Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Jacques Seligmann & Co.
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974
203 linear feet
The records of Jacques Seligmann & Co. measure approximately 203 linearfeet and date from 1904 to 1978, with bulk dates from 1913 to 1974. Thecollection includes extensive correspondence files, reference materialon American and European collectors and their collections, inventoryand stock records, financial records, exhibition files, auction files, andthe records of subsidiary companies. The collection is an invaluableresource in tracing the provenance of particular works of art and providesa comprehensive view of the activities of collectors and art dealers in theyears leading up to and following World War II.
The records are in English and French.
The records of the Paris and New York art dealer Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., were donated to theArchives of American Art in 1978 by Mrs. Ethlyne Seligman, widow of Germain Seligman. A smalladdition of 19 linear feet was donated in 1994.
Alternative Forms Available
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2010 and is available via the Archives of American Art'swebsite.
The staff of the Archives of American Art partially processed the collection to a preliminary level inthe late 1970s. The collection was fully processed and the finding aid created by a team of professionalarchivists and archives technicians, including Barbara D. Aikens, Stephanie L. Ashley, WendyBruton, Patricia K. Craig, and Rosa Fernandez, between 1998 and 2001, with funding from the GettyFoundation.Series 1: Correspondence and Series 2: Collectors Files were digitized in 2010 with funding provided bythe Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The bulk of the remainder of the collection was digitized in 2010 withfunding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, SmithsonianInstitution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.