The collection is arranged as 2 series. Series 1: Annual and Directors Meetings Minutes, 1901-1960 (3.2 linear feet; Box 1-8) Series 2: Permanent Fund Financial Records, 1913-1949 (1 folder; Box 8)
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The records of the Municipal Art Society of New York, based out of New York City and established in 1893, measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1901 to 1960. The records include minutes from the annual and directors meetings, which incorporate reports, directors' files, committee files, and printed material. Financial reports to the Municipal Art Society Board that detail the organization's Permanent Fund are also present.
Municipal Art Society of New York records, 1901-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection is also available on 35 mm microfilm reels 15-18 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.
The Municipal Art Society of New York is a private organization that was founded in 1893 to beautify New York City streets, parks, and public places in ways both practical and artistic through projects supported by member dues. The society regularly held competitions for artists to create murals and sculptures to decorate public buildings, and exhibited artists' public works. Members of the society spearheaded efforts to preserve, improve, and maintain public buildings, monuments, and parks; create and maintain street signage and fixtures; regulate zoning; plan thoroughfares; and advocate for public housing. Interests of the society also included establishing a housing authority, slum clearance, and post-World War II planning. The Municipal Art Society of New York continues to influence urban planning and historic preservation into the 21st century, and is known for their architectural tours of New York CIty.
Collection is in English
Donated 1968 by Municipal Art Society of New York.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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