Inside Catherine Martin Archives

How we got started

1902 – Founder’s immigrant family attend the 26 February 4:15pm Columbia Theatre Concert of Paderewski playing Chopin (and other composers), while on his 5th Concert Tour of the United States

1919-1920 – Founder’s grandmother obtains lobby cards from Chaplin’s 1918 Shoulder Arms. They remain in the archives.

1925 – The founder’s grandmother, nee Josephine Schlict, living in New York City and celebrating her wedding anniversary, receives a gift of a battlefield painting by Frenchman Jacques Courtois (aka, il Borgognone or Giacomo Borgognone; 1621-1676?) from the Countess Kazimiera Adrian-Adrianowska. The painting remains in the Catherine Martin archive collection.

1936 – Chinese Han Dynasty elaborately modelled water vessel, as well as collection of Chinese and Japanese vases and carvings, given to Founder’s grandparents. They remain in the collections.

1951Arnold Hoffman, AWS watercolour of Houses along the Hudson River. The painting remains in the Catherine Martin archive collection.

1 May 1958 – Chessmen, an oil on canvas by Stas Pyka, given as present to Founder’s parents. The painting remains in the Catherine Martin archive collection.

1960s – Founder’s mother paints at Art Student’s League and New School for Social Research, exhibits at academic shows in New York's Nassau–Suffolk–Westchester counties and New York City.

1974 – Large genre work of Hanging Hare and Three Birds by Dutch artist Jan Weenix , c. 1699-1701, in original hand-carved and gilt frame, formerly exhibited at the Fogg Art museum, purchased. The painting remains in the Catherine Martin archive collection.

02 December 1976Robert Rauschenberg signs the cover of Time Magazine for the archives. It remains in the Catherine Martin archives.

1997 – Vintage movie posters, including original of Broadway Melody (1929) and Grande Hotel (1932), purchased at Christie’s East auction in NYC. They remain part of permanent vintage movie poster collection spanning years 1896-2010.

2009-2010 – A fire sales in artwork, perhaps in part due to temporary downturn of world equity markets and Lehmann collapse, permit increases in content and quality of Archives, especially with additions in Ash Can and New Hope Schools, peri-and post World War II American abstract, post-modern, pop, and Latin America.

2013 – Cleaning of major work by Maurice Sterne (1878-1957), signed and dated 1928, by Conservator John Hartmann, reveals the painting to be one of the pieces exhibited in Sterne’s first American one-man show at MOMA in 1933.

2015 – Original correspondences of John Sloan, Harry Bertoia, Diego Rivera and George Bernard Shaw added to archives.