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Adams Davidson Galleries records, 1970-2014

Adams Davidson Galleries


Collection Information

Size: 23 Linear feet

Summary: Appraisal files, client records, artists' files, sales and commission records, and photographs and slides documenting the activities of the Adams Davidson Galleries.
Also found on microfilm reel 3814 are two color photographs, one of the painting Scouting Party in the Catskills, 1873, by John Williamson, and one of the painting Twilight Under Hunter Mountain, 1865, by Sanford Robinson Gifford. Both paintings were acquired by the gallery in 1980.

Biographical/Historical Note

Adams Davidson Galleries (established1965-closed 2014) was a gallery in Washington, D.C. that represented American artists active in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Founders Peter Powers and Donald Webster co-directed with their spouses Elizabeth Powers and Judy Webster until 1969, when Elizabeth Powers became sole owner. Theodore (Ted) Arthur Cooper was hired as Assistant Director of the gallery in 1970. In 1971, Cooper bought out Powers' interest and became sole owner. Through the gallery, Cooper also took commissions as an appraiser of American art.


Photographs on reels 3814 donated 1980 by the Adams Davidson Galleries. The gallery records were donated 2015 by the Theodore Arthur Cooper estate via Laura Cooper Jordan, executor.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Two photographs of paintings 35mm microfilm reel 3814 availabile at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Adams Davidson Galleries records, 1970-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.