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Artists' Fund Society records, 1835-1855

Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia


Collection Information

Size: 2 Microfilm reels, partial microfilm reels

Summary: The Artists' Fund Society records, microfilmed on Reel P24 contain a manuscript of the constitution (1837); a memorial to the U.S. Congress that the Revenue Bill should include a tax on every foreign print or picture brought into the United States for protection of American Artists, signed by John Neagle, President of the Artists' Fund Society (1841 August 27); and a list of members (1855 October). Also included on Reel P28 are minute books (1835-1843), 302 pages, index on frames 699-703; proof sheets of the charter and by-laws of the Society, corrected and signed by John Sartain; letters of acceptance to honorary membership (1837-1838), index on frame 857; miscellaneous autograph letters and notes from artists and others (1836-1858), index on frame 879.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia (est. 1835) created a fund for "mutual advancement and relief," as well as the goal of providing financial assistance to artists and their families in times of adversity.


Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.

Related Materials

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts holds the Artists' Fund Society records, 1835-1868. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania holds the Artists' Fund Society's Minutes and papers, 1835-1858.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel P28: Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Association, club and society records.
  • Reel P24: Originals in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Society Collection.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels P24 (fr. 7-10) & P28 (fr. 699-903) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Artists' Fund Society records, 1835-1855. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.