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Architectural League of New York records

Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Names:
American Institute of Architects  Search this
National Sculpture Society (U.S.)  Search this
Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934  Search this
Extent:
114.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Annual reports
Photographs
Minutes
Lantern slides
Date:
1880s-1974
Summary:
The records of the Architectural League of New York measure 114.9 linear feet and date from 1880s-1974 (bulk 1927-1968). The League's mission "to advance the art of architecture" is documented through administrative and business records, committee records and officers' files, exhibition files, records of functions and events, correspondence, publicity files, photographs, lantern slides, and 16 scrapbooks.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Architectural League of New York measure 114.9 linear feet and date from 1880s-1974 (bulk 1927-1968). The League's mission "to advance the art of architecture" is documented through administrative and business records, committee records and officers' files, exhibition files, records of functions and events, correspondence, publicity files, photographs, lantern slides, and scrapbooks.

League records prior to 1927 are limited in the collection and are mostly found among Administrative Files. The administrative files include a nearly complete collection of annual reports from 1889-1932 and various meetings minutes from 1889 through the mid-20th century. Also found is a history of the League written by founding member Cass Gilbert, documentation of the changes of the League Constitution and By-Laws during the first half of the 20th century, and other administrative records.

Over a third of the collection are records from committees, including voluminous records of the Executive Committee, Current Work Committee, House Committee, Finance Committee, Membership Committee, and Scholarships and Special Awards Committee. In addition, there are scattered records for minor committees. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, election ballots, financial records, membership records, documents related to awarding scholarships and awards, and other administrative and organizational committee records. Found is the original 1889 agreement between the Architectural League, the Art Students League, and the Society of American Artists to build the American Fine Arts Society building. Throughout the collection, but especially in the Membership Committee subseries, the records provide a glimpse into the struggles the League faced during the Depression through World War II to maintain dues-paying members.

Officers' Files includes collated records of the League Executive Secretary and Secretary, as well as correspondence of the League President and Treasurer. Materials found here are not comprehensive; similar materials can be found throughout the collection.

Financial records such as bank statements, correspondence, and ledgers; insurance correspondence and policies; and legal correspondence, are found in the Business Records series. This series does not include records prior to 1926.

Exhibition files provide detailed documentation of the exhibitions sponsored by, or held at, the League primarily from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Records related to the League Annual Exhibition, the National Gold Medal Exhibitions, and the 1939 World's Fair in New York are found here, as well as exhibition files arranged chronologically by exhibition date and miscellaneous administrative files. Materials include administrative files, applications, correspondence, printed materials, publicity files, and other records related to organizing and managing exhibitions. The files of the Exhibition Committee are also found here.

Other series which document activities held by, or held at, the League include Functions and Events series and Publicity Files series. Found is correspondence, printed materials, press releases, schedules, and other administrative documents created in organizing events such as dinners, lectures, receptions, balls, and outings. The Records of Other Organizations includes records relating to organizations that had business with the League, often regarding events, meetings, and exhibitions held at the League. Represented here are some records of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) and the National Sculpture Society (N.S.S.).

Correspondence includes miscellaneous correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject or name, and collated correspondence arranged chronologically. Most of the chronological correspondence appears to be Secretaries' files. The materials in the Miscellaneous series seem to have been separated from their original files, or were never filed properly. Therefore, materials and contents are similar to those found in other series, such as correspondence, administrative records, some financial records, and handwritten notes.

Black and white photographs, a handful of colored photographs, nearly 350 lantern slides, and negatives of exhibitions, buildings, events, and portraits are found in the Photographic Materials series.

Sixteen scrapbooks include eight scrapbooks of clippings from 1880s-1960s, and seven scrapbooks of notices and printed materials from 1925-1930. Also found is a scrapbook of signatures of event attendees, a clippings scrapbook compiled by Hamilton M. Wright, and a scrapbook of the Archeological Institute of America.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series:

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1889-1969 (Boxes 1-10, OV 116; 9.7 linear feet)

Series 2: Committee Records, 1887-1974 (Boxes 10-54, 110, 114, OV 116; 44.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Officers' Files, 1900, 1923-1970 (Boxes 54-58; 3.9 linear feet)

Series 4: Business Records, circa 1926-1972 (Boxes 58-62, BVs 129-144; 7.35 linear feet)

Series 5: Exhibitions, 1887-1972, bulk 1930s-1960s (Boxes 62-83, 111, OVs 117-119; 21.85 linear feet)

Series 6: Functions and Events, 1909, 1931-1973 (Boxes 84-93, OV 120; 9.35 linear feet)

Series 7: Publicity Files, 1922-1972 (Boxes 93-95, 111; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Records Relating to Organizations, 1908-1968, bulk 1930s-1960s (Boxes 95-101; 6.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Correspondence, 1929-1970 (Boxes 101-103, OV 120; 1.85 linear feet)

Series 10: Miscellaneous, circa 1936-1968 (Boxes 103-104; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 11: Photographic Materials, 1896-1960s (Boxes 105-108, 112, OVs 121-128; 4.3 linear feet)

Series 12: Scrapbooks, 1880s-1960s (Boxes 108-109, 113-115, BVs 145-148; 2.2 linear feet)

There are frequently similar and related materials in multiple series, as is indicated in the series' descriptions. The records may originally have been arranged by file owner (committees, secretary, etc.), then by League season (roughly May - April). Most series include a handful of folders in which the original folder title indicates the file owner and League season (i.e. Secretary 1938-1939).
Historical Note:
Modeling the organization's name after the Art Students League of New York, the Architectural League of New York was founded in New York City in 1881 by a group of architects who wished to gather and discuss architecture and its relationship to the arts. The group elected D.W. Willard as the first President of the League and they began gathering regularly to discuss and critique each other's sketches and hold competitions. The organization grew quickly and soon the League rented a room in a building on 14th Street between University Place and Fifth Avenue.

However, by the mid-1880s the founders and more active League members left New York, and membership began to falter. The League was reorganized in 1886, expanding membership beyond professional architects, and incorporated in 1888 with 166 members. In 1889, the League joined with the Art Students League of New York and the Society of American Artists to form the American Fine Arts Society. Thus, in 1892 the three organizations were able to erect a building at 215 West 57th Street where the League remained until 1927 when it moved to 115 East 40th Street.

The League was run by the Executive Committee and its officers, elected every two years. The beginning of each League season kicked off with an annual dinner in the spring. The League also formed numerous committees to organize activities and manage administrative tasks. Noteworthy committees include the Current Work Committee, House Committee, Finance Committee, Exhibition Committee, Membership Committee, and Scholarships and Special Awards Committee.

The League's interdisciplinary approach to architecture and the arts was expressed through sponsored forums and discussions with architects and artists. From the League's beginning, the Current Work Committee was established to organize educational forums for members. Recognition of achievement was awarded by an Annual Exhibition from the late 1880s until 1938. In 1950, the League began awarding the annual National Gold Medal Exhibition in various fields such as landscape architecture, engineering, and sculpture. Additionally, the League awarded numerous other scholarships each year. Architects, artists, and arts-related organizations could also rent space in the League building to hold meetings, discussions, and exhibitions.

The League admitted its first female member in 1934. Notable members of the League included Arnold W. Brunner (President, 1903-1905), Cass Gilbert (President, 1913-1915), Philip Johnson, Robert A.M. Stern, and Russell Sturgis (President, 1889-1893).

The Architectural League of New York continues to provide educational opportunities and scholarships to students and professionals.

Background information was gathered from a written history of the League by Cass Gilbert found in this collection and the Architectural League of New York website (http://archleague.org/category/archive/history-archive/).
Related Material:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are several collections that contain Architectural League of New York records. The American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993, include a significant amount of League records related to national awards programs and lantern slides from the "New Horizons in America" lecture series.
Provenance:
The Architectural League of New York records were donated in several installments from 1967-1980 by the Architectural League of New York.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Associations, institutions, etc.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Annual reports
Photographs
Minutes
Lantern slides
Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.archleag
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Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-archleag
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Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968

Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Subject:
Gilbert, Cass  Search this
National Sculpture Society (U.S.)  Search this
American Institute of Architects  Search this
New York World's Fair  Search this
Topic:
Annual reports  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Lantern slides  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Minutes  Search this
Associations, institutions, etc  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7617
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209780
AAA_collcode_archleag
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209780
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Environment V: Vibrations exhibition poster

Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Subject:
Cassen, Jackie  Search this
Stern, Rudi  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1967
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14914
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Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14914
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Members of the Architectural League on an outing to Philip Johnson's Glass House

Subject:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New Canaan, Conn.
Date:
1949
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13541
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Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13541
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Architectural League of New York Building

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Extent:
(Oversized material housed in Box 112, Folder 3)
Container:
Box 105, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s-1950s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref3744

Architectural League of New York Building

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Extent:
(Oversized material from Box 105, Folder 10)
Container:
Box 112, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s-1950s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref3800

Architectural League of New York [Folder]

Additional name:
New York Architectural League  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_99624

The Architectural League of New York : 125 years

Author:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Subject:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Physical description:
134 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2006
Topic:
Architecture--Societies, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA11 .A74 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_841318

1945 Proceedings of the Architectural League of New York

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1945
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref33

Bequests to the Architectural League of New York

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Container:
Box 101, Folder 63
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref3625

Gifts to the Architectural League of New York

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Extent:
(2 folders)
Container:
Box 102, Folder 6-7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941-1945
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref3637

Gifts to the Architectural League of New York

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Container:
Box 102, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref3653

Annual report of the officers and committees of the Architectural League of New York

Author:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Physical description:
v. ; 19 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1907
1906/07-
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .A672
AP1.A672
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_379956

Year book of the Architectural League of New York, and catalogue of the annual exhibition

Author:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill., plates (some col.) ; 21-34 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
18uu
1933
18 - 19
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA2440 .N53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_76283

Roger Sturtevant Exhibit (Jan. 4-31, 1946)

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Container:
Box 65, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946-1948
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Architectural League of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref1579

Catalog fifty-first exhibition, 1937, Galleries of the American Fine Arts Society / The Architectural League of New York

Title:
Fifty-first exhibition, 1937
Architectvral Leagve, fifty first exhibition
Architectural League, fifty first exhibition
Author:
Architectural League of New York Exhibition (51st : 1937)  Search this
Subject:
New York World's Fair :) : (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.) Buildings  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : chiefly ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Date:
1937
[1937]
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Call number:
NA2440.N5 A73 1937
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_540227

Resorts of the Catskills / by the Architectural League of New York and the Gallery Association of New York State

Author:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Gallery Association of New York State  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 113 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
Catskill Mountains
Date:
1980
C1979
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Resorts--History  Search this
Call number:
NA730.N42 C377X
NA730.N42C377X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_126010

Women in American architecture : a historic and contemporary perspective : a publication and exhibition organized by the Architectural League of New York through its Archive of Women in Architecture / edited by Susana Torre

Author:
Torre, Susana 1944-  Search this
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1977
Topic:
Women architects  Search this
Call number:
NA1997.W65X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_92681

Mr. Friend : the impact of one art teacher : an exhibition of alumni and students of Leon Friend, Abraham Lincoln High School, New York City, The Architectural League of New York ... April 17 to May 10, 1969

Author:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Subject:
Friend, Leon  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : ill., port. ; 21 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1969
1969?]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art--Study and teaching  Search this
Art students  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Call number:
N355.N5 M93
N355.N5M93
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_146671

LIGHT/YEARS

Designer:
Michael Bierut, American, b. 1957  Search this
Client:
Architectural League of New York, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Medium:
Offset lithograph on white wove paper
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Made in:
USA
Date:
1999
Credit Line:
Gift of Michael Bierut
Accession Number:
2007-12-2
Restrictions & Rights:
© Michael Bierut/Pentagram
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2007-12-2

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