Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Herman J. Wechsler Papers, 1913-1976, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.wechherm
Creators:
Wechsler, Herman Joel, 1904-
Dates:
1913-1976
Languages:
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of art historian and gallery director Herman J. Wechsler measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1913-1976. The collection primarily documents Wechsler's art historical publications and to a lesser extent the activities of F.A.R. Gallery. Records include business and personal correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished writings, personal business records, printed material, loose scrapbook pages, and photographs of Wechsler and his family.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York art historian and gallery director Herman J. Wechsler measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1913-1976. The collection primarily documents Wechsler's art historical publications and to a lesser extent the activities of F.A.R. Gallery. Records include business and personal correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished writings, personal business records, printed material, loose scrapbook pages, and photographs of Wechsler and his family.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1950-1975 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Writings, 1913-circa mid-1900s (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa mis-1900s-1976 (Box 2; 6 folders)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 1932-1976 (Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Scrapbook, 1935-1940 (Box 2; 2 folders)
  • Series 6: Photographs, circa mid-1900s-1975 (Box 2; 3 folders)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Herman Joel Wechsler (1904-1976) was an art historian and gallery director in New York, New York. Wechsler founded the Fine Arts Reproductions (F.A.R.) Gallery in 1934 which remained in business for the remainder of his life. Wechsler is known for writing An Introduction to Prints and Print Making (published in 1960), French Impressionists (1955), Gods and Goddesses in Art and Legend (1950), and Great Prints and Printmakers (1967). Wechsler died in 1976 and was survived by his wife Rachelle and daughter Antonia.

Administration
Author
Christen Brown
Processing Information
Collection processed in 2015 by intern, Christen P. Brown.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1977-1981 by Mrs. Herman J. Wechsler, Wechsler's widow.

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.
Terms of 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.
Preferred Citation
Herman Wechsler papers, 1913-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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