Collection ID:
Bell, Michael S., 1946-
Physical Description:
4.6 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers relating to Bell's involvement in American Association of Museum Registrars Committee and his research on Surrealism.
Scope and Contents
Included are correspondence with colleagues concerning grant proposals, plans for seminars, and the activities of the American Surrealist Initiative, and the American Association of Museum Registrars' Committee, 1977-1989; notes for the lecture "Collections Management", 1977; notes concerning the AAM Registrars' Committee, 1976-1980, and the Western Association of Art Museums Committee, 1977-1979; a consultancy report for the Joslyn Art Museum, 1977; a card file of artists' addresses; essays and surrealist artists' statements; exhibition files which include a video tape and audio cassette pertaining to exhibition "100 Vows of the Sun", 1985; exhibition catalogs, 1942-1988; clippings; miscellaneous printed material; and photographs of artists and works of art, 1977-1984.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Curator, art administrator; San Francisco, California. Born 1946. Began work on contemporary Surrealists in 1975 under George Neubert at the Oakland Museum, later at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1982-1988 by Bell. He collected materials on Surrealism privately under the title "American Surrealist Initiative."

Other Title
Other Title
American Surrealist Initiative.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid to collection of Surrealist materials located at Archives of American Art offices.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Surrealism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum registrars -- California -- San Francisco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum administrators -- California -- San Francisco Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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