Guide to the Michael Cipriano Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1274
Creators:
Cipriano, Michael L., 1960-1993
Dates:
1983 - 1993
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.6 Cubic feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
It consists of business records and correspondence, colored pencil sketches for Barney's Christmas windows done in 1988-1989, and approximately 500 color 35 mm slides illustrating window displays for Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barney's.,This collection covers the full range of Cipriano's design career from 1983 to 1993.
Scope and Contents
The majority of the collection focuses on Cipriano's work for the Chelsea Passage for Barney's New York. Included is a copy of Barney's display policy providing details on when displays need to be checked, how often floral arrangements need to be changed, and other details. The collection also contains documentation for projects Cipriano did for Bride's magazine, Etoile, Ercole, Puiforcat, and Kosta Boda.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Window and display designer. Born Waterbury Connecticut, 1960. Cipriano studied fine art and art history at the University of Connecticut. His professional interests include costume, set, and theater design of the Art Deco, Art Moderne, and Art Nouveau styles. Prior to 1983, he did freelance displays for a number of small shops in Connecticut.
He began his professional career as a display trimmer for Macy's department store in New York in 1983. He designed for Bloomingdale's from 1984-85, and for Bergdorf Goodman's Home Department from 1985 to 1986. Cipriano became recognized shortly before his death in 1993, as an innovative designer of table settings for Barney's Chelsea Passage, where he served as Display Manager from 1985-1990.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
This collection was a gift to the museum, donated in 1993 by D. Thomas Shoemaker.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.,Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Preferred Citation
Michael Cipriano Papers, 1983-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center in 2012.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Proposals Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Color prints -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketches Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Obituaries Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color xerographic copies Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color slides Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swatches Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Invoices Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chelsea Passage Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertising cards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Purchase orders Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Display of merchandise -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bride's (Magazine) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Table setting and decoration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Show windows Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Receipts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bloomingdale's (Firm) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Etoile (Store) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kosta Boda (Firm) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bergdorf Goodman, New York Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Puiforcat (Firm) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ercole (Store) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macy, R.H., & Co., New York Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives