Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Smith Andersen Gallery records, 1963-1981, in the Archives of American Art

Collection ID:
Smith Andersen Gallery
Physical Description:
1.9 Linear feet
The Smith Andersen Gallery records measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1981. The collection sheds light on the gallery's operations through artist files and scant exhibition and gallery files.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Smith Andersen Gallery records measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1981. The collection sheds light on the gallery's operations through artist files, exhibition files, and gallery files. Artist files are comprised of biographical summaries, correspondence with artists and other galleries, newspaper and magazine clippings, images of artwork, and more. Exhibition files include loan agreements, slides of artwork, correspondence, consignment records, and printed material. Gallery files contain correspondence, consignment records, and some photographs. The collection also includes correspondence, price lists, and printed material relating to the Institute of Experimental Printmaking.

The collection is arranged as two series.
  • Series 1: Artist Files, 1963-1981 (Box 1-2, OV 4; 1.4 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Exhibition and Gallery Files, 1970-1978 (Box 2-3; .5 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Smith Andersen Gallery was founded in Palo Alto, California, in 1969 by Paula and Phillip Kirkeby. The gallery represented contemporary artists working in a range of mediums, including fabric, paint, print, and sculpture; and had studio space inside for invited artists to use. In 1978, Paula Kirkeby, along with Joseph Goldyne and Mary Margaret Anderson, founded the fine arts print publishing company 3EP, LTD., in Palo Alto. In 1984, Paula Kirkeby took over the 3EP operations and renamed it Smith Andersen Editions. The Smith Andersen Gallery closed in 2016 upon Paula Kirkeby's death.

Christopher DeMairo
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 in several installments from 1977 to 1981 by Paula Z. Kirkeby, director of Smith Andersen Gallery.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Christopher DeMairo in 2021.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Smith Andersen Gallery records, 1963-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the records of 3EP Ltd., 1970-1984.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art galleries, Commercial -- California Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kirkeby, Paula Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paris, Harold, 1925-1979 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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