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Ladies Art Association (New York, N.Y.)


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Overview and metadata sections

Founded in 1867 and incorporated in 1877, the Ladies Art Association of New York worked to promote the interests of women artists. At first the members met monthly. In 1872 the Association entered the field of education by offering art industrial training to teachers. In 1881 it established an art studio for women. While not a Quaker organization, many of its members and officers were Friends. These included Alice Donlevy, E.C. Fields, Gulielma Fields, Margarita Willets Harrison, and Jane Russell.

Printed and manuscript documents referring to the Association. The correspondence is primarily of Alice Donlevy, arranged chronologically. Her letter of 5/8/1914, gives a history of the organization and her part in it.

The collection is organized into 3 series. The series are:

  1. Constitution
  2. Publicity
  3. Correspondence

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Microfilmed in 1985 by the Smithsonian Institution (Archives of American Art, Philadelphia Project).

Available on microfilm in the library: Org-L

Gift of Alice Donlevy, ca. 1945

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Collection Inventory

Constitution, 1871.
Box 1 Folder 1

Printed material, 1876-1888.
Box 1 Box 2
Scope and Contents

Including list of members and a petition to the Congress of the State of New York for state aid, all arranged chronologically.

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1887-1914.
Box 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Handwritten correspondence primarily of Alice Donlevy arranged chronologically. Her letter of 5/8/1914, gives a history of the organization and her part in it.

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