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Thomas Messer's correspondence, diaries and printed material from his career as a museum director and independent curator.
Correspondence and diaries are inclusive of Messer's tenure at the Guggenheim Museum from 1961-1987 and later as an independent curator. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, bulletins and annual reports from the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Roswell Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum.
Thomas M. Messer papers, 1942-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Thomas Messer was a museum director and independent curator in New York, New York. Messer was director at the Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts and at the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York.
Donated 1995 by Thomas M. Messer and in 2016 by the Thomas Messer estate via Adam Lehner, executor.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001