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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 08-058

Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office

Exhibition Records, 1938-2001

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1938-2001
Quantity: 7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 08-058
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records which document the research, development, fundraising, publicity, production, and execution of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Staff represented include Harry Rand, Curator, Department of 20th Century Painting and Sculpture, SAAM; Louise Reeves, Exhibitions Coordinator, SAAM; Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Chief Curator, SAAM; Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Senior Curatorial Advisor, National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA); and Therese Thau Heyman, Guest Curator, National Museum of American Art (NMAA). Exhibitions covered include "Art of the Gold Rush;" "Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints;" "Daniel Brush: Gold without Boundaries;" "The Stonewares of Charles Fergus Binns: Father of American Studio Ceramics ;" "Colonial Art from Puerto Rico: Selections from the Gift of Teodoro Vidal ;" "The Paintings of Charles Burchfield;" "Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt;" "John Graham (Proposed exhibition);" "Posters American Style;" and "The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920." These records also cover a period of time when this office was known as the National Museum of American Art, Curatorial Office; as well as the National Museum of American Art, Curatorial Department; and from a time when the museum was known at the National Collection of Fine Arts. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, checklists, prospectuses, grant proposals, essays, budget files, permissions and licenses, color photographs, color transparencies, black-and-white photographs, press kits, label text, clippings, notebooks, donor files, brochures, contracts, bibliographies, and label text. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records which document the research, development, fundraising, publicity, production, and execution of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the Renwick Gallery. Staff represented include Harry Rand, Curator, Department of 20th Century Painting and Sculpture, SAAM; Louise Reeves, Exhibitions Coordinator, SAAM; Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Chief Curator, SAAM; Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Senior Curatorial Advisor, National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA); and Therese Thau Heyman, Guest Curator, National Museum of American Art (NMAA). Exhibitions covered include Art of the Gold Rush; Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints; Daniel Brush: Gold without Boundaries; The Stonewares of Charles Fergus Binns: Father of American Studio Ceramics; Colonial Art from Puerto Rico: Selections from the Gift of Teodoro Vidal; The Paintings of Charles Burchfield; Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt; John Graham (Proposed exhibition); Posters American Style; and The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920. These records also cover a period of time when this office was known as the National Museum of American Art, Curatorial Office; as well as the National Museum of American Art, Curatorial Department; and from a time when the museum was known at the National Collection of Fine Arts. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, checklists, prospectuses, grant proposals, essays, budget files, permissions and licenses, color photographs, color transparencies, black-and-white photographs, press kits, label text, clippings, notebooks, donor files, brochures, contracts, bibliographies, and label text. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Access Restriction

Boxes 4-5 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Transferring office; 01/08/2007 memorandum, Toda to Earle; Contact reference staff for details.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Subject

Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-058, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Curatorial Office, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Art of the Gold Rush (10/30/1998 - 3/7/1999)

Art of the Gold Rush - General, 1996-1999

Box 1 of 7

Art of the Gold Rush - Press kit, 1998

Box 1 of 7

Art of the Gold Rush - Checklists, 1997-1998

Box 1 of 7

Art of the Gold Rush - Approval Form/Prospectus, 1997-1998

Box 1 of 7

Art of the Gold Rush - Contract, 1997-1998

Box 1 of 7

Art of the Gold Rush - Budget spreadsheets, 1998

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints (9/25/1998 - 1/31/1999)

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints - General, 1992-1998 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints - Prospectus and final checklists, 1998

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints - Website, 1998-1999 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints- Jacquelyn Serwer notes, 1997-1998

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints - Labels and schedules, 1998

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints - Checklists, journal article, 1997-1998

Box 1 of 7

Reproductions Cottingham file, 1997

Box 1 of 7

Correspondence/Exhibition setup, 1996-1997

Box 1 of 7

Cottingham web, 1998

Box 1 of 7

Background articles Cottingham File

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints - Images

Box 1 of 7

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints - Press kit, 1998

Box 1 of 7

Daniel Brush: Gold without Boundaries (Renwick) (9/11/1998 - 1/3/1999)

Daniel Brush: Gold without Boundaries - General, 1995-1998 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 7

The Stonewares of Charles Fergus Binns: Father of American Studio Ceramics (Renwick) (9/11/1998 - 1/3/1999)

The Stonewares of Charles Fergus Binns: Father of American Studio Ceramics, 1996-1998

Box 1 of 7

Colonial Art from Puerto Rico: Selections from the Gift of Teodoro Vidal (10/3/1997 - 3/8/1998)

Colonial Art from Puerto Rico: Selections from the Gift of Teodoro Vidal - General, 1998-1999

Box 1 of 7

The Paintings of Charles Burchfield (9/26/1997 - 1/25/1998)

The Paintings of Charles Burchfield - Wall text, 1997

Box 1 of 7

The Paintings of Charles Burchfield - Jay Grimm thesis, 1997

Box 1 of 7

Miscellaneous

2nd floor reinstallation - Fall, 1998

Box 1 of 7

NMAA Journal, 1983, 1986

Box 1 of 7

Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt (11/21/1967 - 1/7/1968)

Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt - Adelyn Breeskin, 1970-1992 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 7

Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt - Morgan prints and drawings, 1941-1948

Box 1 of 7

Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt - Lecture, Adelyn Breeskin

Box 1 of 7

Box 2

Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt - Print research, 1938-1974, 1982, 1987 (3 folders)

Box 2 of 7

Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt - Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings by Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, 1970 (4 folders)

Box 2 of 7

Barney Studio House

Barney Studio House, 1983-1988

Box 2 of 7

John Graham (Proposed Exhibition) 12/1981-2/1982

Harry Rand file, 1981-1983

Box 2 of 7

John D. Graham: A Chronology of His Life and Work - Thesis - Eila M. Kokkinen, 1977

Box 2 of 7

John Graham miscellaneous materials

Box 2 of 7

Harry Rand correspondence re. first-person recollections of the artist by those who knew him, 1978-1979

Box 2 of 7

Recollections and permissions to publish, 1978-1979

Box 2 of 7

John Graham writings to be reproduced, 1979

Box 2 of 7

John Graham catalogue, 1977-1978

Box 2 of 7

John Graham artwork from 1940-1943 - Photographs (Folder 1 of 3)

Box 2 of 7

Box 3

John Graham artwork from 1940-1943 - Photographs (Folders 2-3 of 3)

Box 3 of 7

John Graham artwork from 1944-1960 - Photographs (3 folders)

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Incomplete photographs (4 folders)

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Correspondence - Bookings/Dates for Show, 1978

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - General correspondence, 1978-1979

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Interoffice memoranda, 1979

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Correspondence - Exhibition and design, 1978

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Correspondence - Eila and department, 1977-1979

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Correspondence - Eila and lenders, 1978

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Correspondence - Publication oriented, 1977-1979

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Correspondence - Photograph reproduction rights, 1978-1979

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Works to be included and owners and lenders, 1969-1978

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - Bibliography

Box 3 of 7

John Graham loans, 1979

Box 3 of 7

Copyright policy, 1988

Box 3 of 7

John Graham - General information, 1978-1980 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 7

Posters American Style (3/27/1998 - 8/9/1998)

Photo information, 1995-1996

Box 3 of 7

Poster lecture - Nick Natanson

Box 3 of 7

Posters American Style - Philadelphia Museum of Art

Box 3 of 7

Posters American Style - Public relations and advertising, 1997-1998

Box 3 of 7

Posters American Style - Proposals, 1996

Box 3 of 7

Posters American Style - Education proposals, 1995-1997

Box 3 of 7

Posters American Style - Recent poster exhibitions, 1994-1996

Box 3 of 7

Box 4

Posters American Style - Website, 1997-1998 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Final checklist, 1997

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Clippings, 1998

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Press kits, 1998

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Slides, 1998

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Exhibition reviews, 1998-1999 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Themes/topics

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Recent poster reviews, 1998-1999 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Permissions, 1996-1998 (3 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Posters American Style - Miscellaneous correspondence, 1994-1995, 1998-1999

Box 4 of 7

Donor Files, B-P (34 folders) [RESTRICTED]

Box 4 of 7

Box 5

Donor Files, P-V (11 folders) [RESTRICTED]

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Adams, Bristow

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Atherton, John

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Avedon, Richard

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Baskin, Leonard

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Bass, Saul

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Beall, Lester

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Bearden, Romare

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Bird, Elisha Brown

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Bradley, Will

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Bull, Charles Livingston

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Christy, Howard C

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Chwast, Seymour

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Connolly, Robert

Box 5 of 7

Artist - D'Arcangelo, Allan

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Davis, Paul

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Disney, Walt

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Dorfsman, Louis

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Dow, Arthur W.

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Erickson, Jim

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Garcia, Rupert

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Gee, Peter

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Gibson, Charles Dana

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Goines, David Lance

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Greiman, April

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Griffin, Rick

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Haeberle, Roberta

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Kent, Rockwell

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Lange, Dorothea

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Lundborg, Florence

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Max, Peter

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Miller, J. Howard

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Morales, R. L.

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Minkler, Doug

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Moscoso, Victor

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Mouse, Stanley

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Nagel, Patrick

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Neel, Alice

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Nitsche, Erik

Box 5 of 7

Artist - O'Connell, Ed

Box 5 of 7

Artist - O'Keefe, Georgia

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Palladino, Tony

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Parrish, Maxfield

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Penfield, Edward

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Pennell, Joseph

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Ragan, Leslie

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Ramsdell, Fred

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Rauschenberg, Robert

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Reed, Ethel

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Regan, Felice

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Rockwell, Norman

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Royal Chicano Air Force

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Rosenzweig, Martin

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Saunders, Raymond

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Schonziet, Ben

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Shahn, Ben

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Siegriest, Louis

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Singer, David

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Sloan, John

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Ungerer, Tomi

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Wilson, Wes

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Works Progress Administration

Box 5 of 7

Artist - Ziemienski, Dennis

Box 5 of 7

Research - African American Film Posters

Box 5 of 7

Research - American Art Posters

Box 5 of 7

Research - Bicycles

Box 5 of 7

Research - Circus Posters - Stobridge

Box 5 of 7

Research - Posters - Realism

Box 5 of 7

Research - Rock & Roll Concert Posters

Box 5 of 7

Research - War Posters

Box 5 of 7

Research - Articles about Posters

Box 5 of 7

Research - Miscellaneous

Box 5 of 7

Research - History of the Poster

Box 5 of 7

Research - Literary Background

Box 5 of 7

Research - Theory of Posters

Box 5 of 7

Research - Good Quotes to Use

Box 5 of 7

Research - Printing Technology and Techniques

Box 5 of 7

Research - Bibliography

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Slides

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Coca-Cola, 1996

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Essay - Bernard Reilly, 1995-1996

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Essay - "American Poster Collecting: A Fitful History," Neil Harris, 1996

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Bibliography sources

Box 5 of 7

Postermaker Statements

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Neil Harris essay and images, 1996 (includes electronic records)

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Boston Public Library, 1995

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Teacher Workshop/Education, 1996-1997

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Education funding, 1997-1998

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Brochure text and layout, 1998

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Book order, 1997

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Sources and contacts, 1994-1995

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Lender - Stanley and Vivian Picheny - Norman Rockwell oil sketch, 1997-1998

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Stinehour Press - Invitations for panel discussions, 1998

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Lender - The Phillips Collection (Charles Moffett), 1996-1997

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Opening reception guest list, 1997-1998

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Red Cross

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Denise Wallace

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Edwin Howland Blashfield biographical information

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Charles Herbert Woodbury biographical information

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Children's book illustrators biographical information

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist - Samuel Brown biographical information

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - William Bailey

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - Christo

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - Fong, Wing Gig

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - Garza, Carmen Lomas

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - Giusti

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - Katz, Alex

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - McManus, Blanche

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Philadelphia: 300 years American Art

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Artist information - Sommese, Lanny

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Donor lender list for venues

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Harry N. Abrams correspondence

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Publication - Reprint, 1998

Box 5 of 7

Posters American Style - Authors, 1994-1995

Box 5 of 7

Box 6

Posters American Style - Publication, 1995-1999

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Lecture teachers, 1997

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Panel discussion, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Budget, 1997

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Community Discovered Conference, 1998-1999

Box 6 of 7

Norton Museum of Art (venue), 1997

Box 6 of 7

Oakland Museum of Art (venue), 1997-1999

Box 6 of 7

Minnesota Museum of Art, 1997

Box 6 of 7

Venues - Travel, 1996-1999

Box 6 of 7

Traveling Exhibition - Tour checklist, press releases, and other information, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Public Inquiry Letters, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Poster Phase One, 1994

Box 6 of 7

Phase II - Work Schedule, 1994

Box 6 of 7

Phase III - Education and Budget, 1994

Box 6 of 7

Essay, 1996

Box 6 of 7

Acknowledgments - Book, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Smithsonian Institution Budget for Posters, 1994, 1997-1998

Box 6 of 7

IBM, 1996

Box 6 of 7

Funding - Proposals, 1995-1997

Box 6 of 7

Phillips 66 Petroleum, 1995

Box 6 of 7

Mobil Oil Corporation, 1995

Box 6 of 7

Miscellaneous research, 1998 (includes electronic records)

Box 6 of 7

Checklists, 1997-1998

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Expenditures and budget, 1997-1998

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Photographs and reproductions of posters, information sheets (2 folders)

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Correspondence, 1996-1997

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Special Exhibition Program, 1996

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Approval Form/Prospectus

Box 6 of 7

Abrams Text Changes, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Promotional materials, 1998-1999

Box 6 of 7

Mailing Lists

Box 6 of 7

Program Materials, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Word Perfect files, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Chronology

Box 6 of 7

Label text, 1998

Box 6 of 7

Permissions and licenses for Posters website music, 1998-2001 (2 folders)

Box 6 of 7

Posters American Style - Collectors - Not Lenders to Style, 1998

Box 6 of 7

The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920 (3/15/1991 - 7/28/1991)

Promised Land - Quincentenary Project, 1987

Box 6 of 7

Promised Land - Fundraising, 1989-1990

Box 6 of 7

Promised Land - Budget/Contracts, 1989-1992

Box 6 of 7

Promised Land - Exhibition Prospectus, 1989-1991

Box 6 of 7

West As America - Author's contracts, 1989-1990

Box 6 of 7

Box 7

Promised Land - Correspondence /General Memoranda, 1988-1991

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Design and Production, 1990-1991

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Tour Itinerary, 1989

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Tour (general), 1987-1991

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - The Metropolitan Museum (Packet sent 2/3/1989) Tour, 1989

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Checklist (Section), 1991

Box 7 of 7

The West As America - Publication, 1989-1990

Box 7 of 7

Computer filing and directions

Box 7 of 7

Addresses of Authors

Box 7 of 7

Information on Filing in Back

Box 7 of 7

Reviews, 1991

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Lender list, blank loan forms/draft letter, 1990-1991

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Miscellaneous

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Programs/Special Events, 1991

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Funding - Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund, 1989

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Opening/Invitation, 1991

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Loans refused/Rescinded, 1988-1989

Box 7 of 7

Promised Land - Label copy/Panel text, 1991

Box 7 of 7

The West As America - Image meeting, 1991

Box 7 of 7