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Poindexter Gallery records, 1931-1985, bulk 1955-1978

Poindexter Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 7.1 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Poindexter Gallery measure 7.1 linear feet and date from 1931-1985 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1955-1978 when the gallery was active. The majority of the collection consists of artists' files documenting the gallery's relationships with its artists, including exhibitions, and containing a wide variety of materials, including photographs. Also found are the "desk files" kept by the gallery's founder, Elinor Poindexter; correspondence; and financial and legal records.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Poindexter Gallery (1955-1978) was founded in New York City by Elinor Poindexter and specialized in sculpture, abstract, and figurative art by artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jules Olitski, Nell Blaine, William de Kooning, Giorgio Spaventa, Franz Kline, Earl Kerkam, Milton Resnick and Robert De Niro, among others.


The Poindexter Gallery records were donated over a period from 1968-1978 by the Poindexter Gallery via owners Elinor Poindexter and art director Harold Fondren. A 2006 accession was donated by Christie Poindexter Dennis, daughter of Elinor.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.