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

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


@ 2010 New-York Historical Society

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

Scope and Content Note

The collection offers insight into the mission and operation of a New York based mutual aid society for artists. The records span from the Society's founding in 1859 through 1937, a decade before it consolidated with the Society of Illustrators.

The records document the organization's structure, decision making, and finances. Meeting minutes, reports, amendments to the constitution, correspondence, resignations, wills, and financial records all demonstrate how the organization operated and changed over time.

Much of the correspondence in the collection describes the conditions of artists in need of help, including struggles with illness, disability, and economic hardship.

Sales ledgers documenting annual art auctions from 1861 to 1889 include artist names, titles of paintings, names of purchasers, and purchase prices.

Series I of the collection consists of the papers of Alexander C. Morgan, a long time member of the Society who served as president from 1910 through 1933. Series II through X are made up of Society records arranged by type. Morgan's papers were acquired by the New-York Historical Society in 1941; the rest of the materials were donated by the Society of Illustrators in 2008.

Arrangement Note

Series I is comprised of the papers of Alexander C. Morgan, a financier and amateur artist who served as president of the Artists' Fund Society from 1910-1932.

Series II through X are comprised of Artists' Fund Society records (1859-1937) arranged by type.

  1. Series I: Alexander C. Morgan Papers
  2. Series II: Constitution and Amendments
  3. Series III: Minutes
  4. Series IV: Reports
  5. Series V: Correspondence
  6. Series VI: Membership
  7. Series VII: Financial
  8. Series VIII: Real Estate
  9. Series IX: Art Exhibitions and Sales
  10. Series X: Other Artists' Funds