The collection is arranged as 5 series. Series 1: Business Correspondence, 1968-1996 (Boxes 1-3; 2.3 linear feet) Series 2: Business Records, circa 1968-2001 (Boxes 3-5; 2.3 linear feet) Series 3: Artist and Exhibition Files, 1960-1999 (Boxes 5-15; 10.7 linear feet) Series 4: Personal Files, circa 1972-circa 1998 (Boxes 16-17; 1.6 linear feet) Series 5: Printed Material, 1965-2000 (Boxes 17-19; 0.7 linear feet)
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The records of the Charles Campbell Gallery in San Francisco date from 1960 to 2001 and measure 17.6 linear feet. The records include business correspondence with galleries, curators, trusts, and individual buyers and sellers; business records consisting of administrative files, business notebooks, and financial material; artist and exhibition files; and Charles Campbell's related personal files that include correspondence, catalogs, newsletters, and clippings about jazz, and photos and travel. Substantial artist files exist for Nathan Oliveira, which contain original artwork and photos of the artist, Peter Allegaert, Gordon Cook, Charles Griffin Farr, Morris Graves, Robert Harvey, Geer Morton, Fred Reichman, Jean Rustin, Stephani Sanchez, and Wayne Thiebaud, among others.
Charles Campbell Gallery records, 1960-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian's Collection Care and Preservation Fund.
The Charles Campbell Gallery was established by Charles Campbell in 1972 in North Beach, San Francisco, following his ownership of The Louvre, a frame shop that he established in 1947. The Charles Campbell Gallery was among the most important San Francisco galleries of that era, especially for showing local artists. Campbell was a close friend of many of the leading Bay Area artists, most of whom had exhibibitions at his gallery, including Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Hassel Smith, Elmer Bischoff, and Gordon Onslow-Ford. Some of the artists represented and shown at the gallery were later identified with the region's signature art movement, Bay Area Figuration, including Nathan Oliviera, Paul Wonner, Gordon Cook, William Theophilus Brown, James Weeks, and Joan Brown.
Collection is in English
Charles Campbell donated the Charles Campbell Gallery records in 2002.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001