These records include a series of audiotapes produced to train the first class of docents for HMSG's opening in 1974, as well as similar tapes prepared in later years. In addition, the records document special programs and projects designed for children. Correspondence dealing with relations with the broader Washington and national arts community is included, as are the correspondence, budget records, and other elements of museum administration. The records include numerous photographs.
The Department of Education of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery (HMSG) was set up to interpret the Museum's collections to a broad and varied public. It produces information on the HMSG's collections designed to appeal to professional artists and art scholars, but also to the general public and to children. In support of its aims, the Department uses a wide variety of media, including a corps of trained volunteer docents, as well as printed materials of all sorts, films, lectures, and concerts. The Department of Education was created in 1973, and Edward Lawson was recruited from New York's Whitney Museum to head it. He held the position throughout the period of these records.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 514, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Department of Education, Records
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