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Archives related to: MacKay, Clarence H. (Clarence Hungerford), 1874-1938

titleJacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978 (bulk 1913-1974)
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleThe records of art gallery Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., include extensive gallery correspondence files, reference files on American and European collectors and their collections, gallery inventory and stock records, financial records, exhibition files, auction files, and the records of subsidiary companies, including de Hauke & Co., (later Modern Paintings, Inc.), and Gersel Corporation (records for firms Tessa Corp. and Georges Haardt & Co. are not found).

Included within the collection are Germain Seligman's personal correspondence, writings, and records relating to his private art collection. The records primarily document the gallery's business after becoming established in New York under the direction of Germain Seligman, but also include records of the Paris office, providing a comprehensive view of the activities and transactions of collectors and art dealers in the years leading up to and following World War II.

The largest series, Correspondence (80 ft.), includes general correspondence of Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., primarily when Germain Seligman directed the firm and the New York office. Correspondents include U.S. and European clients, artists, collectors, museums, dealers, galleries, shippers, U.S. and foreign government agents, bankers, and insurance firms. Also found are personal correspondence of Germain Seligman; legal correspondence and other documentation concerning specific and general legal affairs (including attempts to recover Seligmann family and gallery artwork stolen in Paris during WWII); abstracts of letters sent; a small group of outgoing correspondence; correspondence of staff and agents Theresa D. Parker, Clyfford Trevor, and Rolf Hans Waegen; and inter-office memoranda.

Series 2, Collector's Files (35 linear ft.), document the firm's extensive system of tracking important clients and collectors in the art world. Files contain descriptions or artwork, sale prices, locations, and photographs of work owned by individuals as well as major American and European museums. Included in this series are files documenting the firm's involvement with the Duc d'Arenberg Collection, the Clarence H. Mackay Collection, Mortimer L. Schiff Collection, and the Prince of Liechtenstein Collection; and additional files and notebooks relating to collectors and collections.

Auction and Exhibition Files trace the sales and exhibition activities undertaken by the firm. Reference Files includes a card catalog to books and catalogs in the firm's library, and a photograph reference index to works.
Financial Files and Shipping Records consists primarily of records of the New York office, and includes purchase receipt files, credit notes, invoices, consignment invoices and books, invoices, consular invoices, sales and purchase account books, ledgers, and tax records.

The De Hauke & Co. Inc. records, 1925-1949, contain records of the firm's largest subsidiary. Included are correspondence, administrative and legal files, and financial records. The records of the firm established to incorporate most of de Hauke & Co.'s stock, Modern Paintings, Inc., include legal and financial files.

Germain Seligman's Personal Papers series includes scattered family and biographical material; research and writing files for his books, Roger de La Fresnaye, with a Catalogue Raisonne (1969), Merchants of Art, 1880-1960: Eighty Years of Professional Collecting (1961), The Drawings of Georges Seurat (1947), and Oh! Fickle Taste; or, Objectivity in Art (1952), and other writings and articles, including those co-authored with his wife, Ethlyne J. Seligman; documentation on his personal art collection, photographs of family members, and the Paris gallery.
extent203 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Inventories Photographs Notes
accessUse of original papers requires an appointment
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finding aidPublished finding aid available (279 p.): Finding Aid to the Records of Jacques Seligmann & Co., 1904-1978. Electronic finding aid available at
acquisition informationDonated 1978-1979 by Mrs. Germain Seligman, daughter-in-law of Jacques Seligmann. Additional material was acquired in 1994 through the Estate of Mrs. Seligman. The Paris archives of Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., were destroyed by the Seligmann staff in 1940 to prevent them from falling into the hands of the Nazis.
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titleArmes et armures collection de Mr C.H. Mackay: Harbor Hill, Roslyn, N.Y. : Scrapbook, [19--].
repositoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
collection titleTitle from cover.
Maille, armures, casques, pié[sic]ces détachées d'armures, boucliers, targes, chanfreins, selles, éperons, mors, étriers, rosaces,épées"--Prelim. leaf (v.1)

Two-volume scrapbook of uncaptioned, mounted photoprints, Photographic documentation of the arms and armor collection of Clarence H. Mackay (1874-1938), housed at his estate, Harbor Hill, in Roslyn, Long Island.

Arms and Armor - Restricted Access / 147.11 Ar53 Q
extent2 albums (ca. 1200 photoprints : b&w) ; 37 cm.
formatsPhotograph Album Scrapbooks
accessRestricted access, contact repository for restrictions and policies.
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titleJohn A. (John Allen) Fulton Papers, 1878-1936.
repositoryUniversity of Nevada, Reno
collection titleIncludes papers and speeches presented by Fulton, chiefly on mining in Nevada and Grass Valley, Calif.; correspondence on mining matters; and microfilm of a scrapbook. The scrapbook contains photos; speeches on Fulton's family and the University of Nevada, Reno; articles on and correspondence with Clarence H. Mackay and his family; the Fulton family genealogy; and photos and clippings on Donner Pass, Lake Tahoe, and Malones, Calif.

Biographical and Historical Notes:
Mining engineer and director of Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno.
extent.5 cu. ft. and 1 reel microfilm.
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence Writings Scrapbooks Photographs
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finding aidUnarranged.
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titlePapers of Lester Hood Woolsey, 1831-1958 (bulk 1909-1928).
repositoryLibrary of Congress
collection titleCorrespondence, memoranda, diaries, treaty papers, minutes and resolutions of conferences, articles, and annotated printed material chiefly 1909-1920, when Woolsey served in the Dept. of State, and 1920-1928, when he practiced international law with Robert Lansing, principally concerning American foreign relations during World War I, and related international problems, notably, postwar sabotage claims. Also includes ca. 500 items. of family and business correspondence (1831-1921), articles, and a draft of an unpublished work, "Principals of American Political Parties," by Robert Lansing; and ca. l00 items of correspondence (1878-1912) by John W. Foster.

Correspondents include Jane Anderson, Daniel W. Bell, Robert William Bonynge, Theodore J. DeSabla, Jr., John Foster Dulles, Avery J. Howe, Manley O. Hudson, John J. McCloy, Clarence Mackay, H. H. Marten, John Bassett Moore, Amos J. Peasley, and Frank L. Polk.

Biographical Note
Lawyer, diplomat, and geologist.
extent33,000 items.
formatsCorrespondence Diaries Legal Papers Notes Printed Materials
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finding aidFinding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room.
acquisition informationGift, Mrs. William N. Findley and Mrs. Wesley Nyborg, 1961.
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titleOffice of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing].
repositoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
collection titleRecords comprise correspondence and subject files created by the Secretary and General Counsel, Trustees and several past Directors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This material relates to all aspects of Museum operations and administration including: acquisition of artworks through purchase, gift and bequest, exhibitions, building maintenance and construction, relations with City and State agencies, drafting and negotiating contracts, managing litigation, cultural property issues, legal and business affairs, grants and corporate donations. Files documenting the tenures of each Secretary of the Museum are included.

In addition, there is substantial original documentation created by: former Directors of the Museum, including Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Caspar Purdon Clarke, Edward Robinson, Herbert E. Winlock; past Trustees, including: John Taylor Johnston, Henry Gurdon Marquand, Robert W. De Forest, and J. Pierpont Morgan; and key curatorial and administrative staff.

Biography or History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 in New York City by a group of businessmen, financiers, artists and collectors. On April 13 of that year the New York State Legislature granted an Act of Incorporation "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said City a Museum and Library of Art, of encouraging and developing the Study of the Fine Arts, and the application of Art to manufacture and natural life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction and recreations." Railroad executive John Taylor Johnston served as the institution’s first President. Luigi Palma di Cesnola was appointed the first Director in 1879.

The Office of the Secretary was established concurrently with the founding of the Museum, and is the central repository for official Trustee records, administrative correspondence and legal files of the Museum’s General Counsel. The Secretary is a member of the Museum staff who performs administrative duties under the general direction of the President or as may be assigned by the Chairman or Board of Trustees.

The Secretary is responsible for coordinating and recording the proceedings of meetings the Board of Trustees and Trustee committees. The Secretary attends to official correspondence, has custody of and preserves the corporate seal and the archives, and oversees the legal affairs of the Museum.

The following have served as Secretary of the Museum: William J. Hoppin (1874-1877), Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1877-1904), Robert W. DeForest (1904-1913), Henry W. Kent (1913-1940), George Lauder Greenway (1941-1942), Dudley T. Easby, Jr. (1945-1969), Ashton Hawkins (1969-1987), Linden Havemeyer Wise (1987-1992), Sharon H. Cott (1992-present).

[Title of item], [date], [folder title], Office of the Secretary Records, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives.

Most materials in English; French, Italian, German and other languages are represented as well.
extent2500 linear feet.
formatsCorrespondence Subject Files Administrative Records Financial Records Legal Papers
accessConsult Archives staff regarding permission to quote or reproduce.
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finding aidnpublished index and folder level database; access restricted to Archives staff only.
acquisition informationTransferred from Office of the Secretary.
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