Papers relating to Bell's involvement in American Association of Museum Registrars Committee and his research on Surrealism.
Included are correspondence with colleagues concerning grant proposals, plans for seminars, and the activities of the American Surrealist Initiative, and the American Association of Museum Registrars' Committee, 1977-1989; notes for the lecture "Collections Management", 1977; notes concerning the AAM Registrars' Committee, 1976-1980, and the Western Association of Art Museums Committee, 1977-1979; a consultancy report for the Joslyn Art Museum, 1977; a card file of artists' addresses; essays and surrealist artists' statements; exhibition files which include a video tape and audio cassette pertaining to exhibition "100 Vows of the Sun", 1985; exhibition catalogs, 1942-1988; clippings; miscellaneous printed material; and photographs of artists and works of art, 1977-1984.
Biographical / Historical:
Curator, art administrator; San Francisco, California. Born 1946. Began work on contemporary Surrealists in 1975 under George Neubert at the Oakland Museum, later at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
American Surrealist Initiative.
Donated 1982-1988 by Bell. He collected materials on Surrealism privately under the title "American Surrealist Initiative."
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Museum administrators -- California -- San Francisco Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Archives. National Collections Program Search this
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
This accession consists Primarily of Registrar's Council (RC) meeting minutes and information. The records also include publications from the American Association of
Museums (AAM), such as "Registrars' Report," "Registrar," RC-AAM "Newsletter," and annual reports. These records were maintained by the National Collections Program and the
former Smithsonian Institution Office of the Registrar. Materials include minutes, correspondence, brochures, picture postcards, newsletters, and serials.
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service Search this
22 cu. ft. (22 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of records that document the organization, design, and promotion of exhibits. Major exhibitions represented include Ocean Planet, Seeds
of Change, and Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, planning documents, exhibit proposals, research notes
and materials, letters of agreement, floor plans, releases, itineraries, contracts, exhibition booking agreements and contracts, object loan agreements, packing instructions,
budgets, object lists, label copy, press releases, press kits, catalogues and other published materials, education kits, videos, scripts, label copy, condition reports, newspaper
clippings, clippings, and installation and object photographs, slides, and transparencies. Some materials are in elecctronic format.
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Registrar's Office Search this
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of records which document the activities of the Registrar's Office in coordinating exhibitions at the National Museum of American Art (NMAA)
and the Renwick Gallery. Exhibitions documented include Stuart Davis; Silver and Gold: Photographs of the Gold Rush; Art of the Gold Rush; Picturing
Old New England: Image and Memory; Modern American Realism: Selections from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection; Abbot Thayer: The Nature of Art; Woodcuts
by Hiratsuka; Calico and Chintz: Antique Quilts from the Collection of Patricia S. Smith; Dominic DiMare: A Retrospective; and Shaker: Furnishings for
the Simple Life. In addition, this accession includes records from when the office was formerly known as the Office of Registration and Collections Management as well
as from after NMAA was renamed the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Materials include correspondence; memoranda; checklists; budget records; insurance records; color
photographs and negatives; condition reports; prospectuses; loan agreements; conservation information; and black-and-white photographs.
Boxes 1-3 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Transferring office; 12/17/1984 memorandum, Bain to Rahe; Contact reference staff for details.