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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Note of installation instructions for unidentified artist, n.d.
Harley Perkins to Mrs. Force, April 15
Letter written by Harley Perkins to Juliana Force, dated April 15, [1928].
Harley Perkins to Mrs. Force, November 7
Typed letter from Harley Perkins to Juliana Force, dated November 7, [1927].
Harley to Mrs. Force, October 25
Typed letter from Harley Perkins, Boston Evening Transcript to Juliana Force, dated Tuesday, October 25.
Harriet H. Masterson to Mrs. [McKelvey], April twelfth, 1929
Letter from Harriet H. Masterson to Mrs. [McKelvey], dated April 12, 1929. Mentions Soichi Sunami and Elizabeth Olds, circus canvases.
Harrry Gottlieb to Mrs. Force, March 10, 28
Handwritten letter by Harry Gottlieb to Juliana Force, dated March 10, 1928. Regarding two frames that were sent to Force, the frame prices, and the total amount of $65 that Force owes Gottlieb.
Harry Flatow to Mrs. Force, March 12th, 1930
Letter written by Harry Flatow to Juliana Force, dated March 12, 1930. Effusive thanks for financial support and patronage.
Harry Flatow to [Whitney Studio Galleries], April 2, 1930
Typed and signed receipt from Harry Flatow to Whitney Studio Galleries, dated April 2, 1930. Acceptance of $50 payment to assist Flatow in his work.
Harry Gottleib [sic], receipted for Nov 1, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Harry Gottlieb, dated November 1, 1929. On loan: two art works by Gottlieb. Returned October 22, 1929 from the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Summer Show. Dimensions and prices noted.
Harry Gottleib, Dec. 20, 1929
Handwritten sales record for Harry Gottlieb dated December 20, 1929.
Harry Gottlieb to Mrs. Force, Jan 9
Handwritten letter from Harry Gottlieb to Juliana Force, dated January 9, no year.
Harry Gottlieb to Mrs. Masterson, Friday
Handwritten letter from Harry Gottlieb to Mrs. Masterson, n.d., regarding shipment of frames for art works sent in October.
Head marble, Feb. 11, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and John Bernard Flannagan, dated February 11, 1929. On loan: two sculptures by Flannagan.
Helen Walters to Miss Fusfeld, Whitney Studio Club, June 1, 1929
Handwritten letter by Helen Walters to Miss Fusfeld, dated June 1, 1929, on behalf of Carl Waters.
Henri Burkhard picture to 35 Jane Street
Administrative note with delivery instructions for works of art by Henri Burkhard and Samuel Halpert. Includes two (2) signatures.
Henri Burkhard to Mrs. Force, Aug. 25, 30
Letter written by Henri Burkhard to Juliana Force, dated August 25, 1930. Letter is handwritten and signed. Burkhard requests a check for the landscape and refers to tough times. On [Page 2] verso, there is a notation of $150 sent for "Side of the Hill".
Henri Burkhard to Mrs. Force, Monday Feb. 17, 30
Letter written by Henri Burkhard to Juliana Force, dated February 17, 1930. Handwritten and signed. Reference is made to a "Kraushaar discussion" that caused him disappointment. He also offers a twenty percent reduction to stimulate sales.
Henri Gottleib [sic] to Cincinnati
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Harry Gottlieb. Works of art to Cincinnati and Woodstock, dated March 21, 1929.
Henriette T. McKnight to Mrs. Force, November 12, 1927
Typed letter from Henriette T. McKnight to Juliana Force, dated November 12, 1927. Also contains handwritten note below signature.
Henry Gottleib [sic], Mar 22, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Harry Gottlieb, dated March 22, 1929. On loan: three (3) art works by Gottlieb, sent to Detroit.
Henry Gottleib [sic], Mar. 25, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Harry Gottlieb, dated March 25, 1929. On loan: three (3) art works by Gottlieb. Prices noted.
Henry Gottleib [sic], to 8 West 8th, Apr 27, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Harry Gottlieb, dated April 27, 1929. On loan: three (3) framed oils by Gottlieb. Prices noted.
Henry Mattson to Mrs. Force, Nov 21, 1929
Handwritten letter by Henry Mattson to Juliana Force, dated November 21, 1929.
Henry Schnakenberg to Mrs. Force, Nov 2, 27
Letter written by Henry Schnakenberg to Juliana Force, dated November 2, 1927. Additional handwritten notation of the receipt of $25.
Henry Schnakenberg to Mrs. Whitney, Nov. 13
Handwritten letter from Henry Schnakenberg to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, dated November 13, no year recorded.
Henry Schnakenberg, Joseph Stella
Catalogue of an exhibition of H. E. Schnakenberg and Joseph Stella held at the Whitney Studio Club, November 7-28, 1921. Date noted in pencil on [Page 1]. Title taken from bibliographic record in Library's catalog. The physical document scanned is a photocopy made from microfilm and is missing its cover. Color in scanned image of [Page 2-3] has been inverted.
Herbert A. Morgan, March 20, 1930
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Herbert Morgan, dated March 20, 1930, for twenty-three (23) framed and unframed paintings.
Herbert Morgan
Title list for Herbert Morgan, n.d., for art works titled, "Le Maison de Garde St. Cloud (spring)", "Le Maison de Garde St. Cloud (summer)","Le Maison de Garde St. Cloud (autumn)", "Banyuls sur Mer", "Old Banyuls", "Environ de Chevreuse", "Marlotte", "La Garde Republicaine", "Armistice day Race de la Mairie", "Flowers and Fruit", "Rhiems", "Girl with Flowers", "Man in overcoat", "Girl in beret", "Empress Eugenie", "Traviata", "Boy in Green", and "Children". Includes prices.
Herbert Morgan, Dec. 5, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Herbert Morgan, dated December 5, 1929. On loan: one (1) bronze female and one (1) bronze head by Morgan. Prices noted.
Herman More to Whitney Studio Galleries, Mar 21, 1929, 11:22 PM
Telegram sent by Hermon More to Whitney Studio Galleries, dated March 21, 1929. Urgent request to have six paintings sent to him. Opportunity to sell to a museum.
Herman More, oil, "Bouquet", Mar 20, 1929
Sales receipt for Herman More, dated March 20, 1929. The oil painting "Bouquet" by Hermon More is sold to Juliana Force for a special price of $250.
Herman [sic] More, Woodstock, N.Y., Mar. 21, 1929
Loan receipt between Whitney Studio Galleries and Hermon More, dated March 21, 1929. On loan: eleven (11) framed oils to Woodstock and six (6) framed oils to Davenport, Iowa.
Hermon More to Miss Juliana Force, March 26th, 1929
Letter written by Hermon More to Juliana Force, dated March 26, 1929.
Herndon Smith to J.R. Force, Feb 10, 1928, [1:23] PM
Telegram from Juliana Force to Herndon Smith, dated February 10, 1928.
Herndon Smith to J.R. Force, February 29, 1928
Telegram from Herndon Smith to Juliana Force, dated February 29, 1928
Herndon Smith to Mrs J.R. Force, Feb 29, 1928, 1:54 PM
Telegram from Herndon Smith to Juliana Force, dated February 29, 1928, 1:54 PM.
Herndon Smith to Mrs J.R. Force, May 19, 1928, 12:53 PM
Telegram sent by Herndon Smith to Juliana Force, dated May 19, 1928, 12:53 PM. Mention of Karl Free picture sale to Miss Matilda Grey of Lake Charles, Lousiana. Stamped and signed on verso.
Herndon Smith to Mrs. Force, Dec 1, 1927, 1:22 PM
Telegram sent by Herndon Smith to Juliana Force, 1:22 PM, December 1, 1927.
Herndon Smith to Mrs. Force, Dec 21, 1927, 2:42 PM
Telegram from Herndon Smith, Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans, to Juliana Force, sent 2:42 PM, December 21, 1927.
Herndon Smith to Mrs. Force, Dec 7, 1927, 6:04 PM
Telegram from Herndon Smith to Juliana Force, sent 6:04 PM, December 7, 1927.
Herndon Smith to Mrs. Force, Feb. 25th, 1928
Letter sent by Herndon Smith, The Arts and Crafts club of New Orleans, to Mrs. Juliana Force, dated February 25, 1928. Letter is signed.
Herndon Smith to Mrs. Force, February 9th, 1928
Letter written by Herndon Smith to Juliana Force, dated February 9, 1928. 2 pages. Difficult to decipher as the ink has faded--see Transcript.
Herndon Smith to Mrs. Force, March 12, 1928
Letter written by Herndon Smith to Juliana Force, dated March 12, 1928. Handwritten on a folded 16.2 (H) x 25.8 (W) piece of paper. Mention of an enclosed newpaper clipping, future news articles, and of the sale of Karl Free's "Landscape with Ponies".
Herndon Smith to Mrs. Juliana Force, Mar 16, 1928, 10:50 AM
Telegram from Herndon Smith to Mrs. Juliana Force, Whitney Studio, dated 10:50 AM, March 16, 1928.
Hobson Pittman to Mrs. J.R. Force, Dec. 11, 1929
Handwritten letter by Hobson Pittman to Juliana Force, dated December 11, 1929. Pittman lets Force know that he has an opportunity to show in Philadelphia but hesitates to make those arrangements as he would rather show his pictures with her. Photocopy of original.
Howard S. Gans to Mrs. Juliana R. Force, November 10, 1927
Letter written by Howard Gans to Juliana Force, dated November 10, 1927. Additional handwritten notation of the receipt of $15.
Howard S. Gans to Mrs. Juliana R. Force, October 31, 1927
Letter written by Howard S. Gans to Juliana Force, dated October 31, 1927. Mention of enclosed $10 check.
Howard to Force, Dec 18, 1928
French Telegraph Cable sent by Cecil Howard to Juliana Force, dated December 18, 1928.
Hudson Navigation Boat
Photograph of the painting "Hudson Navigation Boat" by Ernest Fiene from the Traveling Exhibition, 1927-1928.
Indigenous Exhibition
Copy negative of a painting by Gifford Beal of the Indigenous Exhibition, February 1918. Left to right: Guy Pène du Bois (suit), George Luks (in apron giving a brushwork demonstration), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Jo Davidson, Paul Dougherty, Bob Chanler (with gingham apron).

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