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titleSchaeffer Galleries records, 1925-1985.
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleThe records of the Schaeffer Galleries hold circa 2,500 copy photographs of art offered by the galleries in Berlin and New York, (most Old Master paintings and drawings dating between the 16th and 18th century) with provenance, certification, sales and other reference notes; stock sheets and other inventories dating from the 1930s; gallery exhibition catalogs and photographic documentation of exhibitions (1927-1953, scattered years); 15 photograph albums of gallery stock and 8 albums which illustrate the Le Roy Backus collection of drawings.

Correspondence, circa 1938-circa 1985, documents relationships with clients, dealers and other experts, sales and the daily workings of the gallery.

Unprocessed additions are filed at the end of the collection.

Arranged in 4 series:
Series I. Inventory and client files, circa 1925-1980
Series II. Photographic documentation, circa 1925-1980
Series III. Albums and publications, circa 1925-1953
Series IV. Correspondence, circa 1933-circa 1985
Series V. Unprocessed additions, circa 1938-1985

extent100 linear feet (154 boxes) + ADDS (53 boxes).
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Financial Records Exhibition Catalogs Drawings
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://archives2.getty.edu:8082/xtf/view?docId=ead/910148/910148.xml;query=;brand=default
record sourcehttp://primo.getty.edu/GRI:GETTY_ALMA21123893410001551
finding aidPreliminary finding aid: available; folder level control.
updated02/07/2020 18:19:27
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titleSchaeffer Galleries records, circa 1921-1982
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleCorrespondence with Arthur C. Tate and LeRoy Backus, financial records (1932-1963), notes (1938-1954), subject files (1935-1953), printed material (1937-1957), and photographs of works of art concern the exhibitions and business transactions of Schaeffer Galleries, New York City.

Forty-seven letters to dealer Arthur C. Tate discuss the purchase of art works (1933-1963). Correspondence between Hanns Schaeffer and Schaeffer Galleries' Pacific Coast director LeRoy Backus includes lists of paintings and some sales receipts (1938-1948). Financial records consist of receipts and invoices (1932-1963). Other materials include a guest book (1946-1954), a list of works of art, and notes on miscellaneous artists (1938).

Subject files for exhibitions of European art (1935-1953) contain letters, notes, printed material, guest books and photographs of works. Printed material includes clippings (1938, 1942-1955) and exhibition announcements and catalogs (1937-1957). Eighteen undated photographs show works of art. One photograph is of painter Ann Phillips.
extent1.3 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Notes Clippings Photographs
accessUnmicrofilmed; use requires an appointment and is limited to Washington, D.C. storage facility.
record sourcehttp://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/schaeffer-galleries-records-9482
acquisition informationDonated 1982 by Kate Schaeffer.
updated01/11/2016 12:52:53
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titleSchaeffer Galleries Image Archive
repositoryNational Gallery of Art, Image Collection
collection titleSelect images from the New York dealer specializing in old master works of art (15,442 photos, clippings and negatives).
extent15,442 photos, clippings and negatives
formatsPhotographs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttps://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/library/imagecollections/dealer-archives.html
updated07/26/2017 14:44:21
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titleSchaeffer Galleries Records
repositoryThe Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
collection titleCollection consists of white envelopes arranged alphabetically by artist and then work. Descriptive and provenance information for the work of art is written on the outside of each envelope. The envelopes may contain photographs of the artwork, photocopies of research material, and/or bibliographic notecards.

Historical Note
Hans Schaeffer and his wife Kate established Schaeffer Galleries in Berlin in 1925 and in 1936 opened a branch in New York--the Berlin gallery remained operational until 1939.

The New York gallery was first located at 61 East 57th Street and changed venues several times before moving to its final location at 983 Park Avenue where it remained for over 50 years, until the Gallery closed in 2000.

Hanns Schaeffer's death in 1967, Kate Schaeffer became the owner and president of the gallery and continued to manage the business until her death in 2000. Schaeffer Galleries closed shortly after.

Schaeffer Galleries specialized in Old Master paintings and drawings--first focusing on Flemish and Dutch master works, and later including Italian paintings and drawings from all schools—and was most active during the late 1930s through the early 1950s. In addition to selling art to private collectors, the Schaeffers also helped museums select art for their collections.

Correggio's Salvator Mundi in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Leonardo da Vinci's A Bear Walking at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Botticelli's Madonna and Child with Singing Angels at the Staatliche Museen in Berlin are just a few examples of museum works acquired through Schaeffer Galleries.

Separated Materials
Negatives were removed to cold storage and a photograph from each envelope was removed and added to the Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive.

extent2.75 linear feet (6 boxes)
accessThese records are open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives access policy. Contact the Archives Department for further information at archives@frick.org.
record linkhttps://arcade.nyarc.org:443/record=b1367801~S6
record sourcehttps://www.frick.org/sites/default/files/FindingAids/SchaefferGalleries.html
finding aidavailable over The Frick Art Reference Library's website.
acquisition informationGift of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007.
updated04/04/2018 17:24:48
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