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Elmer Bischoff 1947-1985 exhibition records

Identifier: IR-CUR-006

Scope and Contents

These curatorial records were collected and created during the research, planning, and execution of the Elmer Bischoff 1947-1985 exhibition. The 35 paintings and 15 drawings displayed in the exhibition highlight a 40-year career that encompassed abstract expressionism, as well as more figural works.

The exhibition opened at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., on September 20 and closed November 2, 1986.

The primary creator of the exhibition planning records was The Phillips Collection Curatorial Department.

The bulk of this collection consists of research. The records include publicity, articles, invitations, an exhibition schedule, a catalogue, and planning documents.


  • 1985 - 1986
  • Usage: The material in this collection were used in preparation for the 1986 exhibition.

Biographical / Historical

This exhibition marked the most complete retrospective to-date of paintings by Elmer Bischoff.


.31 Linear Feet (1 legal folder)

Language of Materials



Elmer Bischoff 1947-1985 exhibition records contain material created and collected by The Phillips Collection Curatorial Department, throughout the process of organizing the 1986 exhibition. Included are research and exhibition planning documents


The collection is arranged into one series: Exhibition Planning; organized chronologically within the folder. This collection maintains the original order created by The Phillips Collection Curatorial Department.

Custodial History

The collection is owned by The Phillips Collection and was accessioned from the curator’s office.

Processing Information

After an initial survey of the collection, some documents were identified as being of no future research value for the collection, such as duplicate documents, expense reports, and poor quality photographs. These items were weeded with the librarian’s approval. Original newsprint articles were copied onto acid-free paper; all documents were re-foldered in acid-free folders and metal paper clips were replaced with plastic clips.

Elmer Bischoff 1947-1985 exhibition records, 1985-1986
The Phillips Collection Library and Archives 1600 21st Street NW Washington D.C. 20009
Michele De Shazo, Volunteer Archives Assistant
January-February 2, 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the The Phillips Collection Archives Repository

1600 21st St. NW
Washington DC 20009 United States