Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 282
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts
The Department of Decorative Arts was established in 1949 to collect, preserve, exhibit, and act as an informational source for three-dimensional objects used in architectural, residential, and personal environments. In addition, the Department maintained the museum's wallpaper pattern collections (until the creation of a separate Department of Wallpapers in 1976).
These records chiefly document the administration of Janet Thorpe, Assistant Curator, 1967-1969, and Associate Curator, 1969-1973, and Catherine Lynn Frangiamore, Assistant Curator, 1969-1974. Also, included are materials concerning Thomas E. Lennox, Assistant Curator, 1964-1967; J. Stewart Johnson, Curator, 1974-1976; and David R. McFadden, Curator, 1978- . Records include correspondence with donors concerning gifts to the museum and with interested persons concerning the wallpaper pattern collections; materials concerning the Carnegie Mansion, staff meetings, student intern researchers, and exhibitions; photographs; and chronological files, 1967-1974.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Thorpe, Janet
- Lynn, Catherine
- Lennox, Thomas E.
- Johnson, J. Stewart
- McFadden, David Revere
- Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Wallpapers
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 282, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts, Records