Director's Records, 1954-2020

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Consists of records documenting the administration of the Archives of Ameican Art during the tenures of Edgar Preston Richardson, 1954-1964; William E. Woolfenden, 1964-1983; Richard N. Murray, 1983-1988; John A. Fleckner (Acting Director), 1987-1988; Susan A. Hamilton (Acting Director), 1988-1990; Richard J. Wattenmaker, 1990-2005; John W. Smith, 2006-2011; and Kate Haw, 2013-2020. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; reports; agreements; meeting minutes; copyright information; articles; statistics; proposals; strategic planning records; clippings; and budget summaries. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Wattenmaker, Richard J
  • Hamilton, Susan A
  • Murray, Richard N. 1942-2006
  • Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995
  • Richardson, Edgar Preston 1902-1985
  • Fleckner, John A. 1941-
  • Smith, John W (John William) 1959-
  • Haw, Kate


Series Level Description


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1954
  • 1954-2020

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Art museums
  • Museum archives
  • Intellectual property


  • Manuscripts
  • Clippings
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Brochures
  • Illustrations
  • Electronic mail
  • Electronic records

Local number

SIA RS00815

Physical description

  • 10.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 21 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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