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Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953

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Creator:
Garvan, Francis P. (Francis Patrick), 1875-1937
Subject:
Bigelow, Francis Hill
Day, George Parmly
Ensko, Robert
Garvan, Mabel Brady
Halsey, R. T. Haines (Richard Townley Haines),
Jones, E. Alfred (Edward Alfred),
Keough, Andrew
Kimball, Fiske
Nutting, Wallace
Phillips, John Marshall
American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (Firm)
Garvan Collection (Yale University)
Macbeth Gallery
O'Reilly's Plaza Art Galleries
Parke-Bernet Galleries
Yale University
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
44.9 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.
Summary:
The papers of art collector Francis Patrick Garvan measure 44.9 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1953, with one document from 1867. The papers provide extensive documentation on the Garvan collection which included rare books, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, and furniture. The majority of the collection consists of inventory records that give descriptive information regarding each piece in the collection; in many cases the files also include a photograph of the object. Also found are correspondence and subject files; auction records for sales at the American Art Association, Parke-Bernet Galleries, and Plaza Art Galleries; loan records; estate records; and a small amount of printed material, writings, and photographs. Approximately half of the Garvan papers were created posthumously by Mabel Brady Garvan and the managers of Garvan's estate.
Notable correspondence is with antique, art and rare book dealers, museums, curators, conservators, Garvan's employees, George Parmly Day, Andrew Keough, and John Marshall Phillips of Yale University regarding the 1930 gift of the [Mabel Brady] Garvan Collection to Yale, as well as the American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., Francis Bigelow, Robert Ensko, Richard T. Haines Halsey, E. Alfred Jones, Fiske Kimball, William Macbeth, Inc., Wallace Nutting, Richard W. Symonds, and others.
Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Francis Patrick Garvan (1875-1937) and his wife Mabel Brady Garvan were art collectors in the 1920s and 1930s, specializing in decorative arts and furniture.
Provenance:
Donated 1981 by Anthony N. B. Garvan and Phil Hoyt for the estate of Mabel Brady Garvan.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Decorative arts
Decorative arts
Photographs
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8176
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210347
AAA_collcode_garvfran
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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