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titleDowntown Gallery records, 1824-1974 (bulk dates 1926-1969).
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleCorrespondence, artists files, notebooks, business records, writings, miscellaneous records, printed matter, and photographs. Some of Halpert's personal papers are intermingled with the gallery records.

REELS 5488-5545: Correspondence, 1926-1974, about gallery business and routine administrative affairs, as well as personal letters from relatives and friends. Among the correspondents are collectors Edgar and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Maxim Karolik, William H. Lane, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Beram K. Saklatwalla, Robert Tannahill, and Electra Havemeyer Webb; dealers Robert Carlen, Felix Landau Gallery, Boris Mirski Gallery, and Isabel Carleton Wilde; and many curators, museum directors, and other colleagues.

REELS 5545-5558: Artist Files, 1917-1970, consist mainly of correspondence with Halpert and the Downtown Gallery and may include biographical notes, writings, press releases, original artwork, exhibition information, and printed matter. Included are: Rainey Bennett, Raymond Breinin, Morris Broderson, Paul Burlin, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Isami Doi, William Dole, Arthur G. Dove, David Fredenthal, Samuel Halpert, George Overbury ("Pop") Hart, Marsden Hartley, Bernard Karfiol, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Wesley Lea, Jack Levine, Edmund Lewandowski, John Marin, Reuben Nakian, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Chesley Osborn, Jules Pascin, Abbott Pattison, Abraham Rattner, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Mitchell Siporin, Niles Spencer, Edward Stasack, John H. Storrs, Reuben Tam, Yu-ho Tseng, Max Weber, William Zorach, and Karl Zerbe.

REELS 5558-5603: Notebooks, 1935-1969, referred to as "American Folk Art Gallery Notebooks," "Artists Notebooks," and "Publicity Notebooks" contain photographs, catalog descriptions, notes, and printed matter compiled by gallery staff for reference purposes. "American Folk Art Notebooks" include: oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, lithographs, fraktur, paintings on velvet, embroideries, paintings on glass, tinsels, Shaker furniture, and sculpture. "Publicity Notebooks" include: group shows at Downtown Gallery and other locations, American Print Makers exhibitions, American folk art exhibitions at Downtown Gallery and other locations; and, miscellaneous publicity. "Artists Notebooks" include: Rainey Bennett, Raymond Breinin, Morris Broderson, Alexander Brook, Paul Burlin, Nicolai Cikovsky, Glenn O. Coleman, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Isami Doi, Arthur G. Dove, David Fredenthal, O. Louis Guglielmi, Samuel Halpert, William M. Harnett, George Overbury ("Pop") Hart, Marsden Hartley, Bernard Karfiol, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Wesley Lea, Julian E. Levi, Jack Levine, John Marin, George L. K. Morris, Reuben Nakian, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Chesley Osborn, Jules Pascin, Abbott Pattison, Horace Pippin, Joseph Pollet, Abraham Rattner, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Mitchell Siporin, Niles Spencer, Edward Stasack, William Steig, Joseph Stella, Alfred Stieglitz, John H. Storrs, Reuben Tam, Yu-ho Tseng, Dorothy Varian, Carl Walters, Max Weber, Jack Zajac, Karl Zerbe, Marguerite Zorach, and William Zorach.

REELS 5603-5636: Business Records, 1925-1974, consist of exhibition, stock, sales, transit, and insurance records; lists of artwork and clients, legal documents, minutes, research files, and architectural plans.

REELS 5636-5638: Writings, 1917-1968, by Edith Gregor Halpert, include articles on American folk art, speeches, short stories, school notebooks, and "Daily Thoughtlets" compiled at age 17; also, writings by others on art topics.

REELS 5638-5639: Miscellaneous, ca. 1835-1970, contains biographical material, and works of art by Edith Gregor Halpert and other artists. Artifacts are wooden weather vane molds with supporting documentation, and awards presented to Halpert. Audiovisual materials are motion picture film for a Westinghouse Broadcasting Corp. produced television series, "America: The Artist's Eye," 1961-1963; film of Charles and Musya Sheeler at home, and Charles Sheeler at work in his studio, ca. 1950; and a sound recording of a 1962 talk about collecting by Maxim Karolik.

REELS 5640-5647: Printed Matter, 1984-1969, includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, invitations, press releases, and miscellaneous items produced by Downtown Gallery. Other printed matter consists of news clippings about Halpert, Downtown Gallery, the Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, and clipping files on art-related topics. Also, newsletters, press releases, and publications of arts organizations, and reproductions of works of art. A selection of 25 vols. from Halpert's personal library has been retained.

REELS 5647-5654: Photographs, ca. 1880s-1960s, of Edith Gregor Halpert, Samuel Halpert, family and friends, her dog and Newtown, Conn. house. Portraits of artists include: Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Louis Guglielmi, George Overbury ("Pop") Hart, Marsden Hartley, Bernard Karfiol, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Julian E. Levi, Jack Levine, John Marin, George L. K. Morris, Georgia O'Keeffe, Abbott Pattison, Horace Pippin, Abraham Rattner, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, William Steig, Alfred Stieglitz, Yu-ho Tseng, Max Weber, and William Zorach. Also, works of art, exhibitions, Downtown Gallery, and an award presented to Halpert. Among the photographers represented are: Ansel Adams, Doris Bry, George Karfiol, Carl Kelin, Otto Maya, Arnold Newman, Man Ray, Kay Bell Reynal, Charles Sheeler, Adrian Siegel, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Sochi Sunami, Alredo Valente, Carl Van Vechten, and Max Yavno.

I. Correspondence, 1926-1974. II. Artist Files, 1917-1970. III. Notebooks, 1835-1970. IV. Business Records, 1925-1974. V. Writings, 1917-1968. VI. Miscellaneous, ca. 1835-1970. VII. Printed Matter, 1824-1969. VIII. Photographs, ca. 1880s-1960s.

Correspondence arranged chronologically; Artist Files arranged alphabetically. Other series are organized into numerous subseries, usually by record type or category, and the arrangement of each is indicated in the series descriptions detailed in the finding aid.
extent109 linear ft. (on 167 microfilm reels) reels 5488-5654
formatsCorrespondence Notes Financial Records Photographs Clippings
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy. NOTICE TO RESEARCHERS: Prior to publishing information regarding sales transactions, researchers are responsible for obtaining written permission from both artist and purchaser involved. If it cannot be established after a reasonable search whether an artist or purchaser is living, it can be assumed that the information may be published 60 years after the date of the sales transaction.
record linkhttp://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/downtown-gallery-records-6293
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aid "A Finding Aid to the Records of the Downtown Gallery" by Catherine Stover Gaines and Lisa Lynch, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., is available. Electronic versions available at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/findingaids/downgall.htm and http://www.aaa.si.edu/findmicrodig/downgall/downgall.html
acquisition informationThe bulk of the records were originally received as a loan in 1957 and 1967 from Edith Gregor Halpert, and microfilmed on reels ND1-ND71. Additions were received incrementally, between 1972 and 1978 from Nathaly Baum, niece of and executor of Halpert's estate, and microfilmed incrementally as well on various reels. In 1998, with funds provided by the Luce Foundation, the collection was reprocessed by Catherine Stover Gaines into one coherent arrangement, and remicrofilmed 1999-2000, totalling 167 reels of film. Most, but not all, of the documents from the early loaned material were subsequently donated.
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titleGeorgia O'Keeffe artist file.
repositoryWhitney Museum of American Art
collection titleFor further information see http://library.whitney.org/
extent54 folders.
formatsCorrespondence Ephemera Clippings Catalogs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies. To use the Library, patrons are required to please state their request in the body of an email, in advance, and send the message to library@whitney.org.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
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