Archives of American Art

Union League of Philadelphia Art Association records

Collection ID:
Union League of Philadelphia. Art Association
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
(on partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Book of minutes; notebook, "List of articles loaned to the Union League" (commonly known as [James] Claghorn's notebook) contains titles, owners, and insurance values for art works; printed materials, consisting of Art Reception exhibition catalogs, printed circulars, annual reports, tickets and invitations, "Catalogue for the Exhibition of Pictures of Scenes of the Lehigh Valley Railroad," catalog for the Art Association collection, circulars for the purchase of a painting "Soir d'Ete" by Daniel Ridgway Knight, description of a painting "Honorable Mention" by E.L. Weeks, and notices of a 1903 painting of Abraham Lincoln by George B. Ayers; and letters regarding a portrait by Edwin Benson.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art association affiliated with the Union League; Philadelphia, Pa. Union League was founded 1862. The Art Association was established shortly thereafter to maintain and sponsor exhibitions of the League's art collection. During the 1870's, the Art Association sponsored several Art Receptions which were important events in Philadelphia, attracting the participation of artists and art collectors.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3580 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Existence and Location of Originals
ORIGINALS IN: Union League of Philadelphia.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
All records were filmed except for membership applications and specific information about individual members of the Union League, which are not open to researchers.

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

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- History -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Exhibitions -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Knight, Ridgway, 1839-1924 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Claghorn, James Lawrence, 1817-1884 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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