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Series 2 | A Finding Aid to the Macbeth Gallery records, 1838-1968, bulk, 1892-1953 | Digitized Collection

Macbeth Gallery records, 1838-1968, bulk, 1892-1953

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Series 2: Financial and Shipping Records, 1892-1956
11.8 linear feet
Boxes 96-110

This series provides a detailed record of the gallery's financial transactions through a variety of ledgers and account books. Although they lack systematic indexing and are somewhat awkward to use, these records provide an intriguing insight into art buying and collecting tendencies throughout the first half of the twentieth century. They also record the effect of fluctuations in the economy including, of course, the devastating Depression of the 1930s. Records in this series can be used more effectively in conjunction with the card files in Series 3: Inventory Records.
A large account book found here contains records dating from ca. 1918 to the 1930s with entries arranged alphabetically by the name of the person, corporate body or function (such as "Accrued Salaries") to which each account applies. The book lists the dates and descriptions of transactions along with debits, credits and balances on accounts. Each alphabetical letter group is preceded by an index of accounts that fall in that section of the alphabet.
Information regarding commissions and commission credits due to artists, businesses or individuals is recorded in three sets of volumes: Artist Credit Books; Purchase Books and Commission Credits; and Artist Commissions, Commission Credits and Purchases. Artist Commissions, Commission Credits and Purchases combine information that was previously contained in the other two types of ledgers. Details of purchases and commissions are arranged chronologically. There are also two unidentified volumes filed here as Artist Registers which appear to record information related to framing dating from ca. 1924 to 1954. The registers are arranged chronologically and then list artists as well as titles and dimensions of artwork and dates received.
Bills and statements consist of copies of outgoing bills and statements from the gallery and are arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically within those years
Cash Books provide a chronological list of cash transactions and Charge Books, also known as "Order Books" and "Sales Books," contain lists of charges for merchandise and order registers and are arranged chronologically. Miscellaneous incoming bills are arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by client within each year. Many of the bills were previously folded together with brown paper labels which have been transferred to the folders preceding the records to which they apply.
One item of particular note is a small untitled notebook summarizing annual sales figures from 1892 to 1935. The notebook clearly shows the ongoing economic collapse of the 1930s with annual sales plummeting from $487,283.62 in 1929 to $92,659.02 in 1933.
The series also contains records of conisgnments from 1933 to 1951 and shipping records from the 1930s to the 1950s.
In general, financial records are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by client.
DescriptionContainer
Account Book, ca. 1918-1930s
96
1
Artist Commissions, Commission Credits and Purchases, 1930-1950
97
1-2
Artist Credit Books, 1892-1910
98
1
Artist Credit Books
98
2
Artist Credit Books, 1917-1918
98
3
Artist Credit Books, 1918-1927
98
4
Artist Credit Books, 1927-1930
98
5
Artist Registers, ca. 1924-1954
2 volumes
107
1-2
Balance Sheets, 1954, 1955
99
1
Bills and Statements, 1909-1914
99
2-3
Bills and Statements, 1915
99
4-5
Bills and Statements, 1916
99
6-8
Bills and Statements, 1917
99
9-10
Bills and Statements, 1918
99
11-12
Bills and Statements, 1919-1920
99
13-15
Bills and Statements, 1921-1922
100
1-2
Bills and Statements, 1923
100
3-4
Bills and Statements, 1924
100
5-6
Bills and Statements, 1925
100
7-8
Bills and Statements, 1926-1927
100
9-11
Bills and Statements, 1929
101
1-4
Bills and Statements, 1930
101
5-8
Bills and Statements, 1932
101
9-12
Bills and Statements, 1934
102
1-5
Bills and Statements, 1945-1947
102
6-7
Bills and Statements, 1948-1949
102
8-9
Bills and Statements, 1950
102
10-11
Bills and Statements, 1951-1952
102
12-14
Cash Books, 1895-1909
(4 volumes)
103
1-4
Cash Books, 1910-1912
104
1
Cash Books, 1912-1914
104
2
Cash Books, 1914-1915
104
3
Cash Books, 1915-1917
104
4
Cash Books, 1917-1918
104
5
Cash Books, 1918-1921
104
6
Cash Books, 1921-1925
104
7
Cash Books, 1925-1928
104
8
Cash Books, 1928-1931
104
9
Cash Books, 1931-1934
104
10
Cash Books, 1943-1947
104
11
Cash Books, 1947-1951
104
12
Charge ("Order") Books, 1892-1895
105
1
Charge ("Order") Books, 1895-1897
105
2
Charge ("Order") Books, 1892-1898
105
3
Charge ("Order") Books, 1898-1900
105
4
Charge ("Order") Books, 1901-1904
105
5
Charge ("Order") Books, 1899-1904
105
6
Charge ("Order") Books, 1904-1909
105
7
Charge ("Order") Books, 1910-1915
106
1
Charge ("Order") Books, 1917-1918
106
2
Charge ("Order") Books, 1915-1918
106
3
Charge ("Order") Books, 1918-1927
106
4
Charge ("Order") Books, 1927-1931
106
5
Charge ("Order") Books, 1931-1941
107
3
Consignment Book, 1933-1951
108
1
Journals, 1904-1909, 1918-1929
(2 volumes)
108
2-3
Miscellaneous Incoming Bills, 1920-1921
109
1
Miscellaneous Incoming Bills, 1922
109
2-8
Miscellaneous Incoming Bills, 1923
109
8
Miscellaneous Incoming Bills, 1933
109
9
Miscellaneous Incoming Bills, 1934
109
10-16
Miscellaneous Incoming Bills, 1935
109
17
Miscellaneous Insurance Cards, 1936-1953
109
18
Miscellaneous Receipts, ca. 1896-1956
109
19-20
Monthly Sales Books, 1905-1913
109
21
Petty Cash Book, 1927-1931
110
1
Purchase Books and Commission Credits, 1910-1917
110
2
Purchase Books and Commission Credits, 1917-1918
110
3
Purchase Books and Commission Credits, 1918-1919
110
4
Purchase Books and Commission Credits, 1918-1925
110
5
Purchase Books and Commission Credits, 1925-1928
110
6
Purchase Books and Commission Credits, 1928-1930
110
7
Shipping Ledgers, Incoming Express and Parcel Post, 1936-1950
110
8
Shipping Ledgers, Local Temporary Incoming, 1936-1943
110
9
Shipping Ledgers, Local Temporary Outgoing, 1936-1949
110
10
Shipping Ledgers, Outgoing Express, 1933-1953
110
11-12
Tax Book, 1919-1938
110
13
Untitled Notebook of Annual Sales Figures, 1892-1935
110
14

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