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National Arts Club records, 1898-1960

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Creator:
National Arts Club (New York, N.Y.)
Subject:
De Kay, Charles
Greacen, Edmund W.
Arts Realty
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
32.1 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary:
Records of the National Arts Club, spanning the period 1898 to 1960, document the founding of the organization, and its governance, administration, finances, exhibitions, and social activities. There are large gaps in the records and many of those surviving are incomplete, which can be explained by a 1932 resolution of the Board of Governors that "old files and letters and bills in the storeroom prior to 1922 may be destroyed at the discretion of the Secretary and Treasurer." An addition of 0.2 linear feet donated 2017 includes correspondence with artists about the club.
Citation:
National Arts Club records, 1898-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of the collection is available on microfilm reels 4237-4269. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
National Arts Club (founded 1898) was founded by Charles de Kay for purposes of providing exhibition space for types of art not otherwise adequately shown in New York City, publishing and circulating news about the arts, and promoting social relations between artists and art lovers. The Club's focus includes performing and creative arts, as well as the visual arts. The Clubhouse on Gramercy Park, once the mansion of Samuel Tilden, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976; it provides studio space and living quarters for some members, accomodations for visitors, and meeting and office space for organizations with compatible interests.
Provenance:
The National Arts Club donated its records to the Archives of American Art in 1987. Although a limited amount of printed matter was available at various libraries and on microfilm through the Archives of American Art, scholars have not had access to unpublished records of the Club until this time. Additional material donated 2017 by Elizabeth G. Knudsen, Edmund Greacen's granddaughter.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Scrapbooks
Decorative arts
Photography
Photographs
Handicraft
Clubhouses
Art
Photograph albums
Bibliographical exhibitions
Associations, institutions, etc
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9697
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211920
AAA_collcode_natiartc
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211920
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