Salmagundi Club

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Art club at 47 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y.

From the description of Salmagundi Club exhibition catalogs, [ca. 1915]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122553241

Founded in 1879 in Louisville, Kentucky, the Salmagundi club was an all-male social and literary club devoted to conversation and the exchange of ideas. The club's constitution restricted membership to 24, with new members nominated by club members and elected by secret ballot. Members rotated responsibility for hosting meetings at which the host presented an essay on the topic of his choice. Topics ranged from parks to business practices to literature. As members of Louisville's elite, Salmagundians possessed the resources to put ideas they explored into practice. In 1887, Salmagundi joined with the Commercial Club of Louisville and was instrumental in creating the legislation that established the Louisville parks system.

From the description of Salmagundi Club Records, 1962-2004. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 233540703

Artists club; New York, N.Y.

Established 1871, incorporated 1880.

From the description of Salmagundi Club records, 1878-1947. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122545536

The Salmagundi Club was formed as the New York Sketch Club in 1871 by a group of artists and art patrons; it changed its name in tribute to the 19th century book of tales and miscellany published by Washington Irving. The club held its meetings and events in rented rooms at 14 West 12th Street from 1895 until 1917, when the club purchased its own brownstone at 47 Fifth Avenue.

Samuel T. Shaw (1861-1945) was the proprietor of the Grant Union Hotel, which was located on the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue, across from Grand Central Terminal, from 1874 until 1914. An art collector and patron of living artists, Shaw hung the hotel walls with his personal collection of works by American painters. He was closely associated with the Salmagundi Club, the Society of American Artists, and the National Academy of Design, and awarded cash prizes for the best picture at the annual exhibitions held by those institutions.

Shaw gave the "Shaw Prize" at the Salmagundi Club exhibits for fifty years, and would sponsor an annual dinner party of the artists in competition for that year's award. A commercial photographer was engaged to make a panoramic group portrait of the jovial and formally dressed painters at their dinner table. At the center of each photograph appear two easily identifiable men: the award-winning artist from the previous year (bedecked with a laurel head wreath), and their great patron, the bearded, white-haired (and usually unjacketed) Samuel T. Shaw, often sitting beneath the Club's portrait of Shaw by Wayman Adams.

From the guide to the Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection, 1898-1943, (© 2011 New-York Historical Society)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Shelton, W. H. (William Henry), 1840-1932?. William Henry Shelton autobiography, 1840-1890. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Salmagundi Club. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1899-1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940. F. Luis Mora papers, 1895-1969, bulk 1895-1922. Archives of American Art
creatorOf National Academy of Design (U.S.). National Academy of Design records, 1825-1925. Archives of American Art
creatorOf American Artists Professional League. American Artists Professional League records, 1928-1980. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wiles, Irving Ramsay, 1861-1948. Irving Ramsay Wiles papers, 1887-1935. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Durrett, Reuben T. (Reuben Thomas), 1824-1913. Reuben T. Durrett added papers, 1883-1910. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Evans, William T., 1843-1918. William T. Evans letters, 1842-1969. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection, 1898-1943 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Beach, Chester, 1881-1956. Chester Beach papers, 1885-1994. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bohm, Max, 1868-1923. Max Bohm papers, 1870-1970, bulk 1880-1959. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929. Culin Archival Collection Series 10: Organizations and memberships 1897-1928. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Salmagundi Club. Salmagundi Club Records, 1962-2004. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Beach, Chester, 1881-1956. Chester Beach papers, 1885-1994. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Auerbach-Levy, William, 1889-. Papers, 1917-1964. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Woodward, Stanley Wingate, 1890-1970. Stanley Woodward papers, 1875-1970 (bulk 1905-1970). Archives of American Art
creatorOf Salmagundi Club. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Shaw, Samuel T., 1861-1945. Samuel T. Shaw papers, 1905-1913, 1919-1943. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Manton, Edwin Alfred Grenville, 1909-2005. Records of Edwin Alfred Grenville Manton, 1927-2005. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn National Academy of Design (U.S.). Pamphlet collection, 1830-1981. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard, 1874-1960. Ernest Blumenschein papers, 1873-1964. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940. F. Luis Mora papers, 1899-1922. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Salmagundi Club. [A collection of printed information pertaining to the Salmagundi Club, New York, N.Y.]. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Beach, Chester, 1881-1956. Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Kelly, Emerson Crosby, 1899-. Emerson Crosby Kelly research material relating to J. Francis Murphy, 1761-1973. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Salmagundi Club. Salmagundi Club records, 1878-1947. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bohm, Max, 1868-1923. Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940. F. Luis Mora papers, 1895-1969, bulk 1895-1922. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Shelton, W. H. (William Henry), 1840-1932?. Autobiography, [192-]. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Salmagundi Club. Salmagundi Club exhibition catalogs, [ca. 1915]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Nordhausen, A. Henry, 1901-. A. Henry Nordhausen papers, 1919-1991. Archives of American Art
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associatedWith American Artists Professional League. corporateBody
associatedWith Auerbach-Levy, William, 1889- person
associatedWith Beach, Chester, 1881-1956. person
associatedWith Beal, Gifford, 1879-1956. person
associatedWith Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Bohm, Max, 1868-1923. person
associatedWith Cawood, Inc. person
associatedWith Century Flashlight Photographers, Inc. person
associatedWith Clay, Grady. person
associatedWith Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929. person
associatedWith Durrett, Reuben T. (Reuben Thomas), 1824-1913. person
associatedWith Evans, William T., 1843-1918. person
associatedWith Kelly, Emerson Crosby, 1899- person
associatedWith Krohn & Kollatz. person
associatedWith Lucas, Albert Pike. person
associatedWith Manton, Edwin Alfred Grenville, 1909-2005. person
associatedWith Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940. person
associatedWith National Academy of Design (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nordhausen, A. Henry, 1901- person
associatedWith Schlesinger Studio. person
associatedWith Shaw, Samuel T., 1861-1945. person
associatedWith Shelton, W. H. (William Henry), 1840-1932? person
associatedWith Standard Flashlight Company, Inc. person
associatedWith Thompson, J. A. person
associatedWith Wiles, Irving Ramsay, 1861-1948. person
associatedWith Woodward, Stanley Wingate, 1890-1970. person
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New York (State)--New York
Kentucky--Louisville
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
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Clubs--New York (State)--New York--Photographs
Clubs
Arts
Parks
Art--New York (State)--New York--Societies, etc.--Photographs
Artists
Dinners and dining--New York (State)--New York--Photographs
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Active 1925

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