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Tanager Gallery records, 1952-1979

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series:

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Series 1: Administrative Files , 1952-1979
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 4

Found are four day books with notes describing the day-to-day administration of the gallery. Some items were tucked into the day books and may include notes and receipts for services needed for the gallery's daily functions. Also included are lists of artists and exhibitions held at the gallery, historical sketches, and address book, and the embosser of the seal of the Tanager Gallery.
Description Container
Historical Sketches and Ephemera, 1952-1979
Oversized material housed in Box 4, F1
1
1
Lists of Artists and Exhibitions, circa 1950-1960
1
2
Address Book, circa 1950s
1
3
Day Book, 1953
1
4
Day Book, 1956
1
5
Day Book, 1958
1
6
Day Book, 1959
1
7
Tanager Gallery Seal, 1952
Oversized material from Box 1, F1
4
1

Series 2: Financial and Legal records , 1952-1962
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1

Found are account books, banking materials, certificates, materials relating to the closing of the gallery in 1962, invoices, two ledgers, loan materials, price lists, receipt books, and Department of Labor records. The ledger books show expenses and income for Tanager Gallery exhibitions, organized by date and divided by exhibition. Receipt books span December of 1959 to May of 1962 and record those works of art sold at the Tanager Gallery. Researchers will find the artist, buyer, artwork details, and price.
Description Container
Account Book, 1952-1959
1
8
Banking Materials, 1959, 1962
2 Folders
1
9-10
Cards, circa 1952- circa 1962
1
11
Certificates, 1956-1957
1
12
Closing Materials, 1962
1
13
Insurance, 1958-1963
1
14
Invoices, 1957-1959
1
15
Ledger Book, 1956-1960
1
16
Ledger Book, 1960-1962
1
17
Loan Materials, 1959
1
18
Notes, Drafts of Expenses, 1950s
1
19
Post Office Materials, circa 1952- circa 1962
1
20
Price Lists, Group Shows, circa 1952- circa 1962
1
21
New York State Department of Labor Notices, 1959-1961
1
22
Receipt Books, 1959 December-1960 October
1
23
Receipt Books, 1960 October-1961 November
1
24
Receipt Books, 1961 November-1962 March
1
25
Receipt Books, 1962 March-1962 May
1
26
Reconsignment, 1962
1
27
Rental Materials, 1960
1
28
Subpoena, 1960
1
29

Series 3: Correspondence , 1952-1967
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence is scattered and arranged by date. Many of the letters are copies of those sent by the Tanager Gallery to artists as invitations to exhibit as well as responses to incoming letters requesting information on artists and exhibitions. There are some letters from museums and few from artists. Much of the correspondence was written by Tanager's two secretaries, Perle Fine and Sally Hazelet Drummond.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1952
1
31
Correspondence, 1953
1
32
Correspondence, 1954
1
33
Correspondence, 1955
1
34
Correspondence, 1956
1
35
Correspondence, 1957
2
1
Correspondence, 1958
2
2
Correspondence, 1959
2 Folders
2
3-4
Correspondence, 1960
2
5
Correspondence, 1961
2
6
Correspondence, 1962
2
7
Correspondence, 1967
2
8
Correspondence, circa 1950s-1962
2
9

Series 4: Artists Files , circa 1952-circa 1962

Artists files are from about 70 artists and consist of price lists and some biographies or resumes. Notable artists include: Anne Arnold, James Brooks, Charles Cajori, Herman Cherry, Lois Dodd, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sidney Geist, Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Angelo Ippolito, Alex Katz, William King, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and Tom Wesselmann among many others. Also found is a folder of price lists relating to group exhibitions. One folder of materials includes a pricelist and a handwritten biography for an unidentified artist(s). Few of the materials are dated.
Description Container
A, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Adams, Pat
  • Anderson, Lennart
  • Andrea, Gerald
  • Arnold, Anne
  • Avery, Milton
2
10
B, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Bourgeois, Louise
  • Brooks, James
2
11
C, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Cajori, Charles
  • Campbell, Lawrence
  • Carone, Nicholas
  • Cherry, Herman
  • Cornell, Joseph
2
12
D, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Dodd, Lois
  • Drexler, Lynn
  • Drummond, Sally Hazelet
  • Dugmore, Edward
2
13
E, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Elias, Arthur
2
14
F, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Ferren, John
  • Fine, Perle
  • Frankenthaler, Helen
  • Freilicher, Jane
2
15
G, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Geist, Sidney
  • Goldberg, Michael
  • Greene, Balcomb
  • Grillo, John
  • Groell, Theophil
  • Guston, Philip
2
16
H, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Hazelet, Sally (See Sally Hazelet Drummond)
  • Heliker, John
  • Hofmann, Hans
2
17
I, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Ippolito, Angelo
2
18
J, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Jensen, Alfred Julius
2
19
K, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Katz, Alex
  • Kienbusch, William
  • Kilstrom, Kenneth
  • King, William
  • Kohn, Gabriel
  • Kotin, Albert
2
20
L, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Laderman, Gabriel
  • Lassaw, Ibram
  • Leslie, Alfred
  • Loew, Michael
  • Lucks, Morton
2
21
M, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Marca-Relli
  • Marsicano, Nicholas
  • Matter, Mercedes
  • Matthiasdottir, Louisa
  • McLean, William
  • McNeil, George
2
22
N, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Nevelson, Louise
  • Noguchi, Isamu
2
23
P, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Pace, Stephen
  • Park, Charlotte
  • Pearlstein, Philip
2
24
R, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Rauschenberg, Robert
  • Reinhardt, Ad
  • Resnick, Milton
  • Rivers, Larry
  • Rocklin, Raymond
  • Rose, Leatrice
2
25
S, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Schloss, Edith
  • Sirugo, Salvatore
  • Solomon, Hyde
  • Spillenger, Ray
  • Stamos, Theodoros
  • Stout, Francis
2
26
T, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Trajan
2
27
V, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Vicente, Esteban
2
28
W, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Wesselmann, Tom
2
29
Y, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • Yektai, M.
2
30
Group Shows, circa 1952- circa 1962
  • "Founding 5"
  • "Christmas Group Show"
  • "Christmas Show" (1960)
  • "Group Show" (1960)
  • "Members Group Show"
  • "Small Paintings"
  • "Private Myths"
  • "Summer Group Show"
  • "Tenth Street 1952"
  • "Three-man Show" (1961)"
2
31
Unidentified Artists, circa 1952- circa 1962
2
32

Series 5: Scrapbooks , circa 1962
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Found are two scrapbooks of news clippings and articles about the Tanager Gallery and some exhibition announcements. Also included is a small folder of loose exhibition announcements that had been tucked into the scrapbook.
Description Container
Scrapbooks and Loose Materials, circa 1962
Oversized materials housed in Box 3
2
33
Oversized Scrapbook, circa 1962
From Box 2, F33
3
1

Series 6: Printed Material , 1952-1971
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2, 4

Found are clippings, blank stationery, many exhibition announcements from the Tanager Gallery and some from other galleries, two exhibition catalogs from Tanager, lists, and press releases including drafts.
Description Container
Blank Stationery, circa 1952
2
34
Clippings, 1956-1973
3 Folders
2
35-37
Exhibition Announcements, Tanager Gallery, 1952-1962
3 Folders
Oversized materials housed in Box 4, F2
2
38-40
Exhibition Announcements, Other Galleries, 1962-1971
2 Folders
2
41-42
Exhibition Catalogs, Tanager Gallery, 1956-1959
2
43
Exhibition Catalogs, Markups and Drafts, 1959
2
44
Journals, 1965
2
45
List of Exhibitions, 1959
2
46
Publicity Materials from Museums, 1960-1961
2
47
Press Releases, 1952-1959
3 Folders
2
48-50
Press Releases, Drafts, 1953-1959
2
51
Press Releases, Not Tanager, 1958
2
52

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1952- circa 1959
2 Folders
Box 2

Found are five photographs, four from gallery openings and one of the exterior of the gallery taken by Rudy Burkhardt.
Description Container
of Gallery Openings, circa 1952
  • Asher, Elise
  • Bond, Nina
  • Berger, Anita
  • Dodd, Lois
  • Groot, Nanno de
  • Sarolea, Ann
2
53
of Exterior of Gallery by Rudy Burckhardt, circa 1950s
  • Dodd, Lois
  • Drummond, Sally Hazelet
  • Katz, Alex
  • Sandler, Lucy
  • Bond, Nina
2
54

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