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National Academy of Design records, 1817-2012

National Academy of Design records, 1817-2012

National Academy of Design (U.S.)


Collection Information

Size: 92.2 linear feet

Summary: The records of the National Academy of Design measure 95.5 linear feet and date from 1800-2012. Included are administrative files consisting of meeting minutes, council officer files, members files, National Academy Association files, Ranger Fund Assignments, school attendance and registration records, the Society of American Artist files, and the directors' administration files; exhibition files including Annual Exhibitions, Gallery Exhibitions, Special Exhibitions, and Museum Exhibitions; artists' files; financial records; photographs of the Academy's activities, classes, exhibitions, and dinners; scrapbooks and printed material documenting the history of the Academy; and oral history interviews with artists conducted by Avis Berman about their experiences with the Academy.

Biographical/Historical Note

The National Academy of Design (1825- ) is a fine arts museum, society of artists, and art school in New York, N.Y


The bulk of the collection was donated by the National Academy of Design in 2018. The ledger book on reel 3161 was donated 1979 by Warder Cadbury of the Adirondack Museum; it is unclear how Cadbury acquired the ledger. Microfilm reels 798-799 containing transcriptions of minutes were given to the Archives by Lois Fink in 1974.

Related Materials

Also in the Archives if material lent for microffilming on reel N738 (frames 93-122) and includes photographs,1900-1924 of annual dinners, 1900 and 1915; Salmagundi Club dinners hosted by Samuel T. Shaw honoring W. Granville Smith (1914), Daniel Garber (1917) and Ivan Olinsky (1920), and inscribed to Charles C. Curran from Shaw; and the 1924 annual exhibition jury (?), including Curran, Henry Watrous, Emil Carlsen, Robert Aitken, Edwin Blashfield, and William S. Robinson.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels N738, 798, 799, 3161, and 5051: available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

A small portion of the donated collection is available on microfilm at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan including several photographs of dinners and the 1924 annual exhibition jury (reel N738); handwritten transcriptions of minute books of treasurers' reports,1825-1919, meetings of members and committees of the Academy and other institutions, associations and societies, transcribed (incomplete) by Academician George W. Maynard (reels 798-799); a ledger of the accounts of the Trustees of the National Academy of Design, "Trust No. 2," 1854-1860 (reel 3161), a student register of the Antique School, 1826-1892, and a Student Registar of the Life School, 1835-1897 (reel 5051); .

Restrictions on Access

This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

National Academy of Design records, 1817-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.