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Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969

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Series 6: Miscellaneous Material , circa 1835, 1883, 1913-1970, undated
3.25 Linear feet
Boxes 99-101, 103, OV 102, OV 104, FC 120-124; Reels 5638-5639

This series contains biographical material pertaining to Edith Gregor Halpert and her husband, Samuel Halpert, artwork, artifacts, and audiovisual records. The series is organzied into four subseries.
The series is arranged into four subseries:
  • 6.1: Biographical Material of Edith Gregor Halpert and Samuel Halpert, 1917-1970, undated
  • 6.2: Works of Art, circa 1835, 1913-1968, undated
  • 6.3: Artifacts, 1883, 1954-1955, undated
  • 6.4: Audiovisual Records, circa 1950-1963
Box numbers provided in the Container Listing are approximate. Motion picture film reels are stored separately in containers numbered FC 120-124.
6.1: Biographical Material of Edith Gregor Halpert and Samuel Halpert, 1917-1970, undated
This subseries includes notes on Edith Gregor Halpert's life and career; awards, citations and membership certificates; notes and reports relating to her management career prior to opening the Downtown Gallery; and engagement calendars recording both business and personal appointments. A biographical statement by Samuel Halpert can also be found here.
Description Container
Biographical Notes, Edith Gregor Halpert and Samuel Halpert, undated, 1925-1970
5638 (Box 99)
880-902
Edith Gregor Halpert, Awards, Citations, Memberships, undated, 1953-1969
5639 (Box 99 Sol 103)
6-19
Edith Gregor Halpert, Reports, Notes, etc., undated, 1917-1925
5639 (Box 99)
20-61
Edith Gregor Halpert, Engagement Calendars, 1960
5639 (Box 99)
63-126
Edith Gregor Halpert, Engagement Calendars, 1961
5639 (Box 99)
127-219
Edith Gregor Halpert, Engagement Calendars, 1962
5639 (Box 99)
220-313
Edith Gregor Halpert, Engagement Calendars, 1963
5639 (Box 99)
314-402
Edith Gregor Halpert, Engagement Calendars, 1964
5639 (Box 99)
403-559
Samuel Halpert, Biographical Notes, 1923
5639 (Box 99)
62
6.2: Works of Art, circa 1835, 1913-1968, undated
The first group of records in this subseries consists of artwork by Edith Gregor Halpert. Items include small oil paintings (four landscapes and one study); watercolors (a figure study and two landscapes); drawings (figure studies in pencil, thirteen undated and two dated 1922); a crayon and pencil drawing entitled "Rosalie" from 1913); and advertising work (six rough layouts in ink and pencil).
The remainder of the subseries contains works by other artists. Among these are calligraphy, drawings, a pastel, paintings, and prints. The calligraphy is found in two 19th century school copybooks containing writing exercises, a folded paper puzzle game with lettering and heart decorations, and a calligraphy sample in an unidentified language, possibly of Middle Eastern origin.
Also included in this subseries are greeting cards with original artwork in various media. Greeting cards produced for Downtown Gallery are by artists Alexander Brook, Stefan Hirsch, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Marguerite Zorach. Greeting cards produced by Downtown Gallery are by the following artists: Joel Barber, Adorno Bonciani, Gladys Burrows, Howard Crook, Jean Crotti, Stuart Davis, Hans Foy, Ada V. Gabriel, Gandy, Emil Ganso, A.P. Hankins, Bartlett Hayes, Stefan Hirsch, Victoria Hutson, Jumyer, Johy Kirsch, Don Kruge, Richard Lahey, Linares, Charles Locke, Warren Newcombe, Paul Rohland, Judith Shahn, P. T., Ed Weiss, T. Yamoda, and Marguerite Zorach.
Prints include a hand-colored invitation to an exhibition by Harold Gregor, a poster by Jack Levine for his Januray 17 to February 17 exhibition, and two prints by Rosenhouse.
The subseries also includes two manuscripts with detailed pen-and-ink illustrations, circa 1835.
Description Container
Edith Gregor Halpert, Oil Paintings, undated, 1915
5639 (Box 99)
561-568
Edith Gregor Halpert, Drawings, undated, 1913, 1922
5639 (Box 99 Sol 103)
569-596
Edith Gregor Halpert, Watercolors, undated, 1920, 1925
5639 (Box 99)
597-602
Edith Gregor Halpert, Exhibition Announcement Mock-Ups, n.d, 1963
5639 (Box 99)
603-612
Calligraphy, undated
5639 (Box 99)
613-681
Drawings, undated, 1964, 1967
5639 (Box 99)
682-690
Pastel, undated
5639 (Box 99)
691-693
Paintings, undated
Includes figure by Gordon Gry, oil on board; abstract watercolor, unsigned
5639 (Box 99)
694-696
Prints, Various Media, undated
5639 (Box 99, OV 104)
697-703
Prints, Lithograph by Unidentified Artist of Woman Rowing, 19th century
Too fragile to microfilm
unfilmed (OV 104)
Greeting Cards Produced for Downtown Gallery/Edith G. Halpert, 1933, undated
5639 (Box 99)
704-714
Greeting Cards Received by Downtown Gallery/Edith G. Halpert, undated, 1929-1968
5639 (Box 99)
715-808
Illustrated Manuscripts, The Adventures of Uptersnuff, vols. 1-2, circa 1835
5639 (Box 99)
809-827
Illustrated Manuscripts, Seth Beans, circa 1835
5639 (Box 99)
828-835
6.3: Artifacts, 1883, 1954-1955, undated
This subseries contains weather vane artifacts and related material, in addition to two awards. Only the supporting documentation for weather vanes is microfilmed.
Weather vane artifacts include several hand-carved wooden weather vane molds of L. W. Cushing & Sons, a prominent nineteenth-century manufacturer, along with a copy of the firm's catalog. During the 1940s, Mrs. Halpert noticed an influx of weather vanes on the market, purported to be nineteenth century and priced accordingly; she doubted their authenticity and searched for the source of the questionable antiques. Molds for those weather vanes and others were discovered in 1953 in the yard of a Chelsea, Massachusetts, scrap metal dealer. Mrs. Halpert learned the dealer, who had acquired them from the last surviving owner of L. W. Cushing & Sons, was the innocent source of the "authentic" weather vanes sold in Boston, Maine, and New York. Mrs. Halpert collected the wood and iron molds, wooden models, and tools, and after a year of organizing and assembling the weather vane components, the American Folk Art Gallery arranged for authorized reproductions of the six most aesthetically important models, each in a limited edition of fifty.
The wooden weather vane molds found here are rare. While copper weather vanes were created by pressing sheet copper directly onto the molds or hollowed-out forms, wood was not durable enough for repeated use and popular demand soon required mass-production. These highly detailed molds are in fragile condition. Most are incomplete forms such as the heads, legs or torso of various animals; there are also parts of jockeys, wheels, and Columbia (Lady Liberty). Most were identified and numbered by the American Folk Art Gallery.
Supporting documentation consists of L. W. Cushing & Sons Catalogue No. 9, circa 1883; a nineteenth-century printed sheet of weather vane designs; and three display boards containing photographs and printed matter regarding weather vane exhibitions and reproductions.
The trophy found in this subseries is the First Annual International Silver Prize Medal trophy awarded by the University of Connecticut to Edith Halpert for distinguished contribution to the arts. Established with a grant from the International Silver Company of Connecticut, the award coincided with an exhibit of works from the Downtown Gallery held at the university in 1968. The medal found here is undidentified.
Description Container
Weather Vane Mold #1, Eagle Head
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #2, Eagle Head and Parts
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #3, Tails
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #4, Cow Legs
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #5, Letters for East, North, and West
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #6, Horse Head (half)
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #7, Wheel
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #9, Columbia Head, Arm
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #10, Pig Tail (complete)
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #11, Horns (pair)
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #12, Railroad Wheel
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #15, Rider's Boots (pair)
unfilmed (Box 99)
Weather Vane Mold #16, Rider's Body and Parts
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold #17, Rider's Body (bas relief)
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold #18, Rider's Body (half)
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold #19, Fox Head
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold #20, Rider's Head (back) and Hand
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold #21, Rider's Head and Torso Relief
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold #120, Horse Head
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold #126, Star
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold [unnumbered], Printing Blocks
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold [unnumbered], Cow Head
unfilmed (Box 100)
Weather Vane Mold [unnumbered], Animal Ears (iron)
unfilmed (Box 100)
Supporting Documentation, Catalogue of Weather Vanes Manufactured by L. W. Cushing & Sons, Manufacturers of the Celebrated Waltham Copper Weather Vanes, Emblematic Signs, and Finials for Gables, Cupolas, and Towers. Waltham, Mass., Catalog No. 9, 1883
5639 (Box 100)
836-853
Supporting Documentation, Weather Vane Designs, Printed Sheet, 19th century
4 Copies
5639 (Box 100)
854-855
Supporting Documentation, Weather Vane Designs, Weather Vane Exhibition and Reproductions, 1954-1955
5639 (OV 102)
856-863
Awards, Trophy
unfilmed (Box 101)
Awards, Metal Medallion
unfilmed (Box 101)
6.4: Audiovisual Records, circa 1950-1963
This subseries contains a sound recording and motion picture film. The sound recording is a 33-1/3 rpm LP record album of a speech inscribed "To Edith Halpert, who knows the Answer--Maxim Karolik." A note on the jacket indicates the speech was transcribed, but a transcript was not found with the gallery records.
Motion picture film material includes a television series produced by Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation in association with Jensen Productions, America: The Artist's Eye (1963), found on one film reel (16 mm). Episodes in the series are on American Primitives, Albert Ryder, Charles Willson Peale, John James Audubon, Winslow Homer, Paintings in the White House, George Catlin, John Marin, George Bellows, Edward Forbes, John Trumbull, and Currier and Ives. Four copies of the episode from this series on Charles Sheeler are found on 3 film reels (one reel consists of two copies spliced together), and one film reel of additional Sheeler material is found. The Sheeler episode includes discussion of Sheeler's barn paintings, how handmade items influenced him, and the appeal of machines and locomotives. Excerpts (circa 1950) show views of Sheeler, his wife, and other people and animals in various work and leisure activities.
Description Container
Sound Recording, "Collecting with a Purpose--For What?," Talk at Bowdoin College by Maxim Karolik, February 20, 1962
1 sound discs (lacquer)
unfilmed (Sol 103)
America: The Artist's Eye, 1961-1963
1 Film reel
16 mm
1 videocassettes (vhs)
duplicate
unfilmed (FC 120)
America: The Artist's Eye, Charles Sheeler episode, circa 1961-1963
3 Film reels
4 copies of the same work; 1 reel consists of 2 copies spliced together
16 mm
unfilmed (FC 121-123)
Charles Sheeler Film Excerpts, circa 1950
1 Film reel
16 mm
unfilmed (FC 124)

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