The De Hirsh Margules papers are organized into 8 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1888-1978, undated (Box 1, 6; 0.2 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1923-2000, undated (Box 1-3; 2.8 linear feet) Series 3: Writings, 1936-1965, undated (Box 4; 1.0 linear feet) Series 4: Printed Material, 1933-2001, undated (Box 5; 0.2 linear feet) Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1922-1957, undated (Box 5, 7; 0.2 linear feet) Series 6: Photographs, 1926-1992, undated (Box 5, 7; 0.8 linear feet) Series 7: Works of Art, 1948, undated (Box 6, 7; 0.4 linear feet) Series 8: Audio Recordings, undated (Box 6; 1 folder)
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The De Hirsh Margules papers are open for research. Use requires an appointment.
The papers of painter De Hirsh Margules measure 5.5 linear feet and date from 1888-2001, with the bulk dating from 1923-1965. The papers contain biographical material, and business and personal correspondence, including letters from Alfred Stiegliz, John Marin, Henry Miller, Max Schnitzler, Charles J. Connick, Louis M. Eilshemius, Alex King, and Myron Lechay. Also found are writings, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, works of art and audio recordings documenting Margules' personal life and professional career.
De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
De Hirsh Margules (1899-1965) was a painter in New York, NY. Margules was born in Jasse, Romania and arrived in New York City at only ten months of age. His parents were in the Yiddish Theater; his father, Edouard was a playwright/director, and his mother, Rosa, was an actress. Margules received much of his art education outside of the conventional art institutional framework. Early on, he studied with Edwin Randby in Pennsylvania from 1917-1918, but it was really his neighbor, the painter Benno Greenstein, who encouraged Margules to pursue a career in the arts. From 1919-1921 he studied period architecture, design and decoration at the New York Evening School of Art and Design.
The papers were donated to the Archives in 2005 by Elita Agee.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001