Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Gross McCleaf Gallery Selected Artists' Files, 1947-1986, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.grosmccl
Creators:
Gross McCleaf Gallery
Dates:
1947-1986
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The Gross McCleaf Gallery selected artists' files measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1947 to 1986. The files consist of price lists, printed material, correspondence, exhibition catalogs and announcements, biographical summaries, newspaper clippings, and some photographs. Artists include Neil Welliver, Hobson Pittman, Edith Emerson, Humbert Howard, Jane Piper, and Fairfield Porter among others.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Gross McCleaf Gallery selected artists' files measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1947 to 1986. The files consist of price lists, printed material, correspondence, exhibition catalogs and announcements, biographical summaries, and clippings. Some of the files include photos of the artist, works of art, and exhibition installations. Artists represented in the collection are Arthur B. Carles, Larry Day, Edith Emerson, Humbert Howard, Jimmy Lueders, Violet Oakley, Jane Piper, Hobson Pittman, Fairfield Porter, Carroll S. Tyson, Roswell Weidner, Neil Welliver, and Harold Weston.

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

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Gross McCleaf Gallery was founded in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Marlin McCleaf and Estelle Shane Gross. The gallery was originally named the Marlin McCleaf Gallery. After McCleaf's departure from the gallery in the early 1970s, Gross became the sole owner and changed the gallery's name to Gross McCleaf Gallery. Early artists exhibited at the gallery include Fairfield Porter, Neil Welliver, Rackstraw Downes, Red Grooms and his wife Mimi Gross, Jane Piper, and Larry Day. After Estelle Gross' death in 1992, Sharon Ewing became the gallery owner and director. Ewing retired in 2020 and Rebecca Segall took over as the gallery's owner and director.

Administration
Author
Christopher DeMairo
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Estelle and Jay Gross in 1988.
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35mm microfilm reels 4155-4156 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was arranged and a finding aid prepared by Christopher DeMairo in 2022.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
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
Gross McCleaf Gallery selected artists' files, 1947-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art galleries, Commercial -- Pennsylvania Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women art dealers Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carles, Arthur B., 1882-1952 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Day, Larry, 1921- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Emerson, Edith, 1888-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Howard, Humbert, 1905-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lueders, Jimmy C., 1927-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oakley, Violet, 1874-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piper, Jane, 1916-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette, 1899 or 1900-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Porter, Fairfield Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tyson, Carroll Sargent, 1878-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weidner, Roswell, 1911-1999 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Broderson, Morris, 1928-2011 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Welliver, Neil Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCleaf, Marlin Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gross, Estelle Shane, 1929-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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