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John Weichsel papers concerning the People's Art Guild, 1905-1965, bulk 1905-1929

John Weichsel papers concerning the People's Art Guild, 1905-1965, bulk 1905-1929

Weichsel, John, 1870-1946

Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear feet

Summary: The John Weichsel papers concerning the People's Art Guild measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1965 with the bulk of the material dating form 1905 to 1929. The papers consist almost entirely of the records of the People's Art Guild, founded by Weichsel, and include administrative records, correspondence, writings and notes, business and financial records, printed material, and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Weichsel (1870-1946) was an arts administrator and founded the artists' cooperative People's Art Guild of New York City in 1915.

Provenance

The collection was donated in 1960 and 1963 by Dr. H. S. Weichsel and John Weichsel, the son and grandson of Dr. John Weichsel. At an unknown later date, grandson John Weichsel donated his 1965 thesis on the Peoples Art Guild.

Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

A Finding Aid to the John Weichsel Papers Concerning the People's Art Guild, 1905-1965, bulk 1905-1929, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Jayna M. Josefson
Scope and Contents note
The John Weichsel papers concerning the People's Art Guild measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1905-1965 with the bulk of the material dating from 1905-1929. The papers consist almost entirely of the records of the People's Art Guild, founded by Weichsel, and include administrative records, correspondence, writings and notes, business and financial records, printed material, and artwork.
People's Art Guild records include the constitution, membership lists, and correspondence with Gifford Beal, George Bellows, Oscar Bluemner, Stuart Davis, Robert Delaunay, Leon Kroll, Standon Macdonald-Wright, Jules Pascin, John Sloan, Willard Wright and Marguerite and William Zorach, among others. Writings about the Peoples Art Guild are by Weichsel and his grandson John Weichsel. There are also lists of artists and works of art. Also found are very scattered business and financial records, printed materials, and artwork in the form of sketches for exhibition announcements.
Biographical/Historical note
John Weichsel (1870-1946) was an arts administrator and founded the artists' cooperative People's Art Guild of New York City in 1915.
John Weichsel was born in Poland and ultimately settled in New York City. The People's Art Guild was founded by Weichsel as an artist's cooperative focused on improving and expanding knowledge of art and the art world among the general public, believing this would increase art appreciation and patronage.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: Administrative Records, 1915-1917 (2 folders; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1905-1922 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1915-circa 1919, 1965 (4 folders; Box 1)
Series 4: Business and Financial Records, 1915-1917 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1-2)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1915-circa 1948 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)
Series 6: Artwork, 1915-1916 (1 folder; Box 2)
Provenance
The collection was donated in 1960 and 1963 by Dr. H. S. Weichsel and John Weichsel, the son and grandson of Dr. John Weichsel. At an unknown later date, grandson John Weichsel donated his 1965 thesis on the Peoples Art Guild.
Processing Information note
Several accretions of the papers were microfilmed shortly after receipt onto reels N60-1-N60-2, 3, and 1079. In 2013, the accretions were integrated and processed to a minimal level by Jayna Josefson with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

Portions of the collection were microfilmed on reels N/60-1-N/60-2, 3, and 1079. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan. Researchers are advised that the microfilm does not reflect the current order of the collection and may be incomplete.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

John Weichsel papers concerning the People's Art Guild, 1905-1965, bulk 1905-1929. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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