Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969, bulk 1919-1968

Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries, est. 1918 - 1981
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

The records of Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries in the Archives of American Art were digitized from 24 reels of microfilm. The records have been scanned in their entirety, and total 35,398 images.

Funding for the digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Collection size: 21.8 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records measure 21.8 linear feet and are dated 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968). The records consist mainly of business correspondence with collectors, artists, museums and arts organizations, colleagues, and others. A small amount of Frank K. M. Rehn's personal correspondence and a few stray personal papers of individual artists are interfiled. Also included are financial records, scrapbooks, printed matter, miscellaneous records, and photographs documenting almost the entire history of a highly regarded New York art gallery devoted to American painting.

Biographical/Historical Note: Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries (1918-1981) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y. Owned by Frank Knox Morton Rehn (1886-1956), son of the marine painter Frank Knox Morton Rehn (1848-1914). John Clancy (1897-1981) was Rehn's long-time assistant who eventually became the gallery director; after Rehn's death he purchased the gallery, which continued to operate under the name Rehn Galleries until 1981.

The papers were donated in numerous accessions between 1966-1981 by John Clancy through the Rehn Galleries and merged and microfilmed in 2004 on reels 5849-5872. Most of this material had been filmed earlier as individual loan and gift accessions on reels NY59/17-NY59/18, D289-D293, 647-653, 2670, 2708, and 3814. The Hopper material was donated in 1985 by the Whitney Museum of American Art, who had received it from John Clancy. A death mask of George Luks received with the collection was transferred to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The microfilm was fully digitized in 2007.

Funding for the digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Related Materials

John Clancy interview by Paul Cummings, July 10, 1970. Oral History Program, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Samuel Adler Papers, 1902-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Contains a recording (1 cassette; untranscribed) of Beverly Chesler interviewing John Clancy about the history of Rehn Galleries, 1973; Samuel Adler is present and participates briefly in the interview.
In addition, the Archives of American Art has among its collections personal papers and oral history interviews of artists and collectors associated with the Rehn Galleries. Researchers are advised to conduct a name search in the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).