Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969.

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Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969.

Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969.

Correspondence, artists files, notebooks, business records, writings, miscellaneous records, printed matter, and photographs. Some of Halpert's personal papers are intermingled with the gallery records. Correspondence, 1926-1974, about gallery business and routine administrative affairs, as well as personal letters from relatives and friends. Among the correspondents are collectors Edgar and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Maxim Karolik, William H. Lane, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Beram K. Saklatwalla, Robert Tannahill, and Electra Havemeyer Webb; dealers Robert Carlen, Felix Landau Gallery, Boris Mirski Gallery, and Isabel Carleton Wilde; and many curators, museum directors, and other colleagues. Artist Files, 1917-1970, consist mainly of correspondence with Halpert and the Downtown Gallery and may include biographical notes, writings, press releases, original artwork, exhibition information, and printed matter. Included are: Rainey Bennett, Raymond Breinin, Morris Broderson, Paul Burlin, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Isami Doi, William Dole, Arthur G. Dove, David Fredenthal, Samuel Halpert, George Overbury ("Pop") Hart, Marsden Hartley, Bernard Karfiol, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Wesley Lea, Jack Levine, Edmund Lewandowski, John Marin, Reuben Nakian, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Chesley Osborn, Jules Pascin, Abbott Pattison, Abraham Rattner, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Mitchell Siporin, Niles Spencer, Edward Stasack, John H. Storrs, Reuben Tam, Yu-ho Tseng, Max Weber, William Zorach, and Karl Zerbe. Notebooks, 1935-1969, referred to as "American Folk Art Gallery Notebooks," "Artists Notebooks," and "Publicity Notebooks" contain photographs, catalog descriptions, notes, and printed matter compiled by gallery staff for reference purposes. "American Folk Art Notebooks" include: oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, lithographs, fraktur, paintings on velvet, embroideries, paintings on glass, tinsels, Shaker furniture, and sculpture. "Publicity Notebooks" include: group shows at Downtown Gallery and other locations, American Print Makers exhibitions, American folk art exhibitions at Downtown Gallery and other locations; and, miscellaneous publicity. "Artists Notebooks" include: Rainey Bennett, Raymond Breinin, Morris Broderson, Alexander Brook, Paul Burlin, Nicolai Cikovsky, Glenn O. Coleman, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Isami Doi, Arthur G. Dove, David Fredenthal, O. Louis Guglielmi, Samuel Halpert, William M. Harnett, George Overbury ("Pop") Hart, Marsden Hartley, Bernard Karfiol, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Wesley Lea, Julian E. Levi, Jack Levine, John Marin, George L.K. Morris, Reuben Nakian, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Chesley Osborn, Jules Pascin, Abbott Pattison, Horace Pippin, Joseph Pollet, Abraham Rattner, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Mitchell Siporin, Niles Spencer, Edward Stasack, William Steig, Joseph Stella, Alfred Stieglitz, John H. Storrs, Reuben Tam, Yu-ho Tseng, Dorothy Varian, Carl Walters, Max Weber, Jack Zajac, Karl Zerbe, Marguerite Zorach, and William Zorach. Business Records, 1925-1974, consist of exhibition, stock, sales, transit, and insurance records; lists of artwork and clients, legal documents, minutes, research files, and architectural plans. Writings, 1917-1968, by Edith Gregor Halpert, include articles on American folk art, speeches, short stories, school notebooks, and "Daily Thoughtlets" compiled at age 17; also, writings by others on art topics. Miscellaneous, ca. 1835-1970, contains biographical material, and works of art by Edith Gregor Halpert and other artists. Artifacts are wooden weather vane molds with supporting documentation, and awards presented to Halpert. Audiovisual materials are motion picture film for a Westinghouse Broadcasting Corp. produced television series, "America: The Artist's Eye," 1961-1963; film of Charles and Musya Sheeler at home, and Charles Sheeler at work in his studio, ca. 1950; and a sound recording of a 1962 talk about collecting by Maxim Karolik. Printed Matter, 1984-1969, includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, invitations, press releases, and miscellaneous items produced by Downtown Gallery. Other printed matter consists of news clippings about Halpert, Downtown Gallery, the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, and clipping files on art-related topics. Also, newsletters, press releases, and publications of arts organizations, and reproductions of works of art. A selection of 25 vols. from Halpert's personal library has been retained. Photographs, ca. 1880s-1960s, of Edith Gregor Halpert, Samuel Halpert, family and friends, her dog and Newtown, Conn. house. Portraits of artists include: Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Louis Guglielmi, George Overbury ("Pop") Hart, Marsden Hartley, Bernard Karfiol, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Julian E. Levi, Jack Levine, John Marin, George L.K. Morris, Georgia O'Keeffe, Abbott Pattison, Horace Pippin, Abraham Rattner, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, William Steig, Alfred Stieglitz, Yu-ho Tseng, Max Weber, and William Zorach. Also, works of art, exhibitions, Downtown Gallery, and an award presented to Halpert. Among the photographers represented are: Ansel Adams, Doris Bry, George Karfiol, Carl Kelin, Otto Maya, Arnold Newman, Man Ray, Kay Bell Reynal, Charles Sheeler, Adrian Siegel, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Sochi Sunami, Alredo Valente, Carl Van Vechten, and Max Yavno.

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Alfred Stieglitz was an American photographer, founder of the Photo-Secession Group, gallery owner, and editor and publisher of photography magazines, most notably, Camera Work. Frank Hermann was an American painter, who spent most of his career in Germany, where he associated with several avant-garde art groups. Childhood friends, Stieglitz and Herrmann were schoolmates, spent time together when Stieglitz was in Europe, and visited each other in the United States when Herrmann returned in 1919....

Pascin, Jules, 1885-1930

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Jules Pascin, artist, was born on March 31, 1885 in Widden, Bulgaria as Julius Pincas. He moved to Paris in 1905 and changed his name. He became an American citizen in 1914 and lived in New York for the duration of World War I. He was married to Hermine David. He returned to Paris in 1920, shortly after it was reopened to civilian travel. He went back to the United States in 1927 to retain his American citizenship. He was well-known in America and in Europe for his sketches and paintings. He com...

Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968

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Also contains correspondence to William Zorach, husband of Marguerite Zorach. From the description of Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155895905 ...

Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich

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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller was one of three founders of the Museum of Modern Art, donor to and trustee of the Museum. From the description of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller albums, 1929-1941. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 122574587 One of three founders of the Museum of Modern Art, donor to and trustee of the Museum. From the description of Scrapbooks, 1919-1941. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 86164064 ...

Burlin, Paul, 1886-1969

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Painter; New York, N.Y. From the description of Paul Burlin interviews, 1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220185199 From the description of Paul Burlin interview, 1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220185174 From the description of Oral history interview with Paul Burlin, 1962 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 312024996 Landscape, mural, and figure painter; New York, N.Y. Spent much time in the Southwest, partic...

Halpert, Samuel, 1884-1930.

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Sunami, Soichi, 1885-1971

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Hirsch was a painter, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. From the description of [Stefan Hirsch] [graphic] Soichi Sunami. [ca. 1920] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83271775 ...

Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)

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Art gallery; New York, N.Y.; Owned by Edith Gregor Halpert. Established as Our Gallery in 1926 by Edith Gregor Halpert and Berthe Kroll Goldsmith for the purpose of promoting modern American art. Downtown Gallery was an early promoter of American folk art. The gallery name changed to Downtown Gallery in 1927, and Halpert became its sole owner in 1935. Subsidiary galleries operated by Downtown Gallery on its premises were: The Daylight Gallery (opened 1930), American Folk...

Webb, Electra Havemeyer

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Antique and folk art collector, museum benefactor, volunteer, and avid hunter and horseback rider; b. Electra Havemeyer 1888; married J. Watson Webb (1884-1960); served as president of the Shelburne Museum from its inception until her death in 1960; maintained residences in Westbury, Long Island, N.Y., New York City, and Shelburne, Vt. From the description of Papers, 1893-1966 (bulk 1947-1960). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70960391 ...

Walters, Carl, 1883-1955.

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Ceramist and painter; Woodstock, N.Y. From the description of Carl Walter papers, 1859-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82551441 ...

Felix Landau Gallery

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Spencer, Niles, 1893-1952

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Painter; New York, N.Y. Associated with the Precisionist school of painting. From the description of Niles Spencer papers, 1826-1972 (bulk 1900-1961). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122594149 ...

Breinin, Raymond, 1910-

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Crawford, Ralston, 1906-1978

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Lewandowski, Edmund, 1914-1998

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Zorach, William, 1887-1966

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Sculptor, painter; interviewees are married. From the description of Reminiscences of Willam and Marguerite Zorach : oral history, 1957. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309727160 William Zorach (1887-1966) was a sculptor and painter from New York, N.Y. From the description of William Zorach letter to Mr. Shipley, Feb. 8, 1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 756821127 Artist. From the description of William Z...

Siegel, Adrian M.

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Adrian Siegel was a cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, an accomplished photographer, and, with his wife Sophie, a fixture in Philadelphia's arts society. From the description of Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1938-1971. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155899233 ...

Reynal, Eugene, Mrs., 1905-1977

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Reynal (1902-1968), a publisher, worked for Harper & Brothers before becoming head of Blue Ribbon Books from 1930-1939. In 1933, he started his own publishing firm, Reynal & Hitchcock, in association with Curtice Hitchcock. The firm was sold to Harcourt, Brace in 1949, and Reynal became Harcourt's vice-president and director of trade book publishing until 1955, when he resigned to form Reynal & Company. From the description of Papers, 1918-1968 (bulk 1949-1962) (Universit...

Zajac, Jack, 1929-

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