Archives of American Art

Joseph D. Ketner II papers

Collection ID:
Ketner, Joseph D., II, 1955-2018
Collection is in English and German.
Physical Description:
16.4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Joseph D. Ketner II measure 16.4 linear feet and date from 1953-2017. The papers consist of material Ketner generated during his various curatorial positions and include research material organized by project, artists files, exhibition files, notes for lectures, publication-related materials (many on CD), professional correspondence and administrative files. A portion of the papers relates to artist Robert S. Duncanson. Ketner published and lectured frequently about Duncanson and organized the definitive exhibition and publication on Duncanson,"The Emergence of the African American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson" (University of Missouri, 1993).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Joseph D. Ketner II (1955-2018) was a curator and art historian in the Boston area. Ketner served as the Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice and Curator-in-Residence at Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts; Chief Curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; The Henry and Lois Foster Director of The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Walthum, Massachusetts; Curator, then Director, Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, Missouri; and Curator at the Fort Wayne Museum, Indiana.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated in 2022 by Patricia Ketner, Joseph Ketner's widow.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is access restricted; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Access, with permission, to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Terms of Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Use
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.

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