This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The papers of realist painter, muralist, and educator Leon Kroll date from circa 1900 to 1988 and measure 8.7 linear feet. The collection documents Kroll's painting career, teaching, and active participation in numerous art organizations. Over one-half of the collection is correspondence with artists, schools, galleries, museums, patrons, arts organizations, family members, and others. Also found are scattered biographical material, writings and notes, legal and financial records, exhibition catalogs, clippings, other printed material, photographs of Kroll and colleagues, loose drawings, and nine sketchbooks.
Leon Kroll papers, circa 1900-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2009 and is available on the Archives of American Art website. Photographs and printed reproductions of artwork, select financial documents, and the 2019 addition have not been digitized. Material lent for microfilming on microfilm reels D326-D331 is available at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Leon Kroll (1884-1974) was a leading realist painter during the 1920s and 1930s.
Leon Kroll donated a portion of his papers in 1968. His widow, Genevieve Kroll, donated the rest of the papers in 1976.Two additions were donated in 2019, via Cory Churches and the Estate of Grace Pugh, both descendants of Kroll.
The papers of Leon Kroll in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 11,254 images.
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