Skip to main content

Arnold Herstand & Co. records and Arnold Herstand papers, 1927-1995

Arnold Herstand & Company

Collection Information

Size: 3.8 linear ft.

Summary: The Arnold Herstand & Co. records and Arnold Herstand papers measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1927-1995. The papers document Herstand's career as a university administrator, art dealer, and artist. The collection consists of biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; artist files of the Arnold Herstand & Co. gallery; lectures and writings by Herstand; artwork by Arnold Herstand and other artists; photographs of Herstand, friends, family, and Herstand's artwork; and printed material relating to the Arnold Herstand & Co. gallery and Herstand's artistic career. Also included are video recordings.
Herstand's personal life is reflected through correspondence which includes letters between Herstand and his friends and family while stationed in Europe during World War II. Herstand's career as a university administrator is also well represented in the collection through correspondence, printed material including a poster and clippings, writings, and lectures on art and education among other materials. The activities of the Arnold Herstand & Co. gallery (1983 to 1992) are well documented through artist files. These files include biographical notes on the artists, checklists, correspondence, price lists, and printed material. The collection also offers a rich resource on Herstand's artistic activities through biographical and printed material including clippings, scrapbook, exhibition files, and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arnold Herstand (1925-1989) was a painter, educator, administrator, and art dealer, who opened Arnold Herstand & Company in 1983 in New York City. The gallery closed in 1992. Prior to his career as a dealer, Herstand studied art in Paris after serving in WWII, taught at Colgate University and the City College of New York, was director of the Minneapolis School of Art, 1963-1968, and president of the San Francisco Art Institute, 1974-1976.


Nancy McDermott Herstand, the widow of Arnold Herstand, donated the gallery records of Arnold Herstand & Co. in 1995, and then donated Arnold Herstand's personal papers in 1997.