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New York Artists Equity Association records, 1920-2012

New York Artists Equity Association

Collection Information

Size: 26.8 linear feet

Summary: The records of the New York Artists Equity Association (NYAEA) measure 26.8 linear feet and date from 1920-2012. The records include history and founding documents, presidents' files, board of directors' files that include monthly board meeting minutes, committee files and annual membership meeting minutes, general administrative and correspondence files, financial and legal files, event and program files, artists and subject files, extensive individual membership files, art project and exhibition files, Broome Street Gallery files, NYAEA publications that include issues of "The Artists Proof," printed materials, four scrapbooks, sketches created by artists attending a party in honor of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and photographs of member artists and events. The President's files appear to be complete and include files for presidents Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Louise Nevelson, Harry Waterson, Roy Gussow, Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Karl Zerbe, Ernst Fiene, Sidney Laufman, Carolyn deLisser, Burt Hasen, and Bert Diener, among others. Committee files and meeting minutes are found, as well as general administrative and correspondence files which include information pertaining to the national level Association.

Biographical/Historical Note

The New York Artists Equity Association (originally the Artists Equity Association) was created in 1947 to promote and support living American artists.


The records were donated to the Archives of American Art by the New York Artists Equity Association in several increments between 1980-2016.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.