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Guild of Boston Artists records, 1914-1978

Guild of Boston Artists


Collection Information

Size: 387 Items, Reel 794, loan: 387 microfilm frames; 276 Items, Reel 1373, loan: 276 microfilm frames; 0.2 Linear feet, Reel 4045, gift

Summary: The records of the Guild of Boston Artists consist of a membership card file and related correspondence reflecting the earliest period of the Guild's existence; scrapbooks, documenting Guild activities until 1955; exhibition schedules and records of the period 1966-1978.
Reel 794: Six scrapbooks, 1914-1955, pertaining to the activities of the Guild and its member artists, containing clippings, photographs, and catalogs of exhibitions held at the galleries of the Guild and in other galleries and museums.
Reel 1373: Exhibition schedules and records, 1966-1978, including exhibition catalogs and announcements, press releases, clippings, a schedule of exhibitions 1971-1978, a 1978 Guild membership list, and 9 letters to Phyllis C. Maloney, Curator of the Guild, from the artists Dwight Shepler, Alphonse J. Shelton, and S. Edmund Oppenheim, concerning exhibitions of their work at the Guild.
Reel 4045: 400 index cards listing members' names, addresses and membership status, created between 1914 and 1918, and 3 letters, undated, 1914 and 1918.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cooperative gallery established in 1914 by leading painters and instructors including Frank Benson, Edmund Tarbell, and Lilla Cabot Perry, as well as young painters.


The grandmother of the donor, Lilla Grew Levitt, was Lilla Cabot Perry, Boston painter, founding member of the Guild, and keeper of the membership records for the Guild.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 794 & 1373: Originals in the Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, Massachusetts.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 794, 1373, 4045 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Guild of Boston Artists records, 1914-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.