Front cover image for Edith A. and Percy S. Straus collection: papers, 1917-1958

Edith A. and Percy S. Straus collection: papers, 1917-1958

The papers consist of correspondence conducted by Edith A. and Percy S. Straus with art dealers, art historians, critics, and collectors who assisted them with the selection and acquisition of works for their collection. Dating from 1917 to 1958, the papers illustrate the development of a significant private collection and document the various relationships the Strauses maintained with the connoisseurs who guided their collecting. The papers include invoices which carry statements of value, provenance, and attribution; letters from art historians (among them, Max J. Friedl"ander, Adolfo Venturi, Richard Offner, Bernard Berenson, Roberto Longhi, Erwin Panofsky, F. Mason Perkins, R. Langton Douglas, and Leo Planiscig) who gave opinions on the attribution, condition, and quality of works considered for acquisition by Mr. and Mrs. Straus; receipts and consular invoices; and photographs. Many of the photographs are annotated on the reverse with handwritten statements of attribution by the authorities consulted in the purchase
Archival Material, English, 1917