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World House Galleries records, 1927-1991, bulk 1953-1980

World House Galleries

Collection Information

Size: 9.8 Linear feet, 11 boxes, 1 OV

Summary: The records of New York City World House Galleries measure 9.8 linear feet and date from 1927 to 1991, with the bulk of them dating from 1953 to 1980. The collection documents the gallery's general business affairs, sales, and relationships with artists from 1953-1968, and later gifts and sales by founder entrepreneur and art collector Herbert Mayer. Artists for which files are found include Jean Dubuffet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee and Georgio Morandi, among many others. Additional records include correspondence, inventory records, sales and purchase records, records of gifts and auctions, and shipping and consignment records.

Biographical/Historical Note

World House Galleries was founded by Herbert Mayer, Sr. in 1953 in New York City. The gallery operated until 1968, representing an eclectic group of artists from around the world.


The World House Galleries records were donated in 2002 by Herbert Mayer, Jr., son of gallery founder Herbert Mayer.

Language Note

The bulk of the collection is in English. Other languages include Danish, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Spanish, most of which are in the artist files and shipping statements.


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