Los Angeles Art Association records, 1921-1988

Los Angeles Art Association

Collection size: 14.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Organizational records, biographical material, correspondence, photographs, financial records, writings, subject files, printed material and scrapbooks.

Included are: articles of incorporation and prospectus (1931); by-laws (1962); minutes of meetings of the Museum Patrons Association (1925-1936); minutes of the trustees meetings (1936-1983); membership files (1958-1971); guest register (1958-1971); biographical material on Helen Wurderman, director of the LA Art Association, including appointment books (1967, 1969, 1979, 1983); clippings, and articles by Wurderman; correspondence (1933-1989) including letters from Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Hans Burkhardt, Emil J. Kosa Jr., museums, galleries and others; photographs of artists, their work, gallery installations, Wunderman, Lorser Feitelson and others; financial records, including a 1960 financial statement, cash books (1935-1936); daybooks (1958-1978); ledgers (1933-1937, 1960-1963, 1970); carbon checks (1964-1968, 1970-1978); check stubs (1970-1978); billing and receipts, writings, exhibition files (1930's-1980's); files on artists, projects, rentals and sales; catalogs and brochures (1953-1975); clippings (1922-1987); publications (1936-1987); and 9 scrapbooks, (1939-1988) containing clippings, exhibition announcments and photographs.

Also included are a book on William Merritt Chase (1927 limited ed., no. 475) and related correspondence and photographs; and a scrapbook containing photographs of Douglass Parshall's portraits.

Biographical/Historical Note: Organized 1924 as the Museum Patrons Association to purchase works of art for the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art. Renamed Los Angeles Art Association in 1933.

Donated 1990-1991 by the Los Angeles Art Association through its director, Richard Campbell. Scattered records of the Westwood Art Association and the Santa Monica Art Gallery received with the records were separated and cataloged separately.

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