The collection is arranged into sixteen series. Series 1: History and Founding Documents, 1933-2000 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, 27 Series 2: Presidents' Files, 1927-2007 (2.8 linear feet; Boxes 1-4) Series 3: Board of Directors' Files, 1947-2003 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 4-5) Series 4: Committee and Meeting Files, 1950-2009 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 5-6) Series 5: General Administrative and Correspondence Files, circa 1930-2008 (2 linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 0.284 GB; ER01) Series 6: Financial and Legal Files, 1947-2000 (1 linear foot; Box 9) Series 7: Events and Programs, 1930-2010 (4.2 linear feet; Boxes 10-14, 27, 0.446 GB; ER02) Series 8: Artists and Subject Files, 1930-1998 (0.4 linear feet; Box 14) Series 9: Membership Files, 1920-2009 (4.4 linear feet; Boxes 14-18, 27, 2.26 GB; ER03) Series 10: Project and Exhibition Files, 1934-2010 (2 linear feet; Boxes 19-20) Series 11: Broome Street Gallery Files, 1990-2011 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 21-23, 31) Series 12: Association Publications, 1947-2012 (1 linear foot; Boxes 23-24) Series 13: Printed Materials, 1930-2008 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 24-25, 27, 31, OV 28, OV 29) Series 14: Scrapbooks, 1947-1969 (0.3 linear feet; Box 25, OV 30) Series 15: Artwork, 1947-2000 (0.1 linear foot; Box 26, 27) Series 16: Photographs, 1930s-2004 (0.9 linear feet; Box 26, 27)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The records of the New York Artists Equity Association (NYAEA) measure 26.8 linear feet and 2.99 Gb and date from 1920-2012. The records include history and founding documents, presidents' files, board of directors' files that include monthly board meeting minutes, committee files and annual membership meeting minutes, general administrative and correspondence files, financial and legal files, event and program files, artists and subject files, extensive individual membership files, art project and exhibition files, Broome Street Gallery files, NYAEA publications that include issues of <em>The Artists Proof</em>, printed and digital materials, four scrapbooks, sketches created by artists attending a party in honor of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and photographs of member artists and events.
New York Artists Equity Association records, 1920-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
The New York Artists Equity Association (originally the Artists Equity Association) was created in 1947 to promote and support living American artists. Nine prominent New York artists founded the organization and elected Yasuo Kuniyoshi as the organization's first president. The original membership included 160 well-known American artists, but by the end of its first year, membership had grown to over one thousand. By the 1950s, the organization had grown into an influential national organization. Past and present members have included Milton Avery, Will Barnet, Romare Bearden, George Biddle, Isabel Bishop, Robert Blackburn, Paul Cadmus, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Jose de Creeft, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Leon Golub, Chaim Gross, Rockwell Kent, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Alice Neel, Isamu Noguchi, Jules Olitski, Philip Pearlstein, Henry Varnum Poor, Charles Scheeler, Ben Shahn, David Smith, Frank Stella, Andrew Wyeth, and many others.
The records were donated to the Archives of American Art by the New York Artists Equity Association in several increments between 1980-2016.
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