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Benjamin K. Smith papers relating to O'Brien Galleries

Creator:
Smith, Benjamin K., 1872-1973  Search this
Names:
House of O'Brien  Search this
M. O'Brien & Son  Search this
O'Brien Art Galleries  Search this
O'Brien Galleries (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
O'Brien's Art Emporium  Search this
Heller, Helen West, d. 1955 -- Exhibitions  Search this
Nickerson, Samuel Mayo, 1830-1909 -- Art collections  Search this
O'Brien, Martin, 1834-1917  Search this
O'Brien, William Vincent, 1859-1952  Search this
O'Brien, William Vincent, 1902-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (partial microfilm reel)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
1912-1941
Scope and Contents:
Papers kept by Benjamin K. Smith, an employee of the O'Brien Galleries (1912-1922), including: handwritten lists concerning paintings from the Samuel Nickerson collection on consignment from the Chicago Art Institute (1920-1921) and furniture bought for the O'Brien Galleries (photographs of furniture microfilmed on reel 4181); a December 1912 issue of ART, a monthly magazine published by the Galleries; sales catalogs and announcements for the O'Brien Art Galleries, the House of O'Brien, and M. O'Brien & Sons; a 1922 exhibition announcement for paintings by Helen West Heller at the Walden Book Shop with pencil sketches of a table "Spanish early 17th cent." on its reverse; a newspaper advertisement and an article (1941) "Gallery Fading from Picture as Art Declines in Chicago."
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery; Chicago, Ill. and Scottsdale, Az. Chicago's first art gallery and one of the oldest family owned and operated gallery in the United States. It opened in 1855 as a frame shop, offering a variety of services to both artists and collectors. It was called by several names, including O'Brien's Art Emporium, O'Brien Art Galleries, O'Brien Galleries, House of O'Brien, and M. O'Brien & Sons. The gallery remained in Chicago until 1941, closed during the war, and resumed operation in Scottsdale, Arizona in the 1950s. Three generations of O'Briens (Martin, William, and William Jr.) ran the gallery before it moved to Arizona; all were committed to bringing culture and the visual arts to Chicago.
Provenance:
Donated by Barton Smith, 1986, son of Benjamin K. Smith (1872-1973), was an employee of the gallery from 1912 to 1922 prior to opening his own art appraisal business.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Illinois
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Identifier:
AAA.smitbenj
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ba772811-be9a-4422-8ea1-8fbca6a8aac3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smitbenj

H. Bella Schaeffer papers

Creator:
Schaeffer, H. Bella (Henri Bella)  Search this
Names:
Artists Equity Association  Search this
De Vitis, Themis, 1905-1973  Search this
Heller, Helen West, d. 1955  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl, 1887-1971  Search this
Extent:
2.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1941-1974
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, business records, catalogs, clippings, and other material relating to Artists Equity Association, Inc. Also included is correspondence and printed material concerning Helen West Heller; color pencil drawings by Carl Sprinchorn; and papers of Schaeffer's husband, Themis De Vitis.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y. Was an officer in the Artists Equity Association.
Provenance:
Donated 1966-1974 by Henri Bella Schaeffer.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.schahenr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95f5248b8-ffbf-471f-8724-02a9566f9772
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schahenr

Fay Gold papers

Creator:
Gold, Fay Helfand  Search this
Names:
Giles, Howard, 1876-1955  Search this
Heller, Helen West, d. 1955  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Date:
1924-1979
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, works of art, a journal and a sketchbook, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and photographs.
REEl D361: Correspondence, with Gold's teacher, Howard Giles, ca. 1930-1940, and others; a seven-page manuscript autobiography of Gold's friend, woodcut artist Helen West Heller; a sketchbook, 1949; a scrapbook containing clippings; photographs and slides; biographical information; and exhibition catalogs. Among the photos are a few of Giles with his students, and 1 of Gold teaching a children's art class, 1955.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence; photographs of Gold, and photographs, slides and negatives of her art work; a journal, 1958-1959; writings on Yorkshire terriers; four poems; four oil sketches, seven watercolors and a collage; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, watercolorist, collage artist, expert on Yorkshire terrier breed of dog; New York, N.Y. Also known as Fay Helfand Gold, Fay Goldmeigs, and Fay Helfand.
Provenance:
Donated 1962-1979 by Fay Gold.
Restrictions:
Microfilmed material must be viewed on microfilm. Access to unmicrofilmed material requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Lithographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Collagists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artisans -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Engravers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.goldfay
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98d765d66-d410-466b-bed2-44320fc4f5d3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-goldfay

Brooklyn Museum records

Creator:
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Names:
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Albee, Grace  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Alps, Glen  Search this
Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953  Search this
Ballinger, Maxil, 1914-  Search this
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000  Search this
Beny, Roloff  Search this
Boyd, Fiske, 1895-1975  Search this
Broner, Robert, 1922-  Search this
Casarella, Edmond, 1920-1996  Search this
Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926  Search this
Citron, Minna Wright, 1896-1991  Search this
Conover, Robert F. (Robert Fremont), 1920-  Search this
Day, Worden, 1916-1986  Search this
Deshaies, Arthur  Search this
Drewes, Werner, 1899-1985  Search this
Fox, William Henry, 1858-1952  Search this
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Fuchs, Emil, 1866-1929  Search this
Goldin, Leon, 1923-  Search this
Gropper, William, 1897-1977  Search this
Hart, George Overbury, 1868-1933  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988  Search this
Heller, Helen West, d. 1955  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Jones, John Paul, 1924-  Search this
Kohn, Misch, 1916-  Search this
Lachaise, Isabelle Nagle, d. 1957  Search this
Lang, David, b. 1897  Search this
Martinelli, Ezio, 1913-1980  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Pierce, Danny, 1920-  Search this
Pozzatti, Rudy, 1925-  Search this
Sager, Peter  Search this
Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981  Search this
Schrag, Karl  Search this
Suba, Susanne, 1913-  Search this
Sykes, Maltby  Search this
Takal, Peter, 1905-  Search this
Von Wicht, John, 1888-1970  Search this
Wald, Sylvia, 1915-  Search this
Warsager, Hyman J., 1909-1974  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903  Search this
Yoshida, Tōshi, 1911-  Search this
Zoellner, Richard  Search this
Extent:
25 Items (reels of microfilm)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1823-1963
Scope and Contents:
Included are extensive memoirs of William Henry Fox director of the museum for over 25 years; scattered records of the Brooklyn Institute, 1823-1873; catalogs for Brooklyn Museum exhibits (4 1/2 reels) and for exhibits held in various galleries and museums, primarily in N.Y. (14 reels); brief records of the Dept. of Painting and Sculpture primarily relating to Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington; records of the Dept. of Prints and Drawings, mainly regarding exhibitions, including correspondence, much of it with curator Una Johnson, correspondence with art dealers, files on artists, and statistics on exhibitions, 1936-1939; and records of the Registrar's office, 1933-1936, regarding the museum's involvement in the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, mainly the Graphic Arts Division.
Dept. of Prints & Drawings artists files relate to: Grace Albee, Josef Albers, Glen Alps, Maxil Ballinger, Leonard Baskin, Wilfred Roloff Beny, Fiske Boyd, Robert Broner, Edmond Casarella, Minna Citron, Robert Conover, Worden Day, Arthur Deshaies, Werner Drewes, Antonio Frasconi, Leon Goldin, William Gropper, Stanley William Hayter, Helen West Heller, Margo Hoff, John Paul Jones, Misch Kohn, David Lang, Ezio Martinelli, Seong Moy, Danny Pierce, Rudolph Pozzatti, Peter Sager, Louis Schanker, Karl Schrag, Susanne Suba, Maltby Sykes, Peter Takal, John Von Wicht, Sylvia Wald, Hyman Warsager, Max Weber, Toshi Yoshida, Richard Zoellner, and others.
Other correspondents of note (reels BR21-22) include John Taylor Arms, Mary Cassatt (1 letter, 1903), George Overbury "Pop" Hart, Mrs. Gaston Lachaise, Joseph Pennell (re Whistler), and a group from art dealers.
Also included are papers of and related to Austrian artist Emil Fuchs, including letters regarding commissions, a list of books and prints, and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
The Brooklyn Museum had its roots in the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, founded 1823. The Museum was formed in 1889.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1964-1965 by Brooklyn Museum.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Museum administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Brooklyn  Search this
Museum directors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Brooklyn  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- New York (State)
Identifier:
AAA.broomuse2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9257fe609-786c-4cd2-a001-0e559a2159a1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-broomuse2

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