Archives of American Art

Robert O. Preusser papers

Collection ID:
Preusser, Robert O. (Robert Ormerod), 1919-1992
Physical Description:
0.5 Linear feet
(on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence and sales records, writings, printed material, and photographs of art work document Preusser's artistic and teaching careers.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1829: Clippings and printed material document Preusser's early associations with his teacher, McNeil Davidson, and critic Ralph Pearson; regional and one-man exhibitions; teaching, lectures, juries and professional activities; his teaching affiliation with MIT, student projects and exhibitions; and lectures and published articles. Also included are a biographical summary, a list of owners of Preusser's paintings, and photographs of his work.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1830: Forty-eight photographs of art work (1939-1969) and correspondence and sales records (1951-1955) from the Downtown Gallery and Alan Gallery.
Scope and Contents
REEL 4494: General correspondence, correspondence with art dealer Catherine Long Randolph, exhibition catalogs, announcements, statements by Preusser about his work, and course outlines relate to his career as a painter, designer and educator.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, educator, designer; Houston, Tex. and Cambridge, Mass. Preusser began his artistic career in Houston, Tex., where he taught at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston School (1947-1954) and the University of Houston (1951-1954). He moved to Massachusetts in 1954 to teach visual design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1974, he was appointed director of education at MIT's Advanced Center for Visual Studies. He retired in 1985.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 1829-1830 available for use through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel 1829: Originals returned to the lender, Robert O. Preusser, after microfilming.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel 4494: Originals returned to Robert Preusser.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel 1829 donated 1980 by Robert O. Preusser; material on reel 1830 lent for microfilming 1980 by Preusser, material on reel 4494 was lent in 1991.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Design -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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