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National Academy of Design records, 1817-2012

How to Use This Collection

Exploring the Collection

This collection has a finding aid which allows users to navigate to specific parts of the collection. To explore this collection, use either the expandable links in the sidebar or through the container inventory located in the Contents and Arrangement. Digitized materials will be indicated with the Digitized items icon icon.

A PDF of the entire finding aid can be found on the Overview page.

Requesting Materials

You can request an appointment to view materials in the Washington, D.C. reading room or to receive reproductions. Requests can be made as you navigate through the collection on either the series description page (found through Contents and Arrangement) or on individual folders.

Alternative Forms Available

The bulk of Series 18: Artist Files was digitized in 2020. Items not digitized include some printed material, such as catalogs which are available online through other institutions, and material which was not digitized due to fragility.

A small portion of the collection is available on 35mm 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 Register of the Life School, 1835-1897 (reel 5051). Not all microfilmed materials were donated.

Restrictions on Access

This bulk of this collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

How to Cite This Collection

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