Exhibition Records, 1938-2016

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Consists of records documenting exhibition planning, development and production in the Curatorial Office and its predecessors: the Department of Painting and Sculpture, the Department of Graphic Arts, and the Curatorial Department. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; scripts; newspaper clippings; research files; conservation information; prospectuses; biographical information; photographs, slides, and negatives; press releases and articles; reports; lectures and presentations; agreements; budget summaries; grant records; object lists; brochures; meeting agendas; checklists; proposals; exhibition book; staff resumes; strategic plans; loan information; press kits; cassette recordings; public program information; videotapes; floor plans; architectural drawings; and brochures. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Department of Graphic Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Curatorial Office
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Curatorial Department
  • National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.) Department of Painting and Sculpture
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Department of Painting and Sculpture


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Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1938
  • 1938-2015
  • 1938-2016

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old. Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Photography
  • Graphic arts
  • Public relations
  • Art, American
  • Art museums
  • Education
  • Museum loans
  • Museums
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Museum curators
  • Art museum curators


  • Manuscripts
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies
  • Floppy disks
  • Compact discs
  • Color negatives
  • Audiotapes
  • Videotapes
  • Floor plans
  • Architectural drawings
  • Electronic records
  • Books

Local number

SIA RS00361

Physical description

94 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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