Philadelphia Sketch Club records, 1860-1949

Philadelphia Sketch Club, est. 1860
Artists group
Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 7.0 linear ft. (on 5 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: A 1049-page history of the club written in 1935 and a chronicle, 1860-1865, including lists of officers, income, and members and locations; 15 volumes of secretaries, treasurers and board minutes 1860-1937 (incomplete); a constitution, 1882-1889; some correspondence; exhibition catalogs and announcements; inventories of club collections including a list of the Thomas Anshutz members portraits; copies of speeches delivered; a few remaining artists's files; issues of PORTFOLIO, a club publication, 1874, 1945-49; and photographs, both loose and in scrapbooks, of members in posed and candid arrangements.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art club; Philadelphia, Pa. Founded 1860 to provide classes when the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts school was not active. Exhibitions and social activities were also organized. The club is still active (in 1990).

Lent for microfilming by Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1985-1986.

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