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American Abstract Artists records, 1936-1983

Contents and Arrangement

The arrangement and description in this finding aid refer to unmicrofilmed portions of the collection. Legacy microfilm arrangement is not reflected.

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1937 - 1982
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence documents Abstract American Artists exhibitions and membership, elections, application decisions, delinquent dues, resignations, supplies, and thank you notes. Also included is correspondence between members, IBM Gallery of Arts correspondence regarding the 1962 annual exhibition, United States Committee of the International Association of Plastic Arts correspondence regarding meeting decisions and minutes, and Irene Rousseau letters, written during her years as American Abstract Artists President.
Description Container Select
Albers, Josef, 1942
1
1
Archipenko, Alexander, 1943
1
2
Calder, Alexander, 1942
1
3
Exhibition Correspondence, 1938-1981
1
4
Exhibition Correspondence, 1947-1962
1
5
Exhibition Correspondence, 1963-1967
1
6
Exhibition Correspondence, 1979-1981
1
7
Exhibition Correspondence, IBM Gallery of Arts, 1961-1962
1
8
Feininger, Lyonel, undated
1
9
Holtzman, Harry, undated
1
10
Membership Correspondence, Bulletins, 1944-1965
1
11
Membership Correspondence, 1956-1979
1
12-17
Mondrian, Piet, 1938-1942
1
18
Rousseau, Irene (President Emeritus, American Abstract Artists) letters, 1978-1982
1
19
U.S. Committee of the International Association of Plastic Arts, 1961-1964
1
20

Series 2: Administrative Records , 1937 - 1982
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

Administrative files include application forms, ballots for L'Association Francaise D'Action Artistique, drafts of the constitution, an exhibition guestbook, meeting minutes and notes, general membership records, membership lists, and the general prospectus.
Description Container Select
Application Forms, 1950-1955
1
21
Ballots for L'Association Francaise D'Action Artistique, 1955
1
22
Drafts of the Constitution, 1941-1964
1
23
Exhibition Guestbook, 1979-1982
1
24
Founding Prospectus and Statements, 1937
1
25
Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1946-1965
1
26-28
Membership Lists, 1936-1964
1
29

Series 3: Member Writings , 1938-1954
4 Folders
Box 1

Member writings include "Abstract Art in Japan Today" by Saburo Hasegawa, "Report on the Organization of the International Association of Plastic Arts" by Henry Billings, a statement by Leo Rabkin made upon the 30th annual exhibition of the American Abstract Artists, and the essay "Toward a Fourth Decade," by Ruth Gurin.
Description Container Select
"Abstract Art in Japan Today", 1953-1954
1
30
"Report on the Organization of the International Association of Plastic Arts", 1953-1954
1
31
Statement by Leo Rabkin, circa 1966
1
32
"Toward a Fourth Decade", circa 1965
1
33

Series 4: Financial and Legal Records , 1942-1983
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Financial and legal records include ledger books, check stubs, insurance records, invoices, receipts, bank statements, treasurer's reports, and other miscellaneous financial records.
Description Container Select
Account Books of Ledgers, 1943-1983
1
34-36
Check Stubs, 1954-1959
1
37
Financial Material, 1942-1951
1
38
Insurance, 1978-1982
1
39
Invoices, Receipts, and Bank Statements, 1949-1954
2
1-4
Receipts, 1979-1982
2
5
Treasurer's Reports
2
6

Series 5: Printed Materials , 1933-1982
0.5 Linear feet
Box 2-3; OV 4

Printed material consists mainly of exhibition announcements but also includes exhibition catalogs; exhibition posters; the magazine, "Plastique"; newspaper clippings regarding the American Abstract Artists; the pamphlet, "The Art Critics-! How Do They Serve the Public? What Do They Say? How Much Do They Know?—Let's Look at the Record!"; American Abstract Artists press releases; and three American Abstract Artists Yearbooks.
Description Container Select
Annual Exhibition Announcements , 1938-1964
2
7
Exhibition Announcements, General, 1937-1963
2
8
Exhibition Catalogs, 1938-1979
2
9
Exhibition Catalogs, 1966-1981
2
10
Exhibition Posters, 1951-1956
Oversized material housed in OV 4
2
11
Event Announcements, 1942-1948
2
12
Exhibition Portfolio, 1937
(two copies)
2
13
Magazine: "Plastique", 1938
2
14
Newspaper Clippings, 1936-1956
3
1-2
Pamphlet: "The Art Critics-! How Do They Serve the Public? What Do They Say? How Much Do They Know?--Let's Look at the Record!", 1940
3
3
Press Releases, 1981-1982
3
4
Yearbook: 1938, 1938
3
5
Yearbook: 1939 Book Introduction, 1939
(photocopy)
3
6
Yearbook: 1946, 1946
(two copies)
3
7
Oversized Exhibition Posters, 1951-1956
OV 4

Series 6: Photographs , 1963
1 Folder
Box 3

There are two photographs of collage paintings with an attached note.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Collage Paintings, 1963
3
8

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