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G. Alan Chidsey papers, 1920-1979

Chidsey, G. Alan

Dealer, Lawyer


Collection Information

Size: 6.6 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; scrapbooks; photographs; clippings; and catalogs, much of it relating to Marsden Hartley.
REEL 1708: 3 letters from Mardsen Hartley; Chidsey's correspondence with Elizabeth McCausland, Martha Jackson, E. Weyhe, Inc., Frank Noyes, Sanford Schwartz, and others regarding the Marsden Hartley Estate; appraisals and price lists of paintings; clippings; a photograph of Marsden Hartley by Alfred Steiglitz, and another of Hartley in France.
REEL N69-115: Photographs of Hartley paintings, 1908-1943, identified by their 1944 location (Rosenberg, Knoedler, or Lincoln warehouse) and, in some cases, their subsequent date of sale, purchaser, price, and estate number, going as late as 1969. A note by Alan Chidsey indicates that many of the paintings were sold before Hartley's estate was inventoried in 1951.
UNMICROFILMED: 5,800 clippings concerning twentieth century American artists; 18 Parke-Bernet auction catalogs; and 3 scrapbooks, entitled "Artists and Models," containing cartoon clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Book dealer and lawyer; Plandom, N.Y. Chidsey served as trustee to the Marsden Hartley estate.


Donated 1979 by Alan G. Chidsey.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels N69-115 and 1708 available 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. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

G. Alan Chidsey papers, 1920-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.