Archives of American Art

Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund records

Collection ID:
Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Minutes of a meeting of the trustees of the Saltonstall Arts Fund; letters and memorandums relating to the sale of works from the Saltonstall collection; lists of works in the collection and appraisals; a "Memorial Exhibition" catalog; an estate auction catalog; and photocopies of clippings about Saltonstall.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Nathaniel Saltonstall, an architect and art collector, was one of the founders of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, Massachusetts. He was President from 1936-1948, and 1960-1961; and Honorary President from 1961-1968. He was also a long-time trustee of both the ICA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1959, he established the "Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund" in memory of his parents. Through auctions and sales of works in his collection, numerous schools, colleges, museums and galleries have received gifts from the fund and/or had the opportunity to show work not otherwise available.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated in 1992 by Eloise W. Hodges, a grand niece of Nathaniel Saltonstall. She received the material from her father, Philip Weld, an executor of Saltonstall's estate.

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

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Private collections Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art patronage Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Massachusetts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art patrons -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saltonstall, Nathaniel, 1903-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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