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American Academy in Rome records, 1855- 2012

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Series 1: Predecessor Institutions , 1894-1913
0.88 Linear feet
Box 1; reels 5749-5750

This series is organized into two subseries.
  • 1.1: American School of Architecture in Rome, 1894-1898
  • 1.2: American School of Classical Studies in Rome, 1895-1913
1.1: American School of Architecture in Rome, 1855-circa 1981 , bulk 1894-1946
The idea for a school for American artists in Europe was discussed by a group of architects, painters, and sculptors who met in Chicago while collaborating on the fine arts section of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Its most enthusiastic proponent was architect Charles F. McKim who worked tirelessly to make the concept a reality. He was its main administrator, and often kept the school afloat financially with infusions of cash from his personal account. In 1897 it was decided to reorganize as an academy, and the American School of Architecture in Rome was legally dissolved and replaced by the American Academy in Rome.
This subseries include records of the school's managing committee, correspondence, financial records, and printed matter. Among the managing committee's records are notes and correspondence relative to the founding of the institution; minute books which include a semi-annual report of the executive committee managing committee, copies of printed competition announcements, and an engrossed copy with a transcription of dissolution documents; and legal documents including records concerning the school's dissolution in 1898 prior to being reorganized as the American Academy in Rome, an 1895 certificate of the secretary to the bank, and the 1895 lease for the Villa Aurora. Correspondence is mostly that of Charles F. McKim (Vice President 1894-1895 and President 1895-1896) who handled administrative matters. Capital Stock Certificates, 1895, include an "Original Issues of Shares" list.
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Managing Committee
Organizational Meeting and Related Correspondence, undated, [1894]-1895
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1
Minute Books Vol. 1 (disbound), 1894-1897
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2
Minute Books Vol. 2, 1895-1898
1
3
Reports, 1895
1
4
Legal Documents, 1895-1898
1
5
Correspondence, undated, 1894-1896
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6-12
Financial Records
Capital Stock Certificates, 1895
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13
Invoices and Receipts, 1895-1898
1
14
Printed Matter, Scholarship Competition Announcements, 1895-1896
1
15
1.2: American School of Classical Studies in Rome, 1895-1913
The extant records of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome consist mainly of printed matter and financial records that were transferred to the Secretary of the American Academy in Rome by the Columbia-Knickerbocker Trust Co., New York. Other records related to the early history of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome are located in the archives of the Archaelogical Institute of America, Boston.
This subseries includes records of the school's managing committee and of the committee on fellowships; publications; printed matter; and treasurers' records. The managing committee file consists of the preamble and proposed resolution concerning the school's merger with the American Academy in Rome. Annual reports of the medieval and renaissance studies committee includes extracts from the Bulletin of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Journal of the Archaeological Institute of America, fellowship applications, examination questions, and the proposed consolidation agreement. Treasurers' records include the files of Alex. Bell and Willard V. King. Bell's records are sparse and King's files, while more substantial than those that survive from Bell's tenure, are also incomplete.
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Managing Committee, 1911
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16
Committee on Fellowships
Correspondence and Reports, 1900-1905
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17
Fellowship Applications (A-Z), 1903-1907
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18
Publications, Correspondence and Invoices re: Supplementary Papers of the Roman School, Volume I, 1904-1905
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19
Printed Matter
General Information, undated, 1895-1898
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20
Notice of the Annual Meeting, Managing Committee, 1911
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21
Annual Reports of the Managing Committee and Director, 1901/02-1911/12
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22
Annual Reports of the Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1909/10-1911/12
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23
Fellowship Applications and Examination Questions, undated, 1895-1909
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24
Prospectuses, 1909/10-1912/13
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25
Proposed Consolidation Agreement, 1911
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26
Treasurer's Records, Alex. Bell, Acting Treasurer, 1909-1910
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27
Treasurer's Records, Willard V. King
Correspondence, 1910-1913
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28-30
Banking Records, 1910-1913
1
31
Budgets, Financial Statements, 1909-1913, undated
1
32
Investments, 1910-1913
1
33
Invoices, 1910-1911
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34
Receipts for Salaries and Expenses, 1909-1913
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35

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