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Hofheinz, Elsa Marie, 1912-2012



  • Existence: 1912 - 2012

Biographical Note

Elsa Marie Hofheinz Wurtz (1912-2012) became the secretary for the Art League of Philadelphia in 1944. Elsa was enthusiastic about art from a young age as evidenced from her high school journal. She was a cartoonist for her school's newspaper and her diary contains many sketches and doodles. Little is known about Elsa's later life outside of the Art League, but it is known that she met her husband Charles Wurtz through the Art League.

Biographical Note: Updated

In 2015, the following biographical information was submitted by family of Elsa Wurtz. This and additional information from the family has been included with the collection:

A Philadelphian, Mrs. Wurtz was awarded a four-year scholarship to Moore College of Art. She designed greeting cards for Norcross in New York City before learning to read blueprints and then illustrating them for Fleetwings (an aircraft supplier or manufacturer outside Philadelphia) during World War II.

Early in her career, she painted in watercolor and exhibited at numerous venues, including the Rittenhouse Square Clothesline Exhibit. As time went on, she painted Impressionistic works in acrylic. She also created silkscreen art, prints, and worked in stained glass.

Her future husband always said that he picked out his mother-in-law and married her only single daughter. Elsa preferred to put it that she picked out her father-in-law (a fellow member of the Art League) and married his only single son!

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Diary, Elsa Marie Hofheinz, 1928 (Ms2013-094)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2013-094_Hofheinz_Diary

Meeting Minutes of the Art League of Philadelphia and Diary of Art League Member Elsa Marie Hofheinz

Identifier: Ms-2013-094

This collection contains a book of meeting minutes for the Art League of Philadelphia recorded primarily by secretaries Margaret Nefferdorf and Elsa Hofheinz. The collection also includes Elsa Hofheinz's diary from 1928 when she was in high school.

Dates: 1928 - 1947