Archives of American Art Becomes Part of SI

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The Archives of American Art formally joins the Smithsonian as a bureau. Regional branch offices are located in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and Washington, and field offices are located in Boston and Santa Fe. The Archives was founded in 1954 in Detroit as an independent research institution committed to encouraging and aiding scholarship in the visual arts in this country from the 18th century to the present time.


  • Archives of American Art
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1970, p. 73
  • Torch, 7-8/1974, p. 4
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


May 1, 1970


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