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Virginia Teague papers relating to the Armory Show, 1913-1952, bulk bulk 1913-1917

Teague, Virginia Vanderbilt

Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Scattered records and papers compiled by Virginia Teague for the intended purpose of writing a history of the 1913 Armory Show, also known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS). The exhibition opened at the 69th Street Regiment, in New York City, in February 1913, and traveled to Chicago's Art Institute of Chicago, in March, and Boston's Copley Hall, in April. Included are scattered records of the AAPS; and correspondence; business records; and printed material.
Records of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors include meeting minutes, 1913-1915, with agendas, drafts and completed reports of proceedings, checklists of attendees, a hand-written statement by Walt Kuhn, signed by Arthur B. Davies and Elmer McRae, and a mimeograph copy of the AAPS Constitution.
Correspondence regarding the Armory show and the Copley Society is with Walt Kuhn, Arthur B. Davies, John Quinn, Holker Abbott, Edward Warren, L. Flanders, and the law firm of Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter, and regards a disagreement over sharing revenue generated by the Armory Show exhibition. Additional correspondence is between Henry Fitch Taylor, George Luks, and James Townsen regarding a review published in American Art News; a March 27, 1917 letter from Art Alliance of America Secretary, Elizabeth Grimball, to Henry Fitch Taylor advocating "preparedness" for artists in the event of international hostilities; letters from Elmer MacRae and Vera Kuhn to Virginia Teague recalling the Armory Show, 1951; and letters from General Services Administration and the U.S. Treasury Department regarding customs records for the Armory Show, 1951-1952.
Business records include an exhibition contract and daily sales tallies from the Copley Society, which hosted the Boston venue at Copley Hall. Printed material includes clippings about the Armory Show.

Biographical/Historical Note

Virginia Vanderbuilt Teague was an historian in New York, N.Y. and Vermont and was the wife of sculptor and painter R. Lewis Teague.


Donated 2010 by Adam and Clover Bergmann, son and daughter of Rudolph Bergmann, Virginia Teague's friend. The papers were found in Bergmann's home after his death in 2009. Correspondence (January 1951) between Teague and Vera Kunn in the Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records in the Archives of American Art shed some light on Teague's intentions to compile a history of the Armory Show and contact she had with others to gather materials.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family and Armory Show records, which contain records of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors kept by Walt Kuhn, Secretary of AAPS.

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Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Virginia Teague papers relating to the Armory Show, 1913-1952, bulk bulk 1913-1917. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.