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Francis Patrick Garvan papers

Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Names:
American Art Association  Search this
Garvan Collection (Yale University)  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
O'Reilly's Plaza Art Galleries  Search this
Parke-Bernet Galleries  Search this
Yale University -- Art collections  Search this
Bigelow, Francis Hill, 1859-1933  Search this
Day, George Parmly, 1876-1959  Search this
Ensko, Robert  Search this
Halsey, R. T. Haines (Richard Townley Haines), 1865-1942  Search this
Jones, E. Alfred (Edward Alfred), 1872-1943  Search this
Keough, Andrew, 1869-1953  Search this
Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955  Search this
Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941  Search this
Phillips, John Marshall, 1905-1953  Search this
Extent:
44.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1912-1953
1867
Summary:
The papers of art collector Francis Patrick Garvan measure 44.9 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1953, with one document from 1867. The papers provide extensive documentation on the Garvan collection which included rare books, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, and furniture. The majority of the collection consists of inventory records that give descriptive information regarding each piece in the collection; in many cases the files also include a photograph of the object. Also found are correspondence and subject files; auction records for sales at the American Art Association, Parke-Bernet Galleries, and Plaza Art Galleries; loan records; estate records; and a small amount of printed material, writings, and photographs. Approximately half of the Garvan papers were created posthumously by Mabel Brady Garvan and the managers of Garvan's estate.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art collector Francis Patrick Garvan measure 44.9 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1953, with one document from 1867. The papers provide extensive documentation on the Garvan collection which included rare books, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, and furniture. The majority of the collection consists of inventory records that give descriptive information regarding each piece in the collection; in many cases the files also include a photograph of the object. Also found are correspondence and subject files; auction records for sales at the American Art Association, Parke-Bernet Galleries, and Plaza Art Galleries; loan records; estate records; and a small amount of printed material, writings, and photographs. Approximately half of the Garvan papers were created posthumously by Mabel Brady Garvan and the managers of Garvan's estate.

Notable correspondence is with antique, art and rare book dealers, museums, curators, conservators, Garvan's employees, George Parmly Day, Andrew Keough, and John Marshall Phillips of Yale University regarding the 1930 gift of the [Mabel Brady] Garvan Collection to Yale, as well as the American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., Francis Bigelow, Robert Ensko, Richard T. Haines Halsey, E. Alfred Jones, Fiske Kimball, William Macbeth, Inc., Wallace Nutting, Richard W. Symonds, and others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Correspondence and Subject Files, 1912-1942, 1953 (11.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-12, 46)

Series 2: Auction Records, circa 1930s-1949 (1.75 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)

Series 3: Loan Records, 1919-1948 (3.0 linear feet; Boxes 14-16, 46)

Series 4: Estate Records, 1929-1951 (0.75 linear feet; Box 17, 45)

Series 5: Inventory, 1928-1949 (26.0 linear feet; Boxes 17-43)

Series 6: Printed Materials, 1867, 1926-1949 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 43-44, 46)

Series 7: Writings, 1930s (0.3 linear feet; Box 44)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1930s-1940s (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 44-45, 47)
Biographical / Historical:
Francis Patrick Garvan (1875-1937) and his wife Mabel Brady Garvan were art collectors in the 1920s and 1930s, specializing in decorative arts and furniture. Professionally, Garvan was a lawyer who spent the majority of his career serving as President of the Chemical Foundation, to which he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson. He maintained relationships with many prominent museums and galleries including the American Art Association, the Anderson Galleries, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Over the course of his life, Garvan had amassed a collection of thousands of decorative and fine art objects. During his final years, Garvan arranged for the majority of his art collection to be donated to Yale University, his alma mater.
Provenance:
Donated 1981 by Anthony N. B. Garvan and Phil Hoyt for the estate of Mabel Brady Garvan.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Decorative arts -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
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Taylor, Henry H. Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1929 September-October
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Correspondence and Subject Files

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
11.5 Linear feet (Boxes 1-12, 46)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1912-1942
1953
Scope and Contents:
Found here is correspondence, object inquiries, and salse transactions with museums, curators, conservators, and other art dealers. Also included is correspondence with private individuals looking to buy decorative objects or furniture from Francis Garvan. A significant portion of the correspondence in this series regards the 1930 gift made to Yale University which included the majority of his art collection.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 1
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Collamore & Co. Ltd.

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935-1936
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Auction Records

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
1.75 Linear feet (Box 12-13)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930-1949
Scope and Contents:
Auction records include sales records, lists, and catalogues for auctions in which much of Garvan's collection was sold during the 1930s and 1940s. The auctions were held at the American Art Association, the Parke-Bernet Galleries, and the Plaza Art Galleries.
Arrangement:
This series is arranged as 3 subseries.

2.1: American Art Association, circa 1930-1936

2.2: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1946-1949

2.3: Plaza Art Galleries, 1942-1949
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 2
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Loan Records

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet (Boxes 14-16, 46)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919-1948
Scope and Contents:
Loan records consist of detailed lists and letters Garvan used to track all of the objects he lent to various museums, historic homes, or private individuals.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 3
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Estate Records

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet (Boxes 17, 45)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1929-1951
Scope and Contents:
Estate records include legal records, inventories, correspondence, item tags, and other documentation regarding the management of Garvan's estate. The majority of correspondence in this series belongs to George Corbett, Garvan's business partner and manager of his estate. Included are lists and ledgers complied by Corbett regarding various items in Garvan's collection.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 4
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Inventory

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
26 Linear feet (Boxes 17-43)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-circa 1940s
Scope and Contents:
Inventories document the thousands of pieces of decorative art and artworks Garvan bought and sold as a collector. The first section of this series is a set of inventory lists organized by Garvan's estate. These lists primarily contain the location information of each item; some lists also include price and brief physical description. The second section of the series consists of inventory files with photographs of the object. The files contain more detailed physical descriptions of the items as well as information regarding the style, source, rarity and present location and condition of the objects. These files were originally contained in leather bound binders. Garvan's collection is also documented in inventory cards. The inventory cards range from one-sentence descriptions to containing almost as much information as that found in the inventory files. At some point Garvan adopted a new numbering system for his inventory cards; this series includes both numbered and unnumbered cards.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 5
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot (Box 43-44, 46)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1867
1926-1949
Scope and Contents:
Printed material includes art catalogues which range from small personal collections to those of considerable size and extent. Also found are art magazines and bulletins from various art or historical organizations. One item of note is an unbound copy of The Address of the City of New York to George Washington, and his replies, New York 1867. This is one of only 75 printed copies of this publication and includes a reproduction of the handwritten letter as well as a portrait print of George Washington.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 6
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Writings

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
3 Folders (Box 44)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930s
Scope and Contents:
This series includes a few excerpts of Garvan's writings on decorative arts.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 7
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Photographic Materials

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot (Boxes 45-45, BV 47)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930s-1940s
Scope and Contents:
The photographic materials includes contains photographs, negatives, and photograph albums of Garvan's collection. Not all negatives have existing prints. The series also includes a few family portraits of distant relatives to the Garvan Family.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.garvfran, Series 8
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Cutten, George B.

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933-1941
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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C, Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 26-27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1921-1939
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Davis, Cecil

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 28-29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1935
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Davis, Richard Harding

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1917-1918
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Dawson Antiques

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918-1920
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Day & Meyer

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 32-33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1914-1930
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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DeSherbinin, Michael

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 34-35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933-1937
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donat, Winfield Jr.

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1932
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donleavy, S. J.

Collection Creator:
Garvan, Mabel Brady  Search this
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 37
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1929
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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