SoHo Artists Association records, 1968-1978

SoHo Artists Association, est. 1968
New York, N.Y.

This site provides access to the records of the SoHo Artists Association in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2011. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 616 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The records of the New York City SoHo Artists Association date from circa 1968 to 1978 and measure 0.4 linear feet. They document the Association's work to lobby for a change in New York City zoning laws that would allow for artists to live and work in SoHo lofts. Found within this small collection are scattered correspondence, reports, founding documents, notes, publicity, printed matter, photographs, and a sound recording of the first official meeting of the Association in 1970.

Biographical/Historical Note: The SoHo Artists Association was an organization formed in 1968 to legalize artists' loft residences. The search for suitable, as well as liveable, office space by artists through the SoHo Artists Association did lead to legislation creating the area known as SoHo where artists can legally live in loft buildings. Involved in the efforts was the Artist-Tenant Association, as well.

The records were donated to the Archives of American Art by Gerhardt Liebmann, a member of the SoHo Artists Association, in 1979.

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  • A sound recording in this collection was digitized for research access in 2009 and is available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original reels for the archival notations on them, but original reels are not available for playback.
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Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Artist Tenants Association records, 1959-1976.