Inventories compiled by Freer and assistants to catalogue his collection of art objects, books, documents, and sundries, particularly in preparation for the formal acceptance of his gift by the United States government, and the distribution of his personal estate. Extant lists [mostly typescripts], and bound volumes [partially handwritten], are generally arranged by form of material or country of origin. Cataloguing may have included number assigned, country of origin, title, artist, a brief description, dimensions, cost, and provenance information such as from whom the object was purchased, where it was found, or its disposition. Many of the inventories have been annotated, sometimes by Freer Gallery staff, with subsequent series of accession numbers for the objects.
Note: Inventories labeled "reserved" may have regarded those objects set aside for further consideration as possible gifts to the Smithsonian Institution.
Paintings - American and European
Paintings and prints - James McNeil Whistler
Prints and drawings - American and European
Pottery - American and European
Paintings - Oriental
Pottery - Oriental
Prints - Japanese
Lacquers, carvings, and sundries
Biblical manuscripts and East Christian paintings
List of objects transferred to Washington during 1920-1921
Estate distribution of personal property
Smithsonian art inventories
Collection is open for research.
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Charles Lang Freer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.