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Milch Gallery records, 1911-1995

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Creator:
Milch Gallery
Subject:
Genth, Lillian Mathilde
Rungius, Carl Clemens Moritz
Barrymore, Lionel
Milch, Albert
Romano, Umberto Roberto
Wiles, Irving Ramsay
Weir, John F. (John Ferguson)
Laufman, Sidney
Bellows, George
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette
Gaspard, Leon
Grosz, George
Trebilcock, Paul
French, Daniel Chester
DeCamp, Joseph
Pearson, Ralph M.
Curran, Charles C. (Charles Courtney),
Gonzalez, Xavier
Sample, Paul Starrett
Watkins, Franklin Chenault
Perrine, Van Dearing
Kupferman, Lawrence Edward
Haskell, Ernest
Archipenko, Alexander
Bohm, Max
Appel, Marianne
Nagler, Edith Kroger
Brush, George de Forest
Du Bois, Guy Pène
Kronberg, Louis
Albee, Grace
Pollet, Joseph C.
Linde, Ossip L.
Ochtman, Leonard
Barr, Norman
Bridgman, Frederick Arthur
Hassam, Childe
Blakelock, Ralph Albert
Barlow, Myron
Ascher, Mary G. (Mary Goldman)
Murphy, John Francis
Dehn, Adolf Arthur
Azzaretti, Faust
Thayer, Abbott Handerson
Low, Will Hicok
Wickey, Harry
De Groot, Adelaide Milton
Adams, Wayman
Hart, George Overbury
Redfield, Edward Willis
Woodward, Stanley Wingate
Bosa, Louis
Manship, Paul Howard
Ryerson, Margery A.
Dessar, Louis Paul
Waugh, Frederick Judd
Moffett, Ross E.
Benson, Frank Weston
Pugh, Mabel
Lutz, Dan
Ganso, Emil
Flagg, James Montgomery
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard
Beal, Reynolds
Sawyer, Wells Moses
Congdon, William
Cheffetz, Asa
Duncan, Charles
Katz, A. Raymond (Alexander Raymond)
Ryder, Chauncey F.
Heinz, Charles
Henri, Robert
Diederich, William Hunt
Gregory, Waylande
Chamberlain, Samuel
Tryon, Dwight William
Eakins, Susan Hannah Macdowell
Lawson, Ernest
Browne, George Elmer
Lie, Jonas
White, Henry Cooke
Shuster, Will
Ballin, Hugo
Gallagher, Sears
Burr, George Elbert
Fuchs, Emil
Kroll, Leon
Barmore, Charles
Woodward, Robert Strong
Arms, John Taylor
Carroll, John
Etnier, Stephen
Moran, Thomas
Baumann, Gustave
Lucioni, Luigi
Baer, Martin
Dike, Phil
Crane, Bruce
Blanch, Lucile Lundquist
Warneke, Heinz (Heinrich)
Halpert, Samuel
Wiggins, Carleton
Anderson, Karl
Melchers, Gari
Metcalf, Willard Leroy
Breckenridge, Hugh H. (Hugh Henry)
Fechin, Nikolai Ivanovich
Judson, Alice
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon
Bluemner, Oscar
Acheson, Alice
Adams, Charles L.
Farnsworth, Jerry
Sterner, Albert
Zucker, Jacques
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer
Milch, Edward
Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel
Fredenthal, David
Sharp, Joseph Henry
Christy, Howard Chandler
Twachtman, John Henry
Myers, Jerome
Bohrod, Aaron
Gregory, John
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis)
Daingerfield, Elliott
MacRae, Emma Fordyce
Vonnoh, Robert William
Ritschel, William
Parshall, DeWitt
Hennings, E. Martin
Meyerowitz, William
Kalish, Max
Heerman, Norbert Leo
Burlin, Paul
Barr, Charles H.
Calder, Alexander Stirling
Tanner, Henry Ossawa
Bruce, Edward
Fenton, Beatrice
Lever, Hayley
Sterne, Maurice
Ufer, Walter
Shapiro, David
Blanch, Arnold
Blackburn, Morris
Buck, Claude
Kingman, Dong
Fitzgerald, James
Davey, Randall
Pleissner, Ogden M. (Ogden Minton)
Hopkinson, Charles
Butler, Howard Russell
Hartmann, Sadakichi
Aiken, Charles Avery
Oberteuffer, Karl Amiard
Weir, Julian Alden
Ireland, Leroy
Schofield, Walter Elmer
Donoho, Gaines Ruger
Murphy, Hermann Dudley
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
42.2 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.
Summary:
The records of Milch Gallery document the business transactions of the corporation and the professional and personal relationships of the Milch brothers with the artists they represented, as well as with the larger community of artists and art dealers between 1911 and 1980. Unfortunately, early correspondence is sparse. In a letter responding to a 1951 request for historical information, Milch replied: "Several years ago [1947] we had to give up our gallery at 108 West 57th Street, and move to smaller quarters here. Since we had no room for old records, we had to destroy most of them."
Alphabetical files are comprised mainly of incoming correspondence from 1911 to 1962. Correspondence concerns arrangements for exhibitions, sales and consignments, advice to collectors and executors of estates, and routine business matters. A number of the artists represented in these files were friends of the Milch brothers and some of their letters mention their personal lives as well as their formal business with the Gallery. Collectors who routinely dealt with Milch Galleries included John Gellatly, Mary Blair, Hersey Egginton, Carlton Palmer, and Edward Coykendell; a three volume manuscript catalogue of Coykendell's collection is included. Among the estates handled by Milch were Willard Metcalf, John Twachtman, Abbott H. Thayer, Maurice Fromkes, and Thomas Moran.
Also found are sales records and other financial records such as general ledgers, sales and purchase records, and tax information.
Printed matter consists of gallery exhibition catalogs, checklists, invitations, announcements, publications, and scrapbooks. Many catalogs and checklists are annotated with prices and other information. A complete run of Milch Galleries Art Notes, issued intermittently from 1918-1928/29 is preserved with the gallery records. as is a scrapbook relating to early exhibitions held at the Edward Milch Galleries and E. & A. Milch, Inc., and artists represented by them.
Photographs included with the records are less voluminous than might be expected, and pictures of works of art predominate. There are also a very small number of exterior and interior photographs of Milch Gallery, photographs of people including artists, Edward and Albert Milch, and photographs of groups such as Ten American Artists and the Associated Dealers in American Paintings.
An addition (3 linear feet) donated in 1995 and 2014 includes business correspondence; photographs of the interior of Milch Galleries and works of art, inventory of documents concerning the Armory Show, with related correspondence, found in the Bush-Holley House; and artists' files consisting of correspondence, clippings, photographs, sales records, printed material and holiday cards.
Citation:
Milch Gallery records, 1911-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of the collection is microfilmed on reels 4410-4465; earlier loans were filmed on reels D285, N730, and NM1-NM2; microfilm is available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Milch Gallery is an art gallery in New York, N.Y. Founded in 1912 by Edward Milch (1865-1954), who established a partnership with his brother Albert (1881-1951) in 1916, incorporating as E. & A. Milch but soon after becoming Milch Galleries. In the early years, a large part of the business consisted of framing, cleaning and restoration services, and the sale of prints; by the 1920s the focus had shifted to American paintings, although fine framing remained a side line. Name changed to Milch Gallery in 1967, and the business dissolved upon the death of Albert's son Harold C. Milch (1904-1981).
Provenance:
Milch Gallery gave the Archives of American Art a small selection of correspondence, photographs, and printed matter, and loaned a few other items in 1966-1967; these records were microfilmed on reels D285, N730, and NM1-NM2. Records of the Milch Gallery were purchased from the estate of Harold C. Milch by Elliott Galleries of New York City, and subsequently acquired by Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, which donated them to the Archives in 1986. With the exception of the scrapbook about Thomas Moran (reel N730; present location of the original is unknown), prior loans and gifts from Milch Gallery were incorporated and refilmed with the 1986 gift. Additional material donated 1995 and 2014 by Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial
Gallery owners
Painters
Photographs
Art dealers
Gallery records
Art
Art, American
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8207
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210378
AAA_collcode_milcgall
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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