A Finding Aid to the Swetzoff Gallery Records, 1941-1968, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.swetgall
Creators:
Swetzoff Gallery
Dates:
1941-1968
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
18.6 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of the Boston, Massachusetts Swetzoff Gallery measure 18.6 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1968. Materials include administrative files, scattered general correspondence, named files, exhibition files, financial records, printed material, a scrapbook of printed material, photographs, and the personal papers of Hyman Swetzoff.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of the Boston, Massachusetts Swetzoff Gallery measure 18.6 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1968. Materials include administrative files, scattered general correspondence, named files, exhibition files, financial records, printed material, a scrapbook of printed material, photographs, and the personal papers of Hyman Swetzoff.
Administrative records include twenty day books, mailing lists, leases, and shipping records. Correspondence is scattered but includes holiday cards and general correspondence between other institutions, galleries, and clients. Named files are a mix of artist, subject, and client files and relate to Gallery's relationships with artists, buyers and clients, and institutions and galleries. Files may include correspondence from or about the named individual. Substantial materials are found for Varujan Boghosian, Richard Boyce, Bruce Connor, Robert Eshoo, Fannie Hillsmith, Gyorgy Kepes, Yutaka Ohashi, Marianna Pineda, Odilon Redon, Reba Stewart, Harold Tovish, and Fernando Zóbel.
Exhibition files document exhibitions at the Swetzoff Gallery, events at other galleries for which Swetzoff loaned works, and for larger art fairs and exhibitions in which the gallery participated. Financial records include artist account ledgers, appraisals, consignments, accounts receivable and payable, price lists, receipts, records of purchases, sales statements, and other general financial records. Ledgers may include artist name, title of work of art, buyer, and price.
Printed material is scattered and includes some exhibition material and clippings. There is one scrapbook of printed materials. Photographs are of artists, gallery employees, installations, and of works of art.
The Hyman Swetzoff papers include biographical material of Swetzoff and his family, correspondence, business records, writings, photographs, and artwork.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 9 series.
  • Series 1: Administrative Files, 1949-1968 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1951-1965 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)
  • Series 3: Named Files, 1949-1968 (8.4 linear feet; Boxes 3-12, OV 20-21)
  • Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1946-1966 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)
  • Series 5: Financial Records, 1941-1968 (3.4 linear feet; Boxes 12-16)
  • Series 6: Printed Material, 1949-1968 (0.3 linear feet; Box 16)
  • Series 7: Scrapbook, 1948-1950 (0.3 linear feet; Box 16)
  • Series 8: Photographs, 1950s-1960s (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 16-17)
  • Series 9: Hyman Swetzoff Papers, 1950-1968 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 17-19)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Swetzoff Gallery operated in Boston, Massachusetts from the late-1940s to 1968.
Brothers Hyman and Seymour Swetzoff opened the Frameshop Gallery in Boston around 1948. Later, they expanded the business to include the sale of art and renamed the business Swetzoff Gallery. Hyman took sole-ownership of the gallery, which he ran until he was murdered by an unknown assailant in 1968.
The Swetzoff Gallery worked with many artists, dealers, galleries, and collectors including Albert Alcalay, Hyman Bloom, Varujan Boghosian, Richard Boyce, James Ensor, Robert Eshoo, Fannie Hillsmith, Gyorgy Kepes, Elie Nadelman, Yutaka Ohashi, Bradley Phillips, Marianna Pineda, Reba Stewart, Jean Tock, and Hugh Townley among many others.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was minimally processed by Jayna Josefson in 2015 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections.
Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders.
Author
Jayna M. Josefson
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Swetzoff Gallery were donated by Sidney Swetzoff in 1968.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Swetzoff Gallery records 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
Swetzoff Gallery records, 1941-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Art, American -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tovish, Harold, 1921-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zóbel, Fernando Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swetzoff, Hyman Wulf, 1920-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Redon, Odilon, 1840-1916 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stewart, Reba, 1930-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ohashi, Yutaka, 1923-1989 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pineda, Marianna, 1925-1996 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hillsmith, Fannie, 1911-2007 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Conner, Bruce Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boyce, Richard, 1920- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eshoo, Robert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boghosian, Varujan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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