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Swetzoff Gallery records, 1941-1968

Swetzoff Gallery records, 1941-1968

Swetzoff Gallery (Boston, Mass.)

Collection Information

Size: 18.6 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Boston, Massachusetts Swetzoff Gallery measure 18.6 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1968. Materials include administrative files, scattered general correspondence, named files, exhibition files, financial records, printed material, a scrapbook of printed material, photographs, and the personal papers of Hyman Swetzoff.

Administrative records include twenty day books, mailing lists, leases, and shipping records. Correspondence is scattered but includes holiday cards and general correspondence between other institutions, galleries, and clients. Named files are a mix of artist, subject, and client files and relate to the Gallery's relationships with artists, buyers and clients, and institutions and galleries. Files may include correspondence from or about the named individual. Substantial materials are found for Varujan Boghosian, Richard Boyce, Bruce Connor, Robert Eshoo, Fannie Hillsmith, Gyorgy Kepes, Yutaka Ohashi, Marianna Pineda, Odilon Redon, Reba Stewart, Harold Tovish, and Fernando Zóbel.

Exhibition files document exhibitions at the Swetzoff Gallery, events at other galleries for which Swetzoff loaned works, and for larger art fairs and exhibitions in which the gallery participated. Financial records include artist account ledgers, appraisals, consignments, accounts receivable and payable, price lists, receipts, records of purchases, sales statements, and other general financial records. Ledgers may include artist name, title of work of art, buyer, and price.

Printed material is scattered and includes some exhibition material and clippings. There is one scrapbook of printed materials. Photographs are of artists, gallery employees, installations, and of works of art. The Hyman Swetzoff papers include biographical material of Swetzoff and his family, correspondence, business records, writings, photographs, and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Swetzoff Gallery operated in Boston, Massachusetts from the late-1940s to 1968.

Provenance

The records of the Swetzoff Gallery were donated by Sidney Swetzoff in 1968.

A Finding Aid to the Swetzoff Gallery Records, 1941-1968, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
The Swetzoff Gallery operated in Boston, Massachusetts from the late-1940s to 1968.
Brothers Hyman and Seymour Swetzoff opened the Frameshop Gallery in Boston around 1948. Later, they expanded the business to include the sale of art and renamed the business Swetzoff Gallery. Hyman took sole-ownership of the gallery, which he ran until he was murdered by an unknown assailant in 1968.
The Swetzoff Gallery worked with many artists, dealers, galleries, and collectors including Albert Alcalay, Hyman Bloom, Varujan Boghosian, Richard Boyce, James Ensor, Robert Eshoo, Fannie Hillsmith, Gyorgy Kepes, Elie Nadelman, Yutaka Ohashi, Bradley Phillips, Marianna Pineda, Reba Stewart, Jean Tock, and Hugh Townley among many others.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 9 series.
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1949-1968 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1951-1965 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)
Series 3: Named Files, 1949-1968 (8.4 linear feet; Boxes 3-12, OV 20-21)
Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1946-1966 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)
Series 5: Financial Records, 1941-1968 (3.4 linear feet; Boxes 12-16)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1949-1968 (0.3 linear feet; Box 16)
Series 7: Scrapbook, 1948-1950 (0.3 linear feet; Box 16)
Series 8: Photographs, 1950s-1960s (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 16-17)
Series 9: Hyman Swetzoff Papers, 1950-1968 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 17-19)
Provenance
The records of the Swetzoff Gallery were donated by Sidney Swetzoff in 1968.
Processing Information note
The collection was minimally processed by Jayna Josefson in 2015 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections.
Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders.

Additional Forms Available

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

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

Swetzoff Gallery records, 1941-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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