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A Finding Aid to the Midtown Galleries records, 1904-1997

Midtown Galleries records, 1904-1997

Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)

Collection Information

Size: 87.5 linear ft.

Summary: Records of Midtown Galleries [including the addition], circa 1904-1997, comprise 87.5 linear feet on 117 microfilm reels. Records are sparse for the early years when the gallery was operated as a cooperative. As the business expanded and became profitable, recordkeeping was more systematic and thorough. Records consist of administrative correspondence, 1927-1989 and undated; exhibition records, 1934-1982 and undated; inventories and sales records, 1946-1980 and undated; financial records, 1933-1957; miscellaneous, 1934-1985 and undated; photographs, circa 1925-circa 1980; printed matter, 1932-1982 and undated; personal papers of Alan D. and Mary J. Gruskin, 1932-1983 and undated; and papers of Gruskin's business partner Francis C. Healey, 1932-1935 and undated. An addition measuring 2.5 linear feet represents scattered material, 1932-1997 and undated, that remained after the gallery closed in 1995. It includes administrative records, 1934-1995 and undated; photographs circa 1938-1988 and undated; artists records, 1932-1993 and undated; exhibitions, 1958-1993 and undated; videotapes, 1977-1988; and oversize printed matter, 1973-1977 and undated. Because microfilmimg of the Midtown Galleries records was already underway when this material was received, it could not be integrated with the main portion of the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Midtown Galleries (established 1932. Closed 1995) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y. Founded by Alan D. Gruskin and Francis C. Healey, specializing in contemporary American art; sold to John Whitney Payson, 1985, and name changed to Midtown-Payson Galleries, 1990.

Provenance

Midtown Galleries loaned a small number of records consisting of news releases, 1939-1966, and exhibition schedules to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1966. Subsequently, Mary J. Gruskin donated this material, along with many other gallery records, to the Archives in several installments between 1972 and 1991; an additional gift was received in 1997. The portion loaned in 1966 is now integrated with the main records and has been refilmed in sequence. Unfortunately, the addition of 1997 was received in Washington, D.C. after microfilming was well underway. The addition has been microfilmed and described separately as Series 10. Wherever possible, the main text has been annotated with reel and frame numbers for related items contained in the addition.