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Halper, Nathan, 1907-1983  Search this
Kootz, Samuel Melvin  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Caro, Anthony  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Stankiewicz, Richard  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Cuddihy, John Murray  Search this
Botkin, Henry  Search this
Kootz Gallery (N.Y.)  Search this
National Association of Women Artists (U.S.)  Search this
H.C. Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
H.C.E. Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
Sun Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.)  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
4.2 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Records of four of Nathan Halper's Provincetown galleries measure 4.2 linear feet and date from 1952-1979. The records relate to Kootz Gallery, H-C Gallery, HCE Gallery, and Sun Gallery-all based in Provincetown. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with artists, estate executors, collectors, galleries, and museums. There are also scattered business and financial records documenting operations and sales, photographs and slides, printed materials, and one poem. Correspondents include Milton Avery, Anthony Caro, John Murray Cuddihy, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hoffman, Samuel Kootz, Robert Motherwell, David Smith, Richard Stankeiwicz, and many others.
Nathan Halper business records, 1952-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2011 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, unannotated photographs of artwork, duplicates, insurance policies, and routine financial transactions that do not document sales of artwork. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Kootz Gallery records and oral history interviews with Nathan Halper conducted by Dorothy Seckler, July 17, 1963 and by Robert Brown, July 8-August 14, 1980. Columbia University also holds Nathan Halper's papers concerning his literary scholarly work.
Biography Note:
Nathan Halper (1907-1983) was an art dealer and gallery director from Provincetown, Massachusetts. Halper graduated from Columbia University in 1927, and was primarily a writer and James Joyce scholar. Beginning with a partnership with Samuel Kootz, he managed the Samuel Kootz Gallery in Provincetown from 1953-1954. With John Murray Cuddihy, Halper formed the H.C. Gallery (1956) and H.C.E. Gallery (1957-1967), the latter gallery's name being inspired by FINNEGAN'S WAKE. Halper managed the Sun Gallery for a couple of years to aid the younger artists who had started it.
The Nathan Halper business records were donated by Nathan Halper in 1979. Additional materials were donated in 1983 and 1984 by his wife Helen Marjorie Windust Halper.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the papers of Nathan Halper in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2011. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 5,282 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Photographs  Search this
Visitors' books  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Gallery records  Search this
Art  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Record number:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art