Kootz Gallery records, 1923-1966

Kootz Gallery (N.Y.), est. 1945 - 1966
Art gallery
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 7.1 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The records of modernist New York City Kootz Gallery measure 6.5 linear feet and date from 1923-1966. They consist of scattered correspondence and exhibition files; photograph files of artists, including ones for Picasso, William Baziotes, and Hans Hofmann, among many others; photographs and slides of the gallery and exhibitions; and scattered personal papers of Samuel M. Kootz. The bulk of the records consist of 23 scrapbooks that contain primarily printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note: Kootz Gallery (1945-1966) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y. Kootz Gallery was founded 1945 by Samuel M. Kootz.

Samuel M. Kootz donated the gallery records in two increments in 1971. Nearly all of the same records had been loaned in 1965 for microfilming.

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

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  • Scrapbooks 1-5 from 1939-1948 were digitized for preservation in 2011 and are available via the Archives of American Art's website. Blank pages and blank versos of photographs have not been scanned. The bulk of the photographs and scrapbooks 6-23 are available on microfilm reels 1318-1320 and 1322-1323 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the current arrangement of the collection may not match the order of the microfilm.
  • Use of original papers requires an appointment. All scrapbooks are CLOSED due to their fragile condition; #1-#5 have been digitized and are available on the Archives of American Art's website, and #6-#23 are only available for use on microfilm reels 1318-1320 and 1322-1323.
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Related Materials

Records loaned for microfilming in 1965 included eight articles from the publication Modern Artists in America (1951), that were not included in the later donation and are now available on microfilm reel NY65-1.
Also found among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Samuel M. Kootz by John Morse on March 2, 1960 and by Dorothy Seckler on April 13, 1964. Records of Kootz Gallery are also interspersed among the records of Nathan Halper's galleries.