Correspondence, 1881-1981

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Consists of records documenting the administration of the Museum from its establishment until its reopening in 1976 in the Carnegie Mansion during the tenures of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt, Sarah Cooper-Hewitt, and Amy Hewitt Green, Directors, 1897 until their deaths, Sarah dying in 1930; Constance P. Hare, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1930-1938; Edwin S. Burdell, Director, 1938-1951; Calvin S. Hathaway, Director, 1951-1963; H. Christian Rohlfing, Acting Administrator, 1963-1968; Richard P. Wunder, Director, 1968-1969; and Lisa Taylor, Director, 1969-1987. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence with the museums, donors, contributors, art historiancs, organizations, periodicals, universities, Cooper Union, the general public, and others concerning the Museum's collections, activities, policies and procedures, loans for exhibitions, research, gifts to the museum, publications, and visits to the museums.


  • Hathaway, Calvin S
  • Rohlfing, H. Christian
  • Wunder, Richard P
  • Taylor, Lisa 1933-1991
  • Cooper-Hewitt, Sarah 1859-1930
  • Green, Amy Hewitt
  • Hare, Constance P
  • Burdell, Edwin S
  • Hewitt, Eleanor Garnier


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1881
  • 1881-1981


Art museums



Local number

SIA RS00913

Physical description

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

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