Agency history, 1987-2002

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  • Lawton, Thomas 1931-
  • Slusser, Mary Shepherd
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - Chinese 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.
  • Smithsonian Annals, 1987-1997
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1999
  • Beyond the Legacy, 1998, pp. 59-72
  • When Thomas Lawton retired as Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 1987, he became Senior Research Scholar - pursuing his Ancient Chinese art studies further. Lawton reported to the Chief Curator until he left Freer/Sackler in October of 2001. The agency history for Curatorial - Chinese Art sheds additional light on the study of Chinese art at the Freer and Sackler galleries. Mary Sheperd Slusser was Senior Research Scholar from about 2001 to 2002 after which the position seems to have been abolished.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1987
  • 1987-2002


  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Art museum curators
  • Art, Chinese
  • Art, Ancient


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00332

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