This accession consists of records documenting donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Materials include correspondence, agreements, proposals, brochures, invitations, presentations, clippings, and related materials.
Product and Contract Records
This accession consists of records which document the processes of Product Development and Licensing at Smithsonian Business Ventures. The unit's primary function is to generate revenue for the Smithsonian Institution through the licensing and development of products related to collections within the Smithsonian museums. Some of these products include greeting …
Outgoing Loan Files
This accession consists of records documenting outgoing loans of works of art. Materials include correspondence, requests for loans, loan agreement forms, outgoing loan receipts, bills of lading, certificates of insurance, insurance register transaction forms, images of objects, facilities reports, condition photographs, and related materials.
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.
This accession consists of master cassette audiotapes of programs presented by the various program offices within the Smithsonian Associates.
Bob & Bob and The Dark Bob papers
The Bob & Bob and The Dark Bob papers measure 11.0 linear feet and date between 1974 and 2021. The papers document the careers of California performing artists known as The Light Bob and The Dark Bob through correspondence with art galleries, radio broadcast stations, and record companies; audio recordings, film and video recordings, resumes, and contract agreements pertaining to shows they produced for sound and video recording studios and related professional material; clippings, catalogs, announcements, and other printed material; and photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies of artwork and performances.
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
30000 Slides (photographs) (color)
80,000 Photographic prints (b&w, 25 x 20 cm. or smaller.)
This collection is comprised of photographic and manuscript materials, primarily created by Eliot Elisofon to document his travels and work. The images portray many aspects of African life and culture including agriculture, wildlife, archaeology, architecture, art and artisans, children, cityscapes and landscapes, leaders, markets, medicine, recreation, ritual and celebration, and transportation. The manuscript materials include correspondence, essays, clippings, puobligations, notes, research, and itineraries.
These records pertain to the exhibitions of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, beginning with the first held under the auspices of the Smithsonian, Immovable Objects/Lower Manhattan from Battery Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in June 1975, and ending with Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament, which closed in September 1987. In …
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Collection
This collection consists of 72 linear feet of the papers of Benjamin O. Davis. Included are the following types of material: programs, invitations, certificates, correspondence, published material, and photographs.
Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield collection
7 Sound tape reels
5 Electronic discs (DVD)
1 Videocassettes (U-matic)
5 Videocassettes (Digital Betacam)
67.86 Linear feet
18 Sound discs (vinyl)
4 Cassette tapes
The Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield collection documents their work as travel filmmakers, photographers, and writers from 1954-2015. Their films are an example of the travel lecture film, a genre which combined silent travelogue films with live narration. Chickering and Porterfield presented their films throughout the United States and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s before turning to freelance still photography and travel writing in the early 1980s. The audiovisual and photography collection begins with their first joint travels in the 1950s and covers a range of their professional activities through the early 2000s, mainly encompassing original travel footage, edited travelogues, and travel still photography. Supporting documentation includes film scripts, lecture recordings, personal and professional manuscripts, financial and professional records, and a substantial amount of newspaper and magazine articles which serve as a record of the press generated by and about Chickering and Porterfield.