Whitney Museum Library, Whitney Studio Club and Galleries, 1907-1930

The Whitney Studio Club and Galleries Collection, a project funded through the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation, brings together 998 of the Whitney Museum’s earliest documents. It includes archival records, photographs, checklists, and catalogs from exhibitions organized by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Juliana Force—respectively, founder and first director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Andrew O'Connor to Monsieur A.A. Hebrard, Mars 25, 1921
Handwritten letter from Andrew O'Conner to A.A. Hebrard dated March 25, 1921. In French.
Andrew O'Connor to Mrs. Whitney, January 27, 1919
Handwritten letter by Andrew O'Connor to Mrs. Whitney, dated January 27, 1919.
Andrew O'Connor to Mrs. Whitney, June 27, 1934
Handwritten letter by Andrew O'Connor to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, dated June 27, 1934. Writes from Paris.
Andrew O'Connor to Mrs. Whitney, May 16, 192[1]
Handwritten letter by Andrew O'Connor to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, dated May 16, 192[1]. In it O'Connor discusses bird feet. Sketch enclosed (attachment).
Andrew O'Connor to Mrs. Whitney, Oct. [12], 1918
Handwritten letter by Andrew O'Connor to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, dated October 12, 1918.
Anne Goldthwaite, 112 E 10, April 19, 1929
Loan receipt between Anne Goldthwaite and Whitney Studio Galleries, dated April 19, 1929, for four (4) watercolors, two (2) etchings, and two (2) drawings. Watercolors titled "The Golden Tree", "Hyacinth", "A Sunny Walk", and "Red Hammock". Etchings titled "Nude" and "Herd of Deer". Drawings titled "Nude".
Announcement : the Whitney Studio Club, 1914-1928
Announcement of the disbanding of the Whitney Studio Club. Original context and source of publication unknown. Penciled notations on document dispute the date range in announcement heading. Publication date taken from penciled note on top-right corner.
Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by the Members of the Whitney Studio Club
Catalogue for the annual exhibition of work by members of the Whitney Studio Club, held April 2-30, [1923]. Year of exhibition taken from penciled note on cover. Original catalogue scanned is a photocopy from microfilm. Colors of scanned image have been inverted.
Annual exhibition of painting and sculpture by members of the Club
Catalogue for the annual Member's Exhibition, April 1922. Works separated into two lists, painting and sculpture. Title and date taken from typed note on inside of acid-free sleeve. The physical copy scanned is a photostat. Color of scanned images has been inverted.
Annual exhibition of paintings and sculpture by members of the Club
Catalogue of the annual exhibition of work by members of the Whitney Studio Club, held at 147 West 4th Street, March 20-April 20, 1921. Title and dates taken from typed note inside acid-free sleeve. Catalogue scanned is a photostat. Colors of scanned images have been inverted.
Annual members' exhibition
Catalogue for the annual exhibition of work by members of the Whitney Studio Club, held at 10 West Eighth Street, May 1-25, 1924. Year taken from handwritten note on catalogue cover and typed note on inside acid-free sleeve. Title taken from cover. Catalogue scanned is a photostat of an original. Colors of scanned [Pages 1-4] have been inverted.
Armistice Day, Nov. 21, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Herbert Morgan, dated November 21, 1929, for three (3) art works titled, "Armistice Day", "Banyuls sur Mer", and "Portrait of W.L.".
Arnold Blanch Woodstock, N.Y., Receipted for Nov 1, 1929
Handwritten inventory record for Arnold Blanch, receipted November 1, 1929. Includes two (2) oils, "Onion Still Life" and "Portrait of Harvey White", with dimensions and prices listed. See also: Lucille [sic] Blanch Woodstock, N.Y., Receipted for Nov 1, 1929 (wscg.0601).
Arnold Blanch to Mrs. Force, Feb 6
Handwritten letter by Arnold Blanch to Juliana Force, dated February 6, year unknown. Signed. Regarding his wishes for her to see his show and his thanks for her support.
Arnold Blanch to Mrs. Force, Nov 28
Handwritten letter by Arnold Blanch to Mrs. Force, dated November 28, year unknown. Mention of the sale of the portrait to Force for $100.
Arnold Blanch to Mrs. Force, Sept 24
Handwritten letter by Arnold Blanch to Juliana Force, dated September 24, year unknown. Mentions his decision to show at Dudensing and his wife's eagerness to know the dates for her show.
Arnold Ronnebeck to Juliana Force, December 5, 1927
Western Union telegram sent by Arnold Ronnebeck to Juliana Force, Whitney Studio, 3:12 PM, December 5, 1927. Includes handwritten notes in pencil on recto and verso.
Arnold Ronnebeck to Juliana Force, November 25, 1927
Telegram sent by Arnold Ronnebeck to Mrs. Juliana R Force, Whitney Studio, sent 5:58, November 25, 1927.
Arnold Ronnebeck to Juliana R. Force, December 6, 1927
Telegram from Arnold Ronnebeck to Juliana Force, Whitney Studio, sent 2:25 PM, December 6, 1927.
Arnold Ronnebeck to Mrs. Juliana R. Force, Jan. 31st, 28
Handwritten letter by Arnold Ronnebeck to Juliana Force, dated January 31, 1928. In it he discusses which sculptures he's considering for the annual sculpture show.
Arnold Ronnebeck, art advisor, the Denver Art Museum, to Mrs. Force, Febr. 11th, 28
Letter written by Arnold Ronnebeck to Juliana Force, dated February 11, 1928. 2 pages. Handwritten. Mention is made of two articles regarding the show written by Ronnebeck and published in an unnamed newspaper.
Assistant secretary to Mr. Edgar C. McMechen, the Denver Art Museum, February 29, 1928
Photocopied letter from Assistant Secretary to Mr. Edgar C. McMechen, dated February 29, 1928. Letter is unsigned. Mention included of the sale of a Kuniyoshi painting.
At 8 West 8th Street, Mar 12, 1929
Six (6) page inventory record for works of art and prices listed by location and artist. Includes works sold to Juliana Force.
Babbit, Frank L.
Handwritten administrative note.
Beatrice Adams, registrar, Fogg Art Museum to Mrs. Juliana R. Force, April 6, 1928
Letter written by the Fogg Art Museum Registrar to Juliana Force, dated April 6, 1928.
Berkley [sic] Express Co for city delivery, Apr. 30, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Berkeley Express and Moving Company, [1929]. Lists various titles by Ben Benn, Joseph Pollet, William Zorach, Max Kuehne, Henri Burkhard, Florence Ivins, Adolph Lewishon, John Sloan, Richard Lahey, Louis Bouché, and Dorothea Schwarz. Two (2) pages listed as Sheet #1 and Sheet #2.
Beta A. Moody to Juliana R. Force, Nov 17, 1927
Letter written by Beta A. Moody to Juliana Force, dated November 17, 1927. Additional handwritten notation of the receipt of $5.
Beulah Stevenson to Mrs. Force, 28 November 1927
Letter written by Beulah Stevenson to Juliana Force, dated November 28, 1927. Additional handwritten notation of the receipt of $5.
Blanch, March 27, 1929
Stock list for lithographs by Lucile Blanch, dated March 27, 1929. Includes sales prices and instructions for sale during The Circus in Paint exhibition. Prints include: "Clowns", "Acrobatic Clowns", and "At the Bobino". See also: Brought in from 8 "West 8" Street by Miss Fusfeld--to be framed and kept on sale in stock room during "The Circus in Paint", March 27, 1929 (wscg.0587). See also: Mr. Friedman, Lithographs Luclie Blanch, Wednesday, Mar 27, 1929 (wscg.0589).
Bluemner
Administrative record for Oscar Bluemner. Includes file information regarding catalogs, receipts, and notes.
Bob to [Patronne]
Handwritten letter by Bob to [Patronne], n.d. Refers to "your studio" in the body of the letter.
Bought by Mrs. H.P. Whitney, Jan. 17, 1930
Handwritten sales record for work of art purchased by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney dated January 17, 1930. Artists include Gerard Cochet and Herbert Morgan.
Brancusi value $700.00, Saturday Dec. 8, 1928
Loan receipt created by Whitney Studio Galleries, dated December 8, 1928. On loan: one by Constantin Brancusi, landscape framed and landscape mat by Maurice Vlaminck, Still life by Raoul Dufy, Nude by Georges Roualt, drawing by Amadeo Modigliani.
Brass Chanticles, Feb 3, 1930
Loan receipt between Helen Davis and Whitney Studio Galleries, dated February 3, 1930, for brass chanticles.
Brooklyn Museum, April 2, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Brooklyn Museum, dated April 2, 1929. On loan: two (2) lithographs by Glenn O. Coleman.
Brooklyn Womans [sic] Club
List of names and contact information for the parties involved in Isabel Whitney's exhibition at the Brooklyn Woman's Club.
Brooklyn womens club [sic], Jan. 10
Messages recorded regarding details of arrangements involving Brooklyn Woman's Club, dated January 10 (year not recorded). Additional notes are dated: February 13, 14, and 15 (year not recorded).
Brought in Sat, Nov. 2, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Herbert Morgan, dated November 2, 1929, for two (2) paintings titled, "Lady Visiting Museum" and "Paris Scene".
Brought in by Harry Gottleib [sic], Woodstock, 10/25/29
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Harry Gottlieb, dated October 25, 1929. On loan: thirteen (13) unframed art works by Gottlieb. Dimensions and prices listed.
Brought in by Harry Gottleib, Friday 10/25/29
Loan receipt for Eugenie Gershoy, dated October 25, 1929. Includes dimensions and prices.
Brought in by Mr. Glenn O. Coleman, Mar 22, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Glenn O. Coleman, dated March 22, 1929. On loan: "Coenties Slip" by Coleman to replace a print taken from a set by Mrs. McCullough Miller.
Brought in by Mr. Ludins for Lucille Blanche [sic], Nov 26, 1929
Loan receipt for Lucile Blanch and Arnold Blanch, dated November 26, 1929. Gouache, drawings, and lithographs for the Christmas Sale exhibition.
Brought in by Mungo-Park, 12 mounted-unframed water colors by Mark Baum, Nov. 11, 1929
Handwritten inventory record for Mark Baum, dated November 11, 1929. Includes twelve (12) watercolors, no titles, with instructions for framing.
Brought in by Paul Fiene, Oct. 24, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Paul Fiene, dated October 26, 1929, for two (2) watercolors and one (1) drawing by Rosella Hartman. Includes dimensions.
Brought in by Paul Fiene, Rec'd Oct 24, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Caroline Speare Rohland and Paul Rohland, dated October 24, 1929. On loan: three (3) framed watercolors by Caroline Speare Rohland; two (2) oils and four (4) watercolors by Paul Rohland. Prices and dimensions included.
Brought in from 8 "West 8" Street by Miss Fusfeld--to be framed and kept on sale in stock room during "The Circus in Paint", March 27, 1929
Stock list for lithographs by Lucile Blanch, dated March 27, 1929. Includes sales prices and instructions for sale during The Circus in Paint exhibition. Prints include: "Clowns", "Acrobatic Clowns", and "At the Bobino". See also: Mr. Friedman, Lithographs Luclie Blanch, Wednesday, Mar 27, 1929 (wscg.0588). Wednesday, Mar 27-1929. See also: Blanch, March 27-1929 (wscg.0589).
Bryson Burroughs, curator, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Paintings, to Mrs. Juliana Force, June 15, 1927
Letter written by Bryson Burroughs, Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to Juliana Force, dated June 15, 1927. The John Sloan painting has been unofficially accepted by the Museum.
Buses in Washington Square
Photograph of the painting "Buses in Washington Square" by John Sloan from the Traveling Exhibition, 1927-1928.
C. S. Pietro to Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 18 January, 1917
Letter written by C. S. Pietro to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, dated January 18, 1917. Signed in ink. Two (2) sheets with information written in red ink on Page 2, verso.

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