The records of New York City World House Galleries measure 9.8 linear feet and date from 1927 to 1991, with the bulk of the records dating from 1953 to 1980. The collection documents the gallery's general business affairs, sales, and relationships with artists from 1953-1968, and later gifts and sales by founder, entrepreneur, and art collector, Herbert Mayer. Artists for which files are found include Jean Dubuffet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, and Georgio Morandi, among many others. Additional records include correspondence, inventory records, sales and purchase records, records of gifts and auctions, and shipping and consignment records.
World House Galleries records, 1927-1991, bulk 1953-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
World House Galleries (1953-1968) was founded by Herbert Mayer, Sr., in 1953, in New York City and represented an eclectic group of artists from around the world.
The World House Galleries records were donated in 2002 by Herbert Mayer, Jr., son of gallery founder Herbert Mayer.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001