Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
The papers of Hungarian-born artist, art theorist, and educator, Gyorgy Kepes, measure 21.2 linear feet and date from 1909-2003, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1935-1985. The papers document Kepes's career as an artist and educator, and as founder of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), through biographical material, correspondence, writings by Kepes and others, project files, exhibition files, printed material, sketchbooks, artwork, sound recordings and motion picture films, and photographic material.
Gyorgy Kepes papers, 1909-2003, bulk 1935-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
All of the sound recordings in the collection were digitized for research access and are available at Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original reels for the archival notations on them, but original reels are not available for playback due to fragility.
The collection is available on microfilm reels 5303-5321. Researchers should note that the arrangement on microfilm may not match the arrangement described in this finding aid.
Location of Originals:
Reel 1211: Originals returned to Gyorgy Kepes after microfilming.
Funding for the preservation and transfer of 4 reels of motion picture film provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Juliet Kepes Stone, 29B Jay St., Cambridge, Mass. 02139, or Imre Kepes, 11 Arnold Road, West Pelham, Mass. 01002-9757
Ninety-eight letters to Kepes from colleagues, 1946-1974, were loaned to the Archives of American Art in 1974. They were returned to Kepes after microfilming and are available on microfilm Reel 1211, but are not further described in this finding aid.
Additional papers of Gyorgy Kepes can be found at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection.
Gyorgy Kepes (1906-2001) was a painter, designer, art theorist, and educator in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Selyp, Hungary, Kepes studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, working with Moholy-Nagy in Berlin and London before joining him at the New Bauhaus (later the Chicago Institute of Design) in 1937. From 1946-1980 he was professor of visual design at M.I.T., as well as director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1967-1974.
A typescript is in Braille.
A letter and a clipping are in Dutch.
Nineteen letters, six typescripts, three clippings, and six exhibition catalogs are in French.
Several letters and printed items are in German.
Several letters, a manuscript, and printed items are in Hungarian.
Several letters and printed material are: In Italian.
Ten letters are in Russian.
Several letters, and printed items are in Spanish.
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Gyorgy Kepes in a series of gifts between 1974 and 1993.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001