Bertha Schaefer papers and gallery records, 1909-1975, bulk, 1940-1965

Schaefer, Bertha, b. 1895 d. 1971
Gallery director, Interior designer
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 4.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Bertha Schaefer papers and gallery records measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1909-1975, with the bulk of the material dating from 1940-1965. The collection documents the Bertha Schaefer Gallery as well as Bertha Schaefer, the interior designer, through correspondence with artists and galleries, artist files, client files, exhibition material, printed material, financial material, biographical material, photographs, and six scrapbooks. Also found here are oversized blue prints and sketched plans of interior design projects, as well as a number of oversized photographic prints and stereo slides. Correspondence contains handwritten notes by many notable artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Fernando Zobel, with a bulk of the letters from Balcomb Greene.

Biographical/Historical Note: Bertha Schaefer (1895-1971) was an interior designer and director of the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York, New York.

The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Anna Rimel in 2014. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series, subseries, and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders with boxes may not be numbered. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.

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Originals of loaned material concerning Alfred H. Maurer, including a scrapbook about Maurer from 1946 to 1969, were returned to Bertha Schaefer after microfilming. Loaned material is available on reel N69-115, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Originals of loaned material concerning Hale Woodruff, including correspondence, sketches and drawings, articles, photographs, catalogs, announcements, clippings, notes kept while student of Diego Rivera, and scrapbook, were returned to Hale Woodruff after microfilming (and the scrapbook to the Bertha Schaefer Gallery). Loaned material is available on reel N70-60, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Bertha Schaefer conducted by Paul Cummings, April 20-22, 1970.