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The papers of New York painters and teachers Josef Presser and Agnes Hart measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1913 to 1980, with the bulk of the material from 1940 to 1980. The collection documents their personal and professional lives as partners, artists, and educators and consists of biographical material, business and personal correspondence, teaching files, printed material, and scattered photographs. The collection also includes writings, personal business records, and artwork by Presser.
Josef Presser papers, 1913-1980, bulk 1940-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2014 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Original clippings and exhibition announcements were returned to Hart after microfilming in 1969 and were not included in later gifts. This loaned material is available on reel N69-1, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Josef Presser (1909-1967) lived and worked primarily in New York City as a painter, educator, and lecturer. Agnes Hart (1912-1979) was born in Meridan, Connecticut and studied art at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida and at Iowa State University.
The papers of Josef Presser were loaned for microfilming by Agnes Hart in 1968. The bulk of these papers and additional Presser materials were later donated by Hart in 1977 and 1979. Hart donated her own papers in 1978. Frances Hitchcock, Hart's sister, donated additional papers in 1981.
This site provides access to the papers of Josef Presser and Agnes Hart in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 6,890 images.
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