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Taos Society of Artists Collection

Identifier: AC 219

Scope and Content

Collection consists of materials relating to the Taos Society of Artists and its members. Includes the constitution, by-laws, minutes, and reports of the Society; promotional materials and programs from various art exhibits; and materials concerning the Museum of New Mexico, which worked closely with the Society. This collection also contains a significant amount of correspondence involving members and associates of the Society, including Oscar Berninghaus, E. Irving Couse, Gerald Cassidy, Bert Philips, Gustave Baumann, Paul A.F. Walter, and Edgar Hewett. A scrapbook of newspaper clippings and art exhibit programs is also within the collection, as is a program from the 1921 Santa Fe Fiesta.


  • 1918-1928


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Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Note

The Taos art colony began in 1898 when Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Philips arrived in Taos. Inspired by the setting, they decided to make Taos their home. Soon afterwards other artists arrived, impressed and duly influenced with the beauty of the natural setting of Taos, the climate, and the Indians. The Taos Society for Artists was organized in 1912. The original members included: Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Philips, Walter Ufer, Oscar Berninghaus, Victor Higgins, E.I. Couse, and Joseph Sharp. Later Herbert Dunton, Martin Hennings, and Kenneth Adams joined the group. Artists, in order to qualify, must have worked in the Taos area for three successive years. The Society also admitted many associate (non-active) and a few honorary members. The Taos Society of Artists became one of the most distinctive and popular "schools" of art in the United States in the early 1920's.


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Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax: (+)505.476.5093
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Guide to the Taos Society of Artists Collection, 1918-1928
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090