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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 20-136

Archives of American Art

Director's Records, 1956-2011

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Archives of American Art
Title: Director's Records
Dates: 1956-2011
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 20-136
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records created and maintained by the directors of the Archives of American Art (AAA). Directors documented include William E. Woolfenden, Director, 1964-1983; Richard N. Murray, Director, 1983-1988; Susan A. Hamilton, Acting Director, 1988-1990; Richard J. Wattenmaker, Director, 1990-2005; and John W. Smith, Director, 2006-2011. 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.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records created and maintained by the directors of the Archives of American Art (AAA). Directors documented include William E. Woolfenden, Director, 1964-1983; Richard N. Murray, Director, 1983-1988; Susan A. Hamilton, Acting Director, 1988-1990; Richard J. Wattenmaker, Director, 1990-2005; and John W. Smith, Director, 2006-2011. 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.

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Use Restriction

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

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-136, Archives of American Art, Director's Records

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Container List

Box 1

William E. Woolfenden, Director, 1964-1983

Curator's Report on the State of the Collection - Arthur J. Breton, November 30, 1973 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Historical information, 1956-1974

Box 1 of 2

Richard N. Murray, Director, 1983-1988

Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project: A Proposal, 1984

Box 1 of 2

Philadelphia Collecting Project Report, 1985

Box 1 of 2

Collector reports - Sue Ann Kendall, 1984

Box 1 of 2

Collector reports - Liza Kirwin, 1985

Box 1 of 2

Five Year Plan for Collections Management, 1985

Box 1 of 2

Proposal - A Film About the Archives of American Art, Maysles Films, Inc., 1984

Box 1 of 2

Handbook for Regional Committees, 1985

Box 1 of 2

Press releases, 1985-1988

Box 1 of 2

Susan A. Hamilton, Acting Director, 1988-1990

Correspondence, 1989-1990

Box 1 of 2

The Visual Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950 - A Directory of Repositories, 1990

Box 1 of 2

The Visual Arts in Southern California, 1900-1950 - Final Report, 1990

Box 1 of 2

Analysis of Private Support for the Archives of American Art - Boyce-Mansfield, Inc., June 1989

Box 1 of 2

Richard J. Wattenmaker, Director, 1990-2005

Appointment, 1990

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1990-1991

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1991-1992

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1992-1993

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1993-1995 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1995-2000

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence - Office of Development, 1990-1992

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence - Detroit Institute of Arts, 1992

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence - Don DeLue, 1993

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence - Knoxville Museum of Art, 2000

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence - Marilyn Symmes, 2003-2004

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence - Terra Foundation, 2004

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Collector reports - Marilyn Symmes, 2003-2004

Box 2 of 2

Collector reports - Susan Larsen, 2003-2005

Box 2 of 2

Collector reports - Susan Ehrlich, 2003-2005

Box 2 of 2

Southeast Regional Collector - Liza Kirwin, 1993-1994

Box 2 of 2

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1992-2004

Box 2 of 2

Memorandum of Understanding - Amon Carter Museum, 1998-2004

Box 2 of 2

Center for the Study of American Art and Culture - Report by Wolf Keens & Company, 1999

Box 2 of 2

Executive Summary - A Study of Organization and Management - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Archives of American Art, April 16, 2001

Box 2 of 2

Training Policy, 1993

Box 2 of 2

Transition briefing materials, 1992

Box 2 of 2

Five Year Plan, 1996

Box 2 of 2

All staff meeting, September 22, 1993

Box 2 of 2

History information, 1979-1995

Box 2 of 2

San Francisco Office, 1991-1998

Box 2 of 2

New England Office, 1994

Box 2 of 2

Press releases, 2000-2003

Box 2 of 2

Clippings, 1992-2001 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 2

John W. Smith, Director, 2006-2011

Correspondence, 2006-2011

Box 2 of 2

Correspondence - Susan Ehrlich, 2006

Box 2 of 2