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Nineteenth-century material consists of items acquired by Edith Gregor Halpert for research purposes or to document works of art in the gallery's inventory.The few records postdating the closing of the gallery relate to the estate of Edith Gregor Halpert.The extensive records of the Downtown Gallery present a comprehensive portrait of a significant commercial gallery that operated as a successful business for more than forty years, representing major contemporary American artists and engendering appreciation for early American folk art.Edith Halpert, the gallery's founder and director, was an influential force in the American art world for a large part of the twentieth century.The photographs series includes images of people: Edith Gregor Halpert, family, friends, also many images of her dog, Adam, and views of her country home in Newtown, Connecticut.
In addition, there are a small number of letters from relatives, photographs of Halpert's family, home and friends, and limited information about her country house and personal finances. In addition, there is correspondence concerning routine gallery business and administrative affairs.
Audiovisual materials are 16-mm motion picture films of the Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation television series, , produced between 19 in association with Jensen Productions.
An additional 16-mm motion picture film includes "tails out" footage of Charles Sheeler at home and at work, circa 1950.
Personal papers are intermingled with the business records of the Downtown Gallery.
Many of the artists represented by the gallery were Halpert's personal friends, and over the years she developed social relationships and friendships with many clients.