Archives of American Art

The Club records kept by Philip Pavia

Collection ID:
Pavia, Philip, 1915-2005
Club (New York, N.Y.)
Physical Description:
64 Items
(on partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Several notebooks kept by Pavia, recording charter and voting members, dues collected, expenses, payments, and prospective and scheduled speakers for lectures and panel discussions. Scattered throughout are addresses and telephone numbers, notes and a few sketches. Also included are ca. 30 postcard announcements for Wednesday and Friday night panel discussions, lectures, parties, and other events; and a printed announcement, Feb. 8, 1965, for the special issue of Pavia's publication, It Is; A Magazine for Abstract Art, to publish conversations recorded at the Waldorf Panel on Sculpture, 1965.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Philip Pavia, a sculptor, New York, N.Y. Born 1912. Died 2005. Pavia attended the Beaux Arts School, 1930, the Art Students League, 1931-1933, and traveled and studied in Europe from 1931-1937. In 1948 he founded The Club, a group devoted to discussion of modern art. Pavia was the group's driving force, organizing and leading Wednesday and Friday night lectures and members-only panel conversations and other events at the 39 E. 8th St. location. In 1958 he founded and edited the publication It Is: A Magazine For Abstract Art as an extension of the Club's role in exchanging ideas.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel D176 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to Philip Pavia after microfilming. According to the archivist at Emory University, which received Pavia's papers as the Philip Pavia and Natalie Edgar Archive through purchase in 2004, the notebooks were not part of the collection and are considered lost.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1965 by Phillip Pavia.

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 Philip Pavia and Natalie Edgar Archive located at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University. Finding aid available at:

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