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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 546

Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Development Office

Records, 1970-1990

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Development Office
Title: Records
Dates: 1970-1990
Quantity: 8 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 546
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records document the efforts of the Development Office to generate private financial support for Cooper-Hewitt Museum exhibitions from 1978 to 1990. Files were created for each exhibition and contain memoranda concerning possible sources of support and lists of potential donors; solicitation letters and correspondence with potential donors; information about corporate donors such as annual reports; promotional material and press releases for exhibitions; exhibition proposals and budget requirements; newspaper and magazine clippings about exhibitions; and funding summaries of donors solicited and their responses.

Records also consist of files for year-end appeals from 1983 to 1988, which include lists of donors, acknowledgment letters and other correspondence with donors; files for benefits held from 1982 to 1989 to raise money for the Museum, consisting mostly of copies of response forms; files documenting memorial funds established in honor of significant staff members or figures in design; and correspondence files with donors of $500 or less.

Historical Note

Prior to the establishment of the Development Office, fundraising was done by a variety of Cooper-Hewitt Museum staff including curators, administrators, and the director.

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Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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Descriptive Entry

These records document the efforts of the Development Office to generate private financial support for Museum exhibitions from 1978 to 1990. Files were created for each exhibition and contain memoranda concerning possible sources of support and lists of potential donors; solicitation letters and correspondence with potential donors; information about corporate donors such as annual reports; promotional material and press releases for exhibitions; exhibition proposals and budget requirements; newspaper and magazine clippings about exhibitions; and funding summaries of donors solicited and their responses.

Records also consist of files for year-end appeals from 1983 to 1988, which include lists of donors, acknowledgment letters and other correspondence with donors; files for benefits held from 1982 to 1989 to raise money for the Museum, consisting mostly of copies of response forms; files documenting memorial funds established in honor of significant staff members or figures in design; and correspondence files with donors of $500 or less.

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Subject

Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 546, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Development Office, Records

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Container List

Box 1

Adams/Kedleston Hall

Box 1 of 8

Advertising Arts

Box 1 of 8

American Picture Palaces

Box 1 of 8

Amsterdam School Exhibition

Box 1 of 8

Arches

Box 1 of 8

Arts & Crafts

Box 1 of 8

Art De Vivre (2 folders)

Box 1 of 8

Berlin in the 20s (2 folders)

Box 1 of 8

Bibiena (2 folders)

Box 1 of 8

Buttons

Box 1 of 8

Calder in Time (2 folders)

Box 1 of 8

Capital Campaign

Box 1 of 8

Class Room Renovation

Box 1 of 8

Carnegie Libraries

Box 1 of 8

Catalan Spirit

Box 1 of 8

Catskills Reports

Box 1 of 8

Ceramics

Box 1 of 8

Change

Box 1 of 8

Chicago Furniture

Box 1 of 8

Box 2

Circles of the World

Box 2 of 8

Cities

Box 2 of 8

Close Observation

Box 2 of 8

Color & Light

Box 2 of 8

Color by the Yard (2 folders)

Box 2 of 8

Color, Light, & Surface

Box 2 of 8

Columbus

Box 2 of 8

Consumerism

Box 2 of 8

Cooper-Union Legacy

Box 2 of 8

Countess Burley House Gems

Box 2 of 8

Czech Show

Box 2 of 8

Czech/Italy/Mexico Funding Ideas

Box 2 of 8

Czech Architecture & Design

Box 2 of 8

Designs for Death

Box 2 of 8

Doghouse

Box 2 of 8

Dream King

Box 2 of 8

Dutch Design

Box 2 of 8

Old Education Programs (2 folders)

Box 2 of 8

Electroworks

Box 2 of 8

Embroidery Through the Ages

Box 2 of 8

Embroidered Samples

Box 2 of 8

Enamel Signs

Box 2 of 8

European Illustration

Box 2 of 8

Faberge

Box 2 of 8

Fans

Box 2 of 8

Fashion Prints

Box 2 of 8

Furniture - CHM

Box 2 of 8

Gearing-Up

Box 2 of 8

Gaudi (5 folders)

Box 2 of 8

Box 3

Gaudi

Box 3 of 8

Gilt & Bronze

Box 3 of 8

Hair

Box 3 of 8

Hearing & Sound

Box 3 of 8

Hollywood

Box 3 of 8

Victor Horta

Box 3 of 8

Horticulture & The Decorative Arts

Box 3 of 8

Housing - 5 files

Box 3 of 8

Hungarian Metalwork

Box 3 of 8

India (Festival of)

Box 3 of 8

Irish Architecture

Box 3 of 8

Islamic Orientalism

Box 3 of 8

Italian Projects

Box 3 of 8

Japan Art Nouveau

Box 3 of 8

Japanese Exhibition

Box 3 of 8

Japanese Projects

Box 3 of 8

Knights of Malta

Box 3 of 8

Lace

Box 3 of 8

Locks & Keys

Box 3 of 8

Luxury (In Pursuit of)

Box 3 of 8

Manhattan Skyline

Box 3 of 8

Magazine Covers

Box 3 of 8

Mansion Embellished

Box 3 of 8

Memphis

Box 3 of 8

Mendelssohn

Box 3 of 8

Miniature Furniture

Box 3 of 8

Modern Style in Paris

Box 3 of 8

Money

Box 3 of 8

Mucha Exhibition

Box 3 of 8

New Sweden

Box 3 of 8

Newcomb Pottery

Box 3 of 8

Box 4

La Nijinska (2 folders)

Box 4 of 8

North Java Batiks

Box 4 of 8

Now I Lay Me Down To Eat

Box 4 of 8

Oceanliners

Box 4 of 8

Office (Designs for the)

Box 4 of 8

Outdoor Chair

Box 4 of 8

Paestum

Box 4 of 8

Paperworks

Box 4 of 8

Paris/Art Nouveau

Box 4 of 8

Paris/Bing

Box 4 of 8

Paris Opera

Box 4 of 8

Plastics

Box 4 of 8

Playing Cards

Box 4 of 8

Pop-Ups (2 folders)

Box 4 of 8

Printed Fabrics

Box 4 of 8

Puppets

Box 4 of 8

Rare Books

Box 4 of 8

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

Box 4 of 8

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

Box 4 of 8

Russian Graphics

Box 4 of 8

Scandinavian Modern

Box 4 of 8

Science Fiction

Box 4 of 8

Search for Alexander

Box 4 of 8

Silver

Box 4 of 8

Singer Collection

Box 4 of 8

Sky Level/Eye Level

Box 4 of 8

Spectacular Spaces

Box 4 of 8

Straw Hat

Box 4 of 8

The Sun King

Box 4 of 8

Surprising Surfaces

Box 4 of 8

Suitcase

Box 4 of 8

Louis Sullivan

Box 4 of 8

Sutnar/Kubler Archives

Box 4 of 8

Swedish Versailles

Box 4 of 8

Table Settings

Box 4 of 8

Tall Ships

Box 4 of 8

Tang Dynasty Gold & Silver

Box 4 of 8

Box 5

Tea & Tea-Related Design

Box 5 of 8

Theatricals & Spectaculars

Box 5 of 8

Tiffany Exhibition

Box 5 of 8

Toys 7 Games

Box 5 of 8

Toys (Nuremberg) (2 folders)

Box 5 of 8

Travel (Designs to)

Box 5 of 8

The Trellis

Box 5 of 8

Triumph of Simplicity

Box 5 of 8

Unbuilt Architecture of the '80s

Box 5 of 8

Underwater Life

Box 5 of 8

Joseph Urban

Box 5 of 8

Vienna Moderne

Box 5 of 8

Views of Rome (2 folders)

Box 5 of 8

Wallpaper

Box 5 of 8

Walters Jewelry

Box 5 of 8

Ways & Means: Tools for Living

Box 5 of 8

Weimarer Republic Ceramics (2 folders)

Box 5 of 8

Wiener Werkstatte Drawing

Box 5 of 8

William & Mary (7 folders)

Box 5 of 8

Box 6

Wine

Box 6 of 8

Year-Ends

1983

Box 6 of 8

1984

Box 6 of 8

1985

Box 6 of 8

1986

Box 6 of 8

1987 (2 folders)

Box 6 of 8

1988 (3 folders)

Box 6 of 8

1989

Box 6 of 8

Benefits

1982-1983: Benefit Ball - Summer 1982, Diamonstein-Interior Design Benefit, Pace Collection Benefit

Box 6 of 8

1984-1986: Asprey Benefit, Summer Dance 1984, 1985, 1986

Box 6 of 8

1987: Frank Lloyd Wright Film Benefit, Benefit Dinner

Box 6 of 8

1988: DAA Benefit (2 folders), Paris Opera - 3 files

Box 6 of 8

1989: Junior Committee Benefit

Box 6 of 8

Box 7

Memorials

A. Beer Fund

Box 7 of 8

Mary Blackwelder

Box 7 of 8

Calvin Hathaway

Box 7 of 8

Chris Rohlfing

Box 7 of 8

Charles Whitney

Box 7 of 8

Donor Files - A-Mc less than $500, 1975-1990

Box 7 of 8

Boxes 8

Donor Files - Me-Z less than $500, 1975-1990

Boxes 8 of 8