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Copley Society records, 1879-1981

Copley Society


Collection Information

Size: 4.5 Items, linear feet (on 7 microfilm reels)

Summary: A history of the Society; a list of early exhibitions; the constitution and by-laws; minutes of meetings, 1879-1969; annual reports, 1888-1900; recording secretary's reports, 1928-1938; financial reports, 1924-1951; cash books for the building fund, 1893-1954, the decorative art fund, 1921-1953, and operating expenses, 1932-1944; a memorial funds file, 1924-1968, the Felix Gendrot bequest file, 1937-1967; five drawings by member Felix Gendrot, including three undated drawings of early Roman church facades and two 1937 sketches for the title page of a book; general correspondence, 1901-1981, and business correspondence, 1926-1936; files on art classes, 1926-1950, exhibitions, 1879-1979, loans, 1904-1905, and lectures, 1894; a scrapbook containing clippings, 1929-1930; exhibition announcements, clippings and miscellaneous printed items, 1898-1967 and undated; and photographs, 1889-1936 and undated, of Society members, building and exhibitions.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art society; Boston, Mass. Founded in 1879 as the Boston Art Student's Association by pupils of the School of Drawing and Painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Changed its name to the Copley Society of Boston in 1901. Its purpose is to promote interest in art in Boston and to cultivate a spirit of fraternity among artists and art students.


The Copley Society records were microfilmed as a loan in 1984 and subsequently donated to the Archives of American Art in 1986.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3524-3530 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is being processed and digitized and is temporarily CLOSED to researchers. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Copley Society records, 1879-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.