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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 95-123

National Museum of American Art. Curatorial Department

Exhibition Records, 1989-1995

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American Art. Curatorial Department
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1989-1995
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 95-123
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of materials created by the Curatorial Department of the National Museum of American Art (NMAA) for the exhibitions, "The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920" (March 15-July 7, 1991) and "Thomas Cole: Landscape into History" (March 18-August 7, 1994 at NMAA venue). William Truettner, Senior Curator at NMAA (1990- ) served as curator-in-charge for these exhibitions with Margy Sharpe of the curatorial office staff acting as exhibitions coordinator. For "The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920" records consist of loan correspondence and forms, label text, educational and press packets, and selected press reviews and comments. The "Thomas Cole: Landscape into History" records consist of catalogue production information including texts of essays, correspondence and memoranda, contracts with authors, illustration information, funding information, and marketing/publicity files; loans and tour itinerary information including correspondence with institutional and private lenders (restricted), itinerary schedules, and correspondence and contracts with museum venues; and miscellaneous subject files regarding checklists of works of art, publicity and press information, design and production details, exhibition budgets and funding, and object and didactic wall labels.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the records of the National Museum of American Art (NMAA) curatorial office for the exhibitions The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920 (March 15-July 7, 1991) and Thomas Cole: Landscape into History (March 18-August 7, 1994, at NMAA venue). William Truettner, Senior Curator at NMAA (1990- ) served as curator-in-charge for these exhibitions with Margy Sharpe of the curatorial office staff acting as exhibitions coordinator.

For The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920, records consist of loan correspondence and forms, label text, educational and press packets, and selected press reviews and comments.

For Thomas Cole: Landscape into History, records consist of catalogue production information including texts of essays, correspondence and memoranda, contracts with authors, illustration information, funding information, and marketing/publicity files; loans and tour itinerary information including correspondence with institutional and private lenders, itinerary schedules, and correspondence and contracts with museum venues; and miscellaneous subject files regarding checklists of works of art, publicity and press information, design and production details, exhibition budgets and funding, and object and didactic wall labels.

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Access Restriction

Box 2 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-123, National Museum of American Art. Curatorial Department, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920

Permission Forms and catalogue correspondence

Box 1 of 3

Wall text (final)

Box 1 of 3

Teachers' Guide

Box 1 of 3

Press Kits

Box 1 of 3

Public Programs (NMAA)

Box 1 of 3

Selected reviews

Box 1 of 3

Brochure (handout)

Box 1 of 3

General Correspondence relating to potential loans to the exhibition

Box 1 of 3

Loans (3 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Thomas Cole: Landscape into History

Acoustaguide

Box 1 of 3

Brochure (hand-out)

Box 1 of 3

Budget

Box 1 of 3

Budget Printouts (1991-1995)

Box 1 of 3

Checklists (old)

Box 1 of 3

Checklist (current)

Box 1 of 3

Computer

Box 1 of 3

Conservation (loans)

Box 1 of 3

Contract (Co-curator): Wallach

Box 1 of 3

Contract (Exhibition Coordinator)

Box 1 of 3

Contract (Sample contracts)

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence (general)

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence 1993-

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence: Silberstein

Box 1 of 3

Cole Descendants/Family/House

Box 1 of 3

Design and Production Installation

Box 1 of 3

Thomas Cole, Installation Slides 1994

Box 1 of 3

Design and Production: Video

Box 1 of 3

Exhibit Awards (1994/1995)

Box 1 of 3

Exhibition Prospectus and Related Materials

Box 1 of 3

Funding/NYNEX

Box 1 of 3

Funding, Photo/slide orders

Box 1 of 3

Funding: SEF Grant (1991-)

Box 1 of 3

Funding (print-outs)

Box 1 of 3

Labels (individual object)

Box 1 of 3

Labels/wall text (extended)

Box 1 of 3

Lecture (Truettner)

Box 1 of 3

Fabric of a Vision, 8/1/1993

Box 1 of 3

Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 3

Multi-Media Kiosk (American Landscape/NMAA Lobby Installation)

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Notes (in-house)

Box 2 of 3

Opening/Special Events

Box 2 of 3

Opening

Box 2 of 3

Opening, 9/10/1994

Box 2 of 3

Press Release (draft/final)

Box 2 of 3

Programs

Box 2 of 3

Programs (Brooklyn)

Box 2 of 3

Programs: Campus on the Mall

Box 2 of 3

Programs: Tours/NMAA (1994)

Box 2 of 3

Program (Wadsworth)

Box 2 of 3

Promotion "America On Line"

Box 2 of 3

Public Affairs (general)

Box 2 of 3

Publicity (cuttings, reviews)

Box 2 of 3

Publicity: Press Releases

Box 2 of 3

Public Response to exhibition

Box 2 of 3

Public Response (comment book)

Box 2 of 3

Publicity: American Art Review, "Thomas Cole in Retrospect"

Box 2 of 3

Publicity: American Art Review

Box 2 of 3

Publicity: Radio/TV/Visual Media

Box 2 of 3

Lenders (2 folders) [RESTRICTED]

Box 2 of 3

Exhibit Tour (6 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Contract, Brooklyn Museum

Box 2 of 3

Contract, Brooklyn Correspondence

Box 2 of 3

Tour, LA County Museum

Box 2 of 3

Tour, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Box 2 of 3

New York Historical Society contract negotiations, 1991-1992

Box 2 of 3

New York Historical Society contract (1993) (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

New York Historical Society: Miscellany

Box 3 of 3

Contract: Wadsworth Atheneum

Box 3 of 3

Contract: Wadsworth Correspondence

Box 3 of 3

Itinerary (exhibition tour)

Box 3 of 3

Tour proposal (Whitney Museum)

Box 3 of 3

Tour/Itinerary (Miscellaneous)

Box 3 of 3

Catalog Correspondence/Memos, 1991-1994 (mostly in-house NMAA)

Box 3 of 3

Contract (Author) and Correspondence

Box 3 of 3

Contract (Author): Sweeney and Correspondence

Box 3 of 3

Catalog (Illustrations: Stansell Wilentz): Alternate Illus.

Box 3 of 3

Catalogue Distribution/Giveaway

Box 3 of 3

Catalog: Editing/Production Schedules and memos

Box 3 of 3

Catalogue: Finding/budget

Box 3 of 3

Illustration lists (B&W, color, proofs, details, etc.)

Box 3 of 3

Catalogue: Unused B&Ws

Box 3 of 3

Catalogue (Marketing/Sales)

Box 3 of 3

Smithsonian Photo Order Forms and NMAA In-house photo orders

Box 3 of 3

New York Historical Society, Catalog photos/replacement photos

Box 3 of 3

Catalogue, Readers (essays)

Box 3 of 3

Catalog: Reprint Memos (1994)

Box 3 of 3

Wallach Essay

Box 3 of 3

Thomas Cole Catalogue Illustrations, Correspondence, Permissions, Purchase Orders (7 folders)

Box 3 of 3