Scope and Contents
The Doris Meltzer papers which measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1930-1976 document Meltzer's career as an artist, gallery owner and art dealer. The papers also document Meltzer's involvement with the National Serigraph Society, which influenced the popularization of screen printing as a fine art medium. Materials in this collection include correspondence, gallery records, professional files, printed materials and photographic materials. Correspondence is largely personal in nature and documents Meltzer's friendship with other members of the art world including Edward Cleghorn, an assistant director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, artist Carl E. Pickhardt Jr and his wife Rosamond Forbes, daughter of Fogg Museum director Edward W. Forbes. Professional correspondence consists of letters regarding the loaning and exhibition of artwork, along with the establishment of Doris Meltzer Gallery. Gallery records document the management and dealings of the Doris Meltzer Gallery through appraisal, inventory, sales and consignment of artwork records as well as compiled subject files on artists that the gallery held shows for. Professional files document the sale of Meltzer's own artwork along with her participation in different juried exhibitions. The series also includes different applications for various teaching and arts fellowships. Professional files also contain information related to Meltzer's tenure as the director of the National Serigraph Society. Printed materials include publicity materials, exhibition catalogs and announcements related to Meltzer, her gallery and the National Serigraph Society. Photographic material is of exhibitions and artwork represented and sold by the Doris Meltzer Gallery along with images of Meltzer working and attending events there. Also found are photographs of exhibitions, events and the office of the Serigraph Gallery.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Samuel C. Miller, Director of the Newark Museum and friend and executor of Meltzer's estate.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sabine Lipten in 2023.