Carlen Galleries, Inc. records, 1775-1997, bulk 1940-1986
Davies, Albert Webster
Peale fam, Peale family
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil
Place of publication, production, or execution:
9.25 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Correspondence, business records, subject files, a scrapbook, printed matter, photographs, and selections from Robert Carlen's library document the operation and activities of Carlen Galleries, Inc. and its founder Robert Carlen.
Carlen Galleries, Inc. records, 1775-1997, bulk 1940-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 4166-4175 and 5745-5748 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reels 4175 (fr. 01-283) and 5746-5748: Originals returned to the lenders after microfilming.
Carlen Galleries, Inc. (founded 1937) is an art gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carlen specialized in American folk, primitive and decorative art, but also sold African, European, and Oriental Art. Over the years Carlen worked with Alfred Frankenstein on William Harnett, with Mary Black on a variety of projects, and uncovered many Edward Hicks paintings. Carlen was also Horace Pippin's dealer.
Papers on reels 4166-4175 were donated 1986 by Robert Carlen. Material on reel 4175, frames 1-283 (second series) mainly relating to Horace Pippin were loaned by Carlen 1988. In 2002, Carlen's daughter, Nancy Carlen, donated 2 feet of records, and loaned 3 feet for microfilming (the loan portion partially duplicates the 1988 loan, but material was significantly reorganized in the intervening years).
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