The papers span the life and career of
American art historian, professor, curator and collector, E. Maurice Bloch, from his student
days in New York City to his retirement in Los Angeles (bulk ca. 1935-1989). It includes
extensive correspondence, research and lecture notes, syllabi, photographs, lists,
manuscripts, minutes, reports, and clippings, detailing his principal interests (George
Caleb Bingham and Benjamin West, and collecting), and his associations with institutions
(Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of
California, Los Angeles) as well as with art students, historians, artist friends,
colleagues, and dealers.
E. Maurice Bloch, American art historian, professor, curator and collector, was born in New
York City, October 26, 1916, the only child of immigrant parents. His mother, who studied to
be a singer, was from Austria; his father was a businessman, born in Holland. His parents,
particularly his mother, encouraged and supported Bloch's interest in art.