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

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Series 4: Loan (2002) , 1775-1997
(Reels 5746-5748)

Part 4 is arranged into seven subseries.
  • 4.1: Correspondence, 1943-1997
  • 4.2: Business Records, 1941-1989
  • 4.3: Subject Files, 1937-1997
  • 4.4: Notebooks, 1928-1994
  • 4.5: Printed Matter, 1944-1989
  • 4.6: Miscellaneous, 1775-1991
  • 4.7: Photographs, 1970
4.1: Correspondence, 1943-1997
Business correspondence is filed as letters sent and received and mainly concerns the purchase and sale of art and antiques, exhibitions at Carlen Galleries, loans to exhibitions held elsewhere, and reference queries. A small number of files labeled with the name of the correspondent have been integrated into the chronological sequence in the appropriate places. A small amount of additional correspondence, 1943-1996 and undated, is designated personal. It includes thank you notes and letters from the Carlens' daughters and friends, correspondence about Social Security benefits, taxes and the care of Carlen's father, Morris Cohen. A few letters post-dating Robert Carlen's death and the closing of his gallery concern paintings.
Description Container
Letters Sent, 1944
NA
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Letters Received, 1946
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Letters Received, 1947
NA
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Letters Sent, 1949
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Letters Received, 1953
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Letters Received, 1955
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Letters Received, 1956
NA
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Letters Sent, 1957
NA
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Letters Received, 1957
NA
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Letters Sent, 1960
NA
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Letters Received, 1960
NA
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Letters Sent, 1961
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Letters Received, 1961
NA
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Letters Received, 1963
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Letters Received, 1964
NA
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Letters Sent, 1965
NA
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Letters Received, 1965
NA
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Letters Received, 1966
NA
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Letters Sent (empty folder), 1968
NA
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Letters Received, 1968
NA
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Letters Sent, 1969
NA
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Letters Received, 1969
(2 folders)
NA
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Letters Sent, 1970
NA
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Letters Received, 1970
NA
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Letters Sent, 1971
NA
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Letters Received, 1971
NA
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Letters Received, 1972
NA
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Letters Received, 1973
NA
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Letters Received, 1974
NA
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Letters Sent, 1975
NA
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Letters Received, 1975
NA
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Letters Received, 1976
NA
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Rockefeller Purchase, 1976, and Catalog, San Francisco Museum, 1993
NA
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Letters Sent, 1976
NA
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Letters Sent, 1977
NA
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Letters Received, 1977
NA
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Letters Sent, 1978
NA
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Letters Received, 1978
NA
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Letters Sent, 1979
NA
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Letters Received, 1979
NA
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Letters Sent, 1980
NA
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Letters Received, 1980
NA
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Letters Sent, 1981
NA
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Letters Received, 1981
NA
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Letters Sent, 1982
NA
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Received, 1982
NA
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Letters Sent, 1983
NA
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Letters Received, 1983
NA
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Letters Received, 1984
NA
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Letters Sent, 1985
NA
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Letters Received, 1985
NA
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Letters Sent, 1986
NA
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Letters Received, 1986
NA
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Letters Sent, 1987
NA
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Letters Received, 1987
NA
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Letters Sent, 1988
NA
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Letters Received, 1988
NA
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Harvey, Steve, 1988-1990
NA
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Letters Sent, 1989
NA
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Letters Received, 1989
NA
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Christie's, 1989
NA
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Letters Received, 1990
NA
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Levitt, Dr. Irving, 1990
NA
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Letters Sent, undated
NA
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Letters Received, undated
NA
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Personal Correspondence
Albert C. Barnes Letter (letter recommending the Carlens' daughter to Friends' Central School), 1943
NA
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To Robert Carlen, and Robert and Alice Carlen, 1945-1982, undated
NA
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To Alice Carlen, and Alice and Nancy Carlen, 1955-1997, undated
NA
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Nancy of Philadelphia Painting (Sotheby's invoice for purchase by Nancy Carlen), 1997
NA
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Other Correspondence (not Carlen), 1949
NA
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4.2: Business Records, 1941-1989
Business records include appraisals and receipts. Appraisal reports prepared by Robert Carlen, 1968-1986, include a small amount of related correspondence; however, most folders contain only one item. Items dated prior to 1968 are appraisals conducted by others submitted to Carlen for review. Receipts issued to and by Robert Carlen are for purchases, sales, consignments, and loans. Other receipts and invoices are for business related services such as framing, refinishing, shipping, advertising, etc.
Description Container
Appraisals, Alexander, Scholley Pace, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, American Red Cross, 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Aslin, Al, 1975-1979
NA
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Appraisals, Baer, Sydney, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Barnes, J. Hampton, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Berger, Moses H., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Bergnes, Samuel A., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Biddle, Mrs. A. Mercer, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Biddle, Alec, 1968
NA
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Appraisals, Bortin, David, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Boucher, Jack E., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Brown, John M. G., 1968
NA
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Appraisals, Clark, Jefferson (empty folder), 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Clark, Mrs. Margaret M., 1965-1970
NA
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Appraisals, Claxton, Edmund, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Cotton, Charles A., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, DeCosta, Edward, 1986
NA
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Appraisals, Feldman, Mrs. Anne, 1981
NA
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Appraisals, Fisher, Mrs. Phillip, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Garrett, John R., 1976
NA
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Appraisals, Gilbard, Burton B., 1975-1976
NA
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Appraisals, Grossman, Mrs. David J., 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Gutman, Jacob C.; Estate of Jacob C. Gutman, Haverford College, 1982, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Horner, Caleb and Peter, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Israel, Dr. Harold, 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Jaffe, Josef, 1970
NA
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Appraisals, Laughlin, Dr. Thomas L., 1970
NA
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Appraisals, Levy, Mrs. Margaret Wasserman, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene John, 1967-1969
NA
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Appraisals, Lister, Peter, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Mansell, T. Norman, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Maxwell, Mrs. Drusilla T., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, McCall, Mrs. Joseph Benton, Jr., 1968-1981
NA
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Appraisals, McKean, Thomas Radford and Nancy B., 1953-1964
NA
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Appraisals, Merrill, Charles, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Mitchell, John Hanson, 1960
NA
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Appraisals, Newbold, Theodore, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Philadelphia Saving Fund Society, 1986
NA
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Appraisals, Pierpont, Thomas, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Potamkin, M. P., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Pratt, Elmer, 1969-1970
NA
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Appraisals, Reynolda House, 1973
NA
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Appraisals, Robbins, Mrs. George, 1973-1977
NA
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Appraisals, Rosenberg, Dr. Phillip, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Scott, Edgar, 1970
NA
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Appraisals, Sellers, Mrs. J. Townsend, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Shein, Joseph, 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Stokes, John, 1987
NA
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Appraisals, Spangler, John L., Jr., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Sullivan, Caroline H. (for Freeman), 1968
NA
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Appraisals, Sullivan, Caroline H., Estate, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Tucker, Stephen L., 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Webb, H. M., Jr. (Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.), 1969
NA
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Appraisals, West, Gordon S., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, West Chester State College, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Willing, E. Shippen, Jr., 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles, 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Winnet, Nochem S., 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Zantzinger, Mary Golden Geist, Estate of, 1969
NA
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Appraisals, Zobian, Stewart P., 1979
NA
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Appraisals, Unidentified, 1979, undated
NA
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Appraisals, Notes, undated
NA
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Receipts, Purchases, Sales, Consignments, Loans, 1941-1988
(6 folders)
NA
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Receipts, Miscellaneous, 1946-1989, undated
(3 folders)
NA
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Receipts, Railway Express and U. S. Mail, 1953-1987, undated
NA
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University Hospital Antiques Show, Contract and Program, 1963-1964
NA
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4.3: Subject Files, 1937-1997
Subject files may contain correspondence, appraisals receipts, printed matter, and photographs. The files on Edward Hicks include correspondence with Hirschl & Adler Galleries and Terry Dintenfass, notes, photographs, and printed material. Also found are files concerning Carlen's loan of two Hicks' paintings to the U.S. State Department. The files include information about Anatol Jal, the purchase of the Captain James Lawrence Goblet, Horace Pippin, and Antoine Roux. Found in the Horace Pippin files are an appraisal; correspondence about exhibitions, Selden Rodman's book, Pippin's paintings; lists of Pippin's work; loans; exhbitions; and printed material.
Some of the Horace Pippin and Edward Hicks material microfilmed with the subject files in Part 4 is partially duplicated in Part 2, but was significantly rearranged in the interim.
Description Container
Hicks, Edward
Carlen Hicks Sale, 1980-1997, undated
NA
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Letters Regarding Hicks Paintings, 1946-1947, undated
NA
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Penn's Treaty with the Indians, Cancelled Checks, 1954
NA
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State Department Hicks Paintings, 1980-1994
NA
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State Department Guide to Diplomatic Reception Rooms, 1978
NA
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State Department, Hicks Copyright, 1990
NA
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Jal, Anatol, 1988-1989
NA
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Lawrence Goblet
Glass, "Capt'n Jas. Lawrence" Goblet, 1972-1989, undated
NA
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Lawrence Goblet, undated
NA
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Pippin, Horace
Appraisal, 1992
NA
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Correspondence, General, 1942-1990, undated
NA
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Lists of Pippin's Works, circa 1977 and 1990
NA
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Loan, Chester County Historical Society, 1988
NA
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Loans, Terry Dintenfass Gallery (includes photocopies of Pippin letters, 1941-1945), 1989, 1996
NA
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Miscellaneous (receipts, notes, program for dedication of historical marker at the home of Horace Pippin), 1972, 1979, undated
NA
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Painting, Christ Before Pilate (letters to Francois de Menil), 1981
NA
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Paper by Gylbert Garvin Coker (with related correspondence), 1981-1982
NA
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Pippin Exhibition, 1992-1994
NA
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Pippin Exhibition, 1992-1994
NA
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Printed Matter, 1937-1992
NA
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Roux, Antoine
Roux, Antoine, Painting, Roux, Antoine, Fr. (1765-1835), 1979-1982
NA
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Roux, Antoine, Roux Catalogue ( A Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Ship Portraits by the Roux Family of Marseilles, The Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Maine), 1939
NA
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4.4: Notebooks, 1928-1994
Five volumes of notebooks concerning Horace Pippin, Edward Hicks, and Robert Carlen. Three Horace Pippin notebooks contain correspondence with and about Pippin, photographs of Pippin and his works of art, exhibition catalogs and brochures, printed material, receipts, and cancelled checks. One notebook concerns Edward Hicks and contains correspondence about Hicks' paintings, photographs of his work, and printed matter. One notebook concerns Robert Carlen and contains photographs of Carlen, newsclippings, a small number of letters to Carlen, and a photocopy of Carlen's student record from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Some of the Horace Pippin and Edward Hicks material in vols. 1-4 was microfilmed with Part 4 is partially duplicated in Part 2, but was significantly rearranged in the interim.
Description Container
Vol. 1, Horace Pippin, 1940-1994
NA
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Vol. 2, Horace Pippin, 1942-1981
NA
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Vol. 3, Horace Pippin, 1994, n.d
NA
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Vol. 4, Edward Hicks, 1944-1991
NA
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Vol. 5, Robert Carlen, 1975-1990
NA
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4.5: Printed Matter, 1944-1989
Newsclippings and miscellaneous printed material concerning various topics arranged in alphabetical order. The Artists, A-Z, File contains clippings and miscellaneous items about Anonymous, Joseph Boggs Beale, John George Brown, Thomas Eakins, Adolphus Ealey, Edward Hicks, Elizabeth Osborne, Horace Pippin, John Rodgers, Saint-Mémin, Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, and Grant Wood. The file on Collectors includes clippings about R. S. Ingersoll, Allen Funt, and Steven Straw.
Description Container
Antiques, 1967-1989, undated
NA
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Art, Miscellaneous, 1974, 1989
NA
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Art Market, 1975-1981
NA
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Artists, A-Z, 1944-1989, undated
NA
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Big Sur Folk Festival (Nancy Carlen, Promoter), circa 1970s
NA
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Carlen, Robert, 1941, 1964-1971
NA
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Carlen Galleries at Provident National Bank (exhibition checklists), 1973, 1976
NA
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Collectors, 1973-1980
NA
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Miscellaneous (not art related), undated
NA
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State Department, Diplomatic Reception Rooms, 1978-1978/79, 1980/81, undated
NA
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4.6: Miscellaneous, 1775-1991
Prints found here include: Pickets by Lynd Ward; 3 Hand-Colored Prints in poor condition, including Currier and Ives George Washington's Reception by the Ladies on Passing on his Way to New York to be Inaugurated..., and 2 unidentified images.
Description Container
Biographical, Health Insurance Card, 1954
NA
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Biographical, Medicare Card, Social Security Card, 1971, undated
NA
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Biographical, Inventory of Household Furnishings, 1980
NA
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Biographical, Inventory and Appraisal of the Estate of Robert Carlen, 1990-1991
NA
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Financial, Banking (deposit slips), 1958-1978
NA
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Financial, Taxes (tax returns), 1969
NA
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Notes, Business Notes, Lists, 1956, undated
NA
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Notes, Names, Addresses, Telephone Numbers, undated
NA
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Notes, Research Notes, 1775-1948, undated
NA
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Prints, undated
NA
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4.7: Photographs, 1970
Photographs of antiques and artwork consist mainly of Carlen Galleries' stock and images retained for reference or comparative purposes. These undated photographs are categorized by medium and subject. Also included are photographs of people, and places. Photographs of miscellaneous subjects include photographs of a cover of an auction catalog for the sale of Peale's Museum Gallery of Oil Paintings, M. Thomas & Sons, Philadelphia, 1854; photograph of an inscription on the back of canvas, Bath Houses-Atlantic City Jas. Hamilton. 1868; and a model of a carriage. Also found is a folder of photographs of Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia with a window display featuring selections from Carlen Galleries to advertise University Hospital Antiques Show; Carlen Galleries.
Description Container
Antiques, Furniture, undated
NA
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Antiques, Metal Work, undated
NA
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Antiques, Miscellaneous, undated
NA
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Antiques, Porcelains, undated
NA
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Antiques, Rifle, undated
NA
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Artwork, Drawings, undated
NA
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Artwork, Needlework, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Biblical ( Peaceable Kingdom), undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Figures, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Genre, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, History, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Landscape, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Marine, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Miscellaneous Subjects (animals, allegory), undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Native American, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings by Horace Pippin, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Portraits, undated
NA
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Artwork, Paintings, Still Life, undated
NA
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Artwork, Print, undated
NA
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Artwork, Sculpture, undated
NA
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Artwork, Wood Carvings, undated
NA
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People, Robert Carlen and David Cohen (brother); Mrs. Jessie I. Bell (painter), 1970, undated
NA
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Places, Carlen Galleries (interior and exterior), undated
NA
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Miscellaneous, Cover of Auction Catalog; Canvas Inscription; Model of Carriage, undated
NA
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Miscellaneous, Wanamaker's Department Store, Philadelphia, undated
NA
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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.
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