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National Academy of Design records, 1817-2012

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Series 9:Membership, 1826-2012
3.4 Linear feet
Boxes 37-39, 127-131

Membership files document National Academy of Design members, honorary members, fellows, and the nominations and elections whereby members were voted into the Academy.
Member registers and certificates (subseries 9.1) document membership at the academician and associate levels. Registers provide names of members, and a few ledgers track member payments and addresses. Official certificates, signed by the Academy president, further document associate and academician membership in the 19th century. Due to the gap in years of registers and certificates, the most complete record of membership is a listing created circa 1987, which documents members initial election and level for the years 1826-1987 (box 37, folder 11).
Nomination and election files (subseries 9.2) document the process by which new members were elected. Proposal forms vary over the decades, from an early list of names submitted by current members, to more elaborate forms later, containing endorsers and letters of recommendation. Candidate biographies only began to be prepared in the mid-1950s. These printed and illustrated brochures provided voters with an overview of the nominated artists in the four professional classes of painting, sculpture, graphics, and architecture, for membership at either the academician or associate level. Also filed here are ballots used by current members for selection, and one file pertaining to the nomination and election of officers and council.
The final subseries (9.3) documents fellows and honorary members to the Academy through registers, diplomas, and certificates.
The series is arranged as three subseries.
  • 9.1: Member Registers and Certificates, 1826-circa 1987
  • 9.2: Nominations and Elections, 1840-2012
  • 9.3: Fellows and Honorary Members, 1845-1974
9.1:Member Registers and Certificates, 1826-circa 1987
DescriptionContainer
Certificates, 1858-1868
128
2-4
Initial Election Membership Listing, 1826-1987 (disbound), circa 1987
37
11
Members List, List of Associates, List of Academicians (Secretary's Copy), 1892-1893
37
12
Register, 1826-1906
127
1
Register, 1826-1936
127
2
Register of Payments and Addresses, circa 1867
128
1
Register of Payments and Addresses, circa 1869-1870
37
13
9.2:Nominations and Elections, 1840-2012
DescriptionContainer
Academician and Associate Nomination Proposals, 1894
37
14
Associate Nomination Proposals, 1942-1955
37
15-18
Associate Nomination Proposals, Declined Nominations, 1932-1955
37
19
Associate Nomination Proposals, Failed to Get Elected, 1944-1950, 1977, 2004
37
20
Ballots, 1878-1967
37
21-24
Ballots, 1961-1978, 2001, 2005
38
1-2
Candidate Biographies, Associates, 1954-1978
38
3-8
Candidate Biographies, Associates, 1980-1994
38
9-11
Candidate Biographies, Academician, 1995-2005
38
12-15
Candidate Biographies, Academician, 2006-2012
38
16-19
Nominations for Membership, Ledger, 1840-1863
38
20
Nominations for Membership, Ledger, 1863-1888
128
5
Nominations for Academicians, Ledger, 1896-1900
129
1
Nominations for Associates, Ledger, 1896-1900
129
2
Officers and Council, 1959-1970, 1999-2006
39
1
9.3:Fellows and Honorary Members, 1845-1974
DescriptionContainer
Diploma Book, Fellows for Life, 1861-1870
130
1
Diploma Book, Fellows in Perpetuity, 1861-1870
130
2
Diplomas for Life Register, 1865-1865
39
2
Fellow Certificates, 1864
131
1-2
Fellow Certificates, 1865-1873
131
3
Fellows Correspondence, 1917-1974
39
3
Fellows Directory, circa 1865-1990
39
4-5
Honorary Certificate, Isaac P. Davis, 1845
131
4
Honorary Members, 1916-1933
39
6
Register of Payments and Addresses, Fellows for Life, circa 1865
39
7

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