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Professional Activities Files

Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Research and Scholars Center  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
1994-2005
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence, grant requests, agendas and meeting notes, press releases, reports and publicity pertaining to NMAA's [now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)] participation in the national Museum Educational Site Licensing Project. Also included are materials related to the formation of AMICO and the NMAA's participation in that project. These materials were created and maintained by Rachel M. Allen, Chief, Office of Research and Scholars Center, National Museum of American Art, who served as the museum's MESL project coordinator and its AMICO project coordinator and board member.

For related AMICO materials please see the Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 05-192: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Office of the Director, Associations, Committees and Councils Records, 1989-2004; Accession 06-287: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Office of the Deputy Director, Subject Files, FY 2003; and Accession 08-052: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Office of the Deputy Director, Subject Files, FY 2004.
Historical Note:
The Research and Scholars Center had its origin in the Office of Research and Professional Training, created by Director Joshua Charles Taylor in 1979, to embrace the Intern Program and the Fellows Program of the National Museum of American Art (NMAA). About 1983 the office was split, with the Intern Program passing to the Museum Programs Division and the Fellows Program transferring to the Museum Resources Division as the Office of Research Support. In 1989 Director Elizabeth Broun reunited the two offices as the Research and Scholars Center, with Rachel M. Allen as Acting Chief, 1989, and Chief, 1990-2001. As head of the Research and Scholars Center, Allen served as the museums project coordinator on a variety of outside projects and collaborations, including work with the Museum Education Site Licensing Project (MESL) and the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO).

The stated purpose of the MESL was "to explore and promote the educational benefits of digital access to museum collections through campus networks maintained by academic institutions in order to help promote the development of computer-based learning tools for the study of art and culture."

MESL was designed to explore ways to make museum images and related information available in an online environment for educational purposes. Organizational planning for the project began in early 1994 supported by the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP) and MUSE Educational Media. An initial call for participation went out in September 1994. From among 80 applicants, seven museums and seven universities were selected as participants, with AHIP and MUSE Educational Media serving as project managers. The project covered two academic years: 1995-1996 and 1996-1997. The project concluded in the summer of 1997, with a final report published in 1998.

AMICO was "a non-profit corporation formed by North American Art Museums to provide educational access to and delivery of cultural heritage information by creating, maintaining, and licensing a collective digital library of images and documentation of works in their collections."

Early in 1997, the AAMD (Association of Art Museum Directors) invited its members to send representatives to an organizational meeting for what would become AMICO. AMICO was officially organized in October 1997, as a program of the Association of Art Museum Directors Educational Foundations, Inc., and the AMICO Board was constituted. In 1998, AMICO was separately incorporated as an independent, not-for-profit organization, ending its direct connection to the AAMD.

Built on the success of the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project (MESL), AMICO was designed to provide high quality images and information documenting the largest art museum collections in North America available for licensed educational use on campus networks. AMICO operated from 1997 to 2005. AMICO members made a library of digital multimedia documentation of more than 50,000 works of art available under subscription to educational institutions.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2021; Transferring office; 06/14/2018 memorandum, Toda to Hennessey; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Digital libraries  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-205, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Research and Scholars Center, Professional Activities Files
Identifier:
Accession 18-205
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Professional Activities Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa18-205

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Collection Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Research and Scholars Center  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO)
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2021; Transferring office; 06/14/2018 memorandum, Toda to Hennessey; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-205, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Research and Scholars Center, Professional Activities Files
See more items in:
Professional Activities Files
Professional Activities Files / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa18-205-refidd1e537

Folder 20 AMICO - Background - Preliminary Meetings (September 1996-March 1997) - Includes Memorandum dated September 11, 1996, from Maxwell L. Anderson (AAMD Liaison for Information Technology), seeking input on draft agreement to participate in the i...

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Research and Scholars Center  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2021; Transferring office; 06/14/2018 memorandum, Toda to Hennessey; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-205, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Research and Scholars Center, Professional Activities Files
See more items in:
Professional Activities Files
Professional Activities Files / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa18-205-refidd1e546

Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO)

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Office of the Deputy Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-052, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Office of the Deputy Director, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa08-052-refidd1e449

Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO)

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Office of the Deputy Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-287, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Office of the Deputy Director, Subject Files
See more items in:
Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa06-287-refidd1e435

Associations, Committees and Councils Records

Creator::
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Date:
1989-2004
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of materials which document the participation of Elizabeth Broun, Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1989- , in various Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian associations, committees and councils. Such entities include The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), the Consortium for the Computer Interchange of Museum Information (CIMI), the Cosmos Club, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Denver Art Museum, the Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Latino Program Planning Committee, the Museum of the Americas Foundation, and the Women of the West Museum. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and clippings.
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-192, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Office of the Director, Associations, Committees and Councils Records
Identifier:
Accession 05-192
See more items in:
Associations, Committees and Councils Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-192

Professional Activities Files, 1989-2005

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Research and Scholars Center  Search this
Subject:
Allen, Rachel M  Search this
Art Information Task Force  Search this
Visual Resources Association  Search this
Art Museum Image Consortium  Search this
Museum Educational Site Licensing Project  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Research and Scholars Center  Search this
Physical description:
4 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Clippings
Date:
1989
1989-2005
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Digital libraries  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00556
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Professional Activities Files 1989-2005 [Smithsonian American Art Museum Research and Scholars Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219746

Art Museum Image Consortium [Folder]

Additional name:
Art Museum Consortium  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_103891

Art Museum Image Consortium [Folder]

Additional name:
AMICO  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
Minneapolis (Minn.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_99231

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