Scope and Contents
The records of Detroit art gallery Arwin Galleries measure 8.7 linear feet and date from 1948 to 1981. The collection comprises administrative records containing sales records, consignment and loan records, appraisals, framing and graphics orders, and other administrative documents; personal and professional correspondence; artist's files for Chuang Chi, Richard Kozlow, Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Jo Snyder, Russel Thayer, Adja Yunkers, and others; printed materials documenting the 1963 fire at the gallery, exhibitions, and other articles related to the gallery; artwork by Frederick Simper, Donald Snydor, and a few others; and photographic materials and moving images include portraits and candid shots of the Arwins, gallery installations and openings, artists, works of art, and two film reels relating to the fire at the gallery. There is a 0.4 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes a financial ledger of artists' accounts; a file with artists biographical information regarding Kosso, Rita Letendre, Cynthia C. Nartonis, Leslie Fraser-Ferst, Tom McClure, W. Louis Jones; a file on shipped/ returned artwork; and a file on Frank Rehn. Material dates from circa 1970-1981.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Arwin Galleries records were donated in 1981, 1984 and 2021 by Melanie Arwin, the daughter of Lester and Kathleen Arwin.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2020. A 2021 addition has not been processed.