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Collection on Ralph Avery

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0280

Scope and Contents

The Collection on Ralph Avery contains articles and clippings regarding artist Avery. Also included are two sets of photocopies of Avery's artwork sales. The first set includes sales to individuals from February 23, 1952 to December 4, 1975. The second set includes commercial works from 1956 to 1975.

Added to the collection is an 18 x 18 inch 1977 Case Hoyt Calendar In Memory of Ralph Avery. On the cover of the calendar is a portrait of Ralph Avery painted by Stanley Gordon, and it reads: The watercolors of Ralphy Avery have left an indelible mark on everyone who knoew his work. He was a truly gifted artist, and above all, a good friend. Although he was a native Georgian, his love of Upstate New York was clearly evident in his watercolors. Over the years we have been privileged to reproduce many of his paintings. And we could think of no better way to illustrate our calendar for 1977 than to use the creations of Ralph Avery once maore. In a way, the paintings were selected by Ralph himself. The six were found in his studio after he passed away in 1976 and must have been among his favorites. They show the wide range of his great talent, from the Avery you might find on the cover of Reader's digest to the Avery he painted solely for himself. Yes, this calendar is in memory of Ralph Avery the artist. But, like time itself, the mark of this man lives on. Case-Hoyt is a color printing company based in Rochester, NY.


  • Creation: 1927-1986

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Watercolor artist Ralph Avery (1906-1976) graduated from RIT in 1928 and taught in the Applied Art Department at RIT for 25 years. He lived in Rochester for most of his adult life and frequently painted scenes from the local area – gray, foggy views of the downtown skyline, portraits of elegant old city homes, and abstractions of natural areas from the surrounding landscape. Avery was also a well-known illustrator, working for clients such as General Motors, Reader's Digest, and other popular magazines.


2 Folder(s)




The Collection on Ralph Avery contains clippings and articles regarding the artist, a Case-Hoyt calendar of his work, as well as other images of his artwork.


Collection materials are arranged by type.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 812, Box 5
Stacks Oversize drawer 33 (calendar)

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

Collection on Ralph Avery
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
04 November 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA