Lowery Stokes Sims papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.simslowe
Creators:
Sims, Lowery Stokes
Dates:
circa 1981-2017
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
24.4 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of African American art historian, curator and art administrator, Lowery Stokes Sims, measure 24.2 linear feet and date from circa 1918-2017. Included are correspondence; photographs of Lowery and others at events; notes and journals; exhibition records and administrative records from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Museum of Art and Design and other organizations; VHS videos, DVD and audio cassettes of interviews with Sims regarding artists and exhibitions; and research files on artists.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lowery Stokes Sims (1949-) is an African American art historian, curator and art administrator. Sims was the first African American Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972-1999), then served as Executive Director, President then Adjunct Curator of the Permanent Collection of The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000-2007), and Senior Curator and then Chief Curator of the Museum of Art and Design (2007-2015).

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2019 by Lowery Stokes Sims as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is access restricted. Written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for additional information.

Keywords
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Curators -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American art museum curators Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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