Union League of Philadelphia Art Association records, 1867-1911

Union League of Philadelphia. Art Association

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Book of minutes; notebook, "List of articles loaned to the Union League" (commonly known as [James] Claghorn's notebook) contains titles, owners, and insurance values for art works; printed materials, consisting of Art Reception exhibition catalogs, printed circulars, annual reports, tickets and invitations, "Catalogue for the Exhibition of Pictures of Scenes of the Lehigh Valley Railroad," catalog for the Art Association collection, circulars for the purchase of a painting "Soir d'Ete" by Daniel Ridgway Knight, description of a painting "Honorable Mention" by E.L. Weeks, and notices of a 1903 painting of Abraham Lincoln by George B. Ayers; and letters regarding a portrait by Edwin Benson.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art association affiliated with the Union League; Philadelphia, Pa. Union League was founded 1862. The Art Association was established shortly thereafter to maintain and sponsor exhibitions of the League's art collection. During the 1870's, the Art Association sponsored several Art Receptions which were important events in Philadelphia, attracting the participation of artists and art collectors.

All records were filmed except for membership applications and specific information about individual members of the Union League, which are not open to researchers.

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