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Guide to the Mary Gettrust collection, 1936-1995

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

KA.0128.01

Creator

Gettrust, Mary Frances (Mrs. Maury G. Baker)

Title

Mary Gettrust collection, 1936-1995

Extent

4 folders

Language of Materials

English

Summary

Mary Frances Gettrust (Mrs. Maury G. Baker) attended the New York School of Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1936 until her graduation in 1939 with a diploma in Costume Design and Illustration. Gettrust served as an instructor of Costume Illustration at Parsons in the 1940s. The collection consists of a partial student notebook of costume sketches with instructor comments, printed examples of Gettrust's work as a professional fashion illustrator, and correspondence from Parsons Alumni Association, and Parsons-related ephemera.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Mary Gettrust collection, KA.0128, box __, folder __, New School Archives, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York.

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Biographical Note

Mary Frances Gettrust (Mrs. Maury G. Baker) attended the New York School of Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1936 until her graduation in 1939 with a diploma in Costume Design and Illustration. While she was still a student, Gettrust served as an assistant in the Costume Design and Illustration department. Alumni Association records indicate that she also traveled to Europe to study at the school's Paris Ateliers. In the 1942-1943 Parsons School of Design course catalog and again in the 1944-1945 catalog, Gettrust is listed as an instructor of Costume Illustration. As of 1951, she resided in Cleveland and was employed as an illustrator for the Higbee Company. Mary Gettrust Baker died in 2003.

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Sources:

Parsons School of Design Alumni Bulletin. Vol. XXI. Page 4. Parsons School of Design course catalog, 1938-1939, page 34.

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Scope and Content of Collection

Collection consists of a partial student notebook of historical costume sketches in pencil and museum research sketches in pencil and gouache, with instructor comments. Additionally, there are two pages of New York Herald Tribune newspaper clippings and black and white reproductions of Mary Gettrust's fashion illustration work, in addition to a clipping depicting Mary Gettrust at Kent State University. The collection also contains correspondence from the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association, a donation appeal, and other Parsons-related ephemera.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - March 23, 2017

66 5th Avenue
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Mary Gettrust collection, KA.0128, box __, folder __, New School Archives, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Crown Collectibles of Chesterfield, Virginia, 2012.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • New York School of Fine and Applied Art.

Genre(s)

  • Ephemera.
  • Notebooks.
  • Student projects.

Subject(s)

  • Fashion illustration.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
Correspondence and ephemera 

Includes photograph of Mary Gettrust Baker.

k_5 24
Pages from student notebook 
k_5 25-26
Professional work 
k_5 27

Collection Guide Last Updated: 04/26/2017

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