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Gene Kloss Letters

Identifier: AC 365

Scope and Content

This collection consists of letters written by Gene Kloss to her friend the Honorable Isabel Andrews Burgess between 1979 and 1994, along with biographical material, inventories and catalogs of Kloss's works.


  • 1979-1996

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical History

Gene Kloss, printmaker and painter, was born Alice Geneva Glasier in Oakland, CA in 1903. Kloss began her study of art at the University of California under Perham Nahl, and continued with post graduate studies at the California School of Fine Arts and the Oakland School of Arts and Crafts. She sold her first print at Gump's in San Francisco, and had her first one-woman exhibit at the Oakland Art Gallery in 1927. In May 1925 Kloss married Phillips Kloss, a journalist and poet. In 1929, they built a home in Taos, N.M., and divided their time between Berkeley and Taos. A turning point in her career came in 1934 when she learned a new way to make aquatints on her new press. The bulk of her work, depicting scenes from the Southwest and the California coastline, was in three mediums: oil, watercolor, and (her favorite) copperplate etching. Gene Kloss died in Taos, NM, on June 24, 1996.


.25 Linear Feet


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angelico Chavez History Library
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. The Palace of the Governors
  4. Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087
  5. Phone: 505-476-5090
  6. Fax: 505-476-5053
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Robbins
Inventory of the Gene Kloss Letters, 1979-1996
Processed by Kathryn Robbins
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090