American Abstract Artists records, 1936-1983

American Abstract Artists, est. 1936
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The records of the American Abstract Artists measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1936 through 1983. The records document the founding of the organization in 1936, membership activities, general administration, and exhibitions via correspondence, member writings, financial and legal records, printed materials, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Organized in 1936 by a group of artists interested in abstract painting and sculpture. Its chief function is the holding of exhibitions. Former presidents include Alice Trumbull Mason, Leo Rabkin, and Irene Rousseau.

Leo Rabkin donated records in 1969. Alice Trumball Mason loaned records for microfilming in 1959 and in 1969 donated most of those same materials. Irene Rousseau donated additional records in 1983. All three donors are Presidents Emeriti of the American Abstract Artists.

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  • Legacy microfilm portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels D539, N69-72, N69-96 through N69-97, and N69-137 at the Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Materials available on Reels N70/48 and N59/11 were originally loaned for microfilming but included in later gifts, some of which may have been microfilmed again. The legacy microfilm does not represent the entirety of the collection. Researchers should note that the filmed order does not match the order of the collection as described in this finding aid.
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Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are the Ruth Bowman Interviews of American Abstract Art members, 1963-1965, and Susan C. Larsen's Interviews of American Abstract Art members, 1973-1978.