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Richard Koppe Papers

An description of his Papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Koppe, Richard.
Title: Richard Koppe Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1939-1963
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: American painter, sculptor. Born 1916.
Abstract: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing (1948-1963); itineraries and exhibition lists, and other business related material; manuscripts, including essays and short stories; photographs; and published material.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Educator, painter, and sculptor Richard Koppe was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 4, 1916. He studied at the St. Paul School of Art with Cameron Booth, LeRoy Turner and Nicoli Cikovsky. He also attended the New Bauhaus in Chicago, Illinois with Kepes and Archipenko. He has received prizes from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947, 1948, 1950, and 1960, and from the San Francisco Art Association (1948).

Mr. Koppe is a modern artist who is quite well known for his abstract painting. Some of his best paintings are the "Bejeweled Bird," and "Reflection." Mr. Koppe's work may be seen at the Smith College Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Syracuse University, and the Brooklyn Museum.

He has exhibited at nearly every major museum in the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of art and the Artists' Gallery in New York City.

Mr. Koppe was a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology for nineteen years. In 1963 he became professor of Art at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Richard Koppe Papers consist of six parts. Incoming correspondence is correspondence received by Richard Koppe. lt is divided into two groups, business and personal. Outgoing correspondence consists of correspondence written by Richard. The Subject files include itinerary and exhibition lists, receipts, statements, awards, and comments from exhibitors. Manuscripts consists of a further description of Koppe's work, several short stories by Koppe , and several essays by Koppe, all typescript. Photographs include photographs of Richard Koppe's works. Published material contains newspaper articles and press releases about Richard Koppe.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Incoming correspondence is subdivided into business and personal, and each group is arranged alphabetically according to the name of the sender. Outgoing correspondence is arranged in chronological order. Subject files are arranged in alphabetical order by physical type. Manuscripts are grouped by type (essays, short stories) and are in alphabetical order by title. Photographs are arranged in alphabetical order according to the title of the work. Published material includes newspaper articles first, followed by press releases.

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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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Subject Headings


Koppe, Richard.


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

Genres and Forms

Press releases.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Richard Koppe Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: -
Date: 1966
Revision history: 27 Aug 2007 - EAD file created (JPK)

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Incoming correspondence
Business correspondence
Box 1 A-B
Box 1 C-H
Box 1 I-P
Box 1 R-W
Personal correspondence
Box 1 B-S
Outgoing correspondence
Box 1 February 1948-December 1953
Box 1 January 1954-July 1963
Box 1 Undated
Subject files
Box 1 Comments from exhibitors
Box 1 Hallmark Art Award 1949
Box 1 Itinerary and exhibition list
Box 1 Measurements
Box 1 Miscellaneous
Box 1 Receipts
Box 1 Statements
Box 1 Further description of Koppe's work
Box 1 "Sculpture" (typescript)
Box 1 "Sources of Contemporary Painting" (typescript)
Short stories
Box 1 "Gay Christmas" (typescript)
Box 1 "Mirror for Man" (typescript)
Box 1 "Bejeweled Bird" 1951
Box 1 "Charred Seraph" 1959
Box 1 "Curved Abstraction" 1945
Box 1 "Mystery" 1960-1961
Box 1 "Reflection" 1954
Box 1 "Reclining Figure" 1939
Box 1 "Seated Figure" 1939
Box 1 "Terrestrial" undated
Box 1 "Trio" 1956
Box 1 "Two Totems" 1951
Box 1 Richard Koppe undated
Box 1 "Visage" undated
Box 1 "Well of the Sea" 1948
Published material
Box 1 Newspaper article about Koppe
Box 1 Press Releases

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