John Taylor Arms papers
Scope and Contents
The John Taylor Arms papers hold both Arms’ personal and artistic records along with records of organizations and projects in which he was involved. The collection, which ranges from 1910-1952, is comprised of binders with written materials, photographs, academic notebooks, agendas, an address book, sketchbooks, journals and scrapbooks. The John Taylor Arms papers sheds light on the career of the architect and printmaker, regarded during the first half of the 20th century as one of the most eloquent exponents of the graphic arts.
The collection is divided between “Personal and Artistic Records,” and “Records of Organizations and Projects.”
“Personal and Artistic Records” contains the personal appointment calendars, an address book, consignment records, travel diaries, travel sketchbooks, and technical notes and records of John Taylor Arms. Additionally, it contains technical notes and records written by others, Arms’ family photos, and a scrapbook of Christmas cards sent to Arms. “Records of Organizations and Projects” contains meeting minutes of the Art Associate Representatives for the New York World’s Fair, materials related to the Society of American Etchers, exhibition catalogs of the National Academy, and materials related to Artists for Victory.
John Taylor Arms was an influential architect and printmaker during the first half of the twentieth century. The materials within the collection would benefit those interested in John Taylor Arms, printmaking and etching during the first half of the 20th century, and artist organizations such as the National Academy, the Society of American Etchers, and Artists for Victory.
- 1914 - 1952
- Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953 (Person)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
This collection is open for research
Copyright and Rights Information
The John Taylor Arms papers are the physcial property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors' heirs and assigns.
Biographical / Historical
John Taylor Arms was an architect and printmaker, regarded during the first half of the 20th century as one of the most eloquent exponents of the graphic arts. He studied architecture at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, graduating in 1914. His artwork focused on buildings and cityscapes, both in New York and in Europe. His etchings, aquatints, and lithographs can be found in many of the major museums of the world. He was a member of many printmaking societies, serving as president of the American Society of Graphic Artists. Arms was also involved with several organizations including the Society of American Etchers, the National Academy, and Artists for Victory.
2.5 Linear Feet (2 cartons)
The John Taylor Arms papers holds both JTA's personal and artistic records along with records of organizations and projects that he was involved in. Personal and artistic records include: calendars, consignment records, travel diaries, travel sketchbooks, technical notes and records, family photographs and a scrapbook of Christmas cards. The material from organizations and projects includes: meeting minutes, exhibition catalogs and scrapbooks of newspaper articles.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
At the time of his death in Woodstock, Vermont, his neighbors Ward and Mariam Coffin Canaday acquired his papers, which Mrs. Canaday subsequently donated to Bryn Mawr.
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