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Art Students League records, 1875-1955

Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)


Collection Information

Size: 0.02 Linear feet, ca.11,000 items (on 13 microfilm reels)

Summary: REELS NY59/20-NY59/29: Student registers, 1877-1905; ledgers, 1878-1889, attendance records, 1879-1903; model engagement books, 1878-1882; membership lists and members' meeting records, 1875-1900; press clippings, 1889-1892; constitution and by-laws, minutes, 1875-1897, and correspondence,1895-1900, of the Board of Control; instructors' expense accounts, 1904-1911; Paris prize documents, 1891-1897; supplies ordered,1897-1901; monitors record, 1897-1906; instructors expenses, 1904-1911, and printed materials, 1906-1910.
REEL 2786: A catalog of art classes for the 1886-1887 season and two programs for "The Dream Ball," 1951 and 1955.
REEL 4909: Catalog of classes for the 1885-1886 season.
REEL 1818: Copyprints of art classes at the Art Students League, ca. 1900-1940. Teachers pictured include J. Carroll Beckwith, William M. Chase, Kenyon Cox, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Sloan, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Included is a print of a women's life class at the League, ca. 1905.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art school. Organized in 1875 by students as a revolt against the National Academy of Design school.


Material on reels NY59-20-29 lent for microfilming by the Art Students League, 1959. Items on reels 2786 and 4909 were donated, 1960. Copyprints on reel 1818 were copied from the originals lent by the Art Students League, 1972.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels NY59/20-29 and 1818: Originals returned to the Art Students League after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels NY59-20 through NY59-29, 2786, 4909, and 1818 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

Art Students League records, 1875-1955. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.