Series 1: Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach, 1943-2006 (Box 1; 0.2 linear ft.) Series 2: Unprocessed Addition, 1967-1969 (Folder 2; 12 items) This collection is arranged as two series.
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This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Elizabeth Hertz letters from artists measure 0.21 linear feet and date from 1943-2006. Thirty-five letters and cards, mainly from William and Marguerite Zorach, document daily activities, visits, and reference art exhibitions and lectures. Also included are a few cards and letters from Tessim and Peggy Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar, and one letter from the Dayton Art Institute where Zorach lectured in 1951, for which the visit was facilitated by Elizabeth Hertz. There is a 12 item unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2023 that includes twelve letters from Stanton Macdonald-Wright to Elizabeth Hertz. Materials date from 1967-1969.
Elizabeth Hertz letters from artists, 1943-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Zorach Family papers, 1900-1987 and the Stanton Macdonald-Wright papers, 1890-2008.
(Grace) Elizabeth "Beth" Hertz (1920- ) is an artist and was a student of William Zorach's at the Art Students League in New York. Hertz maintained a relationship with William and Marguerite, as well as with their children Tessim and Dahlov. Following her time as Zorach's student, Hertz visited their summer home at Robinhood Farm in Georgetown, Maine, where she assisted in daily chores while receiving critiques on her artwork. Into the 1950s, visits were more infrequent but Hertz still looked to Zorach for advice on her art career and frequently exchanged news about their families and careers. In 1951 Elizabeth Hertz facilitated William Zorach's guest lecture at the Dayton Art Institute Commencement Dinner.
The Elizabeth Hertz letters from artists, 1943-2006, was donated by Leah Hertz, daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Hertz, in 2017 and 2023.
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