Elmer Livingston MacRae papers, 1899-1958, (bulk 1899-1916)

MacRae, Elmer Livingston, b. 1875 d. 1953
Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.; Cos Cob, Conn.

Collection size: 2 microfilm reels.

Collection Summary: Two diaries, 1911 and 1913, containing short notes by MacRae describing activities with the Pastellists and the Association of American Painters and Sculptors; the Students Club Handbook, 1899-1900; treasurer's records for the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, 1912-1916, including a printed extract from the constitution, a subcommittee report, minutes from 2 meetings, a membership list, correspondence from organization officers, Arthur B. Davies, Walt Kuhn, and Walter Pach, and incoming correspondence from various artists, dealers, lenders, and buyers; a file concerning the tour to Chicago and Boston of the International Exhibition of Modern Art (Armory Show); sales lists, receipts for works of art, miscellaneous financial records reflecting the operating expenses of the Armory Show, including 2 cashbooks, 2 ledgers, 2 receipt books, and a checkbook; calling cards, tickets, 71 postcards, 3 signs, copies of the invitation; and the INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF MODERN ART catalog with prices annotated and unannotated copies from the Chicago and Boston shows.

Also found are pamphlets FOR AND AGAINST by Frederick James Gregg, ODILON REDON and A SCULPTOR'S ARCHITECTURE by Walter Pach, CEZANNE by Elie Faure, extracts from NOA NOA by Paul Gauguin, and THE ARMORY SHOW IN RETROSPECT, 1958; a 1913 issue of the magazine ARTS AND DECORATION; 78 clippings; and an Armory Show lapel button.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter. Served as Treasurer of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, organizers of the 1913 Armory Show.

Originally discovered in 1958 in MacRae's home in Cos Cob, Connecticut, the papers belonged to the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich until their acquisition by the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation in 1961.

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