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titleFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of the Director Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Files, 1979-1999.
repositorySmithsonian Institution Archives
collection titleThese records consist of materials created and maintained by Milo Cleveland Beach, Director, 1987-2001, documenting relations between the Sackler Family and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through the Director, acquisitions to the Sackler collection, the Sackler/Smithsonian Institution Agreement, Sackler events, donations and gifts, the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation/Gallery development, and trips.

Materials include transmittal forms for gifts and grants, copies of checks, financial transaction lists, correspondence, memoranda, lists of gift and non-gift honorariums, input vouchers, requests for building services, a move plan, statistical summaries of the collection, copies of articles, press releases, photocopies of photographs of objects, copies of agreements concerning the Arthur M. Sackler and Paul Singer collections,

floor plans of galleries, lists of works in the collections, clippings of obituaries for Arthur M. Sackler, photocopy of catalogue for the Singer collection, and a copy of Else Sackler's will.

Call Number
SIA Acc. 01-182
extent3 cu. ft.
formatsAdministrative Records Legal Papers Correspondence Ephemera Photographs
accessThis accession is restricted for 15 years from the latest date of records (1999). Restrictions will be lifted at the beginning of the calendar year 2015. Access to restricted collections requires explicit permission from the transferring office or donor. Contact the SIA Reference Staff for further information (call 202-633-5870, or email OSIAREF@osia.si.edu).
record linkhttp://siarchives.si.edu/findingaids/fa01-182.html
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidUnarranged.Electronic List in accession file. Folder List in accession file. HTML List in accession file.
updated02/07/2020 18:20:31
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titleFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Office of the Director. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Files, 1980-1987.
repositorySmithsonian Institution Archives
collection titleThese records consist of materials created and maintained by Thomas Lawton, Director, 1977-1987, documenting relations between the Sackler family and the Freer Gallery of Art, particularly at the time of Arthur M. Sackler's death.

Materials include press statements and releases, correspondence, memoranda, clippings of obituaries for Sackler, biographical information about Sackler, meeting agendas, drafts and a copy of the final donor agreement for the Sackler collection and other agreements concerning the Sackler collection, floor plans for the galleries, lists of objects in the Sackler collection and estimated values, and photocopies of photographs of objects.
extent0.5 cu. ft.
formatsAdministrative Records Correspondence Ephemera Clippings Legal Papers
accessRestricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2003; Transferring office; 6/9/2001 memorandum, Alers to Hennessey; Contact reference staff for details.
record linkhttp://siarchives.si.edu/findingaids/fa01-181.html
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidUnarranged.Electronic List in accession file. Folder List in accession file. HTML List in accession file.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07
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titleFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Office of the Assistant Director, Administration Subject Files, 1968-1994.
repositorySmithsonian Institution Archives
collection titleForms part of: (SIA AH00226) Agency history, 1978- .

Consists of records documenting the breadth of the administrative activities of the Assistant Director of Administration.

Subject matter covered includes: donor relations; renovation of the Freer Gallery of Art; restoration of the Peacock Room; object movement for study and exhibition; museum security; Freer Gallery of Art history; acquisitions; collections management; exhibitions; visitor surveys; and records relating to Arthur M. Sackler's gift and the establishment of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, working papers, fund raising activities, object movement logs, and agreements.

Components:
(SIA Acc. 01-231) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Office of the Assistant Director, Finance and Administration. Subject Files, 1968-1994.

Call Number
SIA RS01009
extent9 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
formatsSubject Files Administrative Records Correspondence Ephemera Legal Papers
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aid9 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07
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titleSmithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary Administrative Records, 1972-1984.
repositorySmithsonian Institution Archives
collection titleThese records concern the operation of the Office of the Secretary from 1972 to the end of S. Dillon Ripley's tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The records document the Smithsonian's on-going operations -- internal, with other government offices and departments, and with foundations, universities, and other outside organizations.

Among the events that are documented are the formation of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; renovations at the National Zoological Park; the opening of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; creation of the Scientific Event Alert Network; opening of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in New York City; opening of the National Air and Space Museum; opening of a restored Arts and Industries Building;

addition of the National Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian; first use of the Multiple-Mirror Telescope, Mount Hopkins, Arizona; donation of the Arthur M. Sackler Collection of Oriental Art to the Smithsonian; opening of the Museum Support Center; and the beginning of construction of the Center for African, Near Eastern, and Asian Cultures.

Organization:
(1) Records, 1972, accession number T90103; (2) records, 1973, accession number T90104; (3) records, 1974, accession number T90105; (4) records, 1975, accession number T90106; (5) records, 1976, accession number T90107; (6) records, 1977, accession number 81-078; (7) records, 1978, accession number 82-124; (8) records, 1979, accession number 83-090; (9) records, 1980, accession number 84-129; (10) records, 1981, accession number 85-132; (11) records, 1982, accession number 86-041; (12) records, 1983, accession number 86-060; (13) records, 1984, accession number 87-066.

Local Number:
SIA RU000613
extent201.4 linear meters
formatsAdministrative Records Correspondence Legal Papers Financial Records
access1) Restricted; (2) use of this record unit requires prior arrangement with the Archives staff.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aid1) Folder list in control file; (2) indexes prepared for each series, shelved with records.
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titleFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Agency history, 1906- .
repositorySmithsonian Institution Archives
collection titleBio / His Notes:
The Freer Gallery of Art was conceived by its founder, Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), as a museum and a research institution. A Detroit industrialist, Freer collected more than 9,420 art objects and manuscripts before his death, including one of the largest collections of works by James McNeill Whistler; works by contemporary American artists including Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Dwight William Tryon, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens; and major collections of Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Indian objects.

In 1904, Freer informally proposed to President Theodore Roosevelt that he give to the nation his art collection, funds to construct a building and for an endowment to provide for the study and acquisition of "very fine examples of oriental, Egyptian, and near eastern fine arts." The deed of gift was executed in 1906 after the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents accepted Freer's offer on behalf of the government.

Construction on the building to house the collection began in 1916 and was completed in 1921. On May 9, 1923, the gallery was opened to the public. The gallery, designed by American architect and landscape planner Charles A. Platt, is an Italian Renaissance-style building of Massachusetts granite and Tennessee marble.

In 1920, John Ellerton Lodge, Curator of the Asiatic Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was appointed the Freer's first Director. Lodge was the personal choice of Freer and continued to maintain his staff position at the Museum of Fine Arts until 1931.

Lodge was Director of the Freer Gallery of Art until 1942. For a complete listing of Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery directors, see the Office of the Director history.

In 1982 Arthur M. Sackler gave the Smithsonian his collection of Chinese and Middle Eastern Art, valued at more than fifty million dollars, as well as a gift of four million dollars to help defray construction of a gallery in the Quadrangle Building on the Mall. This donation, known as the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, is administered jointly with the collections of the Freer Gallery of Art. While each gallery had its own sub-director for a time (these do not exist at the present), they have always shared a Director.

General Note:
This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context.

To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.

Local Number:
SIA AH00011

Components:
(SIA 4010003) Freer Gallery of Art. Building Construction Records, 1916-
(SIA 4010004) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Photographs, 1920s-1980s
(SIA AH00303) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Office of the Director. Agency history, 1920- .
(SIA RS01054) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Diaries, 1920-1972, 1976-1983.
(SIA RS01060) Freer Gallery of Art. Field Expedition Records, 1914, 1923-1942.
(SIA RS01068) Freer Gallery of Art. Financial Records, 1916-1921.
(SIA RS01069) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Photographs, 1916-1992
(SIA RS01070) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Construction Slides, 1983-1989.
(SIA RS00074) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Visitor Records, 1923-1987, 1995-2004.
(SIA RS00075) Freer Gallery of Art. Art Inventories, 1906-1920.
(SIA RS00756) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Central Files, 1919-1987.
(SIA RS01162) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Personnel Records, c. 1947-1993.
(SIA RS01258) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Website Records, 2004.
(SIA RS01326) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Publications, 1999, 2002-2003.


extentsee repository
formatsAdministrative Records Legal Papers Financial Records Clippings Photographs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
bibliographyGuide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07
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titleBrooklyn Museum. Dept. of Asian Art Records, 1925-2003 (inclusive).
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleThe records of the Department of Asian Art document the administrative and curatorial activities of the department from when the collections were a part of the Department of Ethnology to its present separate curatorial designation.

The collection contains materials that document the various stages and name changes of the department from Department of Eastern and Near Eastern Art to its present title, Department of Asian Art. This includes records reflecting the Islamic collection's separation from and reintegration into the Asian collections.

Arrangement Records
organized into five series: Departmental administration, 1929-1994; Exhibitions, 1930-2003; Objects, 1928-1993; Research and writings, 1941-1986; Extra-museum activities, 1946-1986.

extent16.2 l.f.
formatsAdministrative Records Exhibition Catalogs Writings Ephemera
accessPermission of Archivist/Librarian required.
record linkhttp://arcade.nyarc.org/screens/brooklyn_Asian_final.pdf
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b774990~S14
finding aidFinding aid and database access in repository.
acquisition informationRecords Department of Asian Art transfer.
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titleBrooklyn Museum. Dept. of Asian Art Records: Departmental administration 1929-1994 (inclusive).
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleDepartmental administration series contains records, created and received, regarding the administrative functions of the department. The series includes correspondence, memos, notes, reports, lists, and visual materials.

See catalag link for further details.

Cite as
Brooklyn Museum Archives, Records of the Department of Asian Art.
extent5.4 l.f.
formatsAdministrative Records Correspondence Ephemera Notes
accessPermission of Archivist/Librarian required.
record linkhttp://arcade.nyarc.org/screens/brooklyn_Asian_final.pdf
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b889894~S14
finding aidFinding aid and database access in repository.
acquisition informationRecords Department of Asian Art transfer.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07
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titleOffice of the Secretary (S. Dillon Ripley), 1972-1984 Records.
repositorySmithsonian Institution Archives
collection titleThese records concern the operation of the Office of the Secretary from 1972 to the end of S. Dillon Ripley's tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The records document the Smithsonian's on-going operations -- internal, with other government offices and departments, and with foundations, universities, and other outside organizations.

Among the events that are documented are the formation of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; renovations at the National Zoological Park; the opening of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; creation of the Scientific Event Alert Network; opening of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in New York City; opening of the National Air and Space Museum; opening of a restored Arts and Industries Building; addition of the National Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian; first use of the Multiple-Mirror Telescope, Mount Hopkins, Arizona; donation of the Arthur M. Sackler Collection of Oriental Art to the Smithsonian; opening of the Museum Support Center; and the beginning of construction of the Center for African, Near Eastern, and Asian Cultures.

Biography/History:
For an administrative history of the Office of the Secretary during the tenure of S. Dillon Ripley, see record unit 99.
extent201.4 linear meters.
formatsAdministrative Records Correspondence Ephemera
access1) Restricted; (2) use of this record unit requires prior arrangement with the Archives staff
record sourcehttp://libserv.aip.org
finding aid(1) Folder list in control file; (2) indexes prepared for each series, shelved with records.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07
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titleCorrespondence with Marian Anderson, 1969.
repositoryUniversity of Pennsylvania
collection titleContained in:
Marian Anderson Papers, ca. 1900-1993. Folder 4941.

Location:
Rare Book & Ms Library Manuscripts

Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 200
extent1 item (2 l.)
formats
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.franklin.library.upenn.edu
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07
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