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Stendahl Art Galleries records, 1907-1971

Stendahl Art Galleries

Collection Information

Size: 7.5 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Los Angeles Stendahl Art Galleries measure 7.5 linear feet and date from 1907 to 1971. The collection is comprised of administrative and financial files, correspondence, exhibition files, and subject files on numerous artists, organizations, and other art-related topics. There is one scrapbook of clippings on the artist Edgar Payne.

Biographical/Historical Note

Earl Stendahl established Stendahl Art Galleries in 1911 in Los Angeles, California. Stendahl Art Galleries was founded 1911 by Earl Stendahl, and were an important part of Los Angeles' early 20th century arts scene. Initially Stendahl's focus was on California Impressionist paintings. He introduced modern art to the West Coast, before expanding into Pre-Columbian art, which became the gallery's specialty.


The Stendahl Art Galleries records were donated by Alfred Stendahl in 1976. An album of clippings was donated by Stendahl in 1995 via Nancy Moure.


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