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Heil, Eugene Francis, 1925-1968

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1925 - 1968

Biographical History

Eugene Francis Heil (1925-1968) was a photographer in New York.

Gene Heil was born March 25, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. He began the study of the violin at eight, and became concertmeister of the St. Louis Philharmonic by sixteen. After high school, he served with the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific (New Guinea and the Philippines) during the Second World War. He was battalion photographer and was later encouraged to cultivate it as a medium in the fine arts.

After two years of military service, he attended the world-famed Parsons School of Design in New York City for three years; he also spent a term at the Parsons Atelier in Paris, which included an extensive tour of the arts of France and Italy. In 1950, he became a protégé of Lady Mendl at Versailles, and later, of Andre Ostier in Paris. He photographed members of the French government and aristocracy for French magazines. Gene photographed mainly fashion and architecture in Europe, Africa, North and South America.

Over the years, he was a photographer for the National Audubon Society, from 1946 to 1949, and for Ostier Associates, from 1949 to 1952; and a Public Relations Officer for the U.S. Army, from 1952 to 1954. He founded Gene Heil Studios (for General Commercial Photography and Interior Design) in 1954, and it remained open until his death.

Gene joined the Church in June 1963 and devoted his artistic talents to the Lord's service, as well as to Cole Porter's "Out of This World." As of May 1967, he was Assistant to the Director of the Research Project on World Music within the School of International Affairs of Columbia University. He was also employed with Aladdin Business Service (seasonal sales of resort brochures, postcards, photography, and commemorative Church books), from 1963 to 1968. He married Lillian Elinor Harmon June 10, 1967. He died in an automobile accident a year later.

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Eugene Heil biographical and legal records, 1925-1971

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 2
Scope and Contents

This series contatins certificates, planners, legal documents, wills, and other family papers for the Heil and Watts families. Materials dated 1925-1971.

Dates: 1925-1971

Eugene Heil business financial records, 1959-1968

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 3
Scope and Contents

This series includes accounts payable, debts, and expense records for the photography business of Eugene Heil. Materials dated 1959-1968.

Dates: 1959-1968

Eugene Heil correspondence, 1957-1969

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 4
Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence to Eugene Heil concerning social events such as the Dione Lucas Society, professional recommendations, his ski accident, and other life events. Materials dated 1957-1969.

Dates: 1957-1969

Eugene Heil memorabilia, 1944-1968

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 8
Scope and Contents

This series contains postcards, brochures, pins, autographs, and albums from the life of Eugene Heil. Topics include New York City, Salvador Dali, Singing Mothers, and SeaBees. Materials dated 1944-1968.

Dates: 1944-1968

Eugene Heil professional membership papers, 1948-1967

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 7
Scope and Contents

This series contains certificates and other professional membership papers including the Musical Box Society and Parsons School of Design. Materials dated 1948-1967.

Dates: 1948-1967

Eugene Heil publications, 1949-1968

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 6
Scope and Contents

This series contains printed images and scripts created by Eugene Heil in brochures, serials, and other gallery magazines. Materials dated 1949-1968.

Dates: 1949-1968

Eugene Heil research, 1949-1968

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 5
Scope and Contents

This series contains research by Eugene Heil during his time as a student with Parson's School of Design, as well as his research on musical instuments, the Dione Lucas Society, a script for the Manhattan 2nd Ward, and the community of Catalonia. Materials are dated 1949-1968.

Dates: 1949-1968

Eugene Heil World War II papers, 1936-1953

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 1
Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence, photographs, and other documents produced and collected during the serivce of Eugene Heil in World War II. Topics include censorship, photography, and daily life in the service. Materials dated 1936-1953

Dates: 1936-1953

Films, 1948

 Series
Identifier: MSS 6140 Series 14
Scope and Contents

This series contains two films by Eugene Heil and two microfilm reels from the New York Public Library. Materials dated 1948.

Dates: 1948

Eugene Francis Heil papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 6140
Scope and Contents The collection consists largely of photos, slides, and negatives packaged and labeled by subject/client and are of various pieces of architecture, world scenery, models, etc. It also contains assorted pamphlets on natural history, art, and antiquities, as well as diaries, financial information, scrapbooks, stationary, newspaper clippings, the script for "Out of This World," various awards, biographical information, assorted brochures and articles on art and fashion, travel brochures,...
Dates: 1925-1971

Additional filters:

Type
Archival Object 14
Collection 1
 
Subject
Negatives 7
Photographs 6
Slides (Photography) 5
Transparencies 4
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 3