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Audubon Artists records, 1944-2001

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Series 1: Administration and Correspondence Files , 1944-2000
2.43 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, OV 8

This series consists of mixed administrative records and correspondence documenting all aspects of the organization's activities. While no records exist from the original meetings of interested parties from 1940-1942, the series does include fragments of the 1946 certificate of incorporation (with a photocopy of the full document), working copies of the constitution and by-laws from 1944-1946 and a 1946 published copy which includes a roll of membership. Subsequent revisions to the constitution from the 1950s-1980s can also be found here.
Correspondence is found throughout the series, but some correspondence of individual presidents, historians, committee chairs and other individuals can also be found in named files. Of particular interest is correspondence documenting Frederic Whitaker's membership campaign to attract nationally renowned artists, which includes dozens of letters to known American artists. These can primarily be found in the general business and correspondence files for the 1940s and includes replies to Whitaker from artists such as Stuart Davis and Lyonel Feininger. The series also houses an honorable mention award presented to Whitaker in October 1945.
Other correspondents during the 1940s include John Taylor Arms, Thomas Hart Benton, Peter Blume, Jon Corbino, Walt Disney, Robert Gwathmey, Raoul Hague, Malvina Hoffman, Peter Hurd, William Meyerowitz, Henry Varnum Poor, Everett Shinn, Benton Spruance, Stow Wengenroth, and Stark Young. There are also numerous letters from presidents who succeeded Whitaker such as Ralph Fabri, Domenico Facci, Mark Freeman, Renee McKay and Hughie Lee-Smith, and the organization's two historians, Michael M. Engel and Jan Gary.
Correspondence related to Eileen and Frederic Whitaker is from Eileen following Frederic's death and includes papers related to a misunderstanding about whether Frederic Whitaker or John J. Karpick was the first president of Audubon Artists.
General correspondence from the 1970s includes documentation of the organization's attempts to secure publicity by means of a promotional video tape submitted to a local cable public access channel.
Also found here are executive board and director's minutes for the 1960s, and some meeting minutes for 1977-1979, 1985 and 1988. Additional scattered agenda, minutes and reports can be found in the general business and correspondence files. The series also includes the correspondence and related records of various committees including those for admissions, awards, and nominations; lists of executive board members, officers, members and associate members; and some financial records.
Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Description Container Select
Admissions Committee, 1944-1946
1
1
Admissions Committee, 1963-1966
1
2-4
Admissions Committee, circa 1980s-1994
1
5
Agenda, Minutes and Reports, 1960s-1998
1
6-9
Awards Committee, 1944-1946
Oversized material housed in OV 8
1
10
Awards Committee, 1964-1968
1
11-14
Awards Committee, 1973-1999
1
15-19
Awards, Joe and Emily Lowe Foundation, Inc., 1970s
1
20
Certificate of Incorporation, Fragments, 1946
1
21
Committees, General, 1940s-1960s
1
22
Constitution and By-Laws, 1944-1980s
1
23-26
Correspondence by Name/Office
Directors and Vice Presidents, 1944-1945
1
27
Domareki, Joseph, President, 1965-1967
1
28
Engel, Michael M., Chair of Exhibition Committee, 1944-1945
1
29
Engel, Michael M., Historian, 1960s-1970s
1
30-31
Everett, Len G. (Vice President for Oils), 1980
1
32
Facci, Domencio, President, 1963-1977
1
33-36
Freeman, Jane, 1945
1
37
Freeman, Mark, President, 1976-1981
1
38
Gary, Jan, Historian, 1980s
1
39
Katz, Hilda, Chair of Awards Committee, 1944-1945
1
40
Leason, Percy, Chair of Nominating Committee, 1945
1
41
Lee-Smith, Hughie, President, 1980-1982
1
42-43
McKay, Renee, President, 1979-1980
2
1-2
Melrose, Alice, 1963
2
3
Metzler, Anna E., Treasurer, 1944-1945
2
4
Penny, Carlton, 1944
2
5
Roller, Marion, President, 1995-1999
2
6
Schaeffer, Rockwell B., 1944-1945
2
7
Schrick, Linton F., Secretary, 1944-1945
2
8
Stoloff, Carolyn, Publicity, 1983-1984
2
9
Whitaker, Eileen and Frederic, 1970s-1980
2
10
Demonstrations, 1945
2
11
Form Letters and Memoranda, 1944-1980s
2
12-15
General Business and Correspondence Files, 1944-1945
2
16-19
General Business and Correspondence Files, 1959-1960s
2
20-26
General Business and Correspondence Files, 1960s-1970s
2
27-31
General Business and Correspondence Files, 1980-2000
2
32-36
Letterheads and Blank Certificates, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
2
37
Lists, Executive Board and Officers, 1980-1989
3
1
Lists, Members and Associate Members, 1946-1999
3
2
Lists, Officer Duties, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
3
3
Nominations, 1945
3
4
Nominations and Board Directors, 1944
3
5
Nominating Committee, 1960s
3
6
Nominationg Committee (Membership Resignations), 1974
3
7
Press Releases, 1963-1965
3
8
Reception Committee, 1945
3
9
Restricted Legacies, 1980s
3
10
Slate of Officers and Directors , 1964-1981
3
11-15
Stefan Hirsch Memorial Fund, 1966-1967
3
16
Oversized Awards Committee from Box 1, Folder 10
OV 8

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