Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Museum of American Art. Office of Registration and Collections Management
Collection Records, 1965-1996
The bulk of these records document periodic "gallery checks" of the collections in each gallery space. The objects were examined in situ for evidence of deterioration, damage, or need for cleaning. Each worksheet records the condition of one object. There may be several checks over time recorded on one sheet.
The sheets contain the following information: the artist, title (of the object), accession number, location (gallery), date (examined), by whom, condition/damage, repair (action taken), and date (of repair). The last two headings regarding repair are usually blank. The conservation laboratory notes and object files record any repairs to the object.
In addition to the gallery checks are statistical reports regarding yearly accessions to the collection. There are also two files for the following: lecture files for Fanfare (Fans from the 18th Century-20th Century) Parts I, II, & III [Exhibition, Renwick Gallery, 2/17/1984-7/8/1985] and Celebrate America (book). The last two files were created and maintained by Lenore B. Fein, Museum Registration Specialist.
Materials include "gallery check" worksheets, statistical reports, correspondence, memoranda, checklists, research notes, and related records.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Fein, Lenore B.
- Fanfare: Fans from the 18th Century - 20th Century, Parts I, II, III (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)
- Celebrate America: in poetry and art: paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs, and other works of art from the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Monograph)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-112, National Museum of American Art. Office of Registration and Collections Management, Collection Records