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James Graham & Sons gallery records, 1815, 1821, circa 1896-2011, bulk 1950s-1980s

James Graham & Sons

Collection Information

Size: 103.2 linear feet

Summary: The records of the New York City gallery James Graham & Sons measure 103.2 linear feet and date from 1815, 1821, circa 1896-2011 (bulk 1950s-1980s). The collection generally documents the gallery's contemporary art department during the time in which Robert Claverhouse Graham, Sr. worked at the gallery (1940-1979); records prior to 1954 are sparse and scattered. Gallery records include artist files; correspondence; exhibition files; financial records; inventory records; printed materials; sales, loans, and consignment records; scrapbooks; and photographic materials. Also found are records from Coe Kerr Gallery regarding exhibitions of artwork by Jamie Wyeth, and to a lesser extent, Andrew and N.C. Wyeth. There is a 8.0 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2018 that includes artists' files regarding exhibitions and photographs of works of art. Materials date from circa 1940-1980.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Graham & Sons (Est. 1857) is an art gallery in New York, N.Y. James Graham & Sons is one of the oldest family-run galleries in the United States, specializing primarily in American paintings and sculpture, both contemporary and secondary market.


The James Graham & Sons records were donated in 2007, 2008, and 2012 by Priscilla Caldwell and Jay Grimm of James Graham & Sons and in 2018 by Cameron Shay of James Graham & Sons.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution Collections Care Preservation Fund.