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John Wanamaker department store art gallery records, [ca. 1908]-1941

John Wanamaker (Firm)


Collection Information

Size: 2 Microfilm reels

Summary: Records documenting John Wanamaker's import of French painting from Parisian salons and artists to sell in his store, to keep for his private collection and to keep for his store collection. Also included is a photograph album of Rodman Wanamaker's silver collection. Included are: correspondence; customs papers; purchase and sale records; preview invitiations; inventories of works purchased for the store's collection; inventories of Wanamaker's private collection; artist files containing lists of Colin Campbell Cooper's works, photographs and clippings relating to Paul W. Bartlett's paintings, autographed photographs of Frederick Frieseke's painting, and files on Mihaly Munkacsy and Pierre Fritel. Total: 1.5 linear feet.

Biographical/Historical Note

Department store; Philadelphia, Pa. Founded 1861. Opened an art gallery in 1881. The art gallery is now defunct.


Microfilmed in 1986 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Subquently donated to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3918-3919 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

John Wanamaker department store art gallery records, [ca. 1908]-1941. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.