Agency history, 1920-

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  • Raby, Julian
  • Dehejia, Vidya
  • Pope, John Alexander 1906-1982
  • Stern, Harold P
  • Lawton, Thomas 1931-
  • Beach, Milo Cleveland
  • Lodge, John Ellerton 1876-1942
  • Wenley, A. G (Archibald Gibson) 1898-1962
  • Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903
  • Robinson, Chase F
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Freer Gallery of Art


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • "The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,", July 17, 2001
  • The Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is responsible for administering a world-renowned collection of the arts of China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East, as well as a collection of nineteenth and early twentieth-century American art, especially the works of James McNeill Whistler. The two galleries exhibit their holdings separately but have Director and staff in common.
  • The first Director was John Ellerton Lodge, 1920-1942, followed by Archibald Gibson Wenley, 1943-1962; John Alexander Pope, 1962-1971; Harold P. Stern, 1971-1977; Thomas Lawton, 1977-1987; Milo Cleveland Beach, 1987-2001; Vidya Dehejia (Acting Director), 2001-2002; Julian Raby, 2002-2018; and Chase F. Robinson, 2018- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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


  • 1920
  • 1920-


  • Art
  • Museums
  • Museum directors
  • Art, Asian


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00303

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