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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 506

Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts

Records, 1941-1992

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts
Title: Records
Dates: 1941-1992
Quantity: 39 cu. ft. (39 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 506
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of the administrative, correspondence, and exhibition files of the Department of Decorative Arts. Curator David R. McFadden and his predecessors created most of the records, but some were compiled by assistants in the Department, guest curators, and exhibition organizers. Some files, created before the Department was organized, document exhibition research and the storage of objects that later came under the curatorial care of Decorative Arts.

The administrative records contain object documentation files; staff meeting notes, memoranda, and reports; files on the work of interns and graduate students in the Department; materials documenting the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's participation in the Decorative Arts Association (DAA); and subject files. The correspondence files contain letters exchanged by Department staff and the general public, other museums, artifact donors, and professional associates regarding the collections and exhibitions of the Museum. The exhibition records consist largely of files on lenders to exhibitions curated or organized by the Department. In addition, the files include exhibition proposals and budgets; research files and bibliographies; installation plans and blueprints; object checklists and photographs; publicity files and press clippings; and catalog publication files.

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These records consist of the administrative, correspondence, and exhibition files of the Department of Decorative Arts. Curator David R. McFadden and his predecessors created most of the records, but some were compiled by assistants in the department, guest curators, and exhibition organizers. Some files were created before the department was organized, and document exhibition research and the storage of objects that later came under the curatorial care of the department.

The administrative records contain object documentation files; staff meeting notes, memoranda, and reports; files on the work of interns and graduate students in the department; materials documenting the museum's participation in the Decorative Arts Association (DAA); and subject files. The correspondence files contain letters exchanged by department staff and the general public, other museums, object donors, and professional associates regarding the collections and exhibitions of the museum. The exhibition records consist largely of files on lenders to exhibitions curated or organized by the department. In addition, the files include exhibition proposals and budgets; research files and bibliographies; installation plans and blueprints; object checklists and photographs; publicity files and press clippings; and catalogue publication files.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 506, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Decorative Arts, Records

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Container List

Box 1

Elimination, Object for

Box 1 of 39

Furniture - Chair Survey, July 1952

Box 1 of 39

Thefts, 1956-1969

Box 1 of 39

Research Files, Various Exhibitions, 1943-89 (17 folders)

Box 1 of 39

Objects offered to Cooper-Hewitt Museum (CHM), 1964-1972

Box 1 of 39

Evaluation of Ceramics Collection, Janet Thorpe, 1971

Box 1 of 39

Public Inquiry Files, 1964-1971 (4 folders)

Box 1 of 39

Lists of Objects by Categories, 1969-1970

Box 1 of 39

Correspondence Files, 1950-1954, 1956-1972 (4 folders)

Box 1 of 39

Wilcomb Washburn, 1962

Box 1 of 39

Inquiries, 1958-1965 (4 folders)

Box 1 of 39

Notes on Colored Slides, 1956-1958

Box 1 of 39

Incomplete References, 1961-1962

Box 1 of 39

Objects Refused, 1969-1970

Box 1 of 39

Donors, 1962

Box 1 of 39

Objects Offered, 1963-1964

Box 1 of 39

Gifts & Purchases Offered, 1961-1962

Box 1 of 39

Objects Suggested for Purchase, 1952

Box 1 of 39

Accession Lists, 1950-1952

Box 1 of 39

Eliminations, 1951-1953

Box 1 of 39

Label Information (2 folders)

Box 1 of 39

Special Displays, 1957-1963

Box 1 of 39

Repairs, 1961-1964

Box 1 of 39

Storage, 1941-1967 (4 folders)

Box 1 of 39

Checklists, 1960s

Box 1 of 39

Objects for Publication, 1957-1959

Box 1 of 39

Repairs/Conservation, 1950s-1960s

Box 1 of 39

Inventory Listings, 1963-1965

Box 1 of 39

Museum Procedures

Box 1 of 39

Box 2

Reports, 1950s

Box 2 of 39

Reports to the Curator

Box 2 of 39

Special Reports, 1955-1958

Box 2 of 39

Quarterly Reports, 1955-1970

Box 2 of 39

Annual Reports, 1955-1963

Box 2 of 39

Monthly Reports - Johnson

Box 2 of 39

Monthly Reports, 1955-1967

Box 2 of 39

Current Involvement

Box 2 of 39

C.U.M. Exhibitions, 1960s

Box 2 of 39

UNESCO "World on View," 1952

Box 2 of 39

"Toward an Eight-Year Plan," 1952

Box 2 of 39

G. E. - Ham.- Schlemmer, 1960

Box 2 of 39

AID Loans, 1966-1967

Box 2 of 39

Decorative Arts Gallery

Box 2 of 39

Ceramics Gallery

Box 2 of 39

Decorative Arts Section Objects Used in Street Windows, and Special Exhibitions

Box 2 of 39

Stair Landing

Box 2 of 39

Miscellaneous Drawings for Gallery Books

Box 2 of 39

Master Sheets for Labels in Center Gallery

Box 2 of 39

Old Gallery Books (3 folders)

Box 2 of 39

Ceramics - Unpacked

Box 2 of 39

Dec. Arts Box Lists Notebook (5 folders)

Box 2 of 39

Room 10-11 Inventory Notebook

Box 2 of 39

Inquiries and References, Arranged by Subject, 1968-1977

Box 2 of 39

Correspondence 1978-1980, A-H

Box 2 of 39

Box 3

Correspondence 1978-1980, I-Z

Box 3 of 39

AAC - Academic Advisory Committee, Philadelphia

Box 3 of 39

Auction - Channel 13

Box 3 of 39

Book orders

Box 3 of 39

Decorative Arts Archives Conference

Box 3 of 39

Decorative Arts Committee - Board meetings and minutes, 1979

Box 3 of 39

Decorative Arts Association correspondence - 1979, 1980

Box 3 of 39

Friends of Decorative Arts - 1969-1975

Box 3 of 39

Decorative Arts Society of Great Britain

Box 3 of 39

Decorative Arts Committee, Smithsonian Institution, 1976-1979

Box 3 of 39

Decorative Arts Committee (DAC) & Decorative Arts Association (DAA), Tifft Memorial

Box 3 of 39

Exhibition: Bugatti (declined)

Box 3 of 39

Exhibition: Pressed Glass (declined)

Box 3 of 39

Exhibition: Scent Bottles in Japan (declined)

Box 3 of 39

Institute of Museum Sciences

Box 3 of 39

Landmark Commission

Box 3 of 39

New York Times: Collecting in the '80s

Box 3 of 39

Procedures and Policies

Box 3 of 39

Tours: Ashville, North Carolina

Box 3 of 39

Tours: Charleston, South Carolina

Box 3 of 39

Video Project

Box 3 of 39

Wallpaper Seminar, Septemtber 13, 1980

Box 3 of 39

Box 4

Decorative Arts inventory worksheets, 1979-1983

Box 4 of 39

Lisa Taylor Memorial files, 1991

Box 4 of 39

Short term loan files, 1983-1991

Box 4 of 39

Box 5

Staff Meeting Notes, 1988-1989

Box 5 of 39

Administrative Memos, 1988-1989

Box 5 of 39

Master's Program Theses, 1984-1989

Box 5 of 39

Acquisitions and Accessions Meeting files, 1978-1989

Box 5 of 39

Short term loan files, 1979-1988

Box 5 of 39

Donor files, 1977-1983

Box 5 of 39

Interns, 1979-1982

Box 5 of 39

Miscellaneous Organization files, 1981

Box 5 of 39

Administrative Memoranda, 1979-1983

Box 5 of 39

Quarterly Reports, 1979-1983

Box 5 of 39

Loans, 1986-1989

Box 5 of 39

Box 6

Decorative Arts Association (DAA) files, 1979-1989

Box 6 of 39

Box 7

Decorative Arts Association (DAA) files, 1986, 1990

Box 7 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1981-1983, A-K

Box 7 of 39

Box 8

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1981-1983, L-Z

Box 8 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1984-1985, A-L

Box 8 of 39

Box 9

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1984-1985, M-Z

Box 9 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1986, A-Z

Box 9 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1987, A-E

Box 9 of 39

Box 10

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1987, F-Z

Box 10 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1988, A-Z

Box 10 of 39

Box 11

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1989, A-Z

Box 11 of 39

DAA Cave Dinner, 1991: expenses, invitations, menu, White Flower Farm brochure

Box 11 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1990, A-L

Box 11 of 39

Box 12

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1990, M-Z

Box 12 of 39

Symposia, 1991-1992

Box 12 of 39

Administrative Memoranda, 1991

Box 12 of 39

Staff Meeting Notes, 1991

Box 12 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1991, A-R

Box 12 of 39

Box 13

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1991, S-Z

Box 13 of 39

Department of Decorative Arts correspondence, 1992, A-Z

Box 13 of 39

Box 14

Small Wonders: The Scent Bottle Through History (defunct?), 1981-1982

Box 14 of 39

Bon Voyage! Designs for Travel, April-July 1986: Research, installation photos, lenders A-M

Box 14 of 39

Box 15

Bon Voyage! Designs for Travel, April-July 1986: Lenders M-Z, essays, catalogue captions, photo orders and permissions, research

Box 15 of 39

Box 16

Bon Voyage! Designs for Travel, April-July 1986: Research, bibliography, events, sponsor (Louis Vuitton), press and promotion

Box 16 of 39

Gardens of Delight, June-August 1981: Research, lenders, exhibit labels

Box 16 of 39

Box 17

Gardens of Delight, June-August 1981: Lenders, objects needed, label copy, bibliography

Box 17 of 39

Art Nouveau Bing: The Paris Style 1900, July-October 1987: Object research, exhibit labels, SITES photos

Box 17 of 39

Safe and Secure: A World of Design in Locks and Keys, June-October 1987: Catalogue, installation, funding, bibliography, research

Box 17 of 39

Box 18

Safe and Secure, June-October 1987: Publicity, lenders, unidentified videotape

Box 18 of 39

Scandinavian Modern 1880-1980, September 1982-January 1983: Correspondence A-Z, visit of King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia, grant, object labels, lectures, lenders

Box 18 of 39

Box 19

Scandinavian Modern 1880-1980, September 1982-January 1983: Lenders, photo orders

Box 19 of 39

Box 20

Scandinavian Modern 1880-1980, September 1982-January 1983: Correspondence, lenders, press, publicity, exhibit and object photos, proposal, symposium, tours, travel, catalogue

Box 20 of 39

Box 21

Scandinavian Modern 1880-1980, September 1982-January 1983: Research (history of Scandinavian design), fabric swatches

Box 21 of 39

Courts and Colonies: The William and Mary Style in Holland, England, and America, November 1988-February 1989: Lenders, object lists, photographs

Box 21 of 39

Box 22

Courts and Colonies, November 1988-February 1989: Lenders, catalogue planning and illustrations, budget, photographs

Box 22 of 39

Box 23

Courts and Colonies, November 1988-February 1989: Research, catalogue content, correspondence, proposal, budget, funding, royal patronage, registrar, installation, label copy, opening, related programs

Box 23 of 39

Box 24

Courts and Colonies, November 1988-February 1989

Box 24 of 39

L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design in France, 1789-1989, March-August 1989

Box 24 of 39

Box 25

L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design in France, 1789-1989, March-August 1989: Lenders M-Z, pre-lenders A-L

Box 25 of 39

Box 26

L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design in France, 1789-1989, March-August 1989: pre-lenders M-Z, cc correspondence A-Z

Box 26 of 39

Box 27

L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design in France, 1789-1989, March-August 1989: French and English press

Box 27 of 39

Box 28

Wine: Celebration and Ceremony, June-October 1985: Lenders A-M, pre-lenders, research

Box 28 of 39

Box 29

Wine: Celebration and Ceremony, June-October 1985: Lenders A-M

Box 29 of 39

Box 30

Wine: Celebration and Ceremony, June-October 1985: Lenders M-Z, lenders (French) A-M

Box 30 of 39

Box 31

Wine: Celebration and Ceremony, June-October 1985

Box 31 of 39

L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design in France, 1789-1989, March-August 1989

Box 31 of 39

Box 32

L'Art de Vivre, March-August 1989

Box 32 of 39

Box 33

L'Art de Vivre, March-August 1989

Box 33 of 39

Gilt Bronze (defunct?), 1980-1981, 1986-1987

Box 33 of 39

Box 34

Platinum (defunct), 1979-1982

Box 34 of 39

The Modern Spirit: Glass from Finland, October 1985-January 1986

Box 34 of 39

The Four Continents, February-May 1985

Box 34 of 39

Box 35

The Four Continents, February-May 1985

Box 35 of 39

Exhibit proposal files, 1981-1986

Box 35 of 39

Box 36

Correspondence regarding proposed exhibits, 1977-84

Box 36 of 39

Ornament in the Twentieth Century, September-November 1978

Box 36 of 39

Files about other exhibitions, 1979-1982

Box 36 of 39

Box 37

The Cooper-Hewitt Collection: Silver, October 1980-January 1981

Box 37 of 39

Berlin 1900-1933: Architecture and Design, November 1986-January 1987

Box 37 of 39

Button, Button, June-August 1982

Box 37 of 39

Matchsafes, February-April 1981

Box 37 of 39

Files about other exhibitions, 1983-1987

Box 37 of 39

Box 38

Press clippings about several exhibits, 1979-1985

Box 38 of 39

Publication files for several exhibits, 1979-1985

Box 38 of 39

Box 39

Publication files for several exhibits, 1978-1980

Box 39 of 39

Correspondence with publishers, 1979

Box 39 of 39

The Triumph of Simplicity: 350 Years of Swedish Silver, March-June 1988

Box 39 of 39

Files about other exhibitions, 1980-1989

Box 39 of 39