The Frick Collection Records

Art Collecting Files of Henry Clay Frick, 1881-1925

Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), a Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist, began forming his art collection in 1881, and continued to acquire works of art until his death in 1919. He bequeathed his New York City residence, furnishings, and art collection to be established as a public art gallery called The Frick Collection, which opened to the public in December 1935.

Institutional Records

The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library records consist of correspondence and memoranda, photographs, architectural records, minutes, ledgers, financial and legal documents, printed material, scrapbooks, and audio-visual materials documenting the founding and administration of the Collection and the Library.

Henry Clay Frick Furnishings Files, 1913–1920

Correspondence, primarily with White, Allom & Co., invoices, and lists concerning the interior decoration and furnishings of the Fricks' New York residence. Additional materials concerning furnishings in the Frick residences can be found in the Frick Family Papers.

The Frick Collection Records of the Organizing Director — Frederick Mortimer Clapp, 1920–1937

Reports, correspondence, memorandums, budgets, and notes regarding the planning and details of the alterations and additions to The Frick Collection and the construction of the Frick Art Reference Library.

The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Photographs, 1913–present

Photographs of the construction of Frick's New York residence and Frick Art Reference Library, the renovation of the residence, interior and exterior views, building details, and staff photographs. Also contains photographs of artwork and furnishings in the Collection.

The Frick Collection Symposium on the History of Art Records, 1939–1982

Programs, correspondence, invitations, press releases, opening remarks, and summaries of graduate student papers documenting the Collection’s graduate symposium program.

The Frick Collection Lecture Records, 1935–1985

Lecture schedules, correspondence, memorandums, attendance statistics, tickets, brochures, and some text copies of the lectures documenting the program of guest and staff lecturers.

The Frick Collection Concert Records, 1936–1986

Concert programs, tickets, schedules, correspondence, memorandums, texts of the intermission talks presented by Collection staff members, and promotional materials documenting the Collection’s concert series.

The Frick Collection Construction Records, 1933–1937

Contracts, work orders, invoices, receipts, vouchers, and daily progress reports documenting the work of the subcontractors during the conversion of the Frick residence into a public gallery and the construction of the new Frick Art Reference Library building.

The Frick Collection Central Files, 1932–1936

Alphabetical subject files documenting the conversion of the New York residence of Henry Clay Frick to The Frick Collection, a public art museum, and the construction of a new Frick Art Reference Library building. The files include correspondence, internal memorandums, minutes, reports, clippings, inventories, and contracts.



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