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National Society of Mural Painters records, 1895 - circa 2007

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 10 series reflecting the original order of the records.

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Series 1: Administrative Files , 1895-circa 2007
2.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Administrative files contain material regarding the society's activities, founding, and history and include meeting minutes and agendas, drafts of newsletters, constitution and by-laws, and other miscellaneous documents and one videocassette. Files labeled miscellaneous likely contain duplicates of other material documented throughout the collection.
Description Container Select
Annual Dinner and Meeting, 1910-1943
1
1-2
Chapters, Regional, 1940-1941
1
3
Constitution and By-Laws, 1915-1998
1
4-7
Guest Register, 1939
1
8
Historical Information, circa 1950-circa 2000
1
9
Historical Information, NSMP #1, 1996-1997
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
1
10
Letterhead Design, 1940, 2000
1
11
Mailing Lists, circa 1960
1
12
Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1895-1940
1
13-23
Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1940-circa 2007
2
1-19
Miscellaneous Administrative Files, Likely Duplicates, 1919-circa 1950
2
20-23
Miscellaneous Administrative Files, Likely Duplicates, 1919-circa 1950
3
1
Newsletters, Drafts, circa 1940s
3
2
Website Design and Permissions, circa 1996
3
3

Series 2: Membership Files , 1915-2001
1.1 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

Found is correspondence relating to the application, acceptance, and decline of membership from 1916 to 1954 and the 1990s. Also found are lists of contact information for members and voting history and ballots. Correspondence about membership applications and acceptance decisions are found for many artists, including George Biddle, Edward Bruce, Kenyon Cox, Allyn Cox, Philip Evergood, William Gropper, Stefan Hirsch, Tom LaFarge, Geoffrey Norman, Violet Oakley, and Ernest Peixotto, among many others.
Description Container Select
Applications, 1980s
3
4
Contact Information and Lists, 1915-2001
3
5-18
Contact Information and Lists, Honorary, Lifetime, and Professional Members, 1935-2000
3
19-21
Correspondence, 1916-1954
3
22-32
Correspondence, 1990s
4
1-2
Deceased Members, 1919-circa 2000
4
3-5
Membership Cards, 1990s-2000
4
6-7
Personnel Index, 1917
4
8
Voting Ballots, 1941, 1996
4
9-10

Series 3: Correspondence , 1912-2001
1 Linear foot
Boxes 4-5

Correspondence documents a wide variety of general activities of the NSMP and is with artists, members, organizations, universities, and federal commissions' additional correspondence is scattered throughout other series. Correspondence is with Charles Baskerville, Arthur Covey, Allyn Cox, Dean Fausett, Ruth Fortel, Edward Lanning, Everett Molinari, Jack Stewart, and Helen Tredwell, as well as with the American Federation of Arts, the Commijssion of Fine Arts on War Memorials, Fine Arts Federation, and the U. S. Capitol Historical Society.
Correspondence is arranged in rough alphabetical order. Folders with individual names were transcribed from the original folders may include letters to and from that correspondent.
Description Container Select
A, 1918-circa 2000
4
11
American Federation of Art, 1921
4
12
Andors, Rhoda, 1989-1993
4
13
Artists League of America, 1946
4
14
B, circa 1912-circa 1952
4
15
Baehr, Francine, 1939-1940
4
16
Baskerville, Charles, 1957-1960
4
17
C, circa 1912-1976
4
18
Case, Elizabeth, 1995
4
19
Columbia University, 1918-1921
4
20
Commission of Fine Arts on War Memorials, 1946
4
21
Covey, Arthur, 1939-1940
4
22
Cox, Allyn, 1960-1963
4
23
D, circa 1912-circa 1952
4
24
E, circa 1912-1977
4
25
F, circa 1912-1978
4
26
Fausett, Dean, 1960s-1980s
4
27-29
Fine Arts Federation, 1917-1941
4
30-31
Fortel, Ruth, 2000
4
32
Franklin Mint, 1974
4
33
G, circa 1912-1999
4
34
Gonzalez, Xavier, 1968
4
35
H, circa 1912-1986
4
36
Harding, Robert Jr., 2000s
4
37
Irwin, Howard Lee, 1940-1941
4
38-39
J, 1977-1986
4
40
Juta, Jan, 1975-1976
4
41
K, circa 1912-circa 1952
4
42
L, circa 1912-1969
4
43
Lanning, Edward, 1970s
4
44
M, circa 1912-1977
4
45
Mahoney, James Owen, 1938
4
46
Molinari, Everett, 1980-1999
4
47
Mortellito, Domenico, 1938-1939
4
48
N, circa 1912-1977
4
49
NanTandy, 1980s
4
50
Norman, Geoffrey, 1939-1940
4
51
Orme, Lydia Gardner, 1941-1942
4
52
P, circa 1912-1979
4
53
Ross, Louis, 1938-1940
4
54
S, circa 1912-1976
4
55
Selection of Fine Arts, 1939-1940
4
56
Slobodkin, Louis, 1939-1940
4
57
Stewart, Jack, 1997-2001
4
58-60
T, circa 1912-1981
5
1
Tobey, Alton, 1977-1993
5
2
Treadwell, Helen, 1960s-1980s
5
3
U, circa 1912-1999
5
4
U.S. Capitol Historical Society, 1983
5
5
V, circa 1912-circa 1952
5
6
Victory Hall Association, 1920
5
7
W, circa 1912-circa 1952
5
8
Williams, J. Scott, 1937-1938
5
9
Y, circa 1912-1986
5
10
Z, circa 1912-circa 1960
5
11
Conferences, 1939-1941
5
12-13
Dinner for Ernest Peixotto, 1939-1940
5
14
Form Letters, 1940-1960
5
15
Requests for Brochures, 1917-1921
5
16
Requests for Protest, 1940-1941
5
17
List of Letters Received, 1939
5
18

Series 4: Committee Files , 1909-1960s
0.3 Linear feet
Box 5

Committee files contain scattered correspondence, reports, lists, printed material, and memoranda documenting the work of standing and special committees.
Description Container Select
Amend By-Laws and Constitution, 1921-1936
5
19-20
Beautify New York City, 1960s
5
21
Buildings and Sites, 1943
5
22
Coordination, 1938-1940
5
23
Current Work, 1917-1920
5
24
Dinners, 1921
5
25
Education, 1917-1940
5
26-28
Executive Committee, 1917-1921
5
29
Fine Arts Federation, 1939-1940
5
30
Government and Art, 1940-1954
5
31-33
Large Canvases, 1920-1921
5
34
Legislation, 1938-1939
5
35-36
Medals and Awards, 1919-1921
5
37
Membership, 1917-1941
5
38-39
Mural Painting, 1909
5
40
Nominating Committee, 1917
5
41
Professional Practice, 1917-1952
5
42-43
Proposed Art Building, 1921
5
44
Publicity , 1921-1940
5
45
Washington Relations , 1939-1940
5
46-48
List of Standing Committees, 1919-1941
5
49

Series 5: Exhibition and Competition Files , 1917-1998
2 Linear feet
Boxes 5-7

The bulk of this series consists of material relating to the three NSMP projects celebrating the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial, including the "Freedom Murals", "The Caravan of Freedom", and "Momentous Events in American History". Files include correspondence, printed material, plans, itineraries, scattered financial documents, applications, and some photographs documenting planning, execution of work by members, fundraising, and publicity. Included is an audio cassette recording entitled "Momentous Events at Nabisco." A file for the Mural Night Forum includes a letter and typed remarks given by Elizabeth McCausland. There is a videocassette recording of a dedication of a mural by David Garrison in Fort Madison, Iowa.
This series is arranged in chronological order according to the earliest document found for a project. Folders containing material relating to the Bicentennial competitions likely include documents relating to all three projects.
Description Container Select
Red Cross Canteen Project, 1917-1919
5
50
George W. Breech Memorial Exhibition, 1920
5
51
Portland, Oregon Exhibition, 1921-1925
5
52
Architectural League, 1921-1922
5
53
Church Competition, 1937-1938
5
54
Bronx High School of Science, 1939-1940
5
55
Department Store Competition, 1939
5
56
Federal Art Project, 1939-1940
5
57
Municipal Art Society Exhibition, 1939-1940
5
58
Mural Night Forum, 1939-1940
5
59
Public Works of Art Competition, 1939-1940
5
60
Selection of Fine Arts, Recommendations, 1939-1941
5
61
Subway Murals, New York City, 1939-1940
5
62
World's Fair Competition, 1939-1941
5
63-65
Whitney Museum Exhibition, 1940-1941
5
66-67
Whitney Museum Exhibition, 1940-1941
6
1-3
Ernest Peixotto Memorial, 1942-1950
6
4-5
Architectural League Exhibition , 1947
6
6
Metropolitan Museum Exhibition, 1958
6
7
New York State Thruway Authority Competition, 1973-1978
6
8
Bicentennial Competitions, 1973-1982
6
9-36
Bicentennial Competitions, 1976-1998
7
1-17
Bicentennial Competitions, Momentous Events at Nabisco, circa 1980
1 Sound cassette
7
18
100th Anniversary Exhibition, 1995
7
19
Dedication of Mural by David Garrison, Fort Madison, Iowa, 1997
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
7
20
Mexico International Exhibition, 1997
7
21
Art Students League Exhibition, 1998
7
22-23

Series 6: Artist Files , 1915-1990s
1.3 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8, 18

Artist files may include resumes, correspondence, photographs of works of art. The bulk of the material dates from the 1960s to the 1990s. Earlier material consists of general artist biographies. Files are found for Robert P. Archer, Tom Capuccio, Peggy Delport, Dean Fausett, Michael Glickman, Robert J. Harding, Frank Mason, James Penny, and Elias River, among others.
Description Container Select
General Artist Biographies, 1915-1944
7
24
General Slide Lists, circa 1920
7
25
A, 1960s-1990s
7
26
B, 1960s-1990s
7
27-28
C, 1960s-1990s
7
29
C, 1960s-1990s
8
1
D, 1960s-1990s
8
2
E, 1960s-1990s
8
3
F, 1956-1999
8
4
G, 1960s-1990s
8
5
H, 1960s-1990s
8
6
J, 1960s-1990s
8
7
K, 1960s-1990s
8
8
L, 1960s-1990s
8
9
M, 1960s-1990s
8
10-11
N, 1960s-1990s
8
12
O, 1960s-1990s
8
13
P, 1960s-1990s
8
14
R, 1960s-1990s
8
15
S, 1960s-1990s
8
16
T, 1960s-1990s
8
17-18
V, 1960s-1990s
8
19
W, 1960s-1990s
8
20-21
Y, 1960s-1990s
8
22
Z, 1960s-1990s
8
23
Oversized Photos of Works of Art, circa 1960-circa 1980
18
2

Series 7: Financial and Legal Records , 1895-1996
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 8-10

This series consists primarily of the treasurers' files containing correspondence regarding the payment of dues and financial reports. Other materials found here include ledgers and cash books, the majority of which are organized by member and note the payment date of dues received. Banking records consist of permission forms noting which officers are allowed access to the society's bank accounts. Legal records include a draft of an agreement and records relating to changing the name of the society in 1937.
Description Container Select
Treasurer Files, 1895-1917
8
24-25
Treasurer Files, 1917-1996
9
1-11
Ledgers, Cash Books, 1895-1950s
9
12-20
Banking Material, Permissions, 1934-1952
10
1-2
Tax Preparation and Exemption Records, 1944-1980
10
3-5
Agreement, Draft, circa 1920
10
6
Name Change Records, 1937
10
7
Entrance Fee Receipts, 1940
10
8
Receipts, Bills, and Invoices, 1938-1966
10
9-17

Series 8: Printed Material , 1915-2000
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 10-11

Exhibition catalogs and annoucements, informational brochures and pamphlets, newsletters, and a portfolio of members' works were published by National Society of Mural Painters. Clippings concern the society's members and its activities.
Description Container Select
Admission Tickets and Printing Plate, 1923
10
18-19
Clippings, 1934-1990
10
20-23
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1915-1998
10
24-27
Informational Brochures and Pamphlets, 1915-2000
10
28-34
Newsletters, 1936-2000
10
35-41
Portfolio, 1950-1952
10
42
Portfolio, 1950-1952
11
1-3
Reproductions of Works of Art, circa 1970
11
4

Series 9: Scrapbook , 1923-1935
0.2 Linear feet
Box 11

One mixed media scrapbook contains correspondence, clippings, invitations, exhibition announcements, and some reproductions of works of art.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, 1923-1935
11
5

Series 10: Photographic Material , circa 1900-1997
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 12-18

Photographic materials consists of scattered photographs, transparencies, lantern slides, and photo collages of members, artwork, members with their artwork, meetings, exhibitions, and events. The photo collages typically include a photo of the artist and examples of their work. Also found are lantern slides, mostly of works of art, and of Francis D. Millett in his studio and with his murals and of J. Scott Williams with his art. A list of the lantern slides is found within the records, but it is unclear whether the list corresponds to all or some of the lantern slides.
Description Container Select
Exhibitions and Events, 1970s-1997
12
1-8
Meetings, 1990s
12
9
Works of Art, 1970s-1990s
12
10-11
Transparencies, circa 1960
12
12
List of Lantern Slides, circa 1935
12
13
Lantern Slides, circa 1900-circa 1950
13
1-6
Lantern Slides, circa 1900-circa 1950
14
1-6
Lantern Slides, circa 1900-circa 1950
15
1-6
Lantern Slides, circa 1900-circa 1950
16
1-6
Lantern Slides, circa 1900-circa 1950
17
1-4
Oversized Photo Collages, circa 1995
18
1

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