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Arwin Galleries records, 1948-1981

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as six series.

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Series 1: Administrative Records , 1959-1981
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, OV 11

Series includes business records and correspondence for clients and vendors; the gallery's financial and legal documents; and other records documenting the gallery's daily administrative activities.
Series is arranged as two subseries:
  • 1.1: Alphabetical Files, 1959-1981
  • 1.2: General Administrative Files, 1960-1981
1.1: Alphabetical Files, 1959-1981
Files in the subseries document the gallery's business relationships with various organizations and businesses, as well as the Arwin's procurement and sale of various regional artworks.
Description Container
African Art, 1973-1975
1
1
Amnesty International, 1977-1979
1
2
Anslow Doctor's Office, circa 1970
1
3
Anslow Doctor's Office, circa 1970
11
Art Gallery of Windsor, 1963-1978
1
4
California Art, 1963-1974
1
5
Detroit Art Dealers Association, 1979-1980
1
6
Driftwood Originals, 1978-1980
1
7
Ediciones Poligrafa, 1977-1980
1
8
Éditions de la Tortue, 1971-1974
1
9
Ferdinand Roten Galleries, 1966-1979
1
10
French Art, 1972-1973
1
12
Grogan Color Graphics, 1973-1979
1
13
Haitian Art, 1959-1977
1
14
Inuit Art, 1976-1980
1
11
James Dugdale and Associates, 1971-1979
1
15
James Dugdale and Associates, 1971-1979
11
J.L. Hudson Gallery, 1974-1980
1
16
Japanese Art, 1959-1966
1
17
Kraushaar Galleries, 1966
1
18
London Arts Group, 1972-1980
1
19-20
Lublin Graphics, Inc., 1969-1972
1
21
Mixed-Media, Ltd., 1972-1979
1
22
New York Art, 1967-1980
1
23
Pratt Graphics Center, 1970-1979
1
24
Pre-Columbian Art, 1970-1981
1
25
Prints on Prince Street, 1974-1976
1
26
Renaissance Center, 1977-1980
1
27
Samuel Stein Fine Arts, Ltd., 1971-1979
1
28
Screen Print Workshop, 1977-1981
1
29
Source Gallery, 1977-1980
1
30
Spectrum Fine Art, Ltd., 1978
1
31
Texas Art, 1964-1971
1
32
Toronto Art, 1974-1977
1
33
Transworld Art Corp., 1975-1979
1
34
Vision Nouvelle, 1972-1976
1
35
Waddington Galleries, 1970-1980
1
36
Washington, D.C. Art, 1979-1980
1
37
1.2: General Administrative Files, 1960-1981
General administrative files contain appraisals by Lester Arwin, consignment and loan records, framing and graphics orders, inventories taken after the gallery fire in 1963, the gallery's lease and agreements, legal and insurance files, and sales records organized by artists and clients.
Description Container
Appraisals, A-C, 1969-1980
1
38-40
Appraisals, D-Z, 1964-1980
2
1-12
Consignments, Prints, 1977
2
13
Customer Accounts, 1970-1980
2
14-15
Customs, 1979
2
16
Framing Orders, 1968-1981
2
17-20
Gallery Lease and Agreements, 1965-1977
2
21
Graphics Orders, 1964-1981
2
22-25
Imported Art, 1970-1973
2
26
Insurance, 1964-1978
2
27
Inventories Related to Gallery Fire, 1963-1964
2
28-30
Invoices Paid by Arwin, 1980-1981
2
31
Legal, 1964-1971
2
32
Loans, 1960-1979
2
33
Price Lists, circa 1980
2
34
Public Relations, 1973-1980
2
35-36
Public Relations, 1973-1980
11
Restoration and Repair of Artwork, 1978-1981
2
37
Sales Card File by Artist, 1965-1978
2
38-39
Sales Card File by Artist, 1965-1978
3
1
Sales Card File by Artist, A-O, 1967-1980
3
2
Sales Card File by Artist, P-Z, 1967-1980
3
3
Sales Ledger by Client, A-L, 1965-1974
3
4
Sales Ledger by Client, M-Z, 1965-1974
3
5

Series 2: Correspondence , 1958-1981
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3

Personal correspondence includes get-well letters to Lester Arwin and holiday cards to the Arwins; correspondence with customers; correspondence regarding speeches by Lester Arwin; and general chronological correspondence.
Description Container Select
Personal, Letters to Lester Arwin, 1959-1980
3
6
Personal, Holiday Cards to the Arwins, circa 1965-circa 1975
3
7-8
Customers, 1969-1980
3
9
Speeches, Regarding, 1965-1975
Includes speech manuscripts by Lester Arwin.
3
10
General, 1958-1981
3
11-12

Series 3: Artist's Files , 1948-1981
4 Linear feet
Boxes 3-7, OV 11

Artist's files contain correspondence, photographs of artwork and artists, artwork, publicity material, writings, and business records on 86 artists including Harold Altman, Harry Bertoia, William Bostick, Graciela Rodo Boulanger, Irma Cavat, Chuang Chi, Mihran Chobanian, Kosso Eloul, Max Ginsburg, Max Kahn, Deborah Kashdan, Ed Kasprowicz, John Kearney, Barbara Keidan, Richard Kozlow, Edward Pramuk, Renée Rauzy, Marlis Saunders, Leonard Schwartz, Tom Seawell, Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, David Sharp, Jo Snyder, Nancy S. Stanford, Romeo Tabuena, Russel Thayer, Emil Weddige, and Adja Yunkers.
Description Container Select
A, 1970s
3
13
Altman, Harold, 1971-1981
3
14
B, 1971-1981
3
15-16
Berg, Irving, 1976-1979
3
17
Bertoia, Harry, 1976-1979
3
18
Bostick, William, 1964-1980
3
19
Bostick, William, 1964-1980
11
Boulanger, Graciela Rodo, 1970-1978
3
20
Brun, Tom, 1963-1977
3
21
Butkin, John, 1975-1980
3
22
C, 1962-1979
3
23
Catrell, Ray, 1964-1980
3
24
Cavat, Irma, 1960-1980
4
1
Che, Chuang, 1971-1980
4
2
Chobanian, Mihran, 1971-1978
4
3
Cibere, Joseph, 1976-1981
4
4
Cohen, Arthur, 1976-1979
4
5
Copeland, Lila, 1968-1972
4
6
D, circa 1975-1981
4
7
Damarais, Joseph, 1968-1981
4
8
de Montfort, G. Simon, 1971-1972
4
9
de Ruth, Jan, 1967-1981
4
10
E, 1958-1978
4
11
Elman, Ray, 1974-1980
4
12
Eloul, Kosso, 1967-1980
4
13
F, 1973-1980
4
14
Fairfield, Richard, 1967-1981
4
15
Florsheim, Robert, 1976-1980
4
16
G, 1967-1980
4
17
Ginsburg, Max and Irwin Greenberg, 1969-1981
4
18
Glassgold, Harry, 1967-1973
4
19
Golden, Libby, 1965-1978
4
20
Gould, John, 1962-1980
4
21-22
Gould, Ken, 1963-1980
4
23
H, 1964-1980
4
24
Howell, Frank, 1980
4
25
I, circa 1971
5
1
J, 1975-1980
5
2
Jerzy, Richard, 1970-1981
5
3
Jones, W. Louis, 1966-1980
5
4-7
K, circa 1974
5
8
Kahn, Max, 1963-1973
5
9
Kaiman, Charles, 1973-1978
5
10
Kallem, Herbert, 1954-1964
5
11
Kasprowicz, Ed, 1967-1980
5
12
Kashdan, Deborah, 1979
5
13
Kearny, John, 1965-1975
5
14
Keidan, Barbara, 1970-1976
5
15
Kozlow, Richard, 1948-1977
5
16-19
Kozlow, Richard, 1948-1977
11
L, 1962-1981
5
20
Leepa, Allen, 1953-1980
5
21
Letendra, Rita, 1972-1981
5
22-23
Lewis, William, 1966-1981
5
24
Loomis-Vansen, Leslie and Charles W. Vansen, 1976-1979
5
25
M, circa 1967-1981
5
26
M, circa 1967-1981
11
McChesney, Clifton, 1978-1981
6
1
McClure, Thomas, 1964-1979
6
2-3
Mills, Gray, 1969-1971
6
4
Mintz, Harry, 1961-1979
6
5-6
N, circa 1970
6
7
Nartonis, Cynthia, 1980-1981
6
8
Noyer, Albert, 1977-1979
6
9
O, 1971-1979
6
10
Offner, Elliot, 1973-1976
6
11
P, 1968-1981
6
12
Pappas, John, 1966-1981
6
13-14
Parker, Robert, 1975-1980
6
15
Pepitone, Richard, 1978-1979
6
16
Perazio-Itkin, Colette, 1978-1981
6
17
Peterson, Dean, 1977-1980
6
18
Pinto, James, 1965-1980
6
19
Plotkin, Linda, 1974-1980
6
20
Poleskie, Steve, 1970-1977
6
21
Pramuk, Edward, 1979
6
22
R, 1965-1981
6
23-24
Rauzy, Renee and Jean Rouzaud, 1973-1974
6
25
Redstone, Louis, 1974-1979
6
26
Rizk, Romanos, 1968-1981
6
27-29
Romano, Clare and John Ross, 1970-1975
6
30
Rymph, Steven, 1973
6
31
S, 1964-1980
6
32
S, 1964-1980
7
1
Sanford, Nancy Salome, 1979-1981
7
2
Sarkisian, Sarkis, 1962-1979
7
3-4
Saunders, Marlis, 1973-1975
7
5
Seawell, Tom, 1966-1972
7
6
Shahn, Ben and Bernarda Bryson, 1966-1970
7
7
Sharp, David, 1966-1981
7
8
Simper, Fred, 1963-1979
7
9
Smith, Alden, 1962-1981
7
10
Snyder, Jo and Don, 1969-1980
7
11
T, 1961-1973
7
12
Tabuena, Romeo, 1967-1969
7
13
Tammany, David, 1972-1980
7
14
Taylor, Ann, 1967-1981
7
15
Taylor, Cledie, 1974-1980
7
16
Thayer, Russel, 1978-1979
7
17
Tillery, Lynn, 1978-1981
7
18
Treaster, Richard, 1968-1978
7
19
U, 1970-1978
7
20
V, 1956-1980
7
21
Van Dyk, Dick, 1978-1979
7
22
Van Haren, John, 1971-1976
7
23
W, 1959-1980
7
24
Weddige, Emil, 1960-1973
7
25-26
Wernher, Derek, 1977-1978
7
27
Wilson, Sol, 1965-1970
7
28
Woodward, William, 1979-1980
7
29
Wyse, Alex, 1968-1981
7
30-31
X-Z, 1975-1977
7
32
Yunkers, Adja, 1970-1979
7
33
Zelman, David, 1979-1980
7
34

Series 4: Printed Materials , 1956-1981
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8

Series consists of art reproductions, art sales catalogs, brochures and pamphlets, clippings regarding the gallery fire in 1963, exhibition announcements, event programs, flyers, magazines, press releases, and the book Bibliothèque Imaginaire: Caractère Noël which highlights French printmaking.
Description Container Select
Art Reproductions, circa 1975
7
35
Art Sales Catalogs, circa 1970-1981
7
36
Book, Bibliothèque Imaginaire: Caractère Noël, 1956
8
1
Brochures and Pamphlets, 1960s-1970s
8
2
Clippings, 1958-1980
8
3-5
Exhibition Announcements, 1963-1970s
8
6
Event Program, 1959-circa 1963
8
7
Flyers, 1960s-1970s
8
8
Magazine, 1966
8
9
Press Releases, circa 1960s
8
10

Series 5: Artwork , circa 1970s
0.2 Linear feet
Box 8, OV 10

Included in the series are drawings, sketches, and prints by Ruth Leaf, Frederick Simper, Donald Snydor, Riva Shwayder, and unidentified artists.
Description Container Select
Drawings / Painted Sketches, circa 1970s
8
11
Drawings / Painted Sketches, circa 1970s
10
Prints, circa 1970s
10
Prints, circa 1970s
8
12
Sketches, circa 1970s
8
13

Series 6: Photographic Materials and Moving Images , circa 1950-1981
0.8 Linear feet
Box 8, OVs 9-10, FC 12

The series contains portraits and snapshots of the Arwins, including their daughter Melanie; personal photographs of friends and colleagues, cats, and buildings; photos of artists Ben Shahn, Richard Kozlow, and others; and photos of gallery installations, openings, and events including a photograph by photojournalist Tony Spina. Also found are photos of works of art by Irma Cavat, John Kearney, Rick Ryan, Steve Taylor, Karel Appel, and Picasso; and two film reels related to the 1963 gallery fire.
Description Container Select
Arwin, Lester and Kathleen (Kitty), 1960s-1970s
8
14
Arwin, Lester, 1960s-1970s
9
Arwin, Melanie, circa 1955
8
15
Personal, circa 1970s
8
16
Others, circa 1960s-1970s
8
17
Artists, circa 1966
8
18
Artists, circa 1960s-1970s
9
Events, circa 1963-1980
8
19
Events, circa 1965
9
Gallery Installations, circa 1950s-1960s
8
20-21
Gallery Installation, circa 1960s
10
Gallery Openings, 1960s-1970s
8
22
Gallery, Various, 1965-1977
8
23
Moving Images Related to Gallery Fire, circa 1963
Film reels housed off-site.
8
24
Moving Images Related to Gallery Fire, circa 1963
2 Film reels
Film reels from Box 8, Folder 24
FC 12
Works of Art, circa 1970s
8
25-30

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