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Carlen Galleries, Inc. records, 1775-1997, bulk 1940-1986

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Series 1: Gift (1986) , 1906-1986
7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-7; Reels 4166-4175

Part 1 is arranged into 18 series:
  • 1.1: Finding Guide
  • 1.2: Correspondence, 1937-1986
  • 1.3: Artist Files: Edward Hicks, 1944-1975
  • 1.4: Artist Files: Albert Davies, 1960-1976
  • 1.5: Artist Files: Horace Pippin, 1940-1975
  • 1.6: Subject Files: Information on Black Artists, 1940-1945
  • 1.7: Subject Files: Correspondence Not to or From Carlen, 1933-1977
  • 1.8: Business Records: Loan Forms, 1959-1970
  • 1.9: Business Records: Carlen Gallery Exhibitions, 1938-1970
  • 1.10: Business Records: Miscellaneous Art Work Information, 1906-1977
  • 1.11: Business Records: Photographs, 1952
  • 1.12: Business Records: Miscellaneous Inventories, 1966-1976
  • 1.13: Business Records: Advertising, 1946-1959
  • 1.14: Business Records: Guest Book, 1938
  • 1.15: Business Records: Scrapbook, 1937-1938
  • 1.16: Business Records: Clippings (photocopies), 1950-1977
  • 1.17: Business Records: Conservation Reports, 1950-1979
  • 1.18: Business Records: Financial Records, 1938-1980
1.1: Finding Guide, undated
A target for a finding guide appears on the microfilm and the same information is on the microfilm box label, but there is no evidence that the Finding Guide was ever produced.
1.2: Correspondence, 1937-1986
Correspondence, arranged chronologically, consists mainly of letters from artists, dealers, curators, and collectors concerning the sale and purchase of works of art. Additional correspondence files concern sales of paintings by Maurice Prendergast, 1959-1975, and Käthe Kollwitz, 1938-1980.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1937-1953
Reel 4166
1
1-14
Correspondence, 1954-1955
Reel 4167
1
15-23
Correspondence, Jan.-Nov., 1956
Reel 4167
2
1-4
Correspondence, Nov., 1956-April, 1959
Reel 4168
2
5-17
Correspondence, April-Dec., 1959
Reel 4169
2
18-21
Correspondence, 1960-Dec., 1961
Reel 4169
3
1-8
Correspondence, Dec., 1961-1964
Reel 4170
3
9-17
Correspondence, 1965-Aug., 1966
Reel 4170
4
1-7
Correspondence, 1966-1971
Reel 4171
4
8-23
Correspondence, 1972
Reel 4171
5
1-3
Correspondence, 1973-1986, undated
Reel 4172
5
4-17
Maurice Prendergast (letters and sales receipts), 1959-1975, undated
5
18
Käthe Kollwitz (letters, sales receipts, and printed matter), 1938-1980, undated
5
19
1.3: Artist Files: Edward Hicks, 1944-1975
Description Container
Letters Regarding Edward Hicks Paintings, fragments, 1943-1948, undated
Reel 4172
5
20
Letters Regarding Edward Hicks Paintings, 1948-1976
Reel 4173
5
21-22
Receipts for Purchases of Edward Hicks Paintings, 1945-1974, undated
Reel 4173
5
23
Printed Matter, 1944-1975, undated
Reel 4173
5
24
1.4: Artist Files: Albert Davies, 1960-1976
Description Container
Letters from Albert Davies, 1962-1964, undated
Reel 4173
6
1
Letters Regarding Purchase/Sale of Albert Davies Works, 1960-1976, undated
Reel 4173
6
2
Commission Account and Consignment Receipts, Kennedy Galleries, undated
Reel 4173
6
3
Sales Receipts, Exhibition Catalog, 1960-1965, undated
Reel 4173
6
4
1.5: Artist Files: Horace Pippin, 1940-1970
Description Container
Letters from Horace Pippin, 1941-1946, undated
Reel 4173
6
5
Letters Relating to Horace Pippin, 1940-1946, undated
Reel 4173
6
6
Letters related to Horace Pippin, 1947-1979
6
7
Financial Material (receipts and sales reports), 1940-1970, undated
Reel 4173
6
8
Miscellaneous Lists and Inventories, undated
Reel 4173
6
9
Exhibition Announcements, Catalogs, Checklists, Photographs, 1937-1966, undated
Reel 4173
6
10
Clippings (photocopies), 1941-1944, undated
Reel 4173
6
11
1.6: Subject Files: Information on Black Artists, 1940-1945
Description Container
Speech by Unidentified Author on Negro Artists, circa 1945
Reel 4173
6
12
Letters to Madelin Blitzstein Relating to Black Artists, 1945
Reel 4173
6
13
Miscellaneous Information on Black Artists, 1940, 1945, undated
Reel 4173
6
14
1.7: Subject Files: Correspondence, Not Carlen, 1933-1977
Description Container
Letters Written and Received by Various Correspondents, 1933-1977
Reel 4173
6
15
Letters to Mrs. Almon Kidder Concerning Raphaelle Peale, 1942-1967
Reel 4173
6
16
Raymond Feuillatte (includes exhibition catalog), 1946
Reel 4173
6
17
French Moderns (photocopies of correspondence, receipts, printed matter), 1963-1966
Reel 4173
6
18
1.8: Business Records: Loan Forms, 1959-1975
These files include related correspondence and printed matter.
Description Container
Loans from Carlen Gallery, 1959-1975, undated
Reel 4173-4174
6
19
1.9: Business Records: Carlen Galleries Exhibitions, 1938-1970
Description Container
Exhibition Price Lists, 1938-1970, undated
Reel 4174
6
20
Photographs, Invoices, Invitation copy, 1949-1950, undated
Reel 4174
6
21
Printed Matter, 1948-1957, undated
Reel 4174
6
22
1.10: Business Records: Miscellaneous Art Work Information, 1906-1977
These two files include a statement of authenticity from the Lotos Club, 1906; two pamphlets written and published by Albert C. Barnes, undated; draft of talk about Carlen's experiences as an art appraiser, undated; includes descriptions of paintings, biographical notes on artists, and provenance of Alexander Calder work owned by Cleve Gray, 1979.
Description Container
Miscellaneous, 1906-1971, undated
Reel 4174
6
23
Miscellaneous Art Work Information, 1977-1979, undated
Reel 4174
6
24
1.11: Business Records: Photographs, 1952
This file includes 7 views of display windows, Blum Store, Philadelphia, featuring women's suits and weathervanes and a passport portrait of Robert Carlen.
Description Container
Weathervane Photographs, Robert Carlen, 1952, undated
Reel 4174
6
25
1.12: Business Records: Miscellaneous Inventories, 1966-1976
Some of these inventories include value/price and numbers that may indicate stock number or location.
Description Container
Miscellaneous Carlen Galleries Inventories, 1966-1976
Reel 4174
6
26
1.13: Business Records: Advertising, 1946-1959
Description Container
Advertising, 1946-1959, undated
Reel 4174
6
27
1.14: Business Records: Guest Book, 1938
One volume, with cover lacking, noting artist and exhibition dates; also includes "A. A. List" of names in alphabetical order [mailing list?]; and an undated price list for antiques.
Description Container
Guest Book, 1938
Reel 4174
6
28
1.15: Business Records: Scrapbook, 1937-1938
One volume spiral notebook titled Carlen Galleries containing clippings, mainly exhibition notices and reviews, feature stories on artists shown by Carlen Galleries; also includes handwritten list of "Local Negro Art".
Description Container
Scrapbook, 1937-1938
Reel 4174
6
29
1.16: Business Records: Clippings, 1950-1977
Clippings about folk art, art sales, artists, and Carlen Galleries exhibitions.
Description Container
Clippings, 1950-1977, undated
Reel 4174
6
30
1.17: Business Records: Conservation Reports, 1950-1979
Conservation reports and invoices with descriptions of conservation work performed on items belonging to Carlen Galleries, Inc.
Description Container
Conservation Reports, 1950-1979
Reel 4174
6
31-33
1.18: Business Records: Financial Records, 1938-1980
Description Container
Account with Lee Gainsborough, 1945
Reel 4174
6
34
Audit Records, 1970
Reel 4174
6
35
Receipts for Works Sold , 1938-1980, undated
7
1-26
Purchases, 1942-1980, undated
7
27-46

Make a Request

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