Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- I -- GENERAL MATERIALS
- PART ONE
- 3 -- BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ENCYCLOPEDIAS
- BIBLIOGRAPHY
- Specific Aspects of the Bibliography Collection
- Auction Catalogs

Auction Catalogs

The collection of auction catalogs is representative for United States and English houses, but selective for French and most other European firms. Both priced and unpriced catalogs are retained, the priced being preferred. There is a bound file of the priced catalogs of the American Art Association Galleries from 1880; a fairly complete file for the Anderson Galleries from 1900; for the American Art Association from 1880; for the Parke-Bernet Galleries from 1938; and for Sotheby and Company from 1829, with some earlier scattered numbers. Auction catalogs of other American and European firms are present in large numbers. The larger, more important publications, located in the bibliography collection or classed by subject, are fully cataloged.1 An attempt is made to secure missing catalogs from 1956 onward of the active galleries and dealers whose catalogs the library currently receives and retains. In addition there are complete files of such auction records as American Book-Prices Current, Bookman's Price Index, and Book-Auction Records. Both the Art and Architecture and Prints Divisions maintain sales records and retain individual auction catalogs as received.2