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Subject Files

Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1937-1992
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the administrative and program activities of the Office of the Registrar from 1973 to 1992, with some files dating from 1959. Records consist of staff meeting notes, administrative memoranda, quarterly reports, and annual reports to the Smithsonian's central Office of the Registrar in response to Office Memorandum 808, "Collections Management Policy." Also included are reports and budgets for the Museum's acquisitions fund; memoranda and correspondence concerning the Smithsonian Institution Registrar's Council and its predecessors, the Registrarial Council of the Smithsonian Institution and the Council of Registrars, from its inception in January 1973 through 1987; and insurance registers, projections, and claims. The records also contain labels describing various objects on exhibition, circa 1937 to 1968; accession card corrections and changes from 1959 and undated; contracts from the 1960s; lists of income and object purchases; and the correspondence of Mary Blackwelder from 1970 to 1971.
Historical Note:
Soon after he was hired as assistant curator in 1933, Calvin Hathaway introduced a new system for accessioning and cataloging the collections of the Cooper Union Museum. By 1942 Hathaway had become associate curator, and his system was maintained by secretarial staff under the supervision of Mary A. Noon, assistant to the curator for collections. Noon became acting head of the Museum in 1945, and in 1947 Dorothea C. Shipley was appointed catalog supervisor. Paul Dreschler replaced her in 1951, and Mary Fonner Blackwelder was named to the post in 1956.

Shortly after the Museum was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution, Blackwelder assumed the position of registrar, where she remained until February 1975. Elizabeth Burnham was registrar from FY 1976 through FY 1978, and Albina De Meio served in that function from FY 1980 through FY 1981. Cordelia Rose was appointed registrar in FY 1982.
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
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Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 540, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Subject Files
Identifier:
Record Unit 540
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Loan Files

Extent:
10.58 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Floor plans
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Date:
1977-1987
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of notebooks created by the Registrar's Office to document the objects loaned to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum for exhibition. Documentation consists of color photographs or photocopies of photographs of objects showing methods of packing for shipment or damage to objects. Notebooks also contain condition reports, floor plans showing placement of objects in exhibitions, exhibition label facsimiles, lists of objects shown in exhibitions, and values of objects in different currencies. The first exhibition documented here is The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, which opened in March 1977, and the last is Robert Adam and Kedleston Hall, which opened in June 1987. Documentation of exhibits is by no means complete. Many of the notebooks correspond to exhibition files contained in Record Unit 541, and are linked to the files by loan number.
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Museum registration methods  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Floor plans
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
Identifier:
Record Unit 542
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Loan Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Acquisitions Funding Reports 1988

Container:
Box 1 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 540, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Acquisitions Funds: Notes

Container:
Box 1 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 540, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Subject Files
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Subject Files / Box 1
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Exhibitions Department: 1979-1984, 1985-1987 (2 folders)

Container:
Box 2 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 540, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 2
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Annual Report: SI: OM808: CY 1987-CY 1989 (3 folders)

Container:
Box 2 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 540, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 2
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MA, Space/Time in Japan, April 3-May 27, 1979.

Container:
Box 1 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Electroworks, September 2-November 2, 1980.

Container:
Box 2 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Gardens of Delight, June 9-August 23, 1981. (2 folders)

Container:
Box 2 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Lace, August 3-November 7, 1982.

Container:
Box 3 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Faberge: Jeweler to Royalty, March 15-July 10, 1983. (2 folders)

Container:
Box 5 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Circles of the World: Traditional Art of the Plains Indian, April 24-July 15, 1984.

Container:
Box 6 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0542-refidd1e766

Manhattan Skyline: New York Skyscrapers between the Wars, June 12-September 23, 1984.

Container:
Box 6 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0542-refidd1e778

Toys from the Nuremburg Spielzug Museum, March 3-May 11, 1986. (2 folders)

Container:
Box 9 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 542, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0542-refidd1e991

Nordiska Museet

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 14 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 14
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0541-refidd1e10006

AB Orrefors Glasbruk

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 14 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 14
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0541-refidd1e10017

Petersen, Hans

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 14 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 14
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0541-refidd1e10028

Lists

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Polland, Eva

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 14 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 14
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0541-refidd1e10040

Rohss Museum of Arts & Crafts

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 14 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Loan Files / Box 14
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0541-refidd1e10051

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