Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Margarita Gibbons Papers, circa 1920-1976, bulk 1938-1946, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gibbmarg
Creators:
Gibbons, Margarita
Dates:
circa 1920-1976
bulk 1938-1946
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter Margarita Gibbons measure 2 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to 1976, with bulk dates from 1938 to 1946. The papers document her carreer as a painter in New York and her relationship with her husband, American illustrator Arthur Getz through biographical material; correspondence with Getz, friends, and other artists; gallery records such as price lists, dimension notes and a signed exhibition guestbook; news clippings, and exhibition flyers; photographs; detached scrapbooks of photographs of artwork, news clippings, and exhibition flyers; and artwork including two sketchbooks and an oil self portait by Arthur Getz.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Margarita Gibbons papers measure 2 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to 1976, with bulk dates from 1938 to 1946. The papers document her carreer as a painter in New York City and her relationship with her husband, American illustrator Arthur Getz through biographical material; correspondence with Getz, friends, and other artists including holiday cards from painter Moses Soyer. Also found are gallery records comprised of price lists, dimension notes and a signed exhibition guestbook. Printed material is comprised of news clippings and exhibition flyers. Additionally, there are detached scrapbooks of photographs of artwork, news clippings, and exhibition flyers. Photographs consist of black and white prints of artwork as well as portraits of Gibbons, her family and friends. Artwork includes two sketchbooks of graphite figure drawings as well as an oil self portrait of Arthur Getz.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as seven series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1960-1968 (0.2 Linear feet: Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1938-1973 (1.3 Linear Feet: Box 1-2)
  • Series 3: Gallery Records, circa 1960-1972 (0.2 Linear Feet: Box 2)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1944-1976 (0.1 Linear Feet: Box 2)
  • Series 5: Scrapbooks, circa 1942-1968 (0.2 Linear Feet: Box 2)
  • Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1920-1968 (0.2 Linear Feet: Box 2)
  • Series 7: Artwork, circa 1920-1976 (0.2 Linear Feet: Box 2)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Margarita Gibbons (1906-1976) was a painter from New York City. Gibbons originally performed as a ballerina for the Metropolitan Opera House before pursing a career as a fine artist. She studied at the Art Students League, Pratt institute and later in Paris and Amsterdam. Her work has been shown in a number of galleries and museums including the Argent gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Gibbons first husband was Ecuadorian painter Camilo Egas, whom she brought to the United States. Her second husband was American illustrator and painter Arthur Getz.

Administration
Author
Sabine Lipten
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives of American Art by owner Margarita Gibbons, February 1975 and the Arthur Getz letters were donated by William Gibbons, nephew of Margarita Gibbons, June 1977.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sabine Lipten in 2022.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
Terms of Use statement: The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Margarita Gibbons papers, circa 1920-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Arthur Getz letter from Charles E. Burchfield March 19, 1961.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Scrapbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cartoonists -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women painters Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Getz, Arthur Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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