Curatorial Records,
1979-2003

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 08-029
Creators:
National Museum of the American Indian, Curatorial Office
Dates:
1979-2003
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This accession consists of records which document the activities of the curatorial staff of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Subjects covered include the exhibition master plan, workshops, repatriation, exhibitions, councils, collections management, collection research, conservation treatment, budgetary matters, and research. Staff represented include Kathleen E. Ash-Milby, Assistant Curator; Eulalie Bonar, Assistant Curator; and Clara Sue Kidwell, Assistant Director for Cultural Resources. Exhibitions documented include "Woven by the Grandmothers: Nineteenth-Century Navajo Textiles from the National Museum of the American Indian;" "Creation's Journey: Masterworks of Native American Identity and Belief;" and "All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture."
Particularly well documented is "All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture" which includes exhibition "mount books" which are devoted to each of the Native American selectors for the exhibit. Each of these "mount books" contains a summary of the selector's visit to the Research Branch at NMAI to choose objects for display; an audiotape and videotape index of the selector's comments on his/her artifact selections; object identification numbers, with photograph and original catalogue card information for each object chosen by the selector; background information on the selector; photocopies of photographs taken of selector while at the Research Branch; and miscellaneous notes taken by the curator while working with the selector. Selectors include Jacinto Arias and Juan Gallo Hernandez; D. Y. Begay; Susan Billy; Abe Conklin; Alejandro Flores Huatta and Paula Quispe Cruz; Tom Hill; George P. Horse Capture; Conrad House; John Kim Bell; Lloyd Kiva New; Victor Masayesva; Gerald McMaster; Richard Milanovich; Teofila Palofox and Juan Olivares; Linda Poolaw; Manuel Rios; and Rina Swentzell. Curators include Mary Jane Lenz, Gary Galante, Nancy Rosoff, Cecile R. Ganteaume, George Arevator, and Perry Ground.
Some of these records date from before the creation of NMAI, when the museum was known as the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (MAI). Materials include correspondence; memoranda; reports; meeting minutes; exhibition scripts; exhibition label copy; budget proposals; grant proposals; color photographs, negatives, and transparencies; black-and-white photographs and negatives; research files; bibliographies; contracts; agendas; object lists; videotapes; audiocassettes; clippings; and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-029, National Museum of the American Indian, Curatorial Office, Curatorial Records
Use Restriction
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2019; Transferring office; 1/2/2008 memorandum, Toda to Pahn; Contact reference staff for details.

Keywords
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Arias, Jacinto Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arevator, George Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Begay, D. Y. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bell, John Kim Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Billy, Susan Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Conklin, Abe Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cruz, Paula Quispe Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Galante, Gary Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ground, Perry Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hernandez, Juan Gallo Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
House, Conrad Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Huatta, Alejandro Flores Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milanovich, Richard Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Olivares, Juan Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palofox, Teofila Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rios, Manuel Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosoff, Nancy Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ash-Milby, Kathleen E. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bonar, Eulalie H. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hill, Tom Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Horse Capture, George P. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kidwell, Clara Sue Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lenz, Mary Jane Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Masayesva, Victor. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McMaster, Gerald, 1953- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New, Lloyd Kiva Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Poolaw, Linda Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swentzell, Rina Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ganteaume, Cecile R. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture (Exhibition) (1994-2000: New York, N.Y.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Creation's Journey: Masterworks of Native American Identity and Belief (Exhibition) (1994-1996: New York, N.Y.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woven by the Grandmothers: Nineteenth-Century Navajo Textiles from the National Museum of the American Indian (Exhibition) (1996-1997: New York, N.Y.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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