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The Zorach Family papers

Creator:
Zorach Family  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-  Search this
Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006  Search this
Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968  Search this
Zorach, Tessim  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
4.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Prints
Articles
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Notes
Writings
Date:
1900-1987
Summary:
The Zorach Family papers measure 4.4 linear feet and consist of materials relating to the lives and careers of sculptor and painter William Zorach, his wife painter and weaver Marguerite, and their children, painter and multi-media artist Dahlov Ipcar and collector and art dealer Tessim Zorach. The bulk of the papers consists of letters to Tessim regarding his parent's artwork. Additional materials include scattered letters to William Zorach; writings and notes by William, Marguerite, and Tessim; a sketchbook and drawings by William; prints by Marguerite; Marguerite's scrapbook; printed materials; and photographs of the Zorach family and of William Zorach in his studio and at work.
Scope and Content Note:
The Zorach Family papers measure 4.4 linear feet and consist of materials relating to the lives and careers of sculptor and painter William Zorach, his wife painter and weaver Marguerite, and their children, painter and multi-media artist Dahlov Ipcar and collector and art dealer Tessim Zorach. The bulk of the papers consists of letters to Tessim regarding his parent's artwork. Additional materials include scattered letters to William Zorach; writings and notes by William, Marguerite, and Tessim; a sketchbook and drawings by William; prints by Marguerite; Marguerite's scrapbook; printed materials; and photographs of the Zorach family and of William Zorach in his studio and at work.

The majority of correspondence is between Tessim Zorach and various museums and galleries concerning exhibitions and donations of his parents' works of art. There are scattered letters to William Zorach among the correspondence. Business records consist of materials relating to the Collection of the Zorach Children, including lists of works of art by the Zorach's, a file relating to an exhibition of Zorach artwork at the Brooklyn Museum, and photographs of works of art considered for donation.

Writings and Notes include a typescript of an article written by Marguerite Zorach, writings by William Zorach, a typescript of Young Poems by William and Marguerite, as well as articles written by others about the Zorachs. Artwork by Marguerite Zorach includes two prints and a tracing. Also found is one sketchbook, and additional drawings by William Zorach. There is one unsigned lithograph.

The majority of exhibition announcements, catalogs, and clippings concern William and Marguerite Zorach although there are two announcements for Dahlov Ipcar. There is one scrapbook of clippings about Marguerite.

The papers include photographs of Marguerite and William Zorach, their parents, baby photos of Tessim and Dahlov, family pictures of the Zorachs, and of Marguerite and William in their studios. There are several folders of William Zorach working in his studios and additional photos of him carving a relief sculpture and a sculpture for the Southwest Bank. Most of these photographs contain detailed annotations written by William Zorach about the work. There is one folder of photographs of William in France in 1910-1911, including one of Zorach in Roi Partridge's studio. There is one photograph of Zorach taken by Ansel Adams in Yosemite, a photo of Zorach working by Arnold Newman, and several taken by Imogen Cunnigham.

Other photographs are of works of art, most of which depict William's works.

Artifacts include Marguerite's batik tools and approximately fifty commercially made printing blocks.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 9 series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, circa 1907-1969 (Box 1, 6; 3 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1922-1982 (Box 1-2; 1.75 linear feet)

Series 3: Business Records, 1967-1971, circa 1960s-1970s (Box 2-3; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1930s-1973, 1987 (Box 3; 8 folders)

Series 5: Artworks, 1900-circa 1920s (Box 3, 6; 12 folders)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1922-1953 (Box 3; 1 folder)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1912-1982 (Box 3; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, 1908-1966 (Box 3-5; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 9: Artifacts, circa 1910s, circa 1950s (Box 4; 0.5 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
William Zorach (1887-1966) was a modernist painter and sculptor working primarily in New York city, along with his wife Marguerite (1887-1968) who worked as a fauvist painter, printmaker, and textile artist. Their children were painter Dahlov Ipcar (1917-) and art collector Tessim Zorach (1915-1995.)

Born in Lithuania, William Zorach immigrated to the United States where his family settled in Cleveland, Ohio. An early interest in art led to a printmaking apprenticeship. He then moved to New York City and enrolled in the National Academy of Design where he studied painting and drawing. In 1910, Zorach traveled to Paris to study and where he met his wife Marguerite Thompson at the La Palette art school. Marguerite grew up in Fresno, California and studied art at Stanford University. Both artists were heavily influenced by the fauvist and cubist art movements.

Returning to America, Marguerite and William married and both continued to create and experiment with varied media. Their paintings were featured in the 1913 New York City Armory Show and they are credited with being among the first artists to introduce European modernist styles to American modernism. The Zorachs were very close both as a couple and as working active artists.

In the 1920s, Marguerite began to experiment with textiles and created large, fine art tapestries and hooked rugs. Also, she used batik dying techniques on fabrics. William also expanded his genre by creating direct sculpture in 1918, which would become his primary medium.

In 1915, William and Marguerite started a family with their son, Tessim. Two years later, their daughter Dahlov was born. The Zorachs divided the year and lived in New York City, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. In 1923, the family bought a farm on Georgetown Island, Maine where they lived, worked, and entertained friends.

Dahlov and Tessim were exposed to art from an early age. Dahlov showed artistic promise as a child and her parents supported her creativity by allowing her to express herself without formal training. Dahlov pursued painting and later became an illustrator for children's books. Additionally, she wrote fantasy novels and short stories. Dahlov married Adolf Ipcar in 1936. Like the rest of his family, Tessim Zorach developed an interest of art and along with his wife Peggy, he amassed a large private collection of ancient to modern art.

William and Marguerite continued to sculpt and paint until their deaths in 1966 and 1968, respectively.

Together, Dahlov and Tessim established the Collection of the Zorach Children which coordinated donations of their parents' art to many museums throughout the United States and the world. The artwork of both artists is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Delaware Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Philips Collection, and educational institutions such as Colby College, University of Vermont, Williams College, Bowdoin College, and the University of Virginia. In addition William has works associated with many public buildings, among them: Radio City Music Hall, New York City Municipal Court, the U.S. Post Office in Washington D.C. as well as Farleigh Dickinson University.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds the Dahlov Ipcar papers, 1906-1997. Also found is one oral history interview with William Zorach conducted by by John D. Morse on April 2, 1959 and an oral history interview with Dahlov Ipcar conducted by Robert F. Brown on November 13, 1979.

The bulk of William Zorach's papers are held by the Library of Congress.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming on reels NY59-1-NY59-4 and NY59-19. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are now held by the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division. This material is not described in the collection container inventory or finding aid.
Provenance:
William Zorach lent papers for microfilming to the Archives of American Art in 1959. Tessim Zorach donated materials between 1976-1987.
Restrictions:
Use of originals requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Zorach Family papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Weavers  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Artist couples  Search this
Women painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Prints
Articles
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Notes
Writings
Citation:
The Zorach Family papers, 1900-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.zorazora
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-zorazora

Pre-Columbian art of Ecuador from the Peggy and Tessim Zorach collection : April 21-May 30, 1982, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Author:
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Zorach, Peggy Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Zorach, Tessim Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
59 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Ecuador
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Art--Exhibitions  Search this
Antiquities--Exhibitions  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F3721.3.A7H47 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_333954

Torso, (sculpture)

Title:
Labrador Torso, (sculpture)
Torso in Labrador Granite, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Zorach, William 1889-1966  Search this
Medium:
Carved granite
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1986.6.85
Date:
1932
Topic:
Figure female--Torso  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08582278
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_294104

The Zorach Family papers, 1900-1987

Creator:
Zorach family  Search this
Subject:
Zorach, Tessim  Search this
Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Partridge, Roi  Search this
Newman, Arnold  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Prints
Articles
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Notes
Writings
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artist couples  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6932
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209061
AAA_collcode_zorazora
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209061
Online Media:

Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach, 1943-2006

Creator:
Hertz, Grace Elizabeth, 1920-  Search this
Subject:
Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Zorach, Tessim  Search this
Zorach, Peggy  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Dayton Art Institute  Search this
Topic:
Women artists--Ohio  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17522
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)391128
AAA_collcode_hertgrac
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_391128

Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach

Creator:
Hertz, Grace Elizabeth, 1920-  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Dayton Art Institute  Search this
Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968  Search this
Zorach, Peggy  Search this
Zorach, Tessim  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1943-2006
Summary:
Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach measure 0.2 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.
Scope and Contents:
Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach measure 0.2 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.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
(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.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Zorach Family papers, 1900-1987.
Provenance:
The Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach, 1943-2006, was donated by Leah Hertz, daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Hertz, in 2017.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- Ohio  Search this
Topic:
Women artists--Ohio  Search this
Citation:
Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach, 1943-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hertgrac
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Elizabeth Hertz letters from William and Marguerite Zorach
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-hertgrac

Figure of a Child (with Clenched Fists) [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Title:
Dahlov [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)
Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Zorach, Dahlov  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Child  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0085263
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_85264

Child and Cat [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1926
Topic:
Figure female--Child  Search this
Animal--Cat  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029364
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29365

Nude Figure [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1942
Topic:
Figure female--Nude  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029365
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29366

Richard Hillman [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Hillman, Richard  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Head  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029366
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29367

Dr. Thomas Shanahan [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Shanahan, Thomas, Dr  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1945
Topic:
Portrait male--Head  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029367
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29368

Female Portrait Head [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1950
Topic:
Portrait female--Head  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029368
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29369

Horse Grazing [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1935
Topic:
Animal--Horse  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Eating & Drinking  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029369
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29370

Hen [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1946
Topic:
Animal--Bird--Chicken  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029377
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29378

Proposed Lenin Memorial (detail) [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1934
Topic:
Figure group--Male  Search this
Object--Tool--Axe  Search this
Object--Tool--Hammer  Search this
Homage--Lenin, Vladimir Ilich  Search this
Study--Model  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029378
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29379

Proposed Lenin Memorial [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Lenin, Vladimir I  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1934
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Homage--Lenin, Vladimir Ilich  Search this
Study--Model  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029379
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29380

Proposed Lenin Memorial [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Lenin, Vladimir I  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1934
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Homage--Lenin, Vladimir Ilich  Search this
Study--Model  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029380
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29381

Benjamin Franklin [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Franklin, Benjamin  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1937
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Science--Inventor  Search this
Occupation--Writer--Author  Search this
Occupation--Political--Postmaster  Search this
Architecture interior--Studio--Zorach, William  Search this
Study--Model  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029381
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29382

Julius Forstmann Memorial [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Subject:
Forstmann, Julius  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1950
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Homage--Forstmann, Julius  Search this
Architecture exterior--Industry--Mill  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029385
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29386

Schwarzenbach Clock (study) [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1926
Topic:
Object--Furniture--Clock  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Religion--Zoroastrianism  Search this
Occupation--Other--Slave  Search this
Object--Flower--Tulip  Search this
Study--Model  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0029386
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_29387

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