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American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993, bulk 1909-1969

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American Federation of Arts
Whistler, James McNeill
Goodnough, Robert
Stella, Joseph
Albert, Calvin
Lawrence, Jacob
Altman, Harold
Henri, Robert
Crawford, Ralston
Dubuffet, Jean
Bishop, Isabel
Hayter, Stanley William
Avery, Milton
Kahn, Max
Casarella, Edmond
Frasconi, Antonio
Zoellner, Richard
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)
Kelly, Ellsworth
Tomlin, Bradley Walker
Jorn, Asger
Mechlin, Leila
Goya, Francisco
Parks, Gordon
Léger, Fernand
Demuth, Charles
Weber, Max
Gatch, Lee
Heliker, John Edward
Diebenkorn, Richard
Xceron, Jean
Margo, Boris
Nicholson, Ben
Baziotes, William
Antreasian, Garo Z. (Garo Zareh)
Baskin, Leonard
Oliveira, Nathan
Sterne, Hedda
Rattner, Abraham
Smith, David
Summers, Carol
Tworkov, Jack
Neuberger, Roy R. (Roy Rothschild)
Bertoia, Harry
Spruance, Benton
Stamos, Theodoros
Sato, Tadashi
Graves, Morris
Force, Juliana
Marsh, Reginald
Spaeth, Eloise O.
Perlmutter, Jack
Moller, Hans
Tobey, Mark
Gwathmey, Robert
Shahn, Ben
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)
Sheeler, Charles
Steichen, Edward
Moore, Henry
Hartley, Marsden
Seligmann, Kurt
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)
Hofmann, Hans
Pollock, Jackson
Savelli, Angelo
Von Wicht, John
Arp, Jean
Chase, William Merritt
Jones, John Paul
Tchelitchew, Pavel
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
Moy, Seong
Francis, Sam
Peterdi, Gabor
van Rijn, Rembrandt Harmenszoon
O'Keeffe, Georgia
Von Wiegand, Charmion
Sterne, Maurice
Hopper, Edward
Berman, Eugene
Treiman, Joyce Wahl
Meeker, Dean
Day, Worden
Luks, George Benjamin
Zao, Wou-ki
De Diego, Julio
Reinhardt, Ad
Eakins, Thomas
Weir, Julian Alden
Saetti, Bruno
Bingham, George Caleb
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil
Breuer, Marcel
Wald, Sylvia
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Zorach, Marguerite
Callahan, Kenneth L.
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim
Miró, Joan
Marin, John
Brooks, James
De Kooning, Willem
Watkins, Franklin Chenault
Suzuki, James
Takal, Peter
Knaths, Karl
Ernst, Jimmy
Zerbe, Karl
Schongauer, Martin
Rauschenberg, Robert
Picasso, Pablo
Levine, Jack
Schanker, Louis
Steg, J. L.
Bellows, George
Turner, Joseph Mallord William
Wines, James
Thon, William
Ruckstull, F. W. (Fred Wellington),
Walkowitz, Abraham
Tamayo, Rufino
Stieglitz, Alfred
Roszak, Theodore
Stone, Edward Durell
Sargent, John Singer
Gottlieb, Adolph
Braque, Georges
Zorach, William
Schrag, Karl
Schramm, James S
Soyer, Raphael
Fine, Perle
Whiting, Frederic Allen
Feininger, Lyonel
Vespignani, Renzo
Hassam, Childe
Kohn, Misch
MacIver, Loren
Frankenthaler, Helen
Gonzalez, Xavier
Coen, Eleanor Jean
Blume, Peter
Santomaso, Giuseppe
Nevelson, Louise
Thrall, Arthur
Ratkai, George
Porter, Fairfield
Klee, Paul
Chagall, Marc
Citron, Minna Wright
Albers, Anni
Ryder, Albert Pinkham
Murch, Walter Tandy
Adams, Ansel Easton
Renoir, Auguste
Chesney, Lee
Pozzatti, Rudy O.
Yunkers, Adja
Sloan, John French
Wyeth, Andrew
Clements, Geoffrey
Kienbusch, William Austin
De Rivera, José Ruiz
Rivers, Larry
Daumier, Honoré
Dove, Arthur Garfield
Barnet, Will
Lipchitz, Jacques
Hartigan, Grace
George, Thomas
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico
Conover, Robert F. (Robert Fremont)
Okada, Kenzo
Degas, Edgar
Tooker, George
Albers, Josef
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
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78.6 linear ft.
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Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The records of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) thoroughly document the Federation's founding and history of sponsoring exhibitions and programs supporting the study and promotion of American art, both nationally and abroad. Included are correspondence, subject files, exhibition files, reports, financial statements, printed material, and photographs.
The bulk of the records (62 feet) are the Exhibition Files (Series V), primarily those in the Annual Exhibitions subseries (approximately 47 feet). These files, arranged chronologically, contain contracts and legal agreements, correspondence, memoranda, itinerary information, condition reports, publicity materials, catalogs, announcements, and price lists for nearly 500 varied exhibitions, including contemporary American and foreign art and architecture, experimental art, the exchange of cultural ideas, and the promotion of artists of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds through exhibitions such as a Jacob Lawrence retrospective (1960), "Contemporary Jewish Ceremonial Art" (1961), the "Heart of India" (1962), "1,000 Years of American Indian Art" (1963), and "Ten Negro Artists from the United States" (1966), whose file contains photographs of 16 African-American artists and their paintings exhibited at the First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal, 1966, taken by Geoffrey Clements.
Another subseries, Exhibitions, General, reflect the work of the AFA's Board of Trustees Exhibition Committee and documents its early involvement with traveling exhibitions through the files of Juliana R. Force, Eloise Spaeth, and Mrs. John Pope. Other Exhibition Files subseries document specific programs, rejected, cancelled, or suggested exhibitions, and exhibitions held in partnerships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and other organizations.
Included in the Finding Aid for the collection may be found a listing of over 6,000 artists' and others exhibiting with the AFA. Among those with a sizeable number of entries are: Ansel Adams, Anni and Josef Albers, Calvin Albert, Harold Altman, Garo Antreasian, Jean Arp, Milton Avery, Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin, William Baziotes, George W. Bellows, Eugene Berman, Harry Bertoia, George Caleb Bingham, Isabel Bishop, Peter Blume, Georges Braque, Marcel Breuer, James Brooks, Charles Burchfield, Kenneth Callahan, Edmund Casarella, Marc Chagall, William Merritt Chase, Lee Chesney, Minna Citron, Eleanor Coen, Robert F. Conover, Ralston Crawford, Honore Daumier, Worden Day, Willem de Kooning, Jose De Rivera, Edgar Degas, Charles Demuth, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Jean Dubuffet, Thomas Eakins, Louis Eilshemius, Jimmy Ernst, Lyonel Feininger, Perle Fine, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Antonio Frasconi, Lee Gatch, Thomas George, Robert Goodnough, Adolph Gottlieb, Francisco Goya, Morris Graves, Robert Gwathmey, Grace Hartigan, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Stanley Hayter, John Heliker, Robert Henri, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, John Paul Jones, Asger Jorn, Max Kahn, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kienbusch, Paul Klee, Karl Knaths, Misch Kohn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Leger, Jack Levine, Jacques Lipchitz, George Luks, Loren MacIver, Boris Margo, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Dean Meeker, Joan Miro, Hans Moller, Henry Moore, George L.K. Morris, Seong Moy, Walter Murch, Louise Nevelson, Ben Nicholson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Kenzo Okada, Nathan Oliveira, Gordon Parks, I. Rice Pereira, Jack Perlmutter, Gabor Peterdi, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Fairfield Porter, Rudy Pozzatti, Maurice Prendergast, George Ratkai, Abraham Rattner, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Rembrandt, Renoir, Larry Rivers, Theodore Roszak, Georges Rouault, Albert Ryder, Bruno Saetti, Guiseppe Santomaso, John Singer Sargent, Tadashi Sato, Angelo Savelli, Louis Schanker, Martin Schongauer, Karl Schrag, Kurt Seligmann, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, David Smith, Raphael Soyer, Benton Spruance, Theodoros Stamos, James Louis Steg, Edward Steichen, Joseph Stella, Hedda Sterne, Maurice Sterne, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Durell Stone, Carol Summers, James Suzuki, Peter Takal, Rufino Tamayo, Pavel Tchelitchew, William Thon, Arthur Thrall, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Mark Tobey, Bradley Walker Tomlin, George Tooker, Joyce Treiman, Joseph M.W. Turner, Jack Tworkov, Renzo Vespignani, John Von Wicht, Charmion Von Wiegand, Syvia Wald, Abraham Walkowitz, Franklin Watkins, Max Weber, Julian Alden Weir, James McNeil Whistler, Worthington Whittredge, James Wines, Wou-Ki Zao, Andrew Wyeth, Jean Sceron, Adja Yunkers, Karl Zerbe, Richard Zoellner, Marguerite Zorach, and William Zorach.
The earliest documentation is in Series I, Board of Trustees, and concerns the history of AFA. Included are correspondence and files of various officers, including Frederick Allen Whiting, Thomas Brown Rudd, Daniel Longwell, James S. Schramm, and Roy R. Neuberger, and of Leila Mechlin, AFA's secretary from 1909-1933, and treasurer Lawrence M.C. Smith. Series 2, Administrative records, also contains documentation on history and founding, and affiliations, buildings and moves, grants, government art programs, fundraising, publicity, publications, and the AFA's fiftieth anniversary celebration. Files in this series are arranged in two subseries, Alphabetical Files, and Staff records.
Series 3, Special Programs, consists of files on the many special programs AFA either sponsored or participated in, among them the Artists in Residence program sponsored by the Ford Foundation Program for Visual Artists; the Museum Donor Program funded by Audrey Bruce Currier and Stephen Richard Currier; the New York State Council on the Arts; the Picture of the Month program; and the Jean Tennyson Foundation Color Slide Lecture Program.
Series 4 consists of documentation on AFA's Annual Conventions, beginning with the 3rd annual convention in 1912 and continuting through 1963, with files missing for several years. Included are proceedings, speeches, programs, clippings, correspondence, and press releases. The 1957 files contain reel-to-reel tapes.
Series 6, Printed Material, consists of material dating 1990-1993 and which has an unexplained provenance. Series 7, Miscellaneous Files, 1926-1962, contain Architectural League of New York Records relating to National Awards Program, and lantern slides from the "New Horizons in America" lecture series. Series 8, Oversize Materials include a portfolio, posters, and magazines dating from the late 1800s.
American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993, bulk 1909-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
American Federation of Arts (AFA) (established 1909) is a national nonprofit museum service organization in New York, N.Y.
The bulk of the records were donated by the American Federation of Arts between 1964 and 1966. In 1972, AFA donated 16 photographs taken by Geoffrey Clements of artists whose work was exhibited in "Ten Negro Artists from the United States" in Dakar, Senegal's First World Festival of Negro Arts (circulated by AFA). In 1978, Christopher Cook of the Addison Gallery donated sound recordings from the AFA's 1951 annual meeting in Philadelphia, and in 1979, Preston Bolton donated letters regarding planning for the 1957 AFA Annual Convention held in Houston, Texas, convention minutes from 1956, and newsletters.The provenance of the 1990-1993 printed material is unknown.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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