Scope and Contents
The Anneberg Gallery records measure 4.4 linear feet and date from 1945 to 1992, with the bulk of the records dating from 1966 to 1981. The collection sheds light on the gallery's operations through administrative records, artist files, exhibition files, and photographic material.
Administrative records include financial papers such as sales invoices, expenses, consignment records; notes, writings, and reference cards pertaining to international and Native folk art, particularly ceremonial and non-ceremonial masks; and scant printed material. Administrative records also include a ledger that belonged to the painter James Edgar Forkner. Artist files consist of correspondence, biographical material, printed material, price lists, sales invoices, and some photographic material. Exhibition files consist of correspondence with importers of the exhibited material, price lists, announcements, some shipping and delivery documents, newspaper clippings, and notes. This series also includes a scrapbook consisting of the gallery's exhibition announcements and posters. Photographic material includes negatives, slides, snapshots, and contact sheets of textiles, fabrics, sculptures and figurines, international artists and artisans, as well as some personal images taken in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2004 by Craig T. Anneberg, brother of gallery owner Margery Anneberg, as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Christopher DeMairo in 2021.