Records,
1970-1983, with records dating from 1934
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 322
Creators:
National Museum of American Art. Office of the Director
Dates:
1970-1983, with records dating from 1934
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
48.5 cu. ft. (97 document boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records document the tenure of Joshua C. Taylor as Director, 1970-1981, with small amounts of materials from 1960s. Additionally some records date back to 1934. In addition there is a folder of correspondence with David E. Finley dated 1938-1977. Included are files on museum offices, Smithsonian offices, various art commissions, other museums, events, and exhibitions. Some materials date to when the museum was known as the National Collection of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Art respectively.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Joshua C. Taylor served as Director until his death in April 1981. Harry Lowe was Acting Director, 1981, and Charles C. Eldredge was appointed Director, 1982- .
After moving into its new home in the Patent Office Building (POB) in 1968, the museum enjoyed a decade of growth under Taylor. A major event of the period was the opening of the Renwick Gallery in 1972. The Bicentennial of the American Revolution was celebrated in 1976 with a major exhibition entitled America as Art, curated by Richard N. Murray.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 322, National Museum of American Art. Office of the Director, Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Eldredge, Charles C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Finley, David E. (David Edward) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Murray, Richard N., 1942-2006 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taylor, Joshua C. (Joshua Charles), 1917-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lowe, Harry, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.). Office of the Director Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.). Commission Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patent Office Building (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Renwick Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American Art (U.S.). Commission Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Gallery of Art (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976 Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
America as Art (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum directors Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Administration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art museums Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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