A Finding Aid to the Papers of Joseph W. Groell,
1925-2007,
bulk 1950-1991
, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.groejose
Creators:
Groell, Joseph W., 1928-
Dates:
1925-2007
bulk 1950-1991
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.2 Linear feet
Repository:
The Joseph W. Groell papers, 1925-2007, bulk 1950-1991, measure 2.2 linear feet and primarily document his career as an art instructor. The papers include biographical material, letters, writings, subject files, printed material, artwork and photographs. Teaching files constitute the majority of the collection. Ten volumes of lecture notes, visual examples from sources including his own sketchbook, and student project instructions survive for courses Groell taught at Brooklyn College, 1970s-1990; and three volumes of notes and illustrations relate to figure drawing courses he taught at the New York Academy of Art, 1990-1991.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The Joseph W. Groell papers, 1925-2007, bulk 1950-2007, measure 2.2 linear feet, and primarily document his career as an art instructor. The papers include biographical material, letters, writings, subject files, printed material, artwork, and photographs. Teaching files constitute the majority of the collection. Ten volumes of lecture notes with visual examples from sources including his own sketchbook, and student project instructions survive for courses Groell taught at Brooklyn College, 1970s-1990; and three volumes of notes and illustrations relate to figure drawing courses he taught at the New York Academy of Art, 1990-1991.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 8 series:
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1952-1996 (Box 1; 0.1 linear ft.)
  • Series 2: Letters, 1925-1971 (Box 1; 1 folder)
  • Series 3: Writings, 1951-1955 (Box 1; 0.1 linear ft.)
  • Series 4: Teaching Files, 1970s-1991 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear ft.)
  • Series 5: Subject Files, 1952-2005 (Box 2; 0.4 linear ft.)
  • Series 6: Printed Material, 1953-1983 (Box 2; 0.2 linear ft.)
  • Series 7: Artwork, circa 1925-1953 (Box 3; 0.1 linear ft.)
  • Series 8: Photographs, 1948-2007 (Box 3; 0.1 linear ft.)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Joseph W. Groell (b. 1928) is known as a teacher of figure drawing and painting in the academic tradition. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1950.
A native of Pittsburgh, Groell earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1950 and promptly moved to New York City. In 1952 he became one of the original members of Tanager Gallery, the earliest of the Tenth Street co-operative galleries.
Groell taught life drawing at Pratt Institute of Technology during the academic year 1960-1961. He then served on faculty of Brooklyn College art department until retiring in 1990. In the early 1990s Groell became affiliated with the New York Academy of Art, a graduate school of figurative art with a strong emphasis drawing, traditional methods and techniques.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2011.
Author
Catherine S. Gaines
Provenance
Joseph W. Groell donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 2011.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Joseph W. Groell papers, 1925-2007, bulk 1950-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Joseph W. Groell 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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Faculty Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Brooklyn College -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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