Society of Washington Artists records, 1927-1967, (bulk 1951-1967)

Society of Washington Artists (Washington, D.C.)

Collection size: 0.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Correspondence consists of letters exchanged between Joyce Field and individuals and organizations concerning the Society of Washington Artists (1951-1967). Administrative records include minutes of meetings and agendas (1952-1955). Notes and writings include memoranda, and material for press releases (1951-1955). Printed material consists of clippings (1951-1955), a copy of the Society's constitution and by-laws (1927), 4 exhibition catalogs (1941-1955), a membership list (1954-1955), and 3 brochures about the crafts of the Southern Highlands (1958). There are also brochures and newsletters concerning the Artists Equity Association (1961-1967).

Biographical/Historical Note: The Society of Washington Artists was organized at a meeting of the Art Students League of Washington sometime after 1889. In 1891, the Society was officially established in order to promote the exhibition of its members' art work. By 1898 the Society had its own gallery space at 1020 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., but its annual exhibitions were primarily held in the Corcoran Gallery at 17th Street and New York Avenue.

The records were received from Joyce Field, through Ida Jervis. Joyce Field was the publicity director (1951-1954) and president (1954-1955) of the Society of Washington Artists.

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Related Materials

Additional Society of Washington Artists records and exhibition catalogs also located at: Corcoran Gallery of Art Archives.