collection SC.419 - Morton Kaish collection, 1950s-1974, bulk 1950s-1960s

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Morton Kaish collection, 1950s-1974, bulk 1950s-1960s


  • 1950s-1974, bulk 1950s-1960s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2.6 linear feet
Tear sheets, fashion illustrations, photographs

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Morton Kaish (1927- ) is an American artist known for his paintings, prints, and fashion illustrations. During the 1950s and 1960s, Kaish worked as a fashion illustrator for publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, and Lord & Taylor. In addition, Kaish was a Professor of Art and Design at FIT for 25 years. While teaching at FIT, Kaish developed and led a study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Kaish has also been in Art-in-residence at a number of universities in the United States. His works have been featured in many museum exhibits across the country.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donation by Morton Kaish, August 2018

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Scope and content

This collection is comprised of 5 folders containing tear sheets of Morton Kaish original illustrations, 1 folder containing Tod Draz original illustrations, 1 folder of containing photographs of Morton Kaish working in his studio, and media containing Morton Kaish illustrations.

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System of arrangement

Thematic organization at folder level.

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Conditions governing access

Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at or call (212) 217-4385.

Conditions governing reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Documents, sketches, digital media (CD and disk drive).

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Existence and location of originals

The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and College Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001

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Dates of creation revision deletion

2018 October


  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

Arrangement, description, and archival processing by Brianna Paoli, with additional work by Samantha Levin, FIT, NY, NY, USA

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