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Creating Access to the Knoedler Gallery Archive

Program Period: July 2014–December 2016

Charles L. Knoedler, the youngest son of Michael Knoedler, at the gallery's fourth location
This grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), awarded through its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, will enable the Getty Research Institute to accelerate processing and partial digitization of the Knoedler Gallery Archive.

The Knoedler Archive is one of the most important resources for research and scholarship on the evolution of the American art market and the formation of the great American museums. It documents the business of one of the country's oldest galleries for more than a century, from 1848 to 1971, and traces shifting American tastes and the changing role of art in American society. In addition to its art-historical significance, the archive provides critical insight into broader economic, social, and cultural histories and into the nation's evolving sense of place in the world.

Telegrams to and from Andrew W. Mellon
The archive contains 1,400 unprocessed linear feet of correspondence with artists, clients, and galleries; an extensive collection of photographs; stock and sales books; shipping and receiving books; financial records; restoration and framing records; and research files. As a result of this grant, the Research Institute will be able to rehouse, preserve, and partially digitize the archive, as well as develop an online finding aid and make the archival materials freely available to scholars and the general public through numerous points of access, including the Research Institute website.