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Associated American Artists records, ca. 1934-1981

Associated American Artists

Collection Information

Size: 55 linear ft.

Summary: 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.

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.


Sylvan Cole and Adolf Dehn loaned the Archives of American Art related Associated American Artists' records for microfilming on reels D254-D256 in 1965-1966. Mrs. Allan Kine gave photocopies of correspondence on reel 3176 to the Archives in 1974. The Associated American Artists donated all other material begining in the late 1970s through 1988.

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.