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Art-Union of Philadelphia selected records, 1848-1888

Art-Union of Philadelphia


Collection Information

Size: 2 microfilm reels

Summary: REEL 3656: Eleven issues of the Philadelphia Art-Union Reporter, the Art-Union's official publication, 1851-1852, including the charter, the by-laws, lists of officers and exhibitions, sales from the gallery, listings of artists' cards, and other general information relating to the Art-Union (Philadelphia Art-Union Reporter [microfilm title]); and 2 volumes of "Transactions of the Philadelphia Art Union", 1848-1849, including proceedings of annual meetings, constitution and by-law, announcements of meetings, information on awards and prizes, and lists of certificate holders.
REELS P90: Annual and biennial reports, 1882-1888, from the Board of Managers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art union; Philadelphia, Pa. Founded in 1844 and incorporated in 1847 to encourage appreciation of American art and artists. Organized free exhibtions which were held at the Union's gallery at 210 Chestnut Street; sold paintings from these exhibitions; and established a membership program that entitled members to the monthly publication, PHILADELPHIA ART UNION REPORTER and other membership benefits.


Material on reel 3656 lent, 1985, by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, which has more extensive records of Art Union of Philadelphia in its collections. AAA did not microfilm the complete records of the Art-Union. Material on reel P90 lent, 1955, for microfilming by the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Location of Originals

  • Reels P90: Originals in the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Reel 3656: Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels P89-P90 & 3656 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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

Art-Union of Philadelphia selected records, 1848-1888. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.