R. Kirk Askew (Getty)
Durlacher Brothers Records 1919?73
Special Collections. Call Numbers: 950003; 950003*
Kirk Askew (1903-1974) managed the New York branch of the London firm Durlacher Brothers in the 1920s. Durlacher Brothers was established in 1843 by Henry and George Durlacher. In 1937 Askew purchased the business which he ran from New York until c. 1969. Askew's personal papers include correspondence (c. 1943-45) with artists who were represented by the gallery and exhibition catalogues (c. 1928-67). The London records, dating from before Askew's time, were destroyed by George Durlacher prior to the sale.
The records of the New York branch of the Durlacher Brothers pertain to the management (1920-1937) and ownership (1937-1974) of Kirk Askew. They are divided into eight series:
Series I. Correspondence and appointment books from 1919-1973 (boxes 1-3)
Series II. Financial records from 1921-1971 (boxes 4-15)
Series III. Stock books from 1923-1969 (boxes 16-27)
Series IV. Assorted office files for the years c.1920-1964 (boxes 28-29)
Series V. Photographs (boxes 30-35*)
Series VI. Tchelitchew estate files for 1942-1973 (boxes 36-38)
Series VII. Scrapbooks from 1934-1953 (box 39)
Series VIII. Kirk and Constance Askew files (The Gallery director and his wife),
c.1929-1967 (boxes 40-42).
Location of Record
The Getty Research Institute
for the History of Art and the Humanities
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Tel.: +1 310 440-7390
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Getty Research Library Catalogue Online
<http://library.getty.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First>, first accessed 17 January 2003. Link updated 16 July 2007.
N.H. Yeide, K. Akinsha, A.L. Walsh (eds.), AAM Guide to Provenance Research, Washington 2001, p. 222.
See also R. Kirk Askew, New York (Smithsonian)