A Finding Aid to the Francis Patrick Garvan Papers, 1867, 1912-1953, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.garvfran
Creators:
Garvan, Mabel Brady
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937
Dates:
1912-1953
1867
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
44.9 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of art collector Francis Patrick Garvan measure 44.9 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1953, with one document from 1867. The papers provide extensive documentation on the Garvan collection which included rare books, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, and furniture. The majority of the collection consists of inventory records that give descriptive information regarding each piece in the collection; in many cases the files also include a photograph of the object. Also found are correspondence and subject files; auction records for sales at the American Art Association, Parke-Bernet Galleries, and Plaza Art Galleries; loan records; estate records; and a small amount of printed material, writings, and photographs. Approximately half of the Garvan papers were created posthumously by Mabel Brady Garvan and the managers of Garvan's estate.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of art collector Francis Patrick Garvan measure 44.9 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1953, with one document from 1867. The papers provide extensive documentation on the Garvan collection which included rare books, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, and furniture. The majority of the collection consists of inventory records that give descriptive information regarding each piece in the collection; in many cases the files also include a photograph of the object. Also found are correspondence and subject files; auction records for sales at the American Art Association, Parke-Bernet Galleries, and Plaza Art Galleries; loan records; estate records; and a small amount of printed material, writings, and photographs. Approximately half of the Garvan papers were created posthumously by Mabel Brady Garvan and the managers of Garvan's estate.
Notable correspondence is with antique, art and rare book dealers, museums, curators, conservators, Garvan's employees, George Parmly Day, Andrew Keough, and John Marshall Phillips of Yale University regarding the 1930 gift of the [Mabel Brady] Garvan Collection to Yale, as well as the American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., Francis Bigelow, Robert Ensko, Richard T. Haines Halsey, E. Alfred Jones, Fiske Kimball, William Macbeth, Inc., Wallace Nutting, Richard W. Symonds, and others.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 8 series.
  • Series 1: Correspondence and Subject Files, 1912-1942, 1953 (11.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-12, 46)
  • Series 2: Auction Records, circa 1930s-1949 (1.75 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)
  • Series 3: Loan Records, 1919-1948 (3.0 linear feet; Boxes 14-16, 46)
  • Series 4: Estate Records, 1929-1951 (0.75 linear feet; Box 17, 45)
  • Series 5: Inventory, 1928-1949 (26.0 linear feet; Boxes 17-43)
  • Series 6: Printed Materials, 1867, 1926-1949 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 43-44, 46)
  • Series 7: Writings, 1930s (0.3 linear feet; Box 44)
  • Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1930s-1940s (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 44-45, 47)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Francis Patrick Garvan (1875-1937) and his wife Mabel Brady Garvan were art collectors in the 1920s and 1930s, specializing in decorative arts and furniture. Professionally, Garvan was a lawyer who spent the majority of his career serving as President of the Chemical Foundation, to which he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson. He maintained relationships with many prominent museums and galleries including the American Art Association, the Anderson Galleries, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Over the course of his life, Garvan had amassed a collection of thousands of decorative and fine art objects. During his final years, Garvan arranged for the majority of his art collection to be donated to Yale University, his alma mater.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection processed to a minimal level and a finding aid created by Dominique Luster in 2014.
Author
Dominique Luster
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1981 by Anthony N. B. Garvan and Phil Hoyt for the estate of Mabel Brady Garvan.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
The Francis Patrick Garvan papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Francis Patrick Garvan papers, 1867, 1912-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Garvan Collection (Yale University) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Phillips, John Marshall, 1905-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Halsey, R. T. Haines (Richard Townley Haines), 1865-1942 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ensko, Robert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Keough, Andrew, 1869-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones, E. Alfred (Edward Alfred), 1872-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parke-Bernet Galleries Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
O'Reilly's Plaza Art Galleries Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Day, George Parmly, 1876-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bigelow, Francis Hill, 1859-1933 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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