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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 17-237

National Museum of American History. Division of Social History

Curatorial Records, 1965-1975, 1992-1997

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Social History
Title: Curatorial Records
Dates: 1965-1975, 1992-1997
Quantity: 0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Collection: Accession 17-237
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records documenting curatorial activities in the Division of Social History and, prior to 1994, in the Division of Ceramics and Glass at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and when the museum was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. The records mostly pertain to the Hans Syz Collection of Meissen porcelain and the transfer of objects in that collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and to Sotheby's for auction; as well as the potential transfer of objects to the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Emily B. Syz loan of objects to NMAH. Also documented, but unrelated to the Hans Syz Collection, are the activities of porcelain collector Ralph Henry Wark. Staff represented in these records include curators Paul Vickers Gardner, Susan H. Myers, and J. Jefferson Miller; and collections manager Sheila M. Alexander. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; agreements; loan information; object lists; photographs; and newspaper clippings.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records documenting curatorial activities in the Division of Social History and, prior to 1994, in the Division of Ceramics and Glass at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and when the museum was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. The records mostly pertain to the Hans Syz Collection of Meissen porcelain and the transfer of objects in that collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and to Sotheby's for auction; as well as the potential transfer of objects to the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Emily B. Syz loan of objects to NMAH. Also documented, but unrelated to the Hans Syz Collection, are the activities of porcelain collector Ralph Henry Wark. Staff represented in these records include curators Paul Vickers Gardner, Susan H. Myers, and J. Jefferson Miller; and collections manager Sheila M. Alexander.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; agreements; loan information; object lists; photographs; and newspaper clippings.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-237, National Museum of American History. Division of Social History, Curatorial Records

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Container List

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Hans Syz Collection: Trust Loan, 1993-1995

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Hans Syz Collection: Transfer of Loan Items to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993-1994

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Hans Syz Collection: Transfer of Loan Items to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 1995-1996

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Hans Syz Collection: Transfer of Loan Items to Sotheby's, 1995-1997

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Hans Syz Collection: Potential Transfer of Loan Items to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 1995

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Hans Syz Collection: Emily B. Syz Loan to the National Museum of American History, 1992-1996

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Ralph H. Wark: Correspondence, 1965-1975

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