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Guide to the Records of the American Art-Union
1838-1860
 MS 12

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: American Art-Union
Title: American Art-Union Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1838-1860
Abstract: The collection consists of 109 volumes and 1 box of records from 1838 to 1860 of the American Art-Union. Online version available to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via Gale Cengage Learning.
Quantity: 10.0 Linear feet (109 bound volumes and 1 box on 63 reels of microfilm)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 12

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Historical Note

The American Art-Union was known as the Apollo Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in the United States.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 109 volumes and 1 box of records from 1838 to 1860. Volumes include minutes of annual meetings, executive committee, committee of management, and purchasing committee; register of works of art in the American Art-Union, including title of the painting submitted, the artist, price asked, cost of frame and whether or not a picture was purchased or rejected; letters addressed to the American Art-Union, including many from agents around the country, and pertaining to the sale of subscriptions; letters from artists to the American Art-Union with index; letterpress books containing copies of letters sent by the American Art-Union; and newspaper clippings. The box includes photocopies, indices to letters from artists and letters received, as well as two 19th century bindings.

Arrangement

The volumes are arranged chronologically under record type: minutes of annual meeting, 1839-1849 (1 vol.); minutes of the committee of management, 1839-1855 (3 vols.); minutes of the executive committee, 1846-1854 (2 vols.); minutes of the purchasing committee, 1850 (1 vol.); treasurer's accounts, 1849-1860 (1 vol.); register of works of art in the American Art-Union, 1848-1851 (1 vol.); letters addressed to the Art-Union, 1838-1852 (65 vols.); letters from artists to the Union, 1849-1851 (8 vols.); letterpress books, 1843-1852 (25 vols.); and newspaper clippings (2 vols.).

The collection consists of 109 bound volumes and 1 box of records.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Accession registers
  • Accounts
  • Bookbinding
  • Clippings
  • Copybooks
  • Letterpress copybooks
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Minutes
  • Price lists

Subject Organizations

  • Apollo Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in the United States

Subject Topics

  • Art--United States
  • Art--United States--Societies, etc.
  • Artists--United States--Societies, etc.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Portions of the collection that have been microfilmed will be brought to the researcher in that format and can be made available by Interlibrary loan.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

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 BV American Art-Union.

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Container List

Microfilm Reel List

Scope and Contents note

Following is a listing of the contents of the microfilm reels that contain the material in the box and bound volumes of the American Art-Union collection. Online version available to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via Gale Cengage Learning.

Container 1     Title Date
Reel: 1 Management Committee Minutes, Volumes 1-3
1839-1855
Reel: 1 Minutes of Annual Meetings
1839-1850
Reel: 1 Treasurer's Accounts
1849-1860
Reel: 2 Executive Committee Minutes, Volumes 1-2
1846-1854
Reel: 2 Registers, Works of Art
1848-1851
Reel: 3 Newspaper Clippings, Volumes 1-2
Reel: 3 Purchasing Committee Minutes
1850
Reel: 4 Letters from Artists
1848 Nov. 15 -1849 Sept. 28
Reel: 5 Letters from Artists
1849 Oct. 1-1850 June 28
Reel: 6 Letters from Artists
1850 July 1- 1850 Dec. 31
Reel: 7 Letters from Artists
1851 Jan. 1-1851 Dec. 29
Reel: 8 Letters Received
1838 April- 1843 Jan. 31
Reel: 9 Letters Received
1843 Feb. 2-1845 April 11
Reel: 10 Letters Received
1845 Feb. 17-1846 June 22
Reel: 11 Letters Received
1846 June 22- 1846 Dec.12
Reel: 12 Letters Received
1846 Dec. 13-1847 June 30
Reel: 13 Letters Received
1847 July 1- 1847 Nov. 26
Reel: 14 Letters Received
1847 Nov. 27- 1847 Dec. 31
Reel: 15 Letters Received
1848 Jan. 1- 1848 May 31
Reel: 16 Letters Received
1848 June 1-1848 Aug. 31
Reel: 17 Letters Received
1848 Sept. 1-1848 Oct. 25
Reel: 18 Letters Received
1848 Oct.26-1848 Nov. 30
Reel: 19 Letters Received
1848 Nov. 24-1848 Dec. 11
Reel: 20 Letters Received
1848 Dec. 11-1848 Dec. 31
Reel: 21 Letters Received
1849 Jan. 1-1849 Apr. 23
Reel: 22 Letters Received
1849 Apr. 3-1849 June 29
Reel: 23 Letters Received
1849 July 1-1849 Sept. 24
Reel: 24 Letters Received
1849 Sept. 26-1849 Nov. 7
Reel: 25 Letters Received
1849 Nov.8-1849 Nov. 30
Reel: 26 Letters Received
1849 Dec. 1-1849 Dec. 12
Reel: 27 Letters Received
1849 Dec. 12-1849 Dec. 19
Reel: 28 Letters Received
1849 Dec. 19-1850 Mar. 31
Reel: 29 Letters Received
1850 Apr. 1-1850 May 31
Reel: 30 Letters Received
1850 June 1-1850 Aug. 15
Reel: 31 Letters Received
1850 Aug. 16- 1850 Nov. 21
Reel: 32 Letters Received
1850 Nov. 22-1850 Dec. 16
Reel: 33 Letters Received
1850 Dec. 12- 1850 Dec. 31
Reel: 34 Letters Received
1851 Jan. 1-1851 Apr. 21
Reel: 35 Letters Received
1851 Apr. 22-1851 June 26
Reel: 36 Letters Received
1851 June 27-1851 Sept. 8
Reel: 37 Letters Received
1851 Sept. 9-1851 Nov. 30
Reel: 38 Letters Received
1851 Dec. 1-1851 Dec. 31
Reel: 39 Letters Received
1852 Jan. 1-1852 Feb. 28
Reel: 40 Letters Received
1852 Mar. 1-1852 Dec. 31
Reel: 41 Letterpress Books
1843 Mar. 28-1845 Dec. 31
Reel: 42 Letterpress Books
1846 Jan. 3-1847 Jan. 6
Reel: 43 Letterpress Books
1847 Jan. 7-1847 Dec. 18
Reel: 44 Letterpress Books
1847 Dec. 20-1848 June 7
Reel: 45 Letterpress Books
1848 June 8-1848 Aug. 30
Reel: 46 Letterpress Books
1848 Aug. 29-1848 Dec. 8
Reel: 47 Letterpress Books
1848 Dec. 8-1849 Mar. 26
Reel: 48 Letterpress Books
1849 Mar. 26-1849 July 11
Reel: 49 Letterpress Books
1849 July 12-1849 Nov. 5
Reel: 50 Letterpress Books
1849 Nov. 5-1849 Dec. 14
Reel: 51 Letterpress Books
1849 Dec. 14-1850 Feb. 12
Reel: 52 Letterpress Books
1850 Feb. 13-1850 June 4
Reel: 53 Letterpress Books
1850 June 4-1850 July 29
Reel: 54 Letterpress Books
1850 July 27- 1850 Nov. 14
Reel: 55 Letterpress Books
1850 Nov. 14-1850 Dec. 17
Reel: 56 Letterpress Books
1850 Dec. 17-1851 Feb. 21
Reel: 57 Letterpress Books
1851 Feb. 21-1851 May 22
Reel: 58 Letterpress Books
1851 May 23-1851July 11
Reel: 59 Letterpress Books
1851 July 10-1851 Sept. 30
Reel: 60 Letterpress Books
1851 Sept. 30-1851 Dec. 11
Reel: 61 Letterpress Books
1851 Dec. 11-1852 Feb. 9
Reel: 62 Letterpress Books
1852 Feb. 9-1853 Mar. 22
Reel: 63 Letterpress Books
1853 Mar. 24-1853 June 26

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