This collection is arranged as five series. Series 1: Administrative Files, 1973-1997 (Box 1-2; 1.5 linear feet) Series 2: Artist Files, 1920s, 1953-1998 (Box 2-8; 5.6 linear feet) Series 3: Exhibition and Event Files, 1971-1994 (Box 8-12; 4.6 linear feet) Series 4: Financial Records, 1977-1993 (Box 12-13; .8 linear feet) Series 5: Tanglewood Press Inc. Records, 1964-1997 (Box 13-15; .9 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Two folders comprised of Rosa Esman Gallery legal files, 1989-1991, in Box 15 are access restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The Rosa Esman Gallery and Tanglewood Press Inc. records measure 13.4 linear feet and date from circa 1922 to 1998, with the bulk of the records dating from 1972 to 1994. The records shed light on two businesses operated by Rosa Esman through administrative files, artist files, exhibition and event files, sales and financial records, printed material, photographic materials, and several objects.
Rosa Esman Gallery and Tanglewood Press Inc. records, circa 1922-1998, bulk 1972-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Rosa Esman conducted by James McElhinney, June 9-16, 2009.
Rosa Esman Gallery was established in 1972 in New York, New York by Rosa Esman. The gallery exhibited mostly twentieth-century American and European art in various mediums and styles, including pop art, European outsider art, Dada, constructivism, architecture, interior design, and Russian artists from the early twentieth century. Tanglewood Press Inc. was an art publishing company founded by Esman, and published thirteen limited-edition portfolios by a number of artists from 1965 to 1991.
This collection is mostly in English. There is a fair amount of Russian correspondence and printed material, as well as some Italian, Sweedish, Japanese, and German.
The collection was donated by Rosa Esman in 2003 and 2014.
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