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The papers of New York art dealers and gallery owners Otto and Ilse Gerson measure 3 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1980. This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, exhibition files, artists' files, collectors' files, business records, inventory and stock records, printed materials, and photographs.
Otto and Ilse Gerson papers, 1933-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 4049-4053 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the papers on microfilm due to reprocessing.
Otto Gerson married Ilse Goehler in 1939, and together they became important dealers in New York, circa 1940-1962, bringing works by noted post-war European (and some American) artists to the American market.
Letters from Marcks and Kirchner are in German.
Correspondence in the Dina Vierny Gallery file is mainly in French.
The Otto and Ilse Gerson papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1984 by Indian Head Bank North on behalf of Otto and Ilse Gerson.
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