Following is an outline of the arrangement of the collection by series and corresponding box numbers and extent. More detailed information for each series and subseries, along with a box and folder inventory, is found in the Series Descriptions/Container Listings, which can be found by following the series links below. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers. Series 1: Correspondence, 1913-1978 (1-174, 80 linear feet) Series 2: Collectors Files, 1875, 1892-1977, undated (Boxes 175-252, 35 linear feet) Series 3: Auction Files, 1948-1975, undated (Boxes 253-259, 2.75 linear feet) Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1925-1977, undated (Boxes 260-272, 5.5 linear feet) Series 5: Reference Files, 1877-1977, undated (Boxes 273-278, 2.25 linear feet) Series 6: Inventory and Stock Files, 1923-1971, undated (Boxes 279-289, 4.5 linear feet) Series 7: Financial Files and Shipping Records, 1910-1977 (Boxes 290-357, 30.5 linear feet) Series 8: Contemporary American Department, 1932-1978 (Boxes 358-381, 10 linear feet) Series 9: De Hauke & Co., Inc., Records, 1925-1949, undated (Boxes 382-416; 16 linear feet) Series 10: Modern Paintings, Inc., Records, 1927-1950 (Boxes 417-420, 1.25 linear feet) Series 11: Gersel Corp. Records, 1946-1969 (Box 421, 0.25 linear feet) Series 12: Germain Seligman's Personal Papers, 1882, circa 1905-1984, undated (Boxes 422-459, OV 460, 17 linear feet)
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The records of Jacques Seligmann & Co. measure approximately 203.1 linear feet and date from 1904 to 1978, with bulk dates from 1913 to 1974. The collection includes extensive correspondence files, reference material on American and European collectors and their collections, inventory and stock records, financial records, exhibition files, auction files, and the records of subsidiary companies. The collection is an invaluable resource in tracing the provenance of particular works of art and provides a comprehensive view of the activities of collectors and art dealers in the years leading up to and following World War II.
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
This site provides access to the records of Jacques Seligmann & Co. in the Archives of American Art, which were were digitized in 2010, and totals 330752 images.
Processing of the collection was funded by the Getty Grant Program; digitization of the collection was funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., was counted among the foremost French and American art dealers in antiquities and decorative arts and was among the first to foster and support the growth and appreciation for collecting in the field of contemporary European art. The company's clients included most of the major American and European art collectors of the era, and the art that passed through its galleries often ended up in the collections of prominent American and European museums through the donations of the wealthy benefactors who purchased them from the company. Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., took an active part in promoting such donations as well as providing its own donations and selling paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts directly to many museums.
The records are in English and French.
The records of the Paris and New York art dealer Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1978 by Mrs. Ethlyne Seligman, widow of Germain Seligman. A small addition of 19 linear feet was donated in 1994.
This site provides access to the records of Jacques Seligmann & Co. in the Archives of American Art, which were were digitized in 2010. The bulk of the collection has been scanned, and totals 330,754 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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