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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 288

Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Friends of the Museum of the Cooper Union

Fundraising and Meeting Records, 1934-1963

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Friends of the Museum of the Cooper Union
Title: Fundraising and Meeting Records
Dates: 1934-1963
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 288
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records document the Friends of the Museum's annual appeals and annual meetings. Materials include correspondence requesting donations; invitations to the meetings and exhibit openings; correspondence with guest speakers; receipt and expense reports; copies of speeches given at the annual meetings; and membership lists. Some materials date to when the museum was known as the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Historical Note

From its conception, the Cooper Union Museum was dependent on the Hewitt sisters and their friends for donations. After Sarah Hewitt's death in 1931, it was feared that public interest, especially that of sponsors, in a museum of decorative arts would decrease. In 1934, the Museum's Board of Directors and interested persons founded the Friends of the Museum of the Cooper Union. In addition to collecting dues from members, the Friends of the Museum solicitated annually for funds, and, from 1936, met annually for tea parties and lectures. The funds collected were used to purchase objects for the Museum, to pay costs for extra personnel and maintenance, and to encourage the study of decorative arts.

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Descriptive Entry

These records document the Friends of the Museum's annual appeals and annual meetings. Included is correspondence requesting donations; invitations to the meetings and exhibit openings; correspondence with guest speakers; receipt and expense reports; copies of speeches given at the annual meetings; and membership lists.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 288, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Friends of the Museum of the Cooper Union, Fundraising and Meeting Records

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Container List

Series 1

ANNUAL APPEALS, 1934-1963

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Folder 1 Analysis of receipts and expenditures, 1934-1963

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Folders 2-9 Appeals, 1955-1963

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Folder 10 Correspondence: Acknowledgements of complimentary mailing of "Museums of New York City," 1955

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Folder 11 Correspondence: Copies of form letters requesting for donations, 1934-1963

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Folders 12-15 Expenditures, 1951, 1958-1961

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Folder 16 Membership lists and miscellaneous

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Folder 17 Receipts and expenditures, 1934-1959

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Series 2

ANNUAL MEETINGS, 1936-1961

Box 1

Folder 18 First Annual Meeting, May 6, 1936 - Guest speaker: A. Everett Austin

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Folder 19 Second Annual Meeting, May 7, 1937 - Guest speaker: William Lescaze

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Folder 20 Third Annual Meeting, April 26, 1938 - Guest speakers: Miss Helen Dryden and Mr. Tom Lee

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Folder 21 Fourth Annual Meeting, February 6, 1939 - Guest speaker: none

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Folder 22 Fifth Annual Meeting, May 2, 1940 - Guest speaker: none

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Folder 23 Sixth Annual Meeting, April 21, 1941 - Guest speaker: Brryman Ridges

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Folder 24 Seventh Annual Meeting, April 13, 1942 - Guest speaker: Mrs. Luke Vincent Lockwood

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Box 2

Folder 1 Nineth Annual Meeting, April 25, 1944 - Guest speaker: Edward Ringwood Hewitt

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Folder 2 Tenth Annual Meeting, May 21, 1945 - Guest speaker: Royal Bailey Farnum

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Folder 3 Eleventh Annual Meeting, May 24, 1946

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Folder 4 Twelfth Annual Meeting, May 22, 1947 - Guest speaker: Lauder Greenway

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Folder 5 Thirtennth Annual Meeting, May 4, 1948 - Guest speaker: John Vassos

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Folder 6 Fourteenth Annual Meeting, May 10, 1949 - Guest speaker: Ruth Reeves

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Folder 7 Fifteenth Annual Meeting, April 25, 1950 - Guest speaker: Hardinge Scholle

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Folder 8 Sixteenth annual Meeting, May 8, 1951 - Guest speaker: William C. Pahlmann

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Folder 9 Seventeenth Annual Meeting, April 16, 1952 - Guest speaker: The Reverand John LaFarge, S. J.

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Folder 10 Eighteenth Annual Meeting, April 18, 1953 - Guest speaker: Sir Shane Leslie

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Folder 11 Nineteenth Annual Meeting, April 20, 1954 - Guest speaker: Kenneth F. Bates

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Folder 12 Twentieth Annual Meeting, April 21, 1955 - Guest speaker: none

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Folder 13 Twenty-first Annual Meeting, April 26, 1956 - Guest speaker: none

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Folders 14-16 Twenty-second Annual Meeting, May 22, 1957 - Guest speakers: August Heckscher

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Arthur Houghton, Jr.

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Folder 17 Twenty-third Annual Meeting, March 27, 1958 - Guest speaker: Paul Zucker

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Folder 18 Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting, April 21, 1959 - Guest speaker: Lee Simonson

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Folder 19 Twenty-sixth Annual Meeting, March 23, 1961 - Guest speaker: Paul Zimmerman

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