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Creator:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Anni  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Albert, Calvin  Search this
Day, Worden  Search this
De Diego, Julio  Search this
Daumier, Honoré  Search this
Coen, Eleanor  Search this
Conover, Robert F. (Robert Fremont)  Search this
Citron, Minna Wright  Search this
Clements, Geoffrey  Search this
Chase, William Merritt  Search this
Chesney, Lee  Search this
Casarella, Edmond  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Braque, Georges  Search this
Blume, Peter  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Bingham, George Caleb  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Berman, Eugene  Search this
Bellows, George  Search this
Baziotes, William  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Arp, Jean  Search this
Knaths, Karl  Search this
Antreasian, Garo Z.  Search this
Altman, Harold  Search this
Yunkers, Adja  Search this
Xceron, Jean  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew  Search this
Wines, James  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Zoellner, Richard  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Zao, Wou-ki  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Wald, Sylvia  Search this
Whiting, Frederic Allen  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Gonzalez, Xavier  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Demuth, Charles  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Santomaso, Giuseppe  Search this
Saetti, Bruno  Search this
Sato, Tadashi  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Roszak, Theodore  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Rouault, Georges  Search this
Seligmann, Kurt  Search this
Schramm, James S.  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Whittredge  Search this
Schanker, Louis  Search this
Savelli, Angelo  Search this
Schrag, Karl  Search this
Schongauer, Martin  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan  Search this
Parks, Gordon  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Perlmutter, Jack  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth  Search this
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn  Search this
Renoir, Auguste  Search this
Pozzatti, Rudy  Search this
Sloan, John  Search this
Ratkai, George  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Tomlin, Bradley Walker  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico  Search this
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista  Search this
Thrall, Arthur  Search this
Thon, William  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)  Search this
Tchelitchew, Pavel  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino  Search this
Von Wiegand, Charmion  Search this
Von Wicht, John  Search this
Vespignani, Renzo  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William)  Search this
Treiman, Joyce  Search this
Tooker, George  Search this
Steg, J. L.  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Spruance, Benton  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Spaeth, Eloise  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Suzuki, James  Search this
Takal, Peter  Search this
Stone, Edward Durell  Search this
Summers, Carol  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Stella, Joseph  Search this
Sterne, Hedda  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
George, Thomas  Search this
Gatch, Lee  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Goodnough, Robert  Search this
Goya, Francisco  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Gwathmey, Robert  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Hassam, Childe  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Heliker, John Edward  Search this
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz  Search this
Degas, Edgar  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield  Search this
Levine, Jack  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Eakins, Thomas  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy  Search this
Fine, Perle  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Meeker, Dean  Search this
Mechlin, Leila  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Moore, Henry  Search this
Moller, Hans  Search this
Miró, Joan  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Neuberger, Roy R.  Search this
Murch, Walter  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Morris, George L. K.  Search this
Okada, Kenzo  Search this
Barnet, Will  Search this
Nicholson, Ben  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Jones, John Paul  Search this
Jorn, Asger  Search this
Kohn, Misch  Search this
Kienbusch, William  Search this
Klee, Paul  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
MacIver, Loren  Search this
James McNeill Whistler  Search this
Margo, Boris  Search this
Léger, Fernand  Search this
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Lantern slides
Administrative records
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
79.8 Linear feet
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight primary series based primarily on administrative units or program areas. Several of the series are further subdivided into subseries. While processing, it became clear that the two filing systems were redundant and overlapped in both subject area and type of material. Most of these files were subsequently merged into the now broader Alphabetical Files or into separate series. Oversized material may be found at the end of the collection arranged in a separate series. In most cases, files related to one another by subseries or subject areas (in the case of the Alphabetical Files) or by individual name (in the case of officers and staff files) are arranged in chronological order. The entire subseries of Alphabetical Files in Series 2 is arranged by subject heading, as assigned by the AFA, or individual name. The Alphabetical Files originally formed two broad filing systems as established by the AFA: one for general correspondence arranged by subject; and one for director's and other staff correspondence, also arranged by subject. Series 1: Board of Trustees, circa 1895-1968 (Boxes 1-3) Series 2: Administrative Records, 1910-1966 (Boxes 4-8) Series 3: Special Programs, 1950-1967 (Boxes 9-13) Series 4: Annual Conventions, 1912-1963 (Boxes 14-16) Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1934-1969 (Boxes 17-78) Series 6: Printed Material, 1990-1993 (Box 78) Series 7: Miscellaneous Files, 1926-1962, undated (Box 79) Series 8: Oversized Materials, 1890, undated (Boxes 80-85)
Access Note / Rights:
Use requires an appointment.
Summary:
The records of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) provide researchers with a complete set of documentation focusing on the founding and history of the organization from its inception through the 1960s. The collection measures 79.8 linear feet, and dates from 1895 through 1993, although the bulk of the material falls between 1909 and 1969. Valuable for its coverage of twentieth-century American art history, the collection also provides researchers with fairly comprehensive documentation of the many exhibitions and programs supported and implemented by the AFA to promote and study contemporary American art, both nationally and abroad.
Citation:
American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993, bulk 1909-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 376 and 1780 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Use Note:
The American Federation of Arts 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.
Biography Note:
Founded in 1909 by Elihu Root, the American Federation of Arts (AFA) exists today as a national nonprofit museum service organization striving to unite American art institutions, collectors, artists, and museums. Elihu Root, then secretary of state in the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, spoke of his idea at the first meeting of the AFA held in New York at the National Academy of Arts. He envisioned an organization that would promote American art most often seen only by the elite in the major cities of the East and upper Midwest by sending "exhibitions of original works of art on tour through the hinterlands across the United States."
Provenance:
The records of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) were donated to the Archives of American Art (AAA) over a thirteen-year period, with the bulk of the material arriving between 1964 and 1966. In 1979, Preston Bolton donated his letters and those from John de Menil, Ann Drevet, Lee Malone, and others regarding planning for the 1957 AFA annual convention held in Houston, Texas; convention committee minutes from 1956; and AFA newsletters. This material, as well as a 1979 gift from Louise Ferrari of transcripts from a panel discussion from the 1957 AFA convention in Houston, was microfilmed on AAA Reel 1780. All material previously microfilmed on Reel 1780 has been fully integrated into the collection and arranged within proper series and subseries. 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
Topic:
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5411
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209113
AAA_collcode_amerfeda
Theme:
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209113