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Milch Gallery records, 1911-1995

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Milch Gallery
Acheson, Alice
Adams, Charles L.
Adams, Wayman
Aiken, Charles Avery
Albee, Grace
Anderson, Karl
Appel, Marianne
Archipenko, Alexander
Arms, John Taylor
Ascher, Mary G. (Mary Goldman)
Azzaretti, Faust
Baer, Martin
Ballin, Hugo
Barlow, Myron
Barmore, Charles
Barr, Charles H.
Barr, Norman
Barrymore, Lionel
Baumann, Gustave
Beal, Reynolds
Bellows, George
Benson, Frank Weston
Blackburn, Morris
Blakelock, Ralph Albert
Blanch, Arnold
Blanch, Lucile Lundquist
Bluemner, Oscar
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard
Bohm, Max
Bohrod, Aaron
Bosa, Louis
Breckenridge, Hugh H. (Hugh Henry)
Bridgman, Frederick Arthur
Browne, George Elmer
Bruce, Edward
Brush, George de Forest
Buck, Claude
Burlin, Paul
Burr, George Elbert
Butler, Howard Russell
Calder, Alexander Stirling
Carroll, John
Chamberlain, Samuel
Cheffetz, Asa
Christy, Howard Chandler
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon
Congdon, William
Crane, Bruce
Curran, Charles C. (Charles Courtney),
Daingerfield, Elliott
Davey, Randall
De Groot, Adelaide Milton
DeCamp, Joseph
Dehn, Adolf Arthur
Dessar, Louis Paul
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer
Diederich, William Hunt
Dike, Phil
Donoho, Gaines Ruger
Du Bois, Guy Pène
Duncan, Charles
Eakins, Susan Hannah Macdowell
Etnier, Stephen
Farnsworth, Jerry
Fechin, Nikolai Ivanovich
Fenton, Beatrice
Fitzgerald, James
Flagg, James Montgomery
Fredenthal, David
French, Daniel Chester
Fuchs, Emil
Gallagher, Sears
Ganso, Emil
Gaspard, Leon
Genth, Lillian Mathilde
Gonzalez, Xavier
Gregory, John
Gregory, Waylande
Grosz, George
Halpert, Samuel
Hart, George Overbury
Hartmann, Sadakichi
Haskell, Ernest
Hassam, Childe
Heerman, Norbert Leo
Heinz, Charles
Hennings, E. Martin
Henri, Robert
Hopkinson, Charles
Ireland, Leroy
Judson, Alice
Kalish, Max
Katz, A. Raymond (Alexander Raymond)
Kingman, Dong
Kroll, Leon
Kronberg, Louis
Kupferman, Lawrence Edward
Laufman, Sidney
Lawson, Ernest
Lever, Hayley
Lie, Jonas
Linde, Ossip L.
Low, Will Hicok
Lucioni, Luigi
Lutz, Dan
MacRae, Emma Fordyce
Manship, Paul Howard
Melchers, Gari
Metcalf, Willard Leroy
Meyerowitz, William
Milch, Albert
Milch, Edward
Moffett, Ross E.
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis)
Moran, Thomas
Murphy, Hermann Dudley
Murphy, John Francis
Myers, Jerome
Nagler, Edith Kroger
Oberteuffer, Karl Amiard
Ochtman, Leonard
Parshall, DeWitt
Pearson, Ralph M.
Perrine, Van Dearing
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette
Pleissner, Ogden M. (Ogden Minton)
Pollet, Joseph C.
Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel
Pugh, Mabel
Redfield, Edward Willis
Ritschel, William
Romano, Umberto Roberto
Rungius, Carl Clemens Moritz
Ryder, Chauncey F.
Ryerson, Margery A.
Sample, Paul Starrett
Sawyer, Wells Moses
Schofield, Walter Elmer
Shapiro, David
Sharp, Joseph Henry
Shuster, Will
Sterne, Maurice
Sterner, Albert
Tanner, Henry Ossawa
Thayer, Abbott Handerson
Trebilcock, Paul
Tryon, Dwight William
Twachtman, John Henry
Ufer, Walter
Vonnoh, Robert William
Warneke, Heinz (Heinrich)
Watkins, Franklin Chenault
Waugh, Frederick Judd
Weir, John F. (John Ferguson)
Weir, Julian Alden
White, Henry Cooke
Wickey, Harry
Wiggins, Carleton
Wiles, Irving Ramsay
Woodward, Robert Strong
Woodward, Stanley Wingate
Zucker, Jacques
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.
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.
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).
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
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