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American Art Association  Search this
Parsons, Alfred  Search this
Kirby, Thomas Ellis  Search this
Millet, Francis Davis  Search this
Carnegie, Andrew  Search this
Crocker, William H.  Search this
American Watercolor Society  Search this
Blakeslee Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
27.8 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The American Art Association records measure 27.8 linear feet and date from circa 1853-1929, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1885-1922. The records include auction and sales files, general financial and legal files, inventory and stock records, client files, printed materials, photographic materials, artwork, and the scattered personal papers of founder Thomas Ellis Kirby.
American Art Association records, circa 1853-1929, bulk 1885-1922. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Portions of this collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 422-425 and 4478-4484 at the Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Related Materials:
Additional auction catalogs also located in: Archives of American Art, American Art Auction Catalog Collection; chiefly reels N141-N221.
Biography Note:
The American Art Association was an art gallery and auction house based in New York City, New York, formed in 1883 by James F. Sutton, R. Austin Robertson, and Thomas E. Kirby. It was the first auction house in the United States.
A portion of the American Art Association records were donated in 1968 by Thomas Ellis Kirby's daughter, Mrs. Thomas B. Waller. The remaining records were donated by the American Antiquarian Society in 1978 and 1993.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Sales records  Search this
Art auctions  Search this
Auctioneers  Search this
Art  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Artists  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Auctions  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art, French  Search this
Prints  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
The Art Market
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art