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John Quinn memorial collection in the New York Public Library, 1901-1925

Quinn, John, 1870-1924

Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 26 Microfilm reels

Summary: Correspondence, including letters from numerous art dealers, George Bellows, Arthur B. Davies, Sir Jacob Epstein, Walt Kuhn, Walter Pach, Ezra Pound, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and the Society of Independent Artists.

Biographical/Historical Note

Collector, patron, lawyer; New York, N.Y. Born Tiffin, Ohio, 1870. Legal work included tax laws re imported contemporary art. Friendship with Augustus John shaped activities and interest in art world. Began collecting mainly through direct contact with artists and dealers.


Microfilm donated 1978 and 2005 by Judith Zilczer, who organized an exhibit on John Quinn for the Hirshhorn Museum in 1978. She received a copy of the film from the New York Public Library as part of her research. The New York Public Library received the papers over a period of time, officially completed in 1965, by Quinn's niece, Mary Anderson Conroy.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: New York Public Library.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2017 and 2017a through 2017y available only at the Washington office of the Archives of American Art.

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.

Restrictions on Use

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How to Cite This Collection

John Quinn memorial collection in the New York Public Library, 1901-1925. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.