A Finding Aid to the R. Kirk Askew papers, 1942-1958, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.asker
Creators:
Askew, R. Kirk (Ralph Kirk), 1903-1974
Dates:
1942-1958
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.6 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of art dealer R. Kirk Askew, director of the New York branch of the Durlacher Bros. art firm, measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1958. The collection includes correspondence with artists Cady Wells, Walter Stuempfig, Walter Quirt, Edward Melcarth, Kurt Seligmann, Leonid Berman, Hyman Bloom, Peter Blume, Carlyle Brown, James W. Fosburgh, Stephen Greene, and Walter Stein.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of art dealer R. Kirk Askew, director of the New York branch of the Durlacher Bros. art firm, measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1958. The collection includes correspondence with artists Cady Wells, Walter Stuempfig, Walter Quirt, Edward Melcarth, Kurt Seligmann, Leonid Berman, Hyman Bloom, Peter Blume, Carlyle Brown, James W. Fosburgh, Stephen Greene, and Walter Stein.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
R. Kirk Askew (1903-1974) was an art dealer and manager of the Durlacher Bros. New York location from from 1927 to circa 1969.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels N69-107, N69-108 and 148 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was refoldered by Katy Donahue and a finding aid was prepared by Caroline Donadio in 2018.
Separated Materials
Exhibition catalogs, 1928-1967, also donated by R. Kirk Askew, were tranferred to Smithsonian Institution Libraries in 1975. Catalogs are available on microfilm reel 148 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Caroline Donadio
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1969-1971 by R. Kirk Askew.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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.
Preferred Citation
R. Kirk Askew papers, 1942-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Berman, Leonid, 1896-1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bloom, Hyman, 1913- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blume, Peter, 1906-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brown, Carlyle, 1919-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fosburgh, James Whitney, 1910-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greene, Stephen, 1918-1999 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Melcarth, Edward, 1914-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quirt, Walter, 1902- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stein, Walter, 1924-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stuempfig, Walter, 1914-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wells, Cady, 1904-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Durlacher Bros. (New York, N.Y.) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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