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

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-047

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1871-1914


Conditions Governing Access

Access is through microfilm (FHL Film Org-L)

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Biographical / Historical

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.


0.21 linear ft. (1 box (3 folders))

Language of Materials



The Ladies Art Association was founded in New York City in 1867, and its members were involved in studio art and art education. Many of its members and officers were Quakers. The collection contains the Association's constitution, publicity materials, correspondence (1887-1914), and other records.


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

  1. Constitution
  2. Publicity
  3. Correspondence

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Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alice Donlevy, ca. 1945

Existence and Location of Copies

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

Available on microfilm in the library: Org-L

An Inventory of the Ladies Art Association (New York, N.Y.) Records, 1871-1914
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