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ARTISTS LEAGUE OF GREAT BRITAIN

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4054
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: ARTISTS LEAGUE OF GREAT BRITAIN
Date(s): 1909-1987
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.44 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Artists League of Great Britain x Imperial Arts League

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Artists League of Great Britain was founded in 1909 as The Imperial Arts League. Its purpose was to "protect and promote the interests of Artists and to inform, advise and assist Artists, who have enrolled as members, in matters of business connected with the practice of the Arts."

These 'business matters' included copyright, contracts, reproduction rights, export problems and insurance. The League was directed by a council of experienced Artists who gave their services on a voluntary basis.

In 1971 the Imperial Arts League changed its name to The Artists League of Great Britain.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Artists League of Great Britain, formerly the Imperial Arts League. The records relate mainly to the administration of the league. The earliest material are the council minutes from 1909. There are also files of individual members; especially interesting is the file of Sydney Cockerell, bookbinder, which includes samples of hand made end-papers. Also of interest are the subject files on sketching and painting in war time (1915-1942) and a file of newspaper cuttings (1939-1940) concerning exhibitions and bequests during the war.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into the following groups:
Administration LMA/4054/A;
Finance LMA/4054/B;
Correspondence LMA/4054/C;
Members Records LMA/4054/D;
Printed Material/Ephemera LMA/4054/E.

Conditions governing access:

The records are open and available for consultation.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in July 1998.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further records of the Artists League of Great Britain may be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum Archive of Art and Design.


Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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