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David Frankenstein and a Focus Gallery assistant hanging photographs for exhibition, A kind of beatness

Photographer:
Green, Mark, 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
San Francisco, Calif.
Date:
1975
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11533
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Mark Green papers, 1954-1991, bulk 1954-1978
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Abe Frajndlich reception

Photographer:
Thompson, Gary  Search this
Subject:
Frajndlich, Abe  Search this
Focus Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1978 March 9
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15937
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Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15937
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Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987

Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Uelsmann, Jerry  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
Heinecken, Robert  Search this
Caponigro, Paul  Search this
Siskind, Aaron  Search this
Leibovitz, Annie  Search this
Johnston, Helen  Search this
Abbott, Berenice  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Weston, Brett  Search this
Dater, Judy  Search this
Hosoe, Eik?  Search this
Porter, Eliot  Search this
Bullock, Wynn  Search this
Brandt, Bill  Search this
George Eastman House  Search this
Torren Gallery  Search this
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Visitors' books  Search this
Photographic art galleries  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10224
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213302
AAA_collcode_focugall
Theme:
The Art Market
Photography
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213302
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Interviews of California photographers, 1981 June 18- Nov. 20

Creator:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
Kurabi, Louise Katzman  Search this
Worth, Don  Search this
Sultan, Larry  Search this
Walker, Todd  Search this
Katzman, Louise  Search this
Rice, Leland  Search this
Borger, Irene Marian  Search this
Gutmann, John  Search this
Flick, Robbert  Search this
Fischer, Hal  Search this
Fulton, Jack  Search this
Johnston, Helen  Search this
Fahey, David  Search this
Brumfield, John  Search this
Mandel, Mike  Search this
Focus Gallery  Search this
Topic:
Gallery owners  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Photography  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographic art galleries  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10634
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214207
AAA_collcode_sanfrmma
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214207

Administrative Records

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
8 folders (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1985
Scope and Contents:
Administrative records contain a gallery history file, a chronology of exhibits, owner Helen Johnston's notebooks, a folder on Toren Gallery (founded by Robert Toren and also located in San Francisco), Imogen Cunningham Trust files regarding orders and sales of personally printed and signed photographs, and a polices and procedures file. The gallery history contains notes, press releases, and clippings, including a five year anniversary interview with Helen Johnston. This folder also has photographs, contact sheets and negatives of Ms. Johnston and the gallery. It appears that Robert Toren was a personal friend of Helen Johnston and sometimes gave her recommendations for photographers and exhibitions.
Arrangement:
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 1
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref12

Artists files

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
8 folders (Boxes 10-11)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1978
Scope and Contents:
Artists files contain collected materials about photographers of interest who did not exhibit at the Gallery. Files contain primarily printed materials, but there are also biographical materials, correspondence, and some sample photographs.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged alphabetically
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 4
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Sales and Inventories

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
11 folders (Box 11)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1987
Scope and Contents:
This series includes customer index cards, inventories and price lists of both prints and books, and receipts for photographs bought, sold, and on consignment.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged alphabetically
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 6
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Printed Materials

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
7 folders (Box 11 and Hol 12)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1987
Scope and Contents:
Contains news clippings, press releases of Focus Gallery and other galleries, and Focus Gallery's bookshop catalogs.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged alphabetically, then chronologically
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 7
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref387

Guest Books

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
6 folders (Hol 12-13)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978-1985
1966-1970
Scope and Contents:
These bound volumes and loose pages contain names, addresses, and sometimes comments, of visitors to Focus Gallery.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged chronologically
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 8
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Financial and Legal files

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
6 folders (Box 11)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1987
Scope and Contents:
Contain bookshop, general accounting and insurance records, general business invoices and receipts, leases, and tax documents.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged alphabetically by type of material.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 5
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref404

Focus Gallery records

Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Names:
George Eastman House  Search this
Torren Gallery  Search this
Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Brandt, Bill  Search this
Bullock, Wynn  Search this
Caponigro, Paul, 1932-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Dater, Judy  Search this
Heinecken, Robert, 1931-  Search this
Hosoe, Eikō, 1933  Search this
Johnston, Helen, 1916-1989  Search this
Leibovitz, Annie, 1949-  Search this
Porter, Eliot, 1901-  Search this
Siskind, Aaron  Search this
Uelsmann, Jerry, 1934-  Search this
Weston, Brett  Search this
Extent:
11.8 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1963-1987
Summary:
The records of San Francisco Focus Gallery measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1963-1987. The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files. There are also artists files, sales information, correspondence, and scattered records of the gallery's companion bookshop.
Scope and Contents:
The records of San Francisco's Focus Gallery measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1963-1987. The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files. There are also artists files, sales information, correspondence, and scattered records of the gallery's companion bookshop.

Exhibition files comprise the bulk of the collection and generally contain a wide range of materials including correspondence, short biographies, forms requesting artists' background information, flyers, booklets, brochures, checklists, loan agreements, sales records, news releases, and photographs and negatives. Among the many photographers exhibited were Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Wynn Bullock, Paul Caponigro, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Robert Heinecken, Eikoh Hosoe, Annie Leibovitz, Eliot Porter, Aaron Siskind, Jerry Uelsmann, and Brett Weston.

A relatively small amount of general business correspondence includes orders and payments for photographic prints, books, and magazine subscriptions, some personal notes, and requests for information about how to submit for exhibitions and for exhibition schedules. Correspondents include customers, photographers, publishers, law firms, museum, and colleges and universities. Correspondence from the founding year contains Johnston's letters to various venues prominent in art photography, such as George Eastman House. There is also a letter to Ansel Adams requesting prints to sell or for a small opening exhibit.

Additional records include artists' files; sales and inventory records containing print and bookshop inventories, general pricing information and receipts for photographs; and printed materials including flyers and brochures, bookshop catalogs and news releases. There are also scattered administrative records, including gallery history, a file on the Toren Gallery and five owner's notebooks, as well as The Imogen Cunningham Trust files documenting Focus Gallery's interactions with the trust before and after Cunningham's death regarding photographs printed and signed by her; financial and legal files; and guest books.

Documents in the collection that pre-date the founding of the gallery are found in the Toren Gallery file and a few of the exhibition files.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1963-1985 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-1987 (Boxes 1-2; 1 linear foot)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1966-1985 (Boxes 2-10; 8.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Artists Files, 1966-1978 (Boxes 10-11; 0 .5 linear feet)

Series 5: Financial and Legal Files, 1966-1987 (Box 11; 0 .2 linear feet)

Series 6: Sales and Inventories, 1966-1987 (Box 11; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Materials, 1966-1987 (Boxes 11-12; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Guest Books, 1966-1970, 1978-1985 (Boxes 12-13; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Focus Gallery was founded by Helen Head Johnson (1916-1989) in 1966 on Union Street in San Francisco. The gallery exhibited and sold primarily art photographs and other contemporary art.

Helen Head Johnston believed that photography deserved its own exhibition space. As stated in the gallery's first press release, "in seeking to encourage print collecting it (the gallery) offers not only a show place but also a market place for photographers." While retaining an emphasis on Bay Area photographers, the gallery's exhibitions soon became international in scope, featuring little known and well-established photographers through both solo and group exhibitions. With few exceptions, the gallery's policy was to feature an artist only once. To help keep the gallery going in its early days, Johnston started a bookshop mail-order business. At the time of its closing in August 1985, Focus Gallery was the longest continuously operating photography gallery in the country. The bookshop continued in another location for an additional two years.

The collection is arranged as 8 series

Series 1: Administrative records, 1963-1985, (Box 1 8 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-1987, undated (Box 1-2 1 linear foot)

Series 3: Exhibition files, 1966-1985 (Box 2-10 8.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Artists files, 1966-1978, undated (Box 10-11, 9 folders)

Series 5: Financial and Legal files, 1966-1987 (Box 11 6 folders)

Series 6: Sales and Inventories, 1966-1987, undated (Box 11 11 folders)

Series 7: Printed Materials, 1966-1987, undated (Box 11 and Hol 12 7 folders)

Series 8: Guest Books, 1966-1985 (Hol 12-13 6 folders)
Related Materials:
Among the holding of the Archives of American Art is an untranscribed interview of Helen Johnston by Louise Katzman or Irene Borger in the collection Interviews of California Photographers 1981 Jun.-Nov.20.

Helen Johnston left her private photography collection to the de Saisset Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Provenance:
The Focus Gallery records were donated by the estate of owner Helen Johnston, care of Gerald O'Conner, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Focus 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.
Topic:
Visitors' books  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Photography -- Exhibitions  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographic art galleries -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photographers -- United States  Search this
Gallery owners -- local  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art dealers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-focugall
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear Feet (Box 1-2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1987
Scope and Contents:
Contains general business correspondence between owner Helen Johnston and customers, photographers, publishers, law firms, museums, and colleges and universities; some with enclosures such as photographs and brochures. Topics covered include orders and payments, and inquiries about the gallery and its exhibits. Additional correspondence may be found in Series 3: Exhibition files and Series 4: Artists files.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged chronologically
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 2
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref27

Solo Exhibition files

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
4.9 Linear Feet (Boxes 2-7)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1985
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged alphabetically by photographer's last name.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Subseries 3.1
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref441

Group Exhibiton files

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
3.6 Linear Feet (Boxes 7-10)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1985
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged alphabetically by exhibition title.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Subseries 3.2
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref442

Exhibition files

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Extent:
8.5 Linear Feet (Box 2-10)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1985
Scope and Contents:
Exhibition files include flyers and brochures, biographical materials, news clippings, correspondence, and sample photographs, slides and negatives. They may also include information on exhibition layouts, lists of photographs to be included, and wall text. Among photographers exhibited were Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Aaron Siskind, Jerry Uelsmann, and Brett Weston. The file on Willard Worden (1868-1946) contains photocopies of his military service records dating from 1898 to 1946.
Arrangement:
Series 1 is arranged in two subseries, Subseries 3.1: Solo Exhibition files and Subseries 3.2: Group Exhibition files
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall, Series 3
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref55

William Current (1983)

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref100

Margo Davis (1973)

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref101

Nicholas Dean (1968)

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref102

Michele Dearborn "Ballet Photographs" (1982)

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982-1983
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-focugall-ref103

Mike De Castro (1977)

Collection Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1977
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Focus 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.
Collection Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Focus Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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