Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Files on artists, exhibitions, events, associates, other galleries, and other subjects pertaining to the activities of the gallery. The bulk of the records (4 ft. out of 5.4) are not microfilmed; records on reels 3986-3987 consist of fifty-five artists' files containing exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings, photographs and slides of the artist and their works of art, and some correspondence. The Thomas Cornell file contains a sketch. Of the 55 files, all but 14 are also represented with additional material in the unmicrofilmed section. The 14 files only on microfilm are: Robin Bagler, Thomas Bang, Morris Broderson, Theo William Brown, Thomas George, John Hultberg, Shiro Ikegawa, Thomas Johnson, Knox Martin, Alfred Martinez, Miles Varner, Shane Weale, Cady Wells, and William Williamson.
The following files are unmicrofilmed, or are represented in both microfilmed and unmicrofilmed portions: Academy of Arts and Letters, Advertising and Rate Sheets, Affiliates, African Art, African Art/ correspondence, Oliver Andrews, Archives of American Art, Michael Arntz, Art Dealers, Art Magazines, Art week, Ruth Asawa, Margaret Ash, Atlantic-Richfield Co., Michael Ayrton, Robin Bagler, Jack Baker, George Ball, Thomas Bang, Mat Baranoff, Kate Barnard, Leonard Baskin, Robert and Lynn Bassler, John Baxter, Herbert Bayer, Donald Bear Collection, Mona Beaumont, Adele Bednarz, Bekins, Karl Benjamin, Berlin Artists, John Bernhardt, Glenn Berry, Frank G. Bettencourt, Biographies of Artists, Robert Birmelin, William Brackney, William Brice, Donald Brewer, Morris Broderson, Theo William Brown, Lawrence Calcagno, Elena Karina Canavier, Cart & Crate, Ann Caudle, Hugh Chisholm, Christmas Show, Consignments to Bear Gallery, Consignments Out, Corda (See Zajac), Chris Cordes, Thomas Cornell, Christopher Cornell, Cottage Hospital, Russell Cowles, Michael Cunningham, Stephen Cortright, Florence Dauber, Kip Decker, Delinquent Accounts, Terry Dintefass, Dole-photos, William Dole, Arthur Dove, Margaret Dunlap, Michael Dvortcsak,
Don Eddy, Christopher Edwards, Melvin Edwards, M. H. Eejima, Rex Evans Gallery, Bruce Everett, Edgar Ewing, Exhibitions-Prospective, Export Declaration Forms, Kelly Fearing, Howard Fenton, Sam Francis, Antonio Frasconi,Esther Bear Gallery, Gehenna Press, Thomas George, Graphic Price Lists, Henry Guerriero, Edith Halpert (Downtown Gallery), Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Clarence Hinkle, Joseph Hirshhorn, Elwood Hitchcock, Thomas Howe, John Hultberg, Martha Hultberg (Martha Jackson Gallery), Shiro Ikegawa, Martha Jackson Gallery, Thomas Johnson, Ynez Johnston, Lila Katzen, Masatoyo Kishi, Martin Knox, Gabriel Kohn, Eloul Kosso/Rita Letendre, Patsy Krebs, Kiyoki Kusada, Felix Landau, Margo Leavin Gallery, Richard Lee, Lefal Reference-James Wood, David Ligave, Long Beach Museum, Dan Lutz, Susan Manchester, Leo Manso, Miguel Marina, Knox Martin, Alfred Martinez, Michael Mazur, Michael McCormick, Michael Michalczyk, Joan Mitchell, Mike Mullen, Lee Mullican, Newport Harbor-Fine Arts Patrons, New Room, O'Hanlon,
Mabel Packenham-Walsh, Betty Parsons Gallery, Channing Peake, Franklin Phillips, Photos-Time Magazine, Leona Pierce, Hank Pitcher, Reginald Pollack, Aline Porter, Ernest Posey, Print Show-1964, Prints, William Ptaszynski, Rea Express, Fred Reichman, Rental Gallery-LAC MA, Rental Gallery-Santa Barbara Museum, Daniel Rich, George Rickey, Esther Robles, William Rohrbach, Ben Sakogochi, Stephen Samerjan, Ruth Saturensky, Ruth Schaffner, Julius Schmidt, Fritz Scholder, Marc Schreibman, Amalia Schulthess, Sculpture Show 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, Denry Seldis, Sept. 14 Show, Stanley Sheinbaum, Mario Shinoda, Eloise Smith, Seldon Spaulding, Rudolf Springer, Jack Stark, James Strobotne, Joan Tanner, Bob Thomas, Richard Thompson, Time Reproductions, Paul Tuttle, UCLA Graduates, Miles Varner, Theodore Villa,Judith Von Ever, Vonerberg & Wesslehoeft, Peter Vought, John Waggamann, Mrs. Corydon Wagner, Nina de Creeft Ward, Howard Warshaw, Watergate Book-Warshow, Anna Wu Weakland, Shane Weale, Cady Wells, William Williamson, Jane Wilson, Wonner-Brown, Paul Wonner, Jules S. Worthington, Jack Zajac, and Jacob Zeitlen.
Esther Bear Gallery records, 1954-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 3986-3987 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Commercial art gallery; Santa Barbara, Calif. Specializing in contemporary art.
Donated by Esther Bear, 1978-1987.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001