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E. Maurice Bloch papers, circa 1925-1989

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Biographical/Historical Note
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Series I. Correspondence, 1941-1989
Series I.A. Occasional letters received, , 1965-1988 undated
Series I.B. Letters received and letters sent, 1941-1982
Series I.C. Letters received and sent, 1976-1989
Series II. New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, 1936-1958, 1988
Series II.A. Course syllabi, 1935-1942, undated
Series II.B. Bloch's notes and term papers for NYU classes, 1936-1947, undated
Series II.C. NYU School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Bloch's undergraduate years, 1936-1939
Series II.D. NYU-IFA, Bloch's master's thesis, 1940-1942
Series II.E. NYU Washington Square campus, correspondence, 1945-1946
Series II.F. NYU-IFA, Bloch's Ph.D. materials, 1944-1959
Series II.G. Correspondence with NYU-IFA professors, others, 1946-1988
Series III. Teaching materials, 1945-1982 undated
Series III.A. Lecture notes, 1945-1982
Series III.B. Students' course work for Bloch's classes, 1940s-1980s
Series III.C. Universities of Missouri and Minnesota employment, 1944-1947
Series III.D. UCLA employment, 1956-1989
Series IV. George Caleb Bingham Research, 1943-1989
Series IV.A. Publications and lectures, 1943-1987
Series IV.B. Bingham exhibits, 1910, 1935-1986
Series IV.C. Bingham portraits, 1940s-1980s
Series IV.D. Bingham narrative/genre paintings, 1944-1989
Series IV.E. Bingham landscapes, 1944-1984
Series IV.F. Bingham drawings and unidentified paintings, 1967-1985
Series IV.G. Assorted materials regarding Bingham paintings, 1944-1984, undated
Series IV.H. Bingham biography, 1931, 1944-1988
Series V. Benjamin West research, 1821-1987
Series V.A. Correspondence, 1961-1987
Series V.B. West exhibit catalogs/inventories, 1821-1987, undated
Series V.C. West research, 1926, 1961-1987, undated
Series V.D. Raphael Lamar West, 1980s
Series V.E. Prints after the works of B. West, undated
Series V.F. West's own collection of drawings, 1820-1898
Series VI. Research files on 19th century art, 1945-1987
Series VI.A. Publications, 1945-1987, undated
Series VI.B. Never published book projects, ca. 1940s-1988
Series VI.C. Lectures, 1960-1982
Series VI.D. Research files, 1870s-1890s, 1940s-1980s, undated
Series VI.E. Inventories and bibliographies, 1940s-1989, undated
Series VI.F. Artist/subject files, 1940s-1989, undated
Series VII. Curatorial and advisory positions, 1953-1989
Series VII.A. Cooper Union Museum, 1953-1959
Series VII.B. Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, 1957-1984
Series VII.C. Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1960-1989
Series VII.D. Archives of American Art, 1958-1987
Series VII.E. American Art Council, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971-1986
Series VII.F. Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, 1975-1991
Series VIII. Bloch's personal collection, ca. 1935-1989
Series VIII.A. Bloch's art collection, 1852, 1949-1989
Series VIII.B. Bloch's stamp collection, undated
Series VIII.C. Bloch's autograph collection, 1935-1989
Series VIII.D. Dealers' correspondence, 1951-1989
Series IX. Personal and miscellaneous files, 1920s-1970s
Bloch (E. Maurice) papers

Biographical/Historical Note

E. Maurice Bloch, American art historian, professor, curator and collector, was born in New York City, October 26, 1916, the only child of immigrant parents. His mother, who studied to be a singer, was from Austria; his father was a businessman, born in Holland. His parents, particularly his mother, encouraged and supported Bloch's interest in art.

Bloch enrolled at New York University, first as an undergraduate in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, then as a graduate student in the Institute of Fine Arts, for which he wrote a dissertation on George Caleb Bingham (not completed until 1967).

He taught at the University of Missouri (1944-1945), NYU's Washington Square Campus (1945-1946), and the University of Minnesota (1946-1947). He was curator of prints at Cooper Union Museum (1952- ca. 1957). His employment at the University of California, Los Angeles began in 1956 and lasted until 1982 when he retired. During his tenure at UCLA, Bloch also served as a curator with the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, from which he also retired in 1982.

Beginning in 1975 Bloch served on the board of the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, and as the Second Vice President for Art helped transform what had been an eclectic, private collection into a public collection of American art (now the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery at the Huntington Library). Bloch was involved with the Western Division of the Archives of American Art since the early 1980s, and helped negotiate a cooperative arrangement between the AAA, the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery and the Huntington Library.

His scholarly interests were in American art. The majority of his completed projects concern George Caleb Bingham. He wrote his dissertation on Bingham and the catalog raisonné of Bingham's paintings (1967, revised edition 1986), a catalog raisonné of Bingham's drawings (1975), numerous articles, and curated at least three exhibits of Bingham's work. His other large project, never completed, was his work toward a catalog of Benjamin West's paintings.

Bloch's own collecting interests ranged widely. His personal collections contained paintings, drawings (including those by West), stamps, illustrated sheet music, and autographs, although he limited himself primarily to American artists, illustrators and topics.

Bloch never married. He maintained an extraordinarily close relationship with his mother and father, who lived with him after he moved to California, until their deaths.

The Oral History Program at the University of California, Los Angeles published an oral history of E. Maurice Bloch in 1991 from interviews conducted by Bernard Galm in 1987. Bloch died December 1989 in Los Angeles.

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