Art Students League records, 1875-1955

Art Students League (New York, N.Y.), est. 1875
School
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: ca.11,000 items (on 13 microfilm reels)

Format: Reel 1818: Copyprints microfilmed with AAA's Photographs of Artists Collection Two, and appear on microfilm under Group Photos - Art Students League.

Collection Summary: REELS NY59/20-NY59/29: Student registers, 1877-1905; ledgers, 1878-1889, attendance records, 1879-1903; model engagement books, 1878-1882; membership lists and members' meeting records, 1875-1900; press clippings, 1889-1892; constitution and by-laws, minutes, 1875-1897, and correspondence,1895-1900, of the Board of Control; instructors' expense accounts, 1904-1911; Paris prize documents, 1891-1897; supplies ordered,1897-1901; monitors record, 1897-1906; instructors expenses, 1904-1911, and printed materials, 1906-1910.

REEL 2786: A catalog of art classes for the 1886-1887 season and two programs for "The Dream Ball," 1951 and 1955.

REEL 4909: Catalog of classes for the 1885-1886 season.

REEL 1818: Copyprints of art classes at the Art Students League, ca. 1900-1940. Teachers pictured include J. Carroll Beckwith, William M. Chase, Kenyon Cox, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Sloan, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Included is a print of a women's life class at the League, ca. 1905.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art school. Organized in 1875 by students as a revolt against the National Academy of Design school.

Material on reels NY59-20-29 lent for microfilming by the Art Students League, 1959. Items on reels 2786 and 4909 were donated, 1960. Copyprints on reel 1818 were copied from the originals lent by the Art Students League, 1972, and microfilmed in 1980 as part of AAA's Photographs of Artists Collection II.

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