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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 282

Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts

Records, 1967-1978

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts
Title: Records
Dates: 1967-1978
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 282
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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- . Materials 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 interns, researchers, and exhibitions; and chronological files, 1967-1974.

Historical Note

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).

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Descriptive Entry

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.

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Subject

Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 282, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts, Records

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Container List

Series 1

ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, 1967-1978. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY SUBJECT.

Box 1

Accession, preliminary, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Account for the Department of Decorative Arts, 1976

Box 1 of 3

Acquisitions pending, 1970-1972

Box 1 of 3

Annual reports, 1971-1973 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 3

APOLLO, 1970-1972

Box 1 of 3

Artist Craftsmen Exhibition, 1969

Box 1 of 3

Brighton, The Royal Pavilion at: Travel arrangements for exhibitions, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 3

Bishop, Philip W. (Smithsonian Institution): Button collection, 1970,1978

Box 1 of 3

Card tables, photographs

Box 1 of 3

Carnegie Mansion: Plans and reports (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Cooper memorabilia, 1969

Box 1 of 3

Delaware Antique Show

Box 1 of 3

Evans, Dr. Helen M., 1971

Box 1 of 3

Exhibition suggestions, 1971-1972

Box 1 of 3

Exhibitions: East River Savings Bank exhibition cases, 1969

Box 1 of 3

Exhibitions: plans for future, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Garden Committee: Carnegie Mansion, 1976

Box 1 of 3

Gifts, A-H (correspondence)

Box 1 of 3

Gifts, I-Z (correspondence) (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Grants, 1975

Box 1 of 3

Grolier, Inc., 1978

Box 1 of 3

Hammond House fountain, 1976

Box 1 of 3

Job Applications, 1970-1975

Box 1 of 3

Lee Nordness Galleries, 1975-1977

Box 1 of 3

Loan files (10 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Mailing lists

Box 1 of 3

Memoranda, inter-offices, 1968-1972

Box 1 of 3

Memoranda to staff, 1972

Box 1 of 3

Memoranda: R. P. Wunder to Department of Decorative Arts, 1968-1969

Box 1 of 3

Museum trips (proposed), 1970-1971

Box 1 of 3

National Endowment for the Arts, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 3

Newsletters, 1974-1976

Box 1 of 3

Opening show (Carnegie Mansion), 1976

Box 1 of 3

Patent information

Box 1 of 3

Photo requests, 1974-1976

Box 1 of 3

Potter, Robin Mery, 1971

Box 1 of 3

Procedures, 1976

Box 1 of 3

Publication Committee (Gilliam Moss' sampler book), 1975

Box 1 of 3

Reports, 1971

Box 1 of 3

Smithsonian Institution: announcements, memoranda, etc., 1969-1973

Box 1 of 3

Smithsonian Institution: Centennial show

Box 1 of 3

Staff meetings, 1967-1974

Box 1 of 3

Storage and exhibition space (Department of Decorative Arts), Carnegie Mansion, 1976

Box 1 of 3

Student interns, 1969-1973 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Victoria and Albert Museum show, 1973

Box 2 of 3

Visitors' records, 1969-1972

Box 2 of 3

Wallpaper book progress report, 1972-1974

Box 2 of 3

Walls/wallpapers show, 1974

Box 2 of 3

Series 2

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1967-1978.

Box 2

A-Z and miscellaneous

Box 2 of 3

Series 3

CHRONOLOGICAL FILES, 1968-1974.

Box 3

Janet Thorpe, 1968-1972 (9 folders)

Box 3 of 3

Catherine Lynn Frangiamore, 1970-1974 (10 folders)

Box 3 of 3