Collection Records, 1905-2008

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Consists of records that document acquisitions, loans, and deaccessions of collections. Records were created and maintained by 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. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, loan forms, notes, transmittal forms, object descriptions, valuations, insurance information, object lists, news releases, policies, brochures, images, clippings, and other related material.


  • Broun, Elizabeth
  • 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
  • Lowe, Harry 1922-
  • Eldredge, Charles C
  • 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


  • To view records that comprise this series, see the detailed list of accessions and/or record units below.
  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.


Chronologic and unarranged

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1905
  • 1905-2008

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Acquisitions
  • Museum storage facilities
  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Deaccessioning
  • Museums--Administration
  • Art museum directors
  • Museums--Acquisitions
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Deaccessioning


  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Manuscripts
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Color transparencies

Local number

SIA RS00821

Physical description

  • 0.68 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 4 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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