These records consist primarily of Special Events files. Also included is a small amount of administrative material and records of the annual Frisbee Festival, 1977-1983. Other Frisbee Festival materials can be found throughout the collection.
Eileen Cowin papers
The papers of Los Angeles photo and video artist Eileen Cowin measure 20.1 linear feet and 29.56 GB and date from 1961 to 2020. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, writings, teaching files, project files, exhibition files, printed and digital material, video artwork and sketchbooks, sound and video recordings, and photographic material. There is a 4.4 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes personal and professional correspondence; project, exhibition, commission and grant files; sales records and personal financial records; writings; lectures; biographical information; photographs of Cowin, family, friends and colleagues and proofs and prints of works ; slides of a lecture on Lee Miller at the Getty; laserdiscs by Cowin including "And Their Daughter Married a Prince" (2 copies), 1998, "Speaking Woman," 1994, "Scarcely Had They Uttered," 1998; and printed material. Materials date from circa 1977-2020.
These records consist of the official files of Michael Collins as director of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), 1971-1978. To a large extent, the files concern the planning and funding of the new NASM building, its construction, the preparation of exhibits, and the opening of the Museum on July …
These records document exhibitions organized by the Department. Also included are administrative files and general correspondence files of the office.
Ben Shahn papers
The papers of social realist painter, photographer, printmaker, and teacher Ben Shahn (1898-1969) measure 25.1 linear feet and date from 1879-1990, with the bulk of the material dating from 1933-1970. The bulk of the collection consists of over 14 linear feet of incoming letters from artists, writers, colleagues, publishers, art organizations, galleries, and universities and colleges. Also found are biographical materials, project and source files, printed material, artwork by Shahn and others, photographs taken of and by Shahn, interview transcripts, sound recordings of interviews and a motion picture film.
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.
Samuel J. Wagstaff papers
The Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985 comprise 6.4 linear feet of correspondence, writings, miscellaneous records, printed material, and photographs documenting Wagstaff's professional and personal relationships with artists and photographers, his career as an art curator, and his position as an important collector of paintings and photographs. Correspondence with artists and others such as curators, arts organizations, galleries, and museums, reflects the diversity of contemporary American art and includes individuals associated with the abstract expressionist, Fluxus, pop, earth, conceptual, and minimalist art movements.
This record unit consists of administrative files of the Department and documents the activities of its curators, Rand, Mecklenburg, Truettner, and Breeskin. The files contain information about Department relations with other National Museum of American Art (NMAA) offices concerning loans, shipments, requests for information, conservation, and exhibits. Exhibitions represented in …
These records partially cover the administration of Alexander Wetmore and A. Remington Kellogg as directors of the United States National Museum; more fully the tenures of Frank A. Taylor, John C. Ewers and Robert P. Multhauf, as directors of the Museum of History and Technology (MHT); and Daniel J. Boorstin …
These records document the administrative activities of the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Office of the Director, concerning NMAH departments, divisions, exhibitions, and special events, primarily during fiscal years 1993-1994, although some records date back to when the museum was named the National Museum of History and Technology. Directors represented …