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Topic:
A Summary of the Gellatly Collection
Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
0.43 cu. ft. (1 12 x 17 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1895-1975
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of archival items purchased from Miss Mary P. Plummer in 1969, as well as correspondence and other material from NCFA files. The records were maintained by the Director until 1972, when they were deposited in the NCFA Library.

This record unit consists of photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Gellatly, reprints of several journal articles concerning the Collection, several pieces of correspondence, notes describing various Collection objects, a manuscript called "A Summary of the Gellatly Collection," and a letter of artist Childe Hassam to John Gellatly.
Historical Note:
The John Gellatly Collection was amassed by wealthy collector John Gellatly and his first wife, Edith Rogers Gellatly, in New York City during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Mrs. Gellatly died in 1913, and in 1929 Gellatly gave the Collection to the National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution. The Collection was moved to Washington and opened to the public in 1933 at the renamed National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), then housed in the Natural History Building.

Gellatly married Charlayne Whiteley Plummer in 1930. After his death in 1931, she initiated legal proceedings to regain the Collection. Litigation continued until 1947, when the courts decided in favor of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Collection itself consists of some 1640 items, ranging from paintings to jewelry to sculpture, from around the world and from the United States.
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 550
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Index to Items

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Photographs - Items 1-5

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Items 8-25

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Items 26-44

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Summary/Inventory of Gellatly Collection - Parts 1-2 (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Catalog

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Gellatly Archives Contents

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Correspondence

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Photographs - Items 6-7

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 550, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Collection Records
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Subject Files

Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1958-1972
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the records of David W. Scott, Director of the National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), 1965-1969. Materials include Scott's correspondence, memoranda, notes, publications, and lecture papers; meeting minutes; reports; information pertaining to NCFA mission, collections, exhibitions, special events, and personnel; restoration and gallery plans for the Patent Office Building; press releases and newspaper clippings pertaining to NCFA; mailing lists; files documenting Scott's professional involvement in the College Art Association of America and the Smithsonian Art Commission; information about donations, lending collections, and planning for the Renwick Gallery; proposal for the establishment of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, with related records; and budget summaries. A significant amount of correspondence in this collection is between Scott and S. Dillion Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Donald McClelland, NCFA Associate Curator, 1967-1968, and Coordinator of Special Projects, 1969-1972; and Harry Lowe, NCFA Curator, 1965-1972.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 96-135
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Patent Office Building: Restoration, 1963-1964

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Portraits, Inc., 1969

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Press Releases re: NCFA, 1961-1968

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Public Information Working Group, 1968

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Box 2

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Renwick Gallery, 1965-1969 (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Ripley, S. Dillon, 1963-1969

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Scott, David W., 1963

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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