Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969, bulk 1919-1968
Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries
Bartlett, Frederic Clay
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim
Coleman, Glenn O.
Cook, Howard Norton
Dasburg, Andrew Michael
Hawthorne, Charles Webster
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison),
Luks, George Benjamin
Mangravite, Peppino Gino
Marsh, Felicia Meyer
McFee, Henry Lee
Orton, J. Robert
Pepper, Charles Hovey
Poor, Henry Varnum
Spalding, John T.
Speicher, Eugene Edward
Strater, Henry A.
Tucker, Richard Derby
Winters, Denny Sonke
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh
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:
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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.
Series 1: Correspondence contains correspondence with artists, museums and arts organizations, collectors, colleagues, and others documents the workings of Rehn Galleries from its earliest days through 1968. A small amount of Frank K. M. Rehn's personal correspondence and a few scattered personal papers of individual artists are interfiled with the business correspondence.
Series 2: Financial Records includes banking, insurance, and investment records, tax returns and related documentation, miscellaneous financial records and paid bills. Among the insurance records are detailed monthly schedules listing paintings with titles, artists, and insurance values. Miscellaneous financial records include inventories of gallery stock, notes regarding business expenses and income, and receipt books recording incoming paintings. Also included are a small number of items concerning the personal business of Frank Rehn and John Clancy.
Five volumes of Scrapbooks (Series 3) contain clippings and a small number of exhibition catalogs documenting the activities of Rehn Galleries and many of its associated artists. Additional Printed Matter in Series 4 includes material relating to Rehn Galleries and its artists, as well as publications produced by Rehn Galleries. General, art-related printed matter consists of articles, auction catalogs, advertisements, and publications of various museums, arts organizations, and schools. There is also material about artists not affiliated with Rehn Galleries. Additional printed items concern miscellaneous subjects that are not art-related.
Series 5: Miscellaneous Records, includes artwork, lists and notes, and writings. Photographs in Series 6 are of people including artists represented by Rehn as well as several not affiliated with the gallery. Noticeably absent are likenesses of Frank Rehn and John Clancy. Photographs of works of art are by Rehn Galleries' artists and others. Reginald Marsh's photographs consist of family and personal photographs that were either given to Rehn Galleries or perhaps loaned for research use, and include views of Marsh from early childhood through later life, photographs of family and friends, and a small family album. Also included are photographs are of Marsh's childhood drawings.
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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