Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969, bulk 1919-1968
Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries
Marsh, Felicia Meyer
Speicher, Eugene Edward
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh
Coleman, Glenn O.
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison),
Dasburg, Andrew Michael
McFee, Henry Lee
Hawthorne, Charles Webster
Bartlett, Frederic Clay
Spalding, John T.
Orton, J. Robert
Poor, Henry Varnum
Mangravite, Peppino Gino
Pepper, Charles Hovey
Luks, George Benjamin
Strater, Henry A.
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim
Winters, Denny Sonke
Tucker, Richard Derby
Cook, Howard Norton
Place of publication, production, or execution:
21.8 linear ft.
The collection is arranged into 6 series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1858-1969, undated (Boxes 1-15; 14.4 linear ft.; Reels 5849-5869) Series 2: Financial Records, 1919-1968, undated (Boxes 15-17; 2.6 linear ft; Reel 5869) Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1919-1940 (Boxes 23-24; 0.6 linear ft.; Reels 5869-5870) Series 4: Printed Matter, 1882-1969, undated (Boxes 18-20; 2.4 linear ft.; Reels 5870-5872) Series 5: Miscellaneous Records, circa 1920-1968 (Boxes 20-21; 0.7 linear ft; Reel 5872) Series 6: Photographs, 1871-1966, undated (Boxes 22, 24, OV 25; 1.0 linear ft.; Reel 5872)
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 Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records measure 21.8 linear feet and are dated 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968). The records consist mainly of business correspondence with collectors, artists, museums and arts organizations, colleagues, and others. A small amount of Frank K. M. Rehn's personal correspondence and a few stray personal papers of individual artists are interfiled. Also included are financial records, scrapbooks, printed matter, miscellaneous records, and photographs documenting almost the entire history of a highly regarded New York art gallery devoted to American painting.
Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969, bulk 1919-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The papers have been scanned in their entirety and are available online via AAA's website.
Funding for the digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
John Clancy interview by Paul Cummings, July 10, 1970. Oral History Program, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Samuel Adler Papers, 1902-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Contains a recording (1 cassette; untranscribed) of Beverly Chesler interviewing John Clancy about the history of Rehn Galleries, 1973; Samuel Adler is present and participates briefly in the interview.
In addition, the Archives of American Art has among its collections personal papers and oral history interviews of artists and collectors associated with the Rehn Galleries. Researchers are advised to conduct a name search in the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).
Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries (1918-1981) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y. Owned by Frank Knox Morton Rehn (1886-1956), son of the marine painter Frank Knox Morton Rehn (1848-1914). John Clancy (1897-1981) was Rehn's long-time assistant who eventually became the gallery director; after Rehn's death he purchased the gallery, which continued to operate under the name Rehn Galleries until 1981.
The papers were donated in numerous accessions between 1966-1981 by John Clancy through the Rehn Galleries and merged and microfilmed in 2004 on reels 5849-5872. Most of this material had been filmed earlier as individual loan and gift accessions on reels NY59/17-NY59/18, D289-D293, 647-653, 2670, 2708, and 3814. The Hopper material was donated in 1985 by the Whitney Museum of American Art, who had received it from John Clancy. A death mask of George Luks received with the collection was transferred to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The microfilm was fully digitized in 2007.
The records of Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries in the Archives of American Art were digitized from 24 reels of microfilm. The records have been scanned in their entirety, and total 35,398 images.
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