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Gustave Von Groschwitz Papers

Identifier: RG99.0318

Scope and Contents

The Gustave Von Groschwitz papers include WPA exhibition catalogs of art exhibits he curated in New York during 1937 and 1938, as well as programs of exhibits he curated at the Cincinnati Art Museum 1948-1960.

His published article on artist Thomas Shotter Boys, with final draft, are included, as well as his M. A. thesis. Numerous articles by Von Groschwitz include Making Prints for the U. S. Government, published in Prints, vol. VI: No. 3 (February 1936) and Graphic Art of the Argentine in The Print Collectors Quarterly Vol. 27: No. 3 (October 1940).

His grant proposals to support Mauricio Lasansky are housed in this collection, as well as notes by Lasansky.

This collection also includes correspondence from Von Groschwitz to the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris during 1961.


  • 1936-1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

According to an Iowa City Press-Citizen article dated August 16, 1968, T. F. Gustave Von Groschwitz received his B. A. degree at Columbia University in 1927 and M. A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 1949. His thesis was titled The Original Lithograph in Color in the XIXth Century.

During the Great Depression, Von Groschwitz served as head, Graphic Art Division, Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration in New York City. His papers include exhibition catalogs sponsored by this program during January 1937 and January 1938. A transcript of a 1964 interview about his New Deal experience is housed in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

In fall 1938, he was appointed as art instructor and curator of prints at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. In 1947 he was named curator of prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum and served concurrently as adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Von Groschwitz served as director of the Pittsburgh Museum of Art from 1963 until he joined the faculty at the University of Iowa on July 1, 1968, as associate director of the new UI Museum of Art, which opened in May 1969. Von Groschwitz worked to further promote the career of printer Mauricio Lasansky, of Argentina, through a National Endowment for the Arts grant to hold a retrospective exhibit of 200 items in 1975. Von Groschwitz resigned in 1974.

His memberships included: Society of American Etchers; charter member of Print Council of America; trustee of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop; Grolier Club bibliophile society.

According to, Von Groschwitz was born April 16, 1906, in New York City.


1.00 linear foot


Associate director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1968-1974. Head of Graphic Arts Division of the WPA in New York City during the Great Depression. Worked to further the career of printer Mauricio Lasansky.

Method of Acquisition

Gustave Von Groschwitz donated his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries during June and July 1975.

Related Materials

Folder, Von Groschwitz, T. F. Gustave, Faculty and Staff Vertical Files (RG01.0015.003)

Folder, Wilke, Ulfert S., Faculty and Staff Vertical Files (RG01.0015.003)

Records of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (RG26.0002.001)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242