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Oral history interview with Peggy deSalle, 1975 January 27-July 16

Interviewee:
DeSalle, Peggy  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Little Gallery (Birmingham, Mich.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Peggy deSalle, 1975 January 27-July 16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12767
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212624
AAA_collcode_desall75
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212624
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Peggy deSalle

Interviewee:
DeSalle, Peggy  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Names:
Little Gallery (Birmingham, Mich.)  Search this
Extent:
45 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1975 January 27-July 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Peggy deSalle conducted 1975 January 27-July 16, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Peggy deSalle is an art dealer from Birmingham, Michigan. She founded the Little Gallery, 1950.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 18 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- Michigan -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.desall75
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92db567db-71d6-4b88-a8f8-5262ea9284fc
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-desall75
Online Media:

Little Gallery records, 1918-1985

Creator:
Little Gallery (Birmingham, Mich.)  Search this
Subject:
DeSalle, Peggy  Search this
DeSalle, Albert  Search this
Sepeshy, Zoltan  Search this
De Erdely, Francis  Search this
Lamouroux, Jean  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sound recordings
Citation:
Little Gallery records, 1918-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9920
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212444
AAA_collcode_littgall
Theme:
Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212444

Little Gallery records

Creator:
Little Gallery (Birmingham, Mich.)  Search this
Names:
De Erdely, Francis, 1904-1959  Search this
DeSalle, Albert  Search this
DeSalle, Peggy  Search this
Lamouroux, Jean  Search this
Sepeshy, Zoltan, 1898-1974  Search this
Extent:
11.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sound recordings
Date:
1918-1985
Summary:
The Little Gallery records measure 11.5 linear feet and date from 1918 to 1985. The collection documents Little Gallery's operations through artist, exhibition, and subject files, printed material, photographs, and one sound recording. The collection also includes personal and professional papers, photographs, and some printed material related to Marguerite (Peggy) and Albert deSalle.
Scope and Contents:
The Little Gallery records measure 11.5 linear feet and date from 1918 to 1985. The collection documents Little Gallery's operations through artist, exhibition, and subject files, printed material, photographs, and one sound recording. The collection also includes personal and professional papers, photographs, and some printed material related to Marguerite (Peggy) and Albert deSalle.

Artist files consist of photographs of artwork, correspondence, price lists, shipping information, biographical summaries, and some printed material pertaining to various artists represented at the Little Gallery. Two artists particularly documented in these records are Francis De Erdely and Jean Lamouroux, who were both friends of Peggy deSalle and her husband Albert.

Exhibition files contain correspondence, shipping information, price lists, inventories, publicity material, and several pieces of posterboard signage. Little Gallery's subject files consist of correspondence, photographs, financial information, printed material, and other items that relate to advertising, other galleries and museums, contributions of artwork, collectors, and more.

Peggy and Albert deSalle's personal and professional papers include papers related to Peggy's career as an artwork photographer, writings, correspondence with artists, price lists, inventories, artist biographies, and photographs that document Peggy deSalle's transition into selling the art of European craftsmen.

Printed material documents Little Gallery exhibitions and events, as well as activities of Peggy and Albert deSalle outside the gallery, artists, and events at other galleries and organizations. Also found is a deSalle family scrapbook.

Photographs are primarily of Peggy and Albert deSalle, gatherings with friends, and professional events, including interior and exterior photos of the Little Gallery.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as six series.

Series 1: Artist Files, 1950-1982 (Box 1-4; 4 linear feet)

Series 2: Exhibition Files, 1956-1975 (Box 5; .4 linear feet)

Series 3: Subject Files,1950-1988 (Box 5-9; 4 linear feet)

Series 4: Peggy and Albert deSalle Personal and Professional Papers, 1918-1985 (Box 9-11; 2.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1922-1984 (Box 11, 13; .5 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, 1920s-1980s (Box 11-13, .4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Established in 1950 by Marguerite (Peggy) deSalle, the Little Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan was the first gallery in the region to deal in and exhibit contemporary art. Initially deSalle primarily handled the work of local artists starting out in their careers, and the work of faculty from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. deSalle's ex-husband and close friend, artist Zoltan Sepeshy, assisted her in meeting local artists to show at the gallery. Over time, Little Gallery added the works of artists from Europe, Africa, and other parts of the United States. deSalle also established a framing gallery in the basement, and showed jewelry and pottery in addition to paintings and sculptures.

Peggy deSalle (1903-1985) was born in Hungary where she lived until her family emigrated to New York when she was six years old. As a young woman she frequented the studio of Michigan painter Paul Honore, where she met Albert deSalle and Zoltan Sepeshy. In the 1920s she worked as a photographer for William Suhr, a restorer of paintings, at the Detroit Institute of Arts. While working there, she was offered the opportunity to learn photography at various museums in Europe, particularly Germany.

In the 1940s, prior to opening the Little Gallery, deSalle worked out of her home selling art, antiques, silver, goblets, bowls, and paintings brought to the United States by German political refugees. At one point her inventory was approximately 200 works of art.

Albert deSalle served in the U.S. army and was honorably discharged in 1918. In the 1920s and 1930s, deSalle performed in the theatre and worked in a secretarial and managerial capacity for artist Paul Honore. Not long after Peggy began Little Gallery, Albert joined the gallery's staff and remained there until his death in 1964.

In 1983, Peggy donated funds for the founding of the Peggy and Albert deSalle Gallery of Photography at the Detroit Institute of Art.
Provenance:
The papers were donated in 1985 by William E. Woolfenden as personal representative of the estate of Marguerite L. deSalle.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Michigan
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sound recordings
Citation:
Little Gallery records, 1918-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.littgall
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94ddb4b0d-eac8-4ac1-bdcd-bff3ca52dd12
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-littgall

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