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American Academy in Rome records, 1855- 2012

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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
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3
Reports, 1895
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4
Legal Documents, 1895-1898
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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
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14
Printed Matter, Scholarship Competition Announcements, 1895-1896
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15

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