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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 15-185

National Museum of American History. Division of Costume

Exhibition Records, 1905-1992

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Costume
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1905-1992
Quantity: 2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 15-185
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the records of curators Claudia Brush Kidwell and Anne Wood Murray documenting exhibition planning, development, and production in the Division of Costume, and when that Division was known as the Division of Costume and Furnishings and the Section of American Costume which, prior to 1969, was within the Division of Political History at the Museum of History and Technology. Also consists of a small amount of records that date back to when various divisions and departments in the United States National Museum were responsible for the costume collection. Other staff members represented in these records include domestic life curator Barbara Clark Smith, and museum specialists Shelly Foote and Carol Kregloh. The records primarily document the exhibitions "Suiting Everyone," "Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender, and Power" and "Getting Dressed: Fashionable Appearance, 1750-1800" - the Costume Study Gallery section for the exhibit "After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America." In addition there are records pertaining to the creation of the Hall of American Costume, as well as smaller exhibitions. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; schedules; meeting minutes; budget summaries; floor plans and drawings; scripts; installation photographs and slides; object lists; reports; advisory committee information; news releases, press clippings, and reviews; visitor comments; catalogs and brochures; fund raising information; audiotape recording of Kidwell interview; and supporting documentation.

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This accession consists of the records of curators Claudia Brush Kidwell and Anne Wood Murray documenting exhibition planning, development, and production in the Division of Costume, and when that Division was known as the Division of Costume and Furnishings and the Section of American Costume which, prior to 1969, was within the Division of Political History at the Museum of History and Technology. Also consists of a small amount of records that date back to when various divisions and departments in the United States National Museum were responsible for the costume collection. Other staff members represented in these records include domestic life curator Barbara Clark Smith, and museum specialists Shelly Foote and Carol Kregloh. The records primarily document the exhibitions "Suiting Everyone," "Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender, and Power," and "Getting Dressed: Fashionable Appearance, 1750-1800"--the Costume Study Gallery section for the exhibit "After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America." In addition there are records pertaining to the creation of the Hall of American Costume, as well as smaller exhibitions. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; schedules; meeting minutes; budget summaries; floor plans and drawings; scripts; installation photographs and slides; object lists; reports; advisory committee information; news releases, press clippings, and reviews; visitor comments; catalogs and brochures; fund raising information; audiotape recording of Kidwell interview; and supporting documentation.

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Subject

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-185, National Museum of American History. Division of Costume, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Early Costume Hall

Copp Collection: Exhibition Photographs and Slides (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Thomas Jefferson Clothing (late Eighteenth/early Nineteenth Centuries): Exhibition

Box 1 of 3

Photograph

Box 1 of 3

Children's Costumes (Nineteenth Century): Exhibition Photographs

Box 1 of 3

Replica of Empress Josephine Dress: Exhibition Photograph

Box 1 of 3

Women's Costume (Eighteenth Century): Exhibition Photograph

Box 1 of 3

Julian James Jewelry Collection (Cases 1 and 2): Exhibition Photographs

Box 1 of 3

Jewelry Exhibited in Costume Hall (Cases 2 and 4): Exhibition Photographs

Box 1 of 3

Hair Jewelry (Arts and Industries Building): Exhibition Photographs, c. late 1930s

Box 1 of 3

Quaker Costume Photographs

Box 1 of 3

Hall of American Costume

Hall Entrance, 1960-1969

Box 1 of 3

Script, 1959-1960

Box 1 of 3

Floor Plan, 1961

Box 1 of 3

Mannequins, 1960-1961

Box 1 of 3

Fashion Prints, 1960

Box 1 of 3

Table Cases, 1962

Box 1 of 3

Environmental Problems, 1959-1969

Box 1 of 3

Guidebook, 1964

Box 1 of 3

Period Jewelry Cases: Eighteenth Century, c. 1961

Box 1 of 3

Period Jewelry Cases: Empire, c. 1961

Box 1 of 3

Period Jewelry Cases: Romantic, c. 1961

Box 1 of 3

Period Jewelry Cases: Hoop Jewelry, c. 1961

Box 1 of 3

Period Jewelry Cases: Bustle Jewelry, c. 1961

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Hall Entrance

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Seventeenth Century Costume

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Eighteenth Century Costume

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Empire Period (1800-1830)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Romanic Period (1830-1850)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Vests and Shoes (1830-1850)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Hoop Dresses (1850-1870)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Costume Period (1865-1899)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Costume Period (1900-1920)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Costume Period (1920-1930)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Modern Section (1940-1960)

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Shawls

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Accessories Carried or Worn

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Thematic Case, Recurring Styles

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs: Central View of Hall

Box 1 of 3

Anne W. Murray: Description of the Hall of American Costume, 1964

Box 1 of 3

Special Jewelry Case: Photographs, 1965

Box 1 of 3

Special Jewelry Case: Labels, 1962-1967

Box 1 of 3

Special Jewelry Case: Lists, 1968-1976

Box 1 of 3

Special Jewelry Case: Correspondence, 1960-1970

Box 1 of 3

Special Jewelry: Loans, 1963-1972

Box 1 of 3

Jewelry: Marie Louise Diamond Necklace, 1962

Box 1 of 3

Miriam D. Plotnicov: Project to Enhance Diversity, 1969-1970

Box 1 of 3

Collecting Guidelines and Form Letters

Box 1 of 3

School Tour Announcement, 1972

Box 1 of 3

Hall Closing Plans and Party, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Press Releases, 1962-1968

Box 1 of 3

Publicity, 1962

Box 1 of 3

Open House for Teachers: Photograph, 1966

Box 1 of 3

Case of the Month Exhibits

Hairdressing and Wigmaking Tools, 1971

Box 1 of 3

Weddings, 1972

Box 1 of 3

Coming of Age for Boys, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Cassie Mason Myers Julian-James, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Dorothy Shaver, 1975

Box 1 of 3

The Red Diving Girl, 1977

Box 1 of 3

Adrian, 1978

Box 1 of 3

Fitting like a Glove, 1980

Box 1 of 3

Hair, 1981

Box 1 of 3

Suiting Everyone

Idea for Exhibition (Kidwell to Boorstin), 1971

Box 1 of 3

Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1972-1973

Box 1 of 3

Proposal, 1972-1973

Box 1 of 3

Descriptive Outline of the Exhibition, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Clothing Advisory Panel: Invite, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Clothing Advisory Panel: Meetings, 1973-1976

Box 1 of 3

Clothing Advisory Panel: Correspondence, 1973-1977

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Rudi Gernreich, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Bonnie Cashin, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Marjorie Dean, 1974

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Eleni Epstein, 1973, 1976

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Mary Joan Glynn, 1973-1977

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Helen Gray, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Robert L. Green, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Dona Guimaraes, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Edith Head, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Nina S. Hyde

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Kay Kerr, 1973-1977

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Elsa Klench, 1974

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Eunice W. Johnson, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Grace Mirabella, 1973

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Rita A. Perna, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: Julian Tomchin, 1973-1977

Box 1 of 3

Advisory Committee: June Weir, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Budget Summaries and Schedules, 1972-1974

Box 1 of 3

Press Clippings, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Script, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Floor Plan, 1974

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs, 1974

Box 1 of 3

Object List, 1974

Box 1 of 3

Brochures, 1974

Box 1 of 3

Exhibits Seminar on Catalogs, 1975

Box 1 of 3

Catalog, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 3

News Releases, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 3

Opening Event: Invitation, 1974

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Opening Event: Correspondence, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 3

Opening Event: Photographs (contact sheets), 1974

Box 2 of 3

Awards, 1975

Box 2 of 3

Carol Kregloh: Exhibition Report, 1974

Box 2 of 3

Exhibition Changes, 1975

Box 2 of 3

Amy Kurland: Exhibition Critique, 1975

Box 2 of 3

Color Slide Set, 1976

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian Magazine Article, 1974

Box 2 of 3

Claudia Brush Kidwell Interview (cassette recordings), 1978

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES): Traveling Exhibition

Box 2 of 3

based on "Suiting Everyone," 1974

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Scripts, 1975

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Description, 1975

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Photographs, 1975

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Venues, 1975-1979

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Project Book, 1975

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Conservation Supplement, 1975

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Correspondence and Press Clippings, 1975-1980

Box 2 of 3

SITES Panels: Installation Slides, Brunnier Gallery (Iowa State University), 1977

Box 2 of 3

Costume Study Gallery - Getting Dressed: Fashionable Appearance, 1750-1800

Defining the Study Gallery, 1981-1983

Box 2 of 3

Division of Costume Interest in the Study Gallery, 1982

Box 2 of 3

Eighteenth Century Study Gallery Group: Meeting Minutes, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Costume Study Gallery Proposal and Response, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Preliminary Script, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Budget Cuts/Space versus Script, 1984-1985

Box 2 of 3

Change in Space, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Script for Accessory Case (not produced), 1985

Box 2 of 3

Final Script, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Visual Outline of Labels, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Gretchen Schneider: Correspondence, 1978-1989

Box 2 of 3

Gretchen Schneider: Contracts, 1983-1984

Box 2 of 3

Gretchen Schneider: Reports, 1983-1985

Box 2 of 3

Gretchen Schneider: Suggested Labeling, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Gretchen Schneider: Videotape Preliminary Treatment, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Gretchen Schneider: Script, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Fabrication of Eighteenth Century Mannequins, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Dressing the Eighteenth Century Mannequins, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Claudia Brush Kidwell: Correspondence, 1983-1985

Box 2 of 3

"Evidence of Lost Bodies" Label Text and Images, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Object List, 1983-1985

Box 2 of 3

Guide: Descriptions of Objects, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Negative List, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Visitor Comments, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Exhibition Adjustments, 1986-1987

Box 2 of 3

Karen Jean Harris: "Getting Dressed: An Analysis of Exhibition Techniques in

Box 2 of 3

the Costume Study Gallery," 1987

Box 2 of 3

Gallery Closing, 1988

Box 2 of 3

Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender, and Power

Summary Time-line, 1989

Box 2 of 3

Ideal Images: Proposal (Conceptual Summary), 1981

Box 2 of 3

Ideal Images: Consultant Opinions, 1981

Box 2 of 3

Ideal Images: Further Development, 1981

Box 2 of 3

Ideal Images: Expanded Sensory, 1982

Box 2 of 3

Images Discussion Group, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Proposal to the Museum Advisory Committee (MAC), 1983

Box 2 of 3

Conference: Working Titles and Descriptions, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Proposed Budget, 1984

Box 2 of 3

Designers Search, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Exhibition Concept, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Public Relations, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Fundraising, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Exhibition Proposal, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Budget for Public Programs, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Exhibition Development, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Status Report, 1987

Box 2 of 3

Claudia Brush Kidwell: Script, 1987

Box 2 of 3

Exhibition Outline, 1987

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Script Comments, 1988 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 3

Exhibition Title, 1988

Box 3 of 3

Object Labels, 1988

Box 3 of 3

Memoranda, 1988-1989

Box 3 of 3

Installation Photographs (contact sheets), 1989

Box 3 of 3

Catalog, 1989

Box 3 of 3

Visitor Study, 1990

Box 3 of 3

Exhibition Closing, 1990

Box 3 of 3

Exhibition Reviews, 1989-1991

Box 3 of 3

Other

"Life in America" Discovery Room Clothing, 1985

Box 3 of 3

Ideas for Clothing Section of "Smithsonian's America," 1991-1992

Box 3 of 3

Recommendations for the Butterick Case, 1975-1977

Box 3 of 3