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Schaeffer Galleries records, circa 1921-1982, bulk 1935-1950

Schaeffer Galleries

Collection Information

Size: 1.6 Linear feet

Summary: The Schaeffer Galleries records measure 1.6 linear feet and date from circa 1921 to 1982, with the bulk of the material dating from 1935-1950 when the gallery was most active. Owned by Hanns S. and Kate Schaeffer, the gallery first operated in Berlin from 1925 to 1939 and later in New York City from 1936 to circa 2000. Correspondence, subject and exhibition files, purchase records, printed materials, and photographs document the gallery's operations. Primary correspondents include art collector Arthur C. Tate and the gallery's Pacific Coast Director LeRoy Backus.

Biographical/Historical Note

Owned by Hanns S. and Kate Schaeffer, Schaeffer Galleries specialized in Old Masters paintings and drawings, originally focusing on works by Flemish and Dutch masters. The gallery operated in Berlin, Germany from 1925 to 1939 and in New York City from 1936 to circa 2000.


Kate Schaeffer donated the Schaeffer Galleries records to the Archives of American Art in 1982.

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Language Note

The bulk of the collection is in English. Other languages include French, German and Italian.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.