Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Files, 1979-1999

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Consists of records documenting relations between the Sackler Family and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through the Director, acquisitions to the Sackler collection, the Sackler/Smithsonian agreement, Sackler events, donations and gifts, the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation/Gallery development, and trips, during the tenures of Thomas Lawton, Director, 1977-1987, and Milo Cleveland Beach, Director, 1987-2001. Materials include press releases, correspondence, memoranda, press clippings, biographical information, meeting agendas, agreements, floor plans, lists of objects, photocopies of photographs of objects, transmittal forms for gifts and grants, copies of checks, financial transaction lists, lists of gift and non-gift honorariums, input vouchers, requests for building services, statistical summaries of collections, and copies of articles.


  • Lawton, Thomas 1931-
  • Beach, Milo Cleveland
  • Sackler family
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Arthur M. Sackler Foundation


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


  • 1979
  • 1979-1999

Restrictions & Rights

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


Art museums


  • Manuscripts
  • Clippings
  • Floor plans

Local number

SIA RS00986

Physical description

3.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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