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Corcoran Gallery of Art records, 1860-1947

Corcoran Gallery of Art


Collection Information

Size: 44 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 19 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; letterpress books; journals; and an account book.
REELS 246-264: Letterpress books, 1869-1945, containing copies of letters sent and each containing an alphabetical index, 1869-1908; a letterpress book of treasurer's reports; a journal of official proceedings of the trustees, continued as minutes; and a curator's journal.
REELS 702-721: ca. 20,000 letters received, 1870-January 1908.
REELS 830-832: Letters to William Wilson Corcoran and members of the board of trustees, regarding the formation of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1860-1874. The letters concern the design and construction of the building, the acquisition of works of art, appointment of staff, and shipment of works. Also included are correspondence and minutes of meetings, 1906-1907, regarding the 1907 painting exhibition.
REEL 1473: Register of letters received, 1869-1908, listing the name and place of the correspondent, the date the letter was written, received, and answered, and the subject of the letter.
REEL 2679 (fr. 1068-1109): An account book with records of American paintings sold in Corcoran's biennial exhibitions, 1907-1947, including titles of the works, the artist's name, catalog numbers for the paintings, the entry price, the purchase price and buyer's name.


Lent for microfilming 1971-1982 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Corcoran Gallery of Art Archives.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 246-264, 2679, 702-721, 1473, and 830-832 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Corcoran Gallery of Art records, 1860-1947. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.