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American Abstract Artists records

Creator:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Names:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964  Search this
Billings, Henry, 1901-  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Gurin, Ruth  Search this
Hasegawa, Saburō, 1906-1957  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Mason, Alice Trumbull, 1904-1971  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Rabkin, Leo  Search this
Rousseau, Irene  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1936-1983
Summary:
The records of the American Abstract Artists measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1936 through 1983. The records document the founding of the organization in 1936, membership activities, general administration, and exhibitions via correspondence, member writings, financial and legal records, printed materials, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the American Abstract Artists measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1936 through 1983. The records document the founding of the organization in 1936, membership activities, general administration, and exhibitions via correspondence, member writings, financial and legal records, printed materials, and photographs.

Correspondence mainly relates to the exhibitions and member activities of the American Abstract Artists. There are letters from Josef Albers, Alexander Archipenko, Alexander Calder, Lyonel Feininger, Harry Holtzman, Piet Mondrian, and Irene Rousseau, President Emeritus of the American Abstract Artists. Official bulletins sent to members are also found among the correspondence.

Administrative records include founding prospectus, meeting minutes, lists of members, and drafts and amendments to the American Abstract Artists constitution.

Member writings are by Saburo Hasegawa, Henry Billings, Leo Rabkin, and Ruth Gurin. Financial and legal records include ledger books, insurance documents, and other financial material. Printed materials include announcements for the American Abstract Artists' annual exhibitions, as well as exhibition posters. Finally, there are two photographs of collage paintings by members.
Arrangement:
The arrangement and description in this finding aid refer to unmicrofilmed portions of the collection. Legacy microfilm arrangement is not reflected.

The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1937-1982 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Administrative Records, 1937-1982 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 3: Member Writings, 1938-1954 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 4: Financial and Legal Records, 1942-1983 (Box 1-2; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1936-1982 (Box 2-3, OV 4; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, 1963 (Box 3; 1 folder)
Biographical / Historical:
The American Abstract Artists group was established in 1936 in New York, New York by a group of painters and sculptors. The American Abstract Artists contributed to the introduction of abstract art to the American public through exhibitions, publications, and lectures.

During the era of the formation of the American Abstract Artists, abstraction was not critically accepted. In 1937, the American Abstract Artists held their first exhibition at the Squibb Galleries in New York City. It received negative reactions from both the press and the public - the exhibition had a high attendance but poor reviews. The American Abstract Artists addressed the role of the critic through their publications, specifically the 1940 pamphlet "The Art Critics! How Do They Serve the Public? What Do They Say? How Much Do They Know?—Let's Look at the Record!"

The group was most active from 1937 to 1942, and supported the critical success of Abstract Expressionism in later decades.
Related Materials:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are the Ruth Bowman Interviews of American Abstract Art members, 1963-1965, and Susan C. Larsen's Interviews of American Abstract Art members, 1973-1978.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming available on 35 mm microfilm reels D539, N59-11, N69-72, N69-96, N69-97, N69-137, and N70-48. Much of this material and the papers on reels N70-48 and N59-11 were included in subsequent gifts, and may have been microfilmed again. Loaned materials not donated later are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The Archives of American Art acquired the American Abstract Artists records in three installments by Presidents Emeriti of the American Abstract Artists. Alice Trumball Mason first lent papers for microfilming in 1959, and she later gifted the majority of this material in 1969. Following, Leo Rabkin donated records in 1969, and Irene Rousseau gave more papers in 1983.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Art, Abstract -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
The American Abstract Artists records, 1936-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.amerabst
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-amerabst
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Visual Artists Coalition records

Creator:
Visual Artists Coalition (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1964-1981
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; insurance records; and exhibition announcements, catalogs, and posters.
Biographical / Historical:
Artists organization.
Provenance:
Donated 1982 by Marjorie Kanny, president and founder of Visual Artists Coalition.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Function:
Artist-run galleries -- New York (State)
Identifier:
AAA.visuarti
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-visuarti

Sculpture Center records

Creator:
Sculpture Center (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Clay Club Gallery  Search this
Names:
Clay Club Gallery  Search this
Sculpture Center (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Denslow, Dorothea H. (Dorothea Henrietta), 1900-1971  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1923-1979
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, writings, notes, business records, scrapbooks, catalogs, and printed material.
REEL 2525: Letters; articles of incorporation; list of board members; a consignment book with prices; book, BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN SCULPTURE, by Saul Swarz; blueprints for a planned studio; 101 Sculpture Center, Inc. catalogs; receipts, bills and financial materials; photographs; scrapbooks of Clay Club events; and printed materials.
UNMICROFILMED: Letters; writings and notes, including poetry by George McK. Roberts and Gabriel Kohn; invoices, contracts, and price lists; and exhibition catalogs, announcements, and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Art society; New York, N.Y. Established 1928 by Dorthea Denslow as the Clay Club. Was located on 8th Street in Manhattan. Incorporated as the Clay Club Sculpture Center in 1944, and changed to the Sculpture Center in 1950.
Provenance:
Donated 1981-1982 by Sculpture Center. Much of this material was gathered by Cleo Hartwig, an active member of the Sculpture Center.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Sculpture -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York
Artist-run galleries -- New York (State)
Identifier:
AAA.sculcent
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sculcent

Helen Treadwell papers, 1952-1968

Creator:
Treadwell, Helen, 1902-  Search this
Subject:
Committee for the Beautification of New York  Search this
International Association of Art. United States Committee  Search this
National Council on the Arts and Government  Search this
National Society of Mural Painters (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Association of Art. United States Committee  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8521
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210698
AAA_collcode_treahele
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210698

Visual Artists Coalition records, 1964-1981

Creator:
Visual Artists Coalition (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artist-run galleries -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8540
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210718
AAA_collcode_visuarti
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210718

Women's Interart Center records, 1970-1981

Creator:
Women's Interart Center  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Societies, etc  Search this
Feminism and art  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

Charlotte Whinston papers, 1945-1975

Creator:
Whinston, Charlotte, 1895-1976  Search this
Subject:
National Association of Women Artists (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Art, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc.  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8639
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210819
AAA_collcode_whinchar
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210819

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:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  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

Union League Club records, 1867-1940

Creator:
Union League Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- New York (State) -- New York -- Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9239
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211434
AAA_collcode_unioleny
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211434

John Weichsel papers concerning the People's Art Guild, 1905-1965, bulk 1905-1929

Creator:
Weichsel, John, 1870-1946  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Bellows, George  Search this
Bluemner, Oscar  Search this
Van Dine, S. S.  Search this
Weichsel, John  Search this
Beal, Gifford  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Pascin, Jules  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Sloan, John  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Delaunay, Robert  Search this
People's Art Guild  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9336
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211532
AAA_collcode_weicjohn
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211532
Online Media:

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
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Feminism and art  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

Yonkers Art Association printed material, 1920-1966

Creator:
Yonkers Art Association  Search this
Subject:
Hudson River Museum  Search this
Yonkers Museum of Science and Arts  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State)  Search this
Art, American -- New York (State)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10111
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212997
AAA_collcode_yonkart
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212997

Oral history interview with John Opper, 1968 Sept. 9-1969 Jan 3

Interviewee:
Opper, John, 1908-1994  Search this
Interviewer:
Sandler, Irving, 1925-  Search this
Subject:
Mondrian, Piet  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Cleveland School of Art  Search this
United States  Search this
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art front  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12476
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212964
AAA_collcode_opper68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212964

Oral history interview with Dale and Doug Anderson, 2005 July 21-22

Interviewee:
Anderson, Dale, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Oldknow, Tina, 1955-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art patronage  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc.  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12720
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)255074
AAA_collcode_anders05
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_255074
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jack Flam, 2017

Interviewee:
Flam, Jack, 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17475
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)388321
AAA_collcode_flam17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_388321
Online Media:

Dorothy and Leo Rabkin papers, 1940-1979

Creator:
Rabkin, Leo, 1919-2015  Search this
Rabkin, Dorothy, 1922-2008  Search this
Subject:
Barnet, Will  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Fine Arts Federation of New York  Search this
International Artists Association  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5780
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208619
AAA_collcode_rabkleo
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208619

Salmagundi Club records, 1878-1947

Creator:
Salmagundi Club  Search this
Subject:
Beal, Gifford  Search this
Shaw, Samuel T.  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6705
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208830
AAA_collcode_salmclub
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208830

The Club records kept by Philip Pavia, 1948-1965

Creator:
Pavia, Philip, 1915-2005  Search this
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6805
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208932
AAA_collcode_paviphil
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208932

Eugenie Hauenstein scrapbooks, 1886-1905

Creator:
Hauenstein, Eugenie  Search this
Subject:
Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- Buffalo  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- Buffalo  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7685
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209848
AAA_collcode_haueeuge
Theme:
Women
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209848

Elizabeth McCausland papers, 1838-1995, bulk 1920-1960

Creator:
McCausland, Elizabeth, 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Abbott, Berenice  Search this
Hawthorne, Charles Webster  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Henry, Edward Lamson  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield  Search this
Kleinholz, Frank  Search this
Morgan, Barbara Brooks  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Weegee  Search this
Hine, Lewis Wickes  Search this
Inness, George  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Maurer, Alfred Henry  Search this
Weston, Edward  Search this
American Art Research Council  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
United States  Search this
Barnard College  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Prints
Drawings
Photographs
Watercolors
Place:
New York N.Y. -- Pictorial works -- photographs
Topic:
Springfield Republican  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art criticism -- United States  Search this
Documentary photography -- United States  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions -- United States  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- United States  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7839
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210006
AAA_collcode_mccaeliz
Theme:
Diaries
Art Theory and Historiography
Photography
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210006
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