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Fine Arts Federation of New York records

Creator:
Fine Arts Federation of New York  Search this
Extent:
15.2 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
1895-2005
Summary:
The records of the Fine Arts Federation of New York, a consortium of New York City arts and architecture organizations, measure 15.2 linear feet and date from 1895-2005, bulk 1935-2002. The Federation's activities on behalf of the interests of the constituent organizations and the greater community are documented through officers' files, correspondence, administrative records, scattered printed materials, and scrapbooks.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Fine Arts Federation of New York, a consortium of New York City arts and architecture organizations, measure 15.2 linear feet and date from 1895-2005, bulk 1935-2002. The Federation's activities on behalf of the interests of the constituent organizations and the greater community are documented through officers' files, correspondence, administrative records, scattered printed materials, and scrapbooks.

The records do not span the entire history of the F.A.F.; records prior to 1935 are few and scattered. Generally, the records document the activities of those officers' who served terms from the mid-20th century to the end of the century, and who maintained and donated their files to the Archives of American Art.

Presidents' Files contain scattered correspondence of F.A.F. presidents from 1935-early 1950s, and the files maintained or collated during presidental tenures from the 1970s and the 1990s-2000s. Secretaries' Files contain scattered records of various F.A.F. secretaries from the 1930s-early 1950s, and the files maintained or collated during particular secretaries' tenures from 1952-late 1970s and the early 2000s. Records in both series contain a variety of materials including administrative records, correspondence, meetings records, and subject files. Treasurers' Files include correspondence, two financial ledgers, lists of membership dues, and tax-related materials from 1915-1967.

The bulk of the Correspondence Series ranges from the 1930s-1960s and contains correspondence from constituent societies, special committees, and standing committees, as well as some miscellaneous chronological correspondence. Administrative Records include records related to the F.A.F. constitution and by-laws; meeting minutes and ancillary records; and project files from the late 1980s. Printed Materials include scattered announcements, catalogs, clippings, and pamphlets from the late 20th century to 2000s. Folders containing various types of records with little discernable order, a mélange of correspondence, drafts, meeting minutes, mimeographs, notes, reports, scattered clippings, transcriptions, and other documents, the bulk from the mid-1930s-1950s, comprise the Miscellaneous Series. There are also two photo scrapbooks documenting two separate events held in 1995.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Series 1: Presidents' Files, 1935-2002 (Boxes 1-3; 2.9 linear feet)

Series 2: Secretaries' Files, 1900-2002 (Boxes 3-9; 5.1 linear feet)

Series 3: Treasurers' Files, 1915-1967 (Box 9; 0.75 linear feet)

Series 4: Correspondence, circa 1914-2004, bulk 1930s-1967 (Boxes 9-12; 2.75 linear feet)

Series 5: Administrative Records, 1895, 1897, 1935-2005 (Boxes 12-14; 1.9 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Materials, 1971-2005 (Box 14; 6 folders)

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1914-1966, bulk mid-1930s-1950s (Boxes 14-15; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1995 (Box 16; 2 folders)
Historical Note:
The Fine Arts Federation of New York was established in 1895 "to ensure united action by the Art Societies of New York in all matters affecting their common interests; and to foster and protect the artistic interests of the community."

A consortium of New York City arts and architecture organizations, the F.A.F. has been responsible for saving historic buildings, promoting the arts, and providing a vision of the city's architectural future. The F.A.F. also provided delegate nominations to the New York City mayor for the Art Commission, a panel of architects and artists who reviewed proposed development to public property.

Presidents and other officers of the F.A.F. included Joseph H. Freedlander (1935-1937), A. F. Brinckerhoff (1937-1939), James C. Mackenzie (1940-1941), Wheeler William (1943, 1946-1948), Howard Greenley (Vice President, 1943-1944), Charles Downing Lay (Acting President, 1945), Richard Bach (1948-1950), Harvey Stevenson (1950-1951?), Giorgio Cavaglieri (1971-1974; 2001-2002), Margot Gayle (1974-1977), Nanne Wollmann (1992?-1994?), Roy Gussow (1996?-1997), and Lorrie Goulet (1997-2001), among others.

For many years in the mid-20th century, the Fine Arts Federation was located in the Architectural League of New York building on East 40th Street.
Related Material:
Additional records related to the Fine Arts Federation of New York are found in the Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974.
Separated Material:
The Fine Arts Federation loaned materials to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1970 which are available on microfilm reel N70/16 and by interlibrary loan. These materials were not included in later donations and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid. They include correspondence with or related to the Municipal Art Society, mostly about the nomination of delegates to the F.A.F. and appointments to the New York City Art Commission and the mayor's Panel of Architects, 1961-1967; annual and semi-annual meeting reports for 1961-1965, and 1967; and an address by J. Roy Carroll, president of the American Institute of Architects, to the officers and board of the F.A.F., November 1963, concerning the artists-architect's role in society.
Provenance:
The Fine Arts Federation loaned materials for microfilming in 1968 and 1970; these same records were later donated, along with multiple accretions from 1978-2007 by former officers of the F.A.F., including Minor Bishop, Giorgio Cavaglieri, Margot Gayle, Lorrie Goulet, Katherine Thayer Hobson, Henriette Nathan, and Nanne Wollmann.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Fine Arts Federation 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:
Art, American  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Fine Arts Federation of New York, 1895-2005, bulk 1935-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fineafny
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Fine Arts Federation of New York records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fineafny

Oral history interview with Charles C. Bergman, 2010 July 15-22

Interviewee:
Bergman, Charles C., 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Pollock-Krasner Foundation  Search this
Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15877
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)295425
AAA_collcode_bergma10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_295425

Oral history interview with Paul J. Smith, 2010 April 19-20

Interviewee:
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Herman, Lloyd E., 1936-  Search this
Subject:
American Crafts Council.Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15795
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)288890
AAA_collcode_smith10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_288890
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Oral history interview with Arnold Lehman, 2015 March 30-April 20

Interviewee:
Lehman, Arnold L., 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Art  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16240
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)370421
AAA_collcode_lehman15
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_370421

Oral history interview with Gilbert H. Kinney, 2009 Mar. 9-17

Interviewee:
Kinney, Gilbert H.  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15674
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282713
AAA_collcode_kinney09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282713

Oral history interview with August Heckscher, 1970 May 25-Dec. 29

Interviewee:
Heckscher, August, 1913-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12562
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212718
AAA_collcode_hecksc70
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212718

Oral history interview with Martha Wilson, 2017 May 17-18

Interviewee:
Wilson, Martha, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Zapol, Liza, 1978-  Search this
Topic:
Performance artists  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17463
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387845
AAA_collcode_wilson17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387845
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Oral history interview with Caroline Goldsmith, 2004 June 10-21

Interviewee:
Goldsmith, Caroline Lerner, 1925-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Munro, Eleanor, 1928-  Search this
Subject:
ArtTable, Inc.  Search this
Topic:
Arts administrators  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12528
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248951
AAA_collcode_goldsm04
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_248951
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Oral history interview with Sur Rodney (Sur), 2016 July 12 and 15

Interviewee:
Rodney, Sur, 1954-  Search this
Interviewer:
Kerr, Theodore, 1979-  Search this
Subject:
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Interviews  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Performance artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17369
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)381361
AAA_collcode_rodney16
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_381361
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Oral history interview with Lia Gangitano, 2017 February 5-6

Interviewee:
Gangitano, Lia, 1968-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Subject:
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17438
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)386086
AAA_collcode_gangit17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_386086
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Oral history interview with Jacob Baker, 1963 September 25

Interviewee:
Baker, Jacob, 1895-1967  Search this
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington),, 1920-  Search this
Subject:
Baker, Mildred  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11712
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213247
AAA_collcode_bakerj63
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213247

Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss, 2010 June 15-October 28

Interviewee:
Heiss, Alanna, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Nonas, Richard  Search this
Gill, Brendan  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon  Search this
Callahan, Harry M. (Harry Morey)  Search this
Highstein, Jene  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources  Search this
Lawrence University  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Topic:
Curators  Search this
Teachers  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15902
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)296450
AAA_collcode_heiss10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_296450

Oral history interview with John Coplans, 1975 April 4-1977 August 4

Interviewee:
Coplans, John Rivers, 1920-2003  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Alloway, Lawrence  Search this
Fried, Michael  Search this
Leider, Philip  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Blum, Irving  Search this
Artforum  Search this
Topic:
Art publishing  Search this
Editors  Search this
Educators  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12787
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212318
AAA_collcode_coplan75
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212318
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Oral history interview with Robert Beverly Hale, 1968 Oct. 4-Nov. 1

Interviewee:
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Selvig, Forrest  Search this
Topic:
Arts administrators  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12653
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212258
AAA_collcode_hale68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212258

Oral history interview with Holger Cahill, 1960 April 12 and 15

Interviewee:
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Interviewer:
Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Art centers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11990
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212570
AAA_collcode_cahill60
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212570
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Oral history interview with Edna M. Lindemann, 1994 Dec. 1

Interviewee:
Lindemann, Edna M., 1915-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12655
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216512
AAA_collcode_lindem94
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216512

Oral history interview with Beaumont Newhall, 1965 Jan. 23

Interviewee:
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
Interviewer:
Trovato, Joseph S., 1912-1983  Search this
Subject:
Blatas, Arbit  Search this
Talbot, William Henry Fox  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Federal art project (Mass.)  Search this
George Eastman House  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Photography  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13299
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213687
AAA_collcode_newhal65
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213687

Oral history interview with Roy Moyer, 1975 September 17-23

Interviewee:
Moyer, Roy, 1921-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Neuberger, Roy R. (Roy Rothschild)  Search this
Weyhe, Erhard  Search this
Trilling, Lionel  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer  Search this
Dickinson, Martha  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Weyhe Gallery  Search this
Columbia University  Search this
United States.Army  Search this
UNICEF  Search this
University of Oslo  Search this
University of Toronto  Search this
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Painters  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Music  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11824
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212939
AAA_collcode_moyer75
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212939
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Oral history interview with Laurance P. Roberts, 1985 July 26-29

Interviewee:
Roberts, Laurance P., 1907-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Subject:
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
New York State Council on the Arts  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12943
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212100
AAA_collcode_robert85
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212100

Oral history interview with Richard McLanathan, 1994 August 31

Interviewee:
McLanathan, Richard B. K., 1916-1998  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Subject:
Forbes, Edward  Search this
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph)  Search this
Post, Chandler Rathfon  Search this
McLanathan, Jane Fuller  Search this
Porter, Arthur Kingsley  Search this
Pope, Arthur Upham  Search this
Harvard University. Germanic Museum  Search this
Phillips Academy  Search this
Choate School  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Authors  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12237
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216500
AAA_collcode_mclana94
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216500
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