GROLIER CLUB RG4 Series IIA: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee
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Guide to the Grolier Club Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee Records

Title: Grolier Club Institutional Records, Record Group 4, Series II, Subseries A: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee

 

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): NYGG05-A10022 ; OCLC 984694435

 

Dates:             1901-[ongoing]

 

Bulk Dates: 1979-1982

 

Extent: 1 box; .5 linear feet

 

Abstract: Materials relating to the activities of the Grolier Club Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee, including minutes, reports, inventories, exhibition documentation, and records of auction sales.

 

Access Restrictions: Some items in this collection may be restricted at the discretion of the Librarian. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation: [Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Grolier Club Prints, Drawing, and Photographs Committee Records, 1901-[ongoing]. The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid: This collection was reprocessed and the finding aid prepared by Sophia Dahab in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, July 2016.

 

Provenance: Materials in this collection were created by committee chairs, members and Grolier Club staff in the normal course of committee activities. 

                                            

Access Points:

Grolier Club

Kennedy, Edward G. (Edward Guthrie), 1849-1932

Black-and-white prints (prints on paper)     

Color prints (prints)

Image-making processes and techniques

Biographical/Historical Note: The Grolier Club Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (PDP) Committee began as an Ad-Hoc Committee, created in 1979 at the January Annual Meeting. It was a sub-committee of the Library Committee until it was formally established as its own program committee in 1995. As stated in the Grolier Club Constitution, the PDP Committee has oversight of “purchase or acquisition, by gifts or otherwise, of works of art, and for their proper safe-keeping, arrangement, classification, maintenance and repair, and for the proper use of this aspect of the Club’s collection.  The term ‘works of art’ is defined as encompassing prints, drawings, posters, photographs, paintings, sculpture, bronzes, marbles, medals, and plaques”.  The committee is also responsible for periodic review of the collection, arranging the sale of materials which no longer suit the purposes of the Club, and for planning various events and activities both within the Club, and with other similar institutions. [1]

            The Grolier Club’s print collection was built largely from the generous donations of its members, including E.G. Kennedy, Samuel P. Avery, William Loring Andrews, William F. Havemeyer, Beverly Chew, Frank Altschul, and Marshall C. Lefferts, among many others. In 1939, the Society of Iconophiles, which had been housed in the Grolier Clubhouse, ended its activities and donated its materials to the Club, including a collection of photographs of old New York.  Growth of the collection waned after 1940, until interest was rekindled and the committee became active in the 1980s.[2]

 

Scope and Content Note: Minutes, agendas, reports, appraisals and auction records Also a copy of List of Paintings and Prints Now Displayed on the Walls of the Grolier Club, compiled by Edward G. Kennedy in 1931.

 

Related Collections at the Grolier Club:

Grolier Club Institutional Records, RG 4 – Collections

Grolier Club Institutional Records, RG 3 – Exhibitions          

Grolier Club Institutional Records, RG 7 – Events and Activities

 

Arrangement Note: Materials in this collection are arranged into the following series. Within series, folders are arranged chronologically.

I.                 Reports and Minutes

II.               Projects and Events

III.             Inventories, Appraisals, Sales and Acquisitions

IV.            General Correspondence

 

Container List:

Series I: Reports and Minutes

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

1

Minutes & Agenda

1979-2011

1

2

Committee Reports to Council, House, and Library Committees

1980-2009

Series II: Projects and Events

1

3

Exhibitions

1979-1982

1

4

Conservation

1980-1982

1

5

“Print Collection” Article Draft – Schimmel & Cate

1983?

1

6

Asaf – Cataloging Database

1986

1

6a

N. Harrison Exhibition

2007

1

7

PDP Collection Development Policy

2012-2016

 

Series III: Acquisitions, Sales, Appraisals, and Inventories

1

8

Acquisitions

1901-2010

1

9

Valuations and Appraisals

1927-1981

1

10

“A List of Paintings and Prints now Displayed on the Walls of the Grolier Club” compiled by E.G. Kennedy

1931

1

11

Inventories and Checklists

1980s

1

12

Auctions – Christie’s

1979-1981

1

13

Auctions – Christie’s and Swann

1982-1983

Series IV: General Correspondence

1

14

General Correspondence

1960-2012?



[1] Grolier Club Constitution [Revised July 13, 2015].

[2] Cate, P. D. & Schimmel, H. D. (1984). The print collection. In The Grolier Club 1884-1984: Its library, exhibitions, and publications (80-83). New York: The Grolier Club.

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