Garnett McCoy and Arthur Breton at AAA, by Hofmeister, Richard K, 1979, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Deputy Director Garnett McCoy (r.) and curator Arthur Breton on the balcony of the old Patent Office Building, the Archives of American Art headquarters. A bureau of the Smithsonian, the Archives exists to assist writers, scholars and researchers by assembling and preserving the records of the nation's artists, dealers, critics, galleries and museums..