A Finding Aid to the Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks, 1952-1992, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.franbade
Creators:
Franz Bader Gallery
Dates:
1952-1992
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.9 Linear Feet
Repository:
The Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1952 to 1992. The materials document the gallery's history in Washington D.C., the artists represented by the gallery, and the exhibitions held at the space. Included in the collection are gallery documentation consisting of biographical material about Franz Bader, correspondence relating to Bader and the gallery, printed material regarding exhibitions, photographs of the gallery space, and candid photographs from exhibition openings. The bulk of the collection is made up of gallery guestbooks which hold signatures and notes from gallery patrons, and scrapbooks including printed material related to Franz Bader Gallery's exhibitions, D.C.-based artists the gallery represented, and other gallery events.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1952 to 1992. The materials document the gallery's history in Washington D.C., the artists represented by the gallery, and the exhibitions held at the space. Included in the collection are gallery documentation consisting of biographical material about Franz Bader, correspondence relating to Bader and the gallery, printed material regarding exhibitions, photographs of the gallery space, and candid photographs from exhibition openings. The bulk of the collection is made up of gallery guestbooks which hold signatures and notes from gallery patrons, and scrapbooks including printed material related to Franz Bader Gallery's exhibitions, D.C.-based artists the gallery represented, and other gallery events.
Gallery Documentation includes interviews with Bader, clippings about Bader and the Franz Bader Gallery and Bookstore, and clippings pertaining to awards and honorary degrees received by Bader. Letters from artists, the Smithsonian Institution, Austrian government officials, and German-language correspondence are also present. This series also includes printed materials connected to exhibitions held at the Franz Bader Gallery, as well as photographs of the gallery and patrons.
Guestbooks span the years 1975 to 1980 and include the signatures, notes, and contact information of Franz Bader Gallery patrons.
Scrapbooks include exhibition announcements and invitations; clippings of exhibition reviews; photographs, clippings, and articles about the gallery and exhibitions; information about Franz and Virginia Bader; and clippings and news stories about the artists represented by the Franz Bader gallery.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 3 series.
  • Series 1: Gallery Documentation, 1959-1992, (Boxes 1-2; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Guestbooks, 1975-1980, (Boxes 1-3; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1952-1985, (Boxes 1-2, 4; 0.9 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Franz Bader Gallery was an art gallery and bookshop in Washington D.C. operated by Franz Bader (1903-1994) under various names including Franz Bader Gallery, Franz Bader Inc., and Franz Bader Gallery and Bookshop. In 1953, Bader established the gallery at 1705 G Street Northwest, where he showed local and/or upcoming artists, as well as contemporary prints. The gallery moved in September 1964 to 2124 Pennsylvania Avenue and in October 1979 to 2001 I Street, where Bader remained until his retirement in 1985. The gallery continued on after his retirement, and moved location to 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue in 1987, and to 1500 K Street in 1990. The final show held by the gallery was in 1995. Among the artists represented by the gallery and included in this collection are Alice Acheson, Anita Bucherer, Frank Bunts, Bernice Cross, Harry Irving Gates, Peter Milton, Michael Platt, Alma Thomas, Leonard Maurer, and others.
Franz Bader was born in Vienna, Austria in 1903. By 1937, Vienna had succumbed to Nazi occupation, and in 1939 Bader and his wife Virginia fled, moving to America where he found employment at the Whyte Bookshop and Gallery in Washington D.C. He was inspired to create a gallery different than those typically found in the conservative atmosphere of Washington D.C., and he made it his mission to represent contemporary artists living and working in Washington D.C. His work with modern art set him apart, eventually earning him the moniker of "Dean of the Washington Gallery Dealers". He passed away in 1994.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection received a preliminary level of processing in 1996. The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by intern Ashley Boykins, supervised by Rayna Andrews in 2018, with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Author
Ashley Boykins
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks were donated to the Archives of American Art by Virginia F. Bader, Franz Bader's wife, in 1995.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Franz Bader Gallery Scrapbooks and Guestbooks, 1952-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original materials requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art holds the Franz Bader Gallery records, circa 1975-1985, and an oral history interview with Franz Bader conducted by Julie Link Haifley in 1978.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art galleries, Commercial -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Visitors' books Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bader, Franz, 1903-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bader, Virginia Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Franz Bader Gallery and Bookstore Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Franz Bader Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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