materials. Clippings from magazines illustrated by Gropper have been filed before folders containing full issues of New Masses magazines that feature Gropper's illustrations. All dated material is arranged chronologically with undated material following.
Description Container Select
Auction Catalogs, 1982
1
40
Auction Catalogs, 1983
1
41
Stationary and Enclosures, 1971, undated
1
42
Clippings, 1922-1926
1
43
Clippings, 1931-1939
1
44
Clippings, 1940-1945
Oversized material housed in Box 4
1
45
Clippings, 1946-1949
1
46
Clippings, 1951-1958
Oversized material housed in Box 4
1
47
Clippings, 1960-1963
1
48
Clippings, 1964
1
49
Clippings, 1965-1969
Oversized material housed in Box 4
2
1
Clippings, 1970-1974
2
2
Clippings, 1977
2
3
Clippings, 1983
2
4
Clippings, undated
2
5
Clippings, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 4
2
6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1935-1937
2
7
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1939
2
8
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940-1944
2
9
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1946-1949
2
10
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1950-1955
2
11
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1956-1959
2
12
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1960-1964
2
13
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1965-1969
Oversized material housed in Box 4
2
14
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970-1971
2
15
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1972
2
16
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1973-1979
2
17
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1981-1983
2
18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
2
19
Blank Greeting Cards, undated
2
20
Miscellaneous, Art Related, 1974-1975, undated
(partially scanned)
2
21
Miscellaneous, Not Art Related, undated
2
22
Order Forms, 1972, undated
2
23
Collection of United Nations Postage Stamps, 1964-1971
2
24
Press Releases and Bulletins, 1935, 1945, 1971-1977
2
25
Illustrations by Gropper, 1919
Oversized material housed in Box 4
2
26
Illustrations by Gropper, 1921
2
27
Illustrations by Gropper, 1922-1923
2
28
Illustrations by Gropper, 1927
2
29
Illustrations by Gropper, 1931
2
30
Illustrations by Gropper, 1932
2
31
Illustrations by Gropper, 1933
2
32
Illustrations by Gropper, 1934
2
33
Illustrations by Gropper, 1935
2
34
Illustrations by Gropper, 1936
2
35
Illustrations by Gropper, 1937
2
36
Illustrations by Gropper, 1938
2
37
Illustrations by Gropper, 1939
2
38
Illustrations by Gropper, 1940
2
39
Illustrations by Gropper, 1942-1943
2
40
Illustrations by Gropper, 1945
3
1
Illustrations by Gropper, 1946
3
2
Illustrations by Gropper, 1947
3
3
Illustrations by Gropper, 1948
3
4
Illustrations by Gropper, 1953
3
5
Illustrations by Gropper, 1958-1960
3
6
Illustrations by Gropper, 1967-1968
3
7
Illustrations by Gropper, 1970-1971
3
8
Illustrations by Gropper, 1973-1974
3
9
Illustrations by Gropper, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 4
3
10
New Masses, 1926
Oversized material housed in Box 4
3
11
New Masses, 1927
3
12
New Masses, 1928
3
13
New Masses, 1934
3
14
New Masses, 1936
3
15
Oversized Clippings
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, Folders 45 and 47, and Box 2, Folders 1 and 6
4
Oversized Exhibition Announcements
Oversized material scanned with Box 2, Folder 14
4
Oversized Illustrated by Gropper
Oversized material scanned with Box 2, Folder 26, and Box 3, Folder 10
4
Oversized New Masses
Oversized material scanned with Box 3, Folder 11
4

Series 7: Photographs , after 1937-circa 1980s
0.8 Linear feet
Box 3

This series includes photographs of William Gropper, his family, colleagues and friends. Additionally, there are photographs of works of art, slides from family vacations, negatives and duplicates.
Description Container Select
William Gropper, undated
3
16
William Gropper, undated
3
17
William Gropper, undated
3
18
William Gropper with Family, undated
3
19
Gropper Family, 1938, 1961-1970
3
20
Gropper Family, undated
3
21
Gropper Family Vacations, 1963, 1972, undated
3
22
Slides, Gropper Family, 1975
3
23
Social Functions, 1972, undated
3
24
Colleagues and Friends, 1961, undated
3
25
Works of Art, Automobile Industry, Detroit, Michigan, after 1940
3
26-27
Works of Art, Construction of the Dam, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., after 1937
3
28
Works of Art, Suburban Post in Winter, Freeport, New York, after 1938
(partially scanned)
3
29
Works of Art, Murals, undated
(partially scanned)
3
30
Works of Art, Sculpture and Ceramics, circa 1980s, undated
3
31
Works of Art, Stained Glass, 1967
3
32
Works of Art, 1968, undated
3
33-50
Works of Art, Miscellaneous, undated
3
51-52
Duplicate Photographs, undated
3
53-56
Miscellaneous, undated
3
57
Negatives, undated
3
58-59

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