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Preliminary finding aid for the M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971
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The records of M. Knoedler & Co. document the business of one of the most important American art dealers for more than a century, from 1848 to 1971, and trace the development of the once provincial American art market into one of the world's leading art centers. The archive includes stock books, sales books and commission books; extensive correspondence with artists, collectors and other art dealers; photographs of the artworks sold by the gallery; business records from affiliate offices in Paris and London; department records; and research files, catalogs and ephemera. At this time the stock books, sales books, commission books, inventory cards, shipment records, correspondence and photographs are available for research. The remainder of the archive is unprocessed. Each series will be opened for use as processing is completed.
M. Knoedler & Co. was a successor to the New York branch of Goupil & Co., an extremely dynamic print-publishing house founded in Paris in 1827. Goupil's branches in London, Berlin, Brussels, and The Hague, as well as New York, expanded the firm's market in the sale of reproductive prints. The firm's office in New York-an initiative of Léon Goupil, the son of Adolphe Goupil, Théodore Vibert, and the agent William Schaus-was established in 1848 at 289 Broadway on the corner of Duane Street near City Hall.
1300.0 linear feet
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Series I to XI are open for use by qualified researchers. The remainder of the collection is unprocessed. Each series will be opened for use as processing is completed. Boxes 77, 262-264, 1308-1512, 1969-1974, 3592-3723 are restricted due to fragility.