Artists' Fund Society records

Collection ID:
Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia
Physical Description:
2 Microfilm reels
partial microfilm reels

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Artists' Fund Society records, microfilmed on Reel P24 contain a manuscript of the constitution (1837); a memorial to the U.S. Congress that the Revenue Bill should include a tax on every foreign print or picture brought into the United States for protection of American Artists, signed by John Neagle, President of the Artists' Fund Society (1841 August 27); and a list of members (1855 October). Also included on Reel P28 are minute books (1835-1843), 302 pages, index on frames 699-703; proof sheets of the charter and by-laws of the Society, corrected and signed by John Sartain; letters of acceptance to honorary membership (1837-1838), index on frame 857; miscellaneous autograph letters and notes from artists and others (1836-1858), index on frame 879.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia (est. 1835) created a fund for "mutual advancement and relief," as well as the goal of providing financial assistance to artists and their families in times of adversity.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels P24 (fr. 7-10) & P28 (fr. 699-903) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel P28: Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Association, club and society records.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel P24: Originals in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Society Collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Related Materials
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts holds the Artists' Fund Society records, 1835-1868. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania holds the Artists' Fund Society's Minutes and papers, 1835-1858.

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Arts organizations -- Pennsylvania Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sartain, John, 1808-1897 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neagle, John, 1796-1865 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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