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Archives related to: Dale, Chester, 1883-1962

titleChester Dale papers, 1897-1971 (bulk 1950-1968).
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleA photograph album; biographical material; correspondence; writings; books; printed materials; and clippings.

REEL 927: An album containing 42 undated photographs of Dale's art collection as it hung in his New York City home at 20 East 79th Street.

REELS 3968-3974: Chiefly printed material, including magazine articles, catalogs, scrapbooks and clippings, but also including biographical data, correspondence, including postcards and letters from Gala and Salvador Dalí, writings, documents regarding the purchase, appraisal and dispersal of the art collection, photographs and slides of the art collection, and personal photographs of Chester and Mary Dale, including one of Mary taken by Davis & Sanford, ca. 1905, and of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí and others.

UNMICROFILMED 1 reel of 16mm motion picture film of social event/dinner
extent7.0 linear ft. (on 8 microfilm reels) reels 927 and 3968-3974
formatsPhotograph Album Correspondence Writings Printed Materials Clippings
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDonated 1972 by Mary Dale and 1985 by her estate. The photo album on reel 927 was originally lent for microfilming, 1975.
updated02/07/2020 18:19:35
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titleChester Dale eulogy; 1962 Dec. 17.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleA eulogy delivered at the funeral service of Chester Dale.
extent1 sound tape ; 7 in. (2 p. transcript)
formatsSound Recording
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
updated11/12/2014 11:29:50
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titlePapers of David E. Finley, 1921-1977.
repositoryLibrary of Congress
collection titleCorrespondence, subject files, financial papers, drafts of speeches and writings, family material, printed matter, and scrapbooks relating chiefly to Finley's duties as special assistant to Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew W. Mellon, his role in the founding and his subsequent service as director (1938-56) of the National Gallery of Art, and his activities with numerous artistic and cultural organizations, including the Commission on Fine Arts, the People-to-People program, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Specific topics in the papers include the controversy between Mellon and Senator James Couzens over a tax reduction plan; the National Gallery's participation in the art program of UNESCO; architectural development of Washington, D.C.; the furnishing of the White House; and the preservation and restoraton of Cooper Union, Decatur House, and the Wayside Inn.

Correspondents include Marie Beale, George Biddle, James Biddle, Helen Bullock, Huntington Cairns, Leonard Carmichael, Clement Conger, Royal Cortissoz, Chester Dale, Lewis W. Douglas, Harry F. du Pont, James Earle Fraser, Edgar W. Garbisch, Gordon Gray, Theodore Francis Green, Walker Hancock, Herbert Hoover, Lady Bird Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Lincoln Kirstein, Samuel H. Kress, Wilmarth S. Lewis, Paul Manship, Andrew W. Mellon, Richard K. Mellon, Charles Nagel, Duncan Phillips, S. Dillon Ripley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Harlan F. Stone, Francis Henry Taylor, Harry S. Truman, Joseph E. Widener, and Andrew Wyeth.

Bio/History:
Museum director and lawyer.
extent31,000 items. 92 containers.
formatsCorrespondence Research Files Financial Papers Writings Scrapbooks
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://catalog.loc.gov
finding aidFinding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room
acquisition informationBequest, David E. Finley, 1977.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:51
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titleFiske Kimball Records, 1908-1955, n.d. (bulk 1925-1954)
repositoryPhiladelphia Museum of Art
collection titleFrom 1925 to 1955, Fiske Kimball (1888-1955) served as director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, steering the institution from what he described as "a minor provincial position to become one of the leading museums of America."

The Fiske Kimball Records document Kimball's efforts in achieving this transformation in collaboration with the Museum's officers, staff, and the Fairmount Park Commission, and with the assistance of private benefactors and City funding. Comprised primarily of correspondence, these records also include ephemera, clippings, notes, legal documents, reports, minutes, press releases, publications, floor plans, installation drawings, and photographs, mostly of objects, rooms and architectural elements offered for purchase.

Kimball's correspondents include preeminent leaders of art museums, universities, auction houses and professional affiliations, as well as government representatives, private collectors, scholars, and artists. Kimball's often successful courting of potential donors of objects and contributors of funds is well represented, as well as his efforts to secure labor funded by the Works Progress Administration.

In addition to the refinement and expansion of the Museum's holdings, the development of various departments and offices is also documented, and to a lesser extent other related facilities.
extent94.5 linear feet
formatsCorrespondence Clippings Ephemera Legal Papers Photographs
accessThe collection is open for research. Certain fragile material may only be consulted with permission of the Archivist.
record linkhttp://www.philamuseum.org/pma_archives/ead.php?c=FKR&p=hn
record sourcehttp://www.philamuseum.org/archives/findingaids.html
finding aidAvailable online
acquisition informationBequeathed by Fiske Kimball, 1955.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:15
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titleHenri Gabriel Marceau Director Records, 1955-1964
repositoryPhiladelphia Museum of Art
collection titleHenri Gabriel Marceau, an internationally known scholar, art historian and architect, was the Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1955 to 1964. Prior to that appointment, he served nearly thirty years at the museum in a curatorial capacity and beginning in 1937 as well as Associate Director.

Marceau's Records consist mainly of correspondence with individuals, corporations, museums and universities, as well as subjects, and they are arranged chronologically by calendar years. Museums are filed under M (for Museum) and then by name for the larger Museums and, alphabetically by individual name for the smaller ones. There are several folders on the installation of the Japanese Tea House and the Kramrisch Collection of Sculpture (1955), as well as a file of condolences for Fiske Kimball in 1955 and 1956. There is a small Object File.
extent56.5 linear feet
formatsCorrespondence
accessThe collection is open for research.
record linkhttp://www.philamuseum.org/pma_archives/ead.php?c=MAR&p=hn
record sourcehttp://www.philamuseum.org/archives/findingaids.html
finding aidAvailable online
updated11/12/2014 11:30:15
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