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Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund records, 1968-1975

Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Minutes of a meeting of the trustees of the Saltonstall Arts Fund; letters and memorandums relating to the sale of works from the Saltonstall collection; lists of works in the collection and appraisals; a "Memorial Exhibition" catalog; an estate auction catalog; and photocopies of clippings about Saltonstall.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nathaniel Saltonstall, an architect and art collector, was one of the founders of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, Massachusetts. He was President from 1936-1948, and 1960-1961; and Honorary President from 1961-1968. He was also a long-time trustee of both the ICA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1959, he established the "Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund" in memory of his parents. Through auctions and sales of works in his collection, numerous schools, colleges, museums and galleries have received gifts from the fund and/or had the opportunity to show work not otherwise available.


Donated in 1992 by Eloise W. Hodges, a grand niece of Nathaniel Saltonstall. She received the material from her father, Philip Weld, an executor of Saltonstall's estate.

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How to Cite This Collection

Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund records, 1968-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.