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New Jersey Water Color Society Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG Water Color-(Offsite)

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of correspondence, exhibition catalogues, notices, invitations and posters, membership lists, and published articles and reviews. Although some artists are not identified as to their place of residence or place of work, Newark venues and individuals with Newark connections, are well represented. A binder of detailed biographical information on members (ca.1940-1952) includes many mentions of artists who lived in Newark, trained at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, belonged to Newark arts organizations, and/or exhibited in Newark.

In the 1940s most annual exhibitions were held at the Newark Arts Club, 38 Franklin St., but there are notices of exhibits by the Society at the Newark Museum in 1942 and 1947. A number of early exhibits were held at Kresge's Department Store, and from 1956 until the early 1960s the Society's annual exhibitions were held at the store. The collection includes a list of works by Henry Gasser exhibited at Kresge's in February 1940. Gasser, a Newark native, was Director of the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art and Art Director of the Prudential Insurance Company. He served as president of the Water Color Society in the late 1940s.


  • 1939 - 1992


Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

The New Jersey Water Color Society (known for its first few years as the New Jersey Water Color and Sculpture Society) was founded in October 1938 at the Montclair Art Museum. Beginning with only 10 members, the Society had grown to more than 100 by 1980. Membership was by invitation only, and new candidates were selected for invitation from among non-members whose work was exhibited at the Society's annual exhibitions. For many years the Society's annual shows were reviewed by Newark artist and art critic Michael Lenson in the Newark Evening News.


.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



No finding aid, text from catalog entry and Newark Archives Project
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

3rd Floor
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States