A Finding Aid to the National Arts Club Records, 1898-1960, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.natiartc
Creators:
National Arts Club
Dates:
1898-1960
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
32.1 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of the National Arts Club measure 32.1 linear feet and date from 1898 to 1960. The collection documents the founding of the club, and it's governance, administration, exhibitions, and social activities

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
Records of the National Arts Club, spanning the period 1898 to 1960, document the founding of the organization, and its governance, administration, finances, exhibitions, and social activities. There are large gaps in the records and many of those surviving are incomplete, which can be explained by a 1932 resolution of the Board of Governors that "old files and letters and bills in the storeroom prior to 1922 may be destroyed at the discretion of the Secretary and Treasurer."
Minutes and reports of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee are fairly complete through 1949, but sparse thereafter. Records do not exist for all standing and special committees, and those remaining tend to be concentrated in the early twentieth century.
Correspondence of the officers, for the most part, is routine and relates to administrative matters. Financial records cover the period 1917 to 1950, with a large number of gaps.
A small number of records of the Arts Realty Co. (later known as 15 Gramercy Park, Inc.) are extant. These include lists of stockholders, correspondence concerning mortgage bonds, and minutes.
Membership records, arranged alphabetically, are available for the years 1931 to 1959, and there are rosters arranged by membership category, 1940-1952; in addition, printed membership lists were issued circa 1900-1951.
More than four hundred exhibitions are known to have been held in the galleries of the National Arts Club between 1899 and 1960. Catalogs for 124 National Arts Club exhibitions are available at the Archives of American Art; 69 titles are to be found among the Club's records and an additional 55 were microfilmed previously as parts of other collections. Other exhibition documentation includes printed matter such as invitations, entry blanks, publicity, and photographs (see Appendix A). For some exhibitions, supporting documentation such as correspondence with exhibitors and collectors, sales and consignment records, and shipping receipts have survived. These files are mainly confined to Books of the Year exhibitions, Arts and Crafts/Decorative Arts exhibitions, and a smaller number of exhibitions of Living American Etchers, 1928-1957.
General social events, activities sponsored by Arts Club committees, and special commemorative occasions are documented by invitations, programs, publicity, calendars of events, and photographs. The majority of this material is contained in seventeen scrapbooks, 1898-1940. Programs of the Men's Open Table, 1915-1950, are particularly well documented by the Chairman's correspondence and three volumes containing meeting notices with signatures of members in attendance.
In addition to printed matter relating to exhibitions and events, scrapbooks, 1898-1940, contain general publicity, clippings concerning members, and samples of National Arts Club printed matter such as form letters to the general membership, brochures, ballots, house rules, published membership lists, year books, and the like. Loose printed matter augments that preserved in the scrapbooks. These sources combined provide a fairly complete set of the Bulletin, but the number of year books is small, and there are catalogs of only slightly more than a third of the exhibitions identified.
Photographs, in addition to those recording exhibitions and events, include portraits of governors, officers, distinguished visitors, speakers, and performers; views of Gramercy Park and the interior and exterior of the clubhouse; and works of art in the permanent collection.
Miscellaneous material includes information on the National Arts Club's first home on West 34th Street, and the Tilden Mansion, its current clubhouse on Gramercy Park; histories of the organization; unpublished speeches presented at Club occasions; and copies of legal documents, including the Club's charter and act of incorporation.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The records are arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1: Board of Governors, 1898-1960, undated
  • Series 2: Administration, 1898-1960, undated
  • Series 3: Financial Records, 1917-1952
  • Series 4: Membership, circa 1900-1962
  • Series 5: Arts Realty Co., 1909-1913, 1945-1956, undated
  • Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1890-1961, undated
  • Series 7: Photographs, 1899-1957, undated
  • Series 8: Printed Matter, 1893-1960, undated
  • Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1898-1940

Historical Note
Historical Note
The National Arts Club was founded by Charles de Kay, literary and art critic for the New York Times who believed there was a need for a club uniting all of the arts. In March of 1898, de Kay called together a number of civic leaders and men prominent in the art world who supported the idea, elected the first officers and incorporated the Club in 1899.
As stated in a circular issued by the Club, its specified purposes were: to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers in the United States; to stimulate and guide toward practical and artistic expression the artistic sense of the American people; to maintain in the City of New York a Club House...for social purposes in connection with the arts; to provide proper exhibition facilities for such lines of art, especially applied and industrial art, as shall not be otherwise adequately provided for in the same City; and to encourage the publication and circulation of news, suggestions and discussions relating to the fine arts.
During its initial months, the National Arts Club operated from a temporary office at 156 Fifth Avenue. In the search for a permanent site, considerable care was taken to select an auspicious location and accommodations, and in 1899 the first clubhouse was opened at 37 West 34th Street in leased quarters renovated expressly for the Club. Within a year, the gallery and restaurant required additional space, and there was a desire to provide overnight quarters for members visiting from out of town. In 1901 the Club created a corporation, Arts Realty Co., which issued shares to members and other investors for the purpose of raising funds to purchase the adjacent property (39 West 34th Street). This end was accomplished, and when it was decided to move the Club to another location, proceeds from the sale of the lease on 37 West 34th Street and the lot next door, augmented by additional funds subscribed by members, enabled Arts Realty Co. to acquire the Tilden Mansion at 15 Gramercy Park in 1905. Construction was begun immediately on a connecting studio tower to the rear (119-121 East 19th Street), designed by architect and Club President George B. Post. Upon completion, the Club bought the property from Arts Realty Co., issuing both First and Second Mortgage Bonds to individual subscribers. The Gramercy Park property has been occupied by the Club since 1906.
A show of American gold and silver work in October 1899 was the first exhibition held at the National Arts Club. Decorative arts, crafts, and industrial arts figured prominently in early exhibitions, as did designs for civic improvements. The monthly exhibition schedule emphasized contemporary American art, but also included some historical shows. Members of the public were admitted without charge to the galleries, where they could view such innovative and important exhibitions as Pictorial Photographs presented by the Photo-Secession (1902) and a group exhibition featuring the works of Robert Henri, William Glackens, George Luks, Arthur B. Davies, and Maurice Prendergast (1904). After about 1907, exhibitions grew more conservative, probably reflecting the personal tastes of Art Committee members rather than a formal opposition of the Club to nonrepresentational art. Increasingly, the exhibition schedule was filled by shows of members' work, the Club's permanent collection (mainly works by artist members, usually given in payment for life membership), the Annual Arts and Crafts exhibitions, Books of the Year exhibitions, and shows organized by various art societies.
In addition to exhibitions, the National Arts Club regularly featured a variety of cultural programs such as concerts, lectures, and dramatic presentations for members and guests. Parties, dinner, dances, and other social activities drew members to the Club, too. During its first years, some artist members expressed dissatisfaction with the high priority given social functions; by 1905, J. Carroll Beckwith, Walter Shirlaw, and Stanford White were among those who had resigned for this reason.
Within the National Arts Club there have been some smaller societies. The earliest of these were The Discus, a short lived dining and debating club, and The Vagabonds, a lunch group of writers, editors, printers and illustrators. The Men's Open Table, founded in 1910, met weekly for more than forty years for dinner followed by a talk, given by a fellow member or an outside, often professional, lecturer. A wide range of topics, not necessarily on the arts, were presented and discussed at the Men's Open Table. The American Institute of Graphic Arts is one of the organizations said to have developed from associations formed and discussions held at the Men's Open Table. A Women's Open Table, patterned after the men's, was established later.
The National Arts Club, unlike many other private clubs founded during the same era, admitted women members from its inception. Throughout its history, the Club's membership has been comprised of artists, musicians, writers, and performers, as well as collectors and supporters of the arts drawn from all parts of the country. Membership peaked at around 1,800 in 1920, declining throughout the Depression and again in the mid-1950s, and remaining at about 600 for the next two decades.
1898
Founding; occupied temporary office at 156 Fifth Ave.
1899
Incorporation; leased clubhouse at 37 West 34th St.; opened first exhibition, American Gold and Silver Work
1900
Constitution adopted
1901
First donations to permanent collection; Arts Realty Co. formed for the purpose of acquiring and financing the adjacent property (39 West 34th St.)
1905
Arts Realty Co. purchased Gramercy Park property (Tilden Mansion) on behalf of NAC; remodeling of clubhouse and construction of studio tower begun
1906
Plan for financing new clubhouse approved; second Mortgage Bonds issued; clubhouse and studio tower occupied; First Annual Books of the Year Exhibition
1907
Annual Members' Exhibition initiated; Bulletin began publication
1910
First meeting of Men's Open Table (established 1909)
1914
Essay contest, "A Critical Estimate of the Altman Collection"
1917
American Artists War Emergency Fund Committee issues art stamp
1923
Junior Artist membership category created
1930-1931
Essay contest, "Soul of America"
1940
Works by deceased artist life members deaccessioned from permanent collection; fund for refugee artists established
1962
Clubhouse designated New York City Landmark
1976
Clubhouse designated National Historic Landmark
1987
NAC records donated to Archives of American Art

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The bulk of the collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 4237-4269 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Catherine Stover in 1989 and 1990 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution Research Resources Program.
The 2017 addition was processed by Ryan Evans in February 2018.
Author
Catherine Stover
Provenance
The National Arts Club donated its records to the Archives of American Art in 1987. Although a limited amount of printed matter was available at various libraries and on microfilm through the Archives of American Art, scholars have not had access to unpublished records of the Club until this time.
In November 2017 an addition to the Officers' Correspondence was donated by Elizabeth G. Knudsen, granddaughter of Edmund Greacen, former Arts Committee Chair.

Appendix A: Annotated List of National Arts Club Exhibitions, 1899-1960
Appendix A: Annotated List of National Arts Club Exhibitions, 1899-1960
* = photographs included with records of NAC (See pp. 22-23 for reel and frame numbers)
+ = photograph in NAC album (See pp. 24 for reel and frame numbers)
x = catalog, checklist, or printed announcement included with NAC printed matter
s = copy of catalog in NAC scrapbook (volume number noted, see pp. 27-32 for reel and frame numbers of each volume)
Microfilm reel and frame numbers (e.g.: N134:416-419) are cited below for NAC catalogs appearing in other collections within the Archives of American Art.
Date
Exhibition
Oct. 30 *, 1899
House Warming, Exhibition of American Gold and Silver Work
Nov. 13-18, 1899
Tenth Exhibition of the Woman's Art Club; Reception to Miss Cecilia Beaux (N134:416-419)
Nov. 27-Dec. 10, 1899
Art Pottery, American, Oriental, and European (N134:407-415)
Dec. 23-Jan. 8, 1899
Exhibition of Small Bronzes (N134:437-443)
Jan. 13, 1900
Exhibition of Photographs, works by members of the Society of Mural Painters
Jan. 29, 1900
Design for Street Refuge, shown by New York Municipal Art Society
Feb. 5-22, 1900
Exhibition of Embroideries and Native Rugs (N134:420-425)
Feb. 24-Mar. 10, 1900
John Leslie Breck Memorial Exhibition (N443:703-708; N551:719-724)
Mar. 24-Apr. 14, 1900
Pastel Exhibition, American Work
Apr., 1900
Old and Modern Japanese Prints
Apr. 14-21, 1900
Ernest Tarleton Memorial Exhibition
Apr. 21-May 3, 1900
Exhibition of Color Reproductions, American and European
May 10-21, 1900
American Art Leatherwork (N134:432-426)
May 24-30, 1900
Small Exhibition of Japanese Water Colors
May 31-June 14, 1900
William Hamilton Gibson Memorial Exhibition
June, 1900
New York Municipal Art Society Competition
Nov. 28-Dec. 19 x, 1900
Arts and Crafts (N134:421-431)
Jan., 1901
Birds and Beasts in Art
Feb., 1901
Art Leatherwork and Objects Relating to the Hearth
Mar., 1901
Works by the Society of Mural Painters
Apr., 1901
Books and Bookmaking
Apr., 1901
Howard Walter, Water Colors Taken in Europe
May, 1901
Glass in the Arts
May, 1901
Memorial to John A. Fraser, His Paintings
May-Nov., 1901
Arts and Crafts in the Liberal Arts Building, Pan-American Pacific Exhibition, Buffalo, N.Y.
June-Sept., 1901
Sculpture, Oil Paintings, Pastels, Water Colors, and Objects of Industrial Art by Members of the Club
Oct., 1901
Memorial Window for the Ames Family by John La Farge
Nov., 1901
Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by the Woman's Art Club
Dec., 1901
Objects Shown at the Pan-American Pacific Exposition
Jan., 1902
Ecclesiastical Art
Feb., 1902
Art Objects Relating to Civic Art, under the auspices of the Municipal Art Society
Mar., 1902
American Pictorial Photographs, shown by the Photo-Secession
Mar. 26-Apr. 21, 1902
Fourth Annual Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society (N551:725-729; N134:446-451)
May, 1902
Pictures of "Womanhood"
May, 1902
Memorial Window for Baltimore by D. Maitland Armstrong; Memorial Window for Wells College by Mrs. Ella Condie Lamb June Window in Stained Glass, Memorial to Julia Doane, Chicago, by John La Farge
Oct., 1902
Collection of Objects in Metal; Artistic Bird Cages lent by A. W. Drake, Esq.
Nov., 1902
Annual Exhibition by the Woman's Art Club
Nov., 1902
Paintings by Four Western Artists, Messrs. Duveneck, Steele, Meakin and Sharp, through the courtesy of the Cincinnati Museum Association
Dec., 1902
Designs Submitted for Competition for the Emblem of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Jan. s, 1903
Portraits of Napoleon, lent by John Leonard Dudley, Jr., Esq. (volume 4)
Jan., 1903
"Autumn," Stained Glass Window for the country residence of William C. Whitney, by John La Farge
Feb., 1903
Eskimo and Arctic Objects, with Paintings from the Arctic and Antarctic Circles by Frank Wilbert Stokes
Mar., 1903
Objects of Municipal Art
Apr., 1903
Examples of Ideal Art by American Artists
May, 1903
Sculptures by Rodin, Roche, and Rivere, belonging to Miss Lois Fuller
May, 1903
Portraits and other Paintings by American Artists of the Colonial and Early Periods
June-Oct., 1903
Summer Exhibition of Paintings, Water Colors, and Sculpture by Members of the Club
Nov., 1903
Jewelry and Precious Stones, Modern, Old and Oriental
Dec. 1-14, 1903
Thirteenth Annual Exhibition of the Woman's Art Club (N134:452-456)
Dec., 1903
Stained Glass Window, designed by Miss Mary E. Tillinghast
Dec., 1903
Sketches for the Sculpture at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, shown by the National Sculpture Society
Jan. 5-16 s, 1904
Loan Exhibition of Pictures by Eminent American Painters (N134:426-464, and volume 4)
Jan. 5-16 s, 1904
Loan Exhibition of Pictures by Robert Henri, William Glackens, George Luks, Arthur B. Davies, and Maurice Prendergast (volume 4)
Feb., 1904
Pictures by Contemporary American Artists
Mar. 2-15, 1904
Loan Exhibition of Pictures by American Figure Painters (N50:471-472; N134:460-461)
Mar., 1904
Annual Exhibition of Objects of Municipal Art
Apr. 5-15 s, 1904
Loan Exhibition of Pictures by Some Boston Artists (N443:713-715, and volume 4)
Apr. 19-30 s, 1904
Loan Exhibition of Pictures by Old Masters, lent by the Messrs. Durand-Ruel (N443:711-712; N134:462-464, and volume 4)
May 3-14 s, 1904
Oil Paintings, Water Colors, and Drawings by John La Farge, N.A. (volume 4)
May, 1904
Photographs of Paintings by Old Italian Masters, under the auspices of the Library Committee
Oct., 1904
Work of Holders of the Lazarus and Reinhart Scholarships executed while at the American Academy in Rome
Nov., 1904
"The Moral and Divine Law," painting by John La Farge
Nov., 1904
Exhibition by Members of the Nippon-Bijitsuin (Japanese Art Academy)
Jan., 1905
Exhibition by the Lyme Group of Painters
Feb., 1905
"Old Masters" and Aphrodite
Feb., 1905
Pictures by Some Boston Artists
Mar., 1905
Annual Exhibition of the Municipal Art Society of New York
Apr., 1905
Artistic and Commercial Posters, under the Auspices of the Municipal Art Society
Apr., 1905
Textiles and Ceramics
Oct., 1905
"Out of Doors" as Seen by Various Artists
Nov., 1905
Color Prints by S. Arlent-Edwards
Dec., 1905
American Indians as Seen by the Artist and the Artist Photographer
Jan., 1906
Birds and Beasts in Art
Feb., 1906
Miniatures
Mar., 1906
Fifth Annual Exhibition of the Municipal Art Society
Mar., 1906
Exhibition by the Alumni of Cooper Institute
Apr. 2-14 s, 1906
Municipal Art Society Exhibit of Poster Designs (volume 4)
Apr.-May, 1906
Exhibition by the Women's Art Club of New York
Nov. 8-18 s, 1906
Opening Exhibition [first exhibition in new quarters]: American Paintings from the Collection of Mr. William T. Evans (D45:29-34, and volume 4)
Dec., 1906
Books of the Year
Dec. 8-Jan. 1 s, 1906
Pictures by Some American Painters (volume 4)
Jan. 12-Feb. 1 s, 1907
Modern German Paintings from the Collection of Mr. Hugo Reisinger (N443:716-717, and volume 4)
Feb. s, 1907
Exhibition of Wood Engravings by Timothy Cole made for Century Magazine
Feb., 1907
Longfellow Memorial
Mar. 13-31, 1907
Sixth Annual Exhibition of the Municipal Art Society of New York
Apr., 1907
New York Society of Ceramic Artists
Apr., 1907
Paintings and Sculpture by Members
May s, 1907
Exhibition of Artists' Preliminary Sketches
May-Nov., 1907
Sketches by Members
Oct. 16-Nov. 16 s, 1907
Fall Exhibition of Sketches by Members (volume 4)
Nov. 20-Dec. 11, 1907
Arts and Crafts Exhibition (N29:1001-1026)
Dec., 1907
Second Annual Exhibition of the New Books of the Year
Jan. 4-25 s, 1908
Contemporary Art (N443:744-746, and volume 5)
Feb., 1908
First Annual Exhibition of Advertising Art
Feb. 1-15 s, 1908
Contemporary Paintings (volume 5)
Mar., 1908
Exhibition of the Municipal Art Society of New York
Apr. 2-25 * s, 1908
Special Exhibition of Members' Work (volume 5)
Apr. 15-May 8 s, 1908
Members' Spring Exhibition (volume 5)
Apr. 25-May 15 s, 1908
Paintings Loaned by C. C. Ruthrauff (volume 5)
May *, 1908
Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture, and Illustration under the auspices of the Art Students League of New York
Oct. 21-Nov. 7 s, 1908
Members' Fall Sketch Exhibition (volume 5)
Nov. *, 1908
Third Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec., 1908
Arts and Crafts Exhibition
Jan., 1909
Second Annual Exhibition of Advertising Art
Jan., 1909
Small Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Contemporary Artists
Feb. 2-20 s, 1909
International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography (volume 1)
Feb. 23-Mar. 17 s, 1909
John W. Alexander Retrospective Exhibition (volume 5)
Apr., 1909
Exhibition of the New York Society of Keramic Arts
May, 1909
Spring Exhibition of Members' Work
July, 1909
Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Evans
Sept.-Oct., 1909
Three Centuries of New York, under the auspices of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration
Nov. 3-26 s, 1909
Fourth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year (volume 5)
Dec., 1909
Third Annual Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
Jan., 1910
William M. Chase Retrospective Exhibition
Feb., 1910
Exhibition of American Landscape Painting
Mar. 2-28 s, 1910
Exhibition of Paintings by Louis Mark, of Budapest (volume 5)
Apr. 6-30 s, 1910
Exhibition of Paintings by Alfred East, of London (N134:465-469, and volume 5)
May, 1910
Exhibition of Household Art, under the auspices of the Domestic Training Department of the Public Schools
May 4-Oct. s, 1910
Third Annual Exhibition of the Former Students of the Art Students League (volume 5)
Oct. 20-Nov. 1 s +, 1910
Third Annual Exhibition of Advertising Art (volume 5)
Nov.-Dec., 1910
Fifth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. * +, 1910
Fourth Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition
Jan. 5-Feb. 3 s +, 1911
First Annual Artist Life Members' Exhibition (volume 5)
Feb. +, 1911
Exhibition of the New York Society of Keramic Arts
Feb. 11-Mar. 10, 1911
Circuit Exhibition of Contemporary Art (D12:437-439; N52:105-107)
Mar. 8-Apr. 5 * s +, 1911
Paintings and Drawings by Walter Shirlaw, N.A. (N52:967-973, and volume 5)
Apr., 1911
Exhibition of the Municipal Art Society of New York
Apr. 26-May * s +, 1911
Group Exhibition of Paintings: William R. Derrick, Reynolds Beal, Frederick J. Waugh (volume 5)
Oct. 25-Nov. 4 * +, 1911
Exhibition of Color Schemes and Model Rooms in Miniature
Nov. 8-30 * +, 1911
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 7-28 * +, 1911
Fifth Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition
Jan. 3-28 s +, 1912
First Prize Exhibition of Artist Life Members (N443:754-756, and volume 6)
Jan. 31-Feb. 18 * s +, 1912
Otto Walter Beck Exhibition (volume 6)
Feb. 21-Mar. 10 s +, 1912
Etchings of E. T. Hurley (volume 6)
Mar. 13-20 s +, 1912
National Park Pictures Collected and Exhibited by the Department of the Interior (volume 3)
Apr. 4-21 s +, 1912
Paintings, Embroideries, and Tapestries from the Collection of Mr. Emerson McMillan (D45:462-468; N443:757-762, and volume 6)
Apr. 4-Mar. 12 s, 1912
Exhibition of Original Dickens and Thackeray Drawings by Harry Furniss (volume 3)
May 8-June 1 * s +, 1912
Sculpture Exhibition (volume 6)
June 4-8 +, 1912
Exhibition of Industrial Art, under the auspices of The School Art League and the Art Departments of the City High Schools
June-Oct., 1912
Summer Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Oct. 16-Nov. 12 +, 1912
Third Special Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators
Nov. 13-29, 1912
Seventh Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 4-28 +, 1912
Sixth Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Craftsmen
Jan. 8-Feb. 9 +, 1913
Work of the Painter, Sculptor, and Architect Members (N443:763-767; N50:126-130)
Feb. 12-Mar. 9 * +, 1913
Exhibition of Works by the Late Frederick Warren Freer
Mar. 12-31 +, 1913
The Applied Arts of Germany
Apr. 2-27 +, 1913
Small Works by Six Painters: Richard E. Miller, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Charles W. Hawthorne, William Wendt, William Ritschel, and Elise Dodge Pattee
Apr. 30-June 1 +, 1913
Small Marbles and Bronzes (N551:732-737)
May-June, 1913
Summer Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture
Oct. 15-Nov. 9, 1913
Society of Illustrators
Nov. 12-28, 1913
Eighth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 3-28 * +, 1913
Seventh Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Craftsmen
Jan. 8-Feb. 1 +, 1914
Work of Painter, Sculptor, and Architect Members
Feb. 4-21, 1914
The Pastellists
Feb. 5-Mar. 21 x +, 1914
Contemporary Art
Mar. 11-29 * +, 1914
Hungarian Peasant Art (N134:470-479)
Apr. 1-May 2 +, 1914
Paintings by Eleven Western Artists
May 6-31 * +, 1914
Exhibition of Small Sculpture (N551:738-743)
June-Sept., 1914
Paintings
Nov. 4-27, 1914
Ninth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 3-28 +, 1914
Eighth Annual Exhibition of National Society of Craftsmen
Jan. 7-31 +, 1915
Work of Painter Members (N551:744-746)
Feb. 4-25 +, 1915
Forty-eighth Annual Exhibition of American Water Color Society
Mar. 3-24 +, 1915
Portraits (N551:747-748)
Apr. 7-13 +, 1915
Sculpture
May 5-21, 1915
Exhibition of Municipal Art Society
June-Oct. *, 1915
Work of Painter Members
Oct. 13-30 +, 1915
Fifth Special Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators
Nov. 5-13 +, 1915
American Wood Engraving, under the auspices of the American Institute of Graphic Arts
Nov. 17-Dec. 3, 1915
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 8-30 +, 1915
Ninth Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Craftsmen
Jan. 6-28 +, 1916
Work of Painter Members
Feb. 3-27 +, 1916
Forty-ninth Annual Exhibition of American Water Color Society
Mar. 2-25 * +, 1916
Loan Exhibition of Portraits of Academicians and Associates Selected from the Permanent Collection of the National Academy of Design (N551:749-752; N134:480-483)
Mar. 28-Apr. 14 +, 1916
One Hundred American Paintings by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (N443:768-770)
Mar. 28-Apr. 14 +, 1916
Exhibition of American Printing
Apr. 19-May 6, 1916
Exhibition of the Municipal Art Society
May 10-26, 1916
English Posters
June-Aug. +, 1916
Members' Summer Sketch Exhibition
Oct. 5-Nov. 3, 1916
Photography, under the auspices of the American Institute of Graphic Arts
Nov. 9-30, 1916
Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 7-29, 1916
Tenth Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Craftsmen
Jan. 3-28 +, 1917
Annual Exhibition of the Work of Artist Members
Feb. 1-24 +, 1917
Fiftieth Annual Exhibition of the American Water Color Society
Feb. 28-Mar. 23 +, 1917
Etchings, under the auspices of the American Institute of Graphic Arts
Mar. 29-Apr. 27, 1917
Paintings by Boston Artists
May 2-Sept. +, 1917
Members' Sketch Exhibition
Oct. 3-31 +, 1917
Paintings from the Netherlands Section of the Panama-Pacific Exposition
Oct. 4-31, 1917
Illustrations of the Catskill Aqueduct
Nov. 8-30 +, 1917
Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 6-29, 1917
Eleventh Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Craftsmen
Jan. 3-Feb. 1 +, 1918
Annual Exhibition of Paintings by Members
Feb. 7-Mar. 1 +, 1918
Fifty-first Annual Exhibition of the American Water Color Society
Mar. 20-Apr. 26, 1918
Life Membership Pictures from the Permanent Collection
May, 1918
War Posters, under the auspices of the American Society of Graphic Arts
June 2-Oct. 1 +, 1918
Sketch Exhibition by Members
Dec. 5-28 +, 1918
Twelfth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Jan. 8-31 +, 1919
Retrospective Exhibition of the Work of the Artist Life Members
Feb., 1919
Fifty-second Annual Exhibition of the American Water Color Society
Mar., 1919
Exhibition of War Housing
Apr. 2-May 3 +, 1919
Special Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators (N29:873-875)
May-Oct. +, 1919
Annual Exhibition of Sketches by Members
Nov., 1919
Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Jan. 7-30 +, 1920
Annual Exhibition of Painter and Sculptor Members (N29:864-866)
Feb., 1920
Fifty-third Annual Exhibition of the American Water Color Society
Mar., 1920
Drawings from Artists' Portfolios
Mar. 3-27 x +, 1920
American Drawings and Sculpture Sketches
Mar. 31-Apr. 16 +, 1920
Special Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators (N29:867-869)
May, 1920
Printing by the American Institute of Graphic Arts
June-Oct. +, 1920
Sketches and Small Sculpture by Members
Nov., 1920
Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 1-29 +, 1920
Exhibition of Art Expression by Club Members
Jan. 5-27 +, 1921
Members' Annual Prize Exhibition
Mar. 2-31 +, 1921
Art Directors Club First Annual Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings Used in American Advertising
Apr. 7-30, 1921
Exhibition of Old Prints, under the auspices of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (N443:775-778)
May-Oct., 1921
Pictures from the Club's Permanent Collection
Nov., 1921
Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 7-30 +, 1921
Humorists Exhibition
Jan. 5-28 +, 1922
Members' Annual Prize Exhibition
Feb., 1922
Seventh Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Bookplates, held by the American Bookplate Society
Feb. 15-Mar. 5 +, 1922
Exhibition of Paintings by Charles C.Curran, Franklin de Haven, George Glenn Newell, Harry W. Watrous
Mar., 1922
Lithographs
Apr. 5-30 +, 1922
Loan Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture Owned by Club Members
May-Oct. +, 1922
Summer Exhibition of Artist Members
Nov., 1922
Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 6-29 +, 1922
Work by Members
Jan. 10-Feb. 10 +, 1923
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Feb. 14-Mar. 3 +, 1923
Humorists Exhibition
Mar., 1923
Craftwork from Berea College, Kentucky
Mar., 1923
Group Exhibition: Roy Brown, Oscar Fehrer, Edmund Greacen, Eugene Higgins, Lee Laurie, F. Luis Mora, Carl Rungius, Edward C. Volkert.
Mar. 28-Apr. 20 +, 1923
Group Exhibition: Leon Dabo, William R. Derrick, Charles P. Gruppe, Hayley Lever, Charles R. Patterson
Apr., 1923
Miniature Garden Exhibition, by the Garden Club of America
May-July, 1923
Exhibition Selected from the Permanent Collection
June 5-28 +, 1923
Annual Prize Exhibition of Painter and Sculptor Members
Nov., 1923
Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 12-29 +, 1923
Work of Living American Etchers
Jan. 9-Feb. 2 +, 1924
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Mar. 5-29 +, 1924
Exhibition of Sculpture
Apr., 1924
Selected Paintings from the Permanent Collection
Apr. 30-May 15 +, 1924
Exhibition of Books Illustrating the History of Printing
June, 1924
Adirondack Mountain Club Exhibition of Photographs
Nov. *, 1924
Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 10-27 +, 1924
Second Annual Exhibition of Living American Etchers
Jan. 7-31 +, 1925
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture (N552:122-159)
Feb. 23-Mar. 7 +, 1925
Autograph Letters with Accompanying Portraits of Authors, Statesmen, Artists, etc.
Apr. 8-May 9 +, 1925
Exhibition of Lithographs, Wood Blocks, and Linoleum Cuts
Nov., 1925
Twentieth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 3-20, 1925
Work of Living American Etchers (N552:1-7)
Jan. 13-Feb. 6 +, 1926
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture (N552:19-21)
Feb. 10-27 +, 1926
Group Exhibiton by Members of the National Arts Club
Mar. 3-27 +, 1926
Copies of Old Masters
Apr., 1926
Architecture, Sculpture, and Decorative Painting
May +, 1926
Fifth International Exhibition of the Brooklyn Society of Etchers (N552:34-48)
Summer +, 1926
Summer Exhibition
Aug.-Oct. x, 1926
The Vollbehr Incunabula Exhibition
Nov., 1926
Twenty-first Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 2-22 +, 1926
Fourth Annual Exhibition of Works of Living American Etchers (N552:8-12)
Jan. 5-29 +, 1927
Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members
Feb. 11-27 +, 1927
Exhibition and Auction of Works of Art by Artist Members
Mar. 2-21 +, 1927
Invited Exhibition by Distinguished American Painters (NHS4:693-695)
Apr. 6-29 +, 1927
Norse Pictorial Weaving--Mrs. Berthea Aske Bergh (N552:66-68)
Nov., 1927
Twenty-second Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 7-24 +, 1927
Fifth Annual Exhibition of Works of Living American Etchers (N552:13-18)
Jan., 1928
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Feb. 8-29 +, 1928
Small Paintings
Mar. 8-31 x, 1928
Exhibition of Decorative Arts
Apr. 4-20 +, 1928
Exhibition by Junior Artist Members of the Club
Nov., 1928
Twenty-third Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec., 1928
Small Paintings
Jan. 8-Feb. 8 +
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Feb. 13-Mar. 8
Sixth Annual Exhibition by Living American Etchers
Mar. +
Richard M. Hurd Loan Exhibition of Italian Primitives
Apr. 3-26 +
Exhibition by Junior Artist Members of the Club
May 1-Oct. 1 +
Summer Exhibition by Painter Life Members
Nov.
Twenty-fourth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 4-26 * +
Exhibition of the Decorative Arts
Jan. 8-Feb. 1 +, 1930
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Feb. 5-28 x +, 1930
Seventh Annual Exhibition of Living American Etchers
Mar. 5-28 +, 1930
Junior Artist Members' Exhibition
Apr. 16-Sept. 30 +, 1930
Members' Exhibition of Small Paintings (N134:484-490)
Nov., 1930
Silver Anniversary Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 3-26 * +, 1930
Eighth Annual Exhibition by Living American Etchers
Jan. 7-Feb. 6 +, 1931
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Mar. 4-27 +, 1931
Exhibition by the Junior Artist Members
Mar. 13-Apr. 15 x, 1931
Auction Exhibition and Sale by Artist Members
Apr. 1-25 +, 1931
Members' Work of the New York Water Color Club
May 2-24 +, 1931
The Story of Gramercy Park in Portraits and Historical Objects of the Period, in connection with Gramercy Park Centenary Celebration
June 3-Oct. 1 +, 1931
Members' Exhibition of Small Paintings
Oct. 21-Nov. 20, 1931
Twenty-sixth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 1931
Sixteenth Annual Exhibition by the Society of American Etchers (formerly The Brooklyn Society of Etchers)
Jan. 6-13 +, 1932
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Feb. 3-27 +, 1932
Exhibition of Drawings by Artist Members
Mar. 2-26 +, 1932
Paintings by Junior Artist Members
Mar. 13-Apr. 15 +, 1932
Auction Exhibition and Sale by Artist Members
Apr. 20-30 +, 1932
Exhibition by a Group of New York Art Schools
May 4-Oct. 1 +, 1932
Members' Annual Exhibition of Small Paintings
Jan. 4-27 +, 1933
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Mar. 1-31 +, 1933
Junior Artist Members
Apr. 5-22 +, 1933
Society of Illustrators
May 3-Oct. 1 +, 1933
Members' Exhibition of Small Paintings and Sculpture
Jan. 3-27 +, 1934
Members' Annual Exhibition
Jan. 31-Mar. 2 +, 1934
Memorial Exhibition of a Group of Former Painter and Sculptor Members: Max Bohm, Emil Carlsen, Charles Hawthorne, Robert Henri, Karl Bitter, Solon Borglum, Daniel Chester French, Edmund Quinn
Mar. 7-29 +, 1934
Junior Artist Members
Apr. 4-27 +, 1934
Society of Illustrators, Thirty-second Annual Exhibition
May 2-June 28 +, 1934
Members' Exhibition of Small Paintings and Sculpture (N552:69-71; N134:491-494)
Nov.-Dec., 1934
Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of the Society of American Etchers (formerly The Brooklyn Society of Etchers) (N552:49-65)
undated
Twenty-ninth Annual Exhibition of Fifty Books of the Year
Jan. 9-Feb. 1 +, 1935
Members' Exhibition (N552:22-24)
Feb. 6-Mar. 2 +, 1935
Members' No Jury Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture (N552:72-74)
Mar. 6-29 +, 1935
Junior Artist Members (N552:75-77)
Apr. 3-27 +, 1935
Loan Exhibition of Works of Art owned by Artist Members (N552:84-96)
undated
Thirtieth Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
undated
Twentieth Annual Exhibition of the Society of American Etchers
Jan. 8-31 +, 1936
Members' Annual Exhibition (M552:25-27)
Mar. 4-27 +, 1936
Junior Artist Members (N552:78-80)
Apr. 1-May 1 x +, 1936
Exhibition of Neighboring Art Organizations (N552:92-94)
Spring +, 1936
First Annual Exhibition of Pictorial Photography by the Pictorial Forum (N552:87-91)
1936
Thirty-first Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
undated
Twenty-first Annual Exhibition of the Society of American Etchers
Jan. 6-29 +, 1937
Members' Annual Exhibition
Mar. 3-26 +, 1937
Exhibition by the Younger Artists Group (N134:495-497)
Mar. 31-Apr. 27 +, 1937
Second Exhibition of Neighboring Art Organizations (N552:95-97)
Nov. *, 1937
Thirty-second Annual Exhibition of Books of the Year
Dec. 8-25 +, 1937
Members' Exhibition of Smaller Paintings and Black and Whites (N552:110-112)
Jan. 12-27, 1938
Exhibition of Former Painter and Sculptor Members (N552:113-115)
Mar. 14-Apr. 2 +, 1938
Third Exhibition of Neighboring Art Organizations (N552:98-100)
Apr. 6-20 +, 1938
Younger Artists Group Exhibition (N552:107-109)
Jan. 12-27 x +, 1939
Memorial Exhibition of the Work of a Group of Former Painter and Sculptor Members (N134:498-499)
Feb. 1-25 +, 1939
Members' Exhibition (N552:28-30)
Mar. 1-31 +, 1939
Exhibition of Flower Paintings (N552:116-118; N134:500-502)
Mar. 3-26, 1939
Younger Artists Group (N552:104-106)
Apr. 5-21 +, 1939
Fourth Annual Exhibition of Neighboring Art Organizations (N552:101-103)
May 10-24 +, 1939
Annual Junior Members' Exhibition (N552:81-83; N134:503-505)
June-Oct. +, 1939
Selected Works by Deceased Artists from the National Arts Club Permanent Collection (N552:119-121; N134:506-508)
Oct. 18-28 +, 1939
Special Exhibition of Paintings by Junior Members
Dec. 4-25 +, 1939
Christmas Sale of Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, and Sculpture by Junior Members
Jan. 3-19 +, 1940
Members' Annual Exhibition
Jan. 24-Feb. 9 +, 1940
Distinguished Exhibition of the Work of Living American Painters, Non-Members
Feb. 14-29 +, 1940
Exhibition and Sale of Ceramics (N134:511-513)
Mar. 19-29, 1940
Fontainebleau Alumni Exhibition
Apr. 3-19 +, 1940
Annual Junior Members' Exhibition
Apr. 24-May 3 +, 1940
Flower and Still Life Paintings
May 8-June 1, 1940
Special Exhibition of Water Colors, Architectural Renderings, Type Compositions, and Color Reproductions by Edwin Hooper Denby, A.I.A., S.A.D.G. (N443:779-780; N134:509-510)
Dec. +, 1940
Twenty-fifth Annual Exhibition of the Society of American Etchers
Feb. 4-Mar. 1, 1942
Exhibition of Paintings by Artists of the United Nations (N134:512-518)
June 12-Sept. 30, 1942
Members' Summer Exhibition (N134:519)
Dec. 16-Jan. 22, 1942
Exhibition of Chinese and Indian Art (N134:520)
Mar. 31-, 1943
Exhibition of Junior Members (N134:521)
July 1-Sept. 30, 1943
Summer Exhibition of Smaller Paintings by Members (N134:522)
Feb. 17-Mar. 15, 1944
Exhibition of Studies by American Masters (N134:523)
Oct. 5-27, 1944
Exhibition of Enlarged Photographs of American Patriots as Seen in Sculpture (N134:523)
Jan. 10-Feb. 9 x, 1945
Members' Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Dec. 22-Jan. 4, 1945
Seventh Annual Exhibition of the American Veterans Society of Artists, Inc. (N134:527-540)
May 21-30, 1946
The Traphagen School Exhibition of Costume Design, Illustrating the Development of American Fashion (N134:526)
Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1947
Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Paintings (N134:541)
Apr. 20-May 2, 1947
Junior Members' Exhibition
Dec. 10-24, 1947
Ninth Annual Exhibition of American Veterans Society of Artists, Inc. (N121:721-733)
Feb. 23-Mar. 6, 1948
Forty-seventh Annual Exhibition of the New York Society of Ceramic Arts (N134:543)
Mar. 9-21, 1948
Annual Exhibition of Junior Members (N134:543)
Apr. 8-May 30, 1948
Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members, Past and Present (N134:543)
June 10-Sept., 1948
Members' Summer Exhibition (N134:544)
Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 1949
Fifty-first Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members and Guest Artists (N134:544)
Mar. 14-31, 1949
Exhibition by Members of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (N134:545)
May 5-Sept. 15, 1949
Members' Summer Exhibition (N134:546)
Oct. 15-Nov. 4, 1949
Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Photo-Engravers Society
Jan. 4-Feb. 1, 1950
Fifty-second Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Members and Guest Artists (N134:546-548 and 550)
Jan. 28-Feb. 19, 1950
Eighty-third Annual Exhibition of the American Water Color Society (N134:549)
Feb. 8-23, 1950
Exhibition of Creative Art Associates (N134:549)
Mar. 16-Apr. 2, 1950
Exhibition of Room Interiors Especially Designed by Members of the American Institute of Decorators, in collaboration with Members of the National Society of Mural Painters (N134:551)
May 7-28, 1950
Active Members' Exhibition (N134:551-554)
June 28-Sept. 15, 1950
Members' Summer Exhibition (N134:555)
Feb. 26-Mar. 17 x, 1951
Paul Mommen
Mar. 24-Apr. 19, 1951
Exhibition of Paintings by Non-Members (N134:558-559)
May 5-31, 1951
Spring Water Color Exhibition (N134:560)
June 6-, 1951
Group Exhibition by Distinguished Artist Members: Gifford Beal, Louis Betts, Charles Clapman, Walter Farndon, Albert Groll, Eugene Higgins, Leon Kroll, Van Dearing Perrine, Keith Shaw Williams
Jan. 6-30, 1952
Fifty-fourth Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Members and Guest Artists (D176:917-919; N134:561)
Feb. 9-28, 1952
Annual Water Color Exhibition (N134:562)
Mar. 9-27, 1952
Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Distinguished American Artists (N134:572)
Jan. 4-18, 1953
Fifty-fifth Annual Exhibition by Painter and Sculptor Members and Guest Artists (N134:563)
Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 1953
Annual Water Color Exhibition (N134:564)
Feb. 15-Mar. 1, 1953
Open Exhibition of Oil Paintings (N134:565-568)
Mar. *, 1953
Art of Indonesia
May 3-24, 1953
Members' Exhibition of Smaller Paintings in Oil (N134:569-571)
Nov. 1-14, 1954
The American Artists Professional League, American Art Week (N121:258-259)
Oct. 2-19, 1955
Open Water Color Exhibition
Jan. 8-22 x, 1956
Fifty-eighth Annual Exhibition by Painter and Sculptor Members and Guest Artists (N134:573-575)
June 17-Sept. 7 x, 1956
Members' Summer Exhibition
Sept. 24-Oct. 8 x, 1956
James H. Walsh
Oct. 28-Nov. 10 x, 1956
Small Picture Exhibition by Members and Guests
Nov. 16-30 x, 1956
August Benziger
Dec. 5-22 *, 1956
Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition of Books of the Year
Jan. 6-27, 1957
Fifty-ninth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members and Guest Artists
Feb. 1-15, 1957
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Sixtieth Annual Exhibition (N134:576-577)
Sept. * x, 1957
International Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Jan. 10-24 x, 1958
Sixtieth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members and Guest Artists
May 21-31 x, 1958
Water Color and Graphic Arts Exhibition by Members and Non-Members
Oct. 17-31 x, 1958
Twelfth Annual Exhibition of the Photo-Engravers Society
Nov. 22-Dec. 3 x, 1958
Metropolitan Young Artists Show
Jan. 11-26 x, 1959
Sixty-first Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members and Guest Artists
Dec. 9-Jan. 7 x, 1959
Metropolitan Young Artists Show
Jan. 15-28 x, 1960
Sixty-second Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members and Guest Artists
Apr. 18-May 1, 1960
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Flower Painting Exhibition and Sale (D176:1128-1129)
June 8-29 x, 1960
Summer Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Members
undated
* Arts and Crafts Exhibitions
undated
* x Annual Exhibitions of Books of the Year
undated
* Ceramic Art Exhibition
undated
x Water-Oils by Charles S. Chapman, N.A.
undated
x Fine Art of the Caribbean
undated
x Painters of the United States, 1720-1920, from the Permanent Collection of the Fine Arts Department, International Business Machines Corp.
undated
* Pottery Exhibition
undated
* Traveling Exhibition of Enlarged Photographs of Sculpture and Spring Exhibition of Small Sculpture by Members of the National Sculpture Society
undated
* Exhibition of Small Sculpture
undated
x Modern Tapestries from Vienna
undated
x Annual Open Water Color Exhibition
undated
x Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Flower Paintings Exhibition and Sale
undated
* Unidentified exhibition installations

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Related Material
These citations were compiled from Art Index, 1929-1960; The New York Times Index, 1898-1960; Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1898-1906; Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, 1898-1899; and Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, 1900-1960, using the format employed in Art Index. Citations are presented in chronological order, as it is anticipated that most researchers consulting the National Arts Club Records will be interested in a specific event or era in the Club's history, or are apt to be researching artists whose National Arts Club affiliation or exhibition activities were confined to a particular period.
  • 1898
  • National Art Club. Harpers Weekly 42:329, April 2.
  • 1899
  • Club to advance art industries. Critic 34:349-51, April.
  • National Arts Club organized. New York Times (7-2), 29-288-2, April 26.
  • 1909
  • Position as a factor in the encouragement of the fine arts. G. Teall. Craftsman 15:604-13, February.
  • Club officials rule a member may take a process server into club as a guest to serve papers on fellow member, case of R.S. Perrin vs. D. Whipple. New York Times 7:3, June 29.
  • 1913
  • Lecture of Prof. Eucken on Art and Morality. New York Times 9:3, March 1.
  • Offers prize to member who writes best manuscript on "A Critical Estimate of the Altman Collection." New York Times 12:7, November 8.
  • Annual exhibition of Books of the Year; organization of American Institute of Graphic Arts planned. New York Times 9:3, November 13.
  • 1914
  • Alexander de Yourevitch has visited Russian political exiles as agent from the Czar; arranges for Russian trade exhibit in New York; National Arts Club has agreed to cooperate. New York Times 20:2, March 27.
  • Dinner in honor of Shakespeare celebration, address by Henry Clews. New York Times 13:2, April 24.
  • Farewell dinner to Karl Vollmoeller and George Sylvester Viereck at National Arts Club by Alfred Rau. New York Times III, 7:3, May 7.
  • Exhibition of Books of the Year (editorial). New York Times VI, 514:2, November 22.
  • 1915
  • Awards announced. New York Times 10:1, January 7.
  • Paintings exhibition. New York Times V, 11:13, January 10.
  • Poster exhibition. New York Times III, 2:5, March 28.
  • Thanksgiving dinner to east side waifs. New York Times 11:1, November 26.
  • 1917
  • Annual exhibition; Gold Medal and $1000 prize awarded to Ben Foster. New York Times 10:6, January 4.
  • Memorial services for W.B. Howland. New York Times 7:3, March 3.
  • Offers prizes for best patriotic medal, poem, and song. New York Times 9:14, April 6.
  • Offers prizes to promote expression of American patriotism in art. New York Times IV, 13:2, April 15.
  • H.A.W. Wood speaks at distribution of prizes. New York Times 11:3, May 31.
  • "Road to France," $500 prize offered for appropriate music. New York Times 13:2, June 9.
  • American Artists' War Emergency Fund Committee announces that art stamp will be sold to aid artists reduced in circumstances through the war. New York Times 13:6, July 10.
  • Offers prize of $500 for best musical setting for D.M. Henderson's "The Road to France." New York Times VIII, 9:3, August 12.
  • Prize for music for war song by D.M. Henderson is awarded to Signe Lund. New York Times 13:3, November 1.
  • 1919
  • Annual books exhibition. New York Times VIII, 686:1, November 23.
  • 1921
  • Comment on suggestion by G. Bellows that proposed members should possess some work by living American artist. New York Times III, 20:3, February 6.
  • Elects governors. New York Times 9:2, April 13.
  • 1922
  • Awards Agar prize to Christine Herter. New York Times 16:7, April 7.
  • Address by Ann Martin. New York Times 4:3, August 3.
  • 1923
  • Annual exhibition of books; I. Zangwill speaks; protest by member. New York Times 6:1, November 8.
  • 1924
  • Prize winners of annual exhibition. New York Times 4:15, January 10.
  • Honors J.G. Agar at dinner. New York Times 6:2, February 26.
  • 1925
  • Mural panels of Old NY used for New Year's fete to be put on exhibition. New York Times 29:1, January 4.
  • Announces prize winners at Members' Annual Exhibition. New York Times VIII, 11:2, January 18.
  • Murals depicting history of NYC, painted for New Years' ball, to be given to Museum of the City of New York. New York Times 25:4, February 3.
  • Exhibition of lithographs, woodcuts, and linoleum prints. New York Times VIII, 11:13, April 12.
  • 1926
  • Exhibition. New York Times 4:5, January 14.
  • Exhibition. New York Times 17:3, April 8.
  • Exhibition of photographs of recent buildings. New York Times VIII, 12:6, April 18.
  • 15th century books brought from Germany by Dr. Otto H.F. Vollbehr on exhibition at the National Arts Club. New York Times 6:6, August 24.
  • 15th century Book of Hours, worth $15,000, stolen from exhibition at National Arts Club. New York Times 1:2, August 26.
  • Feature article on exhibition. New York Times IV, 15:1, August 29.
  • Book of Hours mysteriously returned to Vollbehr by E.M. Garlock, attorney, acting for unnamed client who claims to have bought book from stranger. New York Times 19:1, September 12.
  • Editorial on return of book. New York Times 20:4, September 13.
  • 21st annual book exhibit; addresses. New York Times 28:3, November 4.
  • History in connection with 20th anniversary celebration. New York Times VIII,18:6, November 7.
  • 1927
  • New Year's Eve costume ball. New York Times 15:3, January 1.
  • Exhibition of American paintings. New York Times 25:5, March 3.
  • Exhibition of etchings. New York Times IX, 10:4, December 11.
  • 1928
  • Exhibits. New York Times 30:2, January 12; New York Times IX, 13:2, January 29.
  • Awards in small painting exhibition. New York Times 27:2, February 10.
  • Exhibit. New York Times VIII, 15:3, February 12.
  • First exhibition of decorative arts. New York Times 28:4, March 15; New York Times IX, 15:4, March 18.
  • Exhibition. New York Times IX, 15:2, April 15.
  • 1929
  • J. Lie, P. Manship, and C. Beach win prizes. New York Times 25:3, January 11.
  • Annual members' exhibition. New York Times X, 18:4, January 27.
  • Exhibition of crafts. New York Times X, 15:6, December 8.
  • Prize awarded to D.C. Nisbet. New York Times 23:5, December 29.
  • 1930
  • Arts Club prizes announced. Art News 28:21, January 4.
  • Annual exhibition of painting and sculpture. New York Times VIII, 13:3, January 19.
  • Seventh annual exhibition. New York Times VIII, 13:1, February 16.
  • Annual junior art show. New York Times 3:5, March 15; New York Times X, 19:3, March 16.
  • Exhibition of prints by living American etchers. New York Times X, 18:1, December 14.
  • 1931
  • New York season; Living American Etchers. Art Digest 5:14, January 1.
  • M. Gregg Memorial Prize awarded to I.G. Olinsky; medal to H.W. Watrous. New York Times 34:6, January 10.
  • Exhibitions. New York Times VIII, 12:7, February 22.
  • Exhibition of Junior Artist Members. New York Times IX, 13:4, March 15.
  • Hold exhibition of portraits and other objects relating to history of Gramercy Park. New York Times II, 1:7 and 18:4, May 3.
  • Annual exhibition of paintings by members. New York Times 30:6, June 4.
  • Awards to R.D. Bowden $3000 prize, offered by J.G. Agar for best book on "The Soul of America." New York Times 20:6, June 8.
  • 1932
  • Annual exhibition of work by painter and sculptor members; prizes announced. New York Times 27:7, January 7.
  • Art Club prizes. Art Digest 6:10, January 15.
  • Forum on development of art talent in young artists. New York Times 13:8, January 18.
  • Arts Club prizes. Art News 30:20, January 23.
  • Opening. New York Times 16:7, February 4.
  • Prizes awarded to junior artists. New York Times 19:2, March 8.
  • Art auction totals $600. New York Times 19:5, April 14.
  • Members' exhibition of small paintings. New York Times 16:6, May 5.
  • National Arts Club book exhibition. E. Yost. Publishers Weekly 122:2382-3, December 31.
  • 1933
  • R. Nickerson, new member, wins medal at annual painting and sculpture show; other awards. New York Times 18:2, January 5.
  • Annual members' exhibition. New York Times 13:2, January 13; New York Times IX, 12:6, January 15.
  • National Arts club prizes. Art Digest 7:15, January 15; Art News 31:7, January 28 Celebrates 119th birthday of S.J. Tilden. New York Times 17:6, February 8.
  • Exhibition by junior artist members. New York Times 15:2, March 2.
  • 1934
  • Prizes for annual members' show announced. New York Times IX, 12:3, January 14.
  • Annual dinner. New York Times 17:4, January 18.
  • Prizes. Art Digest February 1, 8:19; Art Digest 8:13, May 15.
  • Memorial exhibition of eight of its deceased painter and sculptor members. New York Times IX, 12:6, February 4.
  • Junior members exhibit. New York Times 17:1, March 8; New York Times IX, 9:7, March 18; Prizes awarded. New York Times 22:8, March 22.
  • Annual members' show. New York Times 17:2, May 3; Awards, New York Times 21:1, May 8; New York Times IX, 7:7, May 13.
  • Awards given by Arts Club. Art News 32:4, June 2.
  • Rare book exhibition planned. New York Times 19:4, September 18; Exhibition. New York Times 17:1, September 19.
  • 1935
  • Annual exhibition of members' work opened. New York Times 17:5, January 10; New York Times 9:3, January 14.
  • Annual dinner; awards. New York Times 20:7, January 17.
  • Stag dinner; portrait of Victoria replaces painting of nude. New York Times 23:4, February 1.
  • Prizes, annual exhibition of painting and sculpture. Art Digest 9:21, February 1.
  • Members' annual exhibition. New York Times 18:2, February 8; New York Times VIII, 9:6, February 17.
  • Annual exhibition by junior artists. New York Times 18:5, March 9.
  • Arts Club plans a large bazaar. Art News 33:10, August 17.
  • Series of articles on traditions of club being written. New York Times II, 7:1, October 6.
  • Plans for annual book week. New York Times II and III, 8:5, October 13; exhibitors to be entertained by J.R. Gregg, president. New York Times 19:2, October 30.
  • To award two trips to Europe for mural decoration. New York Times 26:7, November 1; New York Times 19:5, November 14.
  • To hold "At Home" tea. New York Times II, 8:2, December 8.
  • Dinner. New York Times 14:8, December 11.
  • 1936
  • Annual members' exhibition. New York Times 19:6, January 9; New York Times 13:8, January 11; New York Times IX, 10:1, January 19.
  • Exhibition of modern textbooks. New York Times 17:7, February 6.
  • Announces winners of trips to Europe. New York Times 21:2, February 11.
  • Exhibition by neighboring organizations. New York Times IX, 8:1, April 12.
  • Summer exhibit from permanent collection. New York Times IX, 7:4, June 21.
  • Exhibition of contemporary books; authors' night. New York Times VI, 9:2, November 8.
  • Plans for children's matinee at annual book exhibition. New York Times VI, 7:2, November 8.
  • Women's open table plans dinner. New York Times 16:4, November 23.
  • Exhibition of Society of American Etchers. New York Times XII, 9:2, November 29.
  • 1937
  • Awards at members' exhibit. New York Times 24:3, January 27.
  • Exhibitions sponsored by Society of American Etchers. New York Times 21:3, February 3; New York Times X, 9:7, February 7.
  • Women's committee holds drama dinner. New York Times 13:1, February 15.
  • R.D. Kohn speaks, New York Times 25:7, March 11.
  • Jr. artists group exhibit. New York Times IX, 10:1, March 14; Awards. New York Times 23:6, March 25.
  • Photographic exhibition. New York Times X, 10:2, May 16.
  • Officers elected. New York Times 19:1, May 20.
  • H. Hamilton exhibit. New York Times IX, 6:7, September 26.
  • Book of the year exhibit. New York Times 23:6, November 4; New York Times VI, 4:3, November 28.
  • Mr. H.P. Crine elected life member. New York Times 9:1, November 28.
  • Members' exhibit. New York Times 28:3, December 9.
  • 1938
  • Women's Open Table plans. New York Times 11:2, January 17.
  • Members' annual exhibit. New York Times, January 18 26:2; New York Times IX,9:3, January 23; Awards. New York Times 22:2, January 27.
  • Members studio receptions planned. New York Times VI, 2:7, January 30.
  • Dinner honoring Dr. W. Damrosch. New York Times 12:5, March 7.
  • Exhibit by art groups near NYC. New York Times 20:8, March 28.
  • Group show. New York Times X, 8:2, April 17.
  • Viennese ball. New York Times 22:6, April 21.
  • J.F. Talcott elected president; D.E. Waid executive committee chairman. New York Times 21:6, November 19.
  • Victorian ball. New York Times 18:1, December 17.
  • 1939
  • Members' memorial exhibit. New York Times 15:1, January 13; New York Times IX, 9:2, January 22.
  • Members' painting and sculpture exhibit. New York Times IX, 9:2, February 5.
  • Jr. Members' lecture. New York Times 10:2, February 6.
  • Painting exhibit. New York Times 18:1, March 1; New York Times X, 10:2, March 5.
  • Jr. Members party planned. New York Times 50:3, March 5.
  • Exhibit of neighboring art organizations. New York Times 13:2, April 17.
  • Wild West party planned to benefit Jr. Members Scholarship Fund; to close 40th anniversary celebration. New York Times II, 2:8, April 23; New York Times II, 3:1, April 30.
  • Jr. Members plan New Year's Eve Olympian Ball. New York Times 30:2, December 19; New York Times II, 1:2, December 31.
  • 1940
  • Art by deceased life members to be sold. New York Times 17:2, January 5.
  • Group show; awards. New York Times 21:2, January 11.
  • Group show. New York Times 24:2, January 24; New York Times IX, 9:2, January 28.
  • Non-members exhibition. Art News 38:15, February 3.
  • Exhibits: ceramics. New York Times 17:4, February 16; Ceramics and flowers. New York Times 15:5, February 19; Ceramics. New York Times II, 5:2, February 25; Exhibits: Jr. members. New York Times IX, 10:2, April 14; Group show awards. New York Times 21: 5, April 25.
  • Pan-American Ball held. New York Times 21:5, April 20.
  • Fund campaign for refugee artists started. New York Times 8:2, July 31.
  • Establishes artist refugee fund. New York Times 19:1, August 1.
  • Benefit exhibit plans. New York Times 20:8, October 2; Exhibit. New York Times IX, 5:4, October 6.
  • County fair planned. New York Times II, 3:3, October 6.
  • Refugee artists show their work. Art News 39:10, October 12.
  • Annual book exhibit opens. New York Times 3:5, November 3.
  • Testimonial luncheon for foreign authors in U.S. New York Times 45:2, November 10.
  • National Arts Club dramatizes books at the 35th annual new books of the year exhibition. Publishers Weekly 138:2046, November 30.
  • 1941
  • Annual members' exhibit. New York Times 24:8, January 10; Comment. New York Times IX, 9:2, January 12; Awards. New York Times 24:6, January 23.
  • Annual prizes. Art Digest 15:13, February 1.
  • Benefits concerts planned. New York Times 39:1, February 23; New York Times 20:7, March 28.
  • Annual exhibit awards. New York Times 28:3, March 11; Comment. New York Times I, 10:3, March 16.
  • Group shows. New York Times IX, 10:1, March 30; New York Times IX, 8:2, May 25; New York Times X, 13:5, May 25; New York Times IX, 7:5, June 15.
  • Book exhibit. New York Times 1:6,November 9.
  • 1942
  • Group show. New York Times X, 10:1, January 18.
  • Group show. New York Times 14:4, February 4; Private preview. New York Times 15:4, February 5; Comment. New York Times IX, 9:6, February 8.
  • Jr. members to honor servicemen at Hallowe'en party. New York Times 16:3, October 30.
  • 37th annual show of new books. Publishers Weekly 142:2044, November 14.
  • To sponsor Chinese and Indian art exhibit in NYC. New York Times VIII, 9:1, December 13; Exhibit. New York Times 42:5, December 17.
  • 1945
  • Holds Xmas fair. New York Times 13:3, November 16.
  • 1946
  • Contemporary American painting exhibit planned. New York Times 23:6, February 20.
  • Jr. members and young non-members exhibition. Art News 45:67, May.
  • Annual book show plans. New York Times 21:2, November 1; Show, W.L. Laurence speaks. New York Times 13:1, November 12.
  • Annual book show. Publishers Weekly 150:2731, 2718, November 9.
  • Packaging the book. P. Boswell. Art Digest 21:3, November 15.
  • Choosing best book jackets, 41st annual book show. Art News 45:8, December.
  • 1947
  • Preview exhibit. New York Times 21:5, January 9.
  • Forming symphony orchestra. New York Times 27:1, September 19.
  • 1948
  • Ninth annual exhibition of American Veterans Society of Artists. Art Digest 22:19, January 1.
  • Conservatives score at the 50th annual exhibition of painting and sculpture. Art Digest 22:17, February 1.
  • Fiftieth annual exhibition. Art News 47:49, March.
  • Book fair opens in NYC. New York Times 30:7, December 9.
  • 1949
  • Summer annual. Art Digest 23:14, August.
  • Dinner honors Mrs. F.D. Roosevelt. New York Times 39:5, October 11.
  • 1950
  • Fifty-second annual exhibition of oils and sculptures. Art Digest 24:12, January 15.
  • Members' summer exhibition. Art Digest 24:18, August.
  • Fair plans. New York Times 44:8, November 1.
  • 1951
  • Members-guests annual. New York Times II, 19:1, January 14.
  • 53rd Annual Exhibition. Art Digest 25:18, January 15; Art News 49:47, February.
  • Non-members annual. New York Times 21:5, March 30.
  • Open competition for non-members. Art Digest 25:18, April 15.
  • Summer painting exhibition series opens. New York Times 42:8, June 7.
  • Members work. New York Times II, 6:4, June 17.
  • Summer exhibition. Art Digest 25:19, July.
  • 1952
  • Fifty-fourth annual exhibition. Art Digest 26:19, January 15; Art News 49:47, February.
  • Members and guests annual. New York Times 59:2, January 6; Awards. New York Times 16:2, January 17.
  • Watercolor annual; awards. New York Times 14:4, February 8; Art News 51:56, March.
  • Non-members painting annual; awards. New York Times 16:5, March 10; New York Times 27:3, March 13.
  • Small pictures by members; awards. New York Times 25:5, April 9.
  • Exhibition of small oils. Art Digest 26:18-19, April 15; Art News 49:47, February.
  • 1953
  • Theatre in an art gallery. A. Scheff. Theatre Arts 37:92, January.
  • Members-guests annual; awards. New York Times II, 11:2, January 11.
  • Non-members painting annual; awards. New York Times 21:5., February 19.
  • Members work; awards. New York Times II, 13:2, May 10; New York Times II, 8:5, June 21.
  • 1954
  • Painting and sculpture annual by members and guests. New York Times 25:5, January 26.
  • Fifty-sixth annual exhibition. Arts Digest 28:17, February 1.
  • Members and non-members annual; contemporary watercolors; awards. New York Times 27:5, February 11; Review. New York Times II, 14:2, February 14.
  • Grand national annual members' competition. Art News 53:63, May.
  • 1955
  • Painting and sculpture annual; awards. New York Times 23:1, January 12.
  • Fifty-sixth annual exhibition. Arts Digest 28:17, February 1.
  • Paintings annual; awards. New York Times 18:4, March 1.
  • Annual exhibition of American oil paintings. Art Digest 29:26, March 15.
  • Poet P. MacKaye honored on 80th birthday. New York Times 28:2, March 16.
  • 1957
  • Arts Club honors Neuman; WNYC. C. Durgin. Musical America 77:12, April.
  • Art Clubs of America. Artist 53:67, June.
  • 1958
  • At founding [sixtieth anniversary]. New York Times 49:2, November 27.
  • First annual metropolitan young artists show; awards. New York Times 49:2, November 27
  • 1959
  • Stadium Concerts founder Mrs. C.S. Guggenheimer gets scroll from Mayor Wagner and National Arts Club medal. New York Times 9:2, March 12.
  • 1960
  • Tenor competition awards. New York Times 47:8, November 15.

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