A Finding Aid to the Eugenie Gershoy Papers,
1914-1983
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gerseuge
Creators:
Gershoy, Eugenie, 1901?-1983 or 6
Dates:
1914-1983
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
7.2 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of sculptor and art instructor, Eugenie Gershoy, measure 7.2 linear feet and date from 1914 to 1983. The collection documents Gershoy's career through biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The Eugenie Gershoy papers date from 1914 to 1983, measure 7.2 linear feet, and reflect Gershoy's career as a sculptor and teacher. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, artwork of Gershoy and others, printed material including exhibition catalogs, and photographs with subjects including Gershoy, her friends and colleagues, her studio, and her artwork.
Correspondence forms the bulk of the collection and includes correspondence between Gershoy and her siblings and their families regarding her activities, as well as with colleagues, many of whom were associated with the Woodstock Artist Association, and many of whom were museum colleagues.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into eight series according to material type. The contents of each series have been arranged chronologically.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1971 (boxes 1, 8-9; 3 folders)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1914-1983, undated (boxes 1-6, 8-9; 5.8 linear ft.)
  • Series 3: Business Records, 1952-1978 (box 6; 5 folders)
  • Series 4: Notes, 1967-1970, undated (box 6; 3 folders)
  • Series 5: Writings, 1970, undated (box 6; 2 folders)
  • Series 6: Artwork, 1932-1978, undated (boxes 6, 8-9, OV 10, 26 folders)
  • Series 7: Printed Material, 1932-1983, undated (boxes 7, 9; 19 folders)
  • Series 8: Photographs, 1916-1983, undated (boxes 7, 9; 12 folders)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Born in Krivoi Rog, Russia on January 1, 1901, Eugenie was the youngest of the Gershoy children. The family immigrated to New York City in 1903. She later became a U.S. citizen.
With the aid of two scholarships, she attended the Art Students League and studied under A. Stirling Calder, Leo Lentelli, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Boardman Robinson, and Carl Walters. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, she maintained a studio with Harry Gottlieb in Woodstock, New York. From 1936 to 1939, under the WPA Federal Art Project, she worked in conjunction with Max Spivak on murals for the children's recreation room in the Astoria branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, New York.
Gershoy's first solo show was at the Robinson Gallery in New York in 1940. Following a year of teaching at the New Orleans Art School, she moved to San Francisco in 1942. In 1946 she taught ceramics at the California School of Fine Arts, and in May 1950, she studied at Yaddo.
In addition to visits to England and France in the early 1930s, Gershoy travelled to Mexico and Guatemala in 1947, 1948, and 1961. She worked in Paris in 1951 and toured Africa, India, and the Orient in 1955.
Eugenie Gershoy died in 1986.

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 293, and 4966-4972 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 1994. Funding for the microfilming of this collection was provided by the Philip Birnbaum Foundation.
Author
Jean Fitzgerald
Provenance
The Eugenie Gershoy papers were donated to the Archives of American Art between 1975 and 1983 by the artist.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Eugenie Gershoy papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Eugenie Gershoy papers, 1914-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Material
Related material in the Archives of American Art includes a transcribed oral history interview with Eugenie Gershoy conducted by Mary McChesney for the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts Oral History Program, October 15, 1964. A link to the transcript is provided from the online catalog.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodstock (N.Y.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal aid to the arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- New York (State) -- Woodstock Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' studios -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women painters -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Christmas cards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketches Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picken, George, 1898- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pollet, Joseph C., 1897-1979 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Presser, Josef, 1906-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, Agnes, 1912-1979 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Knight, Frederic C., 1898-1979 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marantz, Irving, 1912-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thomson, Virgil, 1896- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Varda, Jean Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodstock Artists Association (Woodstock, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yaddo (Artist's colony) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Refregier, Anton, 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scaravaglione, Concetta, 1900-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soyer, Moses, 1899-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baker, Mildred, 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blanch, Lucile, 1895-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blanch, Arnold, 1896-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal Art Project (N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gottlieb, Harry, 1895- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fruhauf, Aline, 1909-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Calder, Alexander Stirling, 1870-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dehn, Virginia Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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