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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 19-138

Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office

Exhibition Records, 1990-2004

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1990-2004
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Accession 19-138
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records documenting the planning, development and production of the exhibition "Secrets of the Dark Chamber: The Art of the American Daguerreotype" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which, prior to 2000, was known as the National Museum of American Art. The exhibition featured daguerreotypes from public and private collections, with a focus on how the medium contributed to American art and culture. Staff represented in these records include curator Mary A. Foresta and curatorial assistant Betsy Anderson. A book prepared for the exhibition was co-authored by Foresta and John Wood, professor of English at McNeese State University. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition and book proposals; scripts; loan information; object checklists; budget summaries; press releases and articles; brochures; an exhibition catalog; a press kit; public program information; and photographs.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records documenting the planning, development and production of the exhibition Secrets of the Dark Chamber: The Art of the American Daguerreotype at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which, prior to 2000, was known as the National Museum of American Art. The exhibition featured daguerreotypes from public and private collections, with a focus on how the medium contributed to American art and culture. Staff represented in these records include curator Mary A. Foresta and curatorial assistant Betsy Anderson. A book prepared for the exhibition was co-authored by Foresta and John Wood, professor of English at McNeese State University. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition and book proposals; scripts; loan information; object checklists; budget summaries; press releases and articles; brochures; an exhibition catalog; a press kit; public program information; and photographs.

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Access Restriction

Box 1 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Transferring office; 01/08/2007 memorandum, Toda to Earle; Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-138, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office, Exhibition Records

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Container List

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Secrets of the Dark Chamber: The Art of the American Daguerreotype

Book Proposal, circa 1991

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John Wood: Correspondence, 1991-1994

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Preliminary Checklists, 1991

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Scripts

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Brochures, 1995

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Public Programs, 1995

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Exhibition Prospectus, 1994

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Object Checklists, 1994-1995

Box 1 of 1

Press Releases and Articles, 1995

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Correspondence (general), 1995-1996

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Press Kit

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Exhibition Book, 1995

Box 1 of 1

Lender File [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

Box 1 of 1

Lender: Amherst College, 1995

Box 1 of 1

Lender Files (2 folders) [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

Box 1 of 1

Lender: Boston Athenaeum, 1994-1995

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Lender File [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

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Lender: Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1992-1995

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Lender: Chester County Historical Society, 1994-1995

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Lender: The Chrysler Museum, 1994-1995

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Lender Files (5 folders) [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

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Lender: International Museum of Photography and Film, 1994-1995

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Lender: The Gilman Paper Company, 1994-1995

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Lender: Hampton Institute, 1994-1995

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Lender: Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, 1994-1995

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Lender: Cushing House Museum, 1992-1994

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Lender Files (2 folders) [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

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Lender: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1990-1995

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Lender Files (2 folders) [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

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Lender: Library of Congress, 1992-1995

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Lender Files (3 folders) [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

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Lender: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994-1996

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Lender: Middlebury College Museum of Art, 1993-1995

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Lender: Miller-Plumber Collection of Photography, 1993-1995

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Lender: Minnesota Historical Society, 1993

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Lender: Missouri Historical Society, 1991-1995

Box 1 of 1

Lender File [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

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Lender: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1992-1995

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Lender: National Museum of American History, 1992-1995

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Lender: National Portrait Gallery, 1993-1995

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Lender: The New-York Historical Society, 1993-1995

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Lender: The New York Public Library, 1993-1994

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Lender Files (13 folders) [PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED]

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