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Tirca Karlis Gallery records, circa 1920-1980

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as five series.

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Series 1: Tirca Karlis Personal Papers , circa 1920-circa 1975
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 7

This series houses personal files for Karlis that include an obituary, the guest register book from her memorial service, and an article about her, as well as legal certificates, contracts, and estate documents. Records documenting her dance career include her diploma and identification card from the Palucca School of Dance, dance class teaching records, and dance recital ephemera. Also found here are photographs of Karlis at the gallery and personal photographs of her family and friends.
Description Container Select
Affidavit Between Charles Cohen, Abraham Friedman, and Edward Goldberg, 1930
1
1
Clippings on Karlis, 1974
Includes Karlis's obituary.
1
2
Death Certificate and Estate Court Documents, 1974
1
3
Guest Register at Karlis's Memorial Service, 1974
1
4
Karlis's Dance Records, circa 1930
1
5
Marriage Contract (Ketubah), 1930
7
Photographs of Karlis at Gallery, circa 1960s
1
6
Photographs, Personal, circa 1920-circa 1975
1
7
Trade Name Certificate, 1954
1
8
U.S. Citizenship Certificate, 1933
1
9

Series 2: Correspondence , 1929-1980
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is with galleries, museums, clients, and artists regarding pricing, sales, exhibitions, and other business related to the gallery. While the bulk of the correspondence is professional, there are also scattered personal letters between Karlis and artists.
Description Container Select
General, 1929-1959
1
10
General, 1960-1965
1
11
General, 1965-1969
1
12
General, 1970-1975
1
13
General, 1976-1980
1
14
General, undated
1
15

Series 3: Artist's Files , 1947-1980
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Series consists of exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings, and other printed materials relating to the artists documented here. Some files also contain photographs of artwork, correspondence, and biographical information for George Grosz, David Burliuk, Hugo Robus, Milton Avery, and Robert Goodnough, among others.
Description Container Select
Albert, Calvin, 1960-1970
1
16
Andrews, Benny, 1970-1977
1
17
Avery, Milton, 1947-1979
1
18-21
Baizerman, Saul, 1967-1970
1
22
Bearden, Romare, circa 1970
1
23
Beauchamp, Robert, 1968-1972
1
24
Botkin, Henry, 1957-1972
1
25
Brigadier, Anne, circa 1974
1
26
Burliuk, David, 1951-1965
1
27
Clerk, Pierre, circa 1971
1
28
Constant, George, 1965
1
29
Daphnis, Nassos, 1969-1972
1
30
de Creeft, José, 1964-1966
1
31
Drexler, Sherman, circa 1965
1
32
Evergood, Philip, 1955-1972
1
33
Frank, Mary, 1973
1
34
Fromboluti, Sideo, circa 1973
1
35
Giobbi, Edward, 1963-1978
1
36
Goodnough, Robert, 1960-1980
2
1-2
Goulet, Lorrie, 1961-1968
2
3
Gross, Chaim, 1947-1977
2
4
Grosz, George, 1957-1974
2
5
Grosz, Peter Regarding George Grosz Estate, 1960-1971
2
6
Henderson, James S., circa 1970
2
7
Hopkins, Budd, 1963-1973
2
8
Johnson, Lester, 1963-1971
2
9
Manacher, Frances, 1950-circa 1965
2
10
Manso, Leo, 1961-1971
2
11
Motherwell, Robert, circa 1970
2
12
Sigel, Barry, 1977
2
13
Soyer, Raphael, 1962-1966
2
14
Stuart, Michelle, circa 1970
2
15
Various Artist's Biographical Information, circa 1960s
2
16

Series 4: Administrative and Business Records , 1954-1980
2.2 Linear feet
Boxes 2-5

The series consists of consignment records; 22 inventory books that include artist names, artwork and descriptions, and may include sales and pricing information; purchase invoices and receipts; 3 sales ledgers and receipts that include buyer information; 9 tax ledgers; and return receipts. Also included are 4 guestbooks; an address book; price lists; a file for the gallery's publicity; photographs, slides, and a transparency of works of art; and a couple of general files containing a mixture of receipts and invoices, prices lists, and other business papers.
Description Container Select
Address Book, circa 1960s
2
17
Consignments, Multiple Artist Groups, 1962-1974
2
18
Consignments, Single Artists, 1963-1974
2
19
Consignment Receipts, A-Y, 1961-1974
2
20-22
General, 1954-1980
2
23-24
Guestbooks, 1959-1969
4 books
2
25-28
Inventory Books, 1959-1973
Box 3 contains a total of 19 books. The book in folder 15 also includes to-do lists, contacts, exhibition schedules, as well as inventory records.
3
1-19
Inventory Book, 1972
4
1
Inventory Book, 1974
The book includes inventories of consigned artwork.
4
2
Inventory Book, circa 1975
Includes records on Milton Avery's Estate.
4
3
Notes and Lists, circa 1960s
Includes an empty ledger book with notes on the inside back cover.
4
4
Price Lists, circa 1973
4
5
Publicity, 1954-1977
4
6
Purchase Invoices, Artwork, 1966-1969
4
7
Purchase Receipts, Artwork, 1954-1971
4
8
Purchase Receipts, Artwork and Business Expenses, 1953-1972
4
9
Return Receipts, Artwork, 1963-1974
4
10
Sales Ledgers, 1960-1963
3 books
4
11-13
Sales Receipts, 1962-1972
4
14-22
Tax Ledgers, 1963-1973
The folders contain 8 ledgers in total. The ledgers record business expenses, payments to artists, commission payments, and other tax related information.
4
23-28
Tax Ledger, 1979
5
1
Works of Art, Photographs of, circa 1970
5
2
Works of Art, Slides and Transparency of, circa 1979
5
3

Series 6: Printed Materials , 1937-1980
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, OV 7

The series contains booklets and pamphlets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for the Tirca Karlis Gallery and other galleries, exhibition schedules, flyers, newsletters, and press releases.
Description Container Select
Booklets and Pamphlets, 1953-1977
5
4
Clippings, circa 1970
5
5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, Tirca Karlis Gallery, 1954-1977
5
6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, Other Galleries, 1937-1978
5
7-9
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, Other Galleries, 1937-1978
6
1-2
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, Other Galleries, 1960
7
Exhibition Poster, Other Galleries, circa 1960s
7
Exhibition Schedules, 1972-1980
The schedules are for the Tirca Karlis Gallery, with one schedule for The Swansborough Gallery.
6
3
Flyers, circa 1960s
6
4
Newsletters, 1976-1978
6
5
Press Releases, 1955-circa 1977
6
6

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