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Subseries 5.1 | A Finding Aid to the Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983 | Digitized Collection

Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983

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5.1: Sales and Purchases, 1946-1981

This suberies provides detailed information about the gallery's sales and, to a lesser extent, purchases of works of art through invoices, ledgers, record books, and summaries. Due to the variety of formats there is a significant duplication of information. There are only three folders of invoices for purchases dating from 1950-1974. Additional information regarding sales can be found in the general ledgers that are located in disbursements and receipts. Of particular interest are summaries of sales of art works by Ad Reinhardt, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko (circa 1952) and summaries of sales to museums from 1946 - 1952.
The majority of the files are sales invoices. Most invoices include detailed information about the work of art, the name and address of the buyer, price, and date of sales. Sales invoice files are arranged by four access points: artist, buyer, year, and invoice number. Sales invoices arranged by buyer make up the bulk of the invoices and may represent the most complete record of gallery sales. Filing idiosyncrasies exist within this category, primarily when the buyer is an institution or organization. In some instances the invoices and sales related correspondence were filed under the institution/organization name, while in others it was filed by the last name of the primary correspondent.
Purchase invoices identify the institution or individual from whom a work was purchased and establishes provenance for works that were not acquired directly from the artist. Purchase invoices can also be found scattered amongst the sales invoice files.
Files are arranged by format.
DescriptionContainer
Sales Invoices by Artist
Sales Invoices, A-B, 1977-1980
25
1
Sales Invoices, Brennan, Fanny, 1977-1980
25
2
Sales Invoices, C-F, 1973-1980
25
3
Sales Invoices, Francisco, Richard, 1972-1980
25
4
Sales Invoices, G, 1977-1981
25
5
Sales Invoices, Gray, Cleve, 1969-1980
25
6
Sales Invoices, H, 1972-1981
25
7
Sales Invoices, Hall, Lee, 1977-1981
25
8
Sales Invoices, Kawabata, Minoru, 1978-1981
25
9
Sales Invoices, M, 1977-1981
25
10
Sales Invoices, Malpass, Michael, 1977-1980
25
11
Sales Invoices, Moore, Eliza, 1977-1980
25
12
Sales Invoices, Murch, Walter, 1977-1981
25
13
Sales Invoices, Okada, Kenzo, 1968-1981
25
14
Sales Invoices, P-R, 1966-1980
25
15
Sales Invoices, S, 1973-1982
25
16
Sales Invoices, Steinberg, Carl, 1976-1981
25
17
Sales Invoices, T, 1977-1981
25
18
Sales Invoices, Taggart, Bill, 1977-1980
25
19
Sales Invoices, Tuttle, Richard, 1972-1981
25
20
Sales Invoices, V-Z, 1977-1981
25
21
Sales Invoices by Buyer
Sales Invoices, Abe-All, 1948-1973
25
22
Sales Invoices, Alt-Are, 1950-1973
25
23
Sales Invoices, Arn-Art, 1958-1973
25
24
Sales Invoices, Ash-Axi, 1949-1975
25
25
Sales Invoices, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1956-1972
25
26
Sales Invoices, Bab-Bak, 1954-1980
25
27
Sales Invoices, Bal-Ban, 1954-1974
25
28
Sales Invoices, Barc-Bart, 1950-1973
25
29
Sales Invoices, Bas-Bei, 1949-1973
25
30
Sales Invoices, Ben-Berm, 1953-1975
25
31
Sales Invoices, Bern-Bin, 1947-1975
25
32
Sales Invoices, Bir-Blo, 1950-1974
25
33
Sales Invoices, Blu-Box, 1946-1975
25
34
Sales Invoices, Bra-Bro, 1951-1970
25
35
Sales Invoices, Buc-Byr, 1950-1980
25
36
Sales Invoices, Cab-Car, 1947-1970
25
37
Sales Invoices, Cas-Chu, 1948-1974
25
38
Sales Invoices, Cin-Coh, 1952-1975
25
39
Sales Invoices, Col-Coo, 1954-1977
25
40
Sales Invoices, Cop-Cow, 1950-1973
25
41
Sales Invoices, Cra-Cus, 1952-1974
25
42
Sales Invoices, Carnegie Institute, 1958-1971
25
43
Sales Invoices, Chase Manhattan Bank, 1959-1974
25
44
Sales Invoices, Dac-Day, 1950-1972
25
45
Sales Invoices, Dee-Det, 1949-1975
25
46
Sales Invoices, Dew-Din, 1951-1974
25
47
Sales Invoices, Dir-Dwy, 1948-1976
25
48
Sales Invoices, Daniels, Alfred H., 1963-1975
25
49
Sales Invoices, Eag-Eld, 1951-1979
25
50
Sales Invoices, Elk-Eps, 1952-1974
25
51
Sales Invoices, Equ-Eyr, 1956-1974
25
52
Sales Invoices, Fai-Fei, 1952-1973
25
53
Sales Invoices, Fen-Fis, 1948-1971
25
54
Sales Invoices, Fla-Fle, 1958-1974
25
55
Sales Invoices, Fli-Fran, 1947-1979
25
56
Sales Invoices, Fras-Ful, 1954-1971
25
57
Sales Invoices, G-Gay, 1952-1975
25
58
Sales Invoices, Gek-Giz, 1952-1975
25
59
Sales Invoices, Gla-Gou, 1952-1975
25
60
Sales Invoices, Gra-Gro, 1953-1974
25
61
Sales Invoices, Gru-Gut, 1947-1975
25
62
Sales Invoices, Hag-Ham, 1952-1973
25
63
Sales Invoices, Han-Haz, 1949-1973
25
64
Sales Invoices, Heb-Hig, 1950-1974
25
65
Sales Invoices, Hil-Hop, 1950-1975
26
1
Sales Invoices, Hor-Hym, 1949-1975
26
2
Sales Invoices, Hilles, Frederick W., 1954-1973
26
3
Sales Invoices, I, 1950-1975
26
4
Sales Invoices, Jab-Jel, 1949-1973
26
5
Sales Invoices, Jen-Joy, 1951-1975
26
6
Sales Invoices, Kah-Kat, 1958-1974
26
7
Sales Invoices, Kau-Kel, 1949-1972
26
8
Sales Invoices, Ken-Klu, 1949-1977
26
9
Sales Invoices, Kui-Kur, 1947-1981
26
10
Sales Invoices, Lad-Lan, 1955-1974
26
11
Sales Invoices, Lar-Lei, 1946-1975
26
12
Sales Invoices, Lem-Lip, 1947-1980
26
13
Sales Invoices, Lis-Lon, 1949-1973
26
14
Sales Invoices, Loo-Lut, 1950-1975
26
15
Sales Invoices, Maa-Mak, 1947-1975
26
16
Sales Invoices, Mal-Marc, 1951-1971
26
17
Sales Invoices, Mare-May, 1952-1973
26
18
Sales Invoices, Maz-McN, 1951-1975
26
19
Sales Invoices, Mea-Met, 1951-1977
26
20
Sales Invoices, Mey-Mil, 1948-1975
26
21
Sales Invoices, Min-Mon, 1948-1978
26
22
Sales Invoices, Moo-Moy, 1949-1974
26
23
Sales Invoices, Mul-Mye, 1953-1971
26
24
Sales Invoices, Museum of Modern Art, 1949-1974
(2 folders)
26
25-26
Sales Invoices, Nat-Neu, 1950-1981
26
27
Sales Invoices, New-New York, 1952-1972
26
28
Sales Invoices, Nic-Noy, 1949-1970
26
29
Sales Invoices, Oak-Osh, 1949-1975
26
30
Sales Invoices, Oss-Owi, 1949-1976
26
31
Sales Invoices, Pag-Pav, 1952-1979
26
32
Sales Invoices, Pea-Pey, 1948-1974
26
33
Sales Invoices, Phe-Pol, 1951-1973
26
34
Sales Invoices, Poo-Pow, 1953-1974
26
35
Sales Invoices, Pra-Pur, 1950-1975
26
36
Sales Invoices, Quaker Oats Company, 1969-1972
26
37
Sales Invoices, Rac-Rev, 1950-1975
26
38
Sales Invoices, Rey-Rig, 1950-1972
26
39
Sales Invoices, Ril-Rob, 1949-1973
26
40
Sales Invoices, Roc-Rog, 1949-1971
26
41
Sales Invoices, Rol-Rosc, 1946-1974
26
42
Sales Invoices, Rose-Rosw, 1951-1975
26
43
Sales Invoices, Rub-Rya, 1950-1975
26
44
Sales Invoices, Sac-San, 1946-1975
26
45
Sales Invoices, Sar-Schl, 1948-1970
26
46
Sales Invoices, Schn-Schw, 1949-1973
26
47
Sales Invoices, Sco-Sha, 1953-1975
26
48
Sales Invoices, She-Sil, 1952-1974
26
49
Sales Invoices, Sim-Siv, 1951-1973
26
50
Sales Invoices, Ski-Smith, H., 1951-1973
26
51
Sales Invoices, Smith, J.-Smithsonian, 1949-1973
26
52
Sales Invoices, Smo-Son, 1956-1975
26
53
Sales Invoices, Spa-Sta, 1946-1975
26
54
Sales Invoices, Ste-Sti, 1947-1974
26
55
Sales Invoices, Sto-Swa, 1951-1980
26
56
Sales Invoices, Stroud, W.B. Dixon, 1967-1980
26
57
Sales Invoices, Tak-Tel, 1949-1973
26
58
Sales Invoices, Tho-Tol, 1948-1975
26
59
Sales Invoices, Too-Tru, 1947-1976
26
60
Sales Invoices, U, 1948-1973
27
1
Sales Invoices, V, 1952-1981
27
2
Sales Invoices, Wag-Wat, 1949-1975
27
3
Sales Invoices, Web-Wei, 1954-1975
27
4
Sales Invoices, Weld-Wells, 1962-1974
27
5
Sales Invoices, Wes-Wil, 1952-1975
27
6
Sales Invoices, Wim-Wur, 1948-1975
27
7
Sales Invoices, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1947-1975
27
8
Sales Invoices, X-Z, 1951-1974
27
9
Sales Invoices - Chronological
Sales Invoices, 1963
27
10
Sales Invoices, 1966-1967
27
11
Sales Invoices, 1968
(2 folders)
27
12-13
Sales Invoices, 1969
(2 folders)
27
14-15
Sales Invoices, 1970
27
16
Sales Invoices, 1971
27
17
Sales Invoices, 1972 September-December
27
18
Sales Invoices, 1973
27
19
Sales Invoices, 1974-1979
27
20
Sales Invoices, 1980-1981
27
21
Sales Invoices by Invoice Number
Sales Invoices, nos. 3-199, 1969
27
22
Sales Invoices, nos. 200-298, 1969
27
23
Sales Invoices, nos. 300-399, 1970-1971
27
24
Sales Invoices, nos. 400-471, 1972
27
25
Sales Invoices, nos. 472-573, 1972
27
26
Sales Invoices, nos. 574-610, 1972-1973
27
27
Sales Invoices, nos. 611-667, 1973 March-October
27
28
Sales Invoices, nos. 668-709, 1973-1974
27
29
Sales Invoices, nos. 710-746, 1974 January-March
27
30
Sales Invoices, nos. 747-787, 1974 April-September
27
31
Sales Invoices, nos. 788-799, 1974 October-December
27
32
Sales Invoices, nos. 800-843, 1975 January-July
27
33
Sales Invoices, nos. 844-915, 1975-1976
27
34
Sales Invoices for Overdue Accounts, 1975-1976
(2 folders)
27
35-36
Sales Invoices - Cancelled or Unpaid, 1969-1978
27
37
Sales and Commissions Daybook, 1946-1947
(incomplete)
27
38
Expenses and Commissions Daybook, 1953-1969
27
39
Commissions Daybook, 1970-1981
27
40
Price and Insurance Daybook, 1965 November
27
41
Summary of Museum Sales, circa 1946-1952
27
42
Sales Summaries for Pollock, Reinhardt, and Rothko, 1946-1955
27
43
Sales Summaries, 1963
(See Box 51)
27
44
Sales Record Ledger Book, 1946-1958
(incomplete)
27
45
Sales Journal, 1972 January-August
(ledger sheets, double page format)
27
46
Sales Journal, 1972-1973
(ledger sheets, double page format)
27
47
Sales Journal, 1973-1974
(ledger sheets, double page format)
27
48
Sales Journal, 1974-1975
(ledger sheets, double page format)
27
49
Sales Journal, 1975-1976
(ledger sheets, double page format)
27
50
Purchases of Works of Art, 1950-1965
27
51
Purchases of Works of Art, 1966-1967
27
52
Purchases of Works of Art, 1968-1975
27
53
Oversize, Sales Summaries, 1963
(Scanned with Box 27, F44)
51 (sol)

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.