James Graham & Sons gallery records, 1815, 1821, circa 1896-2011, bulk 1950s-1980s

James Graham & Sons, est. 1857
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 95.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The records of the New York City gallery James Graham & Sons measure 95.2 linear feet and date from 1815, 1821, circa 1896-2011 (bulk 1950s-1980s). The collection generally documents the gallery's contemporary art department during the time in which Robert Claverhouse Graham, Sr. worked at the gallery (1940-1979); records prior to 1954 are sparse and scattered. Gallery records include artist files; correspondence; exhibition files; financial records; inventory records; printed materials; sales, loans, and consignment records; scrapbooks; and photographic materials. Also found are records from Coe Kerr Gallery regarding exhibitions of artwork by Jamie Wyeth, and to a lesser extent, Andrew and N.C. Wyeth.

Biographical/Historical Note: James Graham & Sons (Est. 1857) is an art gallery in New York, N.Y. James Graham & Sons is one of the oldest family-run galleries in the United States, specializing primarily in American paintings and sculpture, both contemporary and secondary market.

The James Graham & Sons records were donated in three accessions in 2007, 2008, and 2012 by Priscilla Caldwell and Jay Grimm of James Graham & Sons.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution Collections Care Preservation Fund.

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Related Materials

Among the other resources relating to James Graham & Sons in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Robert Claverhouse Graham, November 19, 1976, and the David Herbert papers, 1950-1995.