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Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962

Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962

Carrig-Rohane Shop (Boston, Mass.)

Collection Information

Size: 6.7 linear ft.

Summary: Frame patterns, frame orders and specifications, financial records, business records, printed material, a few sketches and works of art, and photographs document the founding, frame design and production, and financial transactions of the company, and to a much lesser extent, the framing operations of Vose Galleries postdating the dissolution of the corporation.

Frame patterns, undated, are primarily photographs of frames with pattern numbers assigned by the Carrig-Rohane Shop. Included are two groups of numbered patterns, 6 bound books of patterns, loose photographs of frame patterns, a price list, and a record of patterns ordered.

Approximately half of the collection consists of frame orders and specifications, many bound in volumes, 1904-1962, including order number, name of the patron or gallery, frame dimensions, materials used, color, price, the artist, and occasionally the title of the work of art.

Financial records, 1908-1939, include invoices, accounts receivable, general ledgers, consignment account ledgers, income tax forms, a cash book and accounting reports. Business records, 1903-1953, include historical notes transcribed by R.C. Vose, scattered letters, the incorporation contract of Thulin-Murphy, meeting records, stockholder records, insurance policies, lease extensions, inventories of shop materials, and notes.

Also included are circa 30 sketches of frames, a watercolor and a print, photographs of sketches and sculpture, and an article on Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1906.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carrig-Rohane Shop (founded 1903; closed 1939) was a frame shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Formed without a formal name ca. 1903 by painters Charles Prendergast, Hermann Dudley Murphy, and the carver and gilder Walfred Thulin. Beginning in 1906, was known as the Frame Shop of Hermann Dudley Murphy, and incorporated June 13, 1911 as the Thulin-Murphy Co. On Feb. 5, 1914, the name was changed to the Carrig-Rohane Shop after the Irish village of Murphy's father. In 1915, Murphy ceded the management to Robert C. Vose. At its peak, the shop employed fifteen people and provided custom frames to museums, galleries, and collectors throughout America. The corporation dissolved on March 29, 1939, and the operation moved to the Vose Galleries' premises.


Donated 1974-1987 by Robert C. Vose, Jr. Funding for processing and microfilming the collection was provided by Eli Wilner & Co.

A Finding Aid to the Carrig-Rohane Shop Records,
, in the Archives of American Art
Finding aid prepared by Jill Lundin
Scope and Content Note
The Carrig-Rohane Shop records date from 1903 to 1962, and measure 6.7 linear feet. The records document the founding of the company, frame design and production, and the financial transactions of the shop. Series 2: Frame Orders and Specifications is particulary valuable for researching the frames used for late 19th and early 20th century American works of art. The frame patterns can be cross-referenced with the orders to obtain visual documentation of the frame desing used with a specific work of art. The frame patterns are also useful for researchers interested in the history of frame design.
The records of the Carrig-Rohane Shop also include financial and business records, printed material, sketches of frames, and photographs of sketches and sculptures.
Historical Note
In 1903 Herman Dudley Murphy, Walfred Thulin and Charles Prendergast began making frames and in 1906 H.D. Murphy opened "The Frame Shop of Herman Dudley Murphy" on Clarendon Street in Boston.
According to the meeting minutes, on June 13, 1911, the frame shop incorporated under the name "The Thulin-Murphy Co." with Walfred Thulin as the President. The shop name was then changed to "Carrig-Rohane" on February 5, 1914, and on October 23, 1915, the shop came under the management of Robert Churchill Vose, Sr. and Nathaniel Morton Vose.
The corporation was eventually dissolved on March 29, 1939, and the framing operations moved to the Vose Galleries' premises.
The collection is arranged into seven series:
Series 1: Frame Patterns, circa 1903-1962 (boxes 1-2, 1 linear ft.)
Series 2: Frame Orders and Specifications, 1904-1962 (boxes 2-5, 3 linear ft.)
Series 3: Financial Records, 1908-1939, undated (boxes 5-7, 1.9 linear ft.)
Series 4: Business Records, 1903-1955, undated (box 7, 11, 0.6 linear ft.)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1906 (box 7, 0.1 linear ft.)
Series 6: Works of Art, 1931, 1936, undated (boxes 7, OV 10, 0.1 linear ft.)
Series 7: Photographs, undated (box 7, 0.1 linear ft.)
Donated 1974-1987 by Robert C. Vose, Jr. Funding for processing and microfilming the collection was provided by Eli Wilner & Co.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Jill Lundin in 1994.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4974-4982 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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