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Minutes and Committee Files

Collection Creator:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
11.5 Linear feet (Boxes 1-11, BV 100-106)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1825-2006
Scope and Contents:
The National Academy of Design minutes and committee files consist of official, original, and transcribed proceedings for the council, annual, business, and some committee meetings, as well as related correspondence, reports, financial documents, notes, drafts, and ballots pertaining to the Academy's administration and activities from its 1825 founding until 2006.

As an organization actively engaged in the development of art and art education in the United States, the Academy minutes and committee files are a valuable resource on subjects and topics including the Academy's history; the formation, development, contents, and loans of its art collection; art and design education; Academy exhibits and public programs; relationships with other art and educational organizations in the United States and Europe, including Columbia University, New York University, National Arts Club, and many others; interactions with officials of the City of New York; the Academy's role in shaping the architectural and sculptural environment of New York City and Washington, DC; contemporary art movements and schools; the development of American art, and the integral role that Academy members, faculty, and students played in that development; the role of women artists at the Academy; and the Academy's involvement in the standardization of materials for painters and sculptors, such as analysis of colors in oil and pigments.

Official council minutes (subseries 1.1) have been approved by the appropriate governing body and consist of seven bound volumes of handwritten minutes and, after May 1894, unbound typewritten pages housed in folders and boxes. The official minutes were copied from the handwritten notes in bound books, identified as the original council minutes (subseries 1.2). Official minutes contain the proceedings of the council, officers, trustees, and committees, as well as related records inlaid or pasted among the pages. These items include council officers' reports, resolutions, correspondence, occasional drafts and notes, constitutions and by-laws for some of the early years, obituaries of Academy members, and other assorted materials. Gaps in the official minutes may be filled in or appear to be more complete in the original minutes.

Original council minutes (subseries 1.2) are the most original of the minutes and consist of handwritten notes in bound books, supposedly from draft notes taken during meetings. Minutes are comprised of the proceedings of the council, officers, trustees, and committees, and related material including drafts, notes, leaflets, brochures, and correspondence. The distinction between official and original minutes essentially disappeared after 1916. Minutes after 1916 are arranged in subseries 1.4.

The council minutes excerpts (subseries 1.3) are handwritten summaries of the Academy minutes, thought to have been prepared from 1915-1919 by the Academy librarian George W. Maynard. Occasionally, reports, loose notes (some of which might be initial draft notes from meetings), and bookmarks with short annotations presumably created in the late 1970s are included. Box 4, folder 10 contains handwritten committee reports, agreements, and other documents referred to in the council minutes, requested to be transcribed, but ultimately not transcribed. The excerpts for 1863-1878 were typed at some point and are included in this subseries. All excerpts are indexed: indices for the years 1825-1863 are included in their respective folders; an index for the years 1863-1909 is in box 3, folder 13; an index for the years 1909-1916 is in box 4, folder 11; and an index for the years 1916-1919 is in box 4, folder 16. The last folder contains correspondence related to the transcription project.

Minutes and reports (subseries 1.4) include proceedings for the council, annual, business, election, and committee meetings, as well as annual, financial, librarian, and committee reports. Committees include or have included the Abbey Fund, building, exhibition, executive, finance, membership, nominating, school, Ranger Fund, women's, and various ad-hoc committees. Over the years the structure, powers and duties of committees were modified. Occasional correspondence, notes, exhibition catalogues, and handwritten texts (mostly original drafts of minutes) are included. This is especially true for the period 1897-1913, when handwritten drafts and notes of minutes were more or less consistently incorporated with typewritten minutes in chronological order.

Committee files (subseries 1.5) contain the same types of materials found in subseries 1.4, including committee minutes, reports, and related material.
Arrangement:
The series is arranged as five subseries. The original order of the minutes and committee files have undergone several alterations over the years. Subseries 1.4 and 1.5 both contain extensive committee records. Minutes and reports (1.4) are arranged chronologically while committee files (1.5) have been arranged alphabetically.

1.1: Official Council Minutes, 1825-1916

1.2: Original Council Minutes, 1825-1898

1.3: Council Minutes Excerpts, 1902-circa 1919

1.4: Minutes and Reports, 1826-2001

1.5: Committees, 1826-2006
Collection Restrictions:
This bulk of this collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
National Academy of Design records, 1817-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.natiacad, Series 1
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National Academy of Design records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95a1ab332-329a-44d5-82a3-70734ac54d3d
EDAN-URL:
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Thomas Hess papers, 1939-1978

Creator:
Hess, Thomas B., 1920-1978  Search this
Subject:
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
Rosenberg, Harold  Search this
Schuyler, James  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Newman, Barnett  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer  Search this
Bess, Forrest  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Milles, Carl  Search this
Campbell, Lawrence  Search this
Mark Rothko Foundation  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Drawings
Greeting cards
Illustrated letters
Paintings
Cartoons (humorous images)
Photographs
Collages
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7104
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209238
AAA_collcode_hessthom
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209238
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Ben-Zion papers, 1943-1952

Creator:
Ben-Zion, 1897-1987  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Audio - Visual  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6693
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208818
AAA_collcode_benzion
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Audio - Visual
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208818

Mathilde Q. Beckmann diaries, 1941-1974

Creator:
Beckmann, Mathilde Q., 1904-1986  Search this
Subject:
Beckmann, Max  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- Germany  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10180
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213220
AAA_collcode_beckmath
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213220

Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986

Creator:
Breuer, Marcel, 1902-1981  Search this
Subject:
Marcel Breuer Associates/Architects and Planners  Search this
Bauhaus  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Architecture, German  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Architectural drawing -- 20th century -- Germany  Search this
Architectural drawing -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Architects -- United States  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Architects -- Germany  Search this
Design -- Germany -- Munich  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Audio - Visual  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5596
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211839
AAA_collcode_breumarc
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Audio - Visual
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211839
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Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970

Creator:
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Subject:
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Robbins, Jerome  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Social realism  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6935
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209064
AAA_collcode_shahben
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209064
Online Media:

Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975

Creator:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Wood, Grant  Search this
Craven, Thomas  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Place:
Middle west in art
Topic:
Art, American -- Middle West  Search this
Regionalism  Search this
Art, Regional -- Middle West  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Middle West  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8882
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211067
AAA_collcode_bentthom
Theme:
Diaries
Art Theory and Historiography
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of American Artists
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211067

Dwan Gallery records, 1959-circa 1982, bulk 1959-1971

Creator:
Dwan, Virginia, 1931-  Search this
Dwan Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Parker, Raymond  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Weber, John  Search this
Snelson, Kenneth  Search this
Flavin, Dan  Search this
Andre, Carl  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de  Search this
Kienholz, Edward  Search this
Mitchell, Joan  Search this
Klein, Yves  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Morris, Robert  Search this
Scarpitta, Salvatore  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
Richenburg, Robert  Search this
Raysse, Martial  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Arman  Search this
Arakawa, Shusaku  Search this
Goodnough, Robert  Search this
Anastasi, William  Search this
Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Topic:
Art -- New York (State) -- New York -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art -- California -- Los Angeles -- Exhibitions  Search this
Earthworks (Art)  Search this
Minimal art  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6056
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216037
AAA_collcode_dwangall
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216037
Online Media:

American Handicraft Council records, circa 1937-1940

Creator:
American Handicraft Council  Search this
Subject:
Emery, Humphery  Search this
Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Carnegie Corporation of New York  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5892
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208732
AAA_collcode_amerhand
Theme:
Art Market
Art Movements and Schools
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208732

Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, 1916-1991, bulk 1946-1983

Creator:
Parsons, Betty, 1900-1982  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bess, Forrest  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Congdon, William  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Video recordings
Drawings
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Abstract expressionist  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7211
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209348
AAA_collcode_parsbett
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209348
Online Media:

Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1982

Creator:
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Interviews
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Sculpture -- Exhibitions  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9093
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211286
AAA_collcode_neveloui
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211286
Online Media:

Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight papers, 1816, 1914-2008, bulk 1973-2001

Creator:
Knight, Gwendolyn, 1914-2005  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-  Search this
Subject:
Dintenfass, Terry  Search this
Eichenberg, Fritz  Search this
Evergood, Philip  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Bearden, Romare  Search this
Bocour, Leonard  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9121
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211315
AAA_collcode_lawrjaco
Theme:
African American
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211315
Online Media:

Jacob Lawrence papers [microfilm], 1937-1992

Creator:
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13386
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)257350
AAA_collcode_lawrjaco2
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_257350

Mary Shaffer papers, 1969-2002

Creator:
Shaffer, Mary, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5988
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)229452
AAA_collcode_shafmary
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_229452
Online Media:

Women's Interart Center records, 1970-1981

Creator:
Women's Interart Center  Search this
Subject:
Skiles, Jacqueline Dean  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8634
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210814
AAA_collcode_womeinte
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210814

Womanspace Gallery records, 1970-1974

Creator:
Womanspace Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women designers  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8766
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210948
AAA_collcode_womagall
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Architecture & Design
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210948
Online Media:

Women in the Arts Foundation records, 1971-1979

Creator:
Women in the Arts Foundation, Inc  Search this
Subject:
Skiles, Jacqueline Dean  Search this
Weinstein, Joyce  Search this
Zaleski, Jean  Search this
Navaretta, Cynthia  Search this
Roser, Ce  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8814
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210999
AAA_collcode_womein
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210999

Women Artists in Revolution records, 1970-1978

Creator:
Women Artists in Revolution (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Skiles, Jacqueline Dean  Search this
Art Workers Coalition  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9361
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211557
AAA_collcode_womearti
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211557

Grant Wood papers, 1930-1983

Creator:
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Subject:
Eaton, Walter Prichard  Search this
Ness, Zenobia Brumbaugh  Search this
Stone City Colony and Art School (Stone City, Iowa)  Search this
Topic:
Painting -- Middle West  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9365
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211561
AAA_collcode_woodgrap
Theme:
Diaries
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211561
Online Media:

Return from Bohemia by Grant Wood, 1941

Creator:
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10480
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213893
AAA_collcode_woodgran
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213893

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