SIA Acc. 20-136, Archives of American Art, Director's Records, 1956-2011

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This accession consists of records created and maintained by the directors of the Archives of American Art (AAA). Director's documented include William E. Woolfenden, Director, 1964-1983; Richard N. Murray, Director, 1983-1988; Susan A. Hamilton, Acting Director, 1988-1990; Richard J. Wattenmaker, 1990-2005; and John W. Smith, 2006-2011, Director. The records cover such areas as collecting, collections management, the history of the AAA, strategic planning, regional offices, and publicity. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, press releases, strategic planning records, memoranda of understanding, images, clippings, and other related materials.


  • Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995
  • Murray, Richard N. 1942-2006
  • Hamilton, Susan A
  • Wattenmaker, Richard J
  • Smith, John W (John William) 1959-


  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • Folder List in accession file.
  • For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1956
  • 1956-2011

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2027; Transferring office; 3/2/1988 memorandum, Massa to Fleckner; Contact reference staff for details


  • Acquisitions
  • Art
  • Art, American
  • Museum archives
  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Artists
  • Galleries
  • Archives--Acquisitions
  • Art galleries, Commercial
  • Archives--Collection management
  • Archives--Administration


United States


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Clippings
  • Color photographs

Local number

SIA Acc. 20-136

Physical description

2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)

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