National Society of Mural Painters records, 1895-2007

National Society of Mural Painters (New York, N.Y.), est. 1895
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 13.1 linear feet (partially microfilmed on 4 reels)

Collection Summary: Business records; project files; photographs; correspondence; photographs; and printed material of the Washington Society of Mural Painters.

UNMICROFILMED: Business records include membership files, presidents correspondence, minutes, agendas, constitutions and by-laws, and files on the Committee on Government Art. Project files include the 1976 Bicentennial era project The Freedom Murals and Caravan of Freedom traveling exhibition of murals and consist of rolled sketches, correspondence, photographs, catalogs, itineraries, assorted printed materials and VHS video tapes. Printed material includes newsletters, brochures, press releases and catalogs.

REELS D248-D250A: Membership files, account books and minutes; photographs of art work; correspondence with George Biddle, Edward Bruce, Kenyon Cox, Philip Evergood, Rockwell Kent, Geoffrey Norman, and Ernest Peixotto; and printed material including publications.

REEL NSM 1: 83 photographs of mural paintings and studies for murals; and 25 exhibition boards showing sculptures, mosaics or mural paintings and listing the artist, medium, title and location.

Biographical/Historical Note: The National Society of Mural Painters (est. 1895- ) is an art society in New York, N.Y. Originally called Mural Painters, the name changed to National Society of Mural Painters in 1936.

Material on reel NSM 1 lent for microfilming by the National Society of Mural Painters, 1963. Material on reels D248-D250A and unfilmed was donated by the Society, 1965 and 1966. Additional material donated in 2009 by the Society, via president Jeff Greene. It is possible that material on reel NSM 1 is a part of that donation.

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