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Guide to the Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection
1898-1943
 PR 182

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 09, 2016
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Salmagundi Club
Title: Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection
Dates: 1898-1943
Abstract: The Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection contains photographs of dinners held by the club between 1898 and 1943, including dinners sponsored by Samuel T. Shaw and the club's annual "Get Together Dinner".
Quantity: 6.68 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 182

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Historical Note

The Salmagundi Club was formed as the New York Sketch Club in 1871 by a group of artists and art patrons; it changed its name in tribute to the 19th century book of tales and miscellany published by Washington Irving. The club held its meetings and events in rented rooms at 14 West 12th Street from 1895 until 1917, when the club purchased its own brownstone at 47 Fifth Avenue.

Samuel T. Shaw (1861-1945) was the proprietor of the Grant Union Hotel, which was located on the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue, across from Grand Central Terminal, from 1874 until 1914. An art collector and patron of living artists, Shaw hung the hotel walls with his personal collection of works by American painters. He was closely associated with the Salmagundi Club, the Society of American Artists, and the National Academy of Design, and awarded cash prizes for the best picture at the annual exhibitions held by those institutions.

Shaw gave the "Shaw Prize" at the Salmagundi Club exhibits for fifty years, and would sponsor an annual dinner party of the artists in competition for that year's award. A commercial photographer was engaged to make a panoramic group portrait of the jovial and formally dressed painters at their dinner table. At the center of each photograph appear two easily identifiable men: the award-winning artist from the previous year (bedecked with a laurel head wreath), and their great patron, the bearded, white-haired (and usually unjacketed) Samuel T. Shaw, often sitting beneath the Club's portrait of Shaw by Wayman Adams.

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Scope and Content Note

The Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection contains photographs of dinners held at the club between 1898 and 1943. There is also one satirical illustrated diploma issued to Samuel T. Shaw in 1899. The collection is divided into five series that reflect the decades covered by the material; thereunder the photographs are arranged chronologically. Many of the dinners represented were those sponsored by Samuel T. Shaw, but the collection also includes other Club group meals, such as their "Get Together Dinner" held each fall, which celebrated the return of the artists to New York from their summer painting colonies at the mountains and seashores.

Commercial photographers in the collection include New York firms George W. Lawrence Company; Cawood, Inc.; Krohn & Kollatz; Schlesinger Studio; Standard Flashlight Company, Inc.; and Century Flashlight Photographers, Inc.

Arrangement

Photographs have been arranged into five series based on date:

  1. Series I: Turn of the Century
  2. Series II: The Teens
  3. Series III: The Twenties
  4. Series IV: The Thirties
  5. Series V: The Forties

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Cawood, Inc.
  • Century Flashlight Photographers, Inc.
  • Krohn & Kollatz.
  • Schlesinger Studio.
  • Shaw, Samuel T., 1861-1945.
  • Standard Flashlight Company, Inc.

Document Type

  • Group portraits.
  • Photographic prints.

Subject Topics

  • Art -- New York (State) -- New York -- Societies, etc. -- Photographs.
  • Art patrons.
  • Artists.
  • Clubs -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs.
  • Dinners and dining -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Twenty-five of the photographs were the gift of the Estate of Samuel T. Shaw, November 7, 1946; other additions were made to form the collection.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to thirty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection, PR 182, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the New-York Historical Society

The Society's Library also holds the Samuel T. Shaw papers (BV Shaw, Samuel T) which include records kept by Shaw in his capacity as treasurer of the Salmagundi Club's Artists Fund.

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Container List

Series I: Turn of the Century

Scope and Contents note

The materials are arranged chronologically. Multiple copies of photographs, when present, are indicated by numbers in parentheses.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Tile Party
1898 Jan 14
Box: 1 Folder : 1A Satirical diploma issued to Samuel T. Shaw (watercolor)
1899 May 7
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Charles Hawthorne dinner (5)
1905 Mar. 15
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Harry Vincent dinner
1908 Jan. 29
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Frank Russell Green dinner
1909 Feb. 24

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Series II: The Teens

Scope and Contents note

The photographs are arranged chronologically. Multiple copies of photographs, when present, are indicated by numbers in parentheses.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Gifford Beal dinner (2)
1910 Feb. 24
Box: 2 Folder : 2 F. Luis Mora dinner
1911 Feb. 22
Box: 2 Folder : 3 William J. Aylward dinner (3)
1912 Mar. 13
Box: 2 Folder : 4 W. Granville Smith dinner (6)
1914 Mar. 12
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Howard Giles dinner (3)
1916 Mar. 9
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Daniel Garber dinner (5)
1917 Mar. 8
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Bruce Crane dinner
1918 Mar. 7

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Series III: The Twenties

Scope and Contents note

The photographs are arranged chronologically. Multiple copies of photographs, when present, are indicated by numbers in parentheses.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Fiftieth Anniversary Dinner
1921 Oct. 31
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Edmund W. Greacen dinner (3)
1922 Mar. 2
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Get Together Dinner
1922 Oct. 27
Box: 3 Folder : 9 George P. Ennis dinner
1923 Mar. 1
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Frank Tenney Johnson dinner
1924 Mar. 6
Box: 3 Folder : 10 John E. Costigan dinner (3)
1925 Feb. 12
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Roy Brown dinner
1926 Feb. 11
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Chauncey F. Ryder dinner
1927 Feb. 10
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Twenty-fifth Anniversary Dinner of the Samuel T. Shaw Purchase Prize
1929 Mar. 7

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Series IV: The Thirties

Scope and Contents note

The photographs are arranged chronologically. Multiple copies of photographs, when present, are indicated by numbers in parentheses.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Charles S. Chapman dinner
1930 Mar. 6
Box: 4 Folder : 13 George M. Bruestle dinner (8)
1931 Mar. 5
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Ernest L. Blumenschein dinner
1932 Mar. 3
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Eugene Higgins dinner (2)
1933 Mar. 2
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Gordan Grant dinner
1935 Mar. 7
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Royal Cortissoz dinner
1937 Mar. 19
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Get Together Dinner
1937 Nov. 12

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Series V: The Forties

Scope and Contents note

The photographs are arranged chronologically. Multiple copies of photographs, when present, are indicated by numbers in parentheses.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Hobart Nichols dinner (2)
1940 Feb. 8
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Wayman Adams dinner
1941 Feb. 6
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Carl J. Nordell dinner
1942 Feb. 12
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Harrison Cady dinner (3)
1943 Feb. 11

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