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Guide to the Florence Nightingale Levy Papers
1899-1946 (bulk dates 1908-1926)
  MS 382

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Biographical Note

1870 Aug. 13 Florence Nightingale Levy is born in New York, New York.
1889 June 7 Her father, Joseph Arthur Levy, dies.
1894-1895 Studies at Ecole Au Louvre in Paris. Editor and publisher of the American Art Annual, editor until 1918; later serving as associate editor, and, in 1945 - 1947, as advisory editor. The Annual in 1948 divides into two publications: The American Art Directory and Who's Who of American Art.
1901 Editor of the catalogue of the art exhibition of the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo; catalogs the private collection of William C. Whitney.
1901-1904 Teaches private classes in art history
1908-1909 Assistant to James P. Haney, secretary of the National Association for the Promotion of Industrial Education and first art director of New York City's high schools. She collaborates in editing and publishing Art Education in the Public Schools of the United States.
1909 Founds the American Federation of Arts and serves as director until 1945. Founds the School Art League of New York and serves as secretary until 1945.
1909-1917 Accepts a position on the staff of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Organizes and prepares catalogues for a succession of major museum shows: the exhibition of 1909 in connection with the Hudson-Fulton Celebration (on which she collaborates with Henry Kent), and (with Bryan Burroughs) exhibits of Whistler (1910), Winslow Homer (1911), the Altman collection (1914), and William M. Chase (1917).
1916-1939 Editor of several editions of A Guide to the Works of Art in New York City (afterward Art in New York).
1917-1919 Serves as General Manager of the Art Alliance of America.
1919 Establishes Art Service organization.
1922-1925 Works part-time as Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art.
1923 Mar. 3 James P. Haney dies of pneumonia.
1925 American Institute of Graphic Arts elects Levy as one of the first two women in the organization.
1927-1932 Serves as the Executive Secretary of the Arts Council of New York City (after 1929 the New York Regional Art Council).
1927-1935 Publishes semimonthly New York Art Calendar (after 1930 Art Center Bulletin).
1932-1934 Supervisor of the Vocational Service of the National Association for Art Education.
1934 Supervisor of the Federated Council on Art Education (after 1938 the Art Education Council).
1937 Feb. 23 Levy's mother, Pauline (Goodheim) Levy, dies.
1938 Prepares auspices of Art Education in the city of New York.
1941 Serves as Executive Secretary of the American Fine Arts Society.
1947 Levy dies in New York City. Cremation at Ferncliff Crematory, Hartsdale, New York.