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)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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.
National Society of Mural Painters records, 1895 - circa 2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection and material lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels D248-D250A and NSM1 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund
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.
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 Meiére, Arthur S. Covey, Allyn Cox, Helen Treadwell, and Xavier Gonzales, among many others.
Collection is in English.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001