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Guide to the James Olinkiewicz Collection of Photographs and Ephemera
1850s-1910, 1932
 PR 404

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

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Series II. Kit Kat Club Photographs and Ephemera, 1888-1908, 1932

Scope and Contents

Photographs, bylaws, printed programs, and invitations documenting the activities of the Kit Kat Club, a New York City-based association of artists organized in 1881 and incorporated in 1884. The club counted among its members such notables as lithographer Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896) and Impressionist painter William Merritt Chase (1841-1916). The Kit Kats sponsored annual summer sketching and painting excursions, three of which are represented by photographs and ephemera here: a week-long trip by barge on the Delaware and Hudson Canal (1895); a camping trip to Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx (1896); and a sail by schooner to Stony Brook, Long Island (1897). This material was assembled by William C. Ostrander, onetime president of the Kit Kat Club, and includes some items from the Salmagundi Club and the Black and White Club, other arts organizations which counted Ostrander as a member.


The material in Series II was originally pasted or laid in a scrapbook, but had been removed and possibly reordered before it came to the New-York Historical Society. The archivist has left the photographs in the order in which they arrived, but has grouped the loose ephemera chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Kit Kat Club. Collection description
Box: 5 Folder : 2-6 Kit Kat Club. Photographs [5 folders]
circa 1895-1897
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Kit Kat Club. Newspaper clippings
Box: 5 Folder : 8-20 Kit Kat Club. Ephemera [13 folders]
1888-1908, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Salmagundi Club. Ephemera
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Black and White Club. Ephemera
1900, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Nan Kee letter to William C. Ostrander & family
1932 April-May

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