This accession consists of records created and maintained by Susan Yelavich, Assistant Director for Public Programs, documenting the development, funding, and publicity of the following exhibits: Power of maps; Czech Cubism: Architecture and Design; Memorial to Jan Palach; Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office; Angles of Repose …
This accession consists of drawings documenting the design of exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Exhibitions documented in this accession include "Huguenot Legacy: English Silver, 1680-1760;" "Avant-Garde Letterhead;" "Lace;" "What Could Have Been: Unbuilt Architecture of the 80s;" "Solos: Smartwrap;" "Faberge: Jeweler to Royalty;" "Art Nouveau Bing: The Paris Style 1900;" "Mechanical …
These records were created by a succession of Public Affairs staff in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Arthur Lindo succeeded Isabelle Silverman as Public Information Manager around 1986. Michele Raphoon became Public Information Assistant at the same time, and took on additional duties as Special Events Coordinator in 1988. In 1990, Raphoon assumed …
This accession consists of records which document the official functions of the Office of the Assistant Provost for Arts and Humanities (OAP-A/H) and its predecessors from 1989 through 1995, although the bulk of the records date from 1993 to 1995. They consist mostly of memoranda, correspondence, and reports generated both within and outside …
Ellen Lanyon papers
The papers of artist Ellen Lanyon measure 62.6 linear feet and 84.47 GB and date from circa 1880-2015, bulk 1926-2013. Biographical material; correspondence; interviews; writings; journals; project files; teaching files; exhibition files; personal business records; printed and broadcast material; scrapbooks; photographic material; artwork; sketchbooks; as well as sound and video recordings and digital material, provide a comprehensive view of Lanyon's career and of art circles in Chicago and New York. Correspondence with artists and friends make up a significant portion of the collection. Project and exhibition files reflect her professional and artistic career. Thousands of slides and photographs document her life and artwork over seven decades, and over seventy sketchbooks are filled with student sketches, portraits of friends and family, and preliminary drawings.
Downtown Gallery records
The records of the Downtown Gallery date from 1824 to 1974 (bulk 1926-1969) and measure 109.56 linear feet. The records present a comprehensive portrait of a significant commercial gallery that operated as a successful business for more than forty years, representing major contemporary American artists and engendering appreciation for early American folk art. There is an unprocessed addition to this collection dating circa 1970 of a single financial/legal document.
Myron Bement Smith Collection
The Myron Bement Smith collection consists of two parts, the papers of Myron Bement Smith and his wife Katharine and the Islamic Archives. It contains substantial material about his field research in Italy in the 1920s and his years working on Islamic architecture in Iran in the 1930s. Letters describe the milieu in which he operated in Rochester NY and New York City in the 1920s and early 1930s; the Smiths' life in Iran from 1933 to 1937; and the extensive network of academic and social contacts that Myron and Katharine developed and maintained over his lifetime. The Islamic Archives was a project to which Smith devoted most of his professional life. It includes both original materials, such as his photographs and notes, and items acquired by him from other scholars or experts on Islamic art and architecture. Smith intended the Archives to serve as a resource for scholars interested in the architecture and art of the entire Islamic world although he also included some materials about non-Islamic architecture.
N W Ayer Advertising Agency Records
Collection consists of records documenting one of the oldest advertising agencies created in Philadelphia. The company then moves to New York and expanses to international markets. During its history NW Ayer & Sons acquires a number of other advertising agencies and is eventually purchased. The largest portion of the collection is print advertisements but also includes radio and television. NW Ayer is known for some of the slogans created for major American companies.
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
The collection consists of motion picture exhibition ephemera (lantern slides, publicity photographs, and paper) saved by Robert L. Sardino during his years working in motion picture theaters in Syracuse, New York.
Joseph Cornell papers
The papers of Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) measure approximately 24.9 linear feet and date from 1804 to 1986 with the bulk of the material dating from 1939-1972. The collection documents the life, work, interests, and creative activities of the self-taught artist, who was best known for his shadow box constructions, assemblages, and collages. Papers include correspondence, diaries, source material, notes, writings, photographs, printed material, two- and three-dimensional ephemera, art works, and books, as well as a limited amount of legal and financial records, and some miscellaneous personal and family papers. The collection also includes the papers of his sister, Betty Cornell Benton, relating to the handling of Cornell's estate and the personal papers of his brother, Robert Cornell.