Willard Gallery records, 1917-1973

Willard Gallery

Collection size: 1.4 linear ft. (on 9 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; scrapbooks; material on David Smith; records relating to Lee Gatch; notebooks on Morris Graves and Mark Tobey; and miscellany.

REEL NWI-1: Four notebooks, 1936-1959, with reproductions of works by Morris Graves, and three notebooks, 1917-1959, with reproductions of works by Mark Tobey.

REEL NLG-1: Correspondence between Gatch and Marian Willard, concerning Gatch's business relations with dealer J. B. Neumann, exhibitions and sales. Also included are clippings and biographical notes.

REEL NDSmithA: Card file of sculpture by David Smith, including title of work, date, material, size and price.

REELS N69-114 & N69-116: Scrapbooks, 1936-1969, including clippings, catalogs, photographs and occasional correspondence documenting Marian Willard's founding in 1936 of the East River Gallery, later (1938) the Neumann-Willard Gallery; her introduction of rental art, an innovation in the American art trade, and gallery exhibitions of various artists. Considerable exhibition and critical material for artists regularly shown by the Gallery is included: Lyonel Feininger, David Smith, Loren MacIver, David Hayes, Mark Tobey, Ezio Martinelli and Louis Schanker. Also included letters one from Lyonel Feininger, Lewis Mumford and Archibald MacLeish, congratulating Miss Willard on the Gallery's opening.

REELS N69-116-N69-118: Scrapbooks, 1928-1969, containing photographs, exhibition catalogs, critical articles, incidental correspondence, and price lists for the following artists: Juan Luis Bunuel, Sylvia Braverman, Leo Kenney, Thomas Stearns, Lenore Tawney, Morris Graves, David Hayes, Genichiro Inokuma, Tadashi Sato, Richard Lippold, Philip McCracken, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey.

REEL 822: A scrapbook of the Willard Gallery, 1972 and a scrapbook containing clippings and announcements about Ann Wilson, 1972, and about William Pettet, 1973.

REEL 986: Correspondence file on David Smith, 458 letters, 1940-1956 and 1966. Included are correspondence between Marian Willard and Smith, letters to Willard from Smith's wife, Dorothy Dehner, and other correspondence with the Gallery relating to Smith. In addition there are press releases, lists of Smith's works, exhibition catalogs, biographical material, and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art gallery; New York, N.Y. Founded 1936 by Marian Willard as East River Gallery. In 1938 changed to Neumann-Willard Gallery, then later became the Willard Gallery ca. 1945. Gallery remains in operation and still has possession of original documents lent to and filmed by the Archives as of 1992.

Material on reels NWI-1, NLG-1, N69-114, N69-116-N69-118 & 822 lent for microfilming 1959-1974; and material on reels NDSmithA & 986 donated 1966 & 1974 by Marian Willard.

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