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Howard Russell Butler papers, 1874-1936

Creator:
Butler, Howard Russell, 1856-1934  Search this
Subject:
Cox, Kenyon  Search this
Brush, George de Forest  Search this
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson)  Search this
Carnegie, Andrew  Search this
American Fine Arts Society  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Citation:
Howard Russell Butler papers, 1874-1936. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Landscape painting  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8987
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211175
AAA_collcode_butlhowa
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211175
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American Fine Arts Society Lifetime Fellowship, Charles Freer

Collection Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Container:
Oversize 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
Charles Lang Freer Papers. FSA.A.01. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.
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Charles Lang Freer Papers
Charles Lang Freer Papers / Series 1: Genealogical and Biographical Data / 1.2: Memberships and Honorary Awards
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc382fc3605-af27-48c1-b2cb-3d4a8d30bb7b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-01-ref2458

American Fine Arts Society Lifetime Fellowship, Charles Freer [Map Case Drawer 62, Folder 5]

Collection Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
Charles Lang Freer Papers. FSA.A.01. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.
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Charles Lang Freer Papers
Charles Lang Freer Papers / Series 11: Outsize Material / Series 1 Outsize: Genealogical and Biographical Data / Subseries 1.2: Memberships and Honorary Awards
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc30e2d119c-8ad3-4bad-8b27-34465d0931e9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-01-ref2545

Inventory of Charles Lang Freer's library

Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Names:
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Collection Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (typed, with handwritten edits)
Type:
Archival materials
Inventories
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Comprehensive index of Charles Lang Freer's library, mostly relating to art and Asian culture. Headings include authors, countries, and topical subjects. Sections include locations in Freer's original Detroit home; an index of all books transferred to the Smithsonian; a list of collections and collectors catalogues of American and Near and Far Eastern art; sales catalogues, and books in Chinese language.
Arrangement:
Organized in the original manner by the creator.
Local Numbers:
FSA A.01 05.22
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Art, Asian -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, American -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Book collecting  Search this
Function:
Libraries
Genre/Form:
Inventories
Collection Citation:
Charles Lang Freer Papers. FSA.A.01. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.
Identifier:
FSA.A.01, Item FSA A.01 05.22
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Charles Lang Freer Papers
Charles Lang Freer Papers / Series 5: Art Inventories / 5.22: Printed Books [Library]
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc302cb29b7-d6a1-46ad-9b1d-afc360459013
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-01-ref3332
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George Pepper: Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
Collection Director:
Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957  Search this
Container:
Box 265, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Jan-Feb 1904
Scope and Contents:
Correspondents: Frederick Starr, G.E. Kastengren, Walter Hough, George Bird Grinnell, L.O. Howard, Homer Sargent, William H. Goodyear, William Curtis Farabee, Thomas S. Dozier, Benjamin Talbot Babbitt Hyde, George Grant MacCurdy, Louis Agassiz Fuentes, J.W. Volz, E. H. Thompson, Frederick W. Hodge, Frederick E Hyde, Jr., Grace Nicholson, Franklin W. Hooper, Mr. Fuller, Charles de Kay, Henry M. Whelpley, Frederic Ward Putnam, Henry Hales, Otis T. Mason, George Dorsey, Warren K. Moorehead, John F. Kerr, Antonio Penafiel, F. Stanley Livingston, M.C. Long, A. Fogg, Romiett Stevens, Sumner Matteson.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation Records, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records
Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records / Series 6: Collectors
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv40adfa4c4-ffd2-456f-bdbb-33a927f30ed6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-001-ref7467
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909  Search this
Container:
Reel 4814, Frame 750-765
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
August 11-20, 1895
Scope and Contents note:
(George Hornel, Harrison S. Morris, Arthur Melville, H. M. Barry-American Fine Arts Society, R. Macaulay Stevenson, Alexander Reid)
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
Glasgow painting diary, Microfilm reel 4912: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Yale Center for British Art. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Charles M. Kurtz papers, 1843-1990 (bulk 1884-1909). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Charles M. Kurtz papers
Charles M. Kurtz papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90fca524e-f05d-4208-a5a0-dff4f5cde512
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kurtchar-ref946

Mc Sorley's Saturday Night

Artist:
John Sloan, American, b. Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, 1871–1951  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 1/4 X 36 1/4 IN. (76.7 X 92.0 CM.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
(1929-1945)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Accession Number:
66.4614
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
American Realism (Ashcan School)
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2a191e107-d36f-45e6-81a5-f0aeeae7cf18
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.4614

Model for Tympanum for the Bulkeley Memorial [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Flanagan, John 1865-1952  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Allegory--Life  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0123632
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_123633

Council of the National Academy of Design [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Subject:
Aitken, Robert  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland  Search this
Betts, Louis  Search this
Carlsen, Emil  Search this
Coffin, William A  Search this
Curran, Charles Courtney  Search this
Robinson, William S  Search this
Volk, Douglas  Search this
Watrous, Harry  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
April 1922
Topic:
National Academy of Design (New York, NY)  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Architecture exterior--Art Building--American Fine Arts Society Building  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0019542
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_19542

Hamlin Garland [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Garland, Hamlin  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1913
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Writer  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Glove  Search this
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043724
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43725

Portrait of Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley from the Bulkeley Memorial, Aetna Life Insurance Building [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Flanagan, John 1865-1952  Search this
Subject:
Bulkeley, Eliphalet Adams  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Architecture interior  Search this
Occupation--Other--Businessman  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0066395
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_66396

Council of the National Academy of Design [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Aitken, Robert  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland  Search this
Betts, Louis  Search this
Carlsen, Emil  Search this
Coffin, William A  Search this
Curran, Charles Courtney  Search this
Robinson, William S  Search this
Volk, Douglas  Search this
Watrous, Harry  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
April 1922
Topic:
National Academy of Design (New York, NY)  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Architecture exterior--Art Building--American Fine Arts Society Building  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0085657
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_85658

American Fine Arts Society [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_99594

American Fine Arts Society

Collection Creator:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 15, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941-1942
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.
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National Academy of Design records
National Academy of Design records / Series 5: Council Officers / 5.1: Presidents / Hobart Nichols (1939-1949)
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90830ec28-7cdc-466f-8e42-36f6069bc977
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-natiacad-ref355

American Fine Arts Society

Collection Creator:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 57, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1890-1919
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.
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National Academy of Design records
National Academy of Design records / Series 15: Other Organizations
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw977bff683-1877-474c-ab70-61caa0cf2b1a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-natiacad-ref961

American Fine Arts Society

Collection Creator:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 58, Folder 1-3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920s-1940s
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.
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National Academy of Design records
National Academy of Design records / Series 15: Other Organizations
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw954b58764-f9d9-4221-a2b2-309d66440276
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-natiacad-ref962

American Fine Arts Society

Collection Creator:
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1904
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records, 1883-1962, bulk 1885-1940. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-carninst-ref219

American Fine Arts Society, New York, New York

Collection Creator:
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1909
1914
1936
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records, 1883-1962, bulk 1885-1940. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-carninst-ref220

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1894-1896
Collection Restrictions:
Use of 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:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94c7aea56-22a3-458e-b83f-a5a3489718ac
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref2
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Architectural League of New York records

Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Names:
American Institute of Architects  Search this
National Sculpture Society (U.S.)  Search this
Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934  Search this
Extent:
114.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Annual reports
Photographs
Minutes
Lantern slides
Date:
1880s-1974
Summary:
The records of the Architectural League of New York measure 114.9 linear feet and date from 1880s-1974 (bulk 1927-1968). The League's mission "to advance the art of architecture" is documented through administrative and business records, committee records and officers' files, exhibition files, records of functions and events, correspondence, publicity files, photographs, lantern slides, and 16 scrapbooks.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Architectural League of New York measure 114.9 linear feet and date from 1880s-1974 (bulk 1927-1968). The League's mission "to advance the art of architecture" is documented through administrative and business records, committee records and officers' files, exhibition files, records of functions and events, correspondence, publicity files, photographs, lantern slides, and scrapbooks.

League records prior to 1927 are limited in the collection and are mostly found among Administrative Files. The administrative files include a nearly complete collection of annual reports from 1889-1932 and various meetings minutes from 1889 through the mid-20th century. Also found is a history of the League written by founding member Cass Gilbert, documentation of the changes of the League Constitution and By-Laws during the first half of the 20th century, and other administrative records.

Over a third of the collection are records from committees, including voluminous records of the Executive Committee, Current Work Committee, House Committee, Finance Committee, Membership Committee, and Scholarships and Special Awards Committee. In addition, there are scattered records for minor committees. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, election ballots, financial records, membership records, documents related to awarding scholarships and awards, and other administrative and organizational committee records. Found is the original 1889 agreement between the Architectural League, the Art Students League, and the Society of American Artists to build the American Fine Arts Society building. Throughout the collection, but especially in the Membership Committee subseries, the records provide a glimpse into the struggles the League faced during the Depression through World War II to maintain dues-paying members.

Officers' Files includes collated records of the League Executive Secretary and Secretary, as well as correspondence of the League President and Treasurer. Materials found here are not comprehensive; similar materials can be found throughout the collection.

Financial records such as bank statements, correspondence, and ledgers; insurance correspondence and policies; and legal correspondence, are found in the Business Records series. This series does not include records prior to 1926.

Exhibition files provide detailed documentation of the exhibitions sponsored by, or held at, the League primarily from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Records related to the League Annual Exhibition, the National Gold Medal Exhibitions, and the 1939 World's Fair in New York are found here, as well as exhibition files arranged chronologically by exhibition date and miscellaneous administrative files. Materials include administrative files, applications, correspondence, printed materials, publicity files, and other records related to organizing and managing exhibitions. The files of the Exhibition Committee are also found here.

Other series which document activities held by, or held at, the League include Functions and Events series and Publicity Files series. Found is correspondence, printed materials, press releases, schedules, and other administrative documents created in organizing events such as dinners, lectures, receptions, balls, and outings. The Records of Other Organizations includes records relating to organizations that had business with the League, often regarding events, meetings, and exhibitions held at the League. Represented here are some records of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) and the National Sculpture Society (N.S.S.).

Correspondence includes miscellaneous correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject or name, and collated correspondence arranged chronologically. Most of the chronological correspondence appears to be Secretaries' files. The materials in the Miscellaneous series seem to have been separated from their original files, or were never filed properly. Therefore, materials and contents are similar to those found in other series, such as correspondence, administrative records, some financial records, and handwritten notes.

Black and white photographs, a handful of colored photographs, nearly 350 lantern slides, and negatives of exhibitions, buildings, events, and portraits are found in the Photographic Materials series.

Sixteen scrapbooks include eight scrapbooks of clippings from 1880s-1960s, and seven scrapbooks of notices and printed materials from 1925-1930. Also found is a scrapbook of signatures of event attendees, a clippings scrapbook compiled by Hamilton M. Wright, and a scrapbook of the Archeological Institute of America.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1889-1969 (Boxes 1-10, OV 116; 9.7 linear feet)

Series 2: Committee Records, 1887-1974 (Boxes 10-54, 110, 114, OV 116; 44.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Officers' Files, 1900, 1923-1970 (Boxes 54-58; 3.9 linear feet)

Series 4: Business Records, circa 1926-1972 (Boxes 58-62, BVs 129-144; 7.35 linear feet)

Series 5: Exhibitions, 1887-1972, bulk 1930s-1960s (Boxes 62-83, 111, OVs 117-119; 21.85 linear feet)

Series 6: Functions and Events, 1909, 1931-1973 (Boxes 84-93, OV 120; 9.35 linear feet)

Series 7: Publicity Files, 1922-1972 (Boxes 93-95, 111; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Records Relating to Organizations, 1908-1968, bulk 1930s-1960s (Boxes 95-101; 6.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Correspondence, 1929-1970 (Boxes 101-103, OV 120; 1.85 linear feet)

Series 10: Miscellaneous, circa 1936-1968 (Boxes 103-104; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 11: Photographic Materials, 1896-1960s (Boxes 105-108, 112, OVs 121-128; 4.3 linear feet)

Series 12: Scrapbooks, 1880s-1960s (Boxes 108-109, 113-115, BVs 145-148; 2.2 linear feet)

There are frequently similar and related materials in multiple series, as is indicated in the series' descriptions. The records may originally have been arranged by file owner (committees, secretary, etc.), then by League season (roughly May - April). Most series include a handful of folders in which the original folder title indicates the file owner and League season (i.e. Secretary 1938-1939).
Historical Note:
Modeling the organization's name after the Art Students League of New York, the Architectural League of New York was founded in New York City in 1881 by a group of architects who wished to gather and discuss architecture and its relationship to the arts. The group elected D.W. Willard as the first President of the League and they began gathering regularly to discuss and critique each other's sketches and hold competitions. The organization grew quickly and soon the League rented a room in a building on 14th Street between University Place and Fifth Avenue.

However, by the mid-1880s the founders and more active League members left New York, and membership began to falter. The League was reorganized in 1886, expanding membership beyond professional architects, and incorporated in 1888 with 166 members. In 1889, the League joined with the Art Students League of New York and the Society of American Artists to form the American Fine Arts Society. Thus, in 1892 the three organizations were able to erect a building at 215 West 57th Street where the League remained until 1927 when it moved to 115 East 40th Street.

The League was run by the Executive Committee and its officers, elected every two years. The beginning of each League season kicked off with an annual dinner in the spring. The League also formed numerous committees to organize activities and manage administrative tasks. Noteworthy committees include the Current Work Committee, House Committee, Finance Committee, Exhibition Committee, Membership Committee, and Scholarships and Special Awards Committee.

The League's interdisciplinary approach to architecture and the arts was expressed through sponsored forums and discussions with architects and artists. From the League's beginning, the Current Work Committee was established to organize educational forums for members. Recognition of achievement was awarded by an Annual Exhibition from the late 1880s until 1938. In 1950, the League began awarding the annual National Gold Medal Exhibition in various fields, including landscape architecture, engineering, and sculpture. Additionally, the League awarded numerous other scholarships each year. Architects, artists, and arts-related organizations could also rent space in the League building to hold meetings, discussions, and exhibitions.

The League admitted its first female member in 1934. Notable members of the League included Arnold W. Brunner (President, 1903-1905), Cass Gilbert (President, 1913-1915), Philip Johnson, Robert A.M. Stern, and Russell Sturgis (President, 1889-1893).

The Architectural League of New York continues to provide educational opportunities and scholarships to students and professionals.

Background information was gathered from a written history of the League by Cass Gilbert found in this collection and the Architectural League of New York website (http://archleague.org/category/archive/history-archive/).
Related Material:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are several collections that contain Architectural League of New York records. The American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993, include a significant amount of League records related to national awards programs and lantern slides from the "New Horizons in America" lecture series.
Provenance:
The Architectural League of New York records were donated in several installments from 1967-1980 by the Architectural League of New York.
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Topic:
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Function:
Arts organizations
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Annual reports
Photographs
Minutes
Lantern slides
Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.archleag
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Architectural League of New York records
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a5b8a23f-5566-4bf5-ae3c-c89920c27dad
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-archleag
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