A Finding Aid to the American Art Research Council Records, 1935-1956, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.amerartr
Creators:
American Art Research Council
Dates:
1935-1956
bulk 1942-1947
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
3 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of the American Art Research Council, a cooperative research group headquartered at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, measure 3 linear feet and date from 1935 to 1956. The records include Chairman Juliana Force's correspondence, administrative correspondence, advisory committee files, miscellaneous administrative files, scattered financial records, and printed materials.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of the American Art Research Council, a cooperative research group headquartered at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, measure 3 linear feet and date from 1935 to 1956. The records include Chairman Juliana Force's correspondence, administrative correspondence, advisory committee files, miscellaneous administrative files, scattered financial records, and printed materials.
Correspondence consists of Chairman Juliana Force's correspondence with museums, curators, and others, in addition to general AARC correspondence on various subjects. The Advisory Committee series consists of correspondence, lists, reports, and meeting minutes.
Administrative records include assorted material such as reports on paintings owned by private individuals and art centers, correspondence and drafts on a special issue of Art in America, a bibliography, and surveys. Survey files consist of survey responses and indexes of results for several surveys conducted by the AARC.
Financial records consist of assorted material such as contribution records, ledgers, bank statements, and cancelled checks. Printed materials include clippings, academic journals, bulletins, and press releases.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 5 series.
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1947 (1 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Advisory Committee, 1942-1947 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)
  • Series 3: Administrative Records, 1935-1950 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)
  • Series 4: Financial Records, 1942-1956 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1942-1947 (0.2 linear feet; Box 5)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The American Art Research Council (AARC) was founded in 1942 when the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City proposed that museums across the country establish a collaborative centralized organization for American art research. In April 1942, directors and representatives of 15 prominent museums met and founded the AARC.
Headquartered in and administered by the Whitney Museum, the AARC broadened its scope to include staff from over 30 museums and universities across the country. The organization formed a Committee on Research consisting of experts and scholars of American art that authenticated art, shared research records about artists, and conducted multiple surveys on various subjects. The AARC also facilitated researchers by sharing their information in catalogs and publications.

Administration
Processing Information
A portion of the collection was microfilmed upon receipt on microfilm reels N609-N614. In 2014, filmed and unfilmed accretions were merged and re-processed and a finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno.
Author
Rihoko Ueno
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The American Art Research Council records were donated by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1978 as part of a larger donation of museum records.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Facility.
Conditions Governing Use
The American Art Research Council records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
American Art Research Council records, 1935-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Whitney Museum of American Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
https://www.aaa.si.edu/services/questions
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