Da Vinci Art Alliance records


Collection 3226

1933-1991
(4.0 Linear feet 4 linear feet, 8 boxes, )

Summary Information

Repository
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Creator
Da Vinci Art Alliance.
Title
Da Vinci Art Alliance records
ID
3226
Date
1933-1991
Extent
4.0 Linear feet 4 linear feet, 8 boxes,
Author
Finding aid prepared by Annie Halliday.
Sponsor
Processing made possible by a generous donation from the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Language
Italian
Abstract
The Da Vinci Art Alliance, originally named the Da Vinci Alliance, was founded in November of 1931, as an association of Italian-American artists. The alliance is still in operation today with its gallery and headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Membership to the alliance was originally restricted to only artists of Italian heritage. Following WWII the alliance became more fully integrated, accepting members of all ethnicities and genders. In 1957 they adopted a charter for the organization and changed the name to the Da Vinci Art Alliance. In 1959 they obtained their current headquarters in south Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There they have a community space, studio, and gallery for members to use. The Da Vinci Art Alliance records contains seven document boxes, one oversized item, one volume, and one flat box. The records includes bylaws, annual meeting minutes, correspondence, membership records, financial documents, newsletters, programs, photographs, a history of the organization, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings.

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Cite as: [Indicate cited item or series here], Da Vinci Art Alliance records (Collection 3226), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Background note

The Da Vinci Art Alliance, originally called the Da Vinci Alliance, was founded in November of 1931 as an association of Italian-American artists. The alliance is still in operation today with its gallery and headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded by 17 artists among whom was the cartoonist Emidio D’Angelo, photographer Severo Antonelli, painter Giacomo Colombo, architect and designer Henry Coscia, sculptor Giuseppe Donato, sculptor Domenico D’Imperio, illustrator Ernest Lapatina, sculptor Luigi Maraffi, Frank and Anthony Martino, Alex Papale, violin maker Joseph Primavera, interior decorator Amando Ricci, landscape artist Cesare Ricciardi, Jules Scallela and the Alliance’s first president Nicolo D’Ascenzo. Membership to the alliance was originally restricted to only artists of Italian heritage. Following World War II the alliance became more fully integrated, accepting members of all ethnicities and genders. In 1957 they adopted a charter for the organization and changed the name to the Da Vinci Art Alliance. During that time a majority of the alliance’s members were trained artists, teachers, or self-taught artists. The goal was to provide opportunities of exposure for different members, including annual exhibitions and lectures. The organization originally held its monthly meetings in a different artist’s studio. In 1966 they obtained their current headquarters in south Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There they have a community space, art studios, and gallery spaces for members. Annual exhibitions hosted by the Da Vinci Art Alliance include; an annual art exhibition, a photography exhibition, a drawing exhibition, and a watercolor exhibition. The art alliance also hosted an annual award dinner, starting in 1960, to commemorate individuals who contributed to the art world.

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Scope and content note

The Da Vinci Art Alliance records contains seven document boxes, one oversized item, one volume, and one flat box. The records includes bylaws, annual meeting minutes, correspondence, membership records, financial documents, newsletters, programs, photographs, a history of the organization, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. The annual meeting minutes were originally housed in binders but are now in folders. The minutes include member attendance and the meeting agenda. The correspondence includes invitations to alliance and non-alliance events, postcards, and letters related to alliance business. The records also include completed and blank membership applications. These applications list member’s names, occupation, and the medium with which they worked. The volume and folders in Box 5 record annual dues paid by members. The alliance’s financial records contain bank statements, treasury reports, invoices, bills, and documents related to their non-for profit status. The newsletters in Box 6 span 1939 to 1991 and were mailed to members of the Da Vinci Art Alliance. These newsletters have calendars of important dates, news from members, and details on annual art shows.

There are also numerous programs related to the member’s only annual photography show, annual print and drawing show, the Artists and Models costume ball, the Comic Strip Artists ball, testimonial dinners, and other miscellaneous occasions including some non-art alliance events. The annual general exhibition for Da Vinci members is organized separately and contains entrance forms for the exhibit, list of participants, list of winners, catalogs of artwork with their prices listed, and programs. The folder of programs (Box 1, Folder 7) has multiple programs from the first ever annual exhibition in 1938, leading up to shows in the 1990s.

There are a few photographs of pieces of art created by alliance members, and portraits of alliance members in Box 7. The one oversized item in the Da Vinci Art Alliance records is a photograph of the fourth annual banquet in 1938. The history of the alliance is well documented in the collection with a few typed histories in Box 4 and in the Golden Jubilee folder, also in Box 4. The Golden Jubilee was the 50th anniversary of the art alliance in 1983. There is also a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from 1933-1939, as well as some folders of newspaper clippings in Box 6 and Box 7.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Historical Society of Pennsylvania ; 2018.

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-732-6200

Access restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Related Materials

Related materials

At other institutions:

Giuseppe Donato collection, MS.065, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives, Philadelphia, PA.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Philadelphia (Pa.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Angelo, 1903-
  • Antonelli, Severo

Subject(s)

  • Art and artists--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • Art Exhibitions.
  • Artists--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.
  • Artists--United States.
  • Artists.
  • Italian American artists--Pennsylvania.
  • Italian American artists.
  • Italian Americans--Pennsylvania--Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Administrative - application for regional council of community art centers 

1 1

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Administrative - articles of incorporation 1959 

1 2

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Annual exhibition - catalog 1960-1991 

1 3

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Annual exhibition - entrance forms 1938-1991 

1 4

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Annual exhibition - list of participants March 5, 1955 

1 5

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Annual exhibition - list of winners 1977-1984 

1 6

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Annual exhibition - programs 1938-1960 

1 7

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Annual exhibition - programs 1961-1976 

1 8

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Bylaws 1933 

1 9

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Bylaws 1933-1985 

1 10

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Bylaws 1933-1985 

1 11

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Correspondence 1937-1948 

1 12

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Correspondence 1939-1941 

1 13

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Correspondence 1941-1946 

1 14

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Correspondence 1941-1948 

1 15

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Correspondence 1942-1948 

1 16

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Correspondence 1944-1991 

1 17

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Correspondence 1948-1964 

2 1

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Correspondence 1950-1985 

2 2

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Correspondence 1955-1957 

2 3

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Correspondence 1955-1959 

2 4

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Correspondence 1956-1959 

2 5

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Correspondence 1956-1959 

2 6

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Correspondence 1956-1960 

2 7

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Correspondence 1957-1959 

2 8

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Correspondence 1957-1964 

2 9

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Correspondence 1959-1965 

2 10

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Correspondence 1960-1966 

2 11

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Correspondence 1960-1979 

2 12

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Correspondence 1960-1985 

2 13

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Correspondence 1961-1962 

2 14

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Correspondence 1961-1968 

2 15

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Correspondence 1962-1970 

3 1

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Correspondence 1964-1990 

3 2

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Correspondence 1965-1979 

3 3

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Correspondence 1972-1976 

3 4

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Correspondence 1972-1978 

3 5

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Correspondence 1972-1979 

3 6

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Correspondence 1974-1985 

3 7

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Correspondence 1975-1979 

3 8

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Correspondence 1975-1984 

3 9

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Correspondence 1977-1989 

3 10

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Correspondence 1980-1982 

3 11

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Correspondence 1981-1988 

3 12

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Correspondence 1984-1989 

3 13

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Correspondence 1986-1987 

3 14

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Correspondence 1988-1991 

3 15

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Correspondence 1990-1991 

4 1

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Financial - application for sales tax exempt status 

4 2

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Financial - bank information 1948, 1960 

4 3

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Financial - bank statements 1978-1980 

4 4

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Financial - bank statements 1980-1981 

4 5

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Golden jubilee 1980-1983 

4 11

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Financial - financial statement 1986 

4 6

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Financial - financial statement 1987 

4 7

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Financial - invoices 1973-1981 

4 8

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Financial - invoices and reciepts 1962-1986 

4 9

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Financial - treasury report 1989-1990 

4 10

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History and archival inventory 1944-1968 

4 12

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History of Da Vinci Art Alliance 

4 13

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Invitations 1962-1990 

4 14

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Meeting minutes 1938-1948 

4 15

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Meeting minutes 1948-1950 

4 16

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Meeting minutes and attendance 1962-1971 

4 17

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Meeting minutes 1968-1984 

4 18

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Meeting minutes 1968-1984 

5 1

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Meeting minutes 1978-1986 

5 2

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Meeting minutes 1987 

5 3

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Membership - addresses 

5 4

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Volume

Membership dues 1933-1940 

1

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Box Folder

Membership - annual dues 1956 

5 5

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Membership - annual dues 1956-1966 

5 6

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Membership - annual dues 1967-1968 

5 7

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Membership - annual dues 1968-1975 

5 8

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Membership - annual dues 1968-1975 

5 9

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Membership - annual dues 1977 

5 10

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Membership - annual dues 1981 

5 11

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Membership - applications and correspondence 1946-1947 

5 12

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Membership - applications 1955-1959 

6 1

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Memberhsip - applications 1956-1961 

6 2

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Membership - applications 1962-1975 

6 3

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Membership - applications 1967-1980 

6 4

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Membership - applications 1980-1981 

6 5

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Membership - blank forms 

6 6

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Membership - contact information 

6 7

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Membership - contact information 1989-1990 

6 8

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Membership - officer election ballot 

6 9

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Newsletters 1939 

6 10

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Newsletters 1969-1973 

6 11

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Newsletters 1974-1977 

6 12

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Newsletters 1978-1980 

6 13

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Newsletters 1981-1990 

6 14

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Newspaper clippings 

6 15

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Newspaper clippings 1937-1986 

6 16

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Newspaper clippings 1939-1979 

7 1

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Phonographic record - zi' Nicole 

7 2

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Photographs 

7 3

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Oversize

Photograph - fourth annual banquet 1938 

1

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Box Folder

Programs - annual photography show 1979-1989 

7 4

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Programs - annual print and drawing show 1980-1986 

7 5

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Programs - artists and models costume ball 1939 

7 6

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Programs - comic strip artists balls 1948 

7 7

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Programs - miscellaneous events 1938-1981 

7 8

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Programs - not Da Vinci Art Alliance 

7 9

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Programs - presentation and testimonial dinners 1961-1989 

7 10

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Resumes 1979-1980 

7 11

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Box

Scrapbook 1933-1939 

8

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Box Folder

Scrapbook - removed from front of scrapbook 1933-1939 

7 12

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Scrapbook - removed from envelope in scrapbook 1933-1939 

7 13

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Scrapbook - removed from between pages 10 and 11 1933-1939 

7 14

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Scrapbook - removed from between pages 12 and 13 1933-1939 

7 15

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Scrapbook - removed from between pages 13 and 14 1933-1939 

7 16

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Scrapbook - removed from back of volume 1933-1939 

7 17

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Scrapbook - photocopies of scrapbook pages 1933-1939 

7 18

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