This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The papers of Marie Sterner and the Marie Sterner Gallery measure 0.5 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 1951. The collection contains exhibition catalogs and announcements, and two scrapbooks of clippings relating to Sterner's activities and work at her art gallery.
Marie Sterner and Marie Sterner Gallery papers, circa 1910-1951. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The scrapbooks are also available on microfilm reel D294 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Albert Sterner letters, 1894-1916 and the papers of Marie Sterner's son Harold Sterner, 1929-1978. The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm material lent for microfilming on reel 1265. Reel 1265 contains letters to Sterner from artists and associates, including George Bellows, George Biddle, Charles Burchfield, Stirling Calder, Arthur B. Davies, Elie Nadelman, William Glackens, Marcel Duchamp, Guy Pène du Bois, Everett Shinn, Abbott Thayer, Hedda Sterne, John Sloan, William Zorach, and others. The letters were returned to Steven Straw Co., Inc. of Boston and were subsequently sold to Christopher Huntington who donated the material to the Portland Museum of Art. The material is not described in the collection container inventory.
Marie Sterner (1880-1953) was an art dealer in New York, New York. She was employed by Knoedler and Co. in 1912 before opening the Marie Sterner Gallery in the early 1920s. Sterner was instrumental in advancing the cause of American artists in the early 20th century. Her gallery worked with George Bellows, Marcel Duchamp, Guy Pène du Bois, Everett Shinn, Abbott Thayer, Hedda Sterne, John Sloan, William Zorach, and others. The gallery was eventually bought by Leonard Clayton who later formed the Clayton-Liberatore Gallery.
The scrapbooks were donated in 1967 by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sterner. The exhibition announcements and catalogs were donated by Stanley Pasternak in 1982.
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