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Morton Kaish Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Kaish, Morton, 1927-
Title: Morton Kaish Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1947-2008
Quantity: 2.25 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, exhibition material, and memorabilia relating to the American painter.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Morton Kaish (1927- ) is an American realist painter. He studied at the Academy de la Grand Chaumiere in Paris and has taught at the Art Students League, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research. His work has been exhibited in major art galleries around the country. Morton was married to Luise Kaish, also an artist.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Morton Kaish Papers includes correspondence, exhibit catalogs, clippings, and photographs relating to the American painter.

Biographical material consists of a curriculum vitae highlighting Kaish's career as an artist.

Correspondence includes Kaish's correspondence with art collectors, gallery owners, and art academic program directors. Correspondence regards his artwork as well as his job as art instructor at various schools.

Exhibition materials comprises catalogs, invitations, and visitor logs for his art exhibitions.

Memorabilia consists of awards, clippings, photographs, and event programs. Clippings are magazine and newspaper clippings that mention Kaish or showcase his artwork. There is a photograph of Kaish in 1949 and photographs of one of his exhibitions. Event programs are for a medal presentation dinner and for the 1949 Syracuse University commencement.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged alphabetically. Correspondence is arranged by last name.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Books in the collection were transferred to rare books for cataloging.

See also the Luise Kaish Papers.

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Subject Headings


Kaish, Morton, 1927-


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Morton Kaish Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Morton Kaish, 2000, 2001, 2009.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 21 Jan 2010
Revision history: 14 Feb 2022 - collection processed (DTF)

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Biographical material
Box 1 Curriculum vitae circa 1996
Box 1 Art Students League of New York 1981-1982 - includes teaching contract
Box 1 A-B, miscellaneous 1964-1973, 1979-1996
Box 1 Chalfant, Richard 1976, 1992, 1996
Box 1 C-E, miscellaneous 1964, 1967, 1974-1996 (2 folders)
Box 1 Fashion Institute of Technology 1977, 1982-1983, 1989, 1994
Box 1 F-G, miscellaneous 1966, 1979-1982, 1991-1993
Box 1 Holden, Donald 1979, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1999
Box 1 H-M, miscellaneous 1964, 1967, 1979-1996 (4 folders)
Box 1 National Academy of Design 1983-1994
Box 1 The National Arts Club 1983, 1993-1994
Box 1 N-P, miscellaneous 1968, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1996 (2 folders)
Box 1 Philadelphia College of Art 1982
Box 1 Q-R, miscellaneous 1958, 1964, 1974-1979, 1991, 1993
Box 1 Staempfli Gallery 1963-1966, 1971, 1979, 1989, 1999
Box 1 S-T, miscellaneous 1963, 1974-1979, 1989-1993
Box 1 Winsor and Newton 1993-1994
Box 1 U-Z, miscellaneous 1979, 1993, 1996
Exhibition materials
Box 1 Catalogs 1962-1969, 1979-1982, 1991-1993 (2 folders)
Box 2 Catalogs 1972-2009 (5 folders)
Box 2 Invitations 1973, 1976, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2005
Box 2 Visitor log, Hollis Taggart Gallery 1996
Box 2 Visitor log, Staempfli Gallery 1983, 1986, 1989
Box 2 Award, certificate of appreciation, Winsor and Newton, 1994 art competition 1994
Box 2 Clippings 1947-1948, 1993-2008 (2 folders)
Oversize 1 Clippings 1965, 1973, 1983, 2008
Box 2 Newsletters 1989, 1997, 2006
Box 2 Photograph, Morton Kaish 1949
Oversize 1 Photographs, exhibition circa 1996
Box 2 Program, Artists' Fellowship annual medal presentation dinner 2001, 2006
Box 2 Program, Syracuse University 90th commencement 1949

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