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Associated American Artists records, ca. 1934-1981

Associated American Artists records, ca. 1934-1981

Associated American Artists

Collection Information

Size: 55 linear ft.

Biographical/Historical Note

Organized in 1934 to stimulate interest throughout the U.S. in the ownership of works of art by promoting the sale of prints through department stores. In 1935, oils, watercolors, and other media were added. Later the department store project was abandoned in favor of a New York headquarters.

Provenance

Records described in this finding aid were donated by the organization in the late 1970s through 1988. Related Associated American Artists' records were loaned to the Archives by Sylvan Cole and Adolf Dehn in 1965-1966 and microfilmed on reels D254-D256. Photocopies of correspondence between Grant Wood, Reeves Lewnthal, and Maurice Liederman of AAA were given to the Archives in 1974 by Mrs. Allan Kine and microfilmed on Reel 3176 and discarded.

Related Materials

Photocopies of correspondence between Grant Wood, Reeves Lewnthal, and Maurice Liederman of AAA were microfilmed on Reel 3176 and discarded.

Location of Originals

  • Reels D254-D256: Originals returned to lenders, Sylvan Cole and Adolf Dehn, after microfilming.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Associated American Artists measure 55 linear feet and date from circa 1934 through 1981. They document the organization's work producing and selling limited-edition prints by American artists. The records contain voluminous files on artists; dealers, galleries, and museums; and clients. Also found is business correspondence, financial records, sales and exhibition catalogs, thirteen dismantled scrapbooks, and posters.

The dates of the records include the portion that was loaned to the Archives in 1965-1966 and microfilmed on reels D254-D256.

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.

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