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Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953

Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953

Archives of American Art

Collection Information

Size: 4.4 linear feet (circa 770 items)

Summary: The collection is comprised of exhibition catalogs, the bulk of which are from New York City art galleries for the first two decades of the twentieth century, representing exhibitions of mainly modernist art. Catalogs for exhibitions held in Boston (mainly pre-1900) and a few other cities are also present. Included are several rare catalogs, notably one for the "Eight" held at Macbeth Gallery in 1908. Also found are exhibition announcements, gallery publications, and other printed material. The collection is especially relevant for the study of early American modernism, and is useful in understanding the role of art galleries, exhibitions, the art market, and the exhibition catalog itself, in American art.

Provenance

The bulk of the collection was donated 1979 by the American Antiquarian Society, who presumably assembled them from various sources. Others were received individually, while many are annotated in the hand of Walt Kuhn and are presumed to have originally been part of his papers in the Archives. In 2005, additional catalogs were integrated from Garnett McCoy's (Curator of Manuscripts) office files, some of which are presumed to have been removed from various collections over the years.

A Finding Aid to the Miscellaneous Art Exhibition Catalog Collection,
1813-1953
,
bulk 1915-1925
in the Archives of American Art
AAA.archamea
Historical Note
In 1979, the American Antiquarian Society donated approximately 1,500 exhibition catalogs and art-related printed material to the Archives of American Art (AAA). The Society had received most of them over a long period of time, many of them addressed to the director, Charles Brigham. For several years subsequent to the donation, AAA sporadically added exhibition catalogs to the collection from various sources. Some of these additions are annotated in the hand of Walt Kuhn and are presumed to have been part of his papers in the Archives.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 8 series representing alphabetical groups. Catalogs are arranged within these groups according to name of the sponsoring gallery, or if no gallery is listed, by the name of the club or organization. Catalogs are arranged chronologically thereafter, with undated material first. Many catalogs are undated, list only a year, or are annotated with a date. No attempt has been made to date or verify these at this time. Catalogs which are annotated with a date are filed chronologically, and are indicated with brackets around the date.
Series 1: Art Exhibition Catalogs, A-C
Series 2: Art Exhibition Catalogs, D-F
Series 3: Art Exhibition Catalogs, G-I
Series 4: Art Exhibition Catalogs, J-L
Series 5: Art Exhibition Catalogs, M-O
Series 6: Art Exhibition Catalogs, P-R
Series 7: Art Exhibition Catalogs, S-T
Series 8: Art Exhibition Catalogs, U-Z
Provenance
The bulk of the collection was donated 1979 by the American Antiquarian Society, who presumably assembled them from various sources. Others were received individually, while many are annotated in the hand of Walt Kuhn and are presumed to have originally been part of his papers in the Archives. In 2005, additional catalogs were integrated from Garnett McCoy's (Curator of Manuscripts) office files, some of which are presumed to have been removed from various collections over the years.
Processing Information
The Archives created this artificial collection of art exhibition catalogs over a number of years, beginning in the late 1970s. A finding aid to the collection was created some time after microfilming and then encoded according to the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format in 2005 by Christina Lehman. Additional updates to the collection were made in 2011 by Erin Kinhart.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4858-4859 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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