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Series 8 | A Finding Aid to the Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974 | Digitized Collection

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

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Series 8: Contemporary American Department, 1932-1978
10 linear feet
Boxes 358-381

This series documents the activities of the Contemporary American Department, a division of Jacques Seligmann & Co. that was established in 1935 to represent young and upcoming American artists. Under the direction of Theresa D. Parker, the department initiated a contemporary American art exhibition program, exposing out-of-town artists to audiences in New York and circulating their work nationwide through loans to other galleries and art institutions.
The department was suspended during World War II but, in the years that followed, resumed its activities with a series of exhibitions featuring work primarily by young artists, many of whom had recently completed military service. Artists sponsored by the department were selected from recommendations made by colleges and art centers and included Kahlil Gibran, Arthur Kraft, Rico Lebrun, and Cleve Gray. Parker continued to operate the department until the late 1970s, when it was closed due to the deteriorating health of Germain Seligman.
This series is organized into five subseries. This bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of some printed material, some photographs of artwork and a Letterpress of Bills which has not been scanned due to its condition.
8.1: Alphabetical Files, 1932-1978, undated
8.2: Address Book and Records Notebooks, 1955-1970, undated
8.3: Exhibition of Religious Art, 1944-1964, undated
8.4: Loans, 1948-1972, undated
8.5: Financial Records, 1934-1974
8.1:Alphabetical Files, 1932-1978, undated
This subseries documents many aspects of the department's daily business. Files primarily contain correspondence with artists, galleries, and art institutions and are supplemented by a small number of general subject files that focus on administrative activities, exhibitions, or the department's interest in specific art media. In addition to correspondence, individual files may contain photographs of artists and works of art, financial records, details of exhibitions, shipping and loan records, and printed matter, such as exhibition catalogs and news clippings.
Theresa D. Parker's personal correspondence can be found scattered throughout, in addition to substantial correspondence with several of the artists represented by the department. A portion of the correspondence from the late 1970s concerns the eventual closing of the department.
DescriptionContainer
Aach, Herb, 1960-1975, undated
358
1
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1973-1975, undated
358
2
American Federation of Arts, 1950-1952, undated
358
3
Anliker, Roger, 1949-1974, undated
includes photos of Anliker
358
4
Architecture and Sculpture
Exhibition (see also Kraft, Arthur), 1953-1955, undated
358
5
Art Commentary on Lynching
Exhibition, 1935, undated
358
6
Art for Architecture Project, 1960-1962
358
7
Art Institute of Chicago, 1949-1951
358
8
Miscellaneous A, 1946-1977
358
9
B. A. Frank Gallery, 1971-1977, undated
358
10
Barenberg, Carol, 1962-1965, undated
358
11
Berresford, Virginia (Berresford Gallery), 1947, 1961-1975, undated
358
12
Birmingham Museum of Art, 1951-1974
359
1
Bob Jones University, 1964-1977
359
2
Bonpensiere, Luigi, undated
359
3
Bourdelle, Pierre, 1949-1953
359
4
Brooklyn Museum, 1949-1952
359
5
Brown, George E., 1961-1965
359
6
Browning, Colleen, 1962-1968, undated
359
7
Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, 1932, 1951-1952
359
8
Burkert, Robert, 1963
359
9
Miscellaneous B: Ba - Bi, 1946-1977
359
10
Miscellaneous B: Bl - Bu, 1946-1977
359
11
Caravias, Urania P. (Celeste), 1949-1972, undated
359
12
Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 1949-1951
359
13
Ceramics, 1960-1964
359
14
Cincinnati Art Museum, 1949-1953
359
15
Cleveland Center for the Arts, 1964-1965, undated
359
16
Collins, Glyn, 1961-1963, undated
359
17
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, 1964-1977, undated
360
1
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1948-1964
360
2
Crafts, 1947-1948
360
3
Crafts, 1948-1953
360
4
Currie, Bruce, 1964-1966, undated, undated
360
5
Miscellaneous C: Ca - Cl, 1932-1976
360
6
Miscellaneous C: Co - Cu, 1932-1976
360
7
Davis, John Hatch, 1949-1972, undated
360
8
Day, Larry, 1967-1974, undated
360
9
Dayton Art Institute, 1949-1952, undated
360
10
Drumm, Don, 1961
360
11
Miscellaneous D: D. - De, 1946-1976, undated
360
12
Miscellaneous D: Di - Du, 1946-1976, undated
360
13
Eifert, Frank, 1972-1977
361
1
Miscellaneous E, 1946-1972
361
2
Ferguson, Robert, circa 1956, undated
361
3
Finch, Keith, circa 1958, undated
361
4
Florsheim, Richard A., 1951-1976, undated
361
5
Forsberg, James (Jim), 1949, 1961-1965, undated
361
6
Franck, Frederick, 1960-1964
2 folders
361
7-8
Miscellanous F, 1947-1977
361
9
Gaston, Godfrey O., 1975-1976
361
10
Gibran, Kahlil, 1958-1959, undated
361
11
Gibran, Kahlil, 1960-1977, undated
362
1
Gloeckner, Michiel, 1960-1969, undated
362
2
Gottlieb, Adolph (see also Graphic Circle), 1948-1963
362
3
Graphic Circle (see also Gottlieb, Adolph), 1943-1952, undated
2 folders
362
4-5
Gray, Cleve, 1947-1975, undated
2 folders
(includes photographs of Gray)
362
6-7
Miscellaneous G, 1947-1975
362
8
Helsmoortel, Robert, 1960-1977, undated
362
9
Howe, E. Ruth, 1965-1972, undated
362
10
Miscellaneous H: H. - Ha, 1946-1977
362
11
Miscellaneous H: He - Hu, 1946-1977
362
12
J. W. Young (Gallery), 1950-1951
363
1
Miscellaneous I-J, 1947-1977
363
2
Kennedy, Doris Wainwright, 1964-1967, undated
363
3
Kermes, Constantine, 1948-1959, undated
includes photo of Kermes
363
4
Kermes, Constantine, 1960-1961
363
5
Kermes, Constantine, 1962
363
6
Kermes, Constantine, 1963-1964
363
7
Kermes, Constantine, 1965-1969
363
8
Kermes, Constantine, 1970-1971
363
9
Kermes, Constantine, 1972-1976
363
10
Kraft, Arthur (see also
Architecture and Sculpture
Exhibition), 1949-1975
(includes photo of Kraft)
363
11
Kreindler, Doris, 1963-1976, undated
364
1
Kruick, Arie B., 1948, 1960-1963, 1976
364
2
Kupferman, Jacques, 1961-1974, undated
364
3
Kuphal-Armänen, Mirjam, 1971-1974, undated
364
4
Kuphal-Armänen, Mirjam, Photographs, circa 1971-circa 1974
364
5
Miscellaneous K, 1946-1977
364
6
Landa, Larry, 1960-1975, undated
364
7
Langseth-Christensen, Richard, 1961-1969, undated
364
8
Langseth-Christensen, Richard, Photographs, circa 1961-circa 1969
364
9
Latimer, Ronald (Dharma House), 1949-1961
365
1
Lauck, Anthony J. (see University of Notre Dame)
365
Lebrun, Rico, 1948-1959, undated
365
2
Lebrun, Rico, 1960-1961
365
3
Lebrun, Rico, 1962
365
4
Lebrun, Rico, 1963-1964
365
5
Lebrun, Rico, 1965-1976
365
6
Lebrun, Rico, Drawings, Records of, circa 1950-circa 1962
365
7
Lebrun, Rico, Printed Material, 1950, undated
365
8
Lebrun, Rico, Printed Material, 1951-1962, circa 1976
365
9
Lebrun, Rico, Photographs, circa 1948-1955, undated
2 folders
(includes photograph of Lebrun)
366
1-2
Lehigh University, 1965-1975
366
3
Lissim, Simon, 1966-1977
366
4
Miscellaneous L: L. - La, 1947-1978
366
5
Miscellaneous L: Le - Ly, 1947-1978
366
6
Magafan, Ethel, 1960-1961, undated
366
7
Magafan, Ethel, 1962-1963
366
8
Magafan, Ethel, 1964-1968, undated
366
9
Malicoat, Philip, 1947-1949
367
1
McNear, Everett, 1961-1975, undated
367
2
Meltsner, Paul, 1947, undated
367
3
Meltsner, Paul, 1947-1949
367
4
Melville, Grevis, 1971-1976
367
5
Museum of Modern Art, 1949-1960
367
6
Miscellaneous M: M. - Mc, 1946-1976
367
7
Miscellaneous M: Me - Mu, 1946-1976
367
8
Nash, Katherine, 1952-1976
367
9
Nash, Katherine, Photos of Nash, undated
367
10
Nash, Katherine, Photos of Artwork, undated
367
11
New Yorker
, 1947-1951, undated, undated
367
12
Newman, David, 1963-1967, undated
368
1
Nonveiller, Roberto, 1948-1952
368
2
Miscellaneous N, 1946-1977
368
3
O'Sickey, Joseph, 1963-1970, undated
(includes photos of O'Sickey)
368
4
O'Sickey, Joseph, 1971-1977
368
5
Miscellaneous O, 1947-1977
368
6
Paxson, E. S., 1941-1950
368
7
Peake, Channing (see also Warshaw, Howard), 1956-1960, undated
2 folders
(includes photographs of Channing and Warshaw and a photograph of Channing with actor Gregory Peck)
368
8-9
Photographs of Contemporary American Department, 1952, undated
(includes interiors of a Contemporary American Department gallery group exhibition)
368
10
Pickett, Grace, 1950-1951, undated
368
11
Pozzatti, Rudy, 1960-1961, undated
368
12
Pozzatti, Rudy, 1962-1965
368
13
Provincetown Art Association (see also Witherstine, Donald F.), 1946-1950
369
1
Publicity, 1946-1947
369
2
Publicity, 1947-1960
369
3
Miscellaneous P: Pa - Pe, 1946-1977
369
4
Miscellaneous P: Ph - Pr, 1946-1977
369
5
Miscellaneous Q, 1947-1952
369
6
Redd, Richard (see Lehigh University)
369
Reed, Alma (Marie A.), 1950
369
7
Research Studio, 1947-1952, undated
369
8
Rockefeller, Nelson A., 1950
369
9
Rolick, Esther G., 1946-1973
369
10
Rollins College, 1962-[1965]
369
11
Rosenborg, Ralph, 1948-1976
369
12
Rudy, Charles, 1962-1967, undated
369
13
Miscellaneous R: Ra - Re, 1946-1977
370
1
Miscellaneous R: Rh - Ru, 1946-1977
370
2
Scarlett, Rolph, 1946-1949, 1973-1974, undated
370
3
Seidenberg, Jean, 1960-1964
370
4
Seidenberg, Jean, Photographs of Artwork, undated
370
5
Sluis, George Vander, 1960-1961
370
6
Spaeth, Eloise, 1960
370
7
Stroh, Earl, 1960-1963
370
8
Stuempfig, George R. K., 1966-1974, undated
370
9
Syracuse University, 1947-1961
370
10
Miscellaneous S: S. - Sh, 1946-1975
370
11
Miscellaneous S: Si - So, 1946-1975
370
12
Miscellaneous S: Sp - Sy, 1946-1975
370
13
Tourtelot, Madeline, 1948-1951
371
1
Trivigno, Pat, 1960-1961
371
2
Trivigno, Pat, 1962-1965
371
3
Trivigno, Pat, Photographic Material, 1960, undated
371
4
Trivigno, Pat, Printed Material, 1960-1965, undated
371
5
Twitty, James, 1963-1975
2 folders
371
6-7
Twitty, James, Photographic Material, 1963, undated
371
8
Miscellaneous T, 1947-1977
371
9
University of Arkansas, 1948-1951
372
1
University of Illinois, 1948-1972
372
2
University of Minnesota, 1951
372
3
University of Nebraska, 1948-1953
372
4
University of Notre Dame, 1953-1963, undated
372
5
University of Notre Dame, 1964-1968
372
6
University of Notre Dame, 1969-1972
372
7
University of Notre Dame, 1973
372
8
University of Notre Dame, 1974
(includes photos of Anthony J. Lauck)
372
9
University of Notre Dame, 1974-1977
372
10
Miscellaneous U, 1948-1976
372
11
Van Gent, Cock, 1947-1948, undated, undated
372
12
Miscellaneous V, 1947-1974
372
13
Ward, Lyle E., 1965-1970, undated
373
1
Warshaw, Howard (see also Peake, Channing), 1950-1964, undated
373
2
Warshaw, Howard (see also Peake, Channing), 1965-1974
373
3
Wheat, John, 1960-1973, undated
373
4
Wheat, John, Photographs of Artwork and Price List, undated
373
5
Wheat, John, Scrapbook Fragments, 1961-1962
373
6
Wheeler, Edward Everett, circa 1951-1963
373
7
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1950-1975
373
8
Wilson, Stanley, 1945-1948
373
9
Witherstine, Donald F. (see also Provincetown Art Association), 1946-1949, undated
373
10
Wolf, Hamilton, 1947-1965
374
1
Women Artists, (list), undated
374
2
Miscellaneous W: W. - Wh, 1946-1963
374
3
Miscellaneous W: Wi - Wo, 1946-1963
374
4
Zimmerman, Paul, 1960-1963, undated
374
5
Zimmerman, Paul, 1964
374
6
Zimmerman, Paul, 1965-1967
374
7
Zimmerman, Paul, 1968-1970
374
8
Zimmerman, Paul, circa 1970-1975
374
9
Miscellaneous Y-Z, 1950-1971
374
10
8.2:Address Book and Record Notebooks, 1955-1970, undated
The address book lists the mailing addresses of clients, lists artists and collectors, and documents business transactions and selling prices of works of art.
DescriptionContainer
Address Book, undated
375
1
Record Notebooks 1 and 2, 1955-1961
375
2
Record Notebooks 3 and 4, 1961-1964
375
3
Record Notebooks, 1964-1970
375
4
8.3:Exhibition of Religious Art, 1944-1964, undated
This subseries relates to plans for an exhibition of religious art to be held at the New York gallery on behalf of the General Theological Seminary in New York. The exhibition was canceled by the seminary in 1964 due to lack of funds, despite being in the advanced planning stages. Material primarily comprises printed matter relating to religious art and photographs of works of art, with only one folder of correspondence providing a little documentation of plans for the exhibition.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1957, undated, undated
375
5
Lists, circa 1964
375
6
Printed Matter, 1944-1964, undated
3 folders
Not scanned
375
7-9
Photographs of Works of Art, undated
4 folders
Not scanned
376
1-4
8.4:Loans, 1948-1972, undated
This subseries documents loans from the Contemporary American Department to galleries, museums, and other art institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Dayton Art Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art, American Academy in Rome, and National Academy of Design. The correspondence files provide detailed documentation of loans, including consignment, approval, and shipping records.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1948-1950, undated
376
5
Correspondence, 1957-1960
376
6
Correspondence, 1960-1961
377
1
Correspondence, 1961-1962
377
2
Correspondence, 1962-1963
377
3
Correspondence, 1963-1964
377
4
Correspondence, 1964-1965
377
5
Correspondence, 1966-1967
377
6
Correspondence, 1967-1972
377
7
8.5:Financial Records, 1934-1974
This subseries of financial records includes two account books containing notes on accounts payable and accounts receivable, profits and losses, and commissions; invoices and receipts; and a bound letterpress book of bills from 1947 through 1962.
DescriptionContainer
Account Book I, 1934-1937
378
1
Account Book II, 1934-1936
378
2
Account Book III, 1953-1956
378
3
Account Book III, 1957-1959
378
4
Account Book IV, 1960-1962
378
5
Account Book IV, 1963-1965
378
6
Account Book IV, 1966-1969
378
7
Invoice Book, 1934-1936
379
1
Invoices, 1946-1947
379
2
Invoices, 1948-1949
379
3
Invoices, 1950
379
4
Invoices, 1951-1952
379
5
Invoices, 1953-1954
379
6
Invoices, 1955-1956
379
7
Invoices, 1957-1958
379
8
Invoices, 1959
380
1
Invoices, 1960
380
2
Invoices, 1961
380
3
Invoices, 1962
380
4
Invoices, 1963
380
5
Invoices, 1964
380
6
Invoices, 1965-1966
380
7
Invoices, 1967
380
8
Invoices, 1968-1969
380
9
Invoices, 1970-1971
381
1
Invoices, 1972-1973
381
2
Invoices, 1974
381
3
Letterpress Book of Bills, 1947-1962
not scanned due to condition
381
4

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