Exhibition Records, 1906-2013

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Consists of records documenting Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition planning, production and promotion during the tenures of Directors William Henry Holmes, 1907-1932; Ruel P. Tolman, Acting Director, 1932-1945, and Director, 1946-1948; Thomas M. Beggs, 1948-1964; David W. Scott, 1965-1969; Robert Tyler Davis (interim), 1969; Joshua Charles Taylor, 1970-1981; Harry Lowe (acting), 1981-1982; Charles C. Eldredge, 1982-1988; and Elizabeth Broun, 1989-2016. Some materials date to when the museum was known as the National Museum of American Art, the National Collection of Fine Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. Materials include correspondence with artists and collection owners; exhibition catalogues and publicity clippings; accession and shipping records; exhibit schedules; exhibit guidelines; floor plans; brochures; images; educational guides; symposium records; proposals; press kits; and brochures.


  • Lowe, Harry 1922-
  • Taylor, Joshua C (Joshua Charles) 1917-1981
  • Davis, Robert Tyler
  • Scott, David W. 1916-
  • Beggs, Thomas M
  • Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • Eldredge, Charles C
  • Broun, Elizabeth
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Office of the Director
  • National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.) Office of the Director
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S. : 1906-1937)


Series Level Description


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By exhibition, chronologic, and unarranged

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1906
  • 1906-2013

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Art museums
  • Art, American
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration
  • Art museum directors
  • Museum exhibits


  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Manuscripts
  • Clippings
  • Brochures
  • Floor plans
  • Color photographs

Local number

SIA RS00820

Physical description

  • 25.75 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 3 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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