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Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks, 1952-1992

Franz Bader Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 1.9 Linear feet

Summary: The Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1952 to 1992. The materials document the gallery's history in Washington D.C., the artists represented by the gallery, and the exhibitions held at the space. Included in the collection are gallery documentation consisting of biographical material about Franz Bader, correspondence relating to Bader and the gallery, printed material regarding exhibitions, photographs of the gallery space, and candid photographs from exhibition openings. The bulk of the collection is made up of gallery guestbooks which hold signatures and notes from gallery patrons, and scrapbooks including printed material related to Franz Bader Gallery's exhibitions, D.C.-based artists the gallery represented, and other gallery events.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Franz Bader Gallery was an art gallery and bookshop in Washington D.C. operated by Franz Bader (1903-1994) under various names including Franz Bader Gallery, Franz Bader Inc., and Franz Bader Gallery and Bookshop. In 1953, Bader established the gallery at 1705 G Street Northwest, where he showed local and/or upcoming artists, as well as contemporary prints. The gallery moved in September 1964 to 2124 Pennsylvania Avenue and in October 1979 to 2001 I Street, where Bader remained until his retirement in 1985. The gallery continued on after his retirement, and moved location to 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue in 1987, and to 1500 K Street in 1990. The final show held by the gallery was in 1995. Among the artists represented by the gallery and included in this collection are Alice Acheson, Anita Bucherer, Frank Bunts, Bernice Cross, Harry Irving Gates, Peter Milton, Michael Platt, Alma Thomas, Leonard Maurer, and others.


The Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks were donated to the Archives of American Art by Virginia F. Bader, Franz Bader's wife, in 1995.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.