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Arwin Galleries (Detroit, Mich.)  Search this
Altman, Harold, 1924-  Search this
Arwin, Kathleen G.  Search this
Arwin, Lester B.  Search this
Berg, Irving  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Bostick, William A.  Search this
Brun, Thomas, 1911-  Search this
Bryson, Bernarda  Search this
Butkin, John  Search this
Cattell, Ray, 1921-  Search this
Cavat, Irma  Search this
Chi, Chuang  Search this
Chobanian, Mihran  Search this
Cibere, Joseph  Search this
Cohn, Max Arthur, 1903-  Search this
Copeland, Lila, 1922-  Search this
De Ruth, Jan, 1922-  Search this
Demariais, Joseph  Search this
Dyk, Dick Van  Search this
Elman, Ray  Search this
Eloul, Kosso, 1920-  Search this
Fairfield, Richard Thomas, 1937-  Search this
Figiel, Leo  Search this
Florsheim, Richard A., 1916-1979  Search this
Ginsburg, Max, 1931-  Search this
Glassgold, Harry, 1908-  Search this
Golden, Libby, 1913-  Search this
Gould, John Howard  Search this
Guild, Ken  Search this
Howell, Frank  Search this
Iktin, Colette Perazio  Search this
Jerzy, Richard E., 1943-2001  Search this
Jones, W. Louis  Search this
Kahn, Max, 1903-2005  Search this
Kaiman, Charles, 1947-  Search this
Kallem, Herbert, 1909-1994  Search this
Kashdan, Deborah  Search this
Kasprowicz, Ed, 1941-  Search this
Kearney, John, 1924-  Search this
Keidan, Barbara  Search this
Kozlow, Richard M., 1926-2008  Search this
Leepa, Allen, 1919-2009  Search this
Letendre, Rita, 1929-  Search this
Lewis, William A.  Search this
Loomis-Vansen, Leslie  Search this
McChesney, Clifton, 1929-2011  Search this
McClure, Thomas F. (Thomas Fulton), 1920-2009  Search this
Mintz, Harry, 1909-  Search this
Noyer, Albert  Search this
Offner, Elliot  Search this
Pappas, John L., 1898-1976  Search this
Parker, Robert Andrew  Search this
Pepitone, Richard  Search this
Pinto, James, 1907-  Search this
Plotkin, Linda, 1938-  Search this
Poleskie, Stephen Francis, 1938-  Search this
Pramuk, Edward Richard, 1936-  Search this
Rauzy, Renée  Search this
Redstone, Louis G.  Search this
Rizk, Romanos, 1927-  Search this
Rodo Boulanger, Graciela, 1935-  Search this
Romano, Clare  Search this
Ross, John, 1921-  Search this
Rouzaud, Jean  Search this
Rymph, Stephen  Search this
Saunders, Marlis  Search this
Schwartz, Leonard  Search this
Seawell, Tom, 1936-  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Sharp, David  Search this
Simper, Fred, 1914-  Search this
Smith, Alden, 1926-  Search this
Snyder, Donald F., 1925-  Search this
Snyder, Jo  Search this
Stanford, Nancy S.  Search this
Tabuena, Romeo, 1921-  Search this
Tammany, David  Search this
Taylor, Ann, 1941-  Search this
Taylor, Cledie, 1926-  Search this
Thayer, Russel  Search this
Tillery, Lynn  Search this
Treaster, Richard  Search this
Van Haren, John  Search this
Weddige, Emil, 1907-  Search this
Werwiter, Derek  Search this
Wilson, Sol  Search this
Wyse, Alex  Search this
Yunkers, Adja, 1900-1983  Search this
Zelman, David  Search this
9.3 Linear feet
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The records of the Arwin Galleries consist primarily of artists' files (6 ft.), subject files (1 ft.), as well as general correspondence, photographs, various art work, motion picture film, printed material, and some scattered financial and other business records.
Artists' files, 1948-1981 contain correspondence, photographs, art work, printed material, writings and business records on 86 artists, including Harold Altman, Irving Berg, Harry Bertoia, William Bostick, Graciela Rodo Boulanger, Thomas Brun, John Butkin, Ray Cattell, Irma Cavat, Chuang Chi, Mihran Chobanian, Joseph Cibere, Max Arthur Cohn, Lila Copeland, Joseph Demariais, Jan De Ruth, Dick Van Dyk, Ray Elman, Kosso Eloul, Richard Fairfield, Leo Figiel, Richard Florsheim, Max Ginsburg, Harry Glassgold, Libby Golden, John Gould, Ken Guild, Frank Howell, Colette P. Iktin, Richard Jerzy, W. Louis Jones, Max Kahn, Charles Kaiman, Herbert Kallem, Deborah Kashdan, Ed Kasprowicz, John Kearney, Barbara Keidan, Richard Kozlow,
Allen Leepa, Rita Letendre, William Lewis, Leslie Loomis-Vansen, Clifton McChesney, Thomas McClure, Harry Mintz, Albert Noyer, Elliot Offner, John Pappas, Robert Parker, Richard Pepitone, James Pinto, Linda Plotkin, Steve Poleskie, Edward Pramuk, Renée Rauzy, Louis Redstone, Romanos Rizk, Clare Romano, John Ross, Jean Rouzaud, Stephen Rymph, Marlis Saunders, Leonard Schwartz, Tom Seawell, Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, David Sharp, Fred Simper, Don Snyder, Jo Snyder, Nancy S. Stanford, Romeo Tabuena, David Tammany, Ann Taylor, Cledie Taylor, Russel Thayer, Lynn Tillery, Richard Treaster, John Van Haren, Emil Weddige, Derek Werwiter, Sol Wilson, Alex Wyse, Adja Yunkers, and David Zelman.
Subject files, 1963-1981, are on galleries, cities, styles of art, organizations and other topics.
Correspondence consists of Lester Arwin's personal correspondence, 1959-1980, and business correspondence, 1958-1981. Art works include greeting cards, paintings, sketches and prints. One reel of motion picture film and two reels of photonegatives are of the 1963 gallery fire. Photographs and slides are of Lester and Kathleen Arwin, their family and friends, gallery installations and openings, art works by Irma Cavat, John Kearney and others, and portraits of artists, including Ben Shahn and Richard Kozlow. Printed material, 1956-1980, consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and a sample book of prints CE CARACATURE NOEL, 1956.
Also found are notes for speeches by Lester Arwin; news releases; business and financial records, 1960-1981, regarding appraisals, framers, graphics companies, insurance, loans and sales, and including a ledger and an inventory made after the 1963 fire.
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery; Detroit, Mich. Founded in 1963 by Lester and Kathleen Arwin. Specialized in contemporary art. Closed in 1981.
Donated 1981 and 1984 by Melanie Arwin, the daughter of Lester and Kathleen Arwin.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Michigan -- Detroit
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art