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Sculptors Guild records, 1936-1979

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Series 2: Business Records , 1936-1974
(Boxes 2-3; 1.6 linear feet)

The Guild's business records document the founding and early history of the Guild and it's continued operation through the minutes of the organization's various committees, membership records, publicity files, and financial and legal records.
This series is arranged as 4 subseries:
  • 2.1: Minutes and Membership, 1936-1974
  • 2.2: Committee Files, 1938-1956
  • 2.3: Publicity Files, 1939-1960
  • 2.4: Financial and Legal Records, 1938-1972
2.1: Minutes and Membership, 1936-1974
This subseries documents membership in the Guild through biographical accounts of members, membership lists and the minutes of meetings relating to fund-raising and the membership recruiting activities of the organization.
Also found here are minutes of the Guild's various committees. One set of minutes for October 1938-May 1941 has been left in it's original collation although it is duplicated elsewhere in the subseries. Minutes include those for the executive board meetings, general membership and membership admission meetings, and meetings of the ways and means committee, exhibition committee, cultural committee, grounds and publicity commitee, and nominating committee.
The founding and early history of the Guild is documented in a statement of aims and purposes, correspondence relating to incorporation, and a 1940 typescript of the history of the Sculptors Guild. Reorganization correspondence deals with changes to membership requirements and reorganizations within the Guild.
Description Container
Art and Skills Corps, American Red Cross, 1942-1943
(Reel D264: 534-553)
2
1
Biographical Accounts of Members, 1937-1940
(Reel D264: 582-603)
2
2
Correspondence, Honorary Sponsors, 1942-1949
(Reel D264: 448-553)
2
3
Correspondence, Reorganization, 1939-1946, 1960
(Reel D264: 1345-1351)
2
4
Correspondence, Reorganization, Acknowledgment Cards, 1946
(Reel D264: 1309-1344)
2
5
Letters to Members, 1944-1959
(Reel D264: 999-1030)
2
6
Lists of Officers and Members, 1939-1942
2
7
Minutes, 1936-1947
(Reel D266A, Reel 5908)
2
8-15
Minutes, 1966-1974
(Reel D266A, Reel 5908)
2
16-17
Minutes, 18 October 1938-25 May 1939
(Reel D266A)
2
18
Minutes, 10 October 1939-28 May 1941
(Reel D266A)
2
19
Miscellaneous Notes, 1938-1954
(Reel 5908: 1419-1433, Reel 5909: 12-40)
2
20-21
Miscellaneous Reports and Memoranda (not Sculptors Guild), 1939-1958
(Reel D264: 1352-1413; Reel D265: 1-26)
2
22
Raffle Party, 1940-1942
(Reel D264: 394-447)
2
23
Statement of Aims and Purposes and Incorporation Correspondence, 1936-1937
(Reel D266A: 1-18)
2
24
Typescript History of the Sculptors Guild, 1940
(Reel D266A: 157-159)
2
25
2.2: Committee Files, 1938-1956
This subseries documents the activities of the Cultural Committee and the Exhibition Committee. Minutes for these two committees have been left with the Guild's other minutes in 2.1: Minutes and Membership, in order to retain their context as business records of the Guild as a whole.
Cultural committee files document the activities of the book comittee in addition to correspondence inlcluding letters from José DeCreeft, Chaim Gross, Paul Manship, and Maurice Sterne.
Exhibition committee files contain correspondence including a letter from David Smith, copyright records, notes, a guest book, photographs, and printed material concerning exhibitions with which the Sculptors Guild was involved. Outdoor exhibition photographs include four photographs of Helen Keller visiting an exhibition accompanied by William Zorach, and photographs of singer Dusolina Giannini, actress Aline MacMahon, and artists Mark Friedman, Hugo Robus, Concetta Scaravaglione, and Louis Slobodkin.
Miscellaneous exhibition files contain correspondence, notes, printed material, photographs and several unidentified sketches. Additionional records documenting Sculptors Guild exhibitions can be found in Series 4: Exhibition Files.
2.2.1: Cultural Committee Files, 1938-1941
Description Container
Book Committee, Correspondence, 1938-1941, undated
(Reel D262)
2
26
Book Committee, Notes and Writings, 1938, undated
(Reel D262)
2
27
Correspondence, 1939-1941
(Reel D262: 1027-1050)
2
28
Questionnaires, 1941
(Reel D262: 1051-1101)
2
29
2.2.2: Exhibition Committee Files, 1938-1956
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Copyright Records, 1939-1941
(Reel D264: 325-340)
2
30
Correspondence, 1940-1942
(Reel D262)
2
31
Correspondence and Notes, 1942
(Reel D262)
2
32
Exhibition Guest Book, 1942-1955
(Reel D264: 341-393)
2
33
National Art Week, 1939-1941
(Reel D262: 1250-1305)
2
34
Outdoor Exhibition
Correspondence and Notes, 1941
(Reel D263: 890-941)
2
35
Correspondence Regarding Loans, 1942
(Reel D263)
2
36
General Records, 1938-1941
(Reel D263)
2
37
Publicity, 1939-1944
(Reel D263)
2
38
Photographs, 1938-1941, undated
(Reel D263)
2
39
Traveling Exhibition
Artist Biographical Accounts, 1940-1941
(Reel D263: 714-742)
2
40-43
Committee Minutes and Notes, 1939-1941
(Reel D263)
2
44
Correspondence and Notes, 1939-1944
(Reel D263)
3
1-2
Correspondence, Carnegie Corporation, 1939-1940
(Reel D263: 692-713)
3
3
Exhibition Entries, 1940-1941
(Reel D263)
3
4
Financial Records, 1939-1941
(Reel D263: 1045-1067)
3
5
Galleys for Catalogs for 1940-1941 Exhibition, 1940
(Reel D263: 743-751)
3
6
Publicity, 1939-1940
(Reel D263: 1111-1114)
3
7
Photographs, circa 1940-1941, undated
(Reel D263)
3
8
World's Fair Exhibition
Correspondence, 1940
(Reel D263: 1207-1260)
3
9
Notes, 1940
(Reel D263: 1261-1276)
3
10
Publicity, 1940
(Reel D263)
3
11
Photographs, 1940
(Reel D263)
3
12
Proposed International Exhibition, Correspondence, 1942
(Reel D264: 1-155)
3
13-14
Miscellaneous Exhibitions, 1951-1954
(Reel D264)
3
15-16
Miscellaneous Exhibitions, Photographs, 1942-1956, undated
(Reel D264)
3
17
Miscellaneous Exhibitions, Photographs of Celita Vaccani (Brazilian Sculptor), 1955
(Reel D264)
3
18
2.3: Publicity Files, 1939-1946, 1960
This subseries contains publicity-related correspondence, notices to members and press releases. Press releases and notes include a transcript of a radio interview with Ann V. Horton and Thomas Cheney from January 1941. There is also a folder of records documenting a tour of member studios from 1966.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1939-1942
(Reel D264)
3
19
Notices to Members, 1939-1960
(Reel D264)
3
20
Press Releases and Notes, 1942-circa 1959, undated
(Reel D264)
3
21
Tour of Guild Member Studios, 1966
(Reel 5908: 1395-1418)
3
22
2.4: Financial and Legal Records, 1938-1972
This series includes correspondence of the treasurer and financial reports in addition to general financial records of the Sculptors Guild including documentation of sculpture loans and sales, contracts, a ledger of expenditures, price lists and banking records.
Description Container
Banking Records, 1939-1942
(Reel 5908: 853-879)
3
23
Check Register, 1946-1948
(Reel 5908: 880-925)
3
24
Contracts, 1938-1952
(Reel 5908: 764-785)
3
25
Correspondence, Treasurer, 1941-1943
(Reel D265: 135-225)
3
26
Financial Reports, 1938-1946, 1956-1957, 1966
(Reel D265: 47-134)
3
27
Insurance Records, 1967-1970
(Reel 5908: 799-813)
3
28
Leases, 1940-1970
(Reel 5908: 786-798)
3
29
Ledger, 1967
(Reel 5908: 926-942)
3
30
Lists of Foundations, circa 1966
3
31
Miscellaneous Legal Documents, 1939-1940
(D266A: 360-365)
3
32
Price Lists, 1970-1972, undated
(Reel 5908: 943-953)
3
33
Receipts, National City Bank of New York, 1942
(Reel 5908: 835-852)
3
34
Receipts, Petty Cash, 1941-1967, undated
(Reel 5908: 966-993)
3
35
Sales Records, 1967
(Reel 5908: 954-965)
3
36
Tax Records, 1960-1968
(Reel 5908: 814-834)
3
37

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