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Morton Kaish Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 21 Jan 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.

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

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


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.

Related Material

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

See also the Luise Kaish Papers.

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.



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.

Table of Contents

Biographical material


Exhibition materials