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Guide to the Artists' Fund Society Records
1859-1937
 MS 23

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Collection processed by Annie Tummino

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 06, 2010
Finding Aid is written in English.
using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I: Alexander C. Morgan Papers, 1881-1936

Scope and Content Note

Series 1 consists of the papers of Alexander C. Morgan, arranged in 6 subseries: a) Correspondence b) Relief Cases c) Membership d) Related Artists' Fund Societies e) Financial and Real Estate and f) Notes and Clippings.

Morgan (1849-1933) was a financier and amateur landscape painter who served as president of the Artists' Fund Society from 1910-1933. A cousin of J. P. Morgan, he entered the stock brokerage business at an early age and founded the firm A.C. Morgan & Co., serving as its head until 1928. He was a founder of the Salmagundi Club, a life member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a fellow in perpetuity of the National Academy of Design. His artwork was exhibited at a number of private showings.

Subseries A: Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Letters consist largely of requests for assistance and thank you letters. Letters requesting assistance describe conditions of poverty, disability, illness, and old age, and are written by the artists themselves, as well as by family members, friends and charitable organizations on their behalf. Correspondents include John Ward Dunsmore, Secretary of the Artists’ Fund Society, and William Merritt Post, Treasurer of the Artists’ Fund Society.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Anderson-Aylward
1923-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Dunsmore-Dutton
1924-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Berneker-Buehler
1929-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Chapman-Dewey
1923-1931
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Finley-French
1926-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Granville-Isador
1925-1932
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Jackson-Loweth
1924-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 8 MacDowell-Nichols
1927-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Nordell-Phelps
1925-1933
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Post
1923-1933
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Potthast-Price
1925-1932
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Raynor-Streatfeild
1925-1933
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Tompkins-Winsor
1929-1933

Subseries B: Relief Cases

Scope and Content Note

This bound volume documents aid to artists provided by the Artists' Fund Society. It includes an alphabetized list of recipients followed by brief descriptions of each artist's circumstances and actions taken by the Society to provide help.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 Relief Cases, Board of Control
1931-1933

Subseries C: Membership

Scope and Content Note

These records document activities of the membership and legal agreements pertaining to assistance to families of deceased members. The Artists' Fund Society souvenir includes a small landscape painting by Arthur E. Powell.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Annual Dinner Souvenir and Ephemera
1911 and undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Meeting Notices
1924-1933
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Wills and Estates
1923-1931

Subseries D: Related Artist Fund Societies

Scope and Content Note

The Fund for Superannuated Artists was established in the early 1900s to assist aged artists in maintaining suitable homes. It was founded by members of the Artists’ Fund Society and the Artists’ Aid Society, and in 1932 it dissolved, dividing its money between the two organizations. Correspondence, meeting minutes, notes and memorandums document this history and the 1932 agreement.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Fund for Superannuated Artists
1923-1932

Subseries E: Financial and Real Estate

Scope and Content Note

The majority of these records document the Society's real estate investments.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Bills and Receipts
1920-1931
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Mortgages, Becker-Kertyczak
1923-1934
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Mortgages, Marx-Villosio
1924-1934
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Real Estate Documents
1924-1933

Subseries F: Notes and Clippings

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists largely of Morgan's hand written notes. A small quantity of newspaper clippings document Artists’ Fund Society activities and external developments impacting the Society.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Newspaper Clippings
1881-1933
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Notes (Hand Written)
1926-1933

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