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Archives related to: Bliss, Lizzie P. (Lizzie Plummer), 1864-1931

titleLizzie P. Bliss scrapbook and papers, 1927-1979 and [undated].
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleREEL 2200: Scrapbook containing photographs of the Bliss art collection, notes, letters, and clippings.

UNMICROFILMED: Materials relating to European art, containing mostly photographs of paintings, many of them old Master's paintings.
extent2.1 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel) reel 2200
formatsScrapbooks Clippings Correspondence Notes
accessUse of unmicrofilmed materials requires an appointment and is limited to Washington, D.C. storage facility. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationGift of Mrs. Henry Ives Cobb, September 1992.
updated09/12/2019 15:29:11
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titleThe Lillie P. Bliss collection. 1934 : Archives pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titlePamphlet file
The folder may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, and other ephemeral material about this exhibition.

Location
MoMA Manhattan Archives Pamphlet File

Call Number
MoMA 34a1x
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessArchives pamphlet file--MHTN
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b725421~S8
updated11/12/2014 11:29:50
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titleMemorial exhibition, The collection of the late Lillie P. Bliss. 1931 : Archives pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titlePamphlet file
The folder may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, and other ephemeral material about this exhibition.

Location
MoMA Manhattan Archives Pamphlet File

Call Number
MoMA 12x
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessArchives pamphlet file--MHTN
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b731406~S8
updated11/12/2014 11:29:50
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titleLizzie P. Bliss Scrapbook, ca. 1930-31
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titleThe scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and ephemera about Miss Bliss's death, bequest, and the memorial exhibition of her collection held at The Museum of Modern Art and subsequently shown at other institutions; photographs of works in the Bliss collection; correspondence to Miss Bliss and condolence letters to her brother, Cornelius N. Bliss; and 8 (8x10") photographs of the Bliss collection installed at her home on Park Avenue.

Biographical/historical note
Lillie P. Bliss (1864-1931) was a founder and vice-president of The Museum of Modern Art. She bequeathed a large portion of her art collection to the Museum which became the basis for the Museum's permanent collection. The scrapbook was assembled after her death by her brother, Cornelius N. Bliss.

Forms part of: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Archives. Records.

Location
MoMA Museum Archives
extent1 v.; 45 x 35 cm.
formatsCorrespondence Clippings Ephemera
accessOpen to qualified users by appointment.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b591459~S1
acquisition informationGift of Mrs. Henry Ives Cobb, September 1992.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:50
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titleArchives pamphlet file: Bliss, Lillie P., 1864-1931 : miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titlePamphlet file
The folder may include clippings, correspondence, memoranda, press releases, brochures, announcements, reviews, invitations, obituaries and other ephemeral material relevant to the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) and its history.

Location
MoMA Manhattan Archives Pamphlet File

Call Number
Bliss, Lillie P., 1864-1931
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b725189~S1
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titleMuseum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Museum Archives. Records, 1929-1979.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titleThe Archives contains primary source material documenting the history of the Museum. Its holdings include the papers of former directors, trustees and curators, as well as early historical and non-current records. Much of this material remains unprocessed.

Biographical or historical data:
The Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1929 by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Lillie P. Bliss, and Mary Q. Sullivan, in order to provide New York City with an institution devoted to modern art and the art of our time, including painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, illustrated books, architecture and design, photography, and film.
extentca. 3,500 linear feet.
formatsAdministrative Records Business Papers
accessHours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30-5:30, by appointment only.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b680164~S1
finding aidFinding aids and inventories available in the repository.
acquisition informationTransferred from two warehouses, Museum departments, and Library storage.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:50
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titleM. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleThe records of M. Knoedler & Co. document the business of the prominent American art dealer from the mid-19th century to 1971, when the Knoedler Gallery was acquired by Armand Hammer. The archive traces the development of the once provincial American art market into one of the world's leading art centers and the formation of the private art collections that would ultimately establish many of the nation's leading art museums, such as the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art.

It brings to the foreground the business side of dealing as artworks shuttled back and forth among Knoedler, fellow dealers, and collectors, documenting developments in art connoisseurship, shifting tastes, the changing role of art in American society, and the essential role of private collectors in the formation of public American art collections.

The records provide insight into broader economic, social and cultural histories and the nation's evolving sense of place in the world. The Knoedler Gallery became one of the main suppliers of old master and post-Impressionist paintings in the United States. Financial records of the firm provide crucial provenance information on the large number of artworks in American museums that were sold by the gallery. The archive includes stock books, sales books and commission books; correspondence with collectors, artists, art dealers and other associates; photographs of the artworks sold by the gallery; records from the firm's offices in London, Paris and other cities; exhibition files; framing and restoration records, and records of the firm's Print Department.

Selected portions of the archive have been digitized and made available online. Connect to selected digitized portions of the archive.

Arranged in 14 series:
Series I. Stock books;
Series II. Sales books;
Series III. Commission books;
Series IV. Inventory cards;
Series V. Receiving and shipping records;
Series VI. Correspondence;
Series VII. Photographs;
Series VIII. Exhibition files;
Series IX. American Department records;
Series X. Framing and restoration records;
Series XI. Print Department records;
Series XII. Other financial records;
Series XIII. Library cards, scrapbooks, and research materials;
Series XIV. Knoedler family papers


Biographical/Historical Note:
M. Knoedler & Co. was a successor to the New York branch of Goupil & Co., an extremely dynamic print-publishing house founded in Paris in 1827. Goupil's branches in London, Berlin, Brussels, and The Hague, as well as New York, expanded the firm's market in the sale of reproductive prints.

The firm's office in New York was established in 1848. In 1857, Michael Knoedler, an employee of Goupil and a manager for the firm, bought out the interests in the firm's New York branch, conducted the business under his own name, and diversified its activities to include the sale of paintings. Roland Knoedler, Michael's son, took over the firm in 1878 and with Charles Carstairs opened galleries in Paris and London.

In 1928, the management of the firm passed to Roland's nephew Charles Henschel, Carman Messmore, Charles Carstairs and Carstairs' son Carroll. In 1956 Henschel died, and E. Coe Kerr and Roland Balaÿ, Michael Knoedler's grandson, took over. In 1971 the firm was sold to businessman and collector Armand Hammer. The gallery closed in November 2011.

extent3042.6 linear feet (5550 boxes, 17 flat file folders).
formatsAuction Catalogs Business Records Correspondence Financial Records Ephemera
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers, with the following exceptions. Boxes 77, 262-264, 1308-1512, 1969-1974, 3592-3723 are restricted due to fragility. Box 4468 is restricted until 2075.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2012m54
record sourcehttp://primo.getty.edu/GRI:GETTY_ALMA21129976460001551
contact informationContact gallery's archivist
finding aidAt the Getty Research Institute and over their website.
acquisition informationAcquired in 2012.
updated05/29/2018 14:44:15
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