Archives of American Art,
Collection size: 4.4 linear feet (circa 770 items)
Format: Each gallery or sponsoring institution has been cataloged separately.
Collection Summary: The collection is comprised of exhibition catalogs, the bulk of which are from New York City art galleries for the first two decades of the twentieth century, representing exhibitions of mainly modernist art. Catalogs for exhibitions held in Boston (mainly pre-1900) and a few other cities are also present. Included are several rare catalogs, notably one for the "Eight" held at Macbeth Gallery in 1908. Also found are exhibition announcements, gallery publications, and other printed material. The collection is especially relevant for the study of early American modernism, and is useful in understanding the role of art galleries, exhibitions, the art market, and the exhibition catalog itself, in American art.
The bulk of the collection was donated 1979 by the American Antiquarian Society, who presumably assembled them from various sources. Others were received individually, while many are annotated in the hand of Walt Kuhn and are presumed to have originally been part of his papers in the Archives. In 2005, additional catalogs were integrated from Garnett McCoy's (Curator of Manuscripts) office files, some of which are presumed to have been removed from various collections over the years.
How to Use this Collection
- Read the Finding Aid for this collection
- Microfilm reels 4858-4859 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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