The collection is arranged as 7 series: Series 1: Administrative Files, 1952-1979 (Boxes 1, 4; 0.5 linear feet) Series 2: Financial and Legal Records, 1952-1962 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet) Series 3: Correspondence, 1952-1967 (Boxes 1-2; 0.3 linear feet) Series 4: Artists Files, circa 1952- circa 1962 (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet) Series 5: Scrapbooks, circa 1962 (Boxes 2-3; 0.3 linear feet) Series 6: Printed Material, 1952-1971 (Boxes 2, 4; 0.3 linear feet) Series 7: Photographs, circa 1952-circa 1959 (Box 2; 2 folders)
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Use of original papers requires an appointment.
The records of contemporary New York City Tanager Gallery measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1952 to 1979. Found are administrative files, financial and legal records including detailed receipt books, scattered correspondence, artists' files for circa 70 artists that include price lists and biographies, two scrapbooks of printed materials, newsclippings, exhibition announcements and other printed materials, and five photographs of openings at the gallery and of the exterior of the building.
Tanager Gallery records, 1952-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels D136 and 3976 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are the Lois Dodd papers, 1952-2001 and an oral history interview with Lois Dodd by Barbara Shikler from 1988.
The Tanager Gallery operated from 1952-1962 in New York City. The gallery was one of the first artist cooperative galleries formed on 10th Street in Manhattan to provide an alternative to the larger upscale galleries of Madison Avenue.
Lois Dodd, co-founder of the Tanager Gallery, donated the Tanager Gallery records in several increments between 1972 and 1989.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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