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National Society of Mural Painters records

Creator:
National Society of Mural Painters (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Fine Arts Federation of New York  Search this
Municipal Art Society of New York  Search this
Red Cross  Search this
United States Capitol Historical Society  Search this
Baskerville, Charles, 1896-  Search this
Covey, Arthur Sinclair, 1877-1960  Search this
Cox, Allyn, 1896-1982  Search this
Fausett, Dean, 1913-  Search this
Fortel, Ruth  Search this
Lanning, Edward P.  Search this
Millet, Francis Davis, 1846-1912  Search this
Molinari, Everett  Search this
Stewart, Jack, 1926-2005  Search this
Treadwell, Helen, 1902-  Search this
Williams, J. Scott (John Scott), b. 1877  Search this
Extent:
13.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Lantern slides
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1895 - circa 2007
Summary:
The records of the National Society of Mural Painters measure 13.1 linear feet and date from 1895 to circa 2007. The activities of the society are documented through administrative files, membership files, correspondence, committee files, exhibition and competition files, artist files, financial and legal records, printed material, a scrapbook, and photographic materials.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the National Society of Mural Painters measure 13.1 linear feet and date from 1895 to circa 2007. The activities of the society are documented through administrative files, membership files, correspondence, committee files, exhibition and competition files, artist files, financial and legal records, printed material, a scrapbook, and photographic materials.

Administrative files include meeting minutes and agendas, historical information, and newsletter drafts, and the organization's constitution and by-laws. Membership files contain correspondence with members about their applications and acceptance or denial of membership, member voting ballots, and lists of members. General correspondence is with artists, members, organizations, universities, and federal commissions, and documents a wide varity of NSMP activities; additional correspondence is scattered throughout other series. Correspondence is with Charles Baskerville, Arthur Covey, Allyn Cox, Dean Fausett, Ruth Fortel, Edward Lanning, Everett Molinari, Jack Stewart, and Helen Tredwell, as well as with the American Federation of Arts, the Commission of Fine Arts on War Memorials, Fine Arts Federation, and the U. S. Capitol Historical Society.

Committee files document the work of various NSMP standing and ad hoc committees. Exhibition and competition files include correspondence, photographs, catalogs, itineraries, and printed materials for the NSMP's 1976 U.S. Bicentennial celebration projects, including the "Freedom Murals," "Caravan of Freedom," and "Momentous Events in American History." Additional files document the Red Cross Canteen Project, Federal Art Project, the Municipal Art Society exhibition in 1940, New York City subway murals, and other competitions and public art mural projects.

Artist files primarily date from the 1960s through the 1990s and often include biographies, resumes, correspondence, and photographs of works of art. Financial and legal records include the NSMP treasurer's files, ledgers, and miscellany. Also found in the records are printed materials; a mixed media scrapbook dating from 1923-1935; photographs of meetings, events, exhibitions, and works of art; photo collages of members with examples of their works of art. There are also lantern slides of Francis D. Millet in his studio and with his murals, and of J. Scott Williams with his art work.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series reflecting the original order of the records.

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1895-circa 2007 (2.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)

Series 2: Membership Files, 1915-2001 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1912-2001 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 4-5)

Series 4: Committee Files, 1909-1960s (0.3 linear feet; Box 5)

Series 5: Exhibition and Competition Files, 1917-1998 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 5-7)

Series 6: Artist Files, 1915-1990s (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 18)

Series 7: Financial and Legal Records, 1895-1996 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 8-10)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1915-2000 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 10-11)

Series 9: Scrapbook, 1923-1935 (0.2 linear feet; Box 11)

Series 10: Photographic Material, circa 1900-1997 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 12-18)
Biographical / Historical:
Originally named The Mural Painters, the National Society of Mural Painters (NSMP) was founded in 1895 in New York City by a group of artists, including John W. Alexander, Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, and John LaFarge, who were concerned with the design and execution of mural art for architecture in the United States. The organization's first president was Frederic Crowninshield. For well over one hundred years members of NSMP have created significant and monumental works of art across the country. Many significant American artists have been members and served as past presidents, such as George Biddle, Hildreth MeiƩre, Arthur S. Covey, Allyn Cox, Helen Treadwell, and Xavier Gonzales, among many others.

Since its founding, the NSMP has collaborated with the Fine Arts Section of the Treasury Department, the federal WPA Arts Project, and the design boards of several World's Fairs. As a member of Artists for Victory, NSMP coordinated the execution of murals for barracks and camps, as well as many triptych alterpieces.

NSMP organizes exhibitions and conductes competitions. In celebration of its one hundredth anniversary, a centennial exhibition was held in October 1995 at the Art Students League. Society members work with other organizations, actively sponsoring legislation for the development and commission of public works of art. Still active today, the current president is Jeff Greene.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel NSM1) including 83 photographs of mural paintings and mural studies, and 25 exhibition boards showing sculptures, mosaics, and mural paintings with the artist's name, medium, title, and location listed. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The National Society of Mural Painters lent materials for microfilming in 1963 and donated records in 1965-1966. The National Society of Mural Painters, via President Jeff Greene, gave papers in 2009.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The National Society of Mural Painters records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as posessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Muralists -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Subways -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lantern slides
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
National Society of Mural Painters records, 1895 - circa 2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.natimurp
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-natimurp

American wall stenciling, 1790-1840 / Ann Eckert Brown

Title:
Wall stenciling
Author:
Brown, Ann Eckert  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 269 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
18th century
19th century
Topic:
Stencil work  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Early American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_717055

The virgin & the dynamo : public murals in American architecture, 1893-1917 / Bailey Van Hook

Title:
Virgin and the dynamo
Author:
Van Hook, Bailey 1953-  Search this
Center for American Places  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 240 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American--Themes, motives  Search this
Symbolism in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_718660

Representations of medieval chivalry in American art, 1870-1930 / by Kymberly Norma Pinder

Author:
Pinder, Kymberly Norma  Search this
Subject:
Rosenthal, Toby Edward 1848-1917 Elaine  Search this
Pyle, Howard 1853-1911  Search this
Physical description:
311 leaves : ill
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, American--Themes, motives  Search this
Medievalism  Search this
Middle Ages in art  Search this
Knights and knighthood in art  Search this
Chivalry  Search this
Arthurian romances--Adaptations--Illustrations  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American--Themes, motives  Search this
Popular culture  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Medieval influences  Search this
Call number:
N6510 .P56 1996a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_502898

Reading rooms : interpreting the American public library mural, 1890-1930 / by Derrick Randall Cartwright

Title:
American public library mural, 1890-1930
Author:
Cartwright, Derrick Randall  Search this
Subject:
Boston Public Library  Search this
Library of Congress  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 412 p. : ill
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Library decoration--History  Search this
Reading rooms--History  Search this
Public libraries--History  Search this
Call number:
ND2607 .C37 1994a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_550518

Constantino Brumidi : artist of the Capitol / prepared under the direction of the Architect of the Capitol by Barbara A. Wolanin

Author:
Wolanin, Barbara A (Barbara Ann)  Search this
Brumidi, Constantino 1805-1880  Search this
Subject:
Brumidi, Constantino 1805-1880 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 254 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1998
19th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Mural painting and decoration--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Painters  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B887 W65 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_554486

Working history : images of labor and industry in American mural painting, 1893-1903 / by Janet Cecelia Marstine

Author:
Marstine, Janet C  Search this
Subject:
Cox, Kenyon 1856-1919  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland 1848-1936  Search this
Library of Congress  Search this
Citizens' Savings and Trust Company (Cleveland, Ohio)  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. (xxvii, 664 leaves : ill
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Working class in art  Search this
Industries in art  Search this
Call number:
ND2607 .M37 1993a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_456369

Painting in the California missions / by Norman Neuerburg

Author:
Neuerburg, Norman  Search this
Physical description:
p. 72-88 : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Date:
1977
1977.]
19th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Missions  Search this
Hispanic American art  Search this
Painting--California  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Call number:
ND2635.C2 N48 1977
ND2635.C2N48 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_346660

The decoration of the California missions / Norman Neuerburg

Author:
Neuerburg, Norman  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Date:
1987
19th century
To 1846
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Missions  Search this
Spanish mission buildings  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Painting  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
ND2635.C2 N482 1987
ND2635.C2N482 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_360579

Wall stenciling in western New York, 1800-1840 / by Janice Tauer Wass and Philip Parr

Author:
Wass, Janice Tauer  Search this
Parr, Philip  Search this
Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : chiefly ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
Rochester region
Rochester region (N.Y.)
Date:
1985
C1985
19th century
Topic:
Stencil work  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Historic buildings  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NK8650 .W32 1985
NK8650.W32 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_286652

Women building history : public art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition / Wanda M. Corn ; with contributions by Charlene G. Garfinkle and Annelise K. Madsen

Author:
Corn, Wanda M  Search this
Garfinkle, Charlene G  Search this
Madsen, Annelise K  Search this
Subject:
Woman's Building (World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 265 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Chicago (Ill.)
Date:
2011
C2011
19th century
Topic:
Women in art  Search this
Sex role in art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration--Themes, motives  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--History--Themes, motives  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_962734

Searching the Source: Origins of Indian Painting in the National Anthropological Archives

Author:
Wade, Edwin L  Search this
Editor:
Greene, Candace S  Search this
Photographer:
Hurlbert, Donald E 1954-2015  Search this
Subject:
Shufeldt, Robert W (Robert Wilson) 1850-1934  Search this
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe 1850-1915  Search this
Cushing, Frank Hamilton 1857-1900  Search this
Fewkes, Jesse Walter 1850-1930  Search this
Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933  Search this
Dunn, Dorothy 1903-1992  Search this
DeHuff, Elizabeth Willis 1886-1983  Search this
Hewett, Edgar L (Edgar Lee) 1865-1946  Search this
Martinez, Crescencio 1879-1918 painter  Search this
National Anthropological Archives (NAA)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Santa Fe Indian School  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 9; Page numbers: 66-73 and 92
Place:
Southwest, New
New Mexico
Arizona
United States
Awatovi (Ariz.)
Chelly, Canyon de (Ariz.)
San Ildefonso Pueblo (N.M.)
Date:
Winter 2000
Topic:
Indians in art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Painting  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Zuni Pueblo  Search this
Navaho Indians  Search this
Apache Indians  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Hopi Indians  Search this
Santa Fe (N.M.)  Search this
Zuni Indians  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Pueblo Indians  Search this
Art--History  Search this
Kachinas  Search this
Indian ledger drawings  Search this
Mimbres pottery  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12250

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