The collection is arranged into 5 series: Series 1: Frank Perls papers, circa 1920-1981 (Box 1-2, 28; 1.1 linear feet) Series 2: General Financial and Business Records, 1949-1975 (Box 2-4, 23-27; 3.4 linear feet) Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1937-1975 (Box 5-6; 1.5 linear feet) Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1939-1983 (Box 6-22; 16.5 linear feet) Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1937-1957 (Box 28; 0.3 linear feet)
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Use of original papers requires an appointment.
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records measure 23.8 linear feet and date from 1920-1983, with the bulk dating from 1949-1975. Personal papers include writings, military records, appointment calendars, and photographs. Gallery records date from its opening in 1939 until its closure in 1981 and consist of financial, sales, and legal records; exhibition files; exhibition catalogs and announcements; subject files that contain a variety of correspondence with artists, dealers, galleries, museums, and friends and family, as well as reference materials and photographs; and scrapbooks.
Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records, circa 1920-1983, bulk 1949-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation.
Frank Perls (1910-1975) was founder and sole owner of the Frank Perls Gallery in Beverly Hills, California.
Some records are in German and French.
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records were donated by Joan Hazlitt, one of the executors of the Perls' estate, from 1976-1988.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001