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A Guide to Provenance Research at the Archives of American Art

Released: 6/30/14

Storage room filled with crates of recovered artwork at the Wiesbaden Collecting Point in Germany, 1946.  James Rorimer papers, Archives of American Art.

Storage room filled with crates of recovered artwork at the Wiesbaden Collecting Point in Germany, 1946. James Rorimer papers, Archives of American Art.

The extensive and multi-dimensional collections of the Archives of American Art, including nearly 200 gallery archives, provide some of the most fruitful resources anywhere for documenting the history of European art collecting and for American and international provenance studies. The extraordinary depth of detail found in the Archives’ holdings of dealer, art historian, artist, collector, and gallery correspondence, stock inventories, estate records, oral histories, sales ledgers, photographic images, as well as exhibition and bibliographic materials, offer remarkable opportunities for provenance research and scholarship.

This guide is the result of a project funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to enhance access to the Archives’ World War II era provenance research collections. 

View it online: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/projects/provenance


Archives of American Art To Open "Artists and Their Models" Exhibition May 15, 2014

Letters and Photographs Give Insight Into Artists’ Muses and Models

Eleanor Dickinson sketching model Cory Weldon at Dickinson's exhibit 'Line Drawing'

The model is essential to an artist’s training and education, though they are often given short shrift in art history. A new exhibition, Artists and Their Models, from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, showcases more than 75 original letters, photographs, cards, sketches and interviews chronicling the interaction between artists and their models. The exhibition will be on view May 15 to August 27, 2014 in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Smithsonian’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.


The Archives of American Art 2014 Benefit

The Archives is pleased to announce the date and details for its spectacular 2014 Benefit, to be held on October 28, 2014, at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. This year's honorees, recognized for their contributions to art in America, include:

Claes Oldenburg, Archives of American Art Medal
Robert Meyerhoff, Archives of American Art Medal
Dr. Teresa A. Carbone, Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History
Terra Foundation for American Art, Archives of American Art Award for Philanthropic Leadership

For questions and ticket information, please call 202.633.7989 or email AAABenefit@si.edu

See more photos from past Benefits: Archives of American Art Annual Benefit Photos on Flickr


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