The records of the Director's Office are the primary source for understanding the decisions made and actions taken at the highest level of the museum's administration. In addition, they constitute one of the most valuable, unified resources for researching the early history of the museum and its art collection; initial construction and expansion of the museum building; changes in the museum's administrative hierarchy; personalities and activities of individual staff members; artistic and social movements of the first half of the twentieth century; and the museum's relationship with civic, cultural, and educational institutions throughout the country and the world.Access may be restricted because of the records' physical fragility and level of confidentiality.Records of William Mathewson MillikenWilliam Mathewson Milliken's records are divided into five main series: I. Alphabetical Administrative Correspondence, II. Personal Papers, III. Records relating to Federal Art Programs, IV. ... Read More
This is a small collection of personal papers given to the archives by Dr. Lee's daughter, Katharine Reid. It consists primarily of clippings, travel journals, photographs, and audio tapes. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. Dr. Lee donated the substance of his personal papers to the Archives of American Art in 1996. The Arts and Monuments Division reports on private collections in Japan were transferred from the Library in April, 2007 (see box 5)
Descriptive Entry This accession consists of records documenting a variety of topics related to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, including celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Freer Gallery of Art, presentations of the Charles Lang Freer Medal, documentaries featuring objects from the collections, and professional activities. Materials include pamphlets, videotapes of a documentary, recordings of musical performances, brochures, copies of remarks made at events, press releases, and related materials.
Descriptive Entry These records document the interaction and relationship between Milo Cleveland Beach, Director (1987-2001), and prominent friends of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Records also document Beach's activities related to the negotiation for and acquisition of the Vever Japanese print collection. Henri Vever's collection of Japanese prints represented a major addition to the Sackler collection of Japanese art, which, until that time, was very small. The acquisition demonstrated the breadth of Vever's Asian taste by supplementing the Sackler's Vever collection of Persian and Indian paintings, acquired in 1985 and featured in the exhibition, "A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection." See the series titled "Chronological Files" for outgoing correspondence. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, brochures and photographs.
Descriptive Entry This accession consists of the general correspondence documenting the activities of the Renwick Gallery during the tenures of Lloyd E. Herman, Director, 1971-1986; Michael W. Monroe, Curator-in-Charge, 1986-1995; and Kenneth R. Trapp, Curator-in-Charge, 1995-2003; and Robyn Kennedy, 2004 -, Chief. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, images, and clippings.
Descriptive Entry This accession consists of records documenting the administration of the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) created or maintained by Director Johnnetta B. Cole, 2009- . The records relate to museum history, strategic planning, meetings, and programs. Materials include correspondence, reports, and agendas. Records dating before Cole's tenure were created by previous museum directors Sylvia H. Williams, 1983-1996; Roslyn A. Walker, 1997-2002; and Sharon F. Patton, 2003-2008.
Descriptive Entry This accession consists of Director's chronological correspondence, budget files and financial reports, exhibition files, planning reports, acquisitions committee meeting minutes, Cooper-Hewitt publications (News, Programs, and Newsletter, and other brochures), and video and audio tapes (primarily news coverage and promotional productions). Directors documented in these records include Calvin S. Hathaway, 1951-1963; H. Christian Rohlfing, 1963-1968; Richard P. Wunder, 1968-1969; Lisa Taylor, 1969-1987; and Dianne H. Pilgrim, 1988-2000.
Descriptive Entry This accession consists of records documenting the Director's involvement in many aspects of exhibition development at the National Portrait Gallery during the tenures of Alan Maxwell Fern (1982-2000) and Marc Pachter (2000-2007). Exhibitions documented include "Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs;" "A Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery;" "Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings;" "American Women: A Selection from the National Portrait Gallery;" "Women of Our Time: Twentieth-Century Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery;" "Gilbert Stuart;" "Portraits in Jazz: Thirty Musicians Who Made a Difference;" "Celebrity Caricature in America;" "Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective;" "Portraits of the Presidents;" "Portraiture Now;" "America's Presidents;" and "One Life: Walt Whitman, a kosmos." Materials include loan requests, correspondence, memoranda, agreements, scripts, catalog manuscripts, brochures, and ... Read More