A Finding Aid to the Museum of Craft and Folk Art Records, 1970-2012, in the Archives of American Art
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.musecraf
Creators:
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
Dates:
1970-2012
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
28.9 Linear feet
Repository:
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art records measure 28.9 linear feet and date from 1970 to 2012. The museum was established in 1982 in San Francisco, California and exhibited local and national craft and folk art collections until it closed in 2012. The collection includes administration records, extensive exhibition files, artists' files, museum publications, printed material, video recordings, born digital items, and photographic material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art records measure 28.9 linear feet and date from 1970 to 2012. The museum was established in 1982 in San Francisco, California and exhibited local and national craft and folk art collections until it closed in 2012. The collection includes administration records, extensive exhibition files, artists' files, museum publications, printed material, video recordings, born digital items, and photographic material.
Administration records include museum bylaws, lists of early exhibitions, education program evaluations, documents related to public programs, and printed materials.
Exhibition files comprise the largest group of materials in the collection. Notable exhibitions documented include Who'd A Thought It: Improvisation in African-American Quiltmaking (1987-1988), MetalSpeaks: The Unexpected (1997), and Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter (2009). There are also video recordings and born digital content scattered throughout the series. Though most of the material is related to the MOCFA exhibitions, there are a few files on exhibitions at other galleries and museums. The exhibition files contain a wide variety of correspondence, art inventories, price lists, printed materials, guest registers, and photographic materials, video recordings, electronic discs, videodiscs, and floppy discs. Artists' files are found for a handful of artists, including Bennett Bean, Ralph Fasanella, Bill Graham, Ron Kovatch, Mike Moran, and Salvador V. Ricalde. The files contain primarily video recordings of artist performances and interviews, but also include resumes and inquiries.
Museum of Craft and Folk Art publications consist of exhibition catalogs, newsletters, reports, and announcements. There are several video recordings of events, such as fashion shows, that were held at the museum.
Printed materials and commercial video recordings include an oversize scrapbook, binders of exhibition press clippings, and folders of clippings on various topics, as well as documentaries and news coverage of the museum.
Photographic materials consist of slides, negatives, photographs, transparencies, and a photo album. The images are of artwork, exhibition installations, events, artists, and museum offices and staff.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
  • Series 1: Administration Records, circa 1988-circa 2010 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Exhibition Files, 1976-2012 (22.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-24)
  • Series 3: Artists' Files and Video Recordings, 1983-2007 (0.6 linear feet; Box 24)
  • Series 4: Museum of Craft and Folk Art Publications, 1977-2012 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 24-25, OV 31-32)
  • Series 5: Printed Materials and Commercial Video Recordings, 1983-2007 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 26-28, OV 33-35)
  • Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1970-2011 (2 linear feet; Boxes 28-30)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art was established in San Francisco, California by painter and sculptor Gertrud Parker in 1982. The museum was originally located in a house on Balboa Street and then moved to the Fort Mason Center where it operated for over twenty years before relocating to Yerba Buena Lane in 2006.
Notable exhibitions organized or held at the museum include Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin (1987), Who'd A Thought It: Improvisation in African-American Quiltmaking (1987-1988) which was a traveling exhibition, Folk Art of the Soviet Union (1990), MetalSpeaks: The Unexpected (1997), Emblems of Passage: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (2002), The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts From the Japanese Internment Camp 1942-1946 (2006), and Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter (2009). The museum also worked with artists on commission and regularly offered public programs, workshops, and educational outreach events for visitors of all ages. They also partnered with the website Etsy on a popular monthly "Craft Bar" series where people could gather, socialize, and create something handmade.
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art closed in December of 2012. The final exhibition was Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Rihoko Ueno in May, 2016.
Author
Rihoko Ueno
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art records were donated by Jennifer McCabe, former executive director of the museum, in 2014.

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. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Museum of Craft and Folk Art records, 1970-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transparencies Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Handicraft Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American quilts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art museums -- California -- San Francisco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Visitors' books Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American quiltmakers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
MacKenzie, Warren Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kovatch, Ron Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graham, Bill, 1931- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fasanella, Ralph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bean, Bennett, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moran, Mike, 1948- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
https://www.aaa.si.edu/services/questions
https://www.aaa.si.edu/