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Guide to the Andrée Golbin papers, 1947-1996

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Golbin, Andrée, 1923-2006
Andrée Golbin papers, 1947-1996
0.4 linear ft: 1 box, 7 oversize folders
After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1943, Andrée Golbin (1923-2006) led a long career as a painter, graphic artist and illustrator. In addition to serving as art director for Mademoiselle magazine in the early 1950s, Golbin created artwork for a diverse roster of clients, including several modern dance companies, Henri Bendel, and American Cyanamid. The Kellen Design Archives holds examples of Golbin's drawings and completed projects in the form of book jackets, children's books, catalogs, and assorted promotional materials.

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Biographical note

Ruth Andrée Golbin (she later omitted Ruth) was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1923. She immigrated to the United States and, in 1943, graduated with a degree in Advertising Art from Parsons School of Design. She also studied at the Art Students League, the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, and the New School for Social Research. In 1979, Golbin returned to Parsons as a drawing instructor.

Golbin worked as an art director for Mademoiselle magazine, a painter, and a book and magazine illustrator. She contributed artwork to a number of children's books as well as to the  New York Times gardening section. She specialized in abstract paintings and realistic illustrations of the natural world.

Andrée Golbin died in 2006.


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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection includes artwork, biographical materials, clippings, and printed materials. Artwork in the collection consists exclusively of commercial illustrations for children's books, newspapers, and magazines in pen, marker and watercolors. The Illustrations series also includes reversals.

Printed materials and publications include a variety of brochures, catalogs and pamphlets; magazine clippings; posters and mailers; and a set of Christmas greeting cards, in addition to illustrated books for which Golbin contributed drawings. Clients range from American Cyanamid (marketing Formica) and the American Bilt-Rite Rubber Corporation to Henri Bendel and other fashion-related firms. Golbin also created promotional materials for the Alwin Nikolais, Erick Hawkins, and Murray Louis dance companies. Her work for Mademoiselle magazine is represented by folders, posters, and proofs promoting advertising in the publication and the magazine's College Clinics in the 1950s.


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Organization and Arrangement

Organized in 3 series:

  1. Biographical materials, 1950-1996
  2. Illustrations, 1950s-1970s
  3. Printed materials and publications, 1947-1990

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives October 11, 2010

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Andrée Golbin, 1996. Children's book donated by PJ Carlino, 2010.

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Related Materials

A related collection of materials created by Andrée Golbin and her husband Don Raymond David are held by the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Children's books.
  • Christmas cards.
  • Drawings.
  • Publications.


  • Art directors.
  • Illustrators.


  • Animals -- Pictorial works.
  • Art publicity.
  • Commercial art -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Fashion drawing.
  • Graphic design.
  • Plants -- Pictorial works.
  • Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Biographical materials 1950-1996 
Title Box Folder
Biographical, 1977-1996  1 1
Clippings, 1950-1988  1 2
Exhibitions, 1958-1988  1 3

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Title Box Folder
Series II. Illustrations 1950s-1970s  k_11 4
1 4
k_OSxx-5 1

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Series III. Printed materials and publications 1947-1990 
Advertisements 1950s or 1960s 
Title Box Folder
General: Chemical and construction industry  1 5
k_11 5
Title Box Folder
General: Fashion  1 6-7
k_11 5
Title Box Folder
Dance company promotions, 1969, 1990  1 8
k_OSxx-5 2
Henri Bendel  1 9
Magee Carpet Company  1 10
Children's books 1952-1974 
Title Box Folder
Amerika für Anfänger, 1952  1 11
The Cloud Eater, 1963  1 11
Cover proofs, 1963-1974  k_OSxx-5 2
Fly-Away at the Air Show, 1962  1 12
Minnows, 1974  1 12
A Treasury of Stories to Read Aloud, 1962  1 13
Title Box Folder
Holiday greeting cards, 1950s or 1960s  1 14
Magazines: Californian magazine, circa 1947  1 15
Title Box Folder
Magazines: Mademoiselle  1 16
k_11 6-7
k_OSxx-5 3

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Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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