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Birnbaum, Martin 1878-1970  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia 1855-1942  Search this
Bruce, Edward 1879-1943  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Chanler, Robert Winthrop 1872-1930  Search this
Choate, Mabel 1870-1958  Search this
Clark, Stephen C (Stephen Carlton) b. 1882  Search this
Cœdès, George  Search this
Davis, Edmund  Search this
Davis, Reginald  Search this
Despiau, Charles 1874-1946  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt 1884-1953  Search this
Dillingham, Louise  Search this
Douglas, Norman 1868-1952  Search this
Dulac, Edmund 1882-1953  Search this
Fernández, Luis 1900-1973  Search this
Haseltine, Herbert 1877-1962  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina 1887-1966  Search this
Hoowij, Jan 1907-  Search this
Jacobs, Leonebel  Search this
John, Augustus 1878-1961  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou 1905-1998  Search this
Kester, Lenard 1917-  Search this
Manship, Paul 1885-1966  Search this
McIlhenny, Henry P  Search this
Melchers, Gari 1860-1932  Search this
Nadelman, Elie 1882-1946  Search this
Parmelee, James  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield 1870-1966  Search this
Potterton, Alfred B  Search this
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta 1882-1972  Search this
Ricketts, Charles S. 1866-1931  Search this
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles 1884-1962  Search this
Rothenstein, William Sir 1872-1945  Search this
Sargent, John Singer 1856-1925  Search this
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Scudder, Janet b. 1873  Search this
Sinclair, Upton 1878-1968  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl 1887-1971  Search this
Stein, Leo 1872-1947  Search this
Sterne, Maurice 1878-1957  Search this
Sterner, Albert 1863-1946  Search this
Werntz, Carl N (Carl Newland) 1874-1944  Search this
Wilson, Stanley  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
3.2 linear feet
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
35mm microfilm reels N698, N698a, N698b, 108, and 1023-1027 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
REELS N698-N698A, N698B: Originals returned to lender, Martin Birnbaum, after microfilming.
New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum (1878-1970) was the manager of the American branch of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City from 1910-1916, and a longtime partner in the art firm Scott and Fowles.
The collection was donated in an anonymous gift in 1970 and by Martin Birnbaum's great-nephew, Jerome Ziegler, in 1975.
Addl. KW Subjects:
Art galleries, Commercial New York (State) New York
Art dealers New York (State) New York
Art critics New York (State) New York
Authors New York (State) New York
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott and Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.
Correspondence, primarily letters received by Birnbaum in New York, and throughout Europe from 1917-1960s, reflects Birnbaum's association with Scott and Fowles, particularly Stevenson Scott, and includes many details about the lives and activities of his correspondents, among them: artists Edward Bruce, Cecilia Beaux, Beniamino Bufano, Stephen C. Clark, Louise Dillingham, William Hunt Diedrich, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Jan Hoowij, Malvina Hoffman, Leonebel Jacobs, Lenard Kester, Lois Mailou Jones, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Maxfield Parrish, Charles S. Ricketts, William Rothenstein, John Singer Sargent, Janet Scudder, Carl Sprinchorn, Maurice Sterne, Albert Sterner, Carl N. Wertz, and Stanley Wilson. Also found is correspondence with art collectors and patrons including Mabel Choate, Edmund Davis, Reginald Davis, Henry P. McIlhenny, James Parmalee, Edith Wetmore, and Grenville Windall Linthrop, and museums including the Fogg Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then curator Gisela Marie Augusta Richter, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Correspondence with scholars, writers, and publishers including George Coedes, Edmund Dulac, Joseph Francis Charles Rock, Upton Sinclair and others, documents aspects of Birnbaum's literary and scholarly work.
Writings include drafts of The Last Romantic, including Upton Sinclair's revision, and some of Birnbaum's early published and unpublished writings, as well as notes on Aubrey Beardsley.
Business records include financial records such as bills, receipts, canceled checks and statements for sales of artwork, and scattered legal records.
A small amount of printed material primarily consists of programs for musical events which evidence Birnbaum's early success as a violinist, as well as scattered news clippings, 2 exhibition catalogs, and announcements for the publications of Angkor and the Mandarin Road and The Last Romantic. Additional printed material about Birnbaum can be found in the dismantled scrapbook, 1960-1961.
Artwork includes 2 etchings and a sketch by Birnbaum, bookplates by various artists, circa 10 sketches by other and unidentified artists, and 3 cards with original artwork.
Photographs include snapshots and portraits of Birnbaum and artists and friends, among them: Robert Chanler, Charles Despiau, Norman Douglas, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Augustus John, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Elie Nadelman, Albert Sterner, Stevenson Scott, and Grenville Lindall Winthrop. Also found is a photo of Birnbaum with Edward Bruce, Alfred Potterton, Leon Stein, and Maurice Sterne, circa 1915-1916, and photographs proposed for use in The Last Romantic, travel snapshots, and photos of artwork.
Cite as:
Martin Birnbaum papers, 1962-1967, bulk 1920-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
(3 bxs #1-3) VB3B6(of. reference)
(2 ovs, #4-5) OVSOL062
(50 filmstrips of Birnbaum's travels abroad; and 900 photographic negatives of travels) Ft. Belvoir
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Local number:
AAA 108
AAA N698
AAA N698a
AAA N698b
AAA 1023-1027
AAA birnmart
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D. C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art