Carlen Galleries, Inc. records, 1775-1997, (bulk 1940-1986)

Carlen Galleries, est. 1937
Art gallery
Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 9.25 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 14 reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, business records, subject files, a scrapbook, printed matter, photographs, and selections from Robert Carlen's library document the operation and activities of Carlen Galleries, Inc. and its founder Robert Carlen.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art gallery; Philadelphia, Pa. Founded in 1937 by dealer and appraiser Robert Carlen. Carlen specialized in American folk, primitive and decorative art, but also sold African, European, and Oriental Art. Over the years Carlen worked with Alfred Frankenstein on William Harnett, with Mary Black on a variety of projects, and uncovered many Edward Hicks paintings. Carlen was also Horace Pippin's dealer.

Papers on reels 4166-4175 were donated 1986 by Robert Carlen. Material on reel 4175, frames 1-283 (second series) mainly relating to Horace Pippin were loaned by Carlen 1988. In 2002, Carlen's daughter, Nancy Carlen, donated 2 feet of records, and loaned 3 feet for microfilming (the loan portion partially duplicates the 1988 loan, but material was significantly reorganized in the intervening years).

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