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Elisofon, Eliot

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role Collector
dates 1911-1973
city New York City
stateNY
gender M
historical notes Photographer, artist, art collector and author.

Before his death Elisofon donated pieces of his African and Pacific art collection to the Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C, the Museum of Primitive Art in New York, the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, the Harvard Peabody Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and other institutions.

Besides collecting primitive art and sculpture, other interests Elisofon pursued were cooking and painting, and he was able to take advantage of his worldwide travel as a photographer to develop all of these simultaneously. His photographs, watercolor paintings, and objects from his personal collection of primitive art have been exhibited throughout the United States and other countries.

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1930-1940
1940-1950
1950-1960
1960-1970
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University of Texas, Austin
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Eliot Elisofon Papers, 1930-1988 (bulk, 1942-1973) see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Chaim Gross papers, 1920-1983. see details...
National Museum of African Art
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs, 1942-1972. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Artist file: Elisofon, Eliot; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Emory University
Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Eliot Elisofon photograph collection. see details...
University of Texas, Austin
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Gloria Swanson Papers, 18??-1988.

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The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Elisofon, Eliot : [photography bio file]. see details...